How to Style a Linen Serviette

Today I’m sharing how to style a linen serviette (with an added extra handy tip for you).

For me, one of the most challenging props to style is a simple piece of fabric .. the humble serviette/napkin. I prefer to use linen as opposed to cotton as linen drapes and flows in a much more interesting way.

The strange thing is, even though I find it the most challenging thing ever and rarely ever use one, some of my favourite flat lays have a serviette in it .. go figure!

How to Style a Linen Serviette

  • One of the easiest ways to tame a serviette is to tie it around a handle. You can use a cast iron pan, a breadboard, or a spoon .. basically anything that has a handle.
  • Arrange the serviette under a bowl or plate. Not only does this method make the serviette less conspicuous, it adds layering, depth, and movement to a composition.
How to style a linen serviette
How to style a linen serviette

As in the following image, I quite often use this round cutting board as I’m kinda obsessed with circles and it has a convenient handle that seems to be made for tying a serviette around it. I captured this delicious bowl of pumpkin soup on “Workbench”.

Workbench, with its one charming “patched-together” edge, comes from a time when things were fixed, not thrown out or replaced. The wood is a scratched and aged brown colour with hints of blue. I dream of using it as a tabletop that might be found in an old country home .. with a bowl of soup and perhaps a crunchy loaf of bread.

"Workbench" 24″ x 36″ Super Smooth 15 oz Matte Vinyl

Handy tip: Wet it!

But here’s the little extra tip to help you style a linen serviette/napkin so it flows beautifully in your image: wet it!

That’s right! Swish it around in water, lay it out on a large bath towel and roll it up to gently squeeze out most of the moisture. All the fold lines magically disappear and because it’s slightly damp, it’s easier to style as it stays put wherever you arrange it.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’ve found this helpful.

I first shared this post in a newsletter sent out in the spring.

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  1. Barb,
    I love this tip and glad you shared it again ????✨
    You make it look so easy ????
    Have a wonderful week..
    Ann xxx

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