We may have mentioned it before, but natural materials add a special element to your interiors. It can’t be said too often, and in an environment where we should be highly aware of consumption, we should stick to the alternatives which benefit the environment.
Flax is a natural raw material, making linen one of the most sustainable textiles
‘Linum Usitatissimum’ in Latin means ‘most useful linen.’ The whole flax plant can be used, leaving no waste. Flax grows naturally and requires less water and fewer pesticides than cotton, making it a more eco-friendly fabric. Because it’s a natural fiber, flax linen is recyclable and biodegradable.
The humble flax plant has been used for ten thousand years or more and man has known that this gentle gift of nature was the source of textiles with special properties; rich colour, lasting durability, and unrivalled comfort.
With spring and summer on the horizon, linen is a obvious choice as it has a lazy nonchalance to it, which harmoniously blends in with a relaxed and comfortable style.
Linen also gets softer over time, which means it is a great choice for bedding, cushions, and table cloths – no other fiber can offer this unique blend of comfort and elegance yet practicality.
Nevertheless, the best tip is no ironing! Linen can be used as it is, straight from your tumble dryer or your clothes line. That’s how linen looks its best, and keeps its softness.
Tip: mix and match various shades and patterns for spring.
Throw a lunch or garden party and dress your table with layers of different textures and colours. Why not mix your china in different colours and patterns as well – linen is just beautiful, so in this respect ‘more is more!’
We have mixed various sorts of patterns and colours on this inviting afternoon tea table.
As linen is highly sustainable it can be found at antique markets, as we have found here, with beautiful embroideries.
By Our Home & Garden Blogger, Helene Arentz.