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Indoor Outdoor Decorating For Summer Enjoyment

21 Jun

Blending your interior and outdoor living spaces enhances summer enjoyment.

Creating an outdoor living area that feels like an extension of your indoor space makes for a seamless and unified transition.

If you focus on your outdoor living space as much as your indoor design style, you’ll gain a welcoming look that makes it easy to glide effortlessly from indoors to outdoors and back. You’ll find that you use your outdoor space more, whether it’s a deck, terrace, garden or large backyard.

So many materials work well both for indoors and out, including teak, stainless steel, rattan, wicker, easy-care fabrics, glass and more. Focus on beauty, as well as function, for your outdoor living elements, so they don’t look like an afterthought, but rather a design style that’s coordinated with your interior décor.

Some design ideas to link your adjacent indoor and outdoor spaces include:

  • Use similar colors, materials and styles inside and out.
  • Introduce a few soft surfaces outdoors, such as rugs, throw pillows and soft upholstery.

More ideas are:

  • Hang soft, translucent window fashions that make the outdoors look closer.
  • Add matching accent pieces indoors and out, including table linens, lanterns, candles and flower arrangements.
  • Plan adequate sun covering outdoors, using umbrellas, awnings or a built shading structure, so you’re willing to keep the windows and window treatments open without sun damage to furniture and floors.
  • Use ceramic stools, durable tables and easy-clean dining chairs that you can move in and out as the need arises.

Bring your outdoor and indoor living spaces together for summer relaxation with family and friends. For more ideas or help with your next design project, contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co

Pastel Colors In Decorating

14 Jun

Pastel colors make your room feel lighter and more delicate

The balmy days of summer feel like the perfect time to lighten your home with pastels. And remember, these beautiful shades are not just for the warm season; soft pastels are a look that can last all year long.

Consider these pastel hues for a home update and refreshing change: lavender, lilac, tangerine sherbet, apple green, lemon ice, sky blue, strawberry cream, soft yellow, pale green.

Pastels, also called spring colors or sherbet colors, are soothing, but at the same time energizing. Their fresh and natural feel brings light and softness into a room.

In addition to using pastel home elements in solid colors, think patterns, too. Perfect pastel patterns include florals, stripes, dots, birds, botanicals, latticework, or abstract designs.

 

Pastels work great for these home design elements:

  • Paint and wall stencils
  • Rugs and carpeting
  • Slipcovers and upholstery
  • Bedding and towels
  • Table linens
  • Wall coverings
  • Throw pillows
  • And sheer draperies and shades that filter light to enhance the muted and ethereal mood of a pastel interior.

Add delicate, delightful pastels to your design plan to refresh your home throughout the year. For more ideas or help with your next design project, contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co

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..

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..

Vintage Finds and Antiques Add Depth and Personality To Your Décor.

25 Jan

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Vintage finds and antiques add depth and personality to your décor.

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Have you inherited an antique from a favorite relative or purchased a vintage piece from a local flea market or on a foreign vacation? Not sure how to integrate it into your home design? Don’t despair.

Antiques and vintage items can be added to most any decorating style beautifully – and you’ll be saving a family heirloom or preserving a special memory. The surprise influence of an antique adds depth to a room and helps make the décor more interesting.

 

Here are some tips about incorporating antiques into your decorating plan:

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  • Adding just a few antique items will make a room feel layered and personal.
  • Adding too many pieces can make your room look chaotic or junky or even like a museum, instead of a home!
  • Collections of vintage objects can make a beautiful art display, on walls, shelves, tables or in specially designed cases.

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Think about using antique items for a different purpose or putting them in an unexpected place:

  • A vintage mirror can be hung in almost any room.
  • A vase can be repurposed as a beautiful lamp.
  • A large serving dish can be made into a planter.
  • A buffet table can be used as a bedroom dresser.
  • A couple of dining chairs can be moved into the bedroom to create a reading nook.vintage-and-antiques5A bedroom bureau can be repurposed as a beautiful entry room anchor piece.

 

 

 

 

 

Adding a vintage accessory or antique element to a room will update your décor to make it more intriguing and personal. For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co

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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.

 

 

 

 

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

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Square and rectangular shapes can sharpen your decorating plan.

14 Dec

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Square and rectangular shapes can sharpen your decorating plan.

squares2We often think about soft, rounded shapes as the most comfortable design aesthetic for home décor. However, an interior design based on square, rectangular and trapezoidal shapes can be equally beautiful and warm. Square edges give a sense of symmetry, order, and stability, calming an interior into a sense of harmony.

squares3Imagine clean, simple and sophisticated lines – no curves, no fuss, and no frills. Home furnishings can be very beautiful when they have no rounded edges, helping create a very elegant look. You might think squared-off design elements can only complement a minimalist style, but that’s not true. You can go contemporary, mid-century modern or very traditional, such as Shaker, mission, colonial, or arts and craft styles.

