As the bridge between fashion and interiors narrows, more and more of us want to spend our money on our homes. For those of us not naturally gifted with interiors know-how, we've spoken to the experts, from homeware specialist Matilda Goad to interior designer Lucy Barlow, to find out how to update your living space for summer 2019.
“Linen is a timeless material, but we’ve really seen an increase in popularity and interest in the last year for a number of reasons,” said Allegra Marchiorello, creative director at Once Milano, a company that specialises in Italian linen. “Firstly, linen boasts impressive eco credentials. It is made for the fibres of the flax plant, a renewable source that is fully biodegradable. As more of us are entertaining at home, linen gives a laid-back look to your table. It’s a luxurious material but is also super low-maintenance – it can be machine washed and looks best when tumble dried and without pressing which reveals an attractive crumpled texture.”
How to incorporate it at home:
“Quality linen reflects colour better than cotton. Even at the more neutral end of the spectrum; colours like grey and pale pink, which can seem drab in cotton, give a sense of light and dark shading, resulting in a remarkable texture and vibrancy. Linen adds a pared-back yet elegant touch to any room – be it with linen tablecloths, napkins, bed linen, blankets or towels.”