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August 17, 2018

What color is linen?

As huge fans of natural fabrics like linen, we often take its amazing benefits and qualities for granted. Even down to its natural color. Do you ever wonder what undyed linen fabric looks like? It's a great question, given that most of the linen textiles we buy are pure white or a wide range of colors.

Here's the lowdown on linen's natural state.

natural linen fabric

What is the natural color of linen?

The color of finished linen is determined largely by the conditions in which the flax was grown (for more on the life cycle of natural linen, from flax plant to homewares, go here). The growing and production process affects the colors of flax fibers. This means that different rolls of undyed linen fabric could be different colors, depending on their source and when they were produced.

The most common tones for linen fabric is light buff, oatmeal and ecru right through to darker greys. All of these shades work beautifully together as they come from a natural, complementary palette, so you needn't worry if two linens are slightly varying tones.

natural linen fabric shade

Why white linen is not natural!

Despite what we might think, white linen is not a natural linen shade. Pure white linen has been bleached to give it its clean, crisp tone. The ever-popular minimalist look has done a lot for white linen, as it regularly features in beautiful table settings, wedding banquets, and as stylish bedding in pristine, clutter-free homes.

Bright, bold linen

natural linen textiles color

Whilst this trend for simple, pared-back interiors and monochrome linen clothing shows no signs of going away, there has been a noticeable rise in designers playing with bolder colors and prints. Linen can also be the perfect partner for bright, busy interiors as the fibres are particularly receptive to dyes.

At LinenMe we stock a huge range of colors, from zingy citrus shades to muted, earthy tones. Our products are made to order and you can purchase fabric by the metre, meaning there's even more scope to play with different looks for your home.

We design for people who don't follow fickle fashion fads, who value great quality at the right price, who want to express themselves through their clothes and home textiles, and who want products that will last for years. You'll find just the right linen color here, whether you want cool neutrals, pops of color or swathes of rich tones.

How to match and choose your linen colors

Depending on your color scheme you might be looking for colors as accents, or as the main focal points of an interior. The main thing to remember when choosing linen colors is to keep warm tones together, and cool tones together - mixing them rarely works.

You can play with the range of shades within each tone category and they will complement each other, creating a balanced feel. Clashing can be interesting but the novelty might wear off, so we advise sticking to the warm/warm, cool/cool rule.

Here are some classic color combinations that always work brilliantly together:


Linen color - Rust

natural linen color beige ecru


Green & Pink linen color

How do you style your linens, and what are your favourite linen colours and combinations?

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