A new counter can top off your kitchen or bath beautifully

22 Mar

A new counter can top off your kitchen or bath beautifully.

Changing your countertops can make a visible difference in the look of a room. Depending on what you select in material, color and pattern, the new countertops can add personality or they can blend into the background to call attention to another design element. The choice is yours!

Durability is probably more key in this home design decision than almost any other because most of the time countertops get lots of use. Some surfaces are easier to maintain than others, and some can be resurfaced while others cannot. That’s why it’s best to consult an expert when you select a countertop material.

So many material choices are available, including: concrete, granite, marble, butcher block, engineered surfaces, stainless steel, soapstone, limestone, zinc, copper, tile and glass.

Some surfaces are more costly than others, so your budget is an important consideration. And your choices in color and pattern are almost unlimited.

Consider using two different countertop materials in your kitchen, one near the cooktop and sink, and another on an island.

Various countertop materials can lend quite a different feel to a room. For example:

  • For elegance, think marble.
  • For cozy, think butcher-block wood.
  • For vintage, think tile.
  • For country, think limestone.
  • For avant-garde, think concrete.

Add the perfect finishing touch to your kitchen or bath with a beautiful new countertop. For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co..

Relaxed furniture can help you slow down and unwind

15 Mar

Relaxed furniture can help you slow down and unwind.

Home is where relaxation should be key, especially since most of us live busier lives than ever before. Designing your home for maximum relaxation is a great strategy to help you find peace and calm when you enter your home environment.

  • Focus on purchasing pieces of furniture – especially your upholstered sofas and chairs – that help you create a soft and gentle living space:
  • Less structured
  • More rounded edges than square corners
  • Well cushioned
  • Soft, sensuous fabrics
  • Comfortable construction
  • No-fuss, informal slip covers

 

 

 

 

Finish off your relaxed furniture with other home elements that can help you feel more relaxed including:

  • Soft lighting
  • Calming paint colors
  • Natural materials and colors
  • Puffy throw pillows
  • Silky rugs (maybe even a shaggy rug or faux fur rug!)
  • Soothing scents created by candles and fresh flowers
  • Translucent window fashions

In the bedroom, soften your bed with an upholstered headboard. Add a sumptuous duvet, lots of comfortable pillows and lighting that can be dimmed.

Adding relaxed furniture and accessories can help you feel calm and rested – and actually make you feel more at home in your home. For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co..

Colorful accents can cheer up your house – and your life!

8 Mar

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Colorful accents can cheer up your house – and your life!

Colorful accents add warmth and energy to a room. They actually make your house and your life feel more joyful! Your choice of colors in colorful-accents2interior design elements is almost unlimited.

  • Zesty tropical shades like turquoise and hot pink
  • Primary tones of red, yellow and blue
  • Trendy colors like acid green and tangerine

Are you afraid to be so bold? “Just enough” is a good strategy for adding color. So, if you’re nervous, start small – or start in a small room – with:

 

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  • Throw pillows
  • Bed linens
  • Table settings
  • Accessories
  • Artwork

 

 

 

Feeling braver? You can add larger touches of color in upholstery fabric, window coverings, rugs, wall coverings and furniture. Follow these tips to make sure your bright colors are energetic, but not chaotic:

  • Balance bright colors with white or black to make them pop.
  • For a softer look, complement bolder tones with neutral beige, cream or gray.
  • Think complementary colors, one soft and one bold; for example, sage green with bright red or powder blue with electric orange.
  • Start with a favorite piece of art that has splashes of bright color and let that define your bright palette.colorful-accents4

 

Get rid of the blahs in your house now that winter is over. Add bright and cheerful colors to lift your spirits and create a vibrant interior look. The team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co. is ready to help – contact us today!

 

 

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Custom Shutters Can Offer A Wide Array Of Options

15 Feb

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The clean, classic look of Hunter Douglas plantation shutters is a great choice for any home. Custom shutters allow for a wide array of options for even the most unique window or door. Choose from wood or synthetic material that can be stained or painted to match the existing décor.

