Creative Ways to Display Art

18 Nov

ALTERNATIVES TO HANGING YOUR ARTWORK

A room with a large painting sitting on top of a sideboard and leaning agains the wall.

While hanging your artwork might seem like the logical way to display it, perhaps you don’t want to put holes in your walls or you’ve run out of wall space. But if you look around your home with a creative eye, you’ll likely find many other ways you can display your art.

  • Lean it against the wall.
    Setting artwork on the floor and leaning it against the wall not only looks casual chic, it’s a great way to hide unsightly cords or cable boxes.
  • Create a furniture display.
    Use an artsy stepladder, tree stump stool or another piece of furniture to highlight your art.

IDEAS FOR CREATING DISPLAYS

  • Use a floor/table combo.
    Start by leaning a few pieces of art on the floor against the wall and then accent them with complementary pieces on a table above it.
  • Create a shelf display.
    Shelves aren’t just for books! Create a display using a larger piece of art toward the back of the shelf and smaller pieces in front. 
  • Place it on an easel.
    If you really love your artwork, why not showcase it on an actual easel! For smaller pieces, a tabletop easel may be all you need.

MORE IDEAS TO CONSIDER

  • Search for ledges.
    Try to find overhangs, ledges, windowsills or a mantle where you can prop up your art.

If you want to display your art on the wall but just can’t commit to using nails, you can find a variety of adhesives that won’t damage your paint. But don’t dismiss other less-expected options that will give your home a uniquely stylish look.

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How to Keep Your Home Looking Clean

12 Nov

SIMPLE HABITS FOR EFFORTLESS CLEANING

Do you ever wait so long to clean your home that it takes an entire day — or weekend? Well, by developing the right habits, maintaining a clean home will become an instinctive part of your daily routine. And the more of these habits you master, the easier cleaning will be.

  • Don’t leave a room empty-handed.
    Before leaving a room, look around for any items you can grab that belong where you’re headed.
  • Make your bed.
    Besides making your bedroom instantly neater, turning down a made bed signals to your brain that it’s time to go to sleep so you fall asleep faster.

MAKE CLEANING PART OF YOUR DAILY ROUTINES

  • Clean as you go.
    Wash the dishes you’re done with while you’re waiting for the food to cook; hang up your clothes as soon as you change; wipe down the bathroom sink right after brushing your teeth. 
  • Deal with mail immediately.
    Don’t just toss the pile onto your counter — throw junk mail into the recycling bin, and file bills to be paid at the appropriate time.
  • Keep cleaning supplies within easy reach.
    Store cleaning supplies in your bathroom and kitchen cabinets where you can easily access them when needed.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOME CLEAN AND UNCLUTTERED

  • Designate a spot for everything.
    An uncluttered home not only looks cleaner, it makes dusting and wiping down surfaces a lot easier too.
  • Use doormats.
    Place doormats on the inside and outside of each exterior door; shake them out on a regular basis.
  • Focus on high-traffic areas.
    Make sure you don’t get too caught up in the small details that most people wouldn’t notice anyway – you can always save certain tasks for deep-cleaning sessions. Instead, focus on high-traffic areas and prioritize your most important goals for the day.

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Coffee Tables

4 Nov

STYLE YOUR COFFEE TABLE WITH FLAIR

Your coffee table is often one of the first things people notice when they walk into your living room, and the way you style it can set the tone of the entire space. 

Here are a few tips to help you create the perfect look:

  • Keep it simple
    A clean, uncluttered feel with just a few items is most appealing and keeps the focus on the coffee table.
  • Follow the rule of three
    Use a larger piece to ground your design and the other two items to balance it.

CREATE THE PERFECT LOOK

  • Contrast textures and shapes
    Think soft flowers paired with a stack of books or a curved vase on a rectangular table.
  • Include a personal item
    Incorporate a travel souvenir, heirloom or another personal item in your display to add interest and spark conversation.
  • Consider using a tray
    A tray can help you style and organize a group of items. You can also use it for remotes, coasters or other small essentials.


BALANCE STYLE AND FUNCTION

  • Look at every angle
    Since your table is probably near the center of your room, make sure it looks good from wherever people can see it.
  • Avoid objects that block your view
    Stick to items that are low enough to see over or airy enough to see through.

While you want a stylish display, it shouldn’t get in the way of everyday use — allow plenty of room on your coffee table to set down drinks, snacks, magazines or whatever else you might want to place on there. Think about what you use your table for and try to create a balance between fashion and function.

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Video Call Background Design Ideas

28 Oct

DESIGN THE PERFECT VIDEO CONFERENCING SPACE

Over the past few months, video calls may have become an integral part of your life, keeping you connected with coworkers, family and friends — and giving others a glimpse into your home. So why not ensure your video-conference background puts you in the best possible light!

A clean and uncluttered environment ensures that the focus stays on you. But don’t be afraid to personalize it with your favorite items:

  • Show off your book collection: Remove the book jackets to reveal the colorful spines or neatly stack them by color.
  • Accessorize with plants or flowers.
  • Display photos, artwork or travel memorabilia.

