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Decorating With White

2 Aug

White is a clear, clean choice for summer decorating.

White, used as an accent color or the primary neutral in a room, will help your house look and feel bright, airy and cool. It’s perfect for hot summer days and evenings, yet lasts throughout the year, lightening a room on dark winter days. Even though “white” seems like one color, the shade actually comes in many different versions. Warm white hues are often used to enhance elegant home designs, while cooler tones work well in contemporary or modern rooms. White can calm your rooms or make them more energetic depending on the shade of white you select and the colors you use around it.

Almost any interior design elements look beautiful in white, including: 

  • Paint on walls and moldings
  • Upholstery and drapery fabric
  • Floor coverings, including rugs, carpets and hard surfaces –
  • Tile backsplashes, showers, walls and countertops
  • Window treatments
  • Table and bed linens
  • Accessories

 

You can decorate a room almost all in white without it appearing bland, boring or stark. The key is using a variety of textures: rough and smooth finishes, soft and hard qualities, and matte and glossy surfaces.

Also consider adding colors to enhance your white decor:

  • White is stunning when used with black.
  • White is warmed up when joined with dark, rich colors like chocolate brown, deep blue or gray.
  • White is serene when paired with other neutrals, such as cream, taupe, tan and light gray.

White can be combined with almost any other color palette, including shades of blue, green, pink, red or gold. Add white to your décor for a clean, clear look that works all year round. For more ideas or help with your next design project, contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co..

Headboards or Head “Bored”

22 Jun

Head-Bored?

Since we spend so much time in our bedrooms, our bedroom furniture shouldn’t be boring. And If you are looking Headboard1for a way to make your bedroom more interesting, you can accomplish that by adding a unique headboard to your bed to make a bold statement, or add a splash of color to a muted room. And what’s more fun than making your haven your own by personalizing your headboard. And if you feel confused and flustered by the possibilities, we are here to give you some ideas.

Headboards come in different shapes, finishes and endless varieties. It isn’t so much a piece of furniture as much as an aspect of your bed. For example, you can choose to hang lights, tapestries, or frames instead. And if you feel confused and flustered by the possibilities, we are here to give you some ideas.

But first, let’s talk history. Headboards surprisingly have such an interesting history; they headboard4can go back as far as ancient Egypt and Greece. And like any other piece of furniture, they differ from civilization to another. For instance, ancient Egyptians used them for decoration mostly, making them out of silver and gold, while Greeks and Romans were more concerned about the function of headboards, which was to protect them from cold drafts since homes lacked insulation during those times. And then in the middle ages canopies & bed drapery appeared for aesthetic purposes. Since nowadays it’s all about the looks, let’s stick to aesthetically pleasing headboards, and after all, we wouldn’t want you to be head-bored.
Headboards come in different shapes, finishes and endless varieties. It isn’t so much a piece of furniture as much as Headboard3an aspect of your bed. & here are some tips and ideas:

  • Custom upholstered headboards are fun to design and make, from the shape to the color, pattern, & texture of the fabric.
  • In small rooms, designing a headboard that stretches to the ceiling helps in adding dimension.
  • If you are into antiques, finding special doors, or room dividers and using them instead of a headboard can add that uniqueness you long for.
  • Canopies & bed draperies can add a soft or luxurious look to your bedroom.
  • You can also create the illusion of a headboard by hanging lights, frames, tapestries, or even rugs instead of having a headboard.
  • And you can always choose to combine 2 or more of the listed options to create a dramatic look.

Hope you learned something new about this interesting piece of furniture. If you are considering changing the look of your bedroom to make it more welcoming, share with us your favorite idea.

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Masculine Style In Honor of Father’s Day

16 Jun

In honor of Father’s Day, we thought we’d choose a subject fathers can relate to, which is masculine interior design. Masculine1But for the non-fathers, and non-males out there, we got you covered too. Even though masculine style in interior design is mostly associated with males, it’s definitely not exclusive to them (sorry, guys!); Masculine style can be used in any home, whether it be a bachelor pad, family home, or even singles crib.masculine4
Everyone thinks choosing to go with a masculine style for a space means staying away from anything fashionable or festive. Which is not entirely true, because it can definitely be elegant and classy. All it takes is just a little research and thinking outside the box. Continue reading

Plush Bedding Is So Enjoyable!

