Oxford Curtain Consultancy http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk Hand sewn curtains and blinds, bringing fabrics to choose in the home. Fri, 25 Jan 2019 21:37:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.18 http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/cropped-OCC-Logo-facebook-32x32.jpg Oxford Curtain Consultancy http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk 32 32 Curtain Conundrum – Rods & Rails http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk/curtain-rods/ Fri, 01 Mar 2013 09:58:45 +0000 http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk/?p=533 Having a lovely set of curtains without curtain rods is like owning a sports car and not being able to drive. Understanding how and where to hang your drapes is one of the most important steps when considering a refit or purchase. […]

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Having a lovely set of curtains without curtain rods is like owning a sports car and not being able to drive. Understanding how and where to hang your drapes is one of the most important steps when considering a refit or purchase.

Let’s take a look at some popular curtain rod styles to help you make that all important decision!

Wooden Curtain Rods

Wooden Rods

Most certainly filed under the ‘traditional’ category, wooden curtain rods bring warmth into a living space. Darker finishes are better suited for theming a room, where lighter finishes are more discreet options for hanging your curtains.

Sometimes manufacturers offer a rope/chord to accompany your end-stops, adding to that authentic and undeniably rustic curtain theme.

Wooden rods and end-stops are often found in antique shops and boutiques so get rummaging!

Iron Curtain RodsIron Rails

Ironmongers are the usual suspects for iron rail & end-stop production, many of which resemble a contemporary style to compliment a minimal theme.

White walls and colder rooms are ideal living spaces for these metallic masterpieces, and with finishes ranging from smooth and soft to sharp and shiny these really are a great choice for contemporary curtains.

On a serious note, one must consider the practicalities of heavy iron rails. Make sure your end-stoppers are secure and keep them pointing sideways!

If you would like more information about choosing the right curtain rods or are simply in need of some practical advice, please get in touch with the Oxford Curtain Consultant.

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Curtains versus window blinds http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk/curtains-versus-window-blinds/ Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:28:55 +0000 http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk/?p=518 Although it may seem a straightforward conundrum, there are many factors which determine the suitability of curtains, drapes and blinds. We are now in 2013 and at the turn of a new year we ask the same question – what […]

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Curtain OxfordAlthough it may seem a straightforward conundrum, there are many factors which determine the suitability of curtains, drapes and blinds.

We are now in 2013 and at the turn of a new year we ask the same question – what will be most prevalent this year, blinds or curtains?

Whilst there are a number of aesthetic considerations, what questions should you ask yourself when choosing bewteen curtains or blinds?

Purpose

An important factor in the decision between curtains and blinds is purpose and suitability. Blinds are best suited for rooms where lighting and light management is a priority; bedrooms often make good use of black-out blinds as shutting out light is important to help us sleep.

Curtains, on the other hand, are better suited for living spaces where considerable time is spent working and resting. Curtains are flexible by nature and flexibility is paramount for multi-purpose spaces.

Fashion

Fashionability is a crucial factor, especially when committed to new years resolutions and redecorating plans. Fashionable curtains and blinds not only transform your living space, bedroom or conservatory but they can often be the icing on the cake – the last piece of the decorating puzzle.

Curtains with soft, droopy aesthetics are particularly well suited to create ambience in living areas. Conversely, blinds and shutters are used to add practicality in living spaces such as a loft conversion or balcony window.

Get in touch

If you would like to discuss your own curtains versus blinds conundrum, why not give the Oxford Curtain Consultant a call?

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How to Choose Fabrics for Outdoor Use http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk/how-choose-fabrics-outdoor-use/ Tue, 10 Jul 2012 15:06:39 +0000 http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk/?p=500 Choosing Fabrics for Outdoor Use Good outdoor fabrics are easier to come by than they were a few years ago but it’s important to make the right decision. Make sure you look for the following properties in your fabric to […]

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choosing a fabric for outdoor use

Choosing Fabrics for Outdoor Use

Good outdoor fabrics are easier to come by than they were a few years ago but it’s important to make the right decision. Make sure you look for the following properties in your fabric to make a choice that’ll last for years to come:

Anti-bacterial/anti-fungal

Mold and mildew will thrive in any environment that is moist and warm so it’s important that your fabric is able to prevent this sort of growth (one key way of doing so is choosing a waterproof fabric but this will be discussed below) and you look after your fabrics appropriately.

An important preventative measure is to store your fabrics in as dry a condition as possible, which means not leaving them out in the rain, and taking them inside to a dry location when not in use. As a further measure, you can choose fabrics which have an anti-bacterial/anti-fungal coating or are mildew resistant.

Mildew resistant fabrics haven’t undergone any treatment, but are designed using fibres which limit the growth of bacterial. Anti-bacterial coatings are chemical finishes which are intended to kill or limit the growth of bacteria that begins to find a home in your fabric.

Waterproof

Waterproof fabrics are those that can withstand an ordinary amount of water (almost no fabric can resist water with 100{45bd4aea04534ee6eefd7d10f7902456fd06c81adae6b9026401d00894627d04} success). Waterproof fabrics tend to fall into three categories: tightly woven, microporous coated and hydrophilic coated.

Tightly woven fabric is just that: the fabric is woven so tightly that water has a difficult time penetrating the surface. The advantages of this type of fabric are that they aren’t treated with chemicals and they are breathable. Being breathable means that while water has a tough time getting in, the fabric is still permeable to air. One disadvantage is that water not only has a tough time getting in, it has a tough time getting out! If left out long enough for water to slowly make its way into the fabric, it can take a very long time to dry.

Similar to tightly woven fabrics, fabrics with a microporous coating have a surface that is hard for water to penetrate. However, this surface is artificial (usually made out of some sort of polymer) and contains pores that are even smaller. The pores are thousands of times smaller than the size of a water droplet but big enough for air and water vapour molecules to pass through, allowing the fabric to be similarly breathable but even more waterproof. These fabrics have the same disadvantage as tightly wovens ones however but should only become a problem when the fabric is left out for a significant amount of time.

Hydrophilic coated fabrics are made using a hydrophilic (literally meaning ‘water loving’) coating that is non-porous. At first you may wonder why using a waterproof coating that attracts water molecules is beneficial but the coating uses the chemical properties of water to its advantage. The hydrophilic coating actually allows water to spread easily across the surface, facilitating the movement of the water droplets off the fabric. These fabric are even less penetrable to water than microporous coatings but are less breathable.

Fire retardant

It is important for any fabric (whether used indoors or outdoors) to be fire retardant, meaning it reduces the flammability of fuels (or delays their combustion). Fabrics used outdoors may be more likely to catch fire due to the conditions of the environment they’re used in (near barbeques or patio heaters for example).

Fabrics are made fire retardant either by the use of chemical treatment or manufactured fireproof fibres. The flame retardancy can wear off over time when a chemical treatment is used because repeated washings can slowly remove the coating – it is therefore important to be aware of the suggested ‘lifespan’ of the fabric and to wash it only to the manufacturer’s suggestions.

Stain resistant

With outdoors fabrics being well exposed to the elements, it is important that they do not stain easily and are easy to clean. Some fabrics are more or less stain-resistant naturally while some fabrics are specially treated to resist stains.

There are a number of ways manufacturers can produce fabrics that are especially stain-resistant. One increasingly popular way is using nanotechnology to replicate natural examples of ‘stain-resistance’, as found in fruits such as peaches.

Peaches contain tiny hairs on their surface which causes water to bead up and roll off again (with the water never properly touching the peaches skin). Nanotechnology is able to replicate this by producing fabrics with millions of nanoscopic hairs which work to move fluids off the surface of the fabric.

The advantage of this style of stain-resistance is that it doesn’t wear off over time as chemically treated fabrics do – chemical layers are slowly lost over repeated washings but nano-treated fabrics last as long as the tiny hairs on their surface do.

 

Please see our curtain consultancy and styling services or contact us to find out more!

