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Beautiful Area Rugs

7 Nov

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Add warmth and beauty with an area rug

Area Rugs2Even though rugs are a design element that we walk all over, they are an important part of your interior environment and a perfect addition to create warmth, definition, and beauty in a room.

Rugs make us feel good in so many ways – by making our feet happy as we move around the house and by adding a warm finishing touch that can be playful or sophisticated, modern or traditional.

Beautiful rugs are functional, too.

Area rugs also add function: They are an acoustical damper, keeping noise down from Area Rugs3heavy footsteps and children playing. They also work to square off functional areas of a room; for example, the conversational area of a room and the dining area.

When selecting a rug, take into account the floor under the rug, too. For example, add soft wool to hard wood, smooth silk to rough stone, or thick shag to flat tile.

Area rugs come in so many choices.

Consider the many choices of color, style, price and material when you select a rug, such as:
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– Abstract patterns
– Faux animal prints
– Ethnic looks
– Historic Oriental rug designs
– Traditional wool or silk
– Practical cotton or blends
– Avantgarde designs and materials
– Shaggy synthetic fibers

Step on it this season and add a new rug! It will add luxury and depth to your room.

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

 

 

Dramatic Windows

31 Oct

 

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Open up your design plan with dramatic windows.

DramaticWindows2Windows can make a room appear more airy and spacious, and they add so much drama! It could be the shape of the windows that’s interesting or the size (really large!) or the view outside (really spectacular!) that adds the pizazz.

Non-standard windows may already be in a house you’ve built or purchased. Or you may be planning a renovation and thinking of adding new windows. Depending on the size and shape of the window you select, specialty windows work in almost any room of your house!

Specialty windows expand the elegance and interest in a room.

Specialty windows come in many styles including:DramaticWindows3
– Arches
– Circles
– Skylights
– Angle tops
– French doors
– Bay and bow windows
– Corner windows
– Hexagons and octagons

 

Add window fashions for privacy, light, and temperature control.

DramaticWindows4At first, most people plan to keep their large windows uncovered to highlight their beauty and the view outdoors, but often window fashions are needed for light, privacy, and temperature control. It can be a challenge; however, many window treatments work beautifully for these dramatic window styles.

Depending on your window shape and location, one of these window treatments from Hunter Douglas may be the perfect solution:
Duette® Honeycomb Shades
Silhouette® Window Shadings
Pirouette® Window Shadings
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades
Heritance® Hardwood Shutters

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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.

Rosé Is Not Just For Sipping

12 Sep

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Rosé is becoming more and more popular as a light and cool beverage option. It’s also a perfect choice to revitalize your interior design plan. This soft color was popular in

Add a touch of rosé to make your interior crisp and refreshing.

interior design in the 1980s and called dusty rose, and it’s now gaining popularity as rosé. Rosé is a soft color part way between red and magenta in hue, and then toned down to a lighter shade. Just like the wine, this decorating color can range from the lightest of pinks to a more hearty shade. Other names for this color are blush, rose pink, light apricot and peach haze.

Rosé is a smart decorating choice that’s a bit more sophisticated and subtle than more

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Rosé works equally well for modern or traditional interiors.

typical pink tones. This subtle shade of pink doesn’t have to look girly or frilly. It’s a smooth tone that works equally well for modern or traditional interiors. Rosé goes well with many colors including violet, gray, beige, black and white. And it looks fabulous with almost every shade of blue and green, including powder blue, sky blue, mint, sage, forest, teal and acid. You can even pair it with bright red, pink or orange!

 If you’re not sure you’ll like rosé in your home environment, try it for just one element…
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Ideas for adding this subtle color to your décor.

Such as:

  • A small piece of furniture
  • Slipcovers
  • Throw pillows
  • Bed linens.

Or accent just one wall of a room with rosé paint. Add a touch of soft and calming rosé to your interior this season. It’s an intoxicating choice!

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

Bring Green Inside

22 Aug

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Create a natural, peaceful feeling with green home accents.

Green is a natural choice for home decorating. This color range from the world’s forests, meadows, and gardens brings a feeling of the outdoors to the inside of your home.

