Benefits of Motorized Shades and Blinds

22 May

Motorized window treatments may seem like something from the future, but they are available from Hunter Douglas now and offer a wide variety of benefits.

Motorized Blinds Are Safe and Easy to Operate

If you have children or pets you know how their curiosity can get the best of them sometimes. Unfortunately, this often leads to trouble. Figuring out how window treatments work can be fun, but if they have cords, it can also be dangerous. Motorized blinds and shades are cordless, making them safe for little ones and four-legged ones.

Having large windows offers a great view of the outdoors and lets in lots of natural light. But when you want shade or privacy, bigger windows require bigger window coverings, which become cumbersome to open and close. Motorization takes the hard work out of adjusting large window coverings. Simply push a button on a remote control or wall switch and the even the most unwieldy blinds move with ease.

Automated window treatments also make your home safer when you aren’t there. Whether you are at work for the day or on a week-long vacation, being able to move your horizontal blinds remotely makes it look like you’re home, discouraging would-be thieves from breaking into your home. Motorized shades can be scheduled to open and close during the day or they can be adjusted at any time using your mobile device anywhere there is wi-fi.

Motorized Blinds Are Safe and Easy to Operate

Many window treatments are out of reach, whether they are behind a piece of furniture or high up on a wall. This makes adjusting them inconvenient, and they are often left in one position instead of taking advantage of the energy efficiency they could provide. Opening shades during the day in the winter to let the sun in often eliminates the need for additional light and it helps to warm the inside of your home. Closing shades against the summer midday sun keeps the heat outside, reducing the energy needed to keep your home cool.

Making these adjustments are easy with motorized window treatments, regardless of where your windows are located, because they are operated by remote control, your smartphone, or whole-home automation system.

Do you want to take advantage of your honeycomb shades but get tired of opening and closing all of them every day? Or do you forget about blinds in rooms that you aren’t in frequently? Automation takes care of these issues too. Multiple window treatments can be adjusted at one time – even in different rooms – and you can schedule them to open and close at a certain time every day or according to your local sunrise and sunset.

At Delux Drapery & Shade Co., we offer the complete line of Hunter Douglas motorized blinds and motorized shades in addition to their traditional window treatments. Take advantage of our free design service and start creating the perfect automated window fashions for your home. We are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and service Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities. Contact us here.

 

Choosing The Right Custom Shades

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 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 large 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!

 

Floral Patterns

17 Apr

Florals1

Make you interior bloom

 

Florals2

A pillow with an abstract floral pattern adds a pop of color.

Adding floral patterns to your décor can bring brightness and joy into your home. Traditional choices include chintz and botanical prints, but contemporary designs are available too, including abstract patterns that sometimes barely look like leaves or flower petals. Many of today’s floral designs are totally up to date with current color palettes and decorating styles.

Depending what prints you choose, florals can create a feminine and delicate mood or make a bold statement.

Florals mix well with other patterns


Surprisingly, florals go well with other patterns such as stripes, plaids and checks. They also pair well with solids in complementary colors. You can even combine small-scale

Florals3

You can combine small-scale and large-scale floral patterns if they have a common color.

and large-scale floral patterns with common colors in each design to ensure a harmonious result.

Think about using floral prints for:
– Wall coverings
– Carpeting and rugs
– Upholstery fabrics
– Window treatments
– Painted patterns on wood furniture and walls

 

You can start small

Florals4

A beautiful floral pillow and bouquet bring spring indoors.

If you’re nervous about adding florals to your home décor, remember that just a small addition of a floral print can lighten up an entire room. Experiment just a little with:
– Decorative throws
– Pillows
– Bedding
– Table linens
– Floral decor

Bring spring indoors this season by adding floral prints to your décor. They’ll refresh your home environment with a bright, natural look.

Ready for your next project? Contact us here: Delux Drapery & Shade Co

Decorating With Greige

10 Apr

Greige1

Greige – a new and different neutral

Greige2

The greige arm chair, window treatments and rug add warmth to this home office.trending neutral in interior design.

Can’t decide between gray and beige? Maybe you don’t have to, now that greige is the trending neutral in interior design.

Greige is really hard to describe because it’s so similar to some shades of gray and to some shades of beige. It’s really an in-between color, so it’s hard to define where greige begins and ends on the neutral color continuum. Even the name greige is a combination of the words grey and beige! It’s pronounced like beige but with a “gr” sound at the beginning.

Greige ties your color scheme together

Greige3

In this bedroom, the greige colored window treatments allow the blue and yellow accents to pop.

