Archive | September, 2016

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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