22 Jul

Plush bedding is one of the most enjoyable investments you can make in your home.

It’s an enhancement you’ll appreciate every night.
Where do you spend more hours each day than in your bed? Why not dial up the luxury and sinkplush bedding1
into a comforting haven each night when you go to sleep?
Making over your bed linens is one of the easiest and most reasonably priced enhancements you can make to your home. It will make you feel pampered every day and every night.
The look and feel of the fabrics. You can choose among many design schemes when selecting bedding, including sophisticated, elegant, feminine, masculine, zen or whimsical, but whatever the look, comfort is always key.

ShowcaseHome1Make sure the fabrics you select feel good on your skin. Soft choices for sheets and pillows include high-thread-count cotton, smooth silk and toasty flannel.
The colors. Some people like their bedroom linens to have the soothing look of neutrals without pattern, while others like the energy of bolder colors and patterns. It’s your choice. Popular patterns include floral, geometric, stripes, medallions, seaside prints, paisley, or even a patchwork quilt for a cozy look. You can also add interest by using solid color bedding with borders in a different color or gentle pattern.

The pillows. Have you noticed that “more is better” is the strategy with bed pillows these days? First you have the pillows you actually lay your head on to sleep. Then you can add complementary shams and, on top of those, decorative pillows in a variety of colors, patterns, shapes and sizes.

Sink into soft, luxurious bedding every evening when you go to bed, and you’ll wake up in a better mood. Invest in new bedding for pure enjoyment!

 

 

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Your Bed Is The Design Anchor Of Your Bedroom.

15 Jul

Your bed is the design anchor of your bedroom.

Select a headboard or bed frame that adds beauty and commands attention.
In the bedroom, it’s all about the bed. Make it the centerpiece of your boudoir and the first thing people notice when they walk in.Headboard1
Beds can be made from so many materials, including wood, upholstery, brass, bronze, iron or leather – or a combination of these materials, such as a wood headboard frame with an upholstered insert or a wooden canopy bed with softly draped fabric. Some headboards even include built-in shelves above the bed or built-in nightstands at each side.Headboard3

Beds come in so many shapes and sizes. They should be the right scale for the room, with larger rooms requiring taller or more substantial beds to add drama. In general, a headboard with sharp square corners will look more tailored and modern, while a cut-out or rounded shape will look more feminine and soft. The bed should also complement the other furniture and fabrics in a room. For more interest, add tufting or nailheads to upholstered headboards and think about painting the wall behind the bed in a dramatic accent color.
If you don’t have a headboard, your bedroom may look like something is missing. However, you can fill out the space above your bed with artwork, shelves, a hanging tapestry or a Japanese fan – or display lots of pillows standing upright on the bed.

Make your bed the star of your bedroom by focusing on the design of the bedframe or headboard in your decorating plans. Then your next decorating project can include all the other beautiful elements in a bedroom, including linens, furniture, rugs and window fashions!

Decorating in Red, White and Blue Not Just For July 4th!

6 Jul

This engaging color combination works all year round.

Red, white and blue is not only a time-honored, patriotic color combination that we associateRedWtBl1
with the U.S. “stars and stripes” and other national flags such as the British Union Jack. It’s a versatile and pleasing scheme that lasts all year long for interior design too!
You can use this color combination in its typical primary colors of red, white and blue – or the hues can be modified to softer pinks and muted light blues, or deeper, jewel toned sapphire and ruby. You can even substitute a neutral cream, ivory or beige for clean white to create a calming effect.
RedWtBl2Your red, white and blue design can evoke the “stars and stripes” with lots of flag imagery and
patriotic motifs. Or you can work with the colors in solids only, or with other patterns, such as
polka dots, plaid and chevrons.
Red, white and blue decorating is not just for a child’s bedroom; it works well in many
decorating styles, particularly if you live near the beach, are decorating with a nautical theme or
have lots of outdoor space to fill with patio furniture and outdoor-living elements. Red, white
and blue works well in vintage décor that’s filled with details and is equally effective in aRedWtBl3
minimalist zen design for a calm, tranquil feel.
Elements to consider in these striking colors include:

  • An accent wall painted in bold red or blue
  • Vintage or reproduction fabrics, throws, pillows and table linens
  • Folk art pieces with a flag motif
  • Antiques, including real flags and distressed wood or metal furniture
  • Quilts and bedding
  • Wallcoverings
  • Rugs and flooring

Think red, white and blue for a change in your home environment. It’s a look that will last
throughout the year.

