Let's Talk about Linen

When a client mentions linen during their first styling consultation, our eyes immediately light up like its Christmas morning! Nothing makes us happier than adding a contrast of texture to the table setting, and what no better way to do it than with a pure and organic linen tablecloth that drapes over the table beautifully. Or a napkin; folded, knotted, twisted, dropped, twirled ... you get the point, right?

We always had an eye for what we were looking for in linen, and Simmons Linen Hire based in Melbourne does not disappoint! When we received our first batch of linen we were over the moon with the quality. Of course, we are wedding stylists based in Sydney but the easy deliver and packing process is fantastic. We have been working with these guys for well over a year now and we want to introduce them to you too, so we sat down with Lara to ask her a few questions about the business …

Here’s Lara …

Q: What is the most popular colour and fabric?

A: Our most popular colour would be our Soft Grey Weave although we have had it for some time now it still remains the number one seller with our Pebble Weave coming in a close second. Our most popular fabric would be our Weave range as it is super soft, textured and drapes beautifully.

Q: What made you get into this business?

A: I have a real passion for fabrics, colour, texture and surface design so naturally I was already drawn into this field. I come from a background of Sales and Marketing in hospitality and also a creative background in fine jewellery. However, I had a yearning to get back to hospitality/ events. Fortunately for me, my husband was running the family Linen Hire business and I decided to enter the business in 2014. I found I could fulfil my creative side working with lots of fabrics and designs. So together, we have worked really hard to stay ahead of the curve, bring in brand new products never seen before and become market leaders in our field. Plus coming up with and sourcing new fabric collections is loads of fun. PS. Did you know we were the first company in Australia to have Soft Grey Weave tablecloths.

Q: What do you think will be the upcoming colour trend of Spring weddings in 2021?

A: There will always be a place for the classic colour palette of white, blush and soft greys however we are seeing our couples want to take more risks and bring colour into their wedding experience.

There is a real push towards stronger bold colours such as various tones of oceanic teals and navy or woodland greens. Also, brighter accents such as tangerines, yellows, and magenta. We are seeing our clients wanting to add a sense of pop and fun which can be applied by adding an element such as a bright colour napkin.

Keeping the sense of fun and pretty, pastels will also have a place, however, leaning towards softer tones with a pop. Think soft lilac or sky blue paired with a pop of sunshine yellow, creating a harmonious but fun colour palette. Bring some gorgeous florals into the mix and you have a table setting winner.

Another trend which is still strong and will continue is the botanical theme. Taking in a sense of mother earth and nature has a lot of connection for people today and they are wanting to bring that into their wedding day as well. We have a beautiful botanical range and can be paired with bases of neutral earthy palettes such as our Pebble, Natural, Ivory weaves. Tied in with our vintage cotton range which has a large variety of colours available.