Vertical and Horizontal Blinds

30 Nov

Vertical and Horizontal Blinds

Blinds can be categorized in several different ways, including orientation, material type, style, and how they operate. Regardless of how you categorize them, they are one of the most versatile window treatments available for your home.
Vertical Blinds vs. Horizontal Blinds

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Blinds can be made with slats that run horizontally or vanes that run vertically. Which orientation you choose depends largely on the size of the window you want to cover and which way it opens. Horizontal blinds are seen more regularly because the majority of windows in homes are a manageable size and open up and down. Using horizontal blinds on this type of window allows you to raise or lower the blind to match the level of your window, so your blind is not being blown around by the incoming breeze. If you have extra wide windows, multiple horizontal blinds can be hung side-by-side to avoid having one blind that is too large to adjust.

Vertical blinds are often used on sliding glass doors because they open and weintraubbedroomclose sideways and are easy to operate even though they are large. Another use for vertical blinds is to cover windows that open to the side rather than up and down. They can be moved to the side when the window is open to allow air in while still covering the part of the window that is closed.

Types of Materials Used in Custom Blinds

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Wood – The grain in real wood blinds give a natural pattern to your window treatments. They can be stained or painted to blend into their surroundings or make a statement. Parkland® horizontal blinds are available in basswood, abachi, or ash that is harvested from managed forests. Vertical blinds can also be made with wood making it easy to match blinds of different orientations.
Wood alternative – Everwood® horizontal blinds look like wood, but are more able to withstand heat and humidity, making them a great alternative for a bathroom, kitchen, or sunroom. Like wood blinds, they are available stained or painted and offer a variety of decorative tapes.
Aluminum – Both horizontal and vertical blinds are available in aluminum. Unlike lower quality aluminum blinds from big box stores, Hunter Douglas aluminum blinds resist denting and bending, ensuring your blinds will continue to look like new for years.
Fabric – For a softer look, consider vertical blinds with fabric vanes. They quietly adjust to filter or block out light, or can be moved out of the way for an unobstructed view of the outdoors.
Vinyl – Vinyl vertical blinds offer the widest selection of colors, patterns, and textures. They are durable, easy to clean, and give you several light control and privacy options. If you like the look of fabric, but prefer the convenience of vinyl, Cadence® blinds have curved vanes that give the appearance of folds of fabric.

If you think custom blinds might be the right choice for your home but aren’t sure which ones will fit your windows and décor, let the window treatment specialists at Delux Drapery & Shade Co. help you make the right choice. We are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and service Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County, and all surrounding communities.

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Lamps Will Light Up Your Decor

23 Nov

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A beautiful selection of lamps will light up your decor.

Lamps are not just for lighting; they add a finishing touch of style to most any room. Often lamps are an afterthought lamps-and-lighting2to a decorating project when, but in fact, they can be the perfect fine-tuning for a room, creating a feeling of warmth and soft mood.

Of course, function is key when considering lighting for your home. That’s why it’s best to work with a expert who can help you plan your complete lighting scheme, including overhead lights, recessed lighting, lamps and more.

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As far as lamps making a fashion statement, they should complement the style of your décor, either blending into the background or adding a distinctive touch that stands out.

Lamps can be simple or ornate, masculine or feminine, traditional or modern. And there are so many choices in shape, size, color, material and shade style.

 

 

Think about adding lamps to create both a fashion statement and additional lighting: –

  • Next to a sofa, easy chair or stool –
  • On a nightstand or dresser –
  • Adorning a dining room sideboard –
  • Atop an entry hall console table –
  • On or near a desk in a home office –
  • Up on the fireplace mantel –
  • Even on the vanity in a powder roomlamps-and-lighting4

To add a sense of symmetry, use a pair of lamps on a buffet table, nightstands, or side tables on either side of a sofa. You can create informal symmetry by placing a table lamp on one side of a sofa or bed, and a floor lamp on the other. Focus on lamps this fall to create more intimate and engaging rooms.

