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Decorating with Bookshelves

30 Apr

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Exhibit your treasures and reduce clutter

                                                                                                                                                                  A beautiful set of bookshelves is about so much more than just books! Bookshelves are a

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Bookshelves add beauty and function.

design element that is both functional and decorative. They solve some of your storage issues and, at the same time, help you display decorative items, such as statuary, vases, flower arrangements, clocks, plants, photos and yes, even books!

Bookshelves are not just for a home office or library; they can be functional and add interest to almost any room of the house, from foyer to kitchen to bedroom and more.

 

How to Find the perfect bookshelves


Shelves come in almost any style, material, shape and color; some are closed in and others are open style. Bookshelves can be built in, customized to your space, or

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Industrial bookshelves add a bit of grit to your room.

purchased as-is and set in place.

– A vintage bookshelf can add history to your décor.
– Industrial bookshelves add grit and an avant-garde feel.
– A French boulangerie creates a European feel.
– Totally modern neutral bookshelves blend into the background of your decorating style.

Tips for arranging your shelves


Consider these ideas to optimize the impact of your bookshelves:
– For a new take on arranging books, lay books horizontally or organize your books by

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Arrange your books by color for added interest.

color.
– Install bookshelves along a stairway or around windows or a door.
– If your bookshelves have a closed back, paint the back a contrasting color.
– Don’t pack your shelves too tightly; leaving empty space creates a cleaner look.
– Use a bookshelf as a room divider, either at waist height or full height.
– Don’t forget about bookends; some are interesting and fun.

Add appeal to the display of your prized possessions and clear up the clutter with a beautiful set of bookshelves.

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Bring Green Inside

22 Apr

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Create a peaceful feeling

Green is a natural choice for home decorating. Found in the world’s forests, meadows
and gardens, it brings a feeling of the outdoors to the inside of your home.

For home decorating, you have so many choices in the green family, from rich and lush, and calm and serene, to bold and brilliant. Because green comes in so many shades, it’s a very flexible design color.

Just think of all the beautiful natural names for green hues: sage, lime, spring, forest, emerald, mint, fern, grass, avocado, jade, apple, celery and pistachio.

Naturally, you have lots of possibilities to add green to your décor, whether in small touches or major design elements:
– Painted walls and paint stenciling

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Bring the outdoors inside


– Wallpaper
– Upholstery and drapery fabric
– Window coverings
– Bedding
– Painted wood furniture and kitchen cabinets
– Rugs and carpeting
– Lamps and light fixtures
– Accessories such as throw pillows, vases, and artwork
– Tile countertops and backsplashes

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Finish with neutral colors

It’s usually best to stick with one or two shades of green, and use neutrals and other accents to finish your design plan.

Colors that work well with green tones include:
– White, gray and neutral beiges and creams
– Browns, camels and taupes
– Pinks, reds and salmon
– Small touches of blue, black, yellow or gold

Looking for a more natural feel in your home environment? Add green this season!

Stylish And Handy End Tables

8 Jan

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To get the most out of an end table, the right height is key.

COMBINE FASHION AND FUNCTION


It can be easy to think of end tables as an afterthought. That is, until you try to set down your drink, turn on your lamp or reach for your book. So, when choosing a style, it’s important to consider what function it will serve.

The right height is key.

To make the best use of your end table, make sure it’s within easy reach. The height should be within two inches of the arm of your chair or sofa. So, say your sofa arm is 22 inches — your end table could range between 22 and 24 inches.

PUT STYLE TO GOOD USE

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Use end tables to add an interesting contrast to your décor.


Assess your existing décor, then think about ways you can achieve an interesting contrast.

For instance, if you have lots of traditional upholstery, you could balance the soft edges with a clean, simple design. Or, if you have modern furnishings, you could complement them with something a little more ornate.

Next, ask yourself how you’ll use your end table. What do you reach for most often? Do you want extra storage for TV remotes or magazines?

CONSIDER YOUR FUNCTIONAL NEEDS

 

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Nesting end tables easily provide extra table space when you have guests.

Here are a few styles to consider based on your particular needs:

End table with open shelves or drawers. Use it to store small items or books.

Nesting end tables. Unstack them for extra table space or neatly stack them when not in use.

C-shaped end table. Like a snack table, it fits snugly over the arm of your sofa or chair.

Chair-side end table. Narrow, and small, it helps anchor a standalone chair.

Keep in mind, end tables don’t have to match. With the right combinations, you can create your own unique look.

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Decorating with Rumba Orange

13 Nov

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Make your room pop with this trending Color


Like the name suggests, Rumba Orange exudes the energy and passion associated with Orange2the rhythmic Cuban dance. And in 2020, you’ll be seeing a lot of it. Paint company Behr just included Rumba Orange in its 2020 Color Trends ‘Worldhood’ Palette that features a variety of rich hues and rustic tones for a contemporary, yet warm feel.

