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Protect Your Home Against Sun Damage

11 Mar

Sun Damage

EVEN YOUR FURNISHINGS NEED SUNBLOCK

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Low-E glass reduces the amount of light and heat that enters your home.


You probably know the importance of protecting your skin from the sun. But have you ever considered how it might harm your valuable furnishings? The fact is, even on cloudy days, the sun can fade and deteriorate your fabrics, carpet, hardwood floors and even your artwork.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can protect your furnishings, and at the same time, increase energy efficiency and create the perfect ambiance for your home.

HOW TO BLOCK UV RAYS


Use solar window shades. Besides blocking annoying glare and providing excellent UV protection, solar shades preserve your view to the outside.

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Solar shades block UV rays and preserve your view to the outside.

Install window film. Available as translucent vinyl or polyester strips, window film blocks 99% of UV rays. Plus, it’s hardly noticeable!

Get low-E glass. Coated with very small layers of metallic oxides, low-E glass reduces the amount of ultraviolet light and heat that enters your home.

Add drapery. When combined with window shades, drapery adds an extra layer of insulating fabric that helps block UV rays.

PROTECT YOUR FURNITURE

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Drapery adds an extra layer of insulating fabric at the window.


Rearrange your furniture. Move your furniture out of direct sunlight to a shadier part of the room. Make sure to track where the sun shines throughout the day — especially when it’s strongest, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Don’t forget your furniture outside! UV protection sprays are quite effective at preventing UV damage. You could also use an umbrella or cover your furniture when it’s not in use.

While sun damage may not be noticeable at first, over time damaging UV rays can really take a toll on your furnishings. By taking the right steps now, you can keep your home interior looking gorgeous for years to come.

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Boost Your Home Value

6 Dec

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How to choose the right HOME upgrades


If you’re contemplating a home improvement, it can be helpful to know which projects give you the highest Return on Investment (ROI). Keep in mind though, while you may want to focus your efforts on more valuable upgrades, don’t totally discount others if you plan on staying in your home for a while. Here are some of the most profitable home improvements:

Kitchen/bath remodel
Boost Value2Without a doubt, kitchen and bath remodels are the most valuable investments, bringing in ROIs often exceeding 100%. In fact, an additional bathroom offers more than twice the return as a new bedroom!

 

Some improvements pay off more than others


Boost Value3Refinished wood flooring
By refinishing your hardwood floors, it’s possible to recoup 100% of the costs. However, installing brand-new flooring has only a slightly lower return.

Energy efficient windows
Besides increasing the value of your home, energy efficient windows save you heating and cooling costs throughout the year. Even better, install energy efficient cellular shades, too, for even more savings.

First impressions are everything

Paint
Boost Value4When painting the interior of your home, concentrate on high-traffic areas like your kitchen and bathroom. If the exterior of your home has ever been painted, you’ll need to repaint before you sell – but touch-ups may be enough.

 

 

Wood deck addition
While the value of a deck varies by region, wood decks typically bring in the highest
Boost Value5recoup value nationally – although, composite decks recoup only slightly less. Just remember that a wood deck requires a lot of upkeep.

As a general rule, if your home is already in good shape, focus on projects that will improve its appearance. First impressions are everything!

Dramatic Windows

31 Oct

 

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Open up your design plan with dramatic windows.

DramaticWindows2Windows can make a room appear more airy and spacious, and they add so much drama! It could be the shape of the windows that’s interesting or the size (really large!) or the view outside (really spectacular!) that adds the pizazz.

Non-standard windows may already be in a house you’ve built or purchased. Or you may be planning a renovation and thinking of adding new windows. Depending on the size and shape of the window you select, specialty windows work in almost any room of your house!

Specialty windows expand the elegance and interest in a room.

Specialty windows come in many styles including:DramaticWindows3
– Arches
– Circles
– Skylights
– Angle tops
– French doors
– Bay and bow windows
– Corner windows
– Hexagons and octagons

 

Add window fashions for privacy, light, and temperature control.

DramaticWindows4At first, most people plan to keep their large windows uncovered to highlight their beauty and the view outdoors, but often window fashions are needed for light, privacy, and temperature control. It can be a challenge; however, many window treatments work beautifully for these dramatic window styles.

Depending on your window shape and location, one of these window treatments from Hunter Douglas may be the perfect solution:
Duette® Honeycomb Shades
Silhouette® Window Shadings
Pirouette® Window Shadings
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades
Heritance® Hardwood Shutters

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

 

How To Create A Beach House Look

12 Apr

How to create a beach house look.

Have you always wanted a beach house even though you don’t live anywhere near a body of water? Or maybe you already live near the water and want to make your home look more like a beach house?

Either way, you can create a relaxing, fun interior that looks like it belongs near the beach. Beach design colors can be vibrant and tropical, calm and neutral, or nautical blue and white. Even aqua and white or orange and white can create a beach feel. You can also use lots of beiges and light blues to reflect the colors of the sand and sky.

 

 

Here are some specific decorating ideas to create a beach house feel:

  • Choose pale-colored woods for floors, furniture or walls to reinforce a light and casual theme.
  • Rattan, wicker or bamboo furniture brings a beach vibe, as do rag rugs.
  • Driftwood can be displayed as an art object or used as a table base.
  • Look for furniture or storage units made from lobster traps or salvaged wood from boats or piers.
  • Purchase window fashions that let in lots of light, and use artificial lighting that’s bright and warm.

More ideas:

  • Add touches from the sea, such as coral and shells made into lamps, chandeliers, boxes and decorative items.
  • Install boat fittings in your kitchen or bath, such as hinges, lanterns and pulls.
  • Use fabrics, throws, pillows, table linens and bed linens with beach motifs, palm trees, surfers and boats.
  • Add artwork that depicts the sea, birds, fish or surfers.

You can even display a real boat in your house!! Or a model of a boat.

Sail into a new interior look with a beach theme. You’ll feel like you live by the shore every day. For more ideas or help with your next design project, contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co..

Roman Shades

5 Aug

When in Rome…
Roman shades have been a part of interior design for centuries.
They were first used at the Colosseum in Rome RomanSh1. When the Romans added a retractable shade it was easier for people to enjoy the spectacle going on down below when they weren’t exposed to the hot sun. Then, with all the building going on in Rome, using these flat pieces of fabric that go up and down with the pull of a string helped keep the dust out of the home. Ever since, the Roman shade has evolved to all the exciting options that are available now.

 

There are many terms for the different styles of Roman shades and that can be confusing if you’ve never looked for one before. After all, isn’t a shade just a shade? Actually, no. As you are deciding what to get, start with the two basic options: hobbled or flat. There are alternatives for each, but this gets you started.

Hobbled is called RomanSh2by many names: waterfall, tiered, looped. Technically they are all different because of the different amount of fabric between folds. Traditionally a hobbled shade will have 5” folds, whereas a waterfall would have 7”.  But they still give the effect of a ripple in each version. You can use these shades in any room of the home to give it a dressier feel.
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Flat is just that. It can have a look that shows where the fabric overlays or it can be smooth with no seams visible from the front. These tend to be casual, but that isn’t to say you couldn’t use an elegant fabric with this construction. Using a formal-looking fabric with a flat Roman shade would lend a modern feel to a room. RomanSh4

Flat Roman shades can be tailored, relaxed, batten front, batten back, or both…the list goes on.

 

 

 

 

RomanSh5                                                                                                  There are a few kinds that could be considered specialty like an Austrian  or balloon shade. But again, there are so many styles to choose from so just take your time and look through all the pictures you want before your purchase. Most of the time your Roman shade will be a custom piece so make it your own!

 

 

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