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Definitive Guide to Interior Design With Linen

Table of Contents

  1. Linen Texture
  2. Do You Want Striped Linen?
  3. Linen Color Options
  4. How to Use a Linen Throw
  5. How Does your Blanket Drape?
  6. How to Make a Bedroom Inviting With Linen
  7. How to Make a Bed With Linen
  8. Linen Pillows

How to Dress a Platform Bed

Linen Texture

Texture is the food of a well-balanced décor. It lights up our senses with delicious detail. The dance between visual texture and the tactile quality of a fabric is at the very core of its character.

We are all drawn to certain repeating patterns: the black and white veneer of birch trees, the linear simplicity of painted wood walls, ornament in architecture, the gradation of color from the horizon up into the atmosphere. These are the types of textures that color our subconscious.

For A Quiet Place

The textures we relate to a quiet room are often understated. The fabrics would reflect what you visualize when you consider tranquility. Softly patterned weaves having smooth surfaces and subtle color will be like a soothing song in this room. The properties of the yarns will speak through their tactile comfort.

When The Walls Are Smoothly Painted

Vertical and horizontal stripe textures can add character and focus to a room having smoothly painted walls. A blanket or throw with a linear repeat will add visually commanding texture. The color of the stripe or the dimension of a ribbed weave will add interest while balancing the space.

When The Space Has Architectural Detail

Use fabrics that are classically textured to create a harmonic mix in rooms that have architectural details. Motifs such as herringbones and chevrons, squares and graphic shapes are often a first choice. Interesting all-over textures woven from unusual yarns are equally at home.

When Color Is Texture

One single accent color in a room is a statement in austerity. Add two colors to create effective color blocking – the graphic effect of solid colors side by side.

A throw or blanket, in a saturated color, or a small stack of solid colors, is a singularly effective statement in all environments.

When Texture Is The Color Of The Scheme

Texture can act to color a room. Light reflection magnifies the variations in the surfaces as it plays off the different weave patterns. Choose blankets with matching throws in gray tones with varying textures or combine the brightness of whites in squares, ribs, and textured lattices. Give dimension to your solid schemes by using multiple textures.

A richly textured room is a warm room. Use texture to feed the soul and the character of your home!

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Do you want Striped Linen?

It was the iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel first who took inspiration from the Breton Stripes of a sailor’s uniform. Missoni, the legendary Italian knitwear company, took the iconic chevron stripe and knit it into a fashion empire.

Stripes are upholstery, wallpaper, architectural ornamentation, the pattern on ceramics and texture of stonework. A masterpiece of stripes is the architecture of the Church of San Giovanni by Swiss architect Mario Botta.

Awning Stripes – originating from awning cloth, the canvas weight cotton.

Pin - very thin, similar to a Chalk stripe, ubiquitous in menswear.

Border Stripes - a bold asymetrical look

Woven Stripes

Stripes can be woven or printed. Woven Stripes result in the addition of texture to the pattern of the stripe. Yarns in a Satin Weave have sheen as they float on the surface of the fabric, reflecting light. A Rib weave gives a raised surface, creating striping from the texture. Flat weaves use color to show their stripes!

Let a story of linen stripes be the theme of the textiles in your home. Layer striped blankets on the bed, have border stripe throws on hand for morning meditations, put stripe linen towels in the bathroom.

Find a favorite from our collection of Linen Cotton Throws. Each one-of-a-kind is an arrangement of stripes that artfully tells a story through color and scale.

Decorative Pillows can be the art in the room by creatively arranging stripes both horizontally and vertically.

Light in the Bedroom

Linen and Colors

Have you ever noticed how a yellow tulip compliments a blue room, or how surf blue is in harmony with turquoise and hotorange? It’s the magic that happens naturally as complimentary colors play off each other, creating vibrancy and excitement

Complimentary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel. Red is opposite green and therefore is called its compliment. Orange compliments blue, for purple it’s yellow. However don’t let this simplistic explanation limit your imagination. The color wheel has infinite gradations in shades of blue opposite infinite gradations of shades of orange to yellow - the possibilities are endless.

