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What’s Hot In Summer Decorating: Linen Fabric

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How To Use Linen Fabric:

Linen, a popular fabric used in the fashion world, is often forgotten when it comes to home decorating. This fiber, one of the oldest known to man, is not only beautiful, it also has a longevity that is highly desirable, making it a perfect choice for the interior of your home. If you love a relaxed, yet elegant style, then linen is the fabric for you. Continue reading to learn what makes it so great as well as ways it can be used.

The Perks of Linen

Each type of fabric out there has its own unique qualities and linen is no different. Here are some things you might not have known about this wonderful fiber:

Linen is environmentally friendly. To understand why linen is eco-friendly, you must first know more about flax, the fiber in which linen is composed of.

  • The flax plant produces no waste because it can be used in its entirety
  • It is recyclable and biodegradable because it is a natural fiber
  • The energy required to process flax is very minimal
  • It requires less water and fewer pesticides because it grows naturally

These amazing traits make it easy to see why linen is so much better for the environment than other fibers.

Linen has healing properties. Normally we don’t link fabric to healing, but with linen, you can! Some healing properties of linen include, but are not limited to:

  • Less or no more skin irritations
  • Cleaner air
  • Relaxed cardiovascular, nervous and muscular systems

It’s also anti-microbial, bug repelling and resistant to fungi, which are also great for the body.

Linen is a temperature-regulating fabric. You can use linen all year round. It evaporates moisture, keeping you cool in the summer, and becomes a natural insulator, keeping you warmer in the winter.

Linen is long lasting. Linen is exceptionally strong whether it’s wet or dry. It’s twice as durable as cotton, retains its color and stands up against dirt. It’s easy to wash, won’t stretch, and never loses strength even though it softens over time.

It’s important to remember that with pros, come cons. Fortunately however, the cons of linen are very minimal. When decorating keep in mind that linen is known to wrinkle and stretch. This shouldn’t deter you from decorating it though. Instead, get those creative juices flowing.

How to Decorate With Linen

Linen is very versatile, making it a great fabric for both fun and function. Here are some ideas for your home:

  • Dress up your windows. If you choose to pick long drapery over breezy curtains, be sure to let the drapes casually puddle on the floor. This will forgive any stretching of the fabric that may occur.
  • Change up your bedding. Whether you use a linen duvet cover or simply put on crisp linen sheets, you’ll see and feel a difference.
  • Recover furniture. Linen is a wonderful fabric for chair cushions and chase lounges.
  • Freshen up your bath. A common misconception is that linen only comes in white. Today, linen can be dyed to suit any design style, so don’t hesitate to use it for a lovely new shower curtain.
  • Top off your table. Placemats, table runners and napkins look great in linen.

Other fun ways you can use linen:

  • Make your own dishtowels or cocktail napkins
  • Use it to trim photo frames
  • Create decorative pouches to hold bath salts
  • Recover a lamp or chandelier shade

Linen can be bought at relatively inexpensive prices, so how much you want to use is up to you. Whether it’s a little or a lot, linen is a great fabric for your home decorating.

Come visit us at our Houston location on Fondren Rd. to pick from the best linen fabrics for your next project!