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Relaxed furniture can help you slow down and unwind

15 Mar

Relaxed furniture can help you slow down and unwind.

Home is where relaxation should be key, especially since most of us live busier lives than ever before. Designing your home for maximum relaxation is a great strategy to help you find peace and calm when you enter your home environment.

  • Focus on purchasing pieces of furniture – especially your upholstered sofas and chairs – that help you create a soft and gentle living space:
  • Less structured
  • More rounded edges than square corners
  • Well cushioned
  • Soft, sensuous fabrics
  • Comfortable construction
  • No-fuss, informal slip covers

 

 

 

 

Finish off your relaxed furniture with other home elements that can help you feel more relaxed including:

  • Soft lighting
  • Calming paint colors
  • Natural materials and colors
  • Puffy throw pillows
  • Silky rugs (maybe even a shaggy rug or faux fur rug!)
  • Soothing scents created by candles and fresh flowers
  • Translucent window fashions

In the bedroom, soften your bed with an upholstered headboard. Add a sumptuous duvet, lots of comfortable pillows and lighting that can be dimmed.

Adding relaxed furniture and accessories can help you feel calm and rested – and actually make you feel more at home in your home. For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co..

Lounge Chairs Are Comfortable Seating Choices You Can Lean Into

21 Dec

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Lounge chairs are comfortable seating choices you can lean into.

If you think lounge chairs are a thing of the past, think again! They are new again and come in so many up-to-date loungechairs3styles, materials and colors. And who can imagine a more comfortable addition to your living room or great room?

Lounge, sprawl, and stretch out. There are so many reasons to add a relaxing chair for comfy living: Give yourself a needed break and take time to watch TV, read a book, look out at a beautiful view or listen to music.

loungechairs2Big, dark brown, battered leather is the stereotype image for a lounge chair, but there’s so much more. Today’s chairs can be more petite, with wingback or modern sleek designs or shaped more like chaise lounges.

Lounge chairs come in loads of fabrics, including prints and light colors. Some have wood or chrome detailing, some come with welting, nail heads or tufting, and some have a swivel or rocker feature.

Things to consider:

  • Plan your chair’s placement so there’s plenty of room for movement around it.loungechairs4
  • Place a table nearby for snacks and beverages.
  • Add a lamp if you plan to read while lounging.
  • Make sure the lounge chair is the appropriate size for the room. If your other furniture is small, select a chair that complements this scale.

Add a lounge chair for a new tilt on seating in your home. Then lie back and relax!

For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co..

Chocolate is more than a delicious, sweet treat.

30 Mar

It’s a bold and luscious interior design choice.Chocolate1

Just like the chocolate we love to eat, the color chocolate used in interior décor is dark, luscious and rich.
Chocolate is a bold color that can be used in a similar way as black, but with more interest and a bit of softness. This beautiful color can communicate high-style or it can be very warm and inviting, depending how you use it.

  • Together with pastels, such as baby blue, light pink or butter yellowChocolate2
  • Layered with several lighter neutrals, such as cream, taupe, gray and beige
  • Paired with snowy white
  • Integrated with earth tones, like gold, apricot and sage green
  • Combined with bold colors, such as tangerine, acid green or tomato red

Like most dark colors, chocolate works best as an accent rather than as the predominant color in a room. And it’s important to surround large areas of chocolate with light colors to ensure a room doesn’t appear dark and closed.Consider these design elements for a touch of chocolate in your house:Chocolate3

  • A painted accent wall
  • Rugs and carpeting
  • Fabrics for upholstery, draperies and headboards
  • Table, bed and bath linens
  • Lacquer surfaces, such as table tops and furniture
  • Tile, backsplashes and countertops in kitchen and bath

Ready for an interior design color that reminds you of one of your favorite treats? Think chocolate for decorating this year.

 

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Adding a Piano Will Create Harmony in Your Decor.

20 Jan

Adding a piano will create harmony in your decor.

It’s a beautiful statement that adds rhythm to a room.
A piano is the ultimate piece of furniture to “make” a room, even if no one in your household plays it! A piano adds elegance, class and sophistication to any setting and any décor, from traditional and elegant to contemporary and modern.Piano1

Pianos come in many shapes, sizes, colors and styles; from the largest grand pianos to more petite baby grand and even smaller upright styles.

