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Tips & How To

"We want to share our 110 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. Here at James Dunlop Textiles we have developed a wealth of knowledge over our 110 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.

A ‘pill’ or more commonly known as a bobble, fuzz ball, or lint ball is a small ball of fibres that form on the face of a piece of fabric.  It is caused by abrasion on the surface and is considered unsightly as it makes fabrics look worn.

Textiles play a major role in the absorption of sound within everyday spaces such as your home, the office, hotels and conference centres.  With the movement toward minimalist spaces and the noises generated within them, the management of sound has become of utmost importance particularly in the design of public spaces.

Curtains have the ability to transform a space.  They soften the hard architectural edges of a room, provide warmth, privacy and light filtration.

Whatever fabric and style you choose, curtains can add the finishing touch to a room by working with the furnishings and decor in the space to make a room feel cohesive.  To help the decision making process we have put together six tips to get you on your way: 

Colour and pattern is all around us, creating the mood and ambience of a space. The opportunity to play with colour and pattern is huge ultimately transforming a room, producing multi-faceted interiors that are alive and inviting.

Keeping furniture upholstery clean and looking great is a real issue for home owners and a technical issue for manufacturers and designers.  Specifying an everyday fabric that looks great, is soft to the touch, and will last across all applications is not easy. A fast evolving textile solution is FibreGuard stain resistant protection.
 

As with all soft furnishings, regular care and maintenance will significantly improve the appearance and lifespan of your upholstery. It is important to follow the recommendations provided by your textile supplier and furniture manufacturer regarding an appropriate care and maintenance routine.

Windows play a major role in controlling the temperature within a home. During winter it is easy to lose heat, and in summer it is easy to overheat a home if windows are not appropriately covered. Professionally fitted, lined drapery can reduce window heat loss by 40-60% when closed*. Working all year round, lined drapery is an important tool in creating a thermal insulation barrier. 

In the next topic for our blog series – An Educational Yarn - we look at the advantages, types and options of drapery lining.

- AN EDUCATIONAL YARN -

As well as focusing on the aesthetic and functional needs of interiors, it is important to understand that all fabrics have different qualities and constructions which can be affected by the environments they are installed in. In our next topic for our blog series – An Educational Yarn - we look at these common issues and how we can increase the lifespan of textiles in our interior applications.