January Is National Organizing Month

21 Jan

Organizing Is a Never-Ending Story

Earlier this month we talked about de-cluttering after Christmas to start healthy habits for 2015. January is National Get Organized Month and there are multitudes of ways to revamp your home.

Top areas in a home where organizing gets haywire are: office/den, kitchen, closets, master bedroom and the garage/attic/basement. We can help you get organized this year!

  1. Decide where to start– Which area of your life is the most chaotic? Is it your desk? Is it the stack of mail, bills, and reading material that has taken over the dining room? What things are you always looking for? Find the area in your life that is really causing you the greatest stress, and start there.
  2. Be brutal – What really makes sense and what doesn’t? What belongs under the kitchen sink and what belongs in the cleaning or laundry closet?
  3. Go vertical –Look for shelves to maximize your vertical space in cabinets. In a closet add extra rods, hangingstorage column bags or drawers for instant space. Move up not out!
  4. Use doors – The backs of your doors are often an underutilized gold mine of storage!
  5. Surfaces that collect clutter– Put away appliances you don’t use, file papers you need to keep, and process mail at least twice a week.
  6. Repurpose-Use household items to help clear clutter. Mason jars store pins, tacks or coins easily; Velcro tape helps keep wires tidy and organized; and clear boxes or storage containers are perfect for art and craft supplies.
  7. Get creative– If you have the space and ability to build, here are some fun ways to get some storage in already usable space.underbed storage

There are lots of great ideas on the internet for building your storage to fit your needs: 10 Sly Spots to Stash Your Stuff

     8.  One thing at a time– And last but not least, start small. Don’t plan to organize the whole house this weekend. Start with one drawer, one desk or one closet.

Good luck!

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Ottomans add flexibility, function and beauty to almost any room

17 Dec

Ottomans add flexibility, function and beauty to almost any room.
Make an ottoman a focal point of a room or use it as a design element that perfectly complements your other home fashions.
Have you ever thought, “I ought to get an ottoman?” That’s a great idea! Ottomans are not just for putting up your tired legs at the end of a long day, although that’s the traditional use.

There’s so much more that ottomans can do in living rooms, home offices, dens or bedrooms:

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    • Hold a tray of drinks and appetizers or coffee and cookies
    • Add extra seating
    • Provide a place for an open suitcase in the guestroom
    • Make a spot to sit at the foot of the bed to put on shoes and socks

Ottomans are so flexible. You can move them around as needed, or push them against a wall or under a table to get them out of the way if you need more space to move around the room.
And ottomans come in such a variety of shapes, sizes, fabrics and styles. Think outside the square or rectangle with an oval or round ottoman. Use fabric that matches your other upholstered furniture or bedding – or select contrasting fabric in an unexpected color or bold print to add an interesting accent. You can even drape a throw, scarf or pashmina over an ottoman to create a design focal point. Worried about dirt from people’s feet or beverage spills? Think about slipcovering your ottoman in washable fabric.

 

Adding an ottoman to your décor gives you flexibility, function and beauty. And you’ll have fun thinking of all the ways you can use it!

Medallion Prints

29 Nov

Medallion prints are everywhere right now! it’s a traditional, yet modern pattern that can be used in so many ways, from pillow covers to drapery.

Jacklyn Smith and Trend have a short video showing how versatile this pattern can be

Medallion Print

Enjoy, and don’t forget you can see these prints in our showroom!

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Jacklyn Smith and Trend Fabrics On The Creation Of A Collection

22 Nov

Here is another short video on The Creation of A Collection with Jacklyn Smith and Trend Fabrics. Don’t forget we have this collection in our showroom!

Enjoy!

Floral Crewel

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