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A Stunning Light Fixture Can Create A Big Impact

4 Apr
Light up your home by adding a chandelier.

Lighting is one of the most important elements in making your home environment function effectively and look beautiful. A new ceiling light fixture – or chandelier as they’re often called – can completely change the look of a room, making it a key element of your decorating plan. We think about ceiling light fixtures mostly for dining rooms, but they’re perfect for so many other rooms too, including the bedroom, living room, foyer, kitchen, bathroom, outdoor living spaces, and more.

A stunning light fixture can create a big impact in a room and, yet, it’s somewhat unique as a design element because it doesn’t take up any of your floor or wall space. It can actually reduce clutter while, at the same time, adding style! For optimal beauty and function, work with an expert to select light fixtures that are the right size and hang them at an appropriate height for your application.

Lighting strategies are quite different for dining rooms, living rooms, foyers, kitchens, bathrooms, and home offices. Lighting can work to set a soft, romantic mood, or to provide a spotlight in a specific area, or it can furnish an overall wash of brightness.

So do think about the quality of light that a fixture provides, including the number of bulbs, bulb wattage, color of bulbs and more. Dimmers are almost always a good idea since they give you options for brightness at various times of day or depending how you’re using the room at a given time. This spring, get the drop on beautiful room design with a new light fixture!

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

Accent Vases Can Be For More Than Just Flowers

28 Mar

Accent Vases Can Be For More Than Just Flowers

Often we think about vases solely as vessels to display fresh flowers – and it is nice to bring some of outdoor nature inside! But they are so much more. Some vases are beautiful just on their own. Or you can fill them with fresh leaves, bamboo, succulents, evergreens, dried branches, or silk flower arrangements. Vases come in just about any size, shape, color and material. A large floor vase can become a focal point for a room, while smaller vases can be the final touches that subtly finish off a room’s beauty.

Place vases…

  • In the living room or great room, to create a focal point
  • In the foyer, to make an opening statement for your home
  • Around the tub, to make your bathroom feel like a luxury spa retreat
  • On the mantle, to add dimension and symmetry to your architecture
  • In the dining room, to anchor your table beautifully
  • In the bedroom, to add interest to your bureau or chest of drawers

One of the best things about vases is you can easily change where they’re placed in a room and change what elements they hold to update a room for every season. Vases work alone or in groups of two or more, placed close together. They look great when paired with a chair, occasional table or work of art in a complementary style, shape, color or finish. Add a smart finishing touch to your interior design plan this season with beautiful vases.

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

Gray Can Be A Versatile Decorating Color

21 Mar
Gray is a sensuous alternative to white and beige.
  • The most common neutrals used in home design are shades of white, beige, ivory, and cream. Gray is a surprising and elegant alternative choice that’s flexible and sensuous and never drab or mousy, despite its stereotype.

Most often, gray is a peaceful, easy color that makes a room feel serene, although it can be edgy and super modern when it’s used for elements like concrete flooring and countertops.

Darker grays can be a focal point of your room.

Gray isn’t only a neutral; darker and more intense shades of gray can be a focal point of your color scheme rather than a background shade.

If you’d like to start small with a touch of gray, consider drapery, throw pillows, table and bed linens, lamps, artwork and wall paint.

Larger design features include:

  • Kitchen cabinets or counters
  • Window coverings
  • Rugs and carpet
  • Tile and stone
Gray pairs well with other colors.

 

Gray is seldom a pure mix of black and white. Its range includes cool and warm tones, because most shades of gray incorporate touches of blue, yellow, pink, green or other colors.

Gray plays well with other colors, because it allows them to grab all the notice. Perfect to pair with gray are: red, blue, white, pink, gold, black, brown and white.

Want to clear away the drab and mousy in your home decor? Plan on adding gray this year!

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

Wallpaper Is Back!

31 Jan

Guess what’s back!

If ten years ago you had guessed “wallpaper” you would have been dead wrong. For a while, painted walls were the “in” thing in wall coverings. But just as all clothing trends travel in cycles, home décor trends do the same and wallpaper is seeing a resurgence in interior design circles. Repainting your walls is costly, difficult, and could require calling in a professional to do it for you. If you are DIY inclined and don’t like the sound of that, but do like the sound of bold designs, then let the wall covering experts at Delux Drapery & Shade Co. in Ann Arbor, Michigan show you what wallpaper has to offer.

Variety

When painting a room, you are fairly limited to solid blocks of color, or potentially stripes. This can be great if you really want your furniture to stand out, or you are aiming for a more subdued look for your décor, but bold prints, patterns, and designs are all the rage this year and would be largely impossible to paint on your wall unless you have Michelangelo on speed-dial. If you don’t, then wallpaper is going to be your best bet for getting those bold designs on your walls. Bring some Victorian elegance into your home by putting up a reproduction damask-style wallpaper, which tends to use complex patterns, usually depicting flowers or decorative symbols, such as fleur de lis. Not feeling the nineteenth-century vibe? There exists a wallpaper for any style or era, ranging from art deco, to mod, to contemporary patterns and designs.

Ease

As the noble art of installing wallpaper has fallen out of fashion in recent decades, it may seem a bit daunting to start at first, but in actuality is much simpler than attempting to paint your walls. Martha Stewart has some tips on how to install your wallpaper, but it is a fairly simple process. Simply sand your wall, apply a wallpaper primer to it, cut your desired wallpaper into strips, apply glue to the back of those strips, and affix to your wall. It could hardly be simpler, except that an easier alternative does exist: peel-and-stick wallpaper. Just like the stickers you loved as a child, you can now buy wallpaper that adheres to walls on its own for an even simpler installation process.

Whatever wallpaper you are looking for, Delux Drapery & Shade Co. in Ann Arbor, Michigan surely has one to suit your needs. Come browse our vast selection of wallpapers today! We also proudly serve Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities.

Brass Is Back!

24 Jan

Add warmth to your décor with the new look of brass.

In recent years, metallic finishes have come more into style for interior design, and believe it or not, brass is popular again as a home decorating choice. The shiny, lacquered brass that was in favor a generation ago has been replaced by a gentler version of brass.

Today’s most popular brass finishes are soft with a bit of patina. Its warm sheen can make a room seem livelier and, at the same time, mellow and cozy.

Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, which makes it very strong, and it won’t rust! The actual color of brass is similar to gold, so brass used in non-metallic surfaces such as fabrics often looks the same as gold.

Think about using brass for:

  • Light fixtures and lamps
  • Picture and mirror frames
  • Plumbing fixtures and drawer handles
  • The backsplash for a bar, bookshelf or kitchen counter
  • Occasional tables
  • Urns and vases
  • Trays and chargers
  • Drapery rods
  • Even a brass bed

Brass pairs well with lots of colors, including cream, white, gray, forest green, Indian red, and almost any shade of blue. Brass even goes well with other metals, including copper, chrome, stainless steel and nickel.

Add brass to your décor this season. It’s a showy addition that will bring warmth to your home environment.

 

 

 

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

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 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.

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