White is complimented by all colors. It stays fresh and crisp in the company of the cool colors such as blue and green, is vibrant against hot colors such as red and orange.

Monochromatic colors, or like colors, are colors of the same family. A monochromatic color scheme combines many shades or variations of one color. Monochromatic colors can also create a healing feeling of serenity. That vibrant white can become a serene white as a part of a monochromatic scheme.

An indigo Linen Blanket, with a misty blue Herringbone Throw would be a monochromatic pairing. A Pinstripe Merino Wool Blanket in charcoal, with a gray Ombre Throw is another example.

When using monochromatic color schemes you can achieve a very clean appearance whether it’s the breeze that is created in a predominantly pastel room, or the warmth and richness in the saturation of deep hues.

Combining textures adds depth to both complimentary and monochromatic color schemes. Many layers of texture, combined with many layers of color, add up to a feast for your eyes.

Color has a powerful effect on our lives. Research indicates that color can influence mood. Certain colors promote calm, while others light fire and passion. Many of these influences come from our long held association of colors to situations. Let’s explore.


Blue is almost always associated with sky and ocean. Blue implies calm and trust. A clear blue sky is considered “smooth sailing”, and not just for sailors. We have come to use this terminology to imply ease in situations.

Variations on blue can include colors like Turquoise, the color of clarity, and Indigo, known as the color of intuition.


Green is restful on the eyes. It is the pastures and the hills, the color of nature, health, and wellbeing.

Both blue and green are called “cool” colors. Green is used in hospitals as it is considered to be relaxing and variations of blue are often used on office walls.


Yellow is associated with the fire element, providing warmth and comfort. There is no doubt why this is called a “warm” color, it is the color of our sun! Yellow is cheerful and falls between green and orange in the spectrum. Variations of yellow such as gold signify triumph, success and abundance.


The color of adventure, orange is the enthusiastic extrovert. It is the color of the citrus fruit that provides energy and necessary vitamins. As it is the combination of red and yellow, orange is a stimulating color. A splash of orange brings warmth and excitement to a room.


Red is an emotionally intense color. It is the color of action and passion and is the color we use to alert. From fashion to flowers red brings attention and romance. Red is a bold and powerful accent. The more tranquil pink brings softness.


Next to red on the color spectrum is purple. Associated with nobility, purple was worn by royalty. It indicates luxury. Purple is a color that represents courage.

Brahms Mount understands the alchemy of color, providing you with options to accent or saturate your surroundings.

Bring cooling calmness into your home with Brahms Mount colors like Glacier and Mineral in Cool Linen Throws

Color is food for our eyes and stimulation to our minds. Gray is passive and conservative and Black is edgy. White is innocence, a blank canvas, and most often the color of bridal dresses. Brown is “down to earth”, and Silver is the moon. With all this abundance around us, we can choose how we want to feel in our clothes and our homes.

Brahms Mount Wool Blanket

How Does Your Blanket Drape?

It’s the reason you want to touch it. It’s called the drape of a piece of fabric, the natural fall, the graceful folds, and appearance that the fabric is flowing.

Fabrics are designed with specific end uses in mind. Carpeting, wall cloths, and canvas bags are examples of fabrics that do not have drape, they are meant to remain rigid when in use.

Fabrics that will be worn or slept under need to move with you. A fabric that will flow across your body has good drape.

Origin Of The Word Drape

The original drapers were tailors, and draping a cloth on a model is how clothing is fashioned. Fabric is manipulated and a design is developed that incorporates folds, features, and fit. The character of a design is brought alive by the drape of the fabric, the way it falls under its own weight.

We call fabric window covering “drapes”. This originates from the free hanging drape of the fabric.

What Affects Drape

Fabric construction and yarn characteristics determine the drape of a fabric. The more tightly constructed, the more rigid or crisp the fabric.

Graceful fabrics can be woven using many fiber types. A smooth feel lends itself to a more graceful cloth and natural fibers can really contribute to a fabric that moves fluidly.

