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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 Flowers

6 Nov

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Brighten up the colder months with flowers


It may not be spring, but that doesn’t mean you should stop decorating with flowers. After all, they have a magical way of brightening up the colder months. And with the right varieties and a touch of creativity, you can enjoy gorgeous arrangements all year round.

So what types of flowers work best this time of year?

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Red roses

If you have a lot of white or cream in your room, red roses are a great way to give your space a splash of color. To create some visual interest, try combining them with eucalyptus pods or pine needles.

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Incorporating limes or kumquats into a flower arrangement adds a colorful accent, beautiful aroma and tropical feel to your home. Make sure to insert the sturdy branches first to protect more delicate flower stems.

Tulips

The great thing about tulips is that they can survive colder temperatures — even those that drop to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. For a warm, seasonal look, frame your tulip arrangement with berries.

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Amaryllises and Primroses

Colorful houseplants like amaryllises and primroses will brighten up your space well into the winter months. Arrange them along a side table, and add a few evergreen branches for the finishing touch.

 

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Poinsettias

While you may typically buy poinsettias for the holidays, they can actually last a whole lot longer. And even when the flowers fall off, you can still enjoy plenty of greenery. Just be careful — poinsettias are poisonous to pets.

 

 

 

Think outside the vase. If you want a really extraordinary arrangement, old watering pots, tin cans and glass bottles offer a truly unique look.

 

 

Decorating With Indoor Plants

14 Sep

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Indoor plants add natural color to a room.

Living plants add freshness and natural color to a room, and there are many options that require very little care. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can select from a wide variety of artificial plants that are hard to distinguish from real ones.indoorplants1

Indoor plants range from large, lush trees to the smallest of African violets, and everything in between. Some of the most popular indoor plants include tropical orchids, cactuses, succulents, banana trees, dracaena plants, Philodendrons, ivy, and many varieties of ferns, ficus trees, and palms.

Place indoor plants on the floor, on a table, on a bench, on shelves — or you can even hang them on the wall! Have fun with the containers you use, too!

indoorplants2Just like plants themselves, containers come in many shapes, sizes, colors and glazes to complement any décor. And you can buy plant stands in a variety of styles that display plants at almost any height in your rooms.

If you opt for live plants, talk to your nursery about the light needs of various plants, and find out how quickly each plant will grow. Learn which plants are easy to grow, and how much water and maintenance indoorplants3each plant needs.

Keep in mind that plants don’t just come in shades of green. You can select plants with striking hues of red, orange, pink and yellow! Plus some indoor plants feature brilliant flowers in a variety of hues.

Make your home feel natural and green by adding indoor plants to your decorating plan. Also, for information on how plants can make your home healthier, check out our previous blog post on  5 Best Plants To Keep Your Indoor Air Clean

 

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

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