LIGHTING IS EVERYTHING

When possible, make the most of natural light. You can also position lamps right in front of you or off to the side by no more than 45 degrees. (If the light is overhead or directly behind you, it will cast a shadow over your face.) 

Some possible setups could include:

  • Facing a window
  • A desk lamp, light bar or ring light to the sides of you
  • An additional light source behind you, off camera, to add depth

ADJUST YOUR COMPUTER HEIGHT

By positioning your camera slightly above eye level, you eliminate an unwanted double chin and create a more flattering angle. You can even use books or boxes to stack your device, since no one will see them.

For that matter, remove any unnecessary clutter and place it out of sight behind your computer. While some setups work better in 2D than in real life, view your space on your computer screen to ensure the perfect look.

Design the perfect space for video conferencing – the right environment brings out your best!

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Upgrade Your Home Office

6 May

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Create A Space With Personality

Do you have a home office that’s an afterthought, provides function but has little thought Upgrade Home Office2to aesthetics? That happens to most of us at some point in our lives. Why not upgrade your home office into a personalized workspace that’s embellished with beautiful furniture, color, artwork and rugs?

A functional desk is key, as is a high-quality desk chair that’s the correct height and provides comfort. But don’t just focus on function. Shop for stylish furniture that makes you feel good to be in your home office and proud to show the room to others, so you don’t want to shut the door when friends and family come to visit.

Consider Your Functional Needs

Entertain these ideas in your home office redesign:

– Customization of the space for the tasks you want to complete there, whether it’s major Upgrade Home Office3desk work every day or just checking your email once in a while

– Good illumination that includes ambient lighting and task lighting at your desk

– Forward thinking about all the devices you need to accommodate, including computer(s), printer(s), charging stations, file cabinets and more

– A method to hide clutter and cords

The Result: A Room To Be Proud Of

More things to consider:

Upgrade Home Office4– Window fashions that block the glare on your computer and other devices

– Open shelving to display work-related memorabilia, as well as closed cabinets to store office necessities like paper and toner cartridges

Make your home office into a reflection of your personality this season. You may even want to change the name of your room to a study or library to make it sound more beautiful!

Ready to make a change? Contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co for help with your next design project.

 

Decorating with Bookshelves

30 Apr

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Exhibit your treasures and reduce clutter

                                                                                                                                                                  A beautiful set of bookshelves is about so much more than just books! Bookshelves are a

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Bookshelves add beauty and function.

design element that is both functional and decorative. They solve some of your storage issues and, at the same time, help you display decorative items, such as statuary, vases, flower arrangements, clocks, plants, photos and yes, even books!

Bookshelves are not just for a home office or library; they can be functional and add interest to almost any room of the house, from foyer to kitchen to bedroom and more.

 

How to Find the perfect bookshelves


Shelves come in almost any style, material, shape and color; some are closed in and others are open style. Bookshelves can be built in, customized to your space, or

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Industrial bookshelves add a bit of grit to your room.

purchased as-is and set in place.

– A vintage bookshelf can add history to your décor.
– Industrial bookshelves add grit and an avant-garde feel.
– A French boulangerie creates a European feel.
– Totally modern neutral bookshelves blend into the background of your decorating style.

Tips for arranging your shelves


Consider these ideas to optimize the impact of your bookshelves:
– For a new take on arranging books, lay books horizontally or organize your books by

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Arrange your books by color for added interest.

color.
– Install bookshelves along a stairway or around windows or a door.
– If your bookshelves have a closed back, paint the back a contrasting color.
– Don’t pack your shelves too tightly; leaving empty space creates a cleaner look.
– Use a bookshelf as a room divider, either at waist height or full height.
– Don’t forget about bookends; some are interesting and fun.

Add appeal to the display of your prized possessions and clear up the clutter with a beautiful set of bookshelves.

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Bring Green Inside

22 Apr

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Create a peaceful feeling

Green is a natural choice for home decorating. Found in the world’s forests, meadows
and gardens, it brings a feeling of the outdoors to the inside of your home.

For home decorating, you have so many choices in the green family, from rich and lush, and calm and serene, to bold and brilliant. Because green comes in so many shades, it’s a very flexible design color.

Just think of all the beautiful natural names for green hues: sage, lime, spring, forest, emerald, mint, fern, grass, avocado, jade, apple, celery and pistachio.

Naturally, you have lots of possibilities to add green to your décor, whether in small touches or major design elements:
– Painted walls and paint stenciling

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Bring the outdoors inside


– Wallpaper
– Upholstery and drapery fabric
– Window coverings
– Bedding
– Painted wood furniture and kitchen cabinets
– Rugs and carpeting
– Lamps and light fixtures
– Accessories such as throw pillows, vases, and artwork
– Tile countertops and backsplashes

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Finish with neutral colors

It’s usually best to stick with one or two shades of green, and use neutrals and other accents to finish your design plan.

