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The Importance of Custom Drapery

The decorating process includes a variety of things, including selecting furniture, choosing colors, and picking out accessories–and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Once you dive in, it can quickly become a very complicated project that sometimes makes you wonder what you’ve gotten yourself into. Amidst of the craziness of it all, we often find ourselves torn between all sorts of decisions such as style or substance, what has to stay and what has to go, and of course, what can come “off the rack” and what needs to be custom.

That last one, though, is often the toughest. Why is that?


Well, when most people hear the word “custom”, they immediately associate it with cost, which is totally understandable. It’s no secret that custom-made items tend to come with a higher price tag than your run-of-the-mill department store furnishings, but that’s actually what’s so great about it. Custom made items mean you get exactly what you want. Furthermore, you get a product that’s of much higher quality than what you’d find off the assembly line.

With that said, homeowners don’t necessarily lump window treatments into items they consider worthy of being custom made–but perhaps they should. For some, it may be that custom drapes aren’t as important as something like a custom sofa. I get that, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the idea should get brushed away and forgotten about altogether.

Windows, inside the home, need attention too. Sure, you can walk into your local department store, pick a pair of drapes you like, and then go home and hang them. No doubt that they can get the job done–and there are actually some very nice ones out there. In all honesty, however, custom-made is the way to go.

Again, it’s no secret that custom window treatments will cost you more than curtains found off-the-shelf, but making the investment will get you something tailor-made to fit your style and your window, just right. When properly selected, tailored, and installed, custom drapery can provide a myriad of benefits. If you haven’t given the custom drapery a thought, here are 4 reasons that might change your mind.

  1. Draperies provide climate control.

    Draperies offer insulation. Think of it like you would clothing. In the winter, we add layers of clothes to keep us warm. In the summer, we use certain clothing to help deflect the sun. Drapery works in a similar manner, and you don’t even have to add to them or take away. Simply hanging drapes (or even a blind or shade) will insulate your windows, keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This climate control is a great energy saver!

  2. Draperies block harmful UV rays.

    Sunlight is beautiful, but it can be damaging to the inside of a home over time. Without drapery, walls, floors and furniture are vulnerable to fading. Think about how disappointing it would be to invest in new furniture, only to have it look aged well beyond its years all because there was nothing there to block the sun.

  3. Draperies provide privacy.

    Whether you live out in the country or in the heart of the city, there will be certain times when you’ll want some privacy. Not only will drapes block visuals, they will also mute sounds and keep morning at bay on those days you get to sleep in later than usual.

  4. Draperies add style to your home.

    You can have a beautifully decorated room, but custom drapery will still manage to enhance the look. The warmth and personality they add really is the finishing touch. And, because you went custom made, you’ll have window treatments that truly reflect your decorating style.

Now, if you’re ready to add window treatments, it’s important to know what types are available. Basically, drapes can be broken down into two categories: functional and nonfunctional.

Functional drapes are used to block light, control temperature and provide privacy. The most common types available are Roman shades and pinch pleat (draw) drapery. Non-functional drapery is geared more toward adding accents to the room. Common types of these are panels, valances, swags/cascades, Roman shades, and cornices.

Often times, you can buy fabric from wholesale or at discount prices from a fabric supplier, either at the store or online. In most cases, they also provide a wide selection of drapery hardware, which is something that needs to be carefully selected as well when dressing up your windows. Drapery hardware not only provides a strong architectural element to the room, it will also finalize the theme you wish to convey.

Good, quality custom window treatments can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years depending on the fabric selection. With proper care, your custom drapery will probably still look new by the time you want to update them. To keep your home furnishings protected and also to keep your home full of style, custom window treatments and hardware are definitely worth the investment.

Take some measurements and come on in to Interior Fabrics on FM 1960 in North Houston to select a great designer fabric at wholesale price.

Choosing Your Home’s Color Palette


We are surrounded in world full of color. It seems as though every time we step outside, there is something that catches our eye. Having so many beautiful colors to choose from is wonderful, but it can also be overwhelming and stressful when it comes to narrowing down choices for your home. Here are 4 tips that will hopefully make choosing your home’s color palette a bit easier.

Tip #1: Stick with what you love

Most of us have a favorite color, but if you don’t, start paying attention to the colors you gravitate to. Looking at the wardrobe hanging in your closet is a good place to determine the main colors we’re drawn to. If you are a fan of bold, daring colors, soften up the palette by incorporating white, off-white, or lighter shades of your hue. If you prefer softer, subtler colors, add flair by strategically placing small bursts of bolder colors throughout the space.

Tip #2: Think in themes

Think about things you like. Perhaps you enjoy the beach, have a fondness for international travel, or love to hike out in nature. Often times, decorating themes come with their own color schemes. For instance, if you want to create a beach feel, your palette would include colors that reflected the sun, water and sand.

