Various environmental topics are now at their peak of popularity. After many years of neglect, linen material for window decoration has returned. Designers remembered him again, and it turned out that he fits perfectly into many styles.
Should you hang up?
Linen curtains require caution when choosing, but this does not mean that it is worth deleting them altogether from the list of options under consideration. On the contrary, besides the fact that natural linen curtains have a lot of advantages, they can also be matched to any room.
If you compare the pros and cons, the advantage is obvious. Linen curtains have only three drawbacks: the high price, difficulty in ironing and the fact that linen can fade in the sun, therefore, such curtains are advised to be sewn on a lining.
If we talk about the pros, there is a whole list
- Flax on its own is a hypoallergenic material, which is very important when choosing a window design.
- It is a very durable material. Curtains made of this fabric will last a long time.
- Even light flax can be called non-mark matter. The dirt seems to slide off the linen sheets. Moreover, it is very easy to wash it; it is possible to wash even in a washing machine using ordinary powder (albeit with gentle properties).
- Linen curtains or curtains can be used in the design of any room and almost any style.
- Linen is very easy to drape, while it keeps its shape well. This opens up a lot of possibilities for creating various curtains.
- Linen curtains do not electrify.
- Matter has thermoregulatory properties, giving coolness to the room in summer and perfectly protecting from drafts in winter.
- The material itself disinfects and disinfects the air in the room.
However, you can often come across unscrupulous sellers who pass off artificial flax as natural. It is very easy to verify the authenticity of the material. It is enough to set fire to a small strip of fabric about half a centimeter wide and see what remains of it. If only the ashes are real fabric; if there are ash and lumps, they are trying to deceive you.
The choice of different colors is huge. In particular, when dyeing flax, they mainly use muted, discreet tones, such as beige, dark green or khaki. Olive-colored curtains are especially popular because they perfectly fit the ecology theme that is relevant at the moment. You won't find bright orange or turquoise curtains, but muted blue is not uncommon, especially when decorating bedrooms.
Most people opt for light colored linen curtains. They help to give the room a feeling of airiness, spaciousness, lightness. White, light gray, light beige curtains are modern classics. They fit absolutely any room, including kitchen decoration.
Linen or patterned curtains have also won the hearts of the public with a wide range of design solutions. Both large printed ornaments and small ones look good on linen.
Linen tulle is also often complemented by embroidery in the same color as the main curtain. In particular, white, light gray, beige are the main colors for the veil.
Sometimes you can find a combination of two colors, for example, if you need to combine curtains with furniture in wenge or walnut color. There are no strict rules about which colors to use - similar or contrasting, but one thing remains unchanged: the shades should be muted, restrained, as natural as possible. Combinations of white and olive or khaki, white and muted blue, turquoise and beige look beautiful and relevant.
It is difficult to say which length is optimal for these curtains. For the kitchen, linen curtains or horizontal curtains up to the windowsill are usually used. For living rooms, choose the length from floor to ceiling. You shouldn't buy curtains with a height of 2 meters, this length is not sufficient. Curtains must necessarily "rest" on some horizontal surface: window sill, table, radiator, floor.
Linen curtains should not be allowed to touch the floor or, worse, spread over it. In this case, the curtains will look sloppy, ridiculous, inappropriate. Plain linen fabric requires the same simplicity of design, so such complications will only spoil everything.
As mentioned above, linen curtains fit perfectly into almost any interior. The exceptions are styles in which the richness of the decoration is deliberately emphasized, for example, Baroque or Art Deco. However, for a classic style, it is quite possible to pick up such curtains if you do it with care.
One of the best styles for choosing linen curtains is Scandinavian. It itself is based on an exaggerated idea of simplicity, so linen is an ideal choice for such spaces. True, fabrics with a pattern cannot be used here. Natural colors like gray or beige look best.
Folk style is another great style option, who "loves" linen window frames. It doesn't matter what style the room is designed in - Russian, Mexican, Georgian - painted linen curtains, models with embroidery, or even decorated using the batik technique are still perfect.
In a rustic style, linen curtains will also look quite appropriate. For example, a linen curtain with an arch extending to the middle of the window is a classic option for decorating a country-style kitchen. If it is also made of fabric with a pattern (for example, in a cage or with a floral pattern), it turns out to completely recreate the summer cottage atmosphere in the room.
For the marine interior, linen curtains are also very often chosen. In this case, a fabric that is close to burlap in texture is appropriate. This is the so-called rough, unprocessed flax. Usually, such fabric is not even dyed, leaving it light gray, but sometimes it is bleached and it takes on a beautiful shade of ivory.
In different rooms
Linen curtains on the windows will give any room comfort and an atmosphere of simple chic. In particular, this property of matter is often used for the living room. When choosing curtains for the hall, the owners always strive to make the room impress the guests. Linen curtains, despite their seeming modesty, perfectly fulfill this task. The use of natural materials always looks expensive and stylish.
When choosing linen curtains for the bedroom, they often stop at floor-length options. Shortened curtain models are practically not used in this case. Linen curtains perfectly protect the room from street noise, and also allow you to even out the temperature background in the room.
