How to Prolong the Life of the Upholstery

In this post we have put together a series of tips to care an upholstered sofa and some tricks to keep it as the first day for a long time. To begin with, we have to do justice to the grandmothers who did not let eat in the living room, especially chocolate or cheese sandwiches. Some stains can be very difficult (or expensive) to remove from the upholstery.

Blasco & Blasco velvet sofa. Via: El Mueble

Vacuum: the sofa’s best friend

If you are one of those who lose the small brushes of the vacuum two days after buying it or those who recycle it with its accessories as new as the first day, you are damaging your sofa. Accumulated dust creates friction and gradually wears away the fibers. To prolong the life of your sofa and keeps it fresh for a long time, vacuum it weekly. The small brush of the vacuum cleaner serves to remove dust from the surface of the sofa, while the angle-tipped crevice tool reaches the most difficult areas where more dirt accumulates.

Remember to vacuum the sofa before applying it any specific cleaning treatment. If you do not remove dirt and dust before treatment, the upholstery may end up dirtier than it was.

Vacuum the sofa every week. With pets, use a special tool to remove hair. Via: Serendipity Fabrics

First-aid for spills

The best advice to prevent a stain is to act quickly, before it has time to stick to the fabric. When an accident occurs, do not panic, stay calm. The first thing to do is absorb the spilled substance. To do this, use a white cotton cloth, clean and dry. Do not rub! If you rub, the stain will become larger.

When the cloth has absorbed everything possible, you must act according to the upholstery. Keep in mind that each fabric needs different products or treatments. What works for one fabric can be disastrous for another. Always check the manufacturer’s care label. If you do not have it, be very prudent, there are fabrics that can only be dry cleaned by professionals, others admit water-based or solvent-based solutions.

Before applying a treatment in a visible area of ​​the upholstery, test it in a discrete part.  Fabrics can be damaged by improper cleaning. If your upholstery has received some anti-stain treatment, keep in mind that it will probably change the recommended method of cleaning.

Keep and respect the manufacturer’s care label. Via: Blasco & Blasco

Care of seat cushions and backrest

The best way to care for the seat and down back cushions is to rotate them from time to time, to evenly distribute wear. It is also important to take cushions outside once a month and beat them by hand to remove the dust from the fibers.

A common (and unsightly) problem is that color differences can appear between the cushion covers and the fixed parts of the upholstery. To prevent it and maintain a uniform tone throughout the sofa, if your fabric supports cleaning with specific upholstery products, every time you clean the covers also clean the fixed parts.

If the cushion covers can be removed and machine washed (remember: check the instructions label), turn them in reverse, wash in cold water and dry them in the shade to avoid fading. Always all them at once. If you have been shrunk a little by washing, iron the damp cloth in the direction you have shrunk by gently stretching.

In case the upholstery is dry clean only, take all covers at the same time, not only those that are soiled. This will ensure the color stays uniform in all of them.

Professional cleaning companies can treat the sofa and armchairs in full, so the tone will remain uniform on both cushions and fixed parts. A deep clean is highly recommended every twelve to eighteen months.

Once a year the upholstery requires a deep clean. Via: Chango & Co

When a great “catastrophe” occurs and a lot of liquid is spilled on the upholstery, professional cleaning is recommended. The stain in the filling may be three or four times bigger than you see on the surface.

Finally, even though it might sound odd coming from an Internet post, be very careful with home tricks that appear on Internet. Remember: always follow the manufacturer’s care label, act wisely and go to professionals when necessary.

The ‘Wow Effect’ in decoration

The “Wow Factor” applies to many areas, and is especially interesting in interior design. This happens when you go into a house, hotel or any room and exclaim “Wow!”… But defining the concept remains difficult. The wow effect has nothing to do with glitter, ostentation or splurge. It’s more about surprise, feelings or personality. It is not related to money or how wonderful the house is. The proof: Have you ever been in a house with amazing architecture or wonderful views, decorated in such a way that destroys the wow effect?

Huge lamps multiplies the wow effect in this dining room. Via: Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Without personality there is no wow effect. Houses decorated without personality are those that resemble each other or those that are only functional. And your house will be predictable and monotonous if it is “furnished” from any one single store, be that IKEA or an expensive brand. The good news is that personality is not about money, so it never appears on a budget.

