Tips & How To

"We want to share our years of fabric experience so everyone can understand the basics when it comes to soft furnishings and fabrics."

Elegant and thoughtful; striking and daring; lush and leafy; bold and colourful; calm and serene. Creating successful home interiors is part design magic and part functional excellence and we have developed a wealth of knowledge over our many years in the business.  

We want to share our fabric insights so everyone can understand the basics when it comes to soft furnishings and fabrics.  So whether you are new to all of this, or maybe you just need a refresher, we strive to provide something for everyone. Browse the topics below to find helpful tips and advice to ensure you get a great end result.

Wallpapers have made a comeback to interior design.  No longer is paint the only option for creating personality in interiors, there are now a plethora of options available to the residential and commercial interior designer/decorating enthusiast.

In a wide range of options, wallcoverings allow you to add a personal touch to your home interiors by way of colour, texture and pattern.  Let your imagination run wild!

As an element within an overarching design concept, wallpapers are now easily washable and work well paired with painted walls and other interior furnishings.  The minimal effort of installing wallpaper – compared to the painting process, means you can quickly turn around a room in a day.

Furthermore, there are wallpaper options suited to every room in the house, whether that be kitchen, laundry, bathroom, living or sleeping spaces as well as commercial projects.

So, you’ve finally chosen that fabulous wallpaper to showcase your style but how do you best look after it to keep it looking fresh and clean? 

Many a foreign object can flick onto the surface of the wallpapers in your home that can range from food to crayon to fly spray, the list goes on.   Like any textile, wallpapers do need a little bit of love every now and then, a regular wipe down with a clean cloth should keep dust and marks at bay however there are times when there may be the need for a more deeper clean.

Curtains play a key role in the functionality and style of a home interior and often drapery is a significant design element where thousands of dollars have been spent for a truly professional look.

It makes sense then, with such an important element of the home, that your curtains are cared for appropriately to maintain their look and lifespan.

Over time, curtains can very quickly collect dust, grow mildew and become marked from dirty hands, so it is essential that regular cleaning of your curtains take place.

Removing curtains from their tracks and popping them in the washing machine sounds like the easiest way – but this is not appropriate for some fabrics and there are important steps to follow in order to keep your favourite draperies in top condition.

The following tips apply to most curtains, however some fabrics will have specific cleaning instructions, so you should always follow those first.  It's also important to be aware of the potential for a small amount of shrinkage – depending on your curtain fabric.

We all wish for longevity in our home interiors whether that be a beautiful piece of upholstered furniture or a delicate fabric accessory. Cost aside, there is nothing more frustrating than a tough stain or accidental spill on your cherished interior furnishings.

Over the years we have seen various brands of fabric coatings for stain resistance and water repellency and as technology advances, the options are greater than ever before to protect and repel water, oil and other general household stains from fabric.

As a user, it can be confusing as to which product best fits your needs, as well as understanding how to maintain a fabric that contains any special finish.

Today we give you a high-level overview of the common stain and water repellent brands available in the market place.

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