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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.

When purchasing a new piece of furniture, or reviving an old one, there are numerous factors to consider in addition to the initial look and feel of the fabric. The longevity of an item is relative to the environment in which it lives, it is important to research fabric types and the specific yarn type and construction to ensure that your selection aligns with your unique needs.

Due to regular wear and tear your furniture will show signs of aging, which may be accelerated by having unknowingly chosen a textile that is not fit for purpose. However, just like ourselves, many fabrics will age gracefully and this is all part of their charm. 

Refer to our Basic Styles of Fabrics & Fabric Construction articles. 

When it comes to choosing an upholstery fabric, it’s not just grabbing the best-looking fabric on the shelf and Bob’s your uncle.  To achieve long-lasting and practical results, serious consideration needs to take place before you shell out any of your hard-earned money.

If you have read any of our previous journal articles, you will know that we highly advise educating yourself first and researching the ins and outs of several types of fabrics - the way they are constructed as well as how they behave under certain conditions.

In today’s article, we provide a high-level overview of the key considerations as part of your upholstery fabric selection.

Viscose, or Rayon, was the first regenerated fibre to be manufactured for commercial production in the early 1900s. 

As a fabric, it is able to emulate the extremely soft handle and subtle sheen of natural fibres, whilst being more cost effective to produce. Therefore resulting in the continued popularity of viscose in fashion and soft furnishings.

Although viscose begins as a natural fibre, it is different from products like linen and cotton because it undergoes a manufacturing process. During this process, wood pulp is dissolved in alkali to make the solution called viscose, which is then squeezed through a nozzle or spinneret into an acid bath to create filaments called regenerated cellulose, and finally spun into yarn.

As with all natural fibres, viscose has a unique personality and requires special care. In this article we will discuss the characteristics of this versatile fabric, whether it is the right choice for your next project, and its unexpected enemy – H2O.

Selecting a fabric construction that suits your project is essential to optimizing the look, feel and longevity of your furniture and drapes. While the number of options may seem daunting, allow us to breakdown the most commonly manufactured constructions in this two-part article.

Delve back into part one to refresh your fabric knowledge and feel like an expert in the showroom.

These popular textile constructions also fit neatly into the five basic fabric styles, described here in our earlier article

When it comes to home interiors and soft furnishings there really is a vast range of curtain and upholstery fabrics to choose from, all with varying attributes for certain applications.  To ensure you start your project off with the right foundations, you need to be selecting a fabric that is most suited to its purpose.

There are various textile constructions/qualities that fall within five fabric “types” we describe in our earlier article here.

In this two-part article we will discuss the most commonly manufactured constructions that you see in the market today.

There are five different styles/category of fabric that form the foundation for the vast array of curtain and upholstery fabrics you see on the market today.   Each fabric style outlined below has its own unique characteristics and are produced using different techniques.  Some of these fabric types will be well known to you like plain and printed fabrics, while others less so.

You may be wondering why cotton and linen for example are not included here – this is because they are a type of composition that falls within one of these categories below.   

Here we give you a high-level overview of the styles of fabrics available to you for your home interior or commercial interior project.

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.