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Plantation shutters are a great way to accent french doors. One advantage to plantation shutters on french doors over blinds is that blinds tend to sway and bang against the door as it opens and can even get caught in the door. Plantation shutters stay put. They work with any type of door handle by customizing cut outs to individual door handles.

Sliding Glass doors

sliding-door-shuttersInstalling plantation shutters as a window treatment for sliding glass doors is a great way to give a sophisticated look to a room while optimizing privacy and light. Hunter Douglas shutters come in three collections that can all be made with installation systems uniquely for patio and sliding glass doors.

Closet Doors

Plantation shutters are an interesting way to give a crisp, modern look to a bedroom. With their streamlined look, architectural interest and the ability to close the louvers tightly to block the contents of the closet from view, they are a great solution for closet doors.

Room Dividers

A cost effective and fun option for basements, attics, or home offices, plantation shutters are ideal for creating separate spaces where no walls exist. Plantation shutters can be custom made into floor to ceiling room dividers, lending a high-end, contemporary look to your home renovation project.

Materials and Finishes

Hunter Douglas uses three distinct materials for plantation shutters. Their hardwood shutters are crafted from real wood and use dovetail construction for increased durability. They come in a wide array of colors and finishes to suit any room in your home.

Hybrid shutters give the look of hardwood but the strength and durability of advanced modern day materials.

Hunter Douglas UV resistant shades are a great idea for high moisture areas like the kitchen or the bathroom. They are guaranteed to never fade, chip, warp or peel, regardless of heat or moisture exposure.

Operating Systems

Depending on exactly where your shutters are in your home, there may be a need for different ways to open or adjust them. Here are a few options offered by Hunter Douglas.

A traditional front-mounted tilt bar is the standard on plantation shutters. The centered tilt bar is used to close the louvers up or down tightly against one another. Hunter Douglas also offers a rear mounted tilt bar, which is barely visible from the front of the shutter.shuttershinged

Hinged panels can be hinged both together and to the window frame. T-posts in the center of the window opening can be added to increase design possibilities.

A bi-fold track option available on all Hunter Douglas shutter products allows for up six panels to be hinged together. Bypass track allows shutter panels to slide past each other on top tracks to open and close. Both track options are safe choices for doorways.

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The frame is an important finishing touch for plantation shutters. Some style options include inside and outside mounts, as well as decorative casings and trims.

 

The professional designers at Delux Drapery and Shade Company can assist you in choosing the right design options for your home. We are located in Ann Arbor, MI and service Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities.

 

 

Choosing the Right Custom Shades in Ann Arbor Michigan

8 Feb

Choosing the Right Custom Shades in Ann Arbor Michigan

Looking for new window treatments? We have a variety of custom shades and sheers for every room in your home. With so many designs to choose from, you may start to feel overwhelmed with the choices. At Delux Drapery & Shade Co., our services include in-house design, meeting budgets, measuring and certified installation. Our staff will provide you with guidance and options based on your preferences, needs and budget to find the perfect shades or sheers for your home!
Types of Shades and Sheers

  • Cellular Shades– These shades, also known as honeycomb shades provide great insulation, which makes them energy efficient for any duette_northwood_sequoia_detail2016season. They can be compressed tightly to maximize the window’s view. They are available in an impressive range of light-control fabrics, with the choice of hundreds of colors and textures. They are offered in various types to meet your desired look such as Duette®, the Alustra® Collection of Duette® Architella®, Duette® Architella®, Applause®, and Pleated.
  • Roman Shades– These shades have soft pleats that fold when they are raised. They are vignette-detailoffered in a great selection of fabrics and colors, with both light-filtering and room-darkening options. They are offered in a wide selection of types such as Vignette®, the Alustra® Collection of Vignette®, Design Studio™, and Solera®.