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

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Patterns and Prints

16 Nov

prints-and-patterns1Mixing and matching prints and patterns is a beautiful interior design strategy.

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Today’s home decorating prints are not the old fashioned patterns that might first come to mind. Options include stripes, geometrics, florals, animal prints, abstract shapes and more – all updated to today’s color palettes and decorating styles. Prints can be bold and colorful or oh-so-subtle and neutral. It all depends what you like and what looks good in your home!
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Holiday decorating can help make the season more special.

9 Nov

Holiday decorating can help make the season more special.

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Holiday decorating will help get you and your guests into the spirit of the season, but keep it simple so YOU can enjoy the season without stressing about perfection.holidaydecorating2

There are so many ways you can decorate your home for the holidays, from the smallest candles and accessories to large-scale trees, wreaths and statuary. Typical areas of your home to prioritize for decorating include your living room or great room, dining room table and sideboard, fireplace mantle, front door and outside the house.

Start with a thorough house cleaning and put away other decorative accessories in your home, especially those on tabletops, mantles and furniture. This disciplined step will ensure you have a clean start for holiday trimmings that really pop!

holidaydecorating3 Once you put away extraneous accessories, you may recognize that you need more than just holiday decorating; it could be time to update carpeting, paint, furniture or window treatments, too! Plan your holiday décor for all the senses – to create a festive look, feel and smell. Think about decorations that can create new family traditions and that make you feel good.

This year, consider a new entertaining concept – maybe the first party of the season held before Thanksgiving or the

holidaydecorating4last party of the season a few days after New Years. Red, green, gold, silver, blue and white are traditional holiday colors. Also think outside the box for a refreshing new look with:

  • Transparent glass and earth tones
  • Fuchsia and lime
  • Light pink and forest green
  • Even black and white!

Make your home feel festive and bright this special season with a focus on holiday decorating. For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

 

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Decorating With Royal Blue

28 Sep

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Royal blue décor creates a feeling of safety and calm.

royalblue2Royal blue is a beautiful shade of blue, just a touch lighter than navy or midnight blue, and a tad darker than steel blue or French blue. Royal blue is often called Mediterranean Blue. Cobalt, lapis and Greek blue are similar to royal blue and can be substituted.

Psychologically, blue is a calming, fresh and harmonious color, so it’s perfect for a home environment. The darker shades of blue, like royal blue, remind us of the sea or the dark evening sky.

royalblue3Royal blue can complement almost any design style, and is especially effective with Asian, modern, traditional and Victorian decorating plans.

Royal blue helps bring a room to life and brings other colors in the room into focus.

It is a bold color, but it tones down well, working as a striking accent when used with lots of neutrals, such as grey, ivory, white and beige or with lighter shades of blue.

You can also add a splash of complementary tangerine or other hues of orange and yellow; the warmer colors create a beautiful balance.

Periwinkle and lavender are also nice touches, paired with royal blue.

Also think of using royal blue in these ways:

  • Paired with soft and filmy white fabrics for a summery, cool décor
  • With nautical and ocean themes
  • For a dramatic powder room or foyer accent wall
  • With ceramic stools, lamps and urns, to create an Asian lookroyalblue4
  • With patterned tile, fabrics and rugs to build a Moroccan style
  • With Delft patterns to create a traditional Dutch look Add a sense of calmness and peace to your interior plan this year by adding royal blue.

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

An Inviting Dining Room

21 Sep

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An inviting dining room makes your guests feel welcome.

