What is Ecru?
As a versatile and grounding hue, Ecru’s reputation precedes itself. However, this may be the reason its color definition is often questioned. So, what is Ecru and how can you best utilize it to highlight the intended essence of your event?
At its most basic level, Ecru is considered a light beige. More specifically, its French derivative meaning “raw” illustrates Ecru’s pure and naturalistic core. Ranging from a delicate shade with light grey or bone undertones, to a warmer pigment akin to almond or champagne, Ecru is multifaceted in its spirit. Ecru bears the impressive trait of being able to ground a space yet simultaneously add layers of sophistication. So, what does this mean in terms of table linen?
At the top of our color trends for Fall 2021, Ecru is a popular shade for linen as its naturally elegant hue easily elevates any event. Browse the examples below for more inspiration, and view some of the different shades of Ecru we offer.
Ecru’s fairer tones mirror ivory, but its blend of light yellow and beige creates the graceful pale shade we so love. To add an element of stylistic sophistication to an event, go with a fairer shade of Ecru as your table linen choice.
Bone Faille | Bone Velvet | Egret Sonoma | Ivory Yuma | Taupe Classic
Ecru’s darker tones are similar to beige but have muted golden undertones that brighten the shade and add a layer of richness and depth. Below are stunning examples of some of our linen in dark Ecru that are popular year-round.
Champagne Shantung | Latte Faille | Sand Yuma | Driftwood Sonoma | Beige Velvet
The below look is a perfect representation of the ease with which Ecru adds delicate charm to any event. This light Ecru table linen pairs well with the earthy color motif utilized by the planner and creates a design that brings the entire room together. With this event’s natural color scheme, gold flatware, and wicker placemats, choosing a light Ecru paired with a white napkin enhanced this chic rustic theme to a picture-perfect event. Excellent for weddings and luncheons – it’s no surprise that this linen is a must-have for planners.
Marquette Avenue Events | Nicole Donnelly Photography | Eden Chicago | Ashland Addison Floral Décor | CB2 | Tall Pine Pottery
Deriving from the meaning “raw”, it’s no wonder nature is a perfect backdrop for the color Ecru. While the lighter tones bring a refined element to events, selecting a darker shade of Ecru creates a warm and down-to-earth atmosphere. Because of its versatile quality, Ecru also works well as an accenting color. Take a look below at how this Ecru napkin brings warmth to the table while also complimenting the richness of the linen and runner. While different in its use of Ecru, this Fall table perfectly illustrates Ecru’s ability to adapt and elevate any party ambiance.
Christy Kendall | Highland Springs Ranch & Inn | Pat Frey Designs | Sweet Salvage | Casa de Perrin | Line Ave Calligraphy
If you’re not sure what to do – choose Ecru! Not only is this elegant shade adaptable and warm, but its timeless style and simplistic beauty will also always impress guests. You truly can pair this linen with any color palette you please, and in this feat is the magic of Ecru! But if you’d like color pairing suggestions – our stylists recommend mid-toned Velvet Napkins for an earthy feel. Or for a classic, timeless look, choose White Hemstitch Napkins and drape a White Hemstitch Runner atop your table.
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