 

 

  • Roller Shades- These shades are easy and simple, providing a clean look. They are offered in large range of sturdy and beautiful fabrics, as well as types such as Designer Roller Shades, Designer Screen Shades, and the Alustra® Collection of Roller Shades.
  • Woven Woods– These unique shades utilize fibers and textures to create a natural look. They come in large selection of shade styles provenance-detailsuch as Provenance® and the Alustra® Collection of Woven Textures®
  • Sheers– Our sheers, offered in the Luminette® style are great for wide windows and sliding doors as they provide great light-control and privacy options. They come in a variety of colors and sheer and drapery-like fabrics.
  • Shadings– Our shadings offer options for light-control and privacy, a well as UV silhouette-detailprotection. They come in a large selection of colors with adjustable fabrics vanes. They are offered in various types such as Silhouette®, the Alustra® Collection of Silhouette®, Pirouette®, the Alustra® Collection of Pirouette®, and Nantucket™.

 

The Best Place to Find Custom Shades in Ann Arbor

Now that you know the difference between all the different types of shades, it’s time to stop by your favorite family owned business, Delux Drapery & Shade Co., offering expert decorating and friendly service since 1942. We are located in Ann Arbor, MI and service Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities. We offer a large selection of custom Hunter Douglas window treatments with a showroom in Ann Arbor.

We also offer free in-home consultations to ensure that your window treatments fit perfectly in your home. We pledge to give the absolute best service to you and guarantee your complete satisfaction. If you are ready to choose the perfect custom shades for your home, then do not hesitate to contact us!

A Shot Of Espresso Adds A Positive Jolt To Your Decor

1 Feb

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A shot of espresso adds a positive jolt to your decor.espresso2

Espresso – just the name makes you think of richness and intensity. Brown, and especially the shade of espresso, is a rich, earthy color that can anchor an entire room with spirit and coziness.

Because espresso is also about nature, it makes people feel comfortable and cocooned. In fact, it’s generally thought that shades of brown promote a feeling of warmth, protection and relaxation.

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Espresso goes with most any interior design style from ultra contemporary to mid-century modern to  comfortable Victorian, depending on the home furnishing pieces you select.

 

  • Think soft and supple espresso leather for a masculine lodge look.
  • Consider floral prints with espresso coloration for a Victorian feel.
  • Contemplate jungle patterns filled with espresso shades for a bohemian vibe.

Espresso works well with many colors, especially when it’s coupled with crisp white or a warmer off-white or cream, which makes the richespresso5 brown shade pop. It can also be beautiful with:

  • Earth tones like amber and rust
  • Soft pink or powder blue
  • Yellow and gold tones
  • Silver and grey shades
  • Even hot pink, electric turquoise or acid green

espresso4Make espresso brown a focal point for major parts of your décor, such as painted walls, carpeting, rugs, sofas, countertops and more. Or use espresso as an accent, in solids or stripes and patterns, with throw pillows, backsplashes, window top treatments, artwork and more.

This winter, energize the look of your home with the addition of home furnishings in dramatic espresso. The team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co. is ready to help, contact us today to get started!

Vintage Finds and Antiques Add Depth and Personality To Your Décor.

25 Jan

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Vintage finds and antiques add depth and personality to your décor.

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Have you inherited an antique from a favorite relative or purchased a vintage piece from a local flea market or on a foreign vacation? Not sure how to integrate it into your home design? Don’t despair.

Antiques and vintage items can be added to most any decorating style beautifully – and you’ll be saving a family heirloom or preserving a special memory. The surprise influence of an antique adds depth to a room and helps make the décor more interesting.

 

Here are some tips about incorporating antiques into your decorating plan:

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  • Adding just a few antique items will make a room feel layered and personal.
  • Adding too many pieces can make your room look chaotic or junky or even like a museum, instead of a home!
  • Collections of vintage objects can make a beautiful art display, on walls, shelves, tables or in specially designed cases.

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Think about using antique items for a different purpose or putting them in an unexpected place:

  • A vintage mirror can be hung in almost any room.
  • A vase can be repurposed as a beautiful lamp.
  • A large serving dish can be made into a planter.
  • A buffet table can be used as a bedroom dresser.
  • A couple of dining chairs can be moved into the bedroom to create a reading nook.vintage-and-antiques5A bedroom bureau can be repurposed as a beautiful entry room anchor piece.

 

 

 

 

 

Adding a vintage accessory or antique element to a room will update your décor to make it more intriguing and personal. For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co

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Pantone Color of the Year- Greenery!