  • A black grand piano is classic; with white walls and flooring around it, it pumps up the drama.
  • A polished wood finished piano is perfect to complement your furniture and flooring and brown hues in your rugs, upholstery and draperies.
  • A white lacquer piano is also quite stunning.

piano3Before you purchase a piano, think carefully about its size relative to the size of your room because a piano does take up a lot of space! Then think of the practical issue of lighting. It’s good to have a table lamp sitting on the piano or a floor lamp nearby to illuminate sheet music.
Then think about the wall art you’d like near your piano. Music-related art is always fun, such as framed concert posters, photographs of musical instruments, pen-and-ink drawings of composers or abstract art showing musical themes. Make sure artwork is hung at the right height above a grand piano so you can see it when the top is open or partially open.Piano2
Want a new bold and beautiful piece to set the tone in your living room? Just add a piano!

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A Beautiful Entry Hall Will Impact How Visitors Perceive Your Home.

13 Jan

Entry1This important room can introduce drama and beauty to your guests.

After visitors walk in your front door, the entry hall (or foyer) is the first feeling they get about your home. Make sure it’s a good first impression by focusing on this small, but oh so important, part of your house!

 

Since the entry hall is a small space you can afford to be extravagant and add drama. Consider these ideas:

Consider these ideas:

  • Use bold and rich colors or striking black and white.entry2
  • Add mirrors to make the room appear larger.
  • Explore the idea of shiny, lacquer or faux finish walls.
  • Accent with a touch of metallic finishes, including gold, silver, bronze or copper.
  • Install a front door that looks distinctive even from the inside.
  • Purchase a dramatic light fixture or lamp.

It’s nice to include a table and at least one chair or bench where people can stop to put on their shoes, but too much furniture will collect junk on a daily basis. A coat rack or umbrella rack can add welcome functionality. Also take time to select artwork, rugs and light fixtures. When selecting colors for your foyer, think about coordination with the rooms you can see from your entry hall, probably your living room and maybe your dining room.

Entry3If you’re thinking about a remodeling project, you can redesign your front door for more drama, even adding side and top windows to bring in more light. If you don’t have a separate foyer, be clever in your decorating to make this area appear as a separate space, using your flooring, furniture and artwork selection.

 

Want to make a good first impression? Focus on redesigning your entry hall this season!

 

 

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Accent Chairs Can Complete A Room

6 Jan

5 Accent Chairs to Consider

Want to set off your room with something special? Sometimes all it takes is an accent piece to fill that void. Here is a list of 5 accent chairs to choose from to fit your style and space.

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THE CLUB CRUCIAL ELEMENTS: An upholstered, roomy armchair with extra-deep seats, perfect for curling up with a book. WHERE TO USE: In pairs making up a cozy nook or as the ideal companion alongside a living room sofa. MOST LIKELY TO: Have leather upholstery or nail-head trim (or both).

Accent Chair2THE SLIPPER CRUCIAL ELEMENTS: Armless and upholstered with a petite silhouette and a seat that’s likely closer to the ground than you’re used to. WHERE TO USE: Near the coffee table, in a small apartment or at the end of your bed. If space is a scarce resource around your home, a slipper is a great option. MOST LIKELY TO: Be the choice seating for petite people. Sometimes simple and solid but, quite often, big and bold prints are seen.Accent Chair3

THE OCCASIONAL CRUCIAL ELEMENTS: The main focus of this chair, which can have numerous shapes and sizes, is that it is easy to move when needed. Most are armless as well and are put in place whenever the “occasion” arises. WHERE TO USE: This chair can be used anywhere and everywhere. MOST LIKELY TO: Have a special shape or fabric/print that draws attention when brought out.

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THE WINGBACK CRUCIAL ELEMENTS: Easy to spot with its winged sides and tall back. WHERE TO USE: Fantastic option to offset a large sofa to balance out the room. Also frequently put by the fireplace. And sometimes unexpectedly, you can surprise guests by using them as end chairs at the dining room table to give a statelier look. MOST LIKELY TO: Stay where it always is. It is part of the everyday décor and never moved. Quite often may have a matching ottoman or pillow.Accent Chair5

THE BERGERE CRUCIAL ELEMENTS: Regal lines, exposed wood and an upholstered seat and  back make up this chair. WHERE TO USE: Found in pairs across from a sofa or possibly in a bedroom with an ottoman in between. MOST LIKELY TO: Have a loose seat cushion to keep the space casual.

