Besides colours and structures, linen has a several characteristics you can use to create your own, personal style. The hanging makes a difference, but your choice of linen fibres, weavings and needlework details will also boost the result. One of Himla's favourite tips is to consciously experiment with tending. Wash, tumble-dry, iron and spray, and you'll get different outcomes. Wrinkles can be quite charming, while smooth, glossy linen makes a strict impression. Here's a guide to help you on your way!
Ten shades of white
White linen fabrics with different structures are a goldmine when making a beautiful window. By using several lenghts in different shades of white, you can create a magnificent effect, looking so thoroughly planned no-one will realize what a simple arrangement it truly is.
From månsten to safir
To give a room a special character, try working with linen in harmonizing colours. Be inspired by shades like aftonbris, onyx, lavendel, mother of pearl, rosewater, månsten and safir.
Airy light and compact darkness
The best thing about linen is how easy you can create light effects by using different structures. While a thin straining-cloth works like a veil, letting the sunlight in, the coarser linen works like a screen, while offering more character and a slightly rustic style. By playing with structures, you can control the atmosphere of a room.
HANG, DRAPE AND ROLL THE RECIEVE YOUR STYLE
Urban and multi-functional
Curtains with heading tape are extremely adaptable, and can be used around windows, as lounge drapes, or as wall decorations. You can easily change them back and forth; creating a lively, nice and tidy room.
Eyelet headed curtains are durable, and easy to open and close. A course linen may create a masculine effect, while a lighter structure gives the room a modern, fresh lightness. Urban - but also rural, depending on your style in the rest of the room.
The sequel to the historic curtain with ribbon tabs and valance is modern, romantic and smart, and works just as well in urban environments as on the countryside.
Roman blinds should work best. A roman blind curtain is flexible, easily handled and comes in many pre-made sizes. Do you have an unusually sized window? We'll make your curtain to measure. Visit one of our concept stores, and we'll help you out.
Everyone seems to like ribbon tab curtains - you put them up, and then they're just hanging there being beautiful. And what's not to like about sheer linen that lets light in? You can create a romantic style by letting the curtains cascade down on the floor, or a stricter impression by shortening them a bit.
WASH, IRON AND WRINKLE TO CREATE YOUR STYLE
Linen is a natural material with living fibres, whose qualities makes for a fabric that ages very well. They can stand pretty rough stuff and a lot of washings, but water and heat will have an effect on the fibres.
If you want to preserve your curtains' original quality - take them to the dry-cleaners. You can also choose to treat your linen differently, and create a whole new look.
CHANGE YOUR HOME WITH CURTAINS
Here are some tricks to help you change your home or enhance a certain style.
- New curtains can be used immediately, without washing. Spray with water to get rid of any creases.
- Ironing the curtain will flatten the fibres, giving the linen a different structure.
- Linen can be washed in higher temperatures, but the fibres will change - they'll get a different, slightly wilder structure, giving the curtains a more casual, charming style.
- Do you prefer the bohemian, careless style? Wash, hang and enjoy the wrinkly look. Wash, tumble-dry and hang, and the wrinkles will be even more pronounced.
- Ironing your curtains after washing them will make them shiny, almost glossy and give them that crisp, starched look.
- The starched look will be even more emphasized if you mangle your linen curtains.