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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..

Modern Art Adds a Focal Point and Conversational Interest

11 Jan

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Modern art adds a focal point and conversational interest.

modernart2Art in any style is a welcome enhancement to a home. In addition to adding beauty, a piece of modern art can create drama, interest and emotion in a room. The colors, shapes, brushstrokes and composition evoke a feeling, with their movement, energy and form.

Often people add art as the finishing touch to a room. Another very effective design strategy is to start and color around it.

Modern art can be created in any medium, in most any size and shape. It can be calming or energizing, monochromatic or brimming with color.modernart3
When we think about art for our homes, we tend to think about wall art – flat art painted with watercolors, oil paint or acrylics, and most often we hang art on a wall above the sofa or fireplace. There’s so much more to modern art, including sculpture, collage, found objects, ceramics, and glass.
The most prominent piece of modern art in a room can be something we don’t even think of as art – such as a sculptural chair, a dramatic rug, a striking chandelier or an unusual coffee table.

 

modernart4Focus your rooms with a piece of modern art this season. It will reflect your personality and pull a room together beautifully.

 

 

 

 

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A clean and simple design style can make your life less stressful.

16 Mar

The look of your home can give you peace of mind and a sense of calm.CleanandSimple2

Many of us have feelings of stress because we’re overwhelmed by the demands in our lives. What better goal to consider in your home decorating plans than to create a home environment that’s calming and relaxing, both on the eyes and on the soul.

Simple doesn’t mean plain or unattractive. Simple design can create a sophisticated, traditional, elegant look or a modern, minimalist feel. The bottom line is reducing chaos and over-decoration, and minimizing clutter and confusion.

  • Plan only one or two focal points per room, so you can really “see” the beauty, rather than having a hodge podge of color and design elements.CleanandSimple3

  • Limit the number of colors in your design and stick with gentle colors, rather than bold primary colors.

  • Make color transitions gentle. Avoid making too strong a statement between dark and light colors, such as black and white. (However, keep in mind that you may want energizing colors in a room; for example, in a kitchen or home office where you’d like to be engaged and active.)

CleanandSimple1Once you’ve created a simple, clean design, enjoy it! Allow yourself relaxing time to read a book or watch your favorite TV show, without answering the phone or responding to text messages. Spend time with your family or friends in a quiet way, without over planning your activities.

Achieving a calm and simple home environment can help you find peace of mind every day.

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Decorating with purple can add passion to your home – and maybe to your life!

18 Nov

You can choose from so many shades of this beautiful color.

Purple includes a wide range of colors. From the lightest, soft lilac to bold and bright violet – and everything in Puple1between. The color names for various shades of purple speak to its range – including amethyst, eggplant, blackberry, lavender, orchid, periwinkle, cabernet and plum.
Purple is surprisingly flexible.

  • Purple goes well with many decorating styles from the most traditional to the most contemporary.
  • Purple teams beautifully with many neutrals, including cream, light gray, white, eggshell, brown and black.
  • Accents that work well include blue, aqua, ocher, teal, spring green and yellow.
  • You can even add just a touch of purple to a neutral paint color, so the finishing result seems like beige or cream or light gray, yet has an extra pizazz!

purple2Purple can add a quirky or whimsical touch, and we all know that traditionally it’s a rich and royal color that can add sophistication and luxury to your home décor. Depending on the shade of purple you select, you can create a variety of feelings from soft and soothing to vibrant and magical.
If you’re nervous about adding such a passionate color to your home, think small. Throw pillows, a small upholstered chair, table linens, flowers, plants, paint on a small accent wall, or wallpaper in a powder room or guest bedroom.
Be bold and add your favorite shade of purple to your home décor. It will add passion to your home.purple3
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What Style Are You?

19 Aug

Finding Your Fit

Last week, we discussed the different aspects of modern and contemporary design. And maybe neither of those styles feel quite right to you. Here are two more options in the list of design styles. A big crossover in design is the line between traditional and transitional design. There are features that are found in both but, like modern and contemporary, it is a lot about the lines.

Traditional interior design is typically of classic European decor. Staples of this style include deep wood tones,

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architectural details, and elegant furnishings. Antiques are often integrated into this design, but many companies sell new pieces that mimic the lines of the old. Architectural embellishments are widely used in and can include elaborate

moldings, beveled wood paneling, and intricate tile and wood floor patterns. Arches, columns, and built-in cabinetry
are also frequent features of this type of design. One of the most important facets of traditional interior design is the lines of the furnishings. Wing-backed chairs, claw footed tables, and curved furniture pieces are examples of this.

Common representations are the Queen Anne or Chippendale styles. These furniture pieces will be adorned with lush fabrics of silk and velvet with prints of damask, paisley, stripes or floral. The color palette may be neutral in the walls and flooring but you will see that deep burgundy, navy and brown will be used in the upholstery and accessories.

