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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..

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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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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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

Geometric Shapes Can Add Movement and Energy

3 Feb

Geometric1Geometric shapes can add movement and energy to your rooms.

Think outside the box for a refreshing change of decor.
When most of us purchase home elements, we tend to focus on square and rectangular shapes and surfaces. Yet consider some of the most ancient decorating styles used by the Greeks, Romans and other cultures; they include lots more than just squares and rectangles! Try thinking out of the box for more interest and excitement in your decorating style.
Triangles, hexagons, trapezoids, parallelograms. Who even remembers what some of these shapes are? Maybe now’s the time for a refresher course in high school geometry to spice up your home décor. And don’t forget to add diamonds, chevrons, zig zags and stars to the equation.
Add geometric shapes and patterns to your décor with these home elements:

  • Table tops and table bases
  • Tile and wood flooringGeometric2
  • Rugs and carpeting
  • Wallcoverings and draperies
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Bed and table linens
  • Throw pillows
  • Dishware
  • Mirrors
  • Inlays on wood furniture
  • Light fixtures
  • Painted wall stencils
  • And even the architectural elements of your home, such as door panels, window panes and brickwork
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Geometric3Beware of too much geometry; a little goes a long way at perking up a room. Too much can become chaotic. Geometric patterns can look modern, retro or thoroughly traditional, depending on their style, color and design. And they can range from the superwix subtle to ultra bold in look.
Add geometric shapes to your interior design plan. It’s an angle that works!

 

 

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Adding a Piano Will Create Harmony in Your Decor.

20 Jan

Adding a piano will create harmony in your decor.

It’s a beautiful statement that adds rhythm to a room.
A piano is the ultimate piece of furniture to “make” a room, even if no one in your household plays it! A piano adds elegance, class and sophistication to any setting and any décor, from traditional and elegant to contemporary and modern.Piano1

Pianos come in many shapes, sizes, colors and styles; from the largest grand pianos to more petite baby grand and even smaller upright styles.

  • A black grand piano is classic; with white walls and flooring around it, it pumps up the drama.
  • A polished wood finished piano is perfect to complement your furniture and flooring and brown hues in your rugs, upholstery and draperies.
  • A white lacquer piano is also quite stunning.

piano3Before you purchase a piano, think carefully about its size relative to the size of your room because a piano does take up a lot of space! Then think of the practical issue of lighting. It’s good to have a table lamp sitting on the piano or a floor lamp nearby to illuminate sheet music.
Then think about the wall art you’d like near your piano. Music-related art is always fun, such as framed concert posters, photographs of musical instruments, pen-and-ink drawings of composers or abstract art showing musical themes. Make sure artwork is hung at the right height above a grand piano so you can see it when the top is open or partially open.Piano2
Want a new bold and beautiful piece to set the tone in your living room? Just add a piano!

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A Beautiful Entry Hall Will Impact How Visitors Perceive Your Home.

13 Jan

Entry1This important room can introduce drama and beauty to your guests.

After visitors walk in your front door, the entry hall (or foyer) is the first feeling they get about your home. Make sure it’s a good first impression by focusing on this small, but oh so important, part of your house!

 

Since the entry hall is a small space you can afford to be extravagant and add drama. Consider these ideas:

Consider these ideas:

  • Use bold and rich colors or striking black and white.entry2
  • Add mirrors to make the room appear larger.
  • Explore the idea of shiny, lacquer or faux finish walls.
  • Accent with a touch of metallic finishes, including gold, silver, bronze or copper.
  • Install a front door that looks distinctive even from the inside.
  • Purchase a dramatic light fixture or lamp.

It’s nice to include a table and at least one chair or bench where people can stop to put on their shoes, but too much furniture will collect junk on a daily basis. A coat rack or umbrella rack can add welcome functionality. Also take time to select artwork, rugs and light fixtures. When selecting colors for your foyer, think about coordination with the rooms you can see from your entry hall, probably your living room and maybe your dining room.

Entry3If you’re thinking about a remodeling project, you can redesign your front door for more drama, even adding side and top windows to bring in more light. If you don’t have a separate foyer, be clever in your decorating to make this area appear as a separate space, using your flooring, furniture and artwork selection.

 

Want to make a good first impression? Focus on redesigning your entry hall this season!

 

 

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Decorating in many shades of gray adds layered elegance.

7 Oct

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Gray is a versatile and sensuous color to include in your home decor.
Gray is a very flexible interior design color because it comes in so many variations; in fact, there are probably at least fifty shades of gray!

People most often use gray as a neutral, instead of beige, white or cream. You can go cool or warm, depending on the version of gray you select. There are so many shades, and very few of them are simply a mix of black and white. Usually gray includes tones of blue, pink, green, yellow or other colors.

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Gray can come in varying intensities too, from the lightest dove gray to dark steel gray. And don’t just think of gray as a solid, smooth color when you use it in design. Part of the beauty of gray is in its texture; think wood grain in flooring and furniture, texture in tweed or silk fabrics, and matte or lacquer finish in paint.

Gray is subtle and goes well with a lot of colors, letting the other hues get all the attention. Think French blue, pink, gold, black, brown and white for accent colors. For the most part, gray is a peaceful color that adds serenity to an interior environment. However, gray can be edgy and avant garde, like when it’s used for concrete flooring or countertops.

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Many elements in your home lend themselves to gray as a neutral. These include:

  • Wall paint
  • Tile and stone
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Window coverings
  • Rugs and carpeting

 

 

As an accent color, use gray for throw pillows, table linens, lamps, artwork, bed coverings and more.

Thinking of going gray in your home? Give us a call. We can help.

 

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Adding an exotic element to your decor is a surprising touch.

30 Sep

It creates conversation and personalizes your home.ExoticElement2

What do you consider an exotic home element? That definition has changed over time as our worlds have gotten smaller, and our population is more diverse. We have more access to purchasing interior design elements from other cultures, in addition to bringing them home from our own travels.

Most people consider the following as exotic elements to add to their home décor:

  • Indian or East Asian fabrics

  • Moroccan or Indonesian end tables and lanterns

  • Latin American dining tables

  • Japanese ceramic stools

  • Polynesian sculptures

  • African masks and wall artExoticElement1

  • Asian stone sculptures

  • Exotic woods with dramatic grains and textures

  • Carpets and artifacts from the Southwest U.S.

  • Tiles from almost any country

  • Rugs from Turkey, Kashmir, Iran and so many other countries

  • Even tropical plants and flowers

bonsai-tree-3previewThe trick is to add enough exotic to make a room interesting, but not so much that the room is cluttered or looks out of place for your life style. A little goes a long way with exotic elements. Most of these items are hand-crafted so you won’t see the same piece in a friend or neighbor’s home! And you’re adding to the individuality of your home, especially if you brought the piece back from a special trip. 

Even in minimalist décor, one or two touches of the exotic can stand out; actually they’ll stand out even more than in a cluttered room. And even if the pieces are exotic and special, they can be in neutral colors that keep the zen feeling going strong.

Personalize your decor with an exotic element or two this year. It’s a conversation starter that will add personality and energy to your home.

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