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Textures Are A Nice Touch in Interior Design

29 Jun

Textures add the sense of touch to your decorating plans.

From rough to smooth, nubby to silky, textures invoke an emotional feeling.

Textures are a nice touch in an interior design scheme. They can caress your skin or stimulate the senses with a bit ofTextures2 roughness. Whether the textures you add are soft or hard, dense or airy, pliable or firm, they will add interest and engagement to your décor.

Consider these elements to add texture to your home:

  • In fabrics – velvet, chenille, linen, wool and tweed

  • In furniture – rattan, wicker and recycled wood

  • In flooring – grained wood, textured tile, contoured rugs and shag carpeting

  • In window fashions – smooth shutters and textured woven wood shades

  • In painted walls – faux finishes such as Venetian plaster, ragging, sponging and marbleizing

Texture is not just about how a home design element feels; texture also has a look. If you use a neutral color palette, Textures1texture is especially important. It helps you avoid a sterile or cold feeling.

Think faux fur, fabrics with ridges, textured paint treatments, tongue and groove ceilings, ceiling medallions, rough stone fireplace facades, cork and grass wall coverings, uneven hand-made terra cotta tiles, even burlap in the right setting!

Smooth, soft fabrics tend to be associated with traditional or elegant rooms, while modern rooms have rougher texture, but you can think outside the box on these stereotypes. Layering Textures3textures is a good strategy, such as soft rugs atop hard surface flooring or smooth throw pillows atop a rough upholstery fabric on chairs and sofas.

Add a tactile sense to your interior decorating plan by focusing on textures with your home element selections.

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Chocolate is more than a delicious, sweet treat.

30 Mar

It’s a bold and luscious interior design choice.Chocolate1

Just like the chocolate we love to eat, the color chocolate used in interior décor is dark, luscious and rich.
Chocolate is a bold color that can be used in a similar way as black, but with more interest and a bit of softness. This beautiful color can communicate high-style or it can be very warm and inviting, depending how you use it.

  • Together with pastels, such as baby blue, light pink or butter yellowChocolate2
  • Layered with several lighter neutrals, such as cream, taupe, gray and beige
  • Paired with snowy white
  • Integrated with earth tones, like gold, apricot and sage green
  • Combined with bold colors, such as tangerine, acid green or tomato red

Like most dark colors, chocolate works best as an accent rather than as the predominant color in a room. And it’s important to surround large areas of chocolate with light colors to ensure a room doesn’t appear dark and closed.Consider these design elements for a touch of chocolate in your house:Chocolate3

  • A painted accent wall
  • Rugs and carpeting
  • Fabrics for upholstery, draperies and headboards
  • Table, bed and bath linens
  • Lacquer surfaces, such as table tops and furniture
  • Tile, backsplashes and countertops in kitchen and bath

Ready for an interior design color that reminds you of one of your favorite treats? Think chocolate for decorating this year.

 

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To The Dark Side?

23 Dec

With all the hype surrounding Star Wars, we thought we’d have a little fun with it so…

Follow Us To The Dark Side….

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Dark colors have a bad reputation in general, and are rarely used in abundance in most homes. Let’s try to change that by pointing out the myths about using dark colors in interior design.
There is a myth that painting wall in a dark color makes a room look smaller, but that’s not always the case. When it comes to windows, size does matter; if a room has plenty of light coming in through the windows, using dark colored paint or wallpaper on the walls, with dark colored furniture can work just fine. Even if the windows are small and don’t let as much light needed to illuminate the décor, using more lighting in the space will fix the problem. Also depending on the shape of a room, some dark colors can give the illusion of depth, especially if we add sheen or add lacquer to walls.
DarkSide1Another myth states that a room that uses all dark colors will only feel depressing. We would have to disagree. If that was true, you wouldn’t see so many designers resorting to using dark colored walls as we’ve been seeing lately. There are so many interesting effects dark colors can add to a room; they add an elegance and luxurious touch, as well as being able to make a room look magically dramatic and mysterious.
But just in case, here are more helpful tips to master the “dark side” design. Choosing glossy, or lacquered dark paint on the walls instead of matte colors will make them look more interesting. If wallpaper is what you’d rather choose, pick glossy wallpapers, glittery ones, or a wallpaper with a 3d effect. Another helpful tip when using dark colors in a room is to add mirrors, lots of mirrors if possible, to minimize the “cave effect” associated with dark rooms.
So now you see, the dark side isn’t that scary after all.

