See why I’m in love with this delicate fabric!
I don’t know about you but I’m in the midst of a brutal summer. I know I’ve spent the past few months wishing for summer to come already, but I fully take it back. I’m burning.
Fortunately for us all, central air conditioning exists. I’ve seriously been living like a cave dweller because of the heat! Gone are my dreams of tanning by the seaside and enjoying the beach… it’s just way too hot to even consider hanging out under the sun!
So to combat my hot weather blues, I’ve done a lifestyle rehaul and transitioned to lighter summer fabrics like linens and cottons. While this mainly goes for my wardrobe, my tablescapes aren’t exempt from this rule either! I just love how breezy, delicate fabrics are perfect for hosting beach-inspired dinners and airy summer gatherings. And since this is probably the closest I’ll be getting to a proper beach anytime soon (until the weather calms down anyway) I’m taking all the chances I can get.
My absolute favorite material of the bunch has to be linen—it’s versatile enough to be used in both informal and formal settings, plus it comes in a range of colors to suit every palette imaginable! Since I’ve been lusting over linen tablescapes for a while now, I’ve put together a short list of my favorites for you to enjoy as well!
I love this gorgeous, beach-y tablecape with its monochromatic white palette. I recreate this look by keeping my scape muted by using tableware (and flatware!) in the same color scheme. Unpressed linen also gives a breezy vibe but packs a big punch when it comes to texture and contrast. I would layer the look on your table with soft linen napkins, a soft and unlined linen tablecloth, and heavier linen in between—in this case a painted linen placemat.
Linen is the perfect fabric to use for rustic gatherings! While it does come in a range of bold colors, I love this look with its muted palette and contrasting flatware. Don’t forget to keep your tablescape consistent with matching flowers scattered around the table!
A spring fling
How gorgeous is this blue and white tablescape featuring pressed linens? Lately, I’ve been obsessing over rough, pressed linen. I just love the clean, sleek vibe it gives off with its smooth lines! Delicate fabrics, like linens, silks, and cotton gauze, require a lot of planning to keep wrinkle-free (I learnt this the hard way), so keep this in mind before jumping the gun for your next gathering.
Since I’m a very laid-back girl (AKA I’m just really lazy), I search for any shortcuts and hacks to get me to where I need to go at a fraction of the effort. Instead of whipping out the ironing board every time I want to use pressed linens for my scapes, I love this wool ironing mat to help me get ready for large parties as it’s portable and easier to use than a bulky board. Plus, I love how it allows me to touch up easily, which is especially important when dealing with an easily wrinkled fabric like linen!
I’m feelin’ blue
Here’s another blue and white tablescape to add to the mix! Instead of using a full tablecloth, I really like the idea of alternating small—yet thicker and heavier—linens in a similar color scheme for a rustic chic yet ultra-simple look. I personally love using a pack of pressed tea towels to achieve something similar to the example above.
For a romantic and moody look, I use dark linens—like these gorgeous charcoal napkins and the jewel-colored tablecloth—to provide just enough contrast while keeping to the same color tone. I love how this scape uses bright gold flatware to really bring out the rich hues in the details! If yellow gold isn’t your cup of tea, I think other warm and rich metals—think copper or bronze—would look just as amazing!
Going with the flow
Throughout my love affair with linen I’ve also learnt to embrace the wrinkles! Since linen crumples easily, instead of fighting its natural state sometimes I go all out and use wrinkled linens for my scapes! To really highlight its texture, I make sure to use clean lines for the rest of the tablescape, like with the minimalist ceramic set and clean glassware above. I promise the finished look will be chic and rustic instead of sloppy and lazy!
Did you know that I have a Pinterest board dedicated to tablescapes? Check it out and make sure to follow Scaping By on Pinterest right here.