Here are five real ways to get the wow effect in a room:

Artwork. Turning a piece of artwork into the center of attention is an infallible way to achieve the wow effect. Display it without having to compete with the color of walls, furniture or decorative objects. Your piece of artwork will attract all eyes on an all-white wall.

The oil painting is from Kiran Dufault, a friend of the house owner. It stands out on the white wal. The two simple Ikea lockers are also white. Via: New York Times

Wallpaper. Wallpaper wastes personality. We don´t mean the patterns of little flowers or polka dots popular in grandmothers’ houses, but those of bigger designs, textured and with decorative force. With them, the wow effect is guaranteed.

  The wallpaper by NLXL makes us feel like we’re in a greenhouse. It´s distributed in Spain by Blasco & Blasco.

 Exceptional objects. Items created in series do not contribute much to the wow effect. Decoration gains interest with exotic finds brought from travels (souvenirs are not worth), street markets finds, family inheritances… With unconventional things that tell a story.

Here you will not find a single conventional object… Via: Pinterest

 Painting. This is a good way to achieve the wow effect and a refreshing solution for walls and furniture. It’s like magic at an affordable price. However, finding the right color requires effort, documentation and perhaps proffesional advice. Pinterest can help you select the color and give you an idea of ​​the final result.

The green wall makes more interesting this living room. A courageous and wise decision by Ann Lowengart

Plants and flowers. The goal is to bring nature inside. Flowers and plants have enormous decorative appeal and improve our mood, so always achieve the wow effect. Play with scale, the current trend requires large indoor plants, even trees, such as Fiddle-leaf fig.

A big Fiddle-leaf fig gets a huge wow effect. Via: Apartament Therapy

 Of course, these views have the wow effect, but decoration can do it in any room in your home. A good example is this children’s room below. Some shelves that cover the entire wall showing colorful children’s books and achieve a “Wow”.

Chaise longue’s styles

The chaise longue made its way from French bedrooms to our living rooms, and today it has even reached the entrances of our houses. It has never abandoned their decadent air, but it has modified its design.

Its main advantage lies in its versatility. A chaise longue can accommodate two people sitting in small space, depending on the design, so it´s a great alternative to benches. And placed in a wasted corner or at the hall, next to a side table, it creates a functional space that can be enjoyed a lot.

The best allies of a chaise longue are a cushion, like this one made of ikat, and a blanket, like this one with fabric by Serendipity Fabrics. Via: Nuevo Estilo

Wherever you put it, a chaise longue will always give a glamorous touch to the decoration. To choose it well you must consider two things: its style and the design options.

Chaise longue’s styles

Antique chaise longue or classic designs. True antiques or replicas based on old designs, they are sumptuous pieces with carved legs, rounded lines, gold finishes, velvet or silk tapestries, super-muted cushions and often quilted upholstery. Good pieces have an air between decadent and luxurious…

An antique chaise longue in a contemporary decor. Photo by William Waldron

Modern chaise longues. Strictly speaking, modern designs are typical of the 20th century (until 1970). The designers of the modern movement created some iconic designs of chaise longue, which continue in production until today. The key to this style is the elimination of superfluous items, such as ornaments, with the aim of optimizing form and function. Good examples are the famous Chaise Longue from Le Corbusier (Switzerland, 1887-1965); The Chaise, from the Eames, presented in 1948; Or the divan Barcelona, ​​designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1930, as an evolution of his mythical Barcelona chair. The original designs are today a luxury and a good investment. Copies are many…

Divan Barcelona ​​from Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Via: My Domaine

Contemporary chaise longue. Be careful not to confuse “modern” and “contemporary” style. The latter covers the designs from 1970 to the present day. Contemporary style is essentially eclectic, inspired by both the avant-garde and the classic style. A contemporary chaise longue takes elements of different styles and epochs. They are traditional cut pieces, but with simple and robust lines. They share with the modern designs their lack of ornamentation. The priority is comfort and functionality, and often are covered with slip covers.

This large contemporary style chaise longue also serves as a sofa without interrupting the views. Via:


There are some variables when choosing a chaise longue, especially concerning the arms and backrest.

With or without arms. Traditionally, a chaise longue has one arm on one side. But there are also chaise longues with two arms, high or low, or without arms. Versions without arms are very elegant, have less visual weight and can be placed in any orientation.

