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Bring Green Inside

22 Aug

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Create a natural, peaceful feeling with green home accents.

Green is a natural choice for home decorating. This color range from the world’s forests, meadows, and gardens brings a feeling of the outdoors to the inside of your home.

Green design elements bring the outdoors inside.

For home decorating, you have so many choices in the green family, from rich and lush, to calm and serene, to bold and brilliant. Because green comes in so many shades, it’s a very flexible design color.

Just think of all the beautiful natural names for green hues: sage, lime, spring, forest, emerald, mint, fern, grass, avocado, jade, apple, celery, and pistachio.

 

Naturally, you have lots of possibilities to add green to your décor, whether in small GreenHome3touches or major design elements:
– Painted walls and paint stenciling
– Wallpaper
– Upholstery
– Drapery fabric and window coverings
– Bedding
– Painted wood furniture and kitchen cabinets
– Rugs and carpeting
– Lamps and light fixtures
– Accessories such as throw pillows, vases, and artwork
– Tile countertops and backsplashes

It’s usually best to stick with one or two shades of green. Use neutrals to finish your design plan. You can also add small touches of a complementary accent color, such as pink or yellow.

Finish your design plan with neutral colors.

Colors that work well with green tones include:
– White, gray, and neutral beiges and creams
– Browns, camels and taupes
– Pinks, reds and salmon
– Small touches of blue, black, yellow or gold

Looking for a more natural feel in your home environment? Add green this season!

 

 

 

Decorating with Leather Furnishings

13 Jun

Leather adds texture and color.

Consider a touch of leather in your next decorating project. Leather adds great texture and color to a room, and most leather design elements are practical, too!

Beware though that leather can create a heavy look, especially in its most typical design colors, dark brown and black.

That’s why it’s best to balance dark pieces of leather furniture with design elements such as light paint colors and rugs, cushy throws and pillows, and soft fabric furniture and window fashions.

Combine leather with complementary materials.

Another way to lessen the heaviness of leather design elements is to select a lighter color, such as beige, white, gray or sage green. Or you can add a tidbit of brightness with green, red or yellow leather!

Complementary materials and textures can also lighten up leather furnishings. Think:

  • Plush rugs
  • Glass or Lucite tables
  • Metal chairs and lamps
  • Light filtering, soft-looking window fashions
  • Wood or bamboo flooring
  • Natural grass wall coverings
Leather furnishings are versatile and practical.

 

 

Leather adds beauty to most any decorating style, from a traditional dining room to a classic living room to an urban-contemporary great room.

 

Think about leather for these design elements:

  • Leather sofas and easy chairs, and even recliners!
  • Leather dining chairs
  • Leather headboard
  • Leather-fronted sideboard in the dining room or dresser in the bedroom
  • Leather-covered walls in a powder room or home office

Make a decorating statement in your next design project and add leather!

For more ideas and help with your next design project, contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

Choosing the Right Custom Shades in Ann Arbor Michigan

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

    The red areas indicate heat loss at the window.

    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 full 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!

Decorate With Natural Wood

11 Apr

Add natural wood for a warm interior finish.

Wood is a staple in interior design. It’s ubiquitous in the home environment and warms up a room with color, texture, grain and a touch of nature. Sometimes wood interior features sit in the background, and sometimes they take the stage as the focal point of a room. With wood design elements, it’s often the overall impression that provides the beauty, as with wood floors or paneling. At other times, it’s the detailing that creates a stunning effect, as with intricately carved furniture and hand-crafted moldings.

It’s almost hard to imagine a room without wood!

As much as painted finishes, fabrics, leather, and stone add to an interior design plan, almost every room can benefit from a touch of beautiful wood, whether it’s rustic or highly finished, newly hewn or repurposed. Beautiful wood works in so many different design elements, including beams, moldings, floors, walls, doors, wainscoting, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, window coverings, and furniture. Smaller options for wood accents are clocks, lamps, mirror frames, picture frames, and headboards.

 

Place a focus on wood selection.

The most typical woods used in homes are oak, pine, walnut, mahogany and teak. More unusual wood species are olive wood, lemon wood, and mango. Today bamboo is popular for some home elements too because of its renewable nature, although technically bamboo is actually a grass and not a wood. Wood, wonderful wood. Include it in your next home design project for an enhanced interior look.