Green design elements bring the outdoors inside.

For home decorating, you have so many choices in the green family, from rich and lush, to 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 GreenHome3touches or major design elements:
– Painted walls and paint stenciling
– Wallpaper
– Upholstery
– Drapery fabric and 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

It’s usually best to stick with one or two shades of green. Use neutrals to finish your design plan. You can also add small touches of a complementary accent color, such as pink or yellow.

Finish your design plan with neutral colors.

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!

 

 

 

Decorating with Leather Furnishings

13 Jun

Leather adds texture and color.

Consider a touch of leather in your next decorating project. Leather adds great texture and color to a room, and most leather design elements are practical, too!

Beware though that leather can create a heavy look, especially in its most typical design colors, dark brown and black.

That’s why it’s best to balance dark pieces of leather furniture with design elements such as light paint colors and rugs, cushy throws and pillows, and soft fabric furniture and window fashions.

Combine leather with complementary materials.

Another way to lessen the heaviness of leather design elements is to select a lighter color, such as beige, white, gray or sage green. Or you can add a tidbit of brightness with green, red or yellow leather!

Complementary materials and textures can also lighten up leather furnishings. Think:

  • Plush rugs
  • Glass or Lucite tables
  • Metal chairs and lamps
  • Light filtering, soft-looking window fashions
  • Wood or bamboo flooring
  • Natural grass wall coverings
Leather furnishings are versatile and practical.

 

 

Leather adds beauty to most any decorating style, from a traditional dining room to a classic living room to an urban-contemporary great room.

 

Think about leather for these design elements:

  • Leather sofas and easy chairs, and even recliners!
  • Leather dining chairs
  • Leather headboard
  • Leather-fronted sideboard in the dining room or dresser in the bedroom
  • Leather-covered walls in a powder room or home office

Make a decorating statement in your next design project and add leather!

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 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.

Spring Spruce Up

7 Feb

The long Michigan winter is almost over, which leaves us all with the same question: what now?

If you were stuck inside all winter like many of us were, you probably got very acquainted with your window treatments. If your cabin fever has you itching to redo them, Delux Drapery & Shade Co. in Ann Arbor, Michigan has some ideas to set you on your way.

Go Cellular

Whether you’re environmentally conscious or just conscious of your own budget, it’s safe to say that we’re all trying to conserve energy in one way or another this year. Did you know that your window treatments can help you do that? Hunter Douglas offers a variety of honeycomb and cellular shades, which on top of fulfilling your needs for light filtering, can also save you some hard-earned cash. The hollow pockets, similar to honeycombs, within cellular shades actually trap air coming in from outside, providing much-needed insulation to your home. Particularly once the temperatures start fluctuating in the spring, these shades can keep the temperature in your home consistent without you having the fiddle with the thermostat.

Go Motorized

We’ve all seen the cheesy infomercials for motorized outdoor awnings that aired in the 1980’s and 1990’s. But that, thankfully, wasn’t the end for motorized window treatments. They’ve come a long way, and Hunter Douglas is on the cutting edge of their improvement. If you truly want to keep up with the times, consider getting motorized window treatments. Not only are Hunter Douglas’s PowerView® motorized window treatments convenient, they’re also a technological marvel. By installing the PowerView® app, you can control your window treatments from anywhere in the world that has Wi-Fi all from your smartphone or tablet. If that isn’t stepping into the future, what is?

Go Bold

You don’t have to revitalize your energy bill or how “smart” your house is to partake in some of the rebirth this season is famous for. If you want to revitalize your style instead, why not order a set of Hunter Douglas roller shades for your home? Roller shades are a wonderful confluence of design sensibilities, from the retro silhouette of their design, to their large variety of fabrics. Roller shades are made of one contiguous piece of fabric, and since that fabric isn’t obstructed by pleats or vanes, you can show off large, bold prints or patterns on your shades, which are all the rage this year.

Did any of these tips get you thinking about how to redo your window treatments? If so, stop by Delux Drapery & Shade Co. in Ann Arbor, Michigan to get started on revitalizing your home today. We also proudly serve Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities.

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