Tip #3: Pull colors from art and accents

If you’ve lived in your home a while, you probably already have artwork hanging on the wall or accents scattered throughout the space. If you choose a scheme around a piece of artwork, be sure to paint the walls a lighter shade so the artwork pops. If you have a gorgeous area rug in your space or window treatments you love, you can pull colors from it and construct a color palette. Perhaps you have decorative bottles or vases on shelves. Again, you can create a color scheme by using them as inspiration.

Tip #4: Fall back on the classics

Classic colors are classic for a reason, and by sticking with them, you can never go wrong. Some classic color palettes that have stood the test of time are black and white, blue and yellow, and green and blue. There’s nothing wrong with using them if you just don’t have enough around to inspire you.

Whatever you choose to do, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and get creative. As a general rule, avoid trendy colors if it’s something large scale. Instead, incorporate those colors through smaller items like pillows, lampshades, or something else that won’t cost a fortune to replace once the fad as passed. Above all else, be sure to design with you in mind. In other words, keep in mind that it’s your space, and one that you should be comfortable in.


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Understanding Drapery Fabric

Understanding Drapery Fabric North Houston

The drapery you choose is a key component to a successful room design. Drapes do more than just serve a purpose in blocking unwanted light and providing privacy. They also pull the look of the room together. Before any final decision should be made, it’s important to evaluate the style of the room. Doing so, will help narrow down the fabrics and colors you need to complete the look. Continue reading to learn more about drapery for you home.

Drapery fabrics can basically be broken down into four categories: sheers, lightweight, moderate weight and heavyweight.

Sheers seem to be popular for rooms with lots of windows, natural light and open space, because they allow light into a room, while still providing privacy. While they can be used alone, they are often paired with heavier curtains or drapes. Sheers can also soften a room when looped over decorative drapery rods or used to adorn bed canopies. Sheer drapery fabric comes in a variety of colors, both plain and patterned, and can be made from both natural and synthetic fibers—the main ones being organza, lace, muslin and batiste.  

Lightweight fabrics are more substantial than sheers and tend to be the most popular because they are stain resistant and easy to clean. Cotton is the most lightweight and the fabric most widely used in home decorating. Cotton blends, acetate and linen are also popular lightweight drapery fabrics.

True to their name, moderate weight fabrics are weightier than sheers or cotton-based fabrics and are better at blocking light. They work well in homes located in harsh climates, aiding in keeping the cold out in winter and the heat out in summer. Two great materials that fall into this category are canvas and brocade.

Heavyweight fabrics are widely used in formal areas, such as dining rooms and sitting rooms. Velvet is one of the most formal options available and is primarily found in solid colors. Other popular choices are chenille, a soft-textured fabric, and tapestry, which is normally beaded and accented with tassels or beads.

Your fabric selection will be based on the style you wish to portray, how much money you want to spend, and how much maintenance you want. Talking with your local fabric supplier can be the most beneficial, but for now, here are some guidelines to help:

  • Cotton is strong, easy to care for and comes in a wide variety of colors, weights and weaves, but can wrinkle easily, shrink or stretch, and become weak in direct sunlight.
  • Silk is luxurious, but is prone to sun damage and water spotting. It can also be expensive to clean.
  • Linen is another strong fabric, but lacks elasticity. It also tends to wrinkle and can be shrink-prone unless treated.
  • Acrylic and polyester blends tend to pill, but are affordable, crease-resistant choices.
  • Acetate is economical and offers a nice, silky look, but is weak and easily damaged by the sun.
  • Nylon is durable, washable and reasonably priced.

As you make your selections, think about the hardware you’ll need. Hardware is another essential piece in your window treatment, so it needs careful consideration as well. Rods, finials, rings, brackets, and sconces need to be factored into your decision. Figure out what you’ll need and then choose something that will accentuate your fabric.

Whether you’re picking drapes to be a focal point or a neutral point in your home, weigh out all your options before making a final decision. Adding drapery to your home is an investment, so you want to make sure you purchase wisely.

At Interior Fabrics in North Houston, we are happy to assist you in picking out your designer upholstery fabrics while making sure you pay wholesale prices. Stop by our fabric shop on FM 1960 before your next decorating project begins!


Classic Color Combinations for Your Home

Classic Color Combinations for Your Home North Houston

Classic Color Combinations for Your Home 

Home design trends come and go, but there are some classic color combinations that stand the test of time. Take a stroll through your local fabric store or find a fabric supplier online to get inspiration and also to purchase fabrics and hardware that will get you the exact look you want for you home. To get you started, here are 6 color combinations that won’t let you down.

Black and White 

The black and white color combination is timeless. Not only does it offer a clean and sophisticated look, it also serves as a great backdrop for pops of other colors. For instance, a living room with white couches, black furniture, and black and white drapes or curtains can have even more impact when accented with throw pillows or accents in colors of hot pink, teal, bright green or red.

Green and Blue 

Both of these colors are cool, refreshing and welcoming. These colors are also a great way to bring the charm of the outdoors, inside the walls of your home. For a more modern feel, you can intensify the palette by using deeper shades like navy and kelly green. Try using one of them as accents on throw pillows and rugs, or let them pack a bigger punch as a large item like a couch, while using the other color as a nearby accent color on a rug or drapes.

