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Upgrade Your Home Office

26 Sep
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Shape your home office into a space with personality.

Office2Do you have a home office that’s an afterthought, that provides function but with little thought to aesthetics? If so, consider upgrading your home office into a personalized workspace that’s embellished with beautiful furniture, color, artwork and rugs. Make your home office both warm and efficient, by including the right touches.

 

Office3A functional desk is key, as is a high-quality desk chair that’s the correct height and provides comfort for YOU! But don’t just focus on function. Shop for stylish furniture that makes you feel good to be in your home office and proud to show the room to others, rather than shutting the door when friends and family come to visit.

Here’s what you should consider when redesigning your home office:

  • Customize the space for the tasks you want to complete there, whether it’s major desk work every day or just checking your email once in a while
  • Add good illumination that includes ambient lighting and task lighting at your desk
  • Think about all the devices you need to accommodate, including computer(s), printer(s), charging stations, file cabinets and more
  • Establish a method to hide clutter and cords

More ideas to consider:

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  • Consider open shelving to display work-related memorabilia, as well as closed cabinets to store office necessities like paper and toner cartridges
  • You may even want to change the name of your room to a study or library to make it sound more beautiful! 

Make your home office into a reflection of your personality this season.

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

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.

The Perfect Kitchen Table

29 Aug

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Selecting the right kitchen table will make it the anchor for one of your most-used rooms. Consider a table that will meet all your needs, from homework projects to family meals, and from a food preparation work surface to a casual spot to drink tea or coffee with friends.

Just like the design of your entire kitchen plan, kitchen tables are available in many

Make your kitchen a popular meeting place

colors, sizes, shapes and styles. The perfect table for you will be different than the ideal table for other people.

Think about how many people you want to sit comfortably at the table and how you want them to feel when they spend time in your kitchen.

 

Also think about how you want your kitchen table to function. You may want a table that

Consider your needs and wants.

you can move, even one with locking wheels, so you can keep it in the center of the space most of the time, but have flexibility to move it against the wall to serve buffet food or drinks.

Then consider your style preference – modern or traditional, neutral or full of color, sleek or country. Some people prefer a retro look, with vintage chrome or laminate. Others like the feeling of a sidewalk café with a French bistro table with metal chairs. Still others cozy up to a traditional distressed oak table with wood chairs.

Low-maintenance surfaces work best.

When selecting the perfect kitchen table, also think about maintenance. A durable, low-maintenance surface will probably be high on your priority list, so your kitchen table can accommodate all your needs. Many surfaces are easy to clean and maintain, including butcher block, tile, marble, glass, laminate and some antique woods because they’re already distressed! Add a new table to the mix, and make your kitchen a popular meeting place for family and friends.

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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!

 

 

 

A Sofa Buying Guide

15 Aug
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Everything you need to consider when buying a new sofa.

A sofa is one of the larger pieces of furniture we buy, and most likely, it is the focal point of your living space. So it’s important to buy quality that will last, style that will endure, and comfort that you can truly relax on!

SofaGuide2Shape and Size Sofas come in many shapes and sizes. The shape determines the overall feel of your sofa – some are soft and feminine, while others are tailored and modern. Size matters, too, so the sofa fits your room and allows room for movement. For a large room, consider a sectional or two sofas facing each other or placed at right angles

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Arm and Leg Style When selecting a sofa, several arm styles are available, and it’s the same with the legs. It’s best to check out all the choices when you shop to see what you like best. Color Neutral colors are safe in terms of how long your sofa will appeal to you, and you can add color with smaller design elements; however, a bold color does make a statement and may better match your personality!

Frame and Filling Make sure to ask questions about the quality of the frame and joints to make sure you’re purchasing a piece of furniture that will last a long time. Fillings can be slouchy or firm so think carefully about the “feel” you would like in your sofa.

SofaGuide4Arm and Leg Style When selecting a sofa, several arm styles are available, and it’s the same with the legs. It’s best to check out all the choices when you shop to see what you like best. Color Neutral colors are safe in terms of how long your sofa will appeal to you, and you can add color with smaller design elements; however, a bold color does make a statement and may better match your personality!

Frame and Filling Make sure to ask questions about the quality of the frame and joints to make sure you’re purchasing a piece of furniture that will last a long time. Fillings can be slouchy or firm so think carefully about the “feel” you would like in your sofa.

Fabric The choice of fabrics is almost unlimited, including leather, damask, wool, velvet, cotton, and more. If lots of kids and pets live in your home, consider indoor-outdoor fabrics for durability and beauty. Solid colors may be easier to decorate around, but patterns hide dirt more effectively. Rest assured – the perfect new sofa will make your home a more comfortable environment.
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For more ideas and help with your next design project, contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

A Spa Oasis Will Help Soak Your Stress Away

21 Jun

A spa oasis will help soak your stress away

We all love a beautiful spa bathroom when we’re on a luxury vacation. Why not enjoy that luxury every day of the year while we’re at home, too?

Upgrade your master bathroom to a five-star retreat

 

 

You can create a spa experience in any size bathroom although bigger is almost always better!