Colors that work well with green tones include:
– White, gray and neutral beiges and creams
– Browns, camels and taupes
– Pinks, reds and salmon
– Small touches of blue, black, yellow or gold

Looking for a more natural feel in your home environment? Add green this season!

Enhance Your Health with Houseplants

18 Mar

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Plants2PLANTS ARE GOOD FOR MIND & BODY


There’s so much more to houseplants than their beauty. The fact is, they can actually make you healthier and happier. During the day, during photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, freshening the air you breathe.

At night, most plants respire like people do — they pull in oxygen from the air and release carbon dioxide. But there are a few plants, like orchids, succulents, bromeliads and Areca palms, that do just the opposite and emit oxygen at night. That’s why these types of plants are ideal for bedrooms.

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Besides increasing oxygen levels, plants improve your health in a number of other ways:

– Plants serve as natural air purifiers, pulling harmful toxins, like formaldehyde and benzene, from the environment.

– Plants release the moisture they take in, increasing humidity in the air, which helps prevent respiratory illness and reduce the incidence of dry coughs, colds, sore throats and dry skin.

– Plants in hospital rooms have been found to speed the recovery rates of surgical patients, lower blood pressure and decrease anxiety.

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– Plants in the office have been linked to fewer cold- and flu-related symptoms and reduced fatigue.

– Plants in the classroom have been found to increase the attentiveness of students by 70 percent.

– Taking care of plants can make you happier because it’s rewarding and provides a sense of purpose.

A few tips:
Don’t overwater your plants. It’s much easier to revive them when they’re under-watered. Also, don’t put your plants in direct sunlight, which can cause spotting, burning or the leaves to fall off. When you do see the ends of the leaves turning brown, trim them. This will help your plants grow healthier and stronger.

Protect Your Home Against Sun Damage

11 Mar

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EVEN YOUR FURNISHINGS NEED SUNBLOCK

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Low-E glass reduces the amount of light and heat that enters your home.


You probably know the importance of protecting your skin from the sun. But have you ever considered how it might harm your valuable furnishings? The fact is, even on cloudy days, the sun can fade and deteriorate your fabrics, carpet, hardwood floors and even your artwork.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can protect your furnishings, and at the same time, increase energy efficiency and create the perfect ambiance for your home.

HOW TO BLOCK UV RAYS


Use solar window shades. Besides blocking annoying glare and providing excellent UV protection, solar shades preserve your view to the outside.

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Solar shades block UV rays and preserve your view to the outside.

Install window film. Available as translucent vinyl or polyester strips, window film blocks 99% of UV rays. Plus, it’s hardly noticeable!

Get low-E glass. Coated with very small layers of metallic oxides, low-E glass reduces the amount of ultraviolet light and heat that enters your home.

Add drapery. When combined with window shades, drapery adds an extra layer of insulating fabric that helps block UV rays.

PROTECT YOUR FURNITURE

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Drapery adds an extra layer of insulating fabric at the window.


Rearrange your furniture. Move your furniture out of direct sunlight to a shadier part of the room. Make sure to track where the sun shines throughout the day — especially when it’s strongest, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Don’t forget your furniture outside! UV protection sprays are quite effective at preventing UV damage. You could also use an umbrella or cover your furniture when it’s not in use.

While sun damage may not be noticeable at first, over time damaging UV rays can really take a toll on your furnishings. By taking the right steps now, you can keep your home interior looking gorgeous for years to come.

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Pet-Friendly Furniture Fabrics

4 Mar

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Which fabrics work best?


If you have a pet, you’re probably all too familiar with shedding, chewing, scratching and

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When you have a pet, it’s best to choose furniture made from durable fabrics, such as leather.

stains. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have great looking furniture. Although no material is completely pet-proof, here are some of the most durable fabrics that can stand up to your pet’s claws and paws:

Leather/Faux Leather
The great thing about genuine and faux leather is that you can easily wipe away fur and spills. And while both resist most stains and odors, real leather is slightly more puncture resistant. To reduce potential scratches, make sure to keep your pet’s nails trimmed.

 

More pet-friendly fabrics

 

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Microfiber chairs can be easily cleaned.

Microfiber
Made from polyester or other synthetic materials, microfiber has a soft, luxurious feel. And because of its tight weave, sharp claws are less likely to get stuck, and you can remove dirt with a medium-bristle brush or mild soap and water.

Outdoor Fabrics
Mold and mildew resistant, outdoor fabrics are created to withstand the harshest of elements — so, it makes sense they can hold up well to your four-legged friend. And these days, you can even find them in soft textures, like velvets and jacquards.

 

Tight weaves work best


Denim or Canvas

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Fabrics with tight weaves resist scratches.

For casual rooms, denim and canvas slipcovers feature a tight weave that resists scratches and doesn’t attract fur. And when they get dirty, you can just remove them and throw them into the wash.

 

 

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Keep in mind, if you choose geometrics, florals or other intricate patterns, you can more easily hide small scratches and stains.
Also, consider colors that will blend with your dog’s hair. Neutrals, such as dark grays or browns, blend well with most hair, and you can always add splashes of color with decorative accents.

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