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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..

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..

Vintage Finds and Antiques Add Depth and Personality To Your Décor.

25 Jan

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Vintage finds and antiques add depth and personality to your décor.

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Have you inherited an antique from a favorite relative or purchased a vintage piece from a local flea market or on a foreign vacation? Not sure how to integrate it into your home design? Don’t despair.

Antiques and vintage items can be added to most any decorating style beautifully – and you’ll be saving a family heirloom or preserving a special memory. The surprise influence of an antique adds depth to a room and helps make the décor more interesting.

 

Here are some tips about incorporating antiques into your decorating plan:

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  • Adding just a few antique items will make a room feel layered and personal.
  • Adding too many pieces can make your room look chaotic or junky or even like a museum, instead of a home!
  • Collections of vintage objects can make a beautiful art display, on walls, shelves, tables or in specially designed cases.

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Think about using antique items for a different purpose or putting them in an unexpected place:

  • A vintage mirror can be hung in almost any room.
  • A vase can be repurposed as a beautiful lamp.
  • A large serving dish can be made into a planter.
  • A buffet table can be used as a bedroom dresser.
  • A couple of dining chairs can be moved into the bedroom to create a reading nook.vintage-and-antiques5A bedroom bureau can be repurposed as a beautiful entry room anchor piece.

 

 

 

 

 

Adding a vintage accessory or antique element to a room will update your décor to make it more intriguing and personal. For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co

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Square and rectangular shapes can sharpen your decorating plan.

14 Dec

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Square and rectangular shapes can sharpen your decorating plan.

squares2We often think about soft, rounded shapes as the most comfortable design aesthetic for home décor. However, an interior design based on square, rectangular and trapezoidal shapes can be equally beautiful and warm. Square edges give a sense of symmetry, order, and stability, calming an interior into a sense of harmony.

squares3Imagine clean, simple and sophisticated lines – no curves, no fuss, and no frills. Home furnishings can be very beautiful when they have no rounded edges, helping create a very elegant look. You might think squared-off design elements can only complement a minimalist style, but that’s not true. You can go contemporary, mid-century modern or very traditional, such as Shaker, mission, colonial, or arts and craft styles.

Leaving off curves, cutouts and ornamentation will simplify your décor and lend a sense of peace and serenity to squares4your home. Think right angles for:

  • Upholstered furniture including sofas, easy chairs and ottomans
  • Tables, including dining tables, coffee tables and end tables
  • Window fashions
  • Shelving
  • Plumbing fixtures and door hardware

Square up your home decor with a focus on sharp-edged shapes. It’s the perfect angle for a tranquil home environment!

For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

A Casual Dining Spot Helps People Feel At Home.

8 Dec

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Formal dining rooms are a fabulous part of a house and home. But just because you have a formal dining room, casualdining2doesn’t mean you can’t have a casual dining space, too. Why not create a flexible and beautiful spot for unplanned get-togethers and daily family time – from lounging in the morning with a cup of coffee to afternoon homework to late evening talks with a cup of tea? And when guests are invited, it’s nice for them to be close to the cooking action, enjoying a pre-dinner beverage and chatting with the chef!

A casual dining spot is usually in the kitchen or great room, but it can becasualdining3 somewhere else too, maybe even outdoors if you live in a year-round moderate climate! And it doesn’t have to be a stand-alone table and chairs, but instead can be a counter top with high stools or a built-in table with a banquette. Practicality is key when creating a casual dining spot.

You will want to plan for:

  • Washable surfaces
  • Comfortable seating
  • Flexibility to use the space for homework and as a buffet
  • Durable materials for chairs or stools, maybe even washable slip covers
  • Good lighting, since this area may be used for schoolwork or catching up on email
  • Open shelving nearby so family and guests can help set the table or hand the cook a serving dish or pot.

casualdining4A casual dining spot can come in most any decorating style. A contemporary look with mid-century furniture will give off a casual vibe, while a traditional or country look will feel comfortable and safe. Don’t worry about everything perfectly matching in style or material. Part of the charm of casual dining is its unpredictability. Think kid-friendly, family-friendly, and friend-friendly when designing a casual dining spot in your house. You and your loved ones will love the spontaneity this flexible space provides.

 

 

For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co..

Masculine Style In Honor of Father’s Day

16 Jun

In honor of Father’s Day, we thought we’d choose a subject fathers can relate to, which is masculine interior design. Masculine1But for the non-fathers, and non-males out there, we got you covered too. Even though masculine style in interior design is mostly associated with males, it’s definitely not exclusive to them (sorry, guys!); Masculine style can be used in any home, whether it be a bachelor pad, family home, or even singles crib.masculine4
Everyone thinks choosing to go with a masculine style for a space means staying away from anything fashionable or festive. Which is not entirely true, because it can definitely be elegant and classy. All it takes is just a little research and thinking outside the box. Continue reading

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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Accent Chairs Can Complete A Room

6 Jan

5 Accent Chairs to Consider

Want to set off your room with something special? Sometimes all it takes is an accent piece to fill that void. Here is a list of 5 accent chairs to choose from to fit your style and space.

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THE CLUB CRUCIAL ELEMENTS: An upholstered, roomy armchair with extra-deep seats, perfect for curling up with a book. WHERE TO USE: In pairs making up a cozy nook or as the ideal companion alongside a living room sofa. MOST LIKELY TO: Have leather upholstery or nail-head trim (or both).