A simple version without arms with an attractive upholstery. Photo Anders Schønnemann. Via: House & Garden

Armrest to the right or the left. You must take it into account depending on the configuration of your furniture (and maybe also if you are right-handed or left-handed)… Chaise longues with a single arm can limit you if you want to arrange them in other direction. The manufacturers usually give the two options when ordering the chaise longue.

With back and one arm to the left. Model Colette from Blasco & Blasco.

Backrest: Usually a chaise longue has one back, straight or inclined. There are also models with two backrests, which can be very useful when they also serve as a seat for two people.

Chaise longue without arms and two backrests. Would you use it for two? Via: House Beautiful

 About the word “chaise longue”

“Chaise longue” means “long chair” in French. Maybe that’s why we associated it with this country, but it really was born in Ancient Egypt. Halfway between bed and armchair, it was popularized in France in the eighteenth century, reigning Louis XIV, as a piece intended for the bedrooms, the perfect seat to rest without actually lying down. And from there it spread throughout Europe.

Liberty chaise longue from Blasco & Blasco. It creates a reading corner in this bedroom. Via: Nuevo Estilo

A Green Living Room: Color of the Year

Why a green living room? Every year, Pantone selects a color to represent trends that mark our global culture. “Greenery” has been chosen as color of the year 2017.

According to Pantone experts, Greennery is Nature´s neutral… Green represents new beginnings, the rebirth of Nature. Greenery satisfies our desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, and provides the reassurance we yearn in these troubled times.

Interior Designer Marta de la Rica used all the shades of green to revitalize this Biarritz holiday home. The living room opens to the garden

How to decorate a green living room? Take a look at this house in Biarritz, decorated by Marta de la Rica, where green becomes the absolute protagonist, from the façade to the interior. This color works like a breath of fresh air in all rooms.

Green is a nice color both summer and winter. Light green chosen for the Blasco & Blasco sofa combines with other nuances of green in flooring and complements.

This green living room is like a greenhouse: The iron enclosure, the small fountain and several plants create a greenhouse atmosphere. The slipcovered sofa with a fabric by Serendipity Fabrics accentuates the pleasant atmosphere.

 In the dining area chairs are also covered with covers in different colors.

 In this green living room, black is used as a contrast in some elements, such as carpentry or some furniture.



Mix and Match Printed Fabrics

Mix and match printed fabrics is really an art. In we do not believe in those posts that say “Five tricks to combine prints as a pro”. We prefer to offer tips, photos and inspiration to push you out of your comfort zone and start playing with the prints, not only on cushions, also on curtains, upholstery, headboards … Who knows? Maybe we awaken that decorator we all have inside…

Mix and match printed fabrics multiplies the decorative interest of any room. Via: House Beautiful

Color. Choosing a single color for all prints can make even the most unmatched patterns look like they are made for each other. It is the easiest and most basic way to get it right by combining different fabrics. But if you want to go further and introduce more colors, you can benefit this advice that is not so obvious: Work with the same intensity of color. Stripes, ethnic prints, pictures or floral will work together if their colors are kept within the same hue. Don’t mix muted colors with bright tones, or put together pastel colors with primary colors.

printed fabricsA single color is the easiest way to combine different pattern fabrics. This fabrics are by Serendipity Fabrics

Odd numbers. It seems that odd numbers, especially the number three, make things work best when combining different pattern fabrics. With three prints we have enough to make an interesting combination, but not so many that the result seems too chaotic.

Choose three or more patterns. Via: House Beautiful

Balance between prints. The prints you choose need to complement one another. If one is mottled, the other should be lighter. To start working, choose a print that you are passionate about, and use it as a link for the others you add. This way every print will have something of this fabric that you like so much.

The intensity of the prints must be balanced. Via: Katie Hodges

A touch of chaos. Kathryn M. Ireland, one of the most recognizable American interior designers, says: “Don´t go for matchy-matchy-matchy. If it doesn’t go, it goes.” Her fantastic interiors and the millionaire fees she earn prove she is right. Take a look at her website to check it out.

Interior designer Kathryn M. Ireland is renowned for combining striking pattern fabrics.

