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The Case For Glass Tables

19 Sep

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It’s clear – a glass table will add interest to a room, whether it’s a dining table, coffee GlassTables2table, console table or occasional table. Glass is a crystal clear choice for a table because it almost disappears. Because there’s no opaque surface breaking sight lines, a glass table makes a room seem larger and it emphasizes:

  • The texture and weave of your rugs
  • The beauty of your hardwood or tile floors
  • The craftsmanship of table legs or pedestals
  • The personality of collectibles you display on the tabletop
  • Even how adorable your dogs or cats look sitting under the table!GlassTables3

Glass tables come in all shapes, sizes and styles – even ones that complement traditional interior design styles. Instead of a typical square or rectangular table, think round, oval, hexagonal or freeform. And glass doesn’t have to be crystal clear; it can be colored in so many shades. Also consider a two-level glass table. It’s a beautiful way to display collectibles on the bottom level, yet still have space on top for beverages, snacks and a flower arrangement or two.

Make sure you work with a professional to select a glass top table. Tempered glass should GlassTables4be thick enough for your table’s function, and should be beveled or curved on the edges. Also make sure the glass has no nicks or chips. In terms of practicality, glass tables are easy to clean; however, they do show fingerprints and dust. Open up your interior living space with a glass table. It’s clearly an excellent choice!

 

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

Decorate With Natural Wood

11 Apr

Add natural wood for a warm interior finish.

Wood is a staple in interior design. It’s ubiquitous in the home environment and warms up a room with color, texture, grain and a touch of nature. Sometimes wood interior features sit in the background, and sometimes they take the stage as the focal point of a room. With wood design elements, it’s often the overall impression that provides the beauty, as with wood floors or paneling. At other times, it’s the detailing that creates a stunning effect, as with intricately carved furniture and hand-crafted moldings.

It’s almost hard to imagine a room without wood!

As much as painted finishes, fabrics, leather, and stone add to an interior design plan, almost every room can benefit from a touch of beautiful wood, whether it’s rustic or highly finished, newly hewn or repurposed. Beautiful wood works in so many different design elements, including beams, moldings, floors, walls, doors, wainscoting, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, window coverings, and furniture. Smaller options for wood accents are clocks, lamps, mirror frames, picture frames, and headboards.

 

Place a focus on wood selection.

The most typical woods used in homes are oak, pine, walnut, mahogany and teak. More unusual wood species are olive wood, lemon wood, and mango. Today bamboo is popular for some home elements too because of its renewable nature, although technically bamboo is actually a grass and not a wood. Wood, wonderful wood. Include it in your next home design project for an enhanced interior look.

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

A Coffee Table Is Often The Anchor For A Room

14 Mar

A coffee table is often the anchor for a room.

A coffee table shouldn’t be an insignificant afterthought near the end of planning your living room, den or great room. It’s a pivotal design element that can add drama and personality to your interior design plan. Because a coffee table is often the anchor for a room, selecting it is key to your design plan. The table should be in scale with your furniture and the size of your room, complement your design plan, and provide the needed functions.

 

 

What functions do you want your coffee table to provide? Select…

  • A durable surface, if you’re planning to serve food or drinks
  • Lightweight design, if you want to move the table on occasion
  • A large size, if you’d like to display a collection of favorite books or objects
  • No sharp corners, if you have children or seniors visiting often

We most often think of coffee tables being constructed from wood, and a hand-crafted wood coffee table can be the perfect choice. But do consider innovative materials such as glass, stone, leather or metal. You can even use an upholstered ottoman as your coffee table. If you want your room to appear larger, think about a mirrored surface or a glass surface that doesn’t hide your beautiful rug or flooring. Be creative about the shape and size of your table too. Instead of a typical square or rectangular table, think round, oval, hexagonal or freeform.

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

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.

Decorating With Curves

10 Jan

Soften your interior design with curves.

Most home interiors have lots of straight lines and square – or almost square – corners. Hint: consider the shape of your tables, countertops, chairs, artwork, rugs and more.

Instead, why not think outside the box and add some curved design elements to your interior design plan?

Straight edges make a room seem clean and organized, but mixing in some curved contours can take away a feeling of austerity.

Consider all rounded shapes, such as circles, ovals, arcs, bows, ellipses, half moons and even helixes and amoeba profiles. These softer shapes will add a sense of flexibility, grace, joyfulness, and luxury to your home. And they add a natural, organic feel since many elements in nature have rounded edges.

Research even shows that we appreciate the look of curved surfaces. According to fastcodesign.com, people are far more likely to call a room beautiful when its design is round instead of square. Apparently, it’s hard-wired into our brains! And part of the reason we prefer curves is because they signal a feeling of safety.

Many elements in your home lend themselves to curved edges, including:

  • Tables
  • Sofas and ottomans
  • Chairs
  • Mirrors and other wall art
  • Rugs
  • Tile patterns
  • Outdoor decks, porches and walkways
  • Stenciled patterns on walls and ceilings
  • Even curved walls, vaulted ceilings, and arched doorways

Take a swerve this season and add some curved design elements to your home. For more ideas and help with your next design project, contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

Make Your Home Look Smarter

10 Aug

Decorating with books can make your interior look smarter.

For the most part, we think of books as volumes to read! Books can also be the perfect finishing
touch for an interior design plan.