Covering the radiator, they slightly cool the air before feeding it into the room; also curtains prevent drafts. This atmosphere in the bedroom is conducive to a good sound sleep.
Linen curtains of medium length for the kitchen are a classic of the genre. Housewives often make a choice in favor of this particular option, since linen is perfectly washed, does not absorb odors, and also looks harmonious. Linen is often used to make roman blinds for the kitchen, as they are more practical than conventional sliding curtains.
In the nursery, linen curtains are also used, however, they mainly perform a decorative function. Light bleached linen curtains are suitable for both boys and girls.
How to choose?
Many people have bought linen curtains for their rooms. Their feedback on the purchase experience is very informative. In general, most agree on the following points.
- The usual linen curtains with lace and hemstitch are, rather, a relic of the past, but they will perfectly complement the interior of a room decorated in folklore style. If you want to use lace in a rustic interior, you should not decorate the curtains themselves with it, it is better to make lace only the hooks for the curtains, or frame the edges with lace.
- Linen curtains with the addition of viscose do not wrinkle, so they are most suitable as kitchen curtains.
- Linen curtains made of artificial material are not suitable for decorating windows in the bedroom. Imitation, even very good, does not possess sufficiently the same qualities as natural material.
- When designing curtains, they can be made from two different materials at the same time. Cotton goes well with linen, while due to the difference in textures, such curtains look quite impressive.
- It is important that the general ornaments of the room and curtains overlap. For example, choosing linen in a flower, you need to complement the curtains with decorative textiles with a floral print, for example, a bedspread.
- Thin linen looks very impressive if a deliberately rough texture of the fabric is used. For example, a matting will go well with a nautical or Scandinavian theme. The striped texture does not require any additional decorations, since in itself it is quite interesting and original.
How to hang?
At the moment, two types of linen curtains, different in the way they are attached, are popular: on the curtain tape and on the eyelets.
Curtains on a curtain tape look very modest and unassuming, while models on eyelets are eye-catching. If you plan to focus on window decoration, then the option with eyelets is just for you.
Please note that this type of curtain fastening, such as curtain tape, is used in folklore, Scandinavian, Loft, Provence, Eco-style. Eyelets should be used when decorating a room in a rustic style. This division is extremely conditional and cannot serve as a rule, however, most often curtain tapes are used to fix linen curtains.
It should also be noted that it is impossible to hang linen curtains together with lambrequins or bandos, this contradicts the very concept of simplicity. The fewer decorative elements used in conjunction with linen curtains, the better. Sometimes even grabs are superfluous.
How to iron and starch?
Ironing linen curtains is a real test for the hostess. It takes a lot of effort and time.
Start by hanging the curtain dry. Immediately after washing, after removing the curtains from the drum of the washing machine, simply hang the curtains on the curtain rod and leave for several hours until the fabric is slightly damp.
If you're lucky, the fabric dries with little or no wrinkles and is fairly easy to iron
Preheat your iron to maximum temperature. Iron the fabric until it dries completely, moving gradually from the bottom of the curtain to the top. Remember that you should not steam the curtains from flax, as this will still not give any tangible result. Better to spend a little more time and iron them well.Curtains made of a mixture of flax and viscose will be especially "grateful": to wrinkle them after smoothening is a rather difficult task.
Usually linen curtains are already thick enough, but if the choice was made in favor of thin curtains, they must be starch
For curtains, use a medium intensity solution, which is prepared as follows
- A tablespoon of starch with a slide must be diluted in a liter of warm water.
- Heat the solution, stirring occasionally, and wait until there are no lumps left. Boil.
- Then cool and dilute at the rate of 1 liter of solution per 10 liters of water. Rinse the curtains in a starchy solution, squeeze and hang them to dry.
- Then repeat all the same steps that were described for normal ironing.
A variation of a classic-style dining room. Curtains in natural colors perfectly complement the interior, at the same time adding tranquility and giving the whole composition a finished look.
Translucent two-tone linen curtains for the bedroom are made in various techniques: the outer bright panels are attached directly to the tubular cornice, and the inner ones are attached to the rings. This technique made it possible to visually add a little height to the room.
Curtains on eyelets are a great option for decorating a window in a Scandinavian interior. They look very neat and at the same time expensive, demonstrating the excellent taste of the owners.
Here's a Provence style room with two-tone curtains. Notice how the colors of the curtains resonate with the overall decoration of the interior. A plaid with floral motifs acts as a binding component.
The characteristic rustic pattern looks great on linen curtains, allowing you to create a provincial-naive atmosphere in the kitchen. Such solutions add coziness to the rooms and always bring warm childhood memories back to life.
A muted blue paired with white creates a very fresh duo. It is easy to breathe in such a room. Floor-length curtains perfectly frame the large window in this living room. A double cornice in a contrasting color acts as a finishing element, visually balancing the proportions of the entire window space.
Roman blinds look no worse than classic sliding ones. The correct selection of the color scheme and pattern shown in the photo gives an interesting idea for decorating windows in the living room.
Also, you can see examples of linen curtains in the interior in the video below.