Light Up Your Home With Mood-Inspiring Candles

17 Jan

Light up your home with mood-inspiring candles.

Warm up the mood in your living environment by adding candles to your décor. They’re perfect for the cold winter months and continue to add beauty all year long.

Candles add soft light to a room and create a sense of serenity. Best of all, they add atmosphere and romance. Candles come in most any shape, size and color – from small votive candles to large, tall candles that can sit on the floor and become a focal point of a room.

Candles add interest to almost any room and can be displayed in many places in a room, including on:

  • Dining tables
  • Mantles
  • Coffee tables and end tables
  • Bathroom counters and around the bathtub
  • Dressers and bureaus in the bedroom
  • Window sills
  • Shelves
  • The inside of your fireplace in summer

Candles look especially nice when mixed with flowers, books, lanterns, or seashells to create an artistic vignette. It’s fun to update candles for holidays, too.

Think about using candles in pairs or even larger groups, with candles of differing sizes and shapes.

Always make safety a priority when you decorate with candles. Make sure, candles are at a distance from anything that could be flammable and that they sit on a heat-resistant surface. And be vigilant about putting them out before you leave the house or go to bed. Or, use any of the many flame-less candles that are as beautiful as they are safe.

Lighten and brighten your home environment by adding beautiful candles this season. For more ideas and help with your next design project, contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

Decorating With Curves

10 Jan

Soften your interior design with curves.

Most home interiors have lots of straight lines and square – or almost square – corners. Hint: consider the shape of your tables, countertops, chairs, artwork, rugs and more.

Instead, why not think outside the box and add some curved design elements to your interior design plan?

Straight edges make a room seem clean and organized, but mixing in some curved contours can take away a feeling of austerity.

Consider all rounded shapes, such as circles, ovals, arcs, bows, ellipses, half moons and even helixes and amoeba profiles. These softer shapes will add a sense of flexibility, grace, joyfulness, and luxury to your home. And they add a natural, organic feel since many elements in nature have rounded edges.

Research even shows that we appreciate the look of curved surfaces. According to fastcodesign.com, people are far more likely to call a room beautiful when its design is round instead of square. Apparently, it’s hard-wired into our brains! And part of the reason we prefer curves is because they signal a feeling of safety.

Many elements in your home lend themselves to curved edges, including:

  • Tables
  • Sofas and ottomans
  • Chairs
  • Mirrors and other wall art
  • Rugs
  • Tile patterns
  • Outdoor decks, porches and walkways
  • Stenciled patterns on walls and ceilings
  • Even curved walls, vaulted ceilings, and arched doorways

Take a swerve this season and add some curved design elements to your home. For more ideas and help with your next design project, contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

5 Best Plants To Keep Your Indoor Air Clean

27 Dec

Now that it’s Winter, we are all indoors more often than not. We need to think about keeping our indoor air clean, which can be hard to do in colder climates.

According to NASA, there are several houseplants that are superstars at cleaning the air and putting oxygen back into your indoor atmosphere. Plants purify air, making them part of what NASA calls “nature’s life support system.”

There are five plants that are relatively easy to care for, do not need a lot of light or water and are the best air cleaners, according to the NASA study.

PeaceLily1. Peace Lily- a relatively easy plant. It will work in low light situations and needs very little water.

 

 

 

Chrysanthemum

 

 

2. Florist’s Chrysanthemum- usually associated with being outdoors in the garden, this plant is a work horse when it comes to cleaning indoor air.

 

These first two plants remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene as well as ammonia.

English Ivy3. English Ivy- again a plant that can thrive even if neglected.

Snake_plant

4. Snake Plant- also known as “mother-in-law tongue” because of its sharp edges, it can withstand low light and a bit of neglect. Just check its water once in a while, in winter it may only need water once every other month!

 

Red Edged Dracena

5. Red Edged Dracena- again can stand lower light levels, but may need to be fertilized a couple times a month during growing periods.

These last three remove all the toxins that the first two remove, except for the ammonia.

 

So whether you need to clean up the air in your home or your office, these are just five of the plants NASA recommends in helping prevent “sick building syndrome.”  There is a TED talk related to this clean air study that is really interesting.

Here’s to your health!

 

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Decorating With Pillows

20 Dec

A few pillows can have a big impact on your décor.

Pillows seem like a small detail in a decorating scheme, yet they can add so much color, texture and personality to the look of your home. For maximum impact and decorating harmony, consider these attributes when you select decorative pillows:

  • Mix patterns if you’d like, but avoid more than two or three because the look may become chaotic.
  • Use complementary fabrics rather than the same material as your sofa.
  • Use colors that are compatible with the rest of your interior elements in the room, such as rugs, carpeting, window coverings and upholstery.
  • Layer different textures with multiple pillows, including smooth silk, soft velvet, rough tapestry and even fuzzy faux fur.
  • Think about embellishments on your pillows, such as embroidery, beading, tassels and fringe.
  • With pillows, size matters! And so does shape. In addition to square or rectangular pillows, consider unusual shapes, such as round, triangular, oblong and oval.
  • It’s almost always best to have more than one throw pillow on a sofa or bed. Two is most common, but you can also go with three or four.

Also think about comfort and your budget when you purchase pillows. Feathers and down stuffing feel soft and sensuous, but they tend to be more expensive and don’t hold a stiff shape. Synthetic fills and foam hold their shape better and are more reasonably priced. Selecting the perfect throw pillows for your rooms will puff up your home décor beautifully.

 

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

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. 

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