Just One Mid-Century Chair Can Become The Centerpiece Of A Room.

9 Dec

This streamlined style from the 1950s and 1960s is new again!

Want a touch of the Mad Men era in your home? Just add one or two mid-century chairs!MidcenturyChair1

Mid-century design, also called mid-century modern, is more than 50 years old, yet it’s experiencing a renaissance today. That’s because this design style is timeless and distinctive. And although mid-century chairs add a modern touch, they go with most any other design style. They add a focal point to a room and are truly comfortable and functional.

MidcenturyChair2Mid-century chairs are characterized mostly by straight lines without ornamentation, and are often accented with a few graceful curves. Mid-century chairs combine expert craftsmanship with industrial design and manufacturing. They’re constructed from metal, wood, fiberglass, plastic and sometimes leather and fabric. They come in almost any color, but tend to be in black, white and tan. You can also go wild with 1960s colors such as harvest gold and avocado.

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Purchase true vintage mid-century chairs at auction, local antique stores or online. You can also buy re-creations of classic mid-century pieces from many brick-and-mortar stores and showrooms.

You don’t have to change your decorating style to add a couple of mid-century chairs. Celebrate “less is more” with the beautiful lines and curves of a mid-century chair or two.

 

 

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Eclecticism or Hodge Podge?

2 Dec

eclecticism1Have you ever been limited and confused as to what style you’d like to choose for a room in your house? Do you have an item that doesn’t quite fit in with all the other furniture?  That’s where you can get creative with eclecticism.

Eclecticism is characterized by an almost a total freedom of choice among historical styles. There are no specific rules established to decorate with an eclectic style, but according to Cruzine  eclectic style is a combination of styles in order to design an environment, which would have a great look, artistic taste, and a specific connective element, which would make the whole design look as one piece of work.

eclecticism6Grouping suggestions could be: different carpet styles mixed with an elegant classical chair in the living room; a sofa with a straw mat or an animal skin; colorful cushions in combination with a modern sofa; a table with chairs in different styles. By choosing eclecticism, you might also be able to put up those souvenirs from your travels, or a sentimental item that you’ve been holding on to not knowing how to display it. You’ll be able to add vibrant colors to a classic styled space and it will also give you the opportunity to mix between the styles of the west and the east.eclecticism2

There are many exciting and interesting ideas on how to collaborate your favorite pieces. Eclecticism can incorporate all the things you love. Do a Google search for eclecticism in interior design and you’ll find many incredible examples and inspirations.

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Adding an exotic element to your decor is a surprising touch.

30 Sep

It creates conversation and personalizes your home.ExoticElement2

What do you consider an exotic home element? That definition has changed over time as our worlds have gotten smaller, and our population is more diverse. We have more access to purchasing interior design elements from other cultures, in addition to bringing them home from our own travels.

Most people consider the following as exotic elements to add to their home décor:

  • Indian or East Asian fabrics

  • Moroccan or Indonesian end tables and lanterns

  • Latin American dining tables

  • Japanese ceramic stools

  • Polynesian sculptures

  • African masks and wall artExoticElement1

  • Asian stone sculptures

  • Exotic woods with dramatic grains and textures

  • Carpets and artifacts from the Southwest U.S.

  • Tiles from almost any country

  • Rugs from Turkey, Kashmir, Iran and so many other countries

  • Even tropical plants and flowers

bonsai-tree-3previewThe trick is to add enough exotic to make a room interesting, but not so much that the room is cluttered or looks out of place for your life style. A little goes a long way with exotic elements. Most of these items are hand-crafted so you won’t see the same piece in a friend or neighbor’s home! And you’re adding to the individuality of your home, especially if you brought the piece back from a special trip. 

Even in minimalist décor, one or two touches of the exotic can stand out; actually they’ll stand out even more than in a cluttered room. And even if the pieces are exotic and special, they can be in neutral colors that keep the zen feeling going strong.

Personalize your decor with an exotic element or two this year. It’s a conversation starter that will add personality and energy to your home.

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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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