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Diagonal Lines in Home Design

25 Sep

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Put a new slant on your décor


Most structural components of a house are organized on a horizontal and vertical grid, including floors, walls, ceilings, windows and doors. In addition, most furniture and home design elements are square or horizontal. Why not think creatively and introduce an item or two on the diagonal?

In the architecture of your home, diagonals can be planned in:

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Diagonal lines add interest and energy.


– Angled top windows
– Angled mullions in windows
– The design of beams in the ceiling
– Angled walls, creating a non-rectangular room

 

 

 

Diagonal Lines In Patterns

 

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Rugs and lamps provide an easy way to add diagonal lines.

For interior design planning, the most obvious diagonal options are patterns in carpeting, rugs, flooring, tile, upholstery, and window treatments, such as a zigzag pattern.

Some elements that, at first, seem to be horizontal or vertical can be used on a bias to create a diagonal look, e.g., you can lay wood flooring planks on a bias.

Also consider plaid or checked fabrics and wall coverings, or hanging mirrors on the diagonal instead of straight up and down.

Ideas for your furniture

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Consider placing your chairs on an angle.


More ideas for thinking outside the box are:
– Add tables and chairs with slanted legs
– Select lamps that have an angled lamp shape or a tripod stand
– Place your sofa diagonally to a wall, instead of parallel or perpendicular
– Add two club chairs diagonal in relation to each other, instead of squared off, with an occasional table in between
– Build an angled kitchen island

Turn your home design on the bias. It will add a burst of energy to your home décor.

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Add A Bit Of Black

19 Dec

 

 

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Every room needs just a bit of black!

Adding a touch of black is a design necessity for almost every room. There’s something about Decorating with Black2this dark and mysterious shade that enhances other colors and moors a room. Even if it’s a small touch that you and your guests hardly notice, a pinch of black does make a difference.

One of the best things about black is that, unlike other colors, it never goes out of style!

Ideas for a dab of black include:
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– Upholstery fabric or leather
– Flooring
– Painted walls or wall coverings
– Lamps or lampshades
– The inside surfaces of a built-in shelving system
– Picture frames
– Black and white photos or paintings
– Granite or marble countertops in the bath or kitchen

Decorating with Black4Black can add drama, sophistication, austerity or masculinity. Do keep in mind that black is a strong color, so just a little goes a long way.

Some people are bold enough to decorate with black as the main hue in their design plan, but do be cautious: Too much black can be overpowering.

Think about combining black with other colors, because it goes well with almost all shades, especially white and cream. Black also looks beautiful with soft pastels and bold jewel tones.

Add a dash of black to your rooms this season to anchor your design style.

Ready to make a change? Contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co for help with your next design project.

Ottomans In Room Design

5 Dec

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Also called hassocks, footstools or footrests, ottomans have so many more uses that just resting your tired feet. They are perfect for living rooms, bedrooms, home offices and dens.

Ottomans provide:

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  • Extra seating when you have guests
  • A convenient surface for playing a game of chess or checkers
  • A seating area to put on shoes and socks
  • Some provide extra storage inside

 

Ottomans are super flexible because they can ottomans2.3be moved around a room, against a wall or under a table.

They come in all shapes, sizes, fabrics and styles to complement any décor and any size constraints. In addition to the typical square or rectangular shape, think oval or round.

You can use a fabric that matches your bedding or furniture to make the ottoman blend in – or choose fabric that contrasts to add an engaging accent.

Consider an unexpected color or bold print to call attention to this flexible piece of furniture. Or drape a scarf, pashmina or throw over an ottoman to add drama. ottomans2.4

If you’re worried about dirt from people’s feet or staining from spills, you can even slipcover your ottoman.

This season, add an ottoman to your interior. Then start thinking about all the ways you can use it!

 

Ready to make a change? Contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co for help with your next design project.

Rosé Is Not Just For Sipping

12 Sep

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Rosé is becoming more and more popular as a light and cool beverage option. It’s also a perfect choice to revitalize your interior design plan. This soft color was popular in

Add a touch of rosé to make your interior crisp and refreshing.

interior design in the 1980s and called dusty rose, and it’s now gaining popularity as rosé. Rosé is a soft color part way between red and magenta in hue, and then toned down to a lighter shade. Just like the wine, this decorating color can range from the lightest of pinks to a more hearty shade. Other names for this color are blush, rose pink, light apricot and peach haze.