Earth Tones 

Earth tone colors are derived from the natural things around us like soil, leaves, the sun, stones and the sky. This type of color palette can create a very warm atmosphere. A neutral room, grounded in shades of grey or brown, looks great with rug, drape, accessory, and pillow accents in bolder earth tones like reds, oranges, greens and blues.

White and Blue 

The tint or tone may change, but the concept of white and blue, never go out of style. White and blue, often thought of as invoking a nautical feeling, isn’t really the only look these colors work for. White and blue color combinations work for traditional rooms, contemporary rooms and everything in between. Play around with weight of each color, and even try using more than 1 shade of blue or adding in a cream for some lasting power.

Yellow and Green 

These two colors take us back to nature. If they work together outdoors, it only makes sense that they would work together indoors as well. No matter how you want to use these colors—vibrant, subdued, or scattered lightly throughout—these colors look amazing together.

Blue and Orange

This color combination is cool, casual and fun. Orange and blue isn’t necessarily a traditional color combo, but it’s becoming a popular one that appears to be sticking around for quite a while. Jazz up any room with punches of these two colors through furniture fabrics and accents like vases, lamps or pillows.

Holiday Decorating Combinations

During the holidays, try decorating with different color combinations to give your home a brighter or updated feel. When decorating for Halloween, try using teal and pink, while mixing in some black. You can also keep things a little bit more traditional, while still spicing them up by using purple and green. For a more elegant Christmas look, try sticking with white and cream with sprinkles of red for pops of color.

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Understanding Fabric for Upholstery

Fabric for Upholstery North HoustonBefore you jump into picking colors and patterns, it’s important to understand the basics regarding fabric. What types of fabrics are there? What fabrics are durable, fade resistant and easy to clean? What does thread count mean? These are some of the things you should understand before making your purchase.

Fabrics can essentially be broken down into two categories: natural and synthetic.  Natural fabrics are plant, animal and mineral based, where synthetic fabrics are chemical based. Natural fabrics are biodegradable, easier on the skin and improve over time. Synthetic fabrics, when blended with other fibers can be durable, but they can be harsher on the skin and harmful for the environment.


Cotton is most often spun into yarn or thread, which is soft and breathable. This fiber wears well and is less prone to pilling and fading. It can soil and wrinkle more easily than other fabrics, but treating the surface or blending it with other fibers usually corrects this.

Leather is an animal product that is both flexible and durable. It is also fairly easy to clean, generally only needed a damp wipe or light vacuuming. Saddle soap or leather conditioners are additional options for cleaning and preserving the life of the fabric. For a synthetic version, try faux leather made from PVC or Polyurethane.

Linen, made from the fibers of the flax plant, soils and wrinkles easily, making it a better option for a formal room, rather than a room with high traffic. This fabric is fade resistant, but requires professional cleaning to avoid shrinkage.

Vinyl is a less expensive alternative to leather. Good quality vinyl is durable, easy to clean and ideal for high traffic family rooms and dining areas.

Silk is a beautiful, yet delicate fabric. Because of its delicacy and ability to soil easily, it is best suited for formal rooms.

Wool is one of the sturdiest and durable fabrics around. It is resistant to fading, soiling, pilling and wrinkling, on its own and as a blend. When blended with a synthetic, this fabric becomes even easier to clean.




Nylon is one of the synthetic alternatives to silk and is also commonly blended with Polyester to create faux silks. When blended with other fibers, it becomes one of the strongest upholstery fabrics you can get. Although resistant to wrinkles and soil, it does fade easil

Rayon is actually semi-synthetic, as it is neither a true synthetic fiber nor a natural one. This fabric is durable, but prone to wrinkles. However, new developments are making rayon a much more practical option.

Polyester is usually blended with other fibers for upholstery purposes. It’s durable, it retains its shape and it is less likely to fade. Polyester is also commonly used for faux silks, or in blends for faux silks (commonly blended with Nylon, or used as 100% Polyester).

Acrylic can be looked upon as imitation wool. Just like wool, it is resistant to fading, soiling and wrinkling. If possible, try purchasing higher-quality fabric, as it is less likely to pill.

Atcetae has a silky, luxurious appearance, holds its shape and can withstand mildew. It can fade, wrinkle and wear out easily, making it a poor choice for everyday use.

Olefin is very strong. It is stain, fire, chemical, mildew, sunlight and abrasion resistant. It is also known for holding its color. All these properties make it a wonderful choice for items that will get a lot of wear.

Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch. If you want fabric or furniture that will wear the best, purchase the item that has the higher thread count. In a nutshell, items that are moderately used will do just fine with a fabric that is less durable. Heavy use items however, will need those tougher fabrics to maintain a longer life.

Come in to Interior Fabrics in North Houston, about a block east of Willowbrook Mall on Cypress Creek Parkway, where you can come to check out all your favorite fabrics for your next project!