For a while, many people weren’t interested in a formal dining room and even converted their dining rooms into diningroom2libraries, billiard rooms or offices. Today the dining room is back! Many homeowners want to create a beautiful setting for dining with their family and friends. A dining room’s function is key, of course, but the dining room is about so much more than just eating a meal. It’s about the experience and the ambiance people feel when they dine in your home.
Your table is the anchor of your room, and the chairs are key. These are long-term investments that you’ll have forever, if you purchase high quality. And don’t forget a sideboard or china cabinet to store dishes, silverware and linens close at hand. Here are some tips to optimize your dining room:

  • Think about whether you need a table with leaves, if you plan to entertain a crowd.diningroom3
  • Make sure the chairs are comfortable and the right height for the table.
  • Use mirrors to make the room seem larger.
  • Change the look of your table with linens and table settings, and the look of your chairs with slipcovers.
  • Add interest to your walls with wallpaper, an accent painted wall or wainscoting.
  • Plan for beautiful lighting, including a chandelier, and even wall sconces or buffet lamps.
  • Add window coverings that provide both beauty and function, especially when the late afternoon sun is streaming in.
  • And, of course, decorate your dining room for the holidays for added cheer.

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Update your dining room this season to get ready for the holidays and create a look that lasts all year long!

 

 

 

 

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

Decorating With Indoor Plants

14 Sep

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Indoor plants add natural color to a room.

Living plants add freshness and natural color to a room, and there are many options that require very little care. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can select from a wide variety of artificial plants that are hard to distinguish from real ones.indoorplants1

Indoor plants range from large, lush trees to the smallest of African violets, and everything in between. Some of the most popular indoor plants include tropical orchids, cactuses, succulents, banana trees, dracaena plants, Philodendrons, ivy, and many varieties of ferns, ficus trees, and palms.

Place indoor plants on the floor, on a table, on a bench, on shelves — or you can even hang them on the wall! Have fun with the containers you use, too!

indoorplants2Just like plants themselves, containers come in many shapes, sizes, colors and glazes to complement any décor. And you can buy plant stands in a variety of styles that display plants at almost any height in your rooms.

If you opt for live plants, talk to your nursery about the light needs of various plants, and find out how quickly each plant will grow. Learn which plants are easy to grow, and how much water and maintenance indoorplants3each plant needs.

Keep in mind that plants don’t just come in shades of green. You can select plants with striking hues of red, orange, pink and yellow! Plus some indoor plants feature brilliant flowers in a variety of hues.

Make your home feel natural and green by adding indoor plants to your decorating plan. Also, for information on how plants can make your home healthier, check out our previous blog post on  5 Best Plants To Keep Your Indoor Air Clean

 

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

Paisley-A Brief History

7 Sep

paisley1Paisley just may have been the original print. Way back in time, when someone first got the idea of printing on cloth (or cave wall!), the first “rubber stamp” to come to hand was the hand itself. Curled up in a fist, pressed pinkie side into the dye and applied to a plain ground, a hand leaves the familiar curved teardrop shape we know as Paisley. How many of you have done this on a steamy car window?

Paisley has not lost it’s popularity over time. I’t still as viable a choice in decorating as it was a fashion statement back in the day. Now we see it in wallpapers and fabrics for furniture and accent pillows.

The annals of Paisley history tell that Napoleon Bonaparte introduced this design to the west when he brought a paisley shawl home for his beloved Josephine around 1800. This shawl probably tookpaisley5 an artist in India five years to weave, and cost the equivalent of a middle-class home at the time! Thus, everyone coveted it. Before long, every lady in the French court had to have one, and the British were not to be outdone.

With such a market, more craftsmen entered into the manufacture of paisley shawls. One town in Scotland came to base its livelihood upon the production of these required fashion accessories. With widespread distribution and lower prices, almost every woman in England could own one of paisley3these shawls by 1860. Thus the name and and fame of that once obscure Sottish hamlet was spread-Paisley.

Unfortunately, when bustles hit the fashion scene in 1869, it spelled financial ruin and even famine paisley2among the residents of Paisley and India alike. The bustle disrupted the drape of a shawl, and just like that, the accessory was packed off for cold storage.

Yet the indelible image of Paisley has never quite been put away. It became a household ornament, decorating cotton fabrics manufactured for drapery and upholstery through the turn of the century and on up to the current day. 200 years after the arrival of Paisley in the west, the timing seems right for this versatile and important collection.

 

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History of Toile De Jouy

31 Aug

Toiles de Jouy are the most European of fabrics.

Toiles are still a popular fabric in some homes. We thought we’d share a bit of the interesting history of Toile de Joy (or Jouy).

Inspired by an Irishman, advanced by the British, and refined to an Toile1art form by two German brothers who moved from Switzerland to France, these printed designs capture the romance of 18th Century Europe and remain some of the finest fabrics ever made in the west.

They were originally printed with wood blocks or copper plates with designs that were often based on engravings by well-known artists of the day. These fabrics depict pastoral and genre scenes, neoclassical motifs, historical events, chinoiserie, birds and florals.

In 1760 two German brothers, Christopher-Philippe and Frederick Oberkampf Toile2emigrated from Switzerland and settled in the town of Joy-en-Josas outside of Paris, where they built a factory. Their name soon became synonymous with monochromatic copper-printed textiles and their standards of excellence are responsible for Toile de Jouy’s lasting appeal.

When printing first began for Toile, only wood blocks were available. Unbleached cotton was washed in the water of the river, beaten, dried and smoothed through a a rolling press. Printers applied mordants (substances to fix dyes) to the cloth. After mordants adhered to the fibers, the fabric was washed again and boiled in a toile3madder solutions, or dye bath, creating a chemical reaction between the various salts and mordants. Color appeared where the mordants had been applied. Rolls of the fabric were stretched out in the meadows and leached by the sum to eliminate background tinting, and then were subjected to more washing and soaking in chlorinated water. Details and highlights were painted directly on the fabric by hand.

After 1770, copper plates allowed finer detail, and the Joy factory began producing more complex compositions, many of which depicted people in a landscape. These toile4ranged from scenes of contemporary events (hot air ballooning, Napoleon’s victories) to those from literature, theater and mythology.  Marie Antoinette decorated every possible surface with toile de joy. Although it is these vignettes that are most identified with the Joy factory and are most coveted today, the factory always produced more florals than pictorals. Sales and profits at the factory were immense, and it heyday, 1,500 employees produced 5,000 meters of fabric a day! Now that’s a lot of fabric to produce in one day!

Today’s uses are still in fabric and also in wallpaper. It’s a classic that will never grow old.

 

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A beautiful bathroom helps you begin and end your days in luxury and comfort.

10 Aug

A beautiful bathroom helps you begin and end your days in luxury and comfort.

Make this important room into a personal retreat.

Most of us think about bathrooms in terms of function. And that’s the first need! In addition, consider your bathroom as a room of beauty and comfort! It’s not hard to change a drab bathroom into a luxurious cocoon.

For a calm, serene look and feel, use neutral colors, like white or off-white. If you’re looking for energy, select bold and bright colors, and consider coordinating an en-suite bathroom color scheme with the bedroom color.

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Some obvious places to start your bathroom plan are:

  • A paint color that makes you feel pamperedbathroom3
  • An elegant vanity, maybe even a vintage table that’s repurposed
  • New countertops, backsplashes and sinks
  • Updated hardware, including faucets, pulls and handles, available in a variety of styles and finishes
  • Beautiful framed mirrors, instead of frameless wall-to-wall mirrors
  • Layered lighting that’s beautiful AND functional, and maybe even a skylight to bring in natural light

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Redoing the shower or tub is a bigger project, but how much fun to create a luxurious bathing experience. This is a good place to spurge on finishes and hardware since you’ll enjoy them every day of the year.

Function is also key when updating a bathroom.

  • Use slip-resistant flooring.
  • Select finishes that are easy to clean and resistant to water, especially if you live in a humid environment.
  • Plan for as much storage as you need, so the bathroom never looks cluttered.
  • Include plenty of towel racks, so towels are easy to reach and have a chance to dry.  
  • If you have space, include a place to sit, whether it’s a built-in bench or a movable chair or stool.

Are you ready to have a luxurious new retreat in your home? Focus on remodeling your bathroom this season!

 

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