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Headboards As a Decorating Option

7 Jun

A beautiful headboard adds instant style to your bedroom.

Making your bedroom a calming oasis has many aspects. The most important design element is the bed, and often the most noticeable thing about your bed is the headboard! That’s why it’s smart to focus on a headboard – and possibly a complementary footboard – when you design your bedroom look.

A headboard can command attention and add beauty or it can be so subtle that it almost disappears into the background. The choice is yours. Headboards (and footboards) come in many different materials, sizes and styles. Plan your headboard to complement the rest of the furniture in the room.

Think about the size of your bedroom to make sure your headboard is the right scale. A large or tall room will need a substantial headboard, while a small room needs a headboard in a smaller size.

Headboards can be made from many materials or a combination, including wood, leather, iron, brass and bronze.

Upholstered headboards are quite popular today, and can be designed to look tailored and modern, with sharp, square corners, or feminine and soft with rounded shapes.
You might decide not to even have a headboard. Instead you can embellish the wall behind your bed with artwork, shelves, a hanging tapestry or patterned wallpaper.

Or think about using lots and lots of pillows standing upright on your bed as a substitute for a headboard.

Add a beautiful backdrop to your bed this season! It will add instant style to your bedroom. For more ideas or help with your next design project, contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co..

Adding Metal Trim To Your Furniture Creates A Timeless Look

19 Apr

Adding metal trim to your furniture creates a timeless look.

Metal trim is a classic embellishment for furniture and more. Brads, nails and tacks were used as early as the 17th century and maybe even before, in almost every country in Europe, and in the United States, too. Think of them as jewelry for furniture – adding a beautiful necklace around the edges.

Metal trims work just as beautifully today as when they were first invented. They add a sense of craftsmanship and can complement almost any style of décor, from the most traditional to ultra contemporary.

Decorative brads, nails and tacks are mostly used on upholstered furniture, but can also be applied beautifully on headboards, upholstered walls and doors, and even as an embellishment on table tops, table fronts and table legs. You can make a subtle design statement by using metal trim as a stripe on the edge of upholstery or you can go wild, using the trim in patterns or a patchwork design.

Leather especially lends itself to metal trim, but many other fabrics can be adorned too, including velvet, tapestries and other heavy fabrics.

Metal trim comes in many shapes and sizes, with or without facets, and with matte, glossy or distressed finishes. Shapes include square, round, diamond and pyramid. Brads, nails and tacks can have a variety of metal finishes, including silver, antique gold, nickel, brass and even black. Newest of all are trims made from stone and crystal.

 

Adding decorative metal trim to your décor is a timeless look that’s modern even today. For more ideas or help with your next design project, contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co..

Relaxed furniture can help you slow down and unwind

15 Mar

Relaxed furniture can help you slow down and unwind.

Home is where relaxation should be key, especially since most of us live busier lives than ever before. Designing your home for maximum relaxation is a great strategy to help you find peace and calm when you enter your home environment.

  • Focus on purchasing pieces of furniture – especially your upholstered sofas and chairs – that help you create a soft and gentle living space:
  • Less structured
  • More rounded edges than square corners
  • Well cushioned
  • Soft, sensuous fabrics
  • Comfortable construction
  • No-fuss, informal slip covers

 

 

 

 

Finish off your relaxed furniture with other home elements that can help you feel more relaxed including:

  • Soft lighting
  • Calming paint colors
  • Natural materials and colors
  • Puffy throw pillows
  • Silky rugs (maybe even a shaggy rug or faux fur rug!)
  • Soothing scents created by candles and fresh flowers
  • Translucent window fashions

In the bedroom, soften your bed with an upholstered headboard. Add a sumptuous duvet, lots of comfortable pillows and lighting that can be dimmed.

Adding relaxed furniture and accessories can help you feel calm and rested – and actually make you feel more at home in your home. For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co..

Choosing beautiful fabrics can make a material change in your decor.

6 Apr

Fabric1Wise fabric choices can inspire your entire decorating plan.

Fabrics are used on so many surfaces in most homes. In fact, fabric is one of the most important elements as you make your interior design plans. Fabrics even set the mood for a room and influence the way you feel.
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The sheer number of fabric choices can be intimidating; that’s why it’s helpful to work with a professional.

Natural fabrics include cotton, leather, linen, silk, suede and wool, while synthetics include acetate, acrylic, microfiber, nylon, olefin, polyester, rayon and vinyl. Synthetics tend to be more durable than natural fibers, but not always. A lot depends on the finish applied to a fabric or the weave that’s used, as much as the inherent fabric itself.