One thing is certain. Greige is a pleasing and flexible neutral for home design elements that goes with most any palette. The color extends from quite dark tones, almost charcoal in look, to the lightest taupe hues and from cooler to warmer shades, depending on the ratio of gray to beige in the mix.

Greige ties together other neutrals, such as white, cream, tan, black and grey tones. This fabulous color also plays well with splashes of both bold and subtle hues, allowing other colors to pop. Because of its soft, neutral tone, greige brings disparate colors into a harmonious whole.

Where to use greige

 
Greige4

Greige pairs well with other neutrals such as white and gray.

This soothing color works well in just about every room and for almost any surface, including:

– Soft upholstery fabrics and rugs
– Hard flooring surfaces, like tile and stone
– Counter surfaces, including granite, quartz, marble and laminate
– Wall surfaces, such as paint and wall coverings
– Bed and table linens

Add versatile greige to your color palette this season!

Ready for your next project? Contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co

 

Side Tables

3 Apr

SideTables1

Focus on your side tables


A side table – also called an end table or accent table – is different than a coffee table,

SideTables2

A side table with an unusually shaped metal base adds interest.

which tends to be in front of your sofa and easy chairs. Because side tables sit alongside chairs or sofas, or against a wall, they’re often overlooked in planning your décor, yet they’re the perfect place to add an unusual or dramatic piece.

A side table can be an attention getter, without making such a big statement that it totally defines your space.

 

Attention-Getting Pieces


When shopping for an attention-getting side table, think:SideTables3
– Asian painted pieces
– Turkish or Moroccan inlaid wood tables
– Recycled wood pieces
– Metallic pieces in a matte, shiny or distressed finish
– Clear bold lucite tables

Or you can transform an existing side table by painting it a dramatic color, refinishing it with a faux finish or topping it with a beautiful piece of glass, marble, granite or mirror. Just make sure the design is in scale with your existing furnishings and complements your décor.

What to display


Side tables are perfect for displaying decorative objects, but don’t add too many objects

SideTables4

A side table is the perfect place to display books and interesting objects.

or you’ll create clutter. Think about displaying items such as:
– A small sculpture or object
– Books
– A floral arrangement or plant
– A vase
– A lamp
– A photograph of family, friends or a favorite destination
– Candles
– A clock

Take a look at your living room or great room from a different angle, and focus on side tables this season.

Ready for your next project? Contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co

Deep Blue Accents

20 Mar

Deep Blue Accents1

 

Create a feeling of positivity

Deep blue, similar to the color of the night sky or a beautiful sea, suggests a mood of

Deep Blue Accents2

calm and harmony. This beautiful color comes with several names and nuances, including: Cobalt, Royal Blue, Navy, Indigo, Lapis, Mediterranean Blue and Midnight Blue.

Deep blue complements almost any design plan, from the most modern look to Asian décor to traditional and Victorian styles.

Consider these color combinations

Deep blue works as a beautiful accent with neutrals such as grey, ivory, white and beige, Deep Blue Accents3and it even pairs well with lighter shades of blue. On the cool side of the color spectrum, deep blue is beautiful when combined with periwinkle, lavender and pink.

Deep blue can also help to bring attention to other colors in a room, especially complementary warm hues, such as copper, rust, tangerine, lemon, and ochre.

Where to use deep blue accents

Consider using a deep blue tone in the following ways: Deep Blue Accents4
– In striped, plaid or gingham patterns
– For a dramatic accent wall in your powder room or foyer
– Paired with soft and gauzy white fabrics for a summer décor
– To create a nautical or beachy theme
– To build an Asian look with ceramic stools, lamps and vases
– To invent a Moroccan style with patterned tile, fabrics and rugs

Create peacefulness in your interior plan this year by adding a touch of deep blue.

Ready for your next design project? Contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co

Decorating with Stripes

13 Mar

Stripes1

Stripes are versatile

Adding stripes to your décor is the perfect finishing touch – very similar to adding Stripes2beautiful ribbons to your gift packages! Stripes complete and dress up almost any decorating plan.

Stripes are a versatile design element and go well with most any décor, including contemporary, traditional, Victorian, transitional, shabby chic and mid-century. It all depends on the striped elements you select and how you use them.

Stripes add order to a room

Stripes3Stripes can liven a room and make it look crisp and organized. Traditional vertical stripes make a room appear taller, while horizontal stripes can make a room appear larger. If you’re bold, you can even go diagonal!

