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Linen home furnishings are the most simple and elegant way to decorate. It’s like the whispering of design...understated, muted and timeless. Linen can cover your walls, windows and furniture so it’s one of the most useful and versatile fabrics around.
I love linen because it can be super modern if tightly fitted on furniture or traditional and romantic if gathered on a bedskirt or ottoman. Linen also doesn't discriminate by seasons. White linen is perfect in the summer, while a warmer taupe or brown linen looks just as chic besides a fire in a colder climate.
1. Zuo Dogpatch Beige Accent Chair
Slipcovered linen chairs have been around for quite some time, and for good reason. A linen covered chair can go anywhere and look divine. You can always jazz up linen with a patterned pillow or throw, but I say still stay neutral to maintain the calm. The classic Parsons chair in linen can go from dining to desk as well as kitchen to vanity.
2. Winema Down-Filled Taupe Linen Throw Pillow
Linen accessories can soften the hardest or most tired looking furniture. Hate you dining table? No worries, a linen tablecloth can cover that up and look beautiful at the same time. Adding linen pillows and throws an are an affordable luxury that infuses a room with soft texture and elegance.
3. Ceramic Sea Urchin White Table Lamp 4. Cream Chandelier Shade
Lighting can even benefit from linen. A simple bedside lamp can be elevated with the addition of a linen shade and even dining room chandeliers can cast a softer glow if the bulbs are covered by linen replacement shades.
5. Zuo Pacific Heights Beige Sofa
Linen sofas will look chic for a very long time. I love the look and it always reminds me of those serene Belgian interiors you see in magazines. One key thing to remember when it comes to linen home furnishings is that they can stain and do wrinkle. I don’t mind the wrinkles as that is the “look.” Stains, however, I mind. That said, keep the linen away from little kids and pets to ensure long life and high style.
Photos: Belgian Pearls.
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.