Room scheme. You have to consider how differents prints will be distributed in the room. Avoid putting all patterns together on one side. Solids and prints must flow throughout the space.
Distribute solids and prints throughout the room, as in this bedroom decorated by Amber Interiors Design.

The rule of 60-30-10. We already talked about the 60-30-10 rule in another post. It works in many aspects of interior design. If you want to mix and match printed fabrics, implement it as follows: 60% of your favorite pattern, 30% of a second pattern, and 10% of a third pattern that works as an accent.

Consider the rule of 60-30-10. Via: House Beautiful

Take advantage of professionals. Combining fabrics of different prints is tempting, but it takes time and dedication. Good news: many textile editors have made this process for you. Look for those catalogues of fabrics with different prints that work very well together. Normally they group fabrics by colors, mix solids and patterns, and add textures. All you have to do is decide the color palette you like and you already have a harmonious combination of different prints.

printed fabricsSome textil editors create catalogues with “companion fabrics”, prints that work very well together,  as these from Serendipity Fabrics.

Check other posts for more info: Five upholstery fabric colors or Home decor fabrics

Guide to decorate with cushions

Decorate with cushions gives life to a room and allows us to revamp it without making big investments. That is true. But easy? If you can find in shops more than 1,000 different models, how can you choose those four or five that will look great on your sofa or bed?

There are no magic formulas. Unfortunately, the style can not be explained. But in this post we want to give you a basic guide to decorate with cushions and some easy stylist tricks. Then, you can mix and match colors, sizes and prints according to your taste and the style of your house. It is certainly the funniest part and also the most complicated. Mix and try until you find the winning combo. In our blog we also have lots of photos as inspiration to help you.

decorate with cushions Serendipity FabricsCushions with Blasco & Blasco fabrics.

Size. In decoration, size always matters. In the case of cushions, their size is conditioned by the sofa size. A conventional sofa works with standard cushions, which are usually 40 x 40 or 45 x 45 cm.

Balance. The biggest cushions, more than 60 cm, are comfortable, inviting and trendy, but should be reserved for large sofas. Low-back or small size sofas fit with small cushions.

Ambiance by Villiams Sonoma

Shapes. There are 4 basic shapes of cushions: square, rectangular, round and bolsters. Apart from its appearance, the shape also fulfills a function. Squares are perfect to support the entire back. Rectangulars support the lower back or neck. Bolsters do not slide and can do better their function in a leather sofa pec6edn.

Combinations. When decorating with cushions many people choose different colors even different patterns, but choose all them in the standard size (40cm) and square. Doing that, we miss a lot of the fun. Success also involves combining sizes and shapes, because this adds depth and makes all works better.

The size matters… Via: Style me pretty

Various sizes. Visually it works better if the larger cushions are at the ends and the smaller cushions at the center. And it’s also more practical because you will not have to remove the big ones every time you sit down.

Matching cushions. Sometimes the sofa is sold with some cushions in the same fabric of the upholstery. It never works because the cushions are camouflaged on the sofa and do not contribute anything. Change them for others that add color or texture.

Via: Melián Randolph Studio

Inserts. Beauty is inside? Yes. Even the best cushion will not look nice if is amorphous and flattened. Thinking about cushion inserts does not seem exciting, but choosing them well is a part of the success. There are feather fillings and synthetic fibers.

Feathers and down. Feathers and goose down are the most expensive option, but it is well worth investing money if the cushions are going to be used and will not be merely decorative objects. You will be grateful when you want to take a nap on the sofa. In the long term, inserts with feathers, down or mix of both will come out profitable, since they are more durable than synthetic fibers, don´t lose their shape and can be reused for years just changing the covers.

decorate with cushions. Serendipity FabricsLinen cushions by Serendipity Fabrics

Fibers. If you do not want to invest much and the cushions are merely decorative, or they are of very little use, you can choose fibers inserts. For outdoor cushions, you must always use fiber inserts, because feather inserts are not recommended.

Give them shape. If you like very compact cushions, use an insert a little larger than the cushion cover. And be sure to put the insert well, without leaving empty corners.

Living room by Kirsten Marie Interiors

Number. There are many theories about whether even or odd numbers work best, but the main rule is that if you have to move cushions to sit comfortably on the sofa, it’s because you have too many.

