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..

Decorating With White

2 Aug

White is a clear, clean choice for summer decorating.

White, used as an accent color or the primary neutral in a room, will help your house look and feel bright, airy and cool. It’s perfect for hot summer days and evenings, yet lasts throughout the year, lightening a room on dark winter days. Even though “white” seems like one color, the shade actually comes in many different versions. Warm white hues are often used to enhance elegant home designs, while cooler tones work well in contemporary or modern rooms. White can calm your rooms or make them more energetic depending on the shade of white you select and the colors you use around it.

Almost any interior design elements look beautiful in white, including: 

  • Paint on walls and moldings
  • Upholstery and drapery fabric
  • Floor coverings, including rugs, carpets and hard surfaces –
  • Tile backsplashes, showers, walls and countertops
  • Window treatments
  • Table and bed linens
  • Accessories

 

You can decorate a room almost all in white without it appearing bland, boring or stark. The key is using a variety of textures: rough and smooth finishes, soft and hard qualities, and matte and glossy surfaces.

Also consider adding colors to enhance your white decor:

  • White is stunning when used with black.
  • White is warmed up when joined with dark, rich colors like chocolate brown, deep blue or gray.
  • White is serene when paired with other neutrals, such as cream, taupe, tan and light gray.

White can be combined with almost any other color palette, including shades of blue, green, pink, red or gold. Add white to your décor for a clean, clear look that works all year round. For more ideas or help with your next design project, contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co..

Indoor Outdoor Decorating For Summer Enjoyment

21 Jun

Blending your interior and outdoor living spaces enhances summer enjoyment.

Creating an outdoor living area that feels like an extension of your indoor space makes for a seamless and unified transition.

If you focus on your outdoor living space as much as your indoor design style, you’ll gain a welcoming look that makes it easy to glide effortlessly from indoors to outdoors and back. You’ll find that you use your outdoor space more, whether it’s a deck, terrace, garden or large backyard.

So many materials work well both for indoors and out, including teak, stainless steel, rattan, wicker, easy-care fabrics, glass and more. Focus on beauty, as well as function, for your outdoor living elements, so they don’t look like an afterthought, but rather a design style that’s coordinated with your interior décor.

Some design ideas to link your adjacent indoor and outdoor spaces include:

  • Use similar colors, materials and styles inside and out.
  • Introduce a few soft surfaces outdoors, such as rugs, throw pillows and soft upholstery.

More ideas are:

  • Hang soft, translucent window fashions that make the outdoors look closer.
  • Add matching accent pieces indoors and out, including table linens, lanterns, candles and flower arrangements.
  • Plan adequate sun covering outdoors, using umbrellas, awnings or a built shading structure, so you’re willing to keep the windows and window treatments open without sun damage to furniture and floors.
  • Use ceramic stools, durable tables and easy-clean dining chairs that you can move in and out as the need arises.

Bring your outdoor and indoor living spaces together for summer relaxation with family and friends. For more ideas or help with your next design project, contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co

Pastel Colors In Decorating

14 Jun

Pastel colors make your room feel lighter and more delicate

The balmy days of summer feel like the perfect time to lighten your home with pastels. And remember, these beautiful shades are not just for the warm season; soft pastels are a look that can last all year long.

Consider these pastel hues for a home update and refreshing change: lavender, lilac, tangerine sherbet, apple green, lemon ice, sky blue, strawberry cream, soft yellow, pale green.

Pastels, also called spring colors or sherbet colors, are soothing, but at the same time energizing. Their fresh and natural feel brings light and softness into a room.

In addition to using pastel home elements in solid colors, think patterns, too. Perfect pastel patterns include florals, stripes, dots, birds, botanicals, latticework, or abstract designs.

 

Pastels work great for these home design elements:

  • Paint and wall stencils
  • Rugs and carpeting
  • Slipcovers and upholstery
  • Bedding and towels
  • Table linens
  • Wall coverings
  • Throw pillows
  • And sheer draperies and shades that filter light to enhance the muted and ethereal mood of a pastel interior.

Add delicate, delightful pastels to your design plan to refresh your home throughout the year. For more ideas or help with your next design project, contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co

Headboards As a Decorating Option

7 Jun

A beautiful headboard adds instant style to your bedroom.

Making your bedroom a calming oasis has many aspects. The most important design element is the bed, and often the most noticeable thing about your bed is the headboard! That’s why it’s smart to focus on a headboard – and possibly a complementary footboard – when you design your bedroom look.

A headboard can command attention and add beauty or it can be so subtle that it almost disappears into the background. The choice is yours. Headboards (and footboards) come in many different materials, sizes and styles. Plan your headboard to complement the rest of the furniture in the room.

Think about the size of your bedroom to make sure your headboard is the right scale. A large or tall room will need a substantial headboard, while a small room needs a headboard in a smaller size.

Headboards can be made from many materials or a combination, including wood, leather, iron, brass and bronze.

Upholstered headboards are quite popular today, and can be designed to look tailored and modern, with sharp, square corners, or feminine and soft with rounded shapes.
You might decide not to even have a headboard. Instead you can embellish the wall behind your bed with artwork, shelves, a hanging tapestry or patterned wallpaper.

Or think about using lots and lots of pillows standing upright on your bed as a substitute for a headboard.

Add a beautiful backdrop to your bed this season! It will add instant style to your bedroom. For more ideas or help with your next design project, contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co..

Adding Metal Trim To Your Furniture Creates A Timeless Look

19 Apr

Adding metal trim to your furniture creates a timeless look.

Metal trim is a classic embellishment for furniture and more. Brads, nails and tacks were used as early as the 17th century and maybe even before, in almost every country in Europe, and in the United States, too. Think of them as jewelry for furniture – adding a beautiful necklace around the edges.

Metal trims work just as beautifully today as when they were first invented. They add a sense of craftsmanship and can complement almost any style of décor, from the most traditional to ultra contemporary.

Decorative brads, nails and tacks are mostly used on upholstered furniture, but can also be applied beautifully on headboards, upholstered walls and doors, and even as an embellishment on table tops, table fronts and table legs. You can make a subtle design statement by using metal trim as a stripe on the edge of upholstery or you can go wild, using the trim in patterns or a patchwork design.

Leather especially lends itself to metal trim, but many other fabrics can be adorned too, including velvet, tapestries and other heavy fabrics.

Metal trim comes in many shapes and sizes, with or without facets, and with matte, glossy or distressed finishes. Shapes include square, round, diamond and pyramid. Brads, nails and tacks can have a variety of metal finishes, including silver, antique gold, nickel, brass and even black. Newest of all are trims made from stone and crystal.

 

Adding decorative metal trim to your décor is a timeless look that’s modern even today. For more ideas or help with your next design project, contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co..

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