Books add color, texture and scale. Most of all, they create a point of interest and conversation
for your guests.

Typically we think of books displayed in a home office or library, but they can be used
as a decorating element in almost any room. You can sort them by color, size, topic and more. The
choice is yours.

A variety of book placements can enhance your interior design:
– Beautiful coffee table books can be exhibited in your living room or great room.
– A collection of books with the same th eme – or the same color – can be arranged on
shelves.
– Your favorite books, regardless of the color or topic, can be randomly displayed.
– Large books can be stacked on the floor to create a unique occasional table.
– A selection of valuable first edit ions autographed by the authors can be displayed inside glass
cases for their protection.
– Several books can be stacked on a table, as a base for a flower arrangement or decorative
accessory.
– Cookbooks can be displayed in a kitchen or breakfast nook .
Most people display books they have read – or plan to read. Other people – and some interior
designers – buy selections of books primarily for display.

Think about decorating with books that reflect your own interests, such as: Home and Garden, Art,
Travel, Sailing, Sports, Fashion, History and Nature.

Add some books to your décor this season. It’s a clever idea. For more ideas or help with your
next design project, contact the team at Delux Drape ry & 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..

Colored glass can light up your home!

13 Apr

This beautiful design element attracts more attention than clear glass and can change the mood in a room.Clear Glass3

When most of us think of glass objects, whether they’re for interior design or not, we think of clear materials. And most of us think of glass as an invisible part of our décor.

Colored glass can add light, reflection and sparkle to your home plan, all because of how sunlight or your own interior lighting interacts with the surfaces.

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Stained glass windows are an obvious choice. They’ve been popular for many centuries, bringing brightly colored light into ancient castles, homes and religious buildings. Stained glass can add vintage style to your home or create a touch that’s modern to the max. And stained glass can be custom designed for the exact size and shape of your windows to provide a truly unique design element.

If you’re not up for stained glass, consider using window glass with a soft violet, golden or green hue to soften the quality of light coming in, especially in rooms that get a lot of sun or in powder rooms, entries and hallways.
Think outside the window! Colored glass can be used for so much more than just windows, including:

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  • Chandeliers
  • Lamps
  • A display of glass vases, bowls, bottles or figurines
  • Colored glass crystals on the floor of your fireplace
  • Tile and floor accents
  • Even wind chimes, garden sculpture and tile in the garden

 

 

Colored glass is the clear choice for a design update this year. It adds touches of light and sparkle to your interior décor!

Today’s earth tones are a thoroughly up-to-date decorating palette

26 Aug

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Today’s earth tones are a thoroughly up-to-date decorating palette.

Forget the avocado green shag carpet and harvest gold kitchen appliances you remember from your mother’s or grandmother’s house.
Soft and warm, earth tone interior design elements take the chill out of a cool, autumn evening. These gentle colors make rooms feel cozy and relaxing, never harsh and cold. And since the hues mimic the colors of nature, the blending between indoors and outdoors is seamless, especially if you have large windows.
Earth tone interior design elements and hues blend well together, so they’re not as tricky to combine as other color palettes. In fact, decorating with earth tones makes it easy to coordinate your whole house, without colors clashing between rooms, even if the exact hues in each room are not identical.
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            For earth tone interior design,
            think beiges and browns, tans and taupes,
            even sage greens, soft rust tones and muted golds the                                                                       colors of wheat, straw, sand, rocks, trees and soil.

 

An earth tone palette can be smooth and sophisticated, rough and rustic, or dainty and feminine – it all depends EarthTones3on the tones you select and the style of your furnishings.
You can add white to brighten an earth tone palette, or introduce black to add drama. Then incorporate patterns and textures for added nuance and beauty. Obvious earth tone choices are in upholstered furniture, drapery fabrics, paint and accessories, but you can also use earth tone hues in flooring – wood, stone and carpeting – and in mantles and countertops.

 

Come down to earth with your decor this fall. Add earth tones for a natural and balanced look.

 

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Sculpture in Your Home

24 Jun

Placing sculpture in your home is a solid design choice.

This standing art form adds weight to your home decor and a beautiful focal point.Sculptures3
Sculpture may seem like an unusual topic for decorating the inside of your home since we most often think of statues as dramatic decorative items outdoors or in commercial buildings and museums. But think of some of the home interiors that you’ve found to be most dramatic and beautiful. Chances are they included a sculpture of some kind.
Sculpture adds a unique and memorable touch to your home. Statuary can be small, medium or large, and can sit on the floor or a table, or even be mounted on a wall. There are so many options in material, including bronze and other metals, marble and other stone, glass, wood and more. Even large plates mounted on a wall can be considered sculpture. And medallions on the ceiling surrounding your dining room chandelier can be thought of as ceiling sculpture.
Sculptures2The subject of your sculpture can be lifelike or abstract. Today, many homeowners are adding statues of buddhas, animals, birds and classic human busts to their décor. And, in the abstract realm, almost any design is possible. Some people even like statuary that adds humor or whimsy to the home. It all depends on what pleases YOU!
Whether your sculpture sits on the floor, on a table or against a wall, make sure it’s in a place where it stands out against the surrounding color and design elements. Otherwise it will “disappear” and not make an impact. The base can be important too – to steady a sculpture, bring it to the right height and add drama.

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Introduce a unique design element to your home with a piece of sculpture.

 

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