Stripes can be wide or narrow – or not the same width throughout. They can have clean edges or be jagged and funky. Stripes can even be made out of various objects, such as small flowers or geometric shapes. Straight-edged stripes are a good place to start if you’re afraid of the busyness of patterns.

Where to use stripes

If you’re nervous about adding any patterns to your décor, gain confidence by starting Stripes4small with stripes: Add elements such as striped bed linens, throw pillows, lampshades, vases or rugs.

If you feel bolder, think about trying stripes in upholstery furniture, wall coverings, carpeting, window treatments and more.

Create a new pattern in your life this season by adding stripes to your home décor.

Ready for your next design project? Contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co >

 

Add The Color Of Happiness To Your Home

27 Feb
DecorateWithPink1
Pink connotes romance, so it’s perfect to add this shade during Valentine’s Day month. It’s also an excellent choice year round, because pink has been called the color of DecorateWithPink2happiness.

Traditionally, pink is a frilly and girly color, but it doesn’t have to be. Depending on the hues you select, it can be modern, sophisticated and luxurious.

You can create most any mood depending on which shade of pink you select, including these delicious hues: watermelon, pink grapefruit, shrimp, strawberry, bubble gum, cotton candy and raspberry.

 

DecorateWithPink3The more vibrant shades of pink add energy and excitement to your décor, while softer shades create a feeling of calm and tranquility.
Pink and green are almost opposites on the color wheel, which is why pink looks fabulous with many green hues including tasty mint, dusty sage, brilliant emerald, zesty lime, and even acid green.

Pink also works well with white, grey, black, gold, silver, brown and red, based on the shade of pink you select.

Are you nervous about making a big investment in pink? In small amounts, think about DecorateWithPink4adding pink for:
– Bed linens
– Throw blankets and pillows
– Accessories like candles, artwork, flowers and lamps
– Slipcovers
– Small rugs
– A painted accent wall

Move your decorating plan into the pink by adding this versatile color!

Contact Us

Ready for your next design project? Contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co

 

Take Your Décor To New Heights

20 Feb

Ceilings1

Most of the time, we think about ceilings as just a blank place at the top of our walls. Instead, think of ceilings as a fifth wall that can be enhanced to add character and beauty or make your rooms seem more spacious.

Some changes involve major structural renovations, such as:Ceilings2
– Warm wood beams
– Rustic wood slats
– Vaulted ceilings
– Raising the roof to add a row of windows
– Cutting through the roof to install skylights

For these dramatic changes, you’ll need to hire a contractor (and maybe even an engineer) to advise you and do the work, keeping in mind structural issues in your home.

Other ceiling enhancements are easier to complete such as:Ceilings3
– Crown molding on or near the ceiling
– Coffered ceilings
– Coved ceilings
– Hollow beams that don’t add weight to your home’s structure
– Contrasting paint color, either darker or lighter than wall paint
– Stencils or murals
– Faux paint finishes

Take your home environment to a higher level – and don’t forget about the ceilings!

Contact Us

Ready for your next design project? Contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co

Transform Your Home With Texture

13 Feb

Adding Texture1

Adding Texture2The look of your interior design is mostly about the sense of sight, maximizing the visual beauty of your home. But adding texture to the equation brings in the sense of touch.
Having a variety of textures in a room adds interest and emotion, provides balance, and may enhance your physical comfort for sitting and lounging.
A room without much texture can be quietly beautiful, communicating sleekness and calm, but it can also become a bit monotonous.

Texture adds a tactile sense to your interior design and wakes up the room. Soft and silky finishes can relax your senses, while rougher textures will energize you. Adding Texture3

Think of these contrasts when selecting finishes for a room:

  • Thick and thin
  • Soft and hard
  • Bumpy and smooth
  • Silky and rough
  • Flexible and stiff

 

Ideas for adding texture are:

  • A natural contoured edge for a wood table or counter top
  • Textured woven wood shades
  • Natural furniture made of rattan or wickerAdding Texture4
  • Rugged fabrics such as tweed, tapestry and some wools
  • Ridges or embossed patterns in wall coverings
  • Distressed or faux paint and stain finishes
  • Knotty or unfinished wood
  • Shaggy or contoured carpeting and rugs
  • Tufted upholstery or even ruffles
  • Rough finishes on stone floors or backsplashes
Add tactile texture to your interior plan! It will transform the feeling of your home.

Contact Us

Ready for your next design project? Contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co >

 

%d bloggers like this: