• Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

    Spring is soon upon us and that means one thing – spring cleaning! This is a time to refresh your home after a long winter. It feels great to welcome the new season with clean surroundings. You will feel satisfied when your spring cleaning is complete – your home will sparkle with new life. Follow our checklist to make sure you get all the nooks and crannies in every room.

    Living Room

    • Vacuum all rugs
    • Clean walls with a solvent-free degreaser
    • Vacuum upholstery
    • Dust bookshelves and mantles
    • Wash throw pillowcases and blankets

    Bedroom

    • Wash bedding
    • Air out and vacuum mattress
    • Flip or rotate mattresses
    • Vacuum rugs/wax wooden floors
    • Organize clothing
    • Set aside unused garments for donation

    Bathroom

    • Disinfect and wipe down all hard surfaces
    • Clean grout in-between all tile
    • Wash shower curtain (check care tag)
    • Clean mirrors
    • Disinfect toilet
    • Wash all bathmats

    Kitchen

    • Clean and disinfect sink
    • Scrub cooktop/stove
    • Set the oven to self-clean
    • Mop/wax floors
    • Clean out refrigerator
    • Wipe down all hard surfaces
    • Organize cabinets and pantry area

    Every Room

    • Clean baseboards
    • Open the windows to air out the space
    • Wash windows
    • Dust and shine light fixtures

    Spring cleaning is a satisfying way to refresh both your home and your state of mind. In addition to the checklist above, make sure to replace any torn or broken draperies or window fixtures you may find while sprucing up your home. Visit our showroom at Armand’s Drapery for the best selection of home decor for every style and budget to make your house feel fresh this spring and every other season.

  • 2020’s Most Popular Fabric for Curtains

    Window dressing can change the complete look and feel of a room. Curtains add color and pattern to your decor and help soften the hard lines of large windows.

    Another important aspect to take into consideration is the fabric. Fabric for curtains comes in a wide variety. The fabric you choose will dictate how much it costs and how much care it needs.

    Let’s take a look at the most popular drapery fabric choices.

    Best Fabric for Curtains

    There are several different drapery fabric types. Each of the different types of fabric varies in price and have their own upkeep requirements.

    Here are some of the most popular types of curtains set to trend in 2020:

    1. Polyester

    Of all the curtain fabric types, polyester is the most common staple.

    Polyester is durable and affordable. Due to its material, polyester is also easy to take care of. If you have polyester for your draperies, you won’t have to worry about them wrinkling, stretching, or shrinking in the dryer.

    If you’re a new homeowner and you’re stuck trying to decide what’d be best for your curtains fabric types, go with polyester. With polyester, you can hang the curtains and almost forget about them.

    If you’re shopping to outfit windows in your kitchen, though, avoid polyester. This type of material is porous and absorbs odors with ease. It is also flammable and limits air circulation.

    2. Silk

    People have been in love with silk since ancient China thousands of years ago.

    The material of silk is soft, and the richness of color on it and the way it shimmers makes it ideal for window dressing. Silk curtains will not block much airflow but will make any room they decorate appear more elegant.

    The sun can damage silk, so be sure to double layer the curtains to provide a barrier between the silk and the sun shining on them.

    3. Linen

    The fabric of linen has a billowy quality without appearing too fanciful.

    Linen is ideal for a casual feel and is often found in living rooms. Because the fabric is sheer, linen doesn’t fully block sunlight. Also, this material requires dry clean only.

    4. Cotton

    If you lead a busy life and want low maintenance curtains, cotton is for you.

    Cotton curtains come in a variety of weaves. If you want your curtains to block out the sun, you can find heavy cotton curtains. If you want your room to remain light and airy, cotton curtains even come in sheer finishes.

    The other upside to cotton curtains is that they are machine washable. The fabric is durable and also cheap.

    Choose the Curtains You’ll Love

    Fabric for curtains comes in a wide variety, and you should look into their cleaning requirements before deciding. Even if you start off loving the way a certain curtain looks, if you hate dealing with dry cleaners, you’ll grow to despise it.

    Choose a fabric that suits your lifestyle and will liven up your living space. At Armand’s Drapery, Shutters & Upholstery, we can offer in-home consultation and professional installation.

    Contact us today to find the perfect curtains for you.

  • The Easiest Ways to Clean Blinds and Shutters

    “I love cleaning blinds,” said no one ever. The truth is that most people dread cleaning blinds and shutters because they are not very easy to clean. If this sounds like you, then you are in the right place.

    Keep reading to learn the easiest ways to clean blinds and dread it no more.

    1. Socks and Rulers

    This might sound funny but it is a perfect way to clean even the narrowest of blinds. It does not matter the type of blinds you own you can wrap a sock around a ruler and use it in between each blind.

    You can add some soap and water to your sock to trap extra dirt and get a cleaner result.

    2. Dryer Sheets

    You can use dryer sheets for so many things around the house besides laundry, including to keep dust on your blinds at a minimum. Make sure to rub both sides of each blind to ensure that both sides have less dust clinging to them. The dryer sheets will help create a barrier to prevent dust from accumulating, in turn, not having to clean your blinds as often.

    3. Paintbrush

    This method is perfect for blinds that are extremely dirty. Fill up a container with hot water and soap and use the paintbrush, like a broom. Clean each blind individually and use a dry towel to dry each piece as you clean it with the paintbrush.

    Pro tip: Clean the paintbrush often to avoid transferring dirt from one blind to the next.

    4. Vacuum

    If you have a brush attachment on your vacuum, use it every time you vacuum your home. The great thing about this method is that as long as your vacuum is powerful enough it will catch dust that you might have missed otherwise.