Rosé is a smart decorating choice that’s a bit more sophisticated and subtle than more

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Rosé works equally well for modern or traditional interiors.

typical pink tones. This subtle shade of pink doesn’t have to look girly or frilly. It’s a smooth tone that works equally well for modern or traditional interiors. Rosé goes well with many colors including violet, gray, beige, black and white. And it looks fabulous with almost every shade of blue and green, including powder blue, sky blue, mint, sage, forest, teal and acid. You can even pair it with bright red, pink or orange!

 If you’re not sure you’ll like rosé in your home environment, try it for just one element…
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Ideas for adding this subtle color to your décor.

Such as:

  • A small piece of furniture
  • Slipcovers
  • Throw pillows
  • Bed linens.

Or accent just one wall of a room with rosé paint. Add a touch of soft and calming rosé to your interior this season. It’s an intoxicating choice!

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

The Perfect Kitchen Table

29 Aug

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Selecting the right kitchen table will make it the anchor for one of your most-used rooms. Consider a table that will meet all your needs, from homework projects to family meals, and from a food preparation work surface to a casual spot to drink tea or coffee with friends.

Just like the design of your entire kitchen plan, kitchen tables are available in many

Make your kitchen a popular meeting place

colors, sizes, shapes and styles. The perfect table for you will be different than the ideal table for other people.

Think about how many people you want to sit comfortably at the table and how you want them to feel when they spend time in your kitchen.

 

Also think about how you want your kitchen table to function. You may want a table that

Consider your needs and wants.

you can move, even one with locking wheels, so you can keep it in the center of the space most of the time, but have flexibility to move it against the wall to serve buffet food or drinks.

Then consider your style preference – modern or traditional, neutral or full of color, sleek or country. Some people prefer a retro look, with vintage chrome or laminate. Others like the feeling of a sidewalk café with a French bistro table with metal chairs. Still others cozy up to a traditional distressed oak table with wood chairs.

Low-maintenance surfaces work best.

When selecting the perfect kitchen table, also think about maintenance. A durable, low-maintenance surface will probably be high on your priority list, so your kitchen table can accommodate all your needs. Many surfaces are easy to clean and maintain, including butcher block, tile, marble, glass, laminate and some antique woods because they’re already distressed! Add a new table to the mix, and make your kitchen a popular meeting place for family and friends.

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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!

 

 

 

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.

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.

Frame Your Design Plans With Moldings

16 Aug

Decorative moldings can help frame your home design plan.

Decorative moldings on walls, windows, doors, and ceilings add texture and interest to your home,
no matter what your design style.

Moldings come in so many shapes, sizes and finishes. They can consist of one simple layer or
several stacked layers to add embellishment. Traditionally moldings have been made of wood, but
today they’re often constructed from materials that look like wood, but are more durable and
budget friendly.
Molding usually works best when it complements the design of your home; for example, a Victorian
home may have heavily ornamented moldings, while a modern home has squared, simple moldings or no
moldings at all .

We tend to think of moldings in white or off -white colors, with walls painted a different shade.
However, light colored walls with dark molding can be a dramatic choice too! Just consider your
options:
Windows:
– Casing around the entire window frame
– An apron on the bottom
– A pediment on the top
– A decorative or fluted design on the sides
Decorative moldings on walls, windows, doors, and ceilings add texture and interest to your home,
no matter what your design style.

Moldings come in so many shapes, sizes and finishes. They can consist of one simple layer or
several stacked layers to add embellishment. Traditionally moldings have been made of wood, but
today they’re often constructed from materials that look like wood, but are more durable and
budget friendly.

Molding usually works best when it complements the design of your home; for example, a Victorian
home may have heavily ornamented moldings, while a modern home has squared, simple moldings or no
moldings at all.

We tend to think of moldings in white or off -white colors, with walls painted a different shade.
However, light colored walls with dark molding can be a dramatic choice too!
Just consider your options:
Windows :
– Casing around the entire window frame

– An apron on the bottom
– A pediment on the top
– A decorative or fluted design on the sides

 

Doors (both exterior and interior):
– Casing around the sides and/or tops
– Raised paneling on the door itself
Walls:
– Baseboards at floor level
– Crown molding at ceiling level
– Raised paneling, possibly with wallcoverings or mirrors in insets
– Wainscoting and picture rails, with the choice of different paints or wallcoverings above and
below
– Paneling around a fireplace or built -in shelving
– Wall paneling behind a bed instead of a headboard
– Stepped paneling going up a stairway
Ceilings:
– Around chandeliers in the dining room or foyer
Decorative moldings can help shape your décor – like adding just the right accessories to a
beautiful outfit! For more ideas or help with your next design project, contact the
team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co..

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..

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