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Creating a Stylish Scheme with Linen Fabric

Linen fabric has made a big comeback and there are now some fantastic ranges available to suit all schemes and budgets. Whether your style is vintage, modern or classic, linen will add texture and character to your home.

Traditional Linens for Modern Homes

Traditional Linens for Modern Homes

Linens have always been popular and records show linen fabric being woven from the flax plant as far back as the 4th millennium BC. Over time, the weaving methods have developed, providing us with a range of linens to choose from, each with their own textures and characteristics.

Linen Fabric for Every Use

Linen Fabric for Every Use

Traditionally, linens were used for clothing, and many still are, but it’s a fabric that also works well for curtains, cushions and upholstery. Linen curtain fabric looks stunning for drapes or blinds, but remember to use an interlining which will help ensure they hang correctly. And if you’re choosing linen for clothing, make sure you wash it first to allow for shrinkage. Linen upholstery fabric can look classic or contemporary, depending on the piece you choose to cover. Picking a neutral shade will allow you to add colour to your scheme with a scattering of new cushions whenever you fancy a change.  

Choose the Right Blend

You’ll find many linens that are mixed with other fibres to create different levels of softness. Linen/cotton mixed fabrics tend to be softer and don’t crease or wrinkle as much as a pure linen fabric.

For a stunningly soft and versatile fabric, try our Cotswold Linen. It’s made from 100% washed linen and comes in ten gorgeous colours. I find the neutral shades really show off the slubs and characteristics of the linen. 

Linen Fabric doesn't have to be Plain

Linen Fabric doesn't have to be Plain

The slubs and textures of 100% linens often mean that you don’t need a pattern, but a linen curtain fabric in a print can add depth and interest to your design. The range of patterned linen fabric available is extensive, with the majority being cotton/linen mix. This is a perfect combination as it has a lovely soft feel and is easy to work with. These fabrics work well for curtains, blinds, cushions and as a lightweight upholstery linen too. 

Add Texture to your Shabby Chic Design

The shabby chic style remains one of the most popular interior design themes and is a style anyone can achieve, no matter what their budget. Linen fabric is a big part of this rustic style as the neutral, textured shades work so well combined with distressed whites and creams. I especially love using linen upholstery fabric on headboards with wooden bed frames for a relaxed bedroom scheme. 

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