For more ideas and help with your next design project, contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

Accent Vases Can Be For More Than Just Flowers

28 Mar

Accent Vases Can Be For More Than Just Flowers

Often we think about vases solely as vessels to display fresh flowers – and it is nice to bring some of outdoor nature inside! But they are so much more. Some vases are beautiful just on their own. Or you can fill them with fresh leaves, bamboo, succulents, evergreens, dried branches, or silk flower arrangements. Vases come in just about any size, shape, color and material. A large floor vase can become a focal point for a room, while smaller vases can be the final touches that subtly finish off a room’s beauty.

Place vases…

  • In the living room or great room, to create a focal point
  • In the foyer, to make an opening statement for your home
  • Around the tub, to make your bathroom feel like a luxury spa retreat
  • On the mantle, to add dimension and symmetry to your architecture
  • In the dining room, to anchor your table beautifully
  • In the bedroom, to add interest to your bureau or chest of drawers

One of the best things about vases is you can easily change where they’re placed in a room and change what elements they hold to update a room for every season. Vases work alone or in groups of two or more, placed close together. They look great when paired with a chair, occasional table or work of art in a complementary style, shape, color or finish. Add a smart finishing touch to your interior design plan this season with beautiful vases.

For more ideas and help with your next design project, contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

A Coffee Table Is Often The Anchor For A Room

14 Mar

A coffee table is often the anchor for a room.

A coffee table shouldn’t be an insignificant afterthought near the end of planning your living room, den or great room. It’s a pivotal design element that can add drama and personality to your interior design plan. Because a coffee table is often the anchor for a room, selecting it is key to your design plan. The table should be in scale with your furniture and the size of your room, complement your design plan, and provide the needed functions.

 

 

What functions do you want your coffee table to provide? Select…

  • A durable surface, if you’re planning to serve food or drinks
  • Lightweight design, if you want to move the table on occasion
  • A large size, if you’d like to display a collection of favorite books or objects
  • No sharp corners, if you have children or seniors visiting often

We most often think of coffee tables being constructed from wood, and a hand-crafted wood coffee table can be the perfect choice. But do consider innovative materials such as glass, stone, leather or metal. You can even use an upholstered ottoman as your coffee table. If you want your room to appear larger, think about a mirrored surface or a glass surface that doesn’t hide your beautiful rug or flooring. Be creative about the shape and size of your table too. Instead of a typical square or rectangular table, think round, oval, hexagonal or freeform.

For more ideas and help with your next design project, contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

Wallpaper Is Back!

31 Jan

Guess what’s back!

If ten years ago you had guessed “wallpaper” you would have been dead wrong. For a while, painted walls were the “in” thing in wall coverings. But just as all clothing trends travel in cycles, home décor trends do the same and wallpaper is seeing a resurgence in interior design circles. Repainting your walls is costly, difficult, and could require calling in a professional to do it for you. If you are DIY inclined and don’t like the sound of that, but do like the sound of bold designs, then let the wall covering experts at Delux Drapery & Shade Co. in Ann Arbor, Michigan show you what wallpaper has to offer.

Variety

When painting a room, you are fairly limited to solid blocks of color, or potentially stripes. This can be great if you really want your furniture to stand out, or you are aiming for a more subdued look for your décor, but bold prints, patterns, and designs are all the rage this year and would be largely impossible to paint on your wall unless you have Michelangelo on speed-dial. If you don’t, then wallpaper is going to be your best bet for getting those bold designs on your walls. Bring some Victorian elegance into your home by putting up a reproduction damask-style wallpaper, which tends to use complex patterns, usually depicting flowers or decorative symbols, such as fleur de lis. Not feeling the nineteenth-century vibe? There exists a wallpaper for any style or era, ranging from art deco, to mod, to contemporary patterns and designs.

Ease

As the noble art of installing wallpaper has fallen out of fashion in recent decades, it may seem a bit daunting to start at first, but in actuality is much simpler than attempting to paint your walls. Martha Stewart has some tips on how to install your wallpaper, but it is a fairly simple process. Simply sand your wall, apply a wallpaper primer to it, cut your desired wallpaper into strips, apply glue to the back of those strips, and affix to your wall. It could hardly be simpler, except that an easier alternative does exist: peel-and-stick wallpaper. Just like the stickers you loved as a child, you can now buy wallpaper that adheres to walls on its own for an even simpler installation process.