    Clean each piece individually on both sides and once you are done close the blinds and use the brush over the entire blinds. Vacuum attachments will also help you clean hard to reach places on your window treatments.

    If you happen to have fabric blinds then using the vacuum is a must. Fabric blinds are something that you do not want to let dust accumulate to avoid it becoming a nightmare.

    5. Toothbrush

    If you have super tiny blinds then a toothbrush is probably better than a paintbrush. You can soak the toothbrush in hot soapy water and scrub piece by piece, front, and back. Dry each piece with a dry cloth to prevent any water stains or marks.

    Now You Know the Easiest Ways to Clean Blinds

    After learning all of the tips above on the easiest ways to clean blinds, which method or methods will you choose to try? Why not try all of them and then choose your favorite?

    If you are not happy with your blinds or shutters after you clean them, then it might be time to replace them. If your blinds have seen their better years and you are ready for an upgrade, please contact us today, we would love to hear from you and help you choose the best blinds for your home!

  • Curtains vs Blinds: Which Is Best For Your Home?


    Both curtains and blinds come in a variety of styles, add texture to a room, and provide privacy. But both have distinct advantages and disadvantages. This quick guide is a look at the pros and cons of curtains vs blinds.

    Installation and Cost of Curtains vs Blinds

    Curtains: Curtains are usually simple to install, and those made of cotton blends are particularly inexpensive. Of course, luxury fabrics like silk or linen will cost more.

    Blinds: Blinds require additional skill and hardware to install, and extra effort for custom fittings. If you choose professional installation, it’s best to have workers take window measurements themselves, or they may not ensure proper fit.

    Children and Pets

    Curtains: Unless windows are out of reach, curtains are preferable for homes with kids and pets. For one, they’re easier to wash.

    Blinds: Blinds can be dangerous for small children who might become tangled in the cording. Rough use is also likely to bend and damage the slats.

    The Advantages of Blinds

    The main advantage of blinds is that they come in more textures, and have a harder look than curtains. You can choose between Roman shades, wooden blinds, and vertical slats. There are many options, but that’s not the only benefit when considering curtains vs blinds.

    Blinds are made of versatile materials, meaning you could choose to have blackout shades in the bedroom, or water-resistant blinds in the bathroom and kitchen, and something stylish in the living room. Also, blinds make a space look bigger when they’re contracted.

    The Advantages of Curtains

    Curtains have a wispier look. They drape a window, adding a pop of color, and some let the light shine through. The extra fabric helps to dampen outside noises or add a sense of coziness to a room.

    There are pros and cons when deciding between curtains vs blinds, and most people will probably prefer a mixture of both throughout their home.

    Visit us at Armand’s Drapery to select the option that’s right for you.

  • 2020 Drapery and Curtain Trends

    We all know that trends come and go. It’s a fact of life and an opportunity to try
    something new. But when it comes to home redecorating, it’s frustrating to see your
    design go out of style just a few years later.

    Luckily, you can prevent some of these design disappointments by paying attention to
    upcoming trends. To learn more about the most popular drapery and curtain trends for
    2020, read on.

    Sheer White Curtains

    In the last several years, Scandinavian design has become a major trend in American
    interior design. It’s an airy style that embraces simplicity and natural beauty. It often
    features white walls, lots of natural light, and sheer white curtains.
    If you want to brighten up a space, sheer white curtains are the perfect choice. They’ll
    make any room look light and airy, while still creating a subtle statement. Plus, if you
    later decide to upgrade your furniture or wall color, you won’t have to worry about it
    clashing with the curtains. Sheer white looks great with virtually any style. This is a
    curtain trend with staying power.

    Neutral Tones

    Neutral colors like tan, gray, and natural linen are still popular in 2020. This classic
    design adds a touch of elegance to any room. It’s also chic to upholster furniture in a
    neutral tone that complements the curtains or drapes. The trick is to use two neutrals in
    the same family. It ties the room’s design together without too much matching.
    This is the perfect year to try out that monochromatic neutral look you’ve been dreaming
    about.

    Dark Blue, Green, and Yellow Curtains

    Solid colored curtains in jewel tones are also a hot trend for 2020. The trendiest color for
    this year is dark blue. In fact, Pantone’s Classic Blue is the 2020 Color of the Year. You
    can expect to see this shade of blue on walls and accent furniture.

    Other popular colors for curtains and draperies this year are hunter green and mustard
    yellow. Bright sunshine yellow is also a fashionable curtain trend for the year.
    If you’re looking for a classic, yet subtle upgrade, try curtains in classic blue or hunter
    green. For an extra dose of happiness in your home, consider a vibrant shade of citrus.

    Patterned Fabrics

    Another 2020 trend for drapery and curtains is patterned fabrics. Both delicate and bold
    designs are popular this year. If you enjoy traditional design, but still want to make a

    statement, go with plaid or striped fabric. These simple patterns add some visual interest
    without drawing too much attention.

    For a more eclectic look, floral, geometric, or ombre curtains and draperies are also
    trending this season. You can choose bold and bright patterns to add a pop of color to an
    otherwise neutral room. Or, if you’d like to try a more subtle version, opt for delicate
    patterns in muted colors.

    Refresh Your Home with These New Curtain Trends

    If you’re tired of your current design, a simple yet impactful way to update a room is with
    new drapes or curtains. These curtain trends for 2020 will liven up any room. Whether
    your home is modern, traditional, or eclectic, there’s a little something for everyone.

    At Armand’s Drapery, Shutters, and Upholstery, we offer custom design and professional
    installation. If your home is due for a makeover, contact us today to learn more.