The most obvious initial decisions are:

  • Fabric color family
  • Whether fabric is solid color or has a pattern
  • Fabric texture and weave
  • Whether fabric is woven, crocheted, knit or pressed

Select fabric first for beauty since the look of your home is paramount, but also consider how your fabric will be usedFabric3 so you’ll be happy with your decision over the long term. For example, fabrics that are optimal for a heavily-used great room sofa will be quite different than those for a seldom-used decorative chair in your entry. Always think about durability and stain resistance if you have pets or children. Also consider how much damaging sunlight enters a room.

Your fabric choices create the underpinning of your interior design plan and are critical to the beauty of your rooms. Consider fabrics carefully and get professional advice before you buy.

Today’s earth tones are a thoroughly up-to-date decorating palette

26 Aug

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Today’s earth tones are a thoroughly up-to-date decorating palette.

Forget the avocado green shag carpet and harvest gold kitchen appliances you remember from your mother’s or grandmother’s house.
Soft and warm, earth tone interior design elements take the chill out of a cool, autumn evening. These gentle colors make rooms feel cozy and relaxing, never harsh and cold. And since the hues mimic the colors of nature, the blending between indoors and outdoors is seamless, especially if you have large windows.
Earth tone interior design elements and hues blend well together, so they’re not as tricky to combine as other color palettes. In fact, decorating with earth tones makes it easy to coordinate your whole house, without colors clashing between rooms, even if the exact hues in each room are not identical.
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            For earth tone interior design,
            think beiges and browns, tans and taupes,
            even sage greens, soft rust tones and muted golds the                                                                       colors of wheat, straw, sand, rocks, trees and soil.

 

An earth tone palette can be smooth and sophisticated, rough and rustic, or dainty and feminine – it all depends EarthTones3on the tones you select and the style of your furnishings.
You can add white to brighten an earth tone palette, or introduce black to add drama. Then incorporate patterns and textures for added nuance and beauty. Obvious earth tone choices are in upholstered furniture, drapery fabrics, paint and accessories, but you can also use earth tone hues in flooring – wood, stone and carpeting – and in mantles and countertops.

 

Come down to earth with your decor this fall. Add earth tones for a natural and balanced look.

 

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Plush Bedding Is So Enjoyable!

22 Jul

Plush bedding is one of the most enjoyable investments you can make in your home.

It’s an enhancement you’ll appreciate every night.
Where do you spend more hours each day than in your bed? Why not dial up the luxury and sinkplush bedding1
into a comforting haven each night when you go to sleep?
Making over your bed linens is one of the easiest and most reasonably priced enhancements you can make to your home. It will make you feel pampered every day and every night.
The look and feel of the fabrics. You can choose among many design schemes when selecting bedding, including sophisticated, elegant, feminine, masculine, zen or whimsical, but whatever the look, comfort is always key.

ShowcaseHome1Make sure the fabrics you select feel good on your skin. Soft choices for sheets and pillows include high-thread-count cotton, smooth silk and toasty flannel.
The colors. Some people like their bedroom linens to have the soothing look of neutrals without pattern, while others like the energy of bolder colors and patterns. It’s your choice. Popular patterns include floral, geometric, stripes, medallions, seaside prints, paisley, or even a patchwork quilt for a cozy look. You can also add interest by using solid color bedding with borders in a different color or gentle pattern.

The pillows. Have you noticed that “more is better” is the strategy with bed pillows these days? First you have the pillows you actually lay your head on to sleep. Then you can add complementary shams and, on top of those, decorative pillows in a variety of colors, patterns, shapes and sizes.

Sink into soft, luxurious bedding every evening when you go to bed, and you’ll wake up in a better mood. Invest in new bedding for pure enjoyment!

 

 

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Custom Furniture or Off The Showroom Floor?

18 Mar

Showroom Showdown: Custom Furniture vs. Store Bought

Today you’ll discover why you should be looking at custom furniture instead of store bought. When you work in the design field, it’s fun to go shopping for special items for the home. It’s also easy for us to know when to invest our money. For most consumers out there, this is not so. Custom furniture is often labeled as too expensive when really, for something being used everyday it should be exactly what you need and worth the cost of quality. Before you rule out custom, consider the following:Child's Pink sofa upholstery

  • Functionality/Spatial Needs– How many times have you gotten a sofa home to discover it doesn’t quite fit the way you want it to? Or what if you have an odd amount of space allotted for your desk?You will search endlessly if you only look at what is mass produced. Choosing something custom allows you to determine your needs and what you have to work with so that your furniture helps, not hinders, the functionality of your space.
  • custom sofaStyle/One of a Kind– Custom furniture is a conversation piece! You will have a unique piece that no one else has. And maybe you’re not into the colors and prints you see in the stores. You will get the opportunity to put your personality into your furniture instead of trying to fit in a box with the current trends.
  • Price/Quality– More often than not, custom furniture isn’t more expensive than store bought. There’s a lot of overhead that goes into mass produced furniture for retail chains. And in this instance, the craftsmanship definitely beats out the assembly line. Artisans take pride in their work and strive to make quality products. After all, they want return customers too.michael-thomas chair
  • Made in America– Last but not least, your custom piece is probably made here in America. North Carolina is widely known as the furniture capital and is home to MT Company-a company that has many ways to customize your furniture.

