Add some dash to your summer table with these gorgeously colourful linen cloths.

Whether a hardworking gingham for family kitchen table suppers is your bag, or you’re more of a fun, bold botanical person who loves to add drama to your outdoor table with bright colours, tableware and linens are having something of a renaissance. That we’re all spending more time at home than ever before, coupled with the balmy weather of late and our new-found love for al fresco (socially distanced) entertaining, our wooden tabletops are busily being adorned with a slew of patterns, prints and fabrics this summer.

This week we have pulled together an edit of our favourite linens to top your table, to serve as the blank canvas for summer feasting…

Alice Naylor Layland

Alice Naylor Layland’s smart yet feminine edit of hand-block printed table linens are summer personified. Available in a range of pretty botanical motifs and pastel shades, pair with her scalloped edge linen placemats and napkins for a charming summer setting. Explore the collection here.

Zara Home

For everyday linens – we’re talking those you needn’t fret about every splash and sticky-fingered mark – Zara Home is a great option. This olive hue offers a beautiful backdrop to crisp white tableware, plus we love the hand-crafted top-stitch detail.

La Redoute

We are seriously impressed by La Redoute’s 100 per cent pre-washed linen tablecloths; for the price-point (£55 for 170cm x 170cm), they feel much more expensive and with 14 colours on offer, you can choose from sun-washed pastels, to deep earthy hues. Great for a laid-back feel, they wash brilliantly and that crumpled look is all part of the charm, so no ironing required. Win-win! Browse them here.


This nifty linen set in pretty aqua tones comes in a matching bag for handy storage. Complete with tablecloth and napkins, you have all your linens ready to dine in (or out) in style, all in a perfect package. Shop it here.


This gelato stripe tablecloth will cheer up your summer table in a flash. Pick out the delicious peach and mint tones in your flatware or table dressing for a fun, bold look that oozes continental cool. Snap it up here.

Edition 94

There is an evocatively retro vibe that runs through south-west London lifestyle and vintage homewares store Edition 94’s edit of tableware and linens. The charming cotton/linen Vichy tablecloths come in a beautiful duck egg blue check, as well as a cheerful sunflower yellow, too. Made in France they are perfect if you are looking to imbue a little of that summer holiday feel to your staycation tablescape at home. Get in the holiday mood here.

Summerill & Bishop

Summerill & Bishop has a serious selection of luxe linens, which includes a charming collaboration with the brilliant ex-Petersham Nurseries chef Skye Gyngell. There are four designs, each hand painted on 100 per cent Italian linen depicting the four seasons with botanical cross sections of fresh vegetables and fruits. We also love the big top stripes of the Cirque collection, as well as the celestial fallen star print, the perfect backdrop for candlelight suppers…

Looking For Some Tablescaping Inspiration? Here Are Our Favourite Social Follows For Top Tips

Laura Jackson
British broadcaster and founder of, a London-based supper club and ‘bespoke dining experience’ consultancy, knows a thing or two about hosting and dresses a mean table. Her feed is full of sun-drenched settings, with lust-worthy linens and delicious recipe inspo.

Paula Sutton
Paula Sutton’s Hill House Vintage account has attracted over 400k followers, with Paula’s vintage-inspired tablescapes being one of the main draws. Setting up high tea with all the best china in the grounds of her rambling Norfolk home is done with inimitable style – complete with Persian rugs and candelabras. Inspired? Have a browse through Paula’s recent guest edit.

Deborah Brett
Whether it’s at her chic London home, or boho Ibizan pad, Deborah Brett makes tablescaping look effortless and stylish, every time. Including bespoke touches, such as her own ceramic creations, it is the personal touches she adds to her communal table that makes it feel so perfectly inviting.

By Lydia Mansi
August 2020


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