Groups of sofas and armchairs. If you want to decorate with cushions a sofa (or two) and some chairs, you have to consider all them as a group. It doesn´t mean you have to repeat cushions or coordinate prints, but everything should work as a harmonious set, taking into account the color palette of the room, the fabrics used and the general style.

A project by Isabel López Quesada

Decoration style. When decorating with cushions you have to respect the style of the room. This influences the choice of fabrics, colors, textures and placement of the cushions.

Classic style. In these ambiences work well velvet, silk or linen, and trimmings. This style accepts combinations of colors, patterns and textures, with cushions usually grouped symmetrically.

Blasco & Blasco linen sofa with classic cushions. Via: Nuevo Estilo

 Contemporary design. This style is associated with fewer colors and few prints, or none, and better geometric. Decorate with cushions in lightweight fabrics like cotton or linen, in large sizes, and not grouped.

Eclectic style. The most difficult option but also the ones that will give you the greatest satisfaction. Try complicated combinations of prints and fabric. To avoid the chaos, give it coherence unifying with color.

Summer and winter. Decorate with cushions allow to change between seasons. It is a small luxury to have velvet cushions in winter and fresh linen cushions in summer, just changing the covers.

Perfect cushions for summer in this Blasco & Blasco sofa. Via: Nuevo Estilo

Looking for more inspiration? Check this posts: How to style a white sofa and Tips to combine cushions.

Decorating a dining room with different chairs and tables

Decorating a dining room without falling into the boredom of matching dining tables and chairs, but without failing with mismatched combinations is a big challenge. It is clear that the dining furniture sets are more than outdated. It was very easy for our mothers or grandmothers: they went to a store and they chose a table with matching chairs. Their only challenge was the budget.

Mix and match dining table and chairs adds decorative interest, even a touch of surprise, but doing it right requires an extra effort and inspiration. Not everything works. So before purchasing new dining chairs or table, be sure of your decision.

Eero Saarinen oval Tulip table with Executive chairs. Predictable? Via: House Beautiful

In addition to achieving a good aesthetic result, you must also consider other factors when thinking in decorating a dining room, for example, the space available, the number of people who use it, their age (especially with children!),  even their size (not all people are equal …). And of course, the comfort and quality of the furniture you buy.

There really are endless options, more or less unexpected, but there are five tips that will help you when decorating a dining room mixing and matching tables and chairs:

  1. Look for a common design element. If you combine a design table with classic chairs you can get a shocking result. The tip is to put together pieces that share something. Look for chairs with legs or straight back for a table with very straight lines. And combine a round table with sinuous chairs, as in this dining room of Andina and Tapia.

decorating a dining roomAndina & Tapia mix here a contemporary dining table in steel and lacquered glass with classic Lord dining chairs, from Blasco & Blasco. Via: Nuevo Estilo

  1. When size matters… There must be proportion between table and chairs. About 55cm is the usual width for a chair. When the table is very large or the dining room is huge, dining chairs should be wider than usual or models with arms. If the dining table is small, you have to choose proportionated dining chairs, considering that the minimum width for a dining chair is 40 cm, below this, not even your size-36-friend can sit down comfortably. Still on the theme of the measurements, the height of the seat is usually between 45 and 48 cm, while the height of the table is about 75 cm. Although chairs and tables generally have standard heights and there are usually no problems, you should check that chairs do not stand too high or too low, and that they can approach the table without colliding, for example, their arms.

Estudio Melián Randolph dominates the rules of decorating a dining room, with a magic eye for mix and match. This light table is paired with light dining chairs. In addition, dining table and chairs combine straight lines with sinuous details.

  1. Create a random but uniform look. Chairs do not have to be all the same, but they have to harmonize. For example, a group of different styles old chairs will work together if all of them have the same worn wood. Or random chairs will fit together if are painted in the same colour or upholstered with the same fabric. Try it for a bohemian or vintage look.

Suzani fabric unifies different chairs and a pair of accent chairs on the ends in this dining room. Table from Restoration Hardware. Via: Country Living

  1. Table first. Why? Because the first step in decorating a dining room is to consider the available space and how many people will use it. This depends more on the table than the chairs. Then you can play with dining chairs, combining several styles if you need more, adding accent chairs on the ends or relocating a couple of them in another room if left over.

