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, as in the humble serviette/napkin. I’ve found I 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, 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. Tie the serviette around a cast iron pan handle, 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.
  • The following images were taken on “Desert Plum” which can be found in the Shop.
How to style a linen serviette
How to style a linen serviette

I quite often use a round cutting board as I’m kinda obsessed with circles. This cutting board 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”, one of my favourite vinyl backgrounds.

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.

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“Backgrounds by Barb” is an on-line shop offering printed vinyl backgrounds for bloggers, food/product/stock photographers, and still life photography enthusiasts.

I believe a beautiful background can help turn your image into a work of art. A printed vinyl background is one of the easiest ways to add personality and style to your flat lay photography.

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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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