Think neutral colors because they lend themselves to the calmness and serenity you’d like for a spa retreat. Also consider coordinating colors with your master bedroom for a seamless transition from sleep to serenity.

Here’s where you can start:

  • New sinks, countertops and backsplashes
  • Exquisite new hardware, including pulls, handles and faucets
  • A soothing paint color that makes you feel calm
  • Soft and luxurious bath textiles, including towels, bath rugs and bathrobes
  • An elegant vanity, preferably a double vanity if you have room

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  • Stunning framed mirrors, instead of frameless wall-to-wall mirrors
  • Layered lighting for both function and beauty
  • Maybe even a skylight to bring in natural light

Even more ideas to enhance your spa experience include:

  • A beautiful, elegant soaking tub
  • A steam shower
  • Plenty of towel racks, and even heated towel warmers
  • Soaps, scrubs, lotions and fragrances that please YOU
  • Beautiful smelling candles and aromatherapy
  • A built-in bench or movable chair or stool
  • Built-in storage, to keep chaos to a minimum and maintain a Zen calm feeling

Plan for a master bathroom makeover this season – you can’t help but slow down and relax.

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

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.

Decorating With Light Blue

6 Jun

Soften your home interior with a touch of light blue.

Typically light blue, also called powder blue or sky blue, is associated with classic home design. However, this calm tone can enhance decorating styles from vintage to modern, beachy to lodge, and rustic to elegant. Light blue can vary from pure blue to grey and tan tones. Go toward the green, and the result is aqua. Add a bit of red, and you’ll get lavender.

 

Psychologists often say that blue reminds us of the sky and the sea and heaven. That’s why it feels so calming to the body and mind. Keep light blue in the soothing range by combining it with white, cream, grey and white. The softness these combinations create is perfect for bedrooms or bathrooms where you want to create a soothing atmosphere. For a bit more contrast, pair light blue with yellow, forest green, sage green or apricot. To spice it up, accent light blue with orange, electric blue, acid green or tomato red. It also goes well with brown, tan, copper, gold and caramel, which are almost opposite blue on the color wheel. And do use light blue with all tones of woods, from darkest ebony to lightest oak.

Think calming light blue for:

  • Paint
  • Upholstery
  • Rugs
  • Window treatments
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Tile and stone

Light blue helps you create a cool, calm interior that soothes the senses. Add this delicate color to your interior design this season.

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

Choosing the Right Custom Shades in Ann Arbor Michigan

16 May

Choosing the Right Custom Shades in Ann Arbor Michigan

Looking for new window treatments? We have a variety of custom shades and sheers for every room in your home. With so many designs to choose from, you may start to feel overwhelmed with the choices. At Delux Drapery & Shade Co., our services include in-house design, meeting budgets, measuring and certified installation. Our staff will provide you with guidance and options based on your preferences, needs and budget to find the perfect shades or sheers for your home!

Types of Shades and Sheers

  • Cellular Shades– These shades, also known as honeycomb shades provide great insulation, which makes them

    The red areas indicate heat loss at the window.

    energy efficient for any season. They can be compressed tightly to maximize the window’s view. They are available in an impressive range of light-control fabrics, with the choice of hundreds of colors and textures. They are offered in various types to meet your desired look such as Duette®, the Alustra® Collection of Duette® Architella®, Duette® Architella®, Applause®, and Pleated.

  •  Roman Shades– These shades have soft pleats that fold when they are raised. They are offered in a great selection of fabrics and colors, with both light-filtering and room-darkening options. They are offered in a wide selection of types such as Vignette®, the Alustra® Collection of Vignette®, Design Studio™, and Solera®.
  •  Roller Shades– These shades are easy and simple, providing a clean look. They are offered in large range of sturdy and beautiful fabrics, as well as types such as Designer Roller Shades, Designer Screen Shades, and the Alustra® Collection of Roller Shades.
  •  Woven Woods– These unique shades utilize fibers and textures to create a natural look. They come in large selection of shade styles such as Provenance® and the Alustra® Collection of Woven Textures®.
  •  Sheers– Our sheers, offered in the Luminette® style are great for wide windows and sliding doors as they provide great light-control and privacy options. They come in a variety of colors and sheer and drapery-like fabrics.
  •  Shadings– Our shadings offer options for light-control and privacy, a well as UV protection. They come in a large selection of colors with adjustable fabrics vanes. They are offered in various types such as Silhouette®, the Alustra® Collection of Silhouette®, Pirouette®, the Alustra® Collection of Pirouette®, and Nantucket™.

The Best Place to Find Custom Shades in Ann Arbor

Now that you know the difference between all the different types of shades, it’s time to stop by your favorite family owned business, Delux Drapery & Shade Co., offering expert decorating and friendly service since 1942. We are located in Ann Arbor, MI and service Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities. We offer a full selection of custom Hunter Douglas window treatments with a showroom in Ann Arbor. We also offer free in-home consultations to ensure that your window treatments fit perfectly in your home.

We pledge to give the absolute best service to you and guarantee your complete satisfaction. If you are ready to choose the perfect custom shades for your home, then do not hesitate to contact us!

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