Leaving off curves, cutouts and ornamentation will simplify your décor and lend a sense of peace and serenity to squares4your home. Think right angles for:

  • Upholstered furniture including sofas, easy chairs and ottomans
  • Tables, including dining tables, coffee tables and end tables
  • Window fashions
  • Shelving
  • Plumbing fixtures and door hardware

Square up your home decor with a focus on sharp-edged shapes. It’s the perfect angle for a tranquil home environment!

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

A Casual Dining Spot Helps People Feel At Home.

8 Dec

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Formal dining rooms are a fabulous part of a house and home. But just because you have a formal dining room, casualdining2doesn’t mean you can’t have a casual dining space, too. Why not create a flexible and beautiful spot for unplanned get-togethers and daily family time – from lounging in the morning with a cup of coffee to afternoon homework to late evening talks with a cup of tea? And when guests are invited, it’s nice for them to be close to the cooking action, enjoying a pre-dinner beverage and chatting with the chef!

A casual dining spot is usually in the kitchen or great room, but it can becasualdining3 somewhere else too, maybe even outdoors if you live in a year-round moderate climate! And it doesn’t have to be a stand-alone table and chairs, but instead can be a counter top with high stools or a built-in table with a banquette. Practicality is key when creating a casual dining spot.

You will want to plan for:

  • Washable surfaces
  • Comfortable seating
  • Flexibility to use the space for homework and as a buffet
  • Durable materials for chairs or stools, maybe even washable slip covers
  • Good lighting, since this area may be used for schoolwork or catching up on email
  • Open shelving nearby so family and guests can help set the table or hand the cook a serving dish or pot.

casualdining4A casual dining spot can come in most any decorating style. A contemporary look with mid-century furniture will give off a casual vibe, while a traditional or country look will feel comfortable and safe. Don’t worry about everything perfectly matching in style or material. Part of the charm of casual dining is its unpredictability. Think kid-friendly, family-friendly, and friend-friendly when designing a casual dining spot in your house. You and your loved ones will love the spontaneity this flexible space provides.

 

 

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

Holiday decorating can help make the season more special.

9 Nov

Holiday decorating can help make the season more special.

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Holiday decorating will help get you and your guests into the spirit of the season, but keep it simple so YOU can enjoy the season without stressing about perfection.holidaydecorating2

There are so many ways you can decorate your home for the holidays, from the smallest candles and accessories to large-scale trees, wreaths and statuary. Typical areas of your home to prioritize for decorating include your living room or great room, dining room table and sideboard, fireplace mantle, front door and outside the house.

Start with a thorough house cleaning and put away other decorative accessories in your home, especially those on tabletops, mantles and furniture. This disciplined step will ensure you have a clean start for holiday trimmings that really pop!

holidaydecorating3 Once you put away extraneous accessories, you may recognize that you need more than just holiday decorating; it could be time to update carpeting, paint, furniture or window treatments, too! Plan your holiday décor for all the senses – to create a festive look, feel and smell. Think about decorations that can create new family traditions and that make you feel good.

This year, consider a new entertaining concept – maybe the first party of the season held before Thanksgiving or the

holidaydecorating4last party of the season a few days after New Years. Red, green, gold, silver, blue and white are traditional holiday colors. Also think outside the box for a refreshing new look with:

  • Transparent glass and earth tones
  • Fuchsia and lime
  • Light pink and forest green
  • Even black and white!

Make your home feel festive and bright this special season with a focus on holiday decorating. For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

 

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Decorating With Royal Blue

28 Sep

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Royal blue décor creates a feeling of safety and calm.

royalblue2Royal blue is a beautiful shade of blue, just a touch lighter than navy or midnight blue, and a tad darker than steel blue or French blue. Royal blue is often called Mediterranean Blue. Cobalt, lapis and Greek blue are similar to royal blue and can be substituted.

Psychologically, blue is a calming, fresh and harmonious color, so it’s perfect for a home environment. The darker shades of blue, like royal blue, remind us of the sea or the dark evening sky.

royalblue3Royal blue can complement almost any design style, and is especially effective with Asian, modern, traditional and Victorian decorating plans.

Royal blue helps bring a room to life and brings other colors in the room into focus.

It is a bold color, but it tones down well, working as a striking accent when used with lots of neutrals, such as grey, ivory, white and beige or with lighter shades of blue.

You can also add a splash of complementary tangerine or other hues of orange and yellow; the warmer colors create a beautiful balance.

Periwinkle and lavender are also nice touches, paired with royal blue.

Also think of using royal blue in these ways:

  • Paired with soft and filmy white fabrics for a summery, cool décor
  • With nautical and ocean themes
  • For a dramatic powder room or foyer accent wall
  • With ceramic stools, lamps and urns, to create an Asian lookroyalblue4
  • With patterned tile, fabrics and rugs to build a Moroccan style
  • With Delft patterns to create a traditional Dutch look Add a sense of calmness and peace to your interior plan this year by adding royal blue.

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

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