Transitional style in interior design has many catchphrases that describe it. “Updated classic”, “classic with a contemporary twist”, “new takes on old classics” are just a few ways to look at this style. Ultimately it is a blend of transitional1traditional and contemporary styles; incorporating lines that are less ornate than traditional designs, but not as severely basic as contemporary lines. This is noticeable with the use of curves that combine with straight lines to deliver a look that balances for a comfortable and uncomplicated design. Color palettes are typically neutral and subtle but do lend a pop of color to accessories. Unlike contemporary furniture, transitional style focuses on comfort and practicality to meet the lifestyle of an active household. The scales of furniture pieces are ample but not overwhelming. Goose feather and down fill is typically used for upholstered furniture and wood finishing is typically warm tones but can range from a natural finish to a high-gloss lacquer. Texture is important, and a multitude of fabric selections can vary from durable materials to sophisticated, plush fabrics, with tone-on-tone or small scale graphics. A balanced mix of several textures is often used.

Still not finding your style? Keep looking. The best thing you can do is search keywords and look at pictures. Traditional and transitional are just two out many ways to decorate. If you haven’t already, check out the modern vs.
contemporary discussion. You may find some ideas that are more your fit.
Happy decorating!

Decorate With Green For a Natural Feel

3 Jun

Green1It just feels natural to decorate with green!

Go rich and lush, calm and serene, or bold and brilliant.
This versatile color brings a familiar touch of the outdoor world to your indoor environment.
Green is a very adaptable design color, partly because it comes in so many variations. Green is the color we see most often in nature, so it’s not surprising that so many shades of green are named for plants and gemstones, including:
Green2Such a variety of hues means you can use green to create a range of looks and evoke a variety of emotions – subtle or edgy, calming or energizing, traditional or thoroughly modern. Green goes well in almost any interior style from Traditional to French Country to Transitional to Lodge-style, and more.
It’s not always easy decorating with green. Mixing shades of green can be a challenge. It’s usually best to stick with one, or at most two, shades of green, then use neutrals and other accents in your design scheme.
When you’re shopping, look at green hues closely in different lights and view your green design elements
together before you purchase. Better yet, get the advice of an expert when you decorate with green.
Colors that work well with green really depend on the shade of green you select. In general, greenGreen3
goes well with:
• White, gray, and neutral beiges and creams
• Browns, camels and taupes
• Pinks, reds and salmon
• Small touches of blue, black, orange or yellow

 

Searching for a natural, outdoorsy look and feeling in your home? Just add green!

 

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Print, Pattern, Colors All In One Room? Part Two.

8 Apr

Mix It Up Like A Pro (pt. 2)

Still have some questions about mixing prints and patterns?  In the previous blog, we gave some good ideas on how to get started.  Part 2, is about the specifics.

Part 2: Fabric Hacks

Fabric Feel/Balance

            Personality of fabric is something to consider.  What do you want to portray in your room.  Is it formal or casual?  Modern or traditional?   Fabrics will represent these qualities.  Damask is commonly considered formal and traditional and you can pile those types of prints on top of each other.  A plaid can be mixed with any other pattern to tone down a room to give a more casual feel.  Also, make sure to spread pattern throughout the room not just one corner or side.  This balance will help secure what kind of feel the room is supposed to have.

Cheat With Companions

            Many companies have companion fabrics already picked for coordinating.  Even if you don’t find “the” set, you can get a good idea on how to mix.

Neutral Prints

There are some basic prints that you can put with anything.  Polka dots are one of them.  A simple black and white polka dot is a great way to introduce pattern without conflicting with colored patterns.  A few other options would include neutral, simple animal prints, like zebra or leopard, or a chevron or houndstooth.

Don’t Go Matchy-Matchy

Don’t go for all stripes in all the same colors.  Ever heard of too much of a good thing?  Well it applies here too.  Pick one or two of a print, be it stripes or floral or whatever, and find other contrasting prints to complement it.  Also, if you are going with a single color space or a white and color space,as mentioned in our last blog, find an accent color so it’s not so overwhelming.  Looking at the color wheel, pick the complementary color across from your main color to use in accessories like a lamp or vase.

So now you have some tools to mix it up like a pro.  Go out and make your home a snazzy, sophisticated place to be!

Prints, Pattern, Colors All In One Room? Part One.

1 Apr

Mix It Up Like a Pro

“Conjunction junction, what’s your function?”  Remember that from when you were a kid?  You learned about “this and that”, “this or that”, and “not this, but that”.  In design, when we see patterns, we tend to think “this OR that”.  BUT…we are here to tell you it’s “this AND that”.  Mixing prints and patterns isn’t so scary once you understand the basics.

Part 1: Getting Started

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Start with a focal point- it could be an area rug, wallpaper or a large print in upholstery that you love. This will be the base upon which you will build, incorporating color and patterns that coordinate with your focal point. To get depth and create interest, use multiple scales of at least three patterns. Don’t be afraid to bring multiples together, as long as you keep the values close.