20 Jan

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A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.  This year’s selection: Greenery.

Greenery is a brighter shade of green with a hint of yellow.  It evokes the feeling of pantonegreenery7spring and the invigorating spirit it brings.  It’s the color we see the most in nature, so Pantone calls it “Nature’s Neutral”.  Like accent colors in the forest, it pairs well with so many palettes, you will be able to put this to good use immediately. Greenery reminds of words that make things anew: refresh, revive, restore, renew, replenish, regenerate, rejuvenate, reinvigorate, re-oxygenate. Design is an outlet for all of these fresh beginnings.  And the yellow pigment in Greenery references the sun, the symbolic light that people need in these times.  Perhaps that is why it feels like a life affirming color.  Time to reconnect with nature and disconnect from technology.

Green Building

pantonegreenery2Green building has been on the rise for years.  There are many ways to build new and renovate adhering to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) guidelines for what is considered a green build.  It can be as apparent as foliage on the exterior, like the office building in downtown Tokyo, pictured right.

It can also be about the materials, lighting, plumbing, electricity, etc., like the University of Michigan Law School pictured below, which was granted Gold Certification for its efforts.

It is clepantonegreenery3ar that building green is here to stay and Greenery is a representation of that.

 

 

Design Aspects

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Vibrant for year round inclusion or “trans-seasonal”.  When paired with 2016’s Rose Quartz and Serenity, they become part of the Transitions palette.

 

pantonegreenery5It works with all of the neutrals; black, brown, tan, grey, and taupe so it will be easy to throw it in as an accent if you don’t want to center your look on Greenery.

And you can always start the natural way and add a few plants to get your green on!

 

 

 

 

guest blogger: Christine Sampier

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Modern Art Adds a Focal Point and Conversational Interest

11 Jan

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Modern art adds a focal point and conversational interest.

modernart2Art in any style is a welcome enhancement to a home. In addition to adding beauty, a piece of modern art can create drama, interest and emotion in a room. The colors, shapes, brushstrokes and composition evoke a feeling, with their movement, energy and form.

Often people add art as the finishing touch to a room. Another very effective design strategy is to start and color around it.

Modern art can be created in any medium, in most any size and shape. It can be calming or energizing, monochromatic or brimming with color.modernart3
When we think about art for our homes, we tend to think about wall art – flat art painted with watercolors, oil paint or acrylics, and most often we hang art on a wall above the sofa or fireplace. There’s so much more to modern art, including sculpture, collage, found objects, ceramics, and glass.
The most prominent piece of modern art in a room can be something we don’t even think of as art – such as a sculptural chair, a dramatic rug, a striking chandelier or an unusual coffee table.

 

modernart4Focus your rooms with a piece of modern art this season. It will reflect your personality and pull a room together beautifully.

 

 

 

 

For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co

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Lounge Chairs Are Comfortable Seating Choices You Can Lean Into

21 Dec

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Lounge chairs are comfortable seating choices you can lean into.

If you think lounge chairs are a thing of the past, think again! They are new again and come in so many up-to-date loungechairs3styles, materials and colors. And who can imagine a more comfortable addition to your living room or great room?

Lounge, sprawl, and stretch out. There are so many reasons to add a relaxing chair for comfy living: Give yourself a needed break and take time to watch TV, read a book, look out at a beautiful view or listen to music.

loungechairs2Big, dark brown, battered leather is the stereotype image for a lounge chair, but there’s so much more. Today’s chairs can be more petite, with wingback or modern sleek designs or shaped more like chaise lounges.

Lounge chairs come in loads of fabrics, including prints and light colors. Some have wood or chrome detailing, some come with welting, nail heads or tufting, and some have a swivel or rocker feature.

Things to consider:

  • Plan your chair’s placement so there’s plenty of room for movement around it.loungechairs4
  • Place a table nearby for snacks and beverages.
  • Add a lamp if you plan to read while lounging.
  • Make sure the lounge chair is the appropriate size for the room. If your other furniture is small, select a chair that complements this scale.

Add a lounge chair for a new tilt on seating in your home. Then lie back and relax!

For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co..

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