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Improved Sleep Leads to Improved Productivity http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk/improved-sleep-leads-to-improved-productivity-2/ Thu, 07 Jun 2012 10:24:25 +0000 http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk/?p=451 We all know a good night’s sleep can make all the difference. If that’s the case, how can we ensure a great night’s sleep each and every time? Certain colours and textures evoke a more relaxed state and there are […]

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We all know a good night’s sleep can make all the difference. If that’s the case, how can we ensure a great night’s sleep each and every time? Certain colours and textures evoke a more relaxed state and there are steps you can take to make your bedroom an environment better conducive to rest.

The important of a good night’s rest

Sleep plays an important role for your memory – thoughts, knowledge, experiences and your short-term memory get solidified into your long-term memory when you are sleeping. There is evidence that a lack of sleep can impact your health too: increased risk of obesity, reduced response to vaccines, pre-diabetic conditions and changes to cardiovascular functions.

Choosing the right colours

The colour scheme you choose to use in your room can have an impact on your rest. Light blue is often considered to be one of the better colours for your sleep – some research has shown that people in rooms coloured light blue fall asleep more quickly and have more refreshing sleeps (wake up feeling like their sleep was undisturbed and deep) as well. Alternatively, yellow is said to be a good colour for people who cannot wake up easily in the morning – the colour makes them more happy to wake in the morning! Whilst one of the more romantic colours, red is apparently one of the worst for your sleep – although perhaps not a problem if romance is what’s on your mind!

Reduce the light coming into your room

Depending on the position of your house and your bedroom, more or less light might be leaking into your room. Even during the evening when the sun isn’t out, annoyingly placed street lamps can bask your room in sleep-disturbing light. For this reason, it’s important to choose the right curtains or blinds for your needs, particularly if you’re sensitive to light!

Get in touch to see what we can do for you and provide a better night’s sleep!

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Complicated Bay Windows!! http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk/complicated-bay-windows/ Thu, 15 Mar 2012 13:50:46 +0000 http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk/?p=423 Measuring & Installing Curtains or Blinds for Even the Most Complicated Bay Windows I have just been to a house with 4 bay windows that need verticals installing in each – a measuring nightmare, as where the PVC joins the old architrave […]

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Measuring & Installing Curtains or Blinds for Even the Most Complicated Bay Windows

I have just been to a house with 4 bay windows that need verticals installing in each – a measuring nightmare, as where the PVC joins the old architrave it is all at different levels.

Measuring Complicated Bay Windows for Curtain Installation

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You’d think that measuring was fairly easy as you measure right next to the window, taking into consideration the handles of the windows. However, then you need to think of fixings on the ceiling and on the window frame if it is face fix. All manufactures seem to have different brackets with varying projection, so best to get hold of who is supplying before you order.

Here is a curved vertical blind I measured for in an Art Deco building in London. It was a big curve, so making a paper template of the cill was the best way forward.

Measuring a Curved Bay Window for Installing a Vertical Blind

 

I’ve got a great tool from silent gliss that tells me the angles and many curved and difficult bay window measured correctly and installed perfectly, so if you are desperate for help and someone who can recommend the right product for your bay, please get in touch and arrange a consultation.

 

 

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Vanessa Arbuthnott http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk/vanessa-arbuthnott/ Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:13:47 +0000 http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk/?p=338 Vanessa Arbuthnott wants you to feel inspired when you browse through her catalogue. From a printed textile designer perspective even the first page, with butterfly hand blocks gives me ideas for potential customers. It is not my normal taste of large, fantastically colourful […]

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Vanessa Arbuthnott wants you to feel inspired when you browse through her catalogue. From a printed textile designer perspective even the first page, with butterfly hand blocks gives me ideas for potential customers. It is not my normal taste of large, fantastically colourful prints, but more subtle, soft look that makes it even more interesting as there are imperfections due to it being hand printed.

Vanessa ArbuthnottWhen ordering swatches for a potential customer they all arrived very quickly and no only 5 per request etc. All seem to RRP at under £45 per m.

Very impressed with the service so far and I am sure that I will be investing in the range of 5 books in the next couple of months.

In the meantime please get in touch lucy@oxfordcurtainconsultancy.preview.vded-zesdig-002.zestdev.com and I can arrange to pop over to show you the collection.

