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.

As technology advances in all industries, we are thrilled to be able to deliver a digital tool to our customers that enables them to visualise their favourite fabric within a space – on a sofa, chair, or as curtains in a room.

Many people find imagining a new upholstered piece of furniture or set of curtains very difficult - this is referred to as the ‘imagination gap’. Zepel has created a visual solution to help close this gap.  

Have you noticed that the web is full of ‘one trick’ wonders for cleaning pretty much everything in your home? From baking soda to rid carpet stains, grapefruit to clean your bath, and vinegar for bad odours, there is a home remedy for any occasion. 

We all like natural products, but sometimes things are taken a bit too far and it is hard to know what actually does and doesn’t work.

It is due to this (unscientific) information that we are frequently asked about using different cleaning hacks on our stain-resistant fabrics, especially when it comes to FibreGuard sofa fabrics. 

In this article we will cover some key questions relating to the cleaning of your FibreGuard fabric.

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Selecting the type of fibre for your upholstery and drapery can be a complex and overwhelming task. Initially, we tend to place more importance on the aesthetics of fabric such as colour, texture and pattern, without much deliberation on the characteristics of the fibre. While the aesthetics are of course a significant part in the final decision, also considering the fibres’ inherent qualities can greatly add to not only the desired feel of your interior, but the durability of your furnishings long term. Here, we provide you with a brief overview on the characteristics of natural vs synthetic fibres and their response to humidity, light exposure and care. Additionally, this resource will assist you in the process of evaluating the environmental conditions of your interior for best fabric selection.

“Which way does the stripe run?” One of the most frequently asked questions we receive both in our showrooms, and over the phone. It is a question that can be easily confused, especially when interpreting fabric specifications from a small sample and how that translates to a roll of fabric.

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.

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.

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: