This hot weather is definitely a test of our textile choices, wouldn’t you say?   Clothing-wise I’m just about sorted.  Around the home, not so much.  Hence linen cushions are in the spotlight today.

With temperatures in the stratosphere, our sofa is no longer a place of relaxation and comfort.  And all because I hadn’t bothered to swap the wool blanket over the sofa back and the velvet scatter cushions for lighter, smoother, cooler fabrics.

No wonder I’ve been hot, sweaty and itchy of an evening, rather than chilling out with the Wimbledon highlights.

So, cool and comfortable linen cushions to the rescue.  Cotton is the other obvious choice, of course, it’s just that I have a soft spot for the look and feel of linen.

Its slubby texture and the way it takes up dye give it a character that’s hard to beat.  It’s also a fantastically eco-friendly textile when flax is grown in the right conditions.  (I learned a lot about it recently when visiting the V&A’s Fashioned from Nature exhibition.  Here’s some linen geekery if you’re interested!).

Anyway, these are the colourful, contemporary linen cushions for cool summer lounging that I’m looking at right now.  And some of them are in the sales, so happy days (and non-itchy evenings on the sofa) all round.

Plain-dyed linen cushion covers above and below from John Lewis in a range of colours from brights to relaxing neutrals.

The Camber printed linen cushion from Urbanara with dusty pink and terracotta screenprinted triangles.

These stonewashed large linen cushion covers from OKA come in soft pebble and stone shades plus a soft blush pink.

The vibrant Northmore Major printed linen cushion by Rachel Parker for Flock.  Other prints and sizes available.

Go for the coastal vibe with this Starfish print grey linen cushion from Maisons du Monde

More solid-coloured linen cushions in fashion colours, this time from Arket, the new(ish) fashion/lifestyle store from the H&M/Cos stable.

I’m very taken with the bold, monochrome block print of the Ritual – Repeat Linen Cushion by John Lewis + Patternity.

Heal’s have linen cushions in a choice of gorgeous on-trend shades including Mustard, Mint, Peach and Terracotta.  They’re shown above with patterned cushions by Katy Welsh.  There are also covetable, soft linen throws which are also in the sale at the time of writing.

This beautiful Japanese style mountain print linen cushion is made from a Kelly Wearstler design for Lee Jofra called Edo .  It’s from the brilliant Blue Lizard Textiles on Etsy, which has a superb range of cushions made from unusual vintage and contemporary fabrics, all handmade in Bath and at brilliant prices.

And finally, here’s the gorgeous Nicki Jones Concentric round linen cushion with slate grey cotton embroidery on natural linen.  I feel cooler already – have a great weekend.

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