When combined with neutrals and earth tones like grays, beiges and taupes, Rumba Orange can really spice up your décor. But you don’t have to go full on orange. By adding just a few orange accents, you can still make a bold statement.

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Here are a few ways you can introduce orange to your space:
– Accent your room with an orange area rug, end tables or wall art.
– Mix and match throw pillows and blankets. Try combining solid oranges with multi-colored designs.
– Decorate with orange lamps, candles or other
lighting fixtures.
– Add an orange ottoman or bench to your space.
– Install orange curtains or window shades.
– Paint just one wall orange (or use orange wallpaper) to create a focal point in the room. Then use other elements in your space to complement it.

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The key to decorating with Rumba orange is that a little goes a long way. By starting with just one or two strong elements, you can accent them with a variety of accessories to create the perfect balance in color and design.

If you decide to paint, choose a deeply saturated orange because a less saturated color may look dull. Also, if you’re painting an interior space, use an eggshell or matte paint sheen – those sheens have a slight shine and they’re more durable than flat finishes.

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Decorating With Flowers

6 Nov

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Brighten up the colder months with flowers


It may not be spring, but that doesn’t mean you should stop decorating with flowers. After all, they have a magical way of brightening up the colder months. And with the right varieties and a touch of creativity, you can enjoy gorgeous arrangements all year round.

So what types of flowers work best this time of year?

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Red roses

If you have a lot of white or cream in your room, red roses are a great way to give your space a splash of color. To create some visual interest, try combining them with eucalyptus pods or pine needles.

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Incorporating limes or kumquats into a flower arrangement adds a colorful accent, beautiful aroma and tropical feel to your home. Make sure to insert the sturdy branches first to protect more delicate flower stems.

Tulips

The great thing about tulips is that they can survive colder temperatures — even those that drop to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. For a warm, seasonal look, frame your tulip arrangement with berries.

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Amaryllises and Primroses

Colorful houseplants like amaryllises and primroses will brighten up your space well into the winter months. Arrange them along a side table, and add a few evergreen branches for the finishing touch.

 

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Poinsettias

While you may typically buy poinsettias for the holidays, they can actually last a whole lot longer. And even when the flowers fall off, you can still enjoy plenty of greenery. Just be careful — poinsettias are poisonous to pets.

 

 

 

Think outside the vase. If you want a really extraordinary arrangement, old watering pots, tin cans and glass bottles offer a truly unique look.

 

 

Diagonal Lines in Home Design

25 Sep

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Put a new slant on your décor


Most structural components of a house are organized on a horizontal and vertical grid, including floors, walls, ceilings, windows and doors. In addition, most furniture and home design elements are square or horizontal. Why not think creatively and introduce an item or two on the diagonal?

In the architecture of your home, diagonals can be planned in:

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Diagonal lines add interest and energy.


– Angled top windows
– Angled mullions in windows
– The design of beams in the ceiling
– Angled walls, creating a non-rectangular room

 

 

 

Diagonal Lines In Patterns

 

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Rugs and lamps provide an easy way to add diagonal lines.

For interior design planning, the most obvious diagonal options are patterns in carpeting, rugs, flooring, tile, upholstery, and window treatments, such as a zigzag pattern.

Some elements that, at first, seem to be horizontal or vertical can be used on a bias to create a diagonal look, e.g., you can lay wood flooring planks on a bias.

Also consider plaid or checked fabrics and wall coverings, or hanging mirrors on the diagonal instead of straight up and down.

Ideas for your furniture

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Consider placing your chairs on an angle.


More ideas for thinking outside the box are:
– Add tables and chairs with slanted legs
– Select lamps that have an angled lamp shape or a tripod stand
– Place your sofa diagonally to a wall, instead of parallel or perpendicular
– Add two club chairs diagonal in relation to each other, instead of squared off, with an occasional table in between
– Build an angled kitchen island

Turn your home design on the bias. It will add a burst of energy to your home décor.

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Decorating with Earth Tones

18 Sep

 

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A Warm and Natural Look


Earth tones are comfortable, rich looking and warm, adding harmony and coziness to a

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 An earth tone palette can go with almost any decorating style.

home environment. They remind us of the colors of the falling leaves in the harvest season.

An earth tone palette can go with almost any decorating style – smooth and sophisticated, rough and rustic, or dainty and feminine. It all depends on the specific hues you select and the style of the home elements you purchase. Using lighter versions of earth tones will create a more lustrous, natural look.

What’s your favorite hue?

 

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Earth tones tend to work well together.

Consider the variety of earth tones that work well for home design projects: ginger, copper, cinnamon, tan, umber, khaki, pumpkin, coffee, persimmon, sage, and terra cotta.

Earth tone hues tend to work well with each other, so it’s easier to combine colors than with some other palettes.

Earth tones also go well with cream, taupe, beige and light gray as a neutral. Use white to brighten an earth tone palette or introduce black to add drama and sophistication.