 

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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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Sliding Door Window Solutions

29 Jul

Sliding Doors Can Be Fun or a Challenge

There are few things more exciting than being a first time homeowner. It can be thrilling to decorate your new home to fit your taste and style. But as you finish laying down the floor, slapping paint on the walls, you get to the
daunting task of the windows. Specifically, the sliding glass door that takes you to your new backyard. A lot has changed and there are many options now besides vertical blinds. So before you panic, here are some suggestions:

SlidingDoor2Honeycomb– Many don’t realize a honeycomb shade can come as a vertical option. And just like the shades you put in your window, they insulate well.SlidingDoor6

 

Sliding Panels– A streamlined, contemporary option that can be accomplished with woven wood, roller shade fabric, or screen shade material.

 

Doorwall ShuttersPlantation Shutters- A classic option for any window. Whether they bi-fold, slide or open like French doors they will be durable and beautiful in any home.

 

Window Shadings– They have the look of drapery with the function of a vertical blind. These still SlidingDoor7have open/close louvers and the option of pulling all to one side or splitting in the middle like a vertical blind. But these give a softer feel to the room because of the sheer fabric overlay. They are great for filtering in light and giving you some privacy.

Drapery– There are many ways to hang drapery over a sliding glass door. You can make the look formal or casual, traditional or contemporary. A traditional pinch pleat drapery moves on a traverse rod that opens SlidingDoor5with the ease of pulling a string. You can also look into grommet panels that easily slide over a rod. And as a combination of both, if you want a more decorative rod for your pinch pleat drapery, look into a rod with rings. Even on a larger sliding door where you will need extra supports, there are rings that are not complete circles so they can slide over the brackets.

This is just a starting point for you to see what is more your style then you
can take it from there with fabric and color. Let us know what style you like!

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Not Your Granny’s Draperies!

15 Apr

DraperyDesign1Draperies are a design element that has so many looks and so many functions!

The versatility of draperies means that they can enhance the openness of your rooms to make them appear larger – or make your living spaces more intimate and private with a cozy feel.

DraperyDesign2• Tailored, formal panels with clean lines
• Soft and feminine sheers
• Luscious draperies with tassels and fringe
• Side or top treatments that are totally ornamental

The possibilities of decorating with draperies are almost unlimited! You can make draperies the star of a room, adding color and drama – or consider them as a beautiful background to quietly blend with your other home furnishings elements.
Draperies are used primarily to enhance your decor; but they can be functional too, providing privacy and preventing fading. Best of all, add draperies as a decorative accent over shades, blinds or shutters that provide the function you need at the window – improving energy efficiency, preventing fading and keeping a room dark even during the brightest sunny day.
Often draperies don’t just cover the window and window frame, but are sized to optimally fit the wall they hang on and complement your decorating plan. Even a small window can have draperies covering an entire wall from side to side and floor to ceiling!
When purchasing draperies, there are important decisions about the fabric fullness, type of lining, where the DraperyDesign3draperies should draw, what kind of pleats work best, whether you should consider motorization, and more. That’s why getting advice from an expert is best when you order custom draperies!

Add a little softness to your decor with the magic of draperies!

Women’s History Month-Famous Women in Design

13 Mar

Ladies in Design You Should Know About

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.”  This is a famous quote fromWomen1 Edith Wharton, mostly known for being a writer and the first woman to win a Pulitzer, but many do not know that she was also an interior designer.  She designed her home the Mount, which still stands today as an example of her design principles.  To celebrate March being Women’s History month, let’s take a look at some other female designers that paved the way.

Women2In 1905, Elsie de Wolfe became the first interior decorator to be given a design commission; it was the Colony Club on Madison Avenue and its interiors garnered her recognition overnight.  Rejecting the Victorian style she grew up with, Elsie chose a more vibrant scheme with more comfortable furniture in the home. Her designs utilized fresh colors and delicate furnishings opposing the Victorian preference of heavy drapes, plush upholstery, and dark wood. Her designs were practical in that she eliminated the clutter that occupied the Victorian home, enabling people to entertain more guests comfortably.

In England, Syrie Maugham became a legendary interior decorator by designing the first all-white room.  Also women3designing in the Victorian Era, she challenged the norm by filling rooms with light and furnishing them in multiple shades of white. In addition to mirrored screens, her trademark pieces included: console tables with plaster palm-frond, shell, or dolphin bases, upholstered and fringed sleigh beds, fur carpets, dining chairs covered in white leather, and lamps of graduated glass balls, and wreaths.

women4Dorothy Draper was the first documented commercial interior decorator, establishing her design firm in 1923.  Dorothy Draper believed that the energy of vivid colors would make people feel happier, so she led design away from the dark interiors of the time by introducing bright color palettes. She chose dramatic and contrasting color schemes and combined different fabrics and patterns together. All of the colors and patterns contributed to her dramatic design now referred to as “the Draper Touch.”

