Archive | November, 2017

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:

Delux Drapery window installations – Vinewood. 11-9-15

  • 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.

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