Available room defines the table size. Choosing this first will make the task easier. Via: Veneer Design

  1. Mix and match without fear. Because if you don´t take risks and you just choose dining chairs that don´t fit with the table but are not too different, the look will not only result drippy but it will seem a mistake! When decorating a dining room there must always be some “unresolved visual tension” between the dining table and chairs.

White lacquered table with bamboo chairs. A blend of styles, materials and colors. The key? The curves. Via: Studio McGee

If you liked this post on decorating a dining room with different chairs and tables, you may want to read about how to arrange a living room in 10 steps.


Contemporary decor with a retro touch

Can we have a modern and practical home, that retains its original identity? Yes, we can !!!! How should we decorate it?

In the living room, a  Blasco & Blasco vintage sofa, upholstered  in a blue velvet, is the focal point. Jim Lee´s photography is from Moriarty Gallery. The nordic coffee table was bought in La Europea.

If you want a contemporary decor with a retro touch, look at the work that Serafina Estudio, directed by María Morenés, has done in this house. They have retained the structural elements that were worthwhile (restoring them when necessary) and have renovated those that required it.

Elements of different styles coexist in harmony multiplying the interest of the decoration. A rustic bench, with a Fase working lamp purchased in Gancemanía, harmonizes with two red Italian armchairs coming from Miguel Arcas Antiquities.

The interior has a contemporary decor with a retro touch, mixing antique and new elements. The formula? Family furniture + retro pieces + new elements + a good collection of contemporary photographs by artists such as Alberto García Alix or Chema Madoz. Here everything goes in favor of style!

In the dining room, the table and English chairs are pieces of family heritage. The white lacquered shelf is custom-made.

Via: Nuevo Estilo

How to wash linen

To wash linen is easy because it is a natural fiber. Just think that for centuries linen was washed in streams, boiled in cauldrons and dried in the sun. Fortunately, today we have washing machines and more comfortable ways to hand wash. As for dry cleaning, it is only necessary when the linen has special treatments or is mixed with other fibers.

Linen Serendipity FabricsVia: Serendipity Fabrics

In any case, always follow the care instructions supplied by the manufacturer. These instructions, whether for washing linen at home or for dry-cleaning, are elaborated taking into account many variables, such as preshrinking treatments, threads, dyes used, possible anti-wrinkle or anti-stains treatments, etc.

Linen can be dry-cleaned, laundered in washing machine or by hand, or steam cleaned (a practical way of cleaning curtains, for example).

Via: Y. McFadden

Freshly washed linen smells wonderful and gives you a greater sense of well-being. Follow these tips to wash linen at home and you will see how the more it is washed, the softer and more luminous and beautiful it becomes.

– Linen always shrinks the first time you wash it and then do not do it again. There are two options: to wash it before using it, or to buy a pre-washed linen (as we will see later).

– Linen should always be removed slightly damp. Remove it before it is completely dry. And never use the dryer. The reason is that the natural moisture content of linen varies between 6 – 8%. When it dries too much, the fiber becomes brittle. If this happens, linen fabric will take several hours to absorb moisture from the air and recover its full flexibility.

wash linenVía: Blasco & Blasco Anouk De Gruyter.

– In addition to the dryer, bleach is the other big enemy of linen fabric. No matter if it is a white linen, this product weakens the fiber and yellows it.

– To wash linen, either by hand or machine, use pure soap or a mild detergent. And be sure to put a sufficient amount of water, since the linen is very absorbent.

– Clean any stain when recent.

– The water temperature can oscillate between hot and very hot depending on the care instructions.

– Rinse with plenty of water to remove all detergent and residual dirt. This avoids the formation of “age spots”.

– Don’t wring to drain after washing linen.

– The best way to keep the white linen is to dry it in the sun.

Via: Pinterest.

Ironing linen fabric

– Ironing linen fabric is not a cumbersome chore if you do it when linen is a bit damp. After you have removed wrinkles with the iron, leave linen drying.

– One trick of our grandmothers to keep the moisture was to put the linen towels rolled up in the fridge for a few hours. Then towels were taken out one by one and ironed. If you have space in your refrigerator, try doing it with curtains or covers inside a plastic bag. It will make ironing much easier. It is also a way to avoid moisture odor when you can not iron the linen after washing it.

Via: Pinterest.

– Steam ironing dry linen will be much less effective than ironing it wet. Steam from a domestic iron is usually not enough.

