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Display a Substantial Piece of Art

18 Apr
Art can be the starting point for your room design plan.

Start a room design with just one piece of extraordinary art. The art will transform your room and help you determine the rest of your décor, setting the color scheme and tying all your interior elements together. First, take time to figure out what kind of art you like, rather than purchasing what’s “in” at the time you’re decorating. Art is a long-term investment that you should love since you’ll live with it on your walls for quite awhile. Visit art galleries, local art shows and museums, and make a point to look at the artwork in your friends’ homes, noting what you think you’d like in your home, and what you wouldn’t.

Art adds personality and a point of engagement.

The art you select is very personal. It brings emotion and feeling into your home and lets people know something about you. Most often art is hung on a wall above the sofa or fireplace, but you can be creative about where art will look beautiful in your house. Art comes in many shapes and sizes that can adapt to almost any room, wall size and shape. Do think outside the box – and outside the frame! Not all art is hung on the wall. Sometimes a substantial piece of art might be a sculpture, dramatic rug, unusual chandelier or sculptural piece of furniture.

Adequate lighting is key to showcasing art.

Part of your art installation process should include the issue of lighting. Often track lighting or recess lighting works best to highlight your art. Focus on art as the first step next time you redecorate a room, and then plan your room around the art!

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.

Gray Can Be A Versatile Decorating Color

21 Mar
Gray is a sensuous alternative to white and beige.
  • The most common neutrals used in home design are shades of white, beige, ivory, and cream. Gray is a surprising and elegant alternative choice that’s flexible and sensuous and never drab or mousy, despite its stereotype.

Most often, gray is a peaceful, easy color that makes a room feel serene, although it can be edgy and super modern when it’s used for elements like concrete flooring and countertops.

Darker grays can be a focal point of your room.

Gray isn’t only a neutral; darker and more intense shades of gray can be a focal point of your color scheme rather than a background shade.

If you’d like to start small with a touch of gray, consider drapery, throw pillows, table and bed linens, lamps, artwork and wall paint.

Larger design features include:

  • Kitchen cabinets or counters
  • Window coverings
  • Rugs and carpet
  • Tile and stone
Gray pairs well with other colors.

 

Gray is seldom a pure mix of black and white. Its range includes cool and warm tones, because most shades of gray incorporate touches of blue, yellow, pink, green or other colors.

Gray plays well with other colors, because it allows them to grab all the notice. Perfect to pair with gray are: red, blue, white, pink, gold, black, brown and white.

Want to clear away the drab and mousy in your home decor? Plan on adding gray this year!

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.

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.

Wallpaper Is Back!

31 Jan

Guess what’s back!

If ten years ago you had guessed “wallpaper” you would have been dead wrong. For a while, painted walls were the “in” thing in wall coverings. But just as all clothing trends travel in cycles, home décor trends do the same and wallpaper is seeing a resurgence in interior design circles. Repainting your walls is costly, difficult, and could require calling in a professional to do it for you. If you are DIY inclined and don’t like the sound of that, but do like the sound of bold designs, then let the wall covering experts at Delux Drapery & Shade Co. in Ann Arbor, Michigan show you what wallpaper has to offer.

Variety

When painting a room, you are fairly limited to solid blocks of color, or potentially stripes. This can be great if you really want your furniture to stand out, or you are aiming for a more subdued look for your décor, but bold prints, patterns, and designs are all the rage this year and would be largely impossible to paint on your wall unless you have Michelangelo on speed-dial. If you don’t, then wallpaper is going to be your best bet for getting those bold designs on your walls. Bring some Victorian elegance into your home by putting up a reproduction damask-style wallpaper, which tends to use complex patterns, usually depicting flowers or decorative symbols, such as fleur de lis. Not feeling the nineteenth-century vibe? There exists a wallpaper for any style or era, ranging from art deco, to mod, to contemporary patterns and designs.

Ease

As the noble art of installing wallpaper has fallen out of fashion in recent decades, it may seem a bit daunting to start at first, but in actuality is much simpler than attempting to paint your walls. Martha Stewart has some tips on how to install your wallpaper, but it is a fairly simple process. Simply sand your wall, apply a wallpaper primer to it, cut your desired wallpaper into strips, apply glue to the back of those strips, and affix to your wall. It could hardly be simpler, except that an easier alternative does exist: peel-and-stick wallpaper. Just like the stickers you loved as a child, you can now buy wallpaper that adheres to walls on its own for an even simpler installation process.

Whatever wallpaper you are looking for, Delux Drapery & Shade Co. in Ann Arbor, Michigan surely has one to suit your needs. Come browse our vast selection of wallpapers today! We also proudly serve Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities.

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.

Light Up Your Home With Mood-Inspiring Candles

17 Jan

Light up your home with mood-inspiring candles.

Warm up the mood in your living environment by adding candles to your décor. They’re perfect for the cold winter months and continue to add beauty all year long.

Candles add soft light to a room and create a sense of serenity. Best of all, they add atmosphere and romance. Candles come in most any shape, size and color – from small votive candles to large, tall candles that can sit on the floor and become a focal point of a room.

Candles add interest to almost any room and can be displayed in many places in a room, including on:

  • Dining tables
  • Mantles
  • Coffee tables and end tables
  • Bathroom counters and around the bathtub
  • Dressers and bureaus in the bedroom
  • Window sills
  • Shelves
  • The inside of your fireplace in summer

Candles look especially nice when mixed with flowers, books, lanterns, or seashells to create an artistic vignette. It’s fun to update candles for holidays, too.

Think about using candles in pairs or even larger groups, with candles of differing sizes and shapes.

Always make safety a priority when you decorate with candles. Make sure, candles are at a distance from anything that could be flammable and that they sit on a heat-resistant surface. And be vigilant about putting them out before you leave the house or go to bed. Or, use any of the many flame-less candles that are as beautiful as they are safe.

Lighten and brighten your home environment by adding beautiful candles this season. 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.

5 Best Plants To Keep Your Indoor Air Clean

27 Dec

Now that it’s Winter, we are all indoors more often than not. We need to think about keeping our indoor air clean, which can be hard to do in colder climates.

According to NASA, there are several houseplants that are superstars at cleaning the air and putting oxygen back into your indoor atmosphere. Plants purify air, making them part of what NASA calls “nature’s life support system.”

There are five plants that are relatively easy to care for, do not need a lot of light or water and are the best air cleaners, according to the NASA study.

PeaceLily1. Peace Lily- a relatively easy plant. It will work in low light situations and needs very little water.

 

 

 

Chrysanthemum

 

 

2. Florist’s Chrysanthemum- usually associated with being outdoors in the garden, this plant is a work horse when it comes to cleaning indoor air.

 

These first two plants remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene as well as ammonia.

English Ivy3. English Ivy- again a plant that can thrive even if neglected.

Snake_plant

4. Snake Plant- also known as “mother-in-law tongue” because of its sharp edges, it can withstand low light and a bit of neglect. Just check its water once in a while, in winter it may only need water once every other month!

 

Red Edged Dracena

5. Red Edged Dracena- again can stand lower light levels, but may need to be fertilized a couple times a month during growing periods.

These last three remove all the toxins that the first two remove, except for the ammonia.

 

So whether you need to clean up the air in your home or your office, these are just five of the plants NASA recommends in helping prevent “sick building syndrome.”  There is a TED talk related to this clean air study that is really interesting.

Here’s to your health!

 

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