Archive | October, 2013

How To Use Color In Decorating

28 Oct

Room Color Can Affect Your Mood.

People frequently tell us that they feel paralyzed when thinking of how to use color in decorating. This blog post will cover how to use color and how it can affect you.

Keep in mind that each color has a psychological value. Think about how those colors make you feel- they can influence any feeling from tranquility to rage. So when trying to create peace and harmony in your home, choose your colors wisely. Some colors in large amounts will have just the opposite affect on you and your loved ones’ moods. Paint is fairly inexpensive and transforms a room more quickly than anything else, so you can afford to experiment a little.

If you are really uncertain how to choose the right paint for you, we recommend using your local paint store, such as our friends at Anderson Paint Co. They can help you decide the best brand and style for your needs. There is also a really cool tool by Benjamin Moore where you can upload your own photos to give it a trial run!

Now, onto the fun stuff with color!

RED:                                                                                                                         Red has guts….deep, strong, dramatic. A geranium red. A Goya red….to be used like gold for furnishing a house….for clothes, it is strong, like black or white. – Valentino                                                                                            Red is a bright warm color that can evoke strong emotions. It is associated with love, warmth and comfort. Red is also considered an intense, or even angry, color that creates feelings of excitement or intensity.


Blue:                                                                                                                 Blue is described as a favorite color by many people and is the color most preferred by men.  Blue calls to mind feelings of calmness or serenity. It is often described as peaceful, tranquil, secure, and orderly.  Blue can also create feelings of sadness or aloofness.  Blue is often used to decorate offices because research has shown that people are more productive in blue rooms.  Blue can also lower the pulse rate and body temperature.


Yellow:                                                                                                                 How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun. -Vincent Van Gogh         Yellow is the color of sunshine. it is bright and cheery, but can also create feelings of frustration and even anger. While it is considered a cheerful color, people are more likely to lose their tempers in yellow rooms and babies tend to cry more in yellow rooms.


Green, which is Nature’s colour, is restful, soothing, cheerful, and health-giving. – Paul Brunton
Green symbolizes nature- it represents tranquility, good luck health and jealousy. Green has long been a symbol of fertility (which makes it a good choice for the bedroom). It has a calming effect, and people who work in a green environment tend to have less stress and fewer stomachaches.


Last, but not least, Neutrals:                                                                      Neutrals, (black, gray, white, and brown) are basic to the decorator’s tool kit. All neutral schemes fall in and out of fashion, but their virtue lies in their flexibility: Add color to liven things up; subtract it to calm things down. Black is best used in small doses as an accent. Indeed, some experts maintain that every room needs a touch of black to ground the color scheme and give it depth. To make the job easier, you can rely on the interior designer’s most important color tool: the color wheel.


Color Effects on Walls and Ceiling

The ceiling represents one-sixth of the space in a room, but too often it gets nothing more than a coat of white paint. In fact, for decades, white has been considered not only the safest but also the best choice for ceilings. As a general rule, ceilings that are lighter than the walls feel higher, while those that are darker feel lower. Lower need not mean claustrophobic: visually lowered ceilings can evoke cozy intimacy. As a general rule, dark walls make a room seem smaller, and light walls make a room seem larger.

In conclusion, color is a very personal choice and you should pick a color that makes you feel good, and that fits your family’s lifestyle. It’s easy to do, relatively inexpensive, and easy to fix if you find it just doesn’t suit you.

If you have any other tips, please feel free to share in the comment section.

The Creation Of A Collection- Episode #3

25 Oct

We found this documentary to be a really interesting insight into how fabrics are created, chosen and grouped.

We will post each episode for you to enjoy- they are short and fun to watch.

Episode #3 is called “Knitty Gritty”

The Creation Of A Collection- Episode #3

We do have this collection in our Showroom, so please come on in to see it!

How To Create A Cozy Home

21 Oct

As the air gets cooler, we all want to feel the all the coziness we can. Here are a few tips

Tips To Creating A Cozy Home:

  • Add or use warm colors. Warm colors can be invigorating, so be sure to place them carefully and mix with a few cool chFabricut Pillowsoices to create a cozy feel to any room.
  • Add soft and cushy down filled throw pillows. A fun idea is to change the covers on these with each season, thereby creating a whole new look for your space. In the winter, use velvets or chenilles to create a cozy space to curl up.
  • Be sure you have a comfy, cozy chair to curl up in on those cold and blustery days.
  • Have soft throw blankets across the most used and favorite sitting areas. Chenilles are especially cozy, but fleece is inexpensive, can be cut without fraying and comes in hundreds of colors and designs these days.
  • cozy-throwUse delicious smelling candles around in each room, scents like apple pie, cinnamon rolls or maple syrup will help create a warm and cozy feel
  • Switch out your cool light bulbs warm ones- this is a great way to “warm-up” a room. Also have multiple sources of lighting to create just the right atmosphere for coziness.
  • Bring Green plants or fresh flowers into your home. Even a terrarium in an interesting shape can bring a cozy feeling. To make your own go to: Make your own terrarium
  • And of course, we would be remiss not to mention the cozy feeling beautiful, custom made drapery can add to any room. It not only warms the space, it keeps out the cold in the winter and heat in the summer.
  • terrarium