Where to use earth tones

Earth tones are perfect for a variety of interior elements, including:

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 Earth tone hues help blend the indoors and outdoors.

– Upholstery fabric
– Window treatments
– Pillows and bedding
– Rugs and flooring
– Paint
– Countertops

If you have large windows or a beautiful outdoor setting, earth tone hues will help blend the indoors and outdoors, since they mimic the colors of the natural world.

Take the chill out of your home environment this fall. Add earth tones for a natural and balanced look.

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Decorating With Cream Colored Accents

21 Aug

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The Color Cream

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The color buttercream lets your accent colors shine.

Call this color what you like – buttercream, whipped honey, straw, pearl, or linen – it’s a flexible shade for home decorating that’s bright and sunny, creating warmth in a room.

Like other neutrals, buttercream lets accent colors shine and makes your artwork pop. But it’s warmer and more inviting than pure white or barely off-white. Buttercream has many subtle versions. True buttercream has a yellow undertone; other versions have touches of pink, grey or peach.

A Flexible, Relaxing Neutral

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This versatile neutral goes with both warm and cool colors, pastels and bold tones. It also pairs perfectly with black, white, gray and various tones of brown, especially dark wood furniture, flooring and cabinets.

Buttercream is a soft shade that makes you feel relaxed and serene, and it won’t go out of style. It shines in most any room of the house and can go casual or formal, traditional or contemporary. In a bedroom, home office or library, you can even go with a slightly deeper shade of cream to create a cozy feel.

Where to use Buttercream

Consider the color cream for:

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Cream colored accent pillows add warmth to gray and blue hues.


– Paint
– Carpeting and rugs
– Stone surfaces
– Upholstery fabrics and pillows
– Window fashions
– Cabinets and counter tops
– Bedding
– Table and bath linens

Add buttercream this season to your decorating plans. It’s a delicious color for heightening your home décor.

 

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Decorating with Stone

7 Aug

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An age-old material

From the earliest history of mankind, homes have been built using stone for walls and stone2floors. Stone adds texture, quality, weight and long-term value to the look of a home.

Stone choices are almost unlimited, and each comes in oh-so-many colors, textures and natural patterns. Choices include marble, granite, onyx, travertine, slate, sandstone, and limestone.

Most types of stone can be finished to be smooth and polished, rough and unpolished, or even fire-finished for a rustic look.

Where to add stone 


Because stone carries weight and is bold, it often becomes the focal point of a room, Stone3adding drama, substance and interest.

So many surfaces lend themselves to stone including:
– Fireplaces, surrounds and mantles
– Walls and floors
– Coffee tables and dining tables
– Counter tops and backsplashes
– Showers and tub surrounds
– Sinks

Work with an expert


Stone4It’s important to work with an expert to select the stone that looks perfect in your house and that works for the functions you need. Some types of stone are more durable than others or can be treated for heavy use.

Often, depending where you live, you can even go to a stone yard to select the stone to be used in your rooms.

Consider adding stone to your home – it can give your house a sense of nature and permanence.

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Decorating with Lamps

26 Jun

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The importance of lighting

Too often lamps become an afterthought to a decorating project when we’re exhausted Decorating with Lamps2from planning other details. In reality, they’re the perfect finish to a room because they create a feeling of warmth and atmosphere. It’s important to focus on lamps for a beautifully completed room decor.

Function is definitely key to selecting lamps since different types of lamps and light bulbs provide various qualities of light. Work with a pro to help plan your entire lighting scheme, which often includes recessed lighting, hanging lights, lamps and more.

The style, color, shape and materials of a lamp should complement the style of your décor. Lamps may add a distinctive touch that stands out and becomes a focal point, or they can fit into the background. The choice is yours. A lamp can be traditional or modern, masculine or feminine, and embellished or clean in look.

Lamps add beauty and function

Think of all the places you can add a beautiful lamp: Decorating with Lamps3
– A dining room buffet
– A foyer console table
– A bedroom nightstand or dresser
– An end table or side table in the living room or great room
– The vanity in a powder room
– The desk in a home office

Of course, not all lamps perch on a table-like surface in your home. Floor lamps add a beautiful mix, sitting next to almost any piece of furniture in almost any room. Just remember not to put your floor lamp too close to passageways.

Decorating with Lamps4Focus on updating your lamps this season to create a brilliant fashion statement and additional lighting.

 

 

 

Delux Drapery is a local window covering dealer specializing in the full line of Hunter Douglas window treatments, including roller shades, cellular honeycomb shades, roman shades, sheers and shadings, woven wood shades, horizontal blinds, vertical blinds, plantation shutters, and motorized window fashions. We also offer a variety of other interior design products, including custom drapery and valances, furniture, wallpaper, custom bedding, patio screen shades, and much more. Our showroom is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan (MI), and we proudly serve Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities.

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