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Decorating With White

2 Aug

White is a clear, clean choice for summer decorating.

White, used as an accent color or the primary neutral in a room, will help your house look and feel bright, airy and cool. It’s perfect for hot summer days and evenings, yet lasts throughout the year, lightening a room on dark winter days. Even though “white” seems like one color, the shade actually comes in many different versions. Warm white hues are often used to enhance elegant home designs, while cooler tones work well in contemporary or modern rooms. White can calm your rooms or make them more energetic depending on the shade of white you select and the colors you use around it.

Almost any interior design elements look beautiful in white, including: 

  • Paint on walls and moldings
  • Upholstery and drapery fabric
  • Floor coverings, including rugs, carpets and hard surfaces –
  • Tile backsplashes, showers, walls and countertops
  • Window treatments
  • Table and bed linens
  • Accessories

 

You can decorate a room almost all in white without it appearing bland, boring or stark. The key is using a variety of textures: rough and smooth finishes, soft and hard qualities, and matte and glossy surfaces.

Also consider adding colors to enhance your white decor:

  • White is stunning when used with black.
  • White is warmed up when joined with dark, rich colors like chocolate brown, deep blue or gray.
  • White is serene when paired with other neutrals, such as cream, taupe, tan and light gray.

White can be combined with almost any other color palette, including shades of blue, green, pink, red or gold. Add white to your décor for a clean, clear look that works all year round. 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..

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..

Decorating With Copper Adds Unique Style

5 Apr

Decorating with copper adds unique style.

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Colorful accents can cheer up your house – and your life!

8 Mar

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Colorful accents can cheer up your house – and your life!

Colorful accents add warmth and energy to a room. They actually make your house and your life feel more joyful! Your choice of colors in colorful-accents2interior design elements is almost unlimited.

  • Zesty tropical shades like turquoise and hot pink
  • Primary tones of red, yellow and blue
  • Trendy colors like acid green and tangerine

Are you afraid to be so bold? “Just enough” is a good strategy for adding color. So, if you’re nervous, start small – or start in a small room – with:

 

  • colorful-accents3painted wall
  • Throw pillows
  • Bed linens
  • Table settings
  • Accessories
  • Artwork

 

 

 

Feeling braver? You can add larger touches of color in upholstery fabric, window coverings, rugs, wall coverings and furniture. Follow these tips to make sure your bright colors are energetic, but not chaotic:

  • Balance bright colors with white or black to make them pop.
  • For a softer look, complement bolder tones with neutral beige, cream or gray.
  • Think complementary colors, one soft and one bold; for example, sage green with bright red or powder blue with electric orange.
  • Start with a favorite piece of art that has splashes of bright color and let that define your bright palette.colorful-accents4

 

Get rid of the blahs in your house now that winter is over. Add bright and cheerful colors to lift your spirits and create a vibrant interior look. The team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co. is ready to help – contact us today!

 

 

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A Shot Of Espresso Adds A Positive Jolt To Your Decor

1 Feb

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A shot of espresso adds a positive jolt to your decor.espresso2

Espresso – just the name makes you think of richness and intensity. Brown, and especially the shade of espresso, is a rich, earthy color that can anchor an entire room with spirit and coziness.

Because espresso is also about nature, it makes people feel comfortable and cocooned. In fact, it’s generally thought that shades of brown promote a feeling of warmth, protection and relaxation.

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Espresso goes with most any interior design style from ultra contemporary to mid-century modern to  comfortable Victorian, depending on the home furnishing pieces you select.

 

  • Think soft and supple espresso leather for a masculine lodge look.
  • Consider floral prints with espresso coloration for a Victorian feel.
  • Contemplate jungle patterns filled with espresso shades for a bohemian vibe.

Espresso works well with many colors, especially when it’s coupled with crisp white or a warmer off-white or cream, which makes the richespresso5 brown shade pop. It can also be beautiful with:

  • Earth tones like amber and rust
  • Soft pink or powder blue
  • Yellow and gold tones
  • Silver and grey shades
  • Even hot pink, electric turquoise or acid green

espresso4Make espresso brown a focal point for major parts of your décor, such as painted walls, carpeting, rugs, sofas, countertops and more. Or use espresso as an accent, in solids or stripes and patterns, with throw pillows, backsplashes, window top treatments, artwork and more.

This winter, energize the look of your home with the addition of home furnishings in dramatic espresso. The team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co. is ready to help, contact us today to get started!

Pantone Color of the Year- Greenery!

20 Jan

What is the PANTONE Color of the Year?pantonegreenery1

A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.  This year’s selection: Greenery.

Greenery is a brighter shade of green with a hint of yellow.  It evokes the feeling of pantonegreenery7spring and the invigorating spirit it brings.  It’s the color we see the most in nature, so Pantone calls it “Nature’s Neutral”.  Like accent colors in the forest, it pairs well with so many palettes, you will be able to put this to good use immediately. Greenery reminds of words that make things anew: refresh, revive, restore, renew, replenish, regenerate, rejuvenate, reinvigorate, re-oxygenate. Design is an outlet for all of these fresh beginnings.  And the yellow pigment in Greenery references the sun, the symbolic light that people need in these times.  Perhaps that is why it feels like a life affirming color.  Time to reconnect with nature and disconnect from technology.

Green Building

pantonegreenery2Green building has been on the rise for years.  There are many ways to build new and renovate adhering to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) guidelines for what is considered a green build.  It can be as apparent as foliage on the exterior, like the office building in downtown Tokyo, pictured right.

It can also be about the materials, lighting, plumbing, electricity, etc., like the University of Michigan Law School pictured below, which was granted Gold Certification for its efforts.

It is clepantonegreenery3ar that building green is here to stay and Greenery is a representation of that.

 

 

Design Aspects

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Vibrant for year round inclusion or “trans-seasonal”.  When paired with 2016’s Rose Quartz and Serenity, they become part of the Transitions palette.

 

pantonegreenery5It works with all of the neutrals; black, brown, tan, grey, and taupe so it will be easy to throw it in as an accent if you don’t want to center your look on Greenery.

And you can always start the natural way and add a few plants to get your green on!

 

 

 

 

guest blogger: Christine Sampier

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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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