Why Is Drape Important In Home Textiles

We spend a large portion of time in our homes and bedrooms and the fabrics we choose to live with can enhance the quality of rest. A Blanket or Throw, and especially a Baby Blanket, should have an inviting hand and drape in order to comfort.

Experience fabrics that speak for themselves. When you climb under a Brahms Mount, you will feel the way our constructions gently drape and caress. It makes all the difference.

Maine summer linen throw

How to Use a Linen Throw

Behold the beauty of a textile design as well as the comfort and functionality of its fibers. Fluid over a body, as texture in a room, as a piece of art, a Throw is a chameleon. It goes back and forth with ease between its purpose to function and it’s beauty as a crafted item.


When in waiting, your throw is an important personality in the room.


Folding a throw and placing it over an armchair, or at the end of a chaise adds texture in a compact and organized way. This minimalist approach will add a richness coming purely from the presence of color and texture. A folded throw placed lengthwise across the back of a couch is almost a necessity.


When draping a throw, you place the fabric more loosely, letting the pattern and texture show. Lighting in a room, and the changing natural light, will reflect from the folds of the drape, revealing more of the character of the fabric. Hold the throw so that the length is hanging vertically, then gently set over the back of a chair and over the arm, let it flow over your furniture, perhaps over a decorative pillow.


Hanging freely from the gathering point of a large smooth peg, over a banister – visible as you ascend the stairs, on the back of a chair, on a beautiful blanket rack: these are typically the homes for a throw collection. A throw will show its whole essence when hanging. It can be mostly flat, or slightly gathered. (If using a peg or decorative hook, be certain it is large enough to accommodate the folds of the fabric.)


You’ll want to have a personal throw wherever you go! Consider taking your companion to these places:

Use your Linen Throw after a Yoga class, on deck at sea, in your luggage – for personal use when traveling.

Linen / Cotton is perfect for your next garden party with a book. Great for bunk beds at the cabin, guest beds in the dorm. Take them on overnights.

natural linen blanket

What Makes a Bedroom Inviting?

What are the main ingredients needed to create an aesthetically pleasing and tranquil bedroom? Here are some tips.

Color and Design

Your choice of paint or wallpaper is important in creating a room that provides you with the setting that suits you best. Rich tones and neutral colors provide the warmest atmosphere. Minimal color gives a light and airy feel - you can always accent with brightly colored art and accessories. Texture, color and pattern will result in a more bohemian styled room. Flooring should be soft or natural.


The textiles in your bedroom are one of the most important aspects of your comfort. Fabric that is directly in contact with your skin should soothe. For this, natural fibers are your best choice. The breathability of Cotton, Wool, and Linen is unsurpassed and this is Brahms Mount’s greatest contribution to the bedroom. Our blankets and throws are woven in calming and interestingpatterns. Our natural fiber yarns are spun specifically for us to provide the best possible reaction when touched.

Be sure to research pleasing sheets and the right pillows for under your head!


The lighting in a bedroom should not be too luminous. It should be gentle on the eyes while providing sufficient visibility.

Lighting emphasizes paint color, flooring and design detail. It sets a mood and greatly affects your comfort. A task light is usually a table lamp. This is best for reading and activities where direct lighting is required. Overhead illumination for the entire room is your ambient lighting, often on a dimmer switch to adjust for a cozy glow. Floor lamps that cast light toward the ceiling offer indirect lighting without spotlighting any one thing. Spotlights are for accenting a piece of art or an architectural detail in the room.

Window Covering

Natural light is wonderful, however sometimes we want to close out the light. Window covering can help to adjust the quality and quantity. Mini-blinds are a wonderful way to control lighting


Furniture is one of the most important aspects to your comfort as your body is in direct contact with it - especially your mattress. Be sure to research your choices carefully. There are many types available offering different firmness and varying types of construction.

Beautiful bed-frames can be accompanied by matching headboards: carved wood, iron with ornate scrollwork and fabric-covered. Consider these design aspects when making your choices and how they pair with seating and nightstands (your bedside assistant)!

Feng Shui

Consider Feng Shui, the practice that governs spatial arrangement in relation to the flow of energy in a room. This includes keeping a space uncluttered, listening to music and the sounds of nature, or adding a diffuser with essential oils such as lavender for calming aromatherapy. The placement of plants in a room is known to purify the air as well, however it is important to keep plants that do not emit carbon dioxide at night. Therefore succulents are best. Fresh flowers add color and beauty. Benefits of Natural Fibers

Our bedrooms impact the quality of our lives, as this is where we spend quality individual time. Take time in consideration!

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How to Make a Bed

Let your bedroom beckon you. Rest and rejuvenation are what we desire from sleep. Color and fiber choice in bedding can act to relax or excite our senses. The soft touch of a natural fiber and the grounding quality of calm lighting can play a significant role in balancing our living spaces.


Earth tones promote relaxation. Is visualizing an alpine meadow how you find sleep? Chose the colors of soft petals for their soothing effect. Looking to be bathed by the crisp blue of the ocean? Turquoise is refreshing with solid white and vibrant color brings joy.


Let bold texture and subtle pattern co-exist beautifully as accent on a solid color base layer. Take a stripe blanket and put it at the foot of a bed clothed in like colors. There’s no need to cover and decorate over them with a bedspread or coverlet. You’ll want to see and feel the comfort that awaits you, much like smelling a delectable meal before indulging. Your bedroom is an intimate place and it should reflect the beauty you love.


Our choice of natural fibers enhances your experience due to the natural properties; cotton for comfort and softness, wool for snuggle-worthy coziness and creating warmth, and linen for its breathability. The Brahms Mount bed settles and welcomes as there is an ease of movement found while sleeping under natural fibers. It is a reflection of the tactile and visual pleasures in life.


The Brahms Mount flagship retail store in Freeport, Maine will give you the impression that you’ve just walked into a lifestyle. You’ll find our beds made with a foundational first layer accessorized with decorative, euro, or standard pillows. We cover the foot of the bed with a blanket to layer or to further accessorize.  The addition of a throw allows you to add extra personality.

Linen PIllows

Pillows are an instant makeover to your home décor. They can be placed to add a modern accent or to create a traditional feel. They can match your blankets or be mixed and matched to transform a living room. Decorative pillows are the perfect showcase for color and pattern.

Brahms Mount offers pillows in 4 sizes:

  • Standard with a 1” flange - 20” x 26” (2nd from bottom of pile above)
  • Euro size - 26” x 26” (bottom of pile)
  • Decorative sized pillows 18” x 18” (2nd from top)
  • Decorative sized pillows 12” x 16” (top)

When choosing, think placement, pattern, and proportion. An even number of symmetrically arranged pillows has more order compared to the bohemian chic of many loosely thrown pillows. Simple pattern adds texture to a quiet room while graphic design adds a modern look. Mixing sizes adds interest. Adding color lets you paint a beautiful collection!

Linen, a lustrous and soothing choice for a simple and quiet pairing:

Choose natural linen for standard pillows and solid pearl color for your euro size. This will give you a combination of two solids, a neutral layer of comfort. Add an accent with a subtle small-scale stripe or awning stripe in natural/pearl.

For a more graphic neutral look:

Start with our natural on pearl stripe Euros. Orient the stripes both horizontally and vertically on a couch or across the head of the bed. Add two solid natural or pearl in a decorative size. Enjoy the calm spirit of linen spoken through your pillows.

Create a refreshing statement in cotton, accented by linen:

A beautiful combination for the bedroom can start with an indigo color Herringbone blanket in cotton. Building upon this, choose the matching herringbone pillows in either standard and/or euro size. Layer on our new solid white linen euro pillow and a few indigo decorative pillows.

Your pillows can accentuate the colors in a piece of art, or be the art in the room:

Two euro size white cotton rib pillows may be all the texture you need paired with a solid white Sahara cotton blanket. Layer a Stonington blanket and matching pillows in any color for the subtlest addition of color and pattern.

Brahms Mount makes the alchemy of combining texture and color easy. You can cross coordinate our entire collection through choice of color, pattern and fiber.

Brahms Mount pillows can be an accent to the couch, comfort on the chaise, the pieces of a beautifully made bed, and a place to rest your head.


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