Whatever wallpaper you are looking for, Delux Drapery & Shade Co. in Ann Arbor, Michigan surely has one to suit your needs. Come browse our vast selection of wallpapers today! We also proudly serve Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities.

Light Up Your Home With Mood-Inspiring Candles

17 Jan

Light up your home with mood-inspiring candles.

Warm up the mood in your living environment by adding candles to your décor. They’re perfect for the cold winter months and continue to add beauty all year long.

Candles add soft light to a room and create a sense of serenity. Best of all, they add atmosphere and romance. Candles come in most any shape, size and color – from small votive candles to large, tall candles that can sit on the floor and become a focal point of a room.

Candles add interest to almost any room and can be displayed in many places in a room, including on:

  • Dining tables
  • Mantles
  • Coffee tables and end tables
  • Bathroom counters and around the bathtub
  • Dressers and bureaus in the bedroom
  • Window sills
  • Shelves
  • The inside of your fireplace in summer

Candles look especially nice when mixed with flowers, books, lanterns, or seashells to create an artistic vignette. It’s fun to update candles for holidays, too.

Think about using candles in pairs or even larger groups, with candles of differing sizes and shapes.

Always make safety a priority when you decorate with candles. Make sure, candles are at a distance from anything that could be flammable and that they sit on a heat-resistant surface. And be vigilant about putting them out before you leave the house or go to bed. Or, use any of the many flame-less candles that are as beautiful as they are safe.

Lighten and brighten your home environment by adding beautiful candles this season. For more ideas and help with your next design project, contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

Decorating With Curves

10 Jan

Soften your interior design with curves.

Most home interiors have lots of straight lines and square – or almost square – corners. Hint: consider the shape of your tables, countertops, chairs, artwork, rugs and more.

Instead, why not think outside the box and add some curved design elements to your interior design plan?

Straight edges make a room seem clean and organized, but mixing in some curved contours can take away a feeling of austerity.

Consider all rounded shapes, such as circles, ovals, arcs, bows, ellipses, half moons and even helixes and amoeba profiles. These softer shapes will add a sense of flexibility, grace, joyfulness, and luxury to your home. And they add a natural, organic feel since many elements in nature have rounded edges.

Research even shows that we appreciate the look of curved surfaces. According to fastcodesign.com, people are far more likely to call a room beautiful when its design is round instead of square. Apparently, it’s hard-wired into our brains! And part of the reason we prefer curves is because they signal a feeling of safety.

Many elements in your home lend themselves to curved edges, including:

  • Tables
  • Sofas and ottomans
  • Chairs
  • Mirrors and other wall art
  • Rugs
  • Tile patterns
  • Outdoor decks, porches and walkways
  • Stenciled patterns on walls and ceilings
  • Even curved walls, vaulted ceilings, and arched doorways

Take a swerve this season and add some curved design elements to your home. For more ideas and help with your next design project, contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

Decorating With Pillows

20 Dec

A few pillows can have a big impact on your décor.

Pillows seem like a small detail in a decorating scheme, yet they can add so much color, texture and personality to the look of your home. For maximum impact and decorating harmony, consider these attributes when you select decorative pillows:

  • Mix patterns if you’d like, but avoid more than two or three because the look may become chaotic.
  • Use complementary fabrics rather than the same material as your sofa.
  • Use colors that are compatible with the rest of your interior elements in the room, such as rugs, carpeting, window coverings and upholstery.
  • Layer different textures with multiple pillows, including smooth silk, soft velvet, rough tapestry and even fuzzy faux fur.
  • Think about embellishments on your pillows, such as embroidery, beading, tassels and fringe.
  • With pillows, size matters! And so does shape. In addition to square or rectangular pillows, consider unusual shapes, such as round, triangular, oblong and oval.
  • It’s almost always best to have more than one throw pillow on a sofa or bed. Two is most common, but you can also go with three or four.

Also think about comfort and your budget when you purchase pillows. Feathers and down stuffing feel soft and sensuous, but they tend to be more expensive and don’t hold a stiff shape. Synthetic fills and foam hold their shape better and are more reasonably priced. Selecting the perfect throw pillows for your rooms will puff up your home décor beautifully.

 

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

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