Accent Chair2THE SLIPPER CRUCIAL ELEMENTS: Armless and upholstered with a petite silhouette and a seat that’s likely closer to the ground than you’re used to. WHERE TO USE: Near the coffee table, in a small apartment or at the end of your bed. If space is a scarce resource around your home, a slipper is a great option. MOST LIKELY TO: Be the choice seating for petite people. Sometimes simple and solid but, quite often, big and bold prints are seen.Accent Chair3

THE OCCASIONAL CRUCIAL ELEMENTS: The main focus of this chair, which can have numerous shapes and sizes, is that it is easy to move when needed. Most are armless as well and are put in place whenever the “occasion” arises. WHERE TO USE: This chair can be used anywhere and everywhere. MOST LIKELY TO: Have a special shape or fabric/print that draws attention when brought out.

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THE WINGBACK CRUCIAL ELEMENTS: Easy to spot with its winged sides and tall back. WHERE TO USE: Fantastic option to offset a large sofa to balance out the room. Also frequently put by the fireplace. And sometimes unexpectedly, you can surprise guests by using them as end chairs at the dining room table to give a statelier look. MOST LIKELY TO: Stay where it always is. It is part of the everyday décor and never moved. Quite often may have a matching ottoman or pillow.Accent Chair5

THE BERGERE CRUCIAL ELEMENTS: Regal lines, exposed wood and an upholstered seat and  back make up this chair. WHERE TO USE: Found in pairs across from a sofa or possibly in a bedroom with an ottoman in between. MOST LIKELY TO: Have a loose seat cushion to keep the space casual.

Is It Modern or Is It Contemporary?

12 Aug

Is It Modern or Is It Contemporary?

“It’s great to design a beautiful, modern, sleek home like you’d see in a magazine. But if it doesn’t suit your lifestyle, it’s really wasted.” – Candice Olson, Interior Designer on HGTV’s “Devine Design”

When decorating, we look for labels to define our space.  Traditional? Modern? Contemporary?

However, descriptions are commonly misused. The mix-up between modern and contemporary happens because there are some crossover aspects. Learn some of the basic differentiations and you can set them apart.

Modern1Modern: 1920s – late 1980s
Modern design refers to the modern art movement in the 1950s, also known as Mid-century Modern. This design relies heavily on graphic shapes and sharp, continuous lines and is extremely minimalistic.

 

Minimalism
Minimalism plays an integral part in modern design and became its own movement in New York in the 80s. The Modern2basic principle “less is more” was the approach for this design. Detailing on moldings or excessive use of textiles is not a practice. In modern design you won’t see figurines or vases as accent pieces. Any crucial items, including books and keepsakes, are kept out of sight. Modern homes are often far more comfortable than they appear, due to the way they are streamlined for efficiency. This design can be thought of as bare, but in reality it takes a lot of planning to include what is absolutely necessary in the home. Nate Berkus, an interior designer seen on The Oprah Winfrey Show, said “In a minimal interior, what you don’t do is as important as what you do.”

Colors
The majority of modern homes use shades of black and white exclusively throughout the home. Bold colors are used as accents to help break up the neutrals and provide focal points. These colors are introduced sparingly and found in abstract art, a single piece of furniture like a red sofa, or a solid color rug.

Contemporary2Contemporary: 1990s – now
Contemporary design is a little trickier to define. Better Homes & Gardens describes contemporary design as the use of clean lines with a casual atmosphere, open spaces, neutral colors and elements, and materials inspired by nature.

 

 

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Contemporary interiors feature tone-on-tone palettes, relying heavily on brown, taupe, cream and pure white. Shots of color are sometimes found on an accent wall or wallpaper. Natural fabrics such as silk, wool, linen and cotton are used for their textural aspect and inherent neutral hues. However, a bold color or geometric pattern may be brought into the design with pillows, a rug or a throw.

 

Glass3Furniture & Lighting
Furniture is made of light-colored woods that have minimal graining, glass, and a variety of metals. These pieces have clean lines and smooth surfaces without any carving or adornment. Silhouettes are slim without being dainty. Lighting is used as an artistic statement as well as function. Lamps have straight lines and sleek metallic finishes with a special shade. Recessed or track lighting draws attention to well-placed art and accessories.

So as you see, there are similar features in both styles. The main question to ask yourself is, are you looking for the warmth and comfort of contemporary design or are you interested in stark, streamlined look that modern design offers?

Custom Furniture or Off The Showroom Floor?

18 Mar

Showroom Showdown: Custom Furniture vs. Store Bought

Today you’ll discover why you should be looking at custom furniture instead of store bought. When you work in the design field, it’s fun to go shopping for special items for the home. It’s also easy for us to know when to invest our money. For most consumers out there, this is not so. Custom furniture is often labeled as too expensive when really, for something being used everyday it should be exactly what you need and worth the cost of quality. Before you rule out custom, consider the following:Child's Pink sofa upholstery

  • Functionality/Spatial Needs– How many times have you gotten a sofa home to discover it doesn’t quite fit the way you want it to? Or what if you have an odd amount of space allotted for your desk?You will search endlessly if you only look at what is mass produced. Choosing something custom allows you to determine your needs and what you have to work with so that your furniture helps, not hinders, the functionality of your space.
  • custom sofaStyle/One of a Kind– Custom furniture is a conversation piece! You will have a unique piece that no one else has. And maybe you’re not into the colors and prints you see in the stores. You will get the opportunity to put your personality into your furniture instead of trying to fit in a box with the current trends.
  • Price/Quality– More often than not, custom furniture isn’t more expensive than store bought. There’s a lot of overhead that goes into mass produced furniture for retail chains. And in this instance, the craftsmanship definitely beats out the assembly line. Artisans take pride in their work and strive to make quality products. After all, they want return customers too.michael-thomas chair
  • Made in America– Last but not least, your custom piece is probably made here in America. North Carolina is widely known as the furniture capital and is home to MT Company-a company that has many ways to customize your furniture.

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