Thanks

Lucy

 

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Find us on Facebook and Twitter! http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk/find-us-on-facebook-and-twitter/ Tue, 17 Jan 2012 10:00:39 +0000 http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk/?p=327 We recently launched our new Facebook page. There you can find the latest news and updates from Oxford Curtain Consultancy and Lucy Harding. We have also launched a new Twitter page to keep in contact with our customers and fans. […]

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oxford curtains facebookWe recently launched our new Facebook page. There you can find the latest news and updates from Oxford Curtain Consultancy and Lucy Harding.

We have also launched a new Twitter page to keep in contact with our customers and fans.

If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, please Like and Follow us!

Find us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Thanks

Lucy

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Silent Gliss http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk/silent-gliss/ Wed, 14 Dec 2011 16:25:22 +0000 http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk/uncategorized/silent-gliss.html Having just left the Silent Gliss showroom by appointment only- call Georgina Clark, the London showroom manager on 0207 288 6100 or email georginaclark@silentgliss.co.uk. All the products can be viewed: Numerous tracks- domestic to heavy contract. Metropole from 23mm, 30mm […]

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Silent GlissHaving just left the Silent Gliss showroom by appointment only- call Georgina Clark, the London showroom manager on 0207 288 6100 or email georginaclark@silentgliss.co.uk.

All the products can be viewed:

Numerous tracks- domestic to heavy contract.

Metropole from 23mm, 30mm up to 50mm diameter.

What is great is the wave front headings can be viewed using railroaded sheers.

Ideal for an interior designer selling to their client.

I’ve managed to sell a few of the tracks and Metropoles in the 4 ish years I’ve been in business with no complaints. The products, customer services etc is exceptional, with all issues covered.

Now I know even more about the products I’m ready to carry on selling, but will add the sophisticated rollers, sliding panels and shaped verticals to my range with confidence.

Tweet me on @oxfordcurtains.

For any enquires about Commercial or Domestic curtains in the Oxfordshire area, please don’t hesistate to contact me.

Lucy

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Curtain Style Tips: Colour and Length http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk/curtain-style-tips-colour-and-length/ Wed, 30 Nov 2011 23:02:01 +0000 http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk/?p=293 Curtain Style Tips: Colour: When choosing the colour of your new curtains, going a few shades darker than your wall colour is always a safe bet. It helps to unify the space, creating a neutral backdrop. This allows details in […]

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Curtain Style Tips:

Colour: When choosing the colour of your new curtains, going a few shades darker than your wall colour is always a safe bet. It helps to unify the space, creating a neutral backdrop. This allows details in the room to stand out; great for a modern and stylish room. Match other accesories in the room with the curtains!

Length: For a formal or traditional room, measure and cut your curtains so that they hit the floor exactly. For a romantic room, have the curtains puddle on the floor (although this should only be used in rooms without carpet). For an everyday casual look, have the curtains skim the bottom of the window frame.

If you’d like any soft furnishings advice, or are interested in curtains for commercial or domestic applications, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Laminated Roller Blinds http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk/laminated-roller-blinds/ Fri, 14 Oct 2011 10:31:14 +0000 http://oxfordcurtainconsultancy.co.uk/?p=270 I recently had a customer in Maidenhead, Berkshire who was deciding between romans or laminated roller blinds for a kitchen, using this seasons Villa Nova stripe. They decided on laminated roller blinds as they are less intrusive with the light, even when […]

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laminated roller blindsI recently had a customer in Maidenhead, Berkshire who was deciding between romans or laminated roller blinds for a kitchen, using this seasons Villa Nova stripe.

They decided on laminated roller blinds as they are less intrusive with the light, even when you have the option of installing  the romans outside the recess. We reversed rolled them, so that there was no interruption of patterned fabric and plain over the spool.

If you haven’t thought of laminated rollers before , be forewarned that at the edges you do have sewing marks.

Here are a few images to inspire you:

laminated roller blinds for the kitchen

laminated roller blinds for smaller windows

If you would like advice on the best type of blind or curtaining to fit into your space, please don’t hesitate to get in touch: Contact Us

Many thanks,

Lucy

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