– Iron first the reverse side, then the right side. This will bring out all the natural shine of the linen fabric. But if it is a dark color, iron only by the reverse side.

– Pure linen withstands very high ironing temperatures. In any case, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and, if you do not have them, test in a corner or with a scrap of the fabric.

 Via: Elle Deco France

What does “pre-washed linen” mean

Pre-washed linen has been repeatedly washed at high temperatures and with special products to prevent it from shrinking later, enhancing its softness and giving it a special “patina”.

As linen improves its qualities with washing and becomes incredibly soft after three years, choosing a pre-wash linen means speeding up this process and saving a lot of washes.

wash linenVia: Blasco & Blasco

Stonewashed linen means that it has been washed in large machines with pumice or volcanic stones that bash and tumble the fabric’s fiber. Stonewashed linens becomes more supple and have patina, in addition to amazing shades of color. Of course, this treatment don´t affect the quality and durability of linen fabric, but always rely on specialized manufacturers to avoid any surprise.

Do you want to know more about linen fabric? Check this post about decorating with linen fabric.

Decorating with Linen Fabric

Formerly, linen fabric was reserved for towels, tablecloths and sheets, which were kept as family treasures. But a few years ago this ancient fabric “came out of the closet” to decorate each corner of the house in the form of curtains, upholstery, cushions, covers… Its success is assured because, in addition to its many qualities, it looks cool and casual and fits equally into the more classic style, as to the more modern style.

Linen fabric has a glossy finish that highlights all the colors in which it is dyed. 

Let’s see how to decorate with linen fabric and propose some tips to get the most out of it:

Curtains and blinds. Covering a window with linen fabric is a great choice because it filters light in a subtle and very attractive way. Usually, linen curtains were lined, but in recent years we can see them unlined. If you like this option, which looks lighter and casual, keep in mind that what you gain in light you lose in privacy. And assume that the sun does with them the same as with your skin: aging them prematurely, specially if your windows are facing south or west.

Linen curtains unlined.

Tip: If you are going to order linen fabric to make curtains or blinds, check that it is suitable for this purpose. Very light linens, which are used for clothes or sheets, are not suitable for windows. On the manufacturer´s label is indicated the recommended use.

Linen blinds in natural tone. Via: El Mueble

Walls: Why not use linen fabric in the walls? You achieve good acoustic and thermal insulation, benefit from its ability to repel dust and raise the decorative impact of the room.

Walls covered with linen fabric with tacks. Via: Antonio Martins

Tip: Linen fabric is not exactly cheap, so if you like the idea, but it is over- budget, you can use a wallpaper that reproduces the texture of linen.

Upholstery: Linen fabric is wear-resistant, does not deform or pill repels dust and is very easy to maintain. However, not all linens are suitable for upholstering. Check the manufacturer’s label to know if the fabric is suitable for upholstery. You should find something like this:

Blasco & Blasco armchairs upholstered with linen. Via: El Mueble

Tip: Usually, linen upholstery fabric is mixed with other fibers. Check to see the percentages, because this varies its qualities. In this post you can find more information about the resistance of fabrics and the Martindale test.

Label of Baleares linen by Blasco & Blasco

The bench is upholstered with a linen with a tribal print. Via: Black Lacquer Design

Linen covers: Linen fabric is probably the best choice for covers in sofas, armchairs and other seats thanks to its natural properties. Linen fabric covers has a degree of stretching that allows them to adapt to the sofá shape. In addition, its strength and durability make linen fabric highly recommended for seats that receive heavy use. In this post we tell you about the linen covers.

A linen sheath adapts to the rounded shapes of this chair without deforming. Via: Blasco & Blasco

Tip: The softness and the look of linen improve with the use and with each wash, so the covers will be more and more beautiful… Many linens can be washed in the washing machine, so they are very recommended in homes with children or pets. Remember to follow the manufacturer’s washing instructions.

Many linens covers can be washed at home, a great advantage in the dining room. Via: Pinterest

Next week, we will see more decorative uses of linen. There is still much to see.

Linen curtains in this living room with wabi sabi philosophy. Via: DecoCool

A wall covered with linen makes the headboard unnecessary. Via: And McFadden

Juliette armchairs with footrest by Blasco & Blasco with white linen covers. Via: Nuevo Estilo