If you’ve ever worn a linen shirt or slept in a bed of linen sheets in the deep heat of summer, you likely know how perfectly breathable the fabric can be. Linen has natural heat and moisture-wicking properties that help conduct heat and keep you cool throughout the day, making it the perfect choice for the warmer months. But there are many more reasons to love linen, especially when it comes to decorating.
Linen is a natural fabric that adds a beautifully-relaxed look to a space. It’s made from flax fibres, which are incredibly strong. These fibres don’t stretch and are highly resistant to damage from abrasion. Linen is actually two to three times stronger than cotton, and can last up to 12 times as long. Even better is that linen gets softer and softer with age. With regular washing and handling, it gets smoother and more lustrous, allowing you to love it for years to come.
These days, linen is commonly being blended with other fabrics for new textures and to add a touch of breathability to the mix. When combined with cotton, linen can take on more vibrant colours like the gray-blue of our Cotton Linen bedding above, allowing for more flexibility in decorating, and giving us even more reason to use this superior fabric throughout the home.
Below are some of our top tips for using linen in your home:
Combine Colours. Use a mix of complementary shades in your linen bedding for a unique and elegant look. Try one shade for the sheets, one colour for the shams, and your favourite colour for the duvet cover.
Think Outside the Box. Linen isn’t just for bedding and napkins. Try a linen-upholstered headboard in the bedroom or a linen wall covering for a surprising hint of texture.
Add Contrast. Use a pop of colour from a vibrant throw pillow or blanket on natural-looking linen bedding or upholstery to keep the space from looking flat. If you’re going to keep the look more monochromatic and natural, be sure to vary shades and textures for added visual interest.
Let it Wrinkle. We’re a big fan of the wrinkled look – it adds beautiful texture and has an organic, natural feel. If you do want to iron your linen bedding, though, make sure to do so when the fabric is slightly damp so as not to damage the fibres.
Try it in the bathroom. Cotton linen blend towels are surprisingly soft and silky, while a linen shower curtain adds a beautiful, unexpected touch.
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