So if you are ever in need of some inspiration for your home, look back to these women who were so forward-thinking for their time.  Where will you put your white room?  Where will you use the “the Draper Touch”?

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How To Treat Tall Windows

13 Jan

Tall Windows Can Present A Challenge Or An Opportunity To Use Imagination

If you have very tall windows, they may have you stumped as to how to dress them for best results. There are many options to choose from, and depending on whether you need privacy, or just want some style, we’ll share a few ideas with you. For windows that don’t really need privacy there are so many ways you can go. A sheer pulled back look helps to open up the room, or you can paint the trim and leave them totally bare. tall windows paint-frames
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If you feel like you need more privacy, you can use a hidden track with a ripple-fold drapery. It can make a nice flow to your room, and works especially well if you have a beautiful view that you want to take advantage of. tall ripplefold windows

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And, lastly, your window treatments can add warmth, style and personality to your tall windows!

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Interior Design Ideas for Your Guest Bedroom

7 Oct

Adding just the right touches to your guest room can help overnight visitors savor their stay with you.

Sometimes a guest room can seem cold and sterile or just an afterthought space you use to store unwanted items and old furniture. The holidays are coming soon. That means guests may be coming to stay – and you can make their stay much more enjoyable with just a few touches. An engaging guest room doesn’t have to do with the size of the room or the cost of the furnishings, but with the details you pay close attention to. Think about the amenities you like when you stay in a nice hotel, and make those available to your guests!

• Make the room luxurious with a high-quality mattress and good linens.

Photo from Country Living

Photo from Country Living

• Have several blankets or throws available, so guests can adjust to their own comfort level.

• Provide pillows in a couple of firmness levels and various stuffing materials.

• Arrange side tables or nightstands on both sides of the bed, with lamps that have effective lighting for reading.

• Purchase window treatments that block out the morning light and provide privacy.

If there’s space, arrange a sitting area with a small table, a comfortable chair or two, and good lighting. Also think about where people can put their suitcases – maybe you can add a bench at the foot of the bed or a folding luggage rack.

Clean your junk out the closet too, so there’s at least a small amount of space for people to hang their clothes and store their shoes out of site. Also have at least one small bureau with a drawer or two available for guests to put away their t-shirts and socks. And if you’re remodeling or adding on a guest room, make sure you include plenty of plugs for recharging portable devices.

Enhance your guest room this fall to be ready for holiday visitors. But don’t make your guest room too comfortable – or your visitors may never leave!

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4 Reasons to Purchase Custom Window Treatments to Help Keep Heating Costs Down

23 Sep

4 Reasons to Purchase Custom Window Treatments to Help Keep Heating Costs Down

Once you’ve decided that you don’t want temporary fixes to solve a long term heat loss from your windows, there are very valid reasons to purchase custom window treatments.

  1. If you decide on a cellular shade, you may even be eligible for a tax rebate. Hunter Douglas products qualify. If you choose another brand, be sure to check if it is eligible or not.  So besides the great energy efficiency you will get with a Duette® that will keep heat and cold out, you may even get part of it paid for!
  2. Cellular shades can come with several options to make them the perfect window treatment for your situation. They can be room darkening, they can come with a cordless lifting system, and they can also come as a Top Down/Bottom Up treatment which allows you to keep privacy and still let natural light in- a perfect scenario for a bathroom.
  3. If you decide on custom draperies, you will have the ability to choose from literally thousands of fabrics, and several styles of pleating or grommeted top styles. Drapery can also have a room darkening lining, or, if you have very drafty windows, your drapery can have an insulated lining to keep the drafts at bay, or keep the heat from making your room to warm.
  4. Drapery is also a great choice to help add your own style to a room, whether you choose a contemporary print or a traditional damask- it can help you insert a bit of your own personality into your choice.

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You can expect to pay anywhere from $200 on up, depending on fabrics, styles and how large your windows are. It is an investment, but it will give you pleasure everyday.  If you’d like more information, feel free to contact us and we will share our process with you. Don’t forget we have a free design service in the Washtenaw County area!

Custom window treatments are more expensive than taping or caulking or putting plastic up, but they also offer a much better option for the long term. They will save you year round on heating and cooling costs, will add beauty to your room, and will keep the sun’s rays from rotting your furniture, carpets or rugs.

Next week we will talk about touches you can use with paint to liven up a room.

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