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