The Creation Of A Collection- Episode #2

18 Oct

We found this documentary to be a really interesting insight into how fabrics are created, chosen and grouped.

We will post each episode for you to enjoy- they are short and fun to watch.

Episode #2 is called “Treasure Hunt”

The Creation Of A Collection- Episode #2

We do have this collection of fabrics in our showroom if you are interested in touching and seeing them with your own eyes!

Decorating Tip of the Month- Sofa’s

14 Oct


In your living room or great room, the sofa is the star.

In many rooms, a sofa – or a grouping of sofas – is the focal point. Take care when you select a sofa, and your entire room will fall into place.
The fun part of selecting a sofa is finding the style and material you like. The most durable material is leather because leather actually looks better as it gets worn, while most fabrics just look tired as they get worn. Solid color materials are easier to decorate with, but patterns don’t show dirt as easily. Neutral colors are the safest choice, but selecting a bolder hue makes a statement and may better match your personality.  Also consider how much, and what type of use it will get- if you have rough and tumble children you may want to up the quality of the fabric used to a higher grade.

Sofas come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with a choice of arm and leg styles.
• The shape determines the overall feel of your sofa – some are soft and feminine, while others are tailored and modern. And there’s everything in between.
• Then there are the arms and the legs to consider. Several styles of sofa arms are available, and it’s the same with the legs. It’s best to check out all the choices when you shop to see what you like best.
• Size matters too – to make sure the sofa fits your room’s scale and allows plenty of room for movement. For a large room, consider a sectional or two sofas facing each other or placed at right angles.

No matter how great a sofa looks, its reason for being is comfort, durability and support. A strong frame is key – and usually hardwood is best. Soft cushions filled with down are inviting, but may make it difficult to get on and off the couch because your body just sinks in. Foam is supportive and less expensive, but not as luxurious. Often an in-between cushion choice – a foam core, with a down-filled cover – is just right.

Delux Drapery can help you with your custom furniture choices. We work with many vendors and would be happy to guide you in your selection.

Select the perfect sofa, and it will shine in its starring role in your living room or great room!

The Creation Of A Fabric Collection- Episode #1

11 Oct

We found this documentary to be a really interesting insight into how fabrics are created, chosen and grouped.

We will post each episode for you to enjoy- they are short and fun to watch.

The first episode is called “So Happy Together”

The Creation Of A Collection with Jacklyn Smith- Episode #1

We do have this collection of fabrics in our showroom if you are interested in touching and seeing them with your own eyes!

Interior Design Ideas for Your Guest Bedroom

7 Oct

Adding just the right touches to your guest room can help overnight visitors savor their stay with you.

Sometimes a guest room can seem cold and sterile or just an afterthought space you use to store unwanted items and old furniture. The holidays are coming soon. That means guests may be coming to stay – and you can make their stay much more enjoyable with just a few touches. An engaging guest room doesn’t have to do with the size of the room or the cost of the furnishings, but with the details you pay close attention to. Think about the amenities you like when you stay in a nice hotel, and make those available to your guests!

• Make the room luxurious with a high-quality mattress and good linens.

Photo from Country Living

Photo from Country Living

• Have several blankets or throws available, so guests can adjust to their own comfort level.

• Provide pillows in a couple of firmness levels and various stuffing materials.

• Arrange side tables or nightstands on both sides of the bed, with lamps that have effective lighting for reading.

• Purchase window treatments that block out the morning light and provide privacy.

If there’s space, arrange a sitting area with a small table, a comfortable chair or two, and good lighting. Also think about where people can put their suitcases – maybe you can add a bench at the foot of the bed or a folding luggage rack.

Clean your junk out the closet too, so there’s at least a small amount of space for people to hang their clothes and store their shoes out of site. Also have at least one small bureau with a drawer or two available for guests to put away their t-shirts and socks. And if you’re remodeling or adding on a guest room, make sure you include plenty of plugs for recharging portable devices.

Enhance your guest room this fall to be ready for holiday visitors. But don’t make your guest room too comfortable – or your visitors may never leave!

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