FAQs - Fabrics

1) What are the factors to consider in selecting the right fabrics?

Color and Pattern: If you enter our Cocoa interior design studio, you’ll be greeted by a small-scale library of textile swatch books – we love options! As you peruse the books, it can be very telling to note which color families you’re drawn to. But it’s equally important to keep an eye on the overall design theme you are working with. That’s where the help of an interior designer is especially useful! A color you love may not have the right hue or a pattern may not complement the space – but don’t despair. With so many options available through our textile partners, we can find a similar fabric that is best suited for your project.

Weight: Textiles come in many different weights, and this can have a significant impact on the effect that the fabric will have in your home. Fabrics that are heavier can lend a dignified and formal appearance to a room. They’re perfect for bringing a warmer and rich feeling into a house that is ready for elegance or looking to reflect the change of season. In contrast, if your Cocoa interior design project is aimed at capturing an airy, beach feel – then a lighter fabric will be a better match.

Durability: Choosing a fabric that is as durable as it is beautiful is another factor to consider. Not all fabrics are created equal when it comes to their ability to withstand wear and tear. Of course, this may be a tradeoff you’re willing to accept if your interior design project is in a room that will only be used on more formal occasions or is designed to impress. But if you’re creating a space for everyday use and family get-togethers that involve children, pets, and bringing the outdoors in, then you’ll want to select a fabric that can withstand the demands that will be placed upon it.

It’s really remarkable to reflect on the fact that so many textile options are available. It truly is a powerful way to make your interior design project stand out and put your stamp on a room. You may have drapes in the same style as your nearest neighbor, or select a sofa that is similar to your friend’s, but textiles allow you to make it your own.

That’s one of the things we love most about our Cocoa interior design studio. It gives our clients a chance to come to a space where they can customize their options, visualize the outcome, and see their project come to life. Have you visited our studio yet? If not, we’d love for you to stop by and say hello!

 2) What are the advantages of using curtains?

Curtains add visual elegance with a room: Where both vertical and horizontal blinds just cover the window and add little or no for the feel and look with the room, curtains as well as their fittings add a certain style. Curtain poles come in a multitude of styles, from simple metal curtain poles to wood effect ones. Finials (the ornamental ends in the curtain poles) will come with in every size and shapes, and that means you are sure to locate a style that suits a room. When open, curtains frame a window beautifully, creating a border which can be lacking with blinds. Whether pulled up as well as to the medial side, blinds only cover of the question, whereas curtains can hang below and to the medial side with the window. Tying curtains back adds a certain elegance which blinds cannot offer. Curtains and curtain tracks or poles can be bent to fit a bay window Although some people might custom vertical blinds may be bent towards the form of a bay window, a vertical

blind will take away the stunning effect and leave the room looking much more an
office. A curtain track or curtain pole can be created to determine and bent to match
a bay window and also the curtains will once again add style and elegance. Curtain
tracks can also be more flexible and can be manufactured to fit a wider array of bay windows.

Increased fitting flexibility: A few of today’s modern-day windows and patio doors open inwards leaving little space to correct. With curtain tracks that can be as small as 5mm plus some that could be also recess fixed right into a ceiling, this may leave lots of space for the window or door to start inwards.

Curtains provide insulation: Typically blinds are thin and offer minimal heat insulation into a room. Compare this with a lovely warm group of curtains which not merely keep your heat inside but also cut draughts because they can hang under the window ledge, unlike blinds which stop just above the ledge. Curtains can even be interlined which has a thick material to add extra heat insulation. 

Hand, cord or electric operation: Curtain tracks and curtain poles can be hand operated to ensure that numerous curtains can work on one window. This gives curtains of numerous widths and drops to stack at different locations around the window. In addition, they can be operated like a blind with a cord to stop handling the curtains or electrically for that extra security along with a touch of luxury.

An easy task to keep clean: Blinds may be dust traps, especially horizontal ones. As increasing numbers of individuals are suffering from asthma and dust allergies, curtains can be a healthy choice, requiring little want to have them clean and presentable. The tracks and poles need little servicing as well as the curtains need only be vacuumed or dry cleaned around the odd occasion.

Want a new look and feel? : Although white or cream blinds will are part of most room styles and hues, they certainly not even attempt to enhance it. Curtains can match a room, or can be chosen to enhance or contrast with it. Redecorating? No issue, just choose new curtains to match. Curtains could also have trimmings and contrast edges to pick out out other colours within the room. Buttons may be combined with pleats, cord can be added to edges or pleats as can a contrast trimming. Curtains give you a much wider scope for design.

Curtains are really easy to hang:  Want to improve your curtains? Simply unhook them out of your curtain pole, attach the hooks on your new curtains and you’re ready to go. Replacing custom vertical blinds can involve unhooking each blind in the next, unclipping every one carefully (the plastic is easy to snap), and then checking whole rigmarole in the opposite direction that will put them back up. Other blinds has to be removed everything in one, rendering it simple to damage them as they are taken down or put backup.

