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Choosing Table Linens


recent study has shown that a well decorated table and stylish tablecloth can actually make your food taste better. So, not only do table linens add class and style to any mealtime, they can even affect the way we perceive our food. A backyard picnic, teatime on a terrace, weekend breakfast or formal dinner will all feel more special, more festive and elegant when set with clean, crisp linen tablecloths, napkins and runners.

choosing table linen

Choosing table linen is a serious business, but needn't feel daunting. Here are our tips on how to select the right table linen:

  • The key to a beautiful yet functional table setting is quality. Because table linens need to survive spills, stains and frequent washes, you want good quality fabrics that won't fall apart or become threadbare after the second wash. Table linen is an investment – you're paying not only for a piece of cloth but also for the mood, the aesthetic and special feeling you get when a table setting is carefully considered.why use linen tablecloth
  • Ideally, table linens should be made from soft, natural fibres like linen or cotton. You can purchase synthetic ones, but the feel and overall impression is inferior. Pure linen gives the most Instagrammable, picture-worthy table, and feels amazing against the skin as you wipe, dab and clean.
  • Table linens made from linen are highly absorbent and long-lasting, making them sustainable as well as potential family heirlooms. Unlike synthetic fibres, linen doesn't become shiny when exposed to an iron's heat, and actually gets better with every wash. Linen and Egyptian cotton are widely considered the finest materials for table linens because of their long, durable fibres.
  • Once you've chosen the fabric, consider the color of your tablecloth and other table linen pieces. If you want a more formal look, choose plain white, off-white or ivory table linen. If you want to add some colour to your table, choose a set that goes with the décor of your home but doesn't overwhelm it. Coordinate with the colors of your crockery, or choose linens in a tone that picks out shades from the wall or curtain colors. The simplest option is to purchase a tablecloth in a pastel colour along with several sets of napkins. That way, you can mix and match according to the season and occasion.

Linen table linen gives a polished yet informal, welcoming look to any table, and will make even the most ordinary of dinners or breakfasts feel special.

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And it's easy to care for too. Thanks to modern pre-washing technologies, the fabric becomes extremely soft and luxurious to touch. Combine this sensory comfort and durability with the huge range of exquisite shades – from dusky lilacs to zingy citrine – and I think you'll quickly fall in love with  linen napkins, tablecloths and runners.

For more tips on how to take care of your table linens go here. Or click here to read about linen bed linen.

Tatiana Wilson

It got me when you said that table linens are super absorbent, lasts a long time, and will not become shiny if they are exposed to an iron's heat. Since we intend to iron the tablecloths that we will use for my brother's birthday, I think natural tablecloth made from real linen is our only option. After all, he doesn't like it when the cloth gets too shiny as it is "too distracting" for him. Thanks for the info.

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I'm Inga and this is a space where I celebrate simple, slow living. It's a place to be curious and creative, to share ideas on how to live and work sustainably and mindfully. Being the creative force behind I also write about my love for linen and natural fabrics. Linenbeauty weaves inspiring stories of slow living with interior style features, travel and cookery tips and outfit ideas. Thanks so much for stopping by.