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Coffee Tables Add Interest and Focal Points

21 Nov

Thinking Outside the Box When You Select a Coffee Table Will Add Drama to Your Rooms.coffee table1

An unusual coffee table creates interest and a focal point.
Coffee tables are often an afterthought in interior design, yet they provide an important anchor in most rooms. The coffee table is often the first object people “see” when they enter a room, so it’s an opportunity to make a statement. And it’s important that your coffee table is in scale with your sofas or sectional – and the size of the room itself.

Add personality when you select a coffee table.
Think outside the typical square or rectangular shape made out of wood or metal. Consider a circular or oval table – or even a hexagonal or kidney-shape.
Take a lookcoffee table2 at alternative materials such as mirrored surfaces, glass, fabric or stone.
You can even use a beautiful old trunk or an ottoman with a tray on top as your coffee table.

Before you select a coffee table, consider how you want it to function.
If you want to display a collection of your favorite objects or books, make sure your coffee table is large enough to accommodate these items.

If you want flexibility to move the table on occasion, don’t select a heavy marble or glass table. Think about using two or three smaller tables that are lightweight.

coffee table3If you want your room to appear larger, think about a mirrored surface. Or select a glass table that won’t hide a beautiful rug or floor.

If you want to serve food or drinks on the table, select a durable surface that can’t be easily damaged. If you have children or seniors living with you or visiting often, avoid sharp corners.

Pink Is The New Black

4 Nov

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Fresh Ideas for Your Home

Did You Know?
Pink is the New Black.

In interior design, just as in fashion these days, pink is heating up to become almost as popular as black!
Get in the pink this year with interior design embellishments in your home. And don’t worry, pink doesn’t have to be girly, childish or frilly. It can be sophisticated, modern and luxurious too.

Pink lets you have it any way you’d like. Just think of the variety of pink hues available, including raspberry, dusty rose, bubble gum, pink grapefruit, cotton candy, fuchsia and shrimp.

Pink has been called the color of happiness and it often communicates romance. But the mood you create all depends on the shade of pink you select. Vibrant hot pinks add passion and energy, while the lightest shades of pink bring a feeling of softness and calm. Middle tones are refreshing and feminine. Best of all, pink hues in interior design make most people’s complexions look healthy, young and rosy because they add a soft glow to a room!

Consider these points when you decorate with pink.
Pink plays well with many shades of green, including sage, lime and forest green, since pink and green are almost opposites on the color wheel. Pink is beautiful when paired with black, white, cream, grey, brown, gold, silver and red.
In a really light hue, pink can even act as a neutral instead of ivory or beige, especially if a pink paint is mixed with beige or ivory to become a soft shadow of pink. Pink is perfect for a small space, such as an accent wall or powder room.
Not sure how you’ll like pink? Try it for slip covers, throw pillows or bed linens to get started. Add a touch of this versatile color to your decor this fall. You and your guests will be tickled pink!

Decorating Tip of the Month- Sofa’s

14 Oct

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In your living room or great room, the sofa is the star.

In many rooms, a sofa – or a grouping of sofas – is the focal point. Take care when you select a sofa, and your entire room will fall into place.
The fun part of selecting a sofa is finding the style and material you like. The most durable material is leather because leather actually looks better as it gets worn, while most fabrics just look tired as they get worn. Solid color materials are easier to decorate with, but patterns don’t show dirt as easily. Neutral colors are the safest choice, but selecting a bolder hue makes a statement and may better match your personality.  Also consider how much, and what type of use it will get- if you have rough and tumble children you may want to up the quality of the fabric used to a higher grade.

Sofas come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with a choice of arm and leg styles.
• The shape determines the overall feel of your sofa – some are soft and feminine, while others are tailored and modern. And there’s everything in between.
• Then there are the arms and the legs to consider. Several styles of sofa arms 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.
• Size matters too – to make sure the sofa fits your room’s scale and allows plenty of room for movement. For a large room, consider a sectional or two sofas facing each other or placed at right angles.

No matter how great a sofa looks, its reason for being is comfort, durability and support. A strong frame is key – and usually hardwood is best. Soft cushions filled with down are inviting, but may make it difficult to get on and off the couch because your body just sinks in. Foam is supportive and less expensive, but not as luxurious. Often an in-between cushion choice – a foam core, with a down-filled cover – is just right.

Delux Drapery can help you with your custom furniture choices. We work with many vendors and would be happy to guide you in your selection.

Select the perfect sofa, and it will shine in its starring role in your living room or great room!

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