Spruce Up Your Fireplace

13 Dec

Spruce up your fireplace now and enjoy a warm, cozy experience all winter long.

A fireplace adds beauty to a home, in addition to adding emotional warmth and, yes, physical heat! With a little carefully planned TLC, your hearth can become the centerpiece of your home, no matter what the style of your house, from traditional to modern, and formal to casual.

Many elements create beauty in this area of your home, from the style and material of the fireplace and chimney to the design of the mantel and hearth, and even the décor and furniture near your fireplace.

 

 

Things to consider:

  • Choose from a variety of materials – stone, tile, cement, brick, paint and more.
  • For relaxing and warming up, place big comfortable chairs or low ottomans near the fireplace, or place giant floor pillows nearby.
  • For a unique look, purchase an antique wood or stone carved mantel and surround.
  • As an option, don’t have a mantle at all! A fireplace can look beautiful with the brick, wood or stone extending to the ceiling.

 

Hang a beautiful piece of art or a mirror over the fireplace – or position your flat screen TV here! Your TV can even be installed behind a remote-controlled piece of artwork.

  • For both function and beauty, add a unique fireplace screen and fireplace tools.
  • Highlight your fireplace in the summer months too, by adorning the inside or edges of your fireplace with live or artificial plants or a beautiful arrangement of candles.

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

Just A Dash Of Holiday Detailing Can Create A Merry Room

6 Dec

Just a dash of holiday detailing can create a merry room.

It doesn’t take much ornamentation to embellish your rooms beautifully and get you, your family and friends into the holiday spirit. It’s like adding garnish to a dish to make all the difference in how it looks and tastes. You may be the type of person that goes all out for the holidays – and that’s great. But don’t despair if you want a holiday feeling in your home, but also want to keep it simple. There are lots of small ways to decorate your home for the holidays, with a minimum of cost and effort, and a maximum of enjoyment!

First prioritize which rooms have the biggest impact in creating a feeling of holiday cheer in your house. This might include your living room or great room, your dining room, the kitchen, the front door or your entry way. Then consider small ways to make your home festive:

  • Wreaths or garlands of fresh, fragrant pine
  • A holiday tree, poinsettias or Christmas cacti
  • Holiday scented candles scattered around the house
  • Bowls of sparkly ornaments
  • Scented logs for your fireplace
  • Dining room centerpieces and linens
  • Garlands of holiday lights, for outdoors or indoors
  • Holiday throws and pillows
  • Sweet smelling fresh-baked desserts and mulled ciders and wines

Select a consistent color scheme so your holiday look has continuity. Red, green, gold, silver, blue and white are traditional holiday colors. Or you can be creative and update these traditional colors toward hues of fuchsia or pink, turquoise, lime or acid green, copper or brass. Add just a few holiday accents this season to make your home feel festive and warm. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the season!

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

Complementary Colors Create Harmony And A Sense Of Calm

29 Nov

Complementary colors create harmony and a sense of calm.

The old adage that opposites attract is often true, especially in selecting the colors for decorating your home. Opposite colors – also known as complementary colors – add energy to a room, yet at the same time, they make us feel comfortable and complete.

Complementary colors are the shades that are opposite on a color wheel:

  • Reds and greens
  • Shades of orange and blue
  • Hues of purple and yellow

Nature is full of complementary colors, such as dramatic red roses on stems with bright green leaves, delicate pansies with their purple and yellow color combination, and bright blue sky and sea positioned near golden sand.

For a more modern take on complementary colors, you can use shades that are not exactly across the color wheel, or you can be a bit creative with the complementary color concept.

Think about innovative hues such as tangerine and turquoise, fuchsia and lemon, sky blue and terra cotta, pink grapefruit and acid green, burnt orange and sage green, or soft aqua blue and tomato red.

If you feel cautious about adding complementary colors, start small with elements like a painted wall, a painted bench, sofa pillows, throws, flower arrangements, or slip covers. Then, as you become more confident, you can ratchet up your color scheme with larger and more permanent items like upholstery fabrics and window fashions. Balance your interior design plans beautifully by selecting complementary colors. For more ideas or help with your next design project, contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

Built-in Seating Adds Beauty And Function

15 Nov

Built-in seating adds beauty and function.

Built-in seating feels cozy and inviting – and it can be very versatile, providing not just an additional place to sit, but additional display space or even storage underneath. It can maximize space in a tight area or create a new casual place to read, have a meal, chat, or just look out the window.

Built-in seating can be manufactured to complement almost any building style. It can be upholstered or not; it can have simple and straight lines or lots of detail; it can have seat backs or not; it can have closed shelving inside, open shelving or no storage at all.

Best of all, built-in seating can go almost anywhere in your home:

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  • Most popular, in a breakfast room or kitchen, for added places at the casual family dining table
  • In the window of a bedroom or living room, to create a lovely place to daydream and view the outdoors
  • In the den or home office, for a quiet space to talk on the phone, answer emails or respond to texts
  • In the foyer, to put on shoes and socks, and drop off your stuff when you come in the door, but do watch for clutter!

 

Built-in seating can also be a creative way to finish a room that looks a bit incomplete. It beautifully fills up an awkward space in a corner or completes a room plan near a window.

 

 

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

The Color Lime Can Add Tang To Your Home Décor

8 Nov

The color lime can add tang to your home décor.

Lime green is a bold, extroverted color. It’s a color from nature, yet it is brighter than many earthy hues we tend to use for home décor. Versions of the color lime green can also be called chartreuse, jade, apple green, and spring green. Given lime green’s drama and intensity, it’s surprising that the hue works beautifully with many color palettes. Sometimes lime is toned down by adding grey and beige tones; other times the color is bold and brilliant – and very attention-getting. Depending which version of lime you select, you can create various moods from subtle to edgy and from calming to energizing.

Lime can be used for all types of décor, including traditional, modern and everything in between. Colors that work well with lime really depend on the shade of lime you select. In general, this vibrant color goes well with:

  • White, gray, and neutral beige and cream tones
  • Brown, camel and taupe
  • Pink, purple, red and salmon
  • Small touches of blue, black, orange or yellow

Do beware, when using lime green, about mixing other shades of green – the result may be chaotic and unharmonious. If you choose to decorate with lime, it’s usually best not to use other greens in your design plan. Add a sweet and pungent slice of lime green to your décor. It will kick up your home environment.

 

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

Dining Room Storage

20 Sep

Add a storage solution to your dining room, and go from clutter to clean.

Dining room storage furniture has many names, depending on its design, what part of the country you live in and the style of your home, including sideboard, china cabinet, hutch, buffet, breakfront and baker’s rack.

A dining room storage solution is both functional and beautiful. It’s a place to keep needed dining room elements, such as flatware, table linens, china, serving dishes, liquor, candles and more. At the same time, a storage solution can display your most beautiful dining objects. And, as far as practicality is concerned, you can actually use it as a serving place for drinks and appetizers, coffee and dessert, or a whole buffet meal!

A major choice is whether your storage should have open or closed storage or glass fronts to protect items but still keep them on display. Many options include both open and closed storage areas so you can display your most beautiful china, glassware and serving pieces, and, at the same time, hide the less-display worthy pieces!

Some storage solutions are built-in, which can help make a small dining area appear larger. And sometimes storage is disguised and tucked away under a window seat. Think about adding shallow wall-mounted shelves where you can display serving platters and glassware.

Dining room storage solutions come in all sizes, finishes, shapes and styles: old or new, traditional or modern, or anything in between. Popular styles include Victorian, craftsman, French provincial, mid century modern and industrial style. You can even repurpose a dresser or armoire meant for the bedroom.

Clear the clutter from your dining room and, at the same time, make your dining room more beautiful by adding a storage solution!

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

A Beautiful Bathtub Can Change Everything!

13 Sep

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A beautiful bathtub can change the way you think about your bathroom.

Bathtubs mix aesthetics and purpose more than almost any other bathroom element. Many people include a bathtub in their design plans just for the look, but think about how a bathtub can transform your bathroom into a relaxing, stress-relieving retreat where you can have a long soak with candles, music and a soothing beverage.

Be creative as well as practical when selecting a bathtub for your home. You can select from many styles of tubs from the most traditional – even a refinished antique tub! – to the most contemporary, and everything in between. And you’ll want to focus on the fixtures, which come in a variety of beautiful styles and finishes.

Functionality plays a part in your selection process too. Does someone in your home have mobility issues, needing help to get in and out of the tub? Does your tub also need to function as a shower? Would you like a whirlpool feature to soothe aching muscles or arthritic joints?

In terms of beauty, bathtubs give you a unique opportunity to mix surfaces – porcelain, metal, stone, tile, wood and more. Tubs can be freestanding or have a surround of various materials. And plan for plenty of towel racks so towels are convenient to access and dry quickly.

 

As far as additions to your bathtub design:

  • Position a tray across your bathtub to hold your soap, loofah, a book and a beverage.
  • Display potted plants around the tub; many of them like the moisture.
  • Add warmers in towel bars and under the floor.

Enhance your relationship with your bathroom with a fabulous new tub!

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

September 2017

The Intensity Of The Color Red Adds Passion To Your Interior Look!

6 Sep

 

The intensity of the color red adds passion to your interior look!

Because of its richness, red can create a focal point in your rooms, even when used in small quantities. Red comes in so many shades and is described by so many names, including cardinal, scarlet, crimson, cherry, ruby, garnet, claret and more. Many monikers for red reflect how exotic the color can appear; they’re named for parts of the world, such as Chinese Red, Venetian Red and Morocco Red.

Red is known as a color of passion; it also communicates love and beauty. Depending on your frame of mind and your culture, it can also be identified with energy, happiness, loyalty, luck and more. Whatever red “says” to you individually, it’s clear that it makes a memorable fashion statement that adds personality to your home décor. It’s a refreshing change from the neutrals that most of us rely on in our home design plans. Red is a dynamic addition to most interior design color schemes, and, do beware, a little bit can go a long way.

 

Add just a dash of brilliant red in the following home elements:

  • Carpeting and rugs
  • Painted furniture
  • Fabrics, in solids or patterns, for draperies and furniture
  • A painted accent wall or built-in shelves
  • Bed or table linens
  • A sofa, ottoman or easy chair
  • Accent pieces, such as lamps, artwork and ceramics

Add decorative elements in this brilliant color. It’s a red-hot design choice that will make your friends green with envy! For more ideas or help with your next design project, contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

September 2017

 

Frame Your Design Plans With Moldings

16 Aug

Decorative moldings can help frame your home design plan.

Decorative moldings on walls, windows, doors, and ceilings add texture and interest to your home,
no matter what your design style.

Moldings come in so many shapes, sizes and finishes. They can consist of one simple layer or
several stacked layers to add embellishment. Traditionally moldings have been made of wood, but
today they’re often constructed from materials that look like wood, but are more durable and
budget friendly.
Molding usually works best when it complements the design of your home; for example, a Victorian
home may have heavily ornamented moldings, while a modern home has squared, simple moldings or no
moldings at all .

We tend to think of moldings in white or off -white colors, with walls painted a different shade.
However, light colored walls with dark molding can be a dramatic choice too! Just consider your
options:
Windows:
– Casing around the entire window frame
– An apron on the bottom
– A pediment on the top
– A decorative or fluted design on the sides
Decorative moldings on walls, windows, doors, and ceilings add texture and interest to your home,
no matter what your design style.

Moldings come in so many shapes, sizes and finishes. They can consist of one simple layer or
several stacked layers to add embellishment. Traditionally moldings have been made of wood, but
today they’re often constructed from materials that look like wood, but are more durable and
budget friendly.

Molding usually works best when it complements the design of your home; for example, a Victorian
home may have heavily ornamented moldings, while a modern home has squared, simple moldings or no
moldings at all.

We tend to think of moldings in white or off -white colors, with walls painted a different shade.
However, light colored walls with dark molding can be a dramatic choice too!
Just consider your options:
Windows :
– Casing around the entire window frame

– An apron on the bottom
– A pediment on the top
– A decorative or fluted design on the sides

 

Doors (both exterior and interior):
– Casing around the sides and/or tops
– Raised paneling on the door itself
Walls:
– Baseboards at floor level
– Crown molding at ceiling level
– Raised paneling, possibly with wallcoverings or mirrors in insets
– Wainscoting and picture rails, with the choice of different paints or wallcoverings above and
below
– Paneling around a fireplace or built -in shelving
– Wall paneling behind a bed instead of a headboard
– Stepped paneling going up a stairway
Ceilings:
– Around chandeliers in the dining room or foyer
Decorative moldings can help shape your décor – like adding just the right accessories to a
beautiful outfit! For more ideas or help with your next design project, contact the
team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co..

Make Your Home Look Smarter

10 Aug

Decorating with books can make your interior look smarter.

For the most part, we think of books as volumes to read! Books can also be the perfect finishing
touch for an interior design plan.

Books add color, texture and scale. Most of all, they create a point of interest and conversation
for your guests.

Typically we think of books displayed in a home office or library, but they can be used
as a decorating element in almost any room. You can sort them by color, size, topic and more. The
choice is yours.

A variety of book placements can enhance your interior design:
– Beautiful coffee table books can be exhibited in your living room or great room.
– A collection of books with the same th eme – or the same color – can be arranged on
shelves.
– Your favorite books, regardless of the color or topic, can be randomly displayed.
– Large books can be stacked on the floor to create a unique occasional table.
– A selection of valuable first edit ions autographed by the authors can be displayed inside glass
cases for their protection.
– Several books can be stacked on a table, as a base for a flower arrangement or decorative
accessory.
– Cookbooks can be displayed in a kitchen or breakfast nook .
Most people display books they have read – or plan to read. Other people – and some interior
designers – buy selections of books primarily for display.

Think about decorating with books that reflect your own interests, such as: Home and Garden, Art,
Travel, Sailing, Sports, Fashion, History and Nature.

Add some books to your décor this season. It’s a clever idea. For more ideas or help with your
next design project, contact the team at Delux Drape ry & Shade Co..

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