Lighten & Brighten Your Home for Summer with These 5 Natural Materials

Sure, in the winter you want to nestle under a fur blanket, cover your windows with velvet drapes and plant your toes on a plush wool carpet. But come August, those heavy materials just make your home feel even more hot and humid. Try swapping natural ones into your decor to lighten it up for summer. A few favorites:

  • Burlap. Roll it out as a table runner or try using it to make over a lampshade (see directions below).
  • Bamboo. In window shade form, a good substitute for fussy drapes.
  • Wicker. Most common in outdoor furniture, it’s an unexpected touch in a family room.
  • Rope or twine. Wrap it around a ceramic vase or use it in place of napkin rings for a nautical twist.
  • Sisal or jute. Most commonly found in rugs, get these woven grasses underfoot to brighten bedrooms and living areas.


  • Burlap
  • Old lampshade
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors,
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Wood craft stick
  • Twine


  • Spread burlap on a flat surface. Coat the lampshade with spray adhesive and roll across burlap to cover. Let the ends of the burlap overlap the shade by 1 to 2 inches.
  • Trim excess burlap from top and bottom of lampshade, leaving a border 1 to 2 inches.
  • Using a hot glue gun and wooden craft stick, glue the excess burlap border to the inside of the lamp. Press edge with craft stick as you glue. Trim excess.
  • To finish the edges, glue twine over the rough, inside edges of the burlap using the hot glue gun. Display.

P.S. Check out my book, Freakin’ Fabulous on a Budget, for more smart decorating ideas.

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