Reliable and cost effective: Considering the variety of working parts or fiddly clips, blinds are usually less reliable than curtains on a track or even a pole. Combining curtains with a good, reliable curtain track or pole is usually a more affordable option; especially as curtain prices have already been cut down tremendously since the introduction of ready-made and express curtain making services. Of course, if the needs you have change, you can just hang new curtains on your existing track or pole.

 3) What are the best ways to maintain curtains?

Vac weekly (or monthly at least): A weekly once-over with the upholstery brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner is the easiest way to banish the dust and dirt that gradually collects on curtains. Start at the top and work your way down, ensuring you concentrate on hems, folds and pleats where dust can collect. Vacuum both sides of the curtains, as dirt can collect on the back side of curtains when the windows are open. Regular, gentle cleaning with the vacuum cleaner as part of your normal cleaning routine will help avoid a build-up and will make washing, when you need to, a lot easier and more effective.

Machine washing: Before machine washing your curtains, double-check the care label to ensure that it’s ok to wash. Because curtains cop a lot of exposure to the sun, sunlight can gradually deteriorate the fabric so it’s important to take care when handling and washing them. Carefully remove any fixings and hardware (and make sure you keep them somewhere safe in the meantime!). Avoid overloading the washing machine. Always wash your curtains on delicate cycle, even if they are a heavy fabric. Cold water is safest to avoid possible shrinking or colours running. If your curtains are heavily stained, warm water will help to shift any stubborn dust or dirt, but always check the care label first. When in doubt, stick to washing in cold. Use a gentle laundry detergent without bleaches or optical brighteners. Try detergents that are formulated for delicates. Do a patch test on an area that’s not obvious first to make sure the detergent is safe for the fabric.

Hand washing: If you can, or for particularly delicate fabrics, skip the machine and wash by hand. Use the bath if your laundry tub isn’t large enough. Make sure the detergent is thoroughly dissolved in the water before adding the curtains, and wash them with a squeezing technique rather than rubbing them as it’s gentler on the fabric. Once you’ve washed, pop them in the washing machine on a slow spin cycle to drain any excess water before drying.

Drying: Using a combination of tumble-drying and air drying is the best way to dry your curtains. Pop them in the drier on a low or no-heat cycle. It may take some time, but drying them this way will avoid shrinking, colour fade or setting in wrinkles that can happen on a hot cycle. Tumble-dry your curtains until they are just damp, then hang them back up on their rods to completely dry off. The weight of the moisture will help them hang better. If you’d prefer to line dry, just 15-20 minutes in the drier first will help to avoid wrinkles, after which you can hang them on the line to (almost) finish drying. Once you’ve hung your almost-dry curtains back on their rods, avoid vacuuming, opening windows and doors, or doing any other cleaning in the area until they’ve dried off properly. The damp fabric will atttract dust, undoing all of your hard work. Never hang wet curtains on their rods as they can drip onto your flooring or furniture.

Steam cleaning: Check the care label to ensure steam cleaning is safe for your curtains. If they are machine-washable, they should be safe to steam clean. Follow the instructions for both the fabric care and steam cleaning unit. While they’re drying, close off any doors and windows to avoid dust movement and ensure that they stay clean while they finish drying. Many professional steam cleaning companies offer services for drapery. If in doubt, leave it to the experts as they’ll have the knowledge to make sure the job is done right.

Dry cleaning: Not all dry cleaners are created equal, and just like doctors, each will have their own area of expertise. Do some research or ask for recommendations for a dry-cleaner that’s knowledgable about drapery and knows how to treat different fabrics. Enquire before you drop your curtains off to be cleaned – ask them if they specialise in furnishings or what their process is for your particular type of fabric curtains. Try to avoid dry-cleaning more often than you need to. Once every couple of years should be enough. The chemicals used in dry-cleaning can be harsh on fabrics and can deteriorate your curtains if used too often. 

Other ways to clean and freshen your curtains: Pop your curtains in the tumble-drier for ten minutes without heat. As soon as the machine stops, shake them out and re-hang them to avoid any wrinkles setting in. Use a lint roller to remove pet hair or bits of fluff. If you don’t have a lint roller, try some packing tape wrapped around your hand with the sticky side out. Use a damp cloth or sponge to gently remove any spots or stains. Hang your curtains on the clothesline on a nice day with a breeze to help air them out. Use a fabric freshener to eliminate odours. Do a patch test in an inconspicuous area first.  

And don’t forget the rods! While your curtains are drying, wipe down the rods and fittings with a soft cloth or give them a once-over with the vacuum cleaner. With a little regular care, your drapery will look better for longer and retain that new-home feeling long after they’ve been installed