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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!

Enhance Your Health with Houseplants

18 Mar

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Plants2PLANTS ARE GOOD FOR MIND & BODY


There’s so much more to houseplants than their beauty. The fact is, they can actually make you healthier and happier. During the day, during photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, freshening the air you breathe.

At night, most plants respire like people do — they pull in oxygen from the air and release carbon dioxide. But there are a few plants, like orchids, succulents, bromeliads and Areca palms, that do just the opposite and emit oxygen at night. That’s why these types of plants are ideal for bedrooms.

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Besides increasing oxygen levels, plants improve your health in a number of other ways:

– Plants serve as natural air purifiers, pulling harmful toxins, like formaldehyde and benzene, from the environment.

– Plants release the moisture they take in, increasing humidity in the air, which helps prevent respiratory illness and reduce the incidence of dry coughs, colds, sore throats and dry skin.

– Plants in hospital rooms have been found to speed the recovery rates of surgical patients, lower blood pressure and decrease anxiety.

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– Plants in the office have been linked to fewer cold- and flu-related symptoms and reduced fatigue.

– Plants in the classroom have been found to increase the attentiveness of students by 70 percent.

– Taking care of plants can make you happier because it’s rewarding and provides a sense of purpose.

A few tips:
Don’t overwater your plants. It’s much easier to revive them when they’re under-watered. Also, don’t put your plants in direct sunlight, which can cause spotting, burning or the leaves to fall off. When you do see the ends of the leaves turning brown, trim them. This will help your plants grow healthier and stronger.

Decorating with Throw Pillows

20 Nov

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pillows2Liven Up Your Space

Throw pillows can give even the most gorgeous furnishings an extra finished look. (Not to mention lounge appeal!)

While many pieces of furniture already come with a matching set of throw pillows, you may still want to consider swapping out a few or all of them to create your own personal statement.

But with so many colors, patterns and sizes to choose from, how do you know where to begin?

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First of all, keep in mind is that your pillows don’t have to match – you’ll actually pull off a more stylish, modern look if they don’t. But to ensure your pillows coordinate well together, here are a few tips for creating a perfectly mismatched look:

– Choose an odd number of pillows (three to five for a sofa or one for a chair). The asymmetry will make your pillows look like they were naturally tossed there.

– You don’t have to stick to square pillows. A small rectangular one in the center or odd-shaped ones on the outside can add visual interest.

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More tips for selecting throw pillows:
– Mix and match patterns – combine a larger pattern with solid, subtler designs.
– Contrast different textures (for instance, linen or faux fur against a leather couch).
– Pick complementary colors that work well together. Think about colors you can pull from your walls, an area rug or a piece of artwork.

The fun thing about throw pillows is that you can always change them up to give the room a whole new feel. And whatever pillows you go with, the true test of a great look is how much you like it when you enter the room.

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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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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.

We are 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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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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Ideas For Updating Your Guest Room

11 Sep

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Some guest rooms seem like an afterthought, with a mishmash of furniture and linens

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 A well-planned guest room makes your guests feel welcome.

and a closetful of stuff, while others are carefully planned to help visitors feel pampered and comfortable.

Think your guest room could use some TLC? Don’t worry, it’s easy to make a guest room more inviting, and it doesn’t have to do with the size of the room or the cost of the elements in it. It’s much more about the details you include to add comfort and function.

 

Where to get started

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 A bench at the foot of the bed doubles as seating and a place to put bags.

First and foremost, clear some of your stuff from the closet, so guests can hang their clothes and store their shoes out of sight. Also clean out at least a couple of drawers from a dresser for visitors to stow their socks and t-shirts.

Think about where people can put their suitcases or sit to put on shoes and socks. A bench at the foot of the bed is perfect.

If there’s enough space in your guest room, set up a sitting area with a cozy chair or two, good lighting, and a small table.

How to add comfort and function


Other elements to consider are:
– A high-quality mattress and good bed linens

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 For a bit of luxury, add pillows with different firmness levels.


– Pillows with various stuffing materials and a couple of firmness levels
– Several blankets or throws, so guests can adjust to their own heat level
– A ceiling fan and/or space heater as needed
– Window fashions that provide privacy and block out the morning light
– Side tables or nightstands on both sides of the bed, with good lighting for reading

Upgrade your guest room this season, and you’ll be ready to host your holiday visitors in style.

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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 Bookshelves

12 Jun

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Exhibit your treasures and reduce clutter

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Bookshelves add beauty and function

A beautiful set of bookshelves is about so more than just books! Bookshelves are a 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; instead, they can add function and 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

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Industrial bookshelves add a bit of grit to your room.others are open style. Bookshelves can be built-in, customized to your space, or they can be purchased as-is and set in place.


Different styles will have a different impact on your décor:
– A vintage bookshelf can add a bit of history to your room
– Industrial bookshelves add grit and an avant-garde vibe
– A French boulangerie display shelf creates a European feel
– Totally modern neutral bookshelves blend into the background of your decorating style

Consider your budget, style preferences, and the shelf location when making your selection.

Tips for arranging your shelves

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A library with built-in shelves. Arrange your books by color for added interest.

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 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 space empty creates a cleaner look
– Use a bookshelf as a room divider, either at waist height or full height

Bookshelves5– 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.

 

 

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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