Mix It Like a Pro pt1-2Find Inspiration via Theme

Maybe you like the Asian inspiration of chinois fabric, or a modern tropical focus with birds and flowers.  Any theme is a good way to get some ideas for various kinds of prints.

 

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Do you have a favorite color?  Go with it!  Find a bunch of different prints in one color family and keep the same intensity of shades.  For example, if you go pastel, keep all of the shades pastel.

Blend similar to ease into pattern and print coordinating and to soften the look.  If you are unsure about mixing multiple colors, begin with just two.  Blue and green are great choices because they are next to each other on the color wheel.  And you can use a solid of each to tie it all together.  Just be sure to stick to the same intensity as you would for a single color scheme.

Or perhaps a white and a color is more your style.  White is great for filing in negative space when you have a color you are really loving and all the prints you are finding in it.

 

This is where you get excited and rush out to find all the things to make your home brand new.  But wait, there’s more.  Check out the next blog to get detailed hints on where to go from here.

 

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2015 Trends in Interior Design

25 Mar

New Year, New Trends: What You Will See in 2015

Every year we see an insurgence of ideas in design that reflect the changes in the world and economy.  Sometimes they creep up slowly and sometimes it’s an immediate BAM!  Here are a few things to keep your eye out for this year:

1: Colors, Patterns & PrintsDesign 2015-mixpatterns2

Beige is a thing of the past!  Color has never been so diverse.  Sophisticated basics and gentle, muted pastels will be mixed with deep, vibrant jewel tones that will be working for the modern, the contemporary and the traditional décor.  Prints and pattern are definitely back on the rise as well.  Be prepared for a mix of geometric and floral; animal print and stripe; organic and industrial.  This plays into the merging of cultures we are starting to see.  We will have more about this later.

Design 2015-rustic-bathroom2: Natural World

Textures derived from nature, whether they are animal, mineral or vegetable are in.  Think botany, raw wood, stone and organic shapes that soften the rigid look of the modern home. Look for fabric, materials and finishes to appear authentic and use them in simple ways to appreciate their beauty.

3: Matte Finishes and Industrial DesignDesign 2015-Industrial-Wood-Coffee-Table

A matte finish gives an object a raw, edgy look and also allows you to appreciate the overall form and material that an item is made of.  This trend is growing in everything from lighting, furniture, and accessories, to kitchens and bathrooms.  Industrial style pieces in the home have been a staple in the past few years, and there is a continuing love to the look and character of these pieces.  Additionally, there is a lean towards copper, pewter, gold and other metal accents over chrome and stainless steel.

4: Crafted with Care and Environmentally Friendly

Our appreciation for items made by human hands and a learned skill is undergoing resurgence. Craft made items and those with a unique one off “handmade like” feel offer us the chance to have pieces that we perceive as “authentic” in a widely mechanized and mass produced world.  This goes hand in hand with the mainstream idea of eco-friendly products.

This just skims the top of what we are seeing as growing movements.  What will you do this year?

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Women’s History Month-Famous Women in Design

13 Mar

Ladies in Design You Should Know About

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.”  This is a famous quote fromWomen1 Edith Wharton, mostly known for being a writer and the first woman to win a Pulitzer, but many do not know that she was also an interior designer.  She designed her home the Mount, which still stands today as an example of her design principles.  To celebrate March being Women’s History month, let’s take a look at some other female designers that paved the way.

Women2In 1905, Elsie de Wolfe became the first interior decorator to be given a design commission; it was the Colony Club on Madison Avenue and its interiors garnered her recognition overnight.  Rejecting the Victorian style she grew up with, Elsie chose a more vibrant scheme with more comfortable furniture in the home. Her designs utilized fresh colors and delicate furnishings opposing the Victorian preference of heavy drapes, plush upholstery, and dark wood. Her designs were practical in that she eliminated the clutter that occupied the Victorian home, enabling people to entertain more guests comfortably.

In England, Syrie Maugham became a legendary interior decorator by designing the first all-white room.  Also women3designing in the Victorian Era, she challenged the norm by filling rooms with light and furnishing them in multiple shades of white. In addition to mirrored screens, her trademark pieces included: console tables with plaster palm-frond, shell, or dolphin bases, upholstered and fringed sleigh beds, fur carpets, dining chairs covered in white leather, and lamps of graduated glass balls, and wreaths.

women4Dorothy Draper was the first documented commercial interior decorator, establishing her design firm in 1923.  Dorothy Draper believed that the energy of vivid colors would make people feel happier, so she led design away from the dark interiors of the time by introducing bright color palettes. She chose dramatic and contrasting color schemes and combined different fabrics and patterns together. All of the colors and patterns contributed to her dramatic design now referred to as “the Draper Touch.”

So if you are ever in need of some inspiration for your home, look back to these women who were so forward-thinking for their time.  Where will you put your white room?  Where will you use the “the Draper Touch”?

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