Tag Archives: how to make my home cozy

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!

Colorful accents can cheer up your house – and your life!

8 Mar

colorful-accents1

Colorful accents can cheer up your house – and your life!

Colorful accents add warmth and energy to a room. They actually make your house and your life feel more joyful! Your choice of colors in colorful-accents2interior design elements is almost unlimited.

  • Zesty tropical shades like turquoise and hot pink
  • Primary tones of red, yellow and blue
  • Trendy colors like acid green and tangerine

Are you afraid to be so bold? “Just enough” is a good strategy for adding color. So, if you’re nervous, start small – or start in a small room – with:

 

  • colorful-accents3painted wall
  • Throw pillows
  • Bed linens
  • Table settings
  • Accessories
  • Artwork

 

 

 

Feeling braver? You can add larger touches of color in upholstery fabric, window coverings, rugs, wall coverings and furniture. Follow these tips to make sure your bright colors are energetic, but not chaotic:

  • Balance bright colors with white or black to make them pop.
  • For a softer look, complement bolder tones with neutral beige, cream or gray.
  • Think complementary colors, one soft and one bold; for example, sage green with bright red or powder blue with electric orange.
  • Start with a favorite piece of art that has splashes of bright color and let that define your bright palette.colorful-accents4

 

Get rid of the blahs in your house now that winter is over. Add bright and cheerful colors to lift your spirits and create a vibrant interior look. The team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co. is ready to help – contact us today!

 

 

www.deluxdrapery.com

Lounge Chairs Are Comfortable Seating Choices You Can Lean Into

21 Dec

loungechairs1

Lounge chairs are comfortable seating choices you can lean into.

If you think lounge chairs are a thing of the past, think again! They are new again and come in so many up-to-date loungechairs3styles, materials and colors. And who can imagine a more comfortable addition to your living room or great room?

Lounge, sprawl, and stretch out. There are so many reasons to add a relaxing chair for comfy living: Give yourself a needed break and take time to watch TV, read a book, look out at a beautiful view or listen to music.

loungechairs2Big, dark brown, battered leather is the stereotype image for a lounge chair, but there’s so much more. Today’s chairs can be more petite, with wingback or modern sleek designs or shaped more like chaise lounges.

Lounge chairs come in loads of fabrics, including prints and light colors. Some have wood or chrome detailing, some come with welting, nail heads or tufting, and some have a swivel or rocker feature.

Things to consider:

  • Plan your chair’s placement so there’s plenty of room for movement around it.loungechairs4
  • Place a table nearby for snacks and beverages.
  • Add a lamp if you plan to read while lounging.
  • Make sure the lounge chair is the appropriate size for the room. If your other furniture is small, select a chair that complements this scale.

Add a lounge chair for a new tilt on seating in your home. Then lie back and relax!

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

Decorating With Indoor Plants

14 Sep

indoorplants4

Indoor plants add natural color to a room.

Living plants add freshness and natural color to a room, and there are many options that require very little care. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can select from a wide variety of artificial plants that are hard to distinguish from real ones.indoorplants1

Indoor plants range from large, lush trees to the smallest of African violets, and everything in between. Some of the most popular indoor plants include tropical orchids, cactuses, succulents, banana trees, dracaena plants, Philodendrons, ivy, and many varieties of ferns, ficus trees, and palms.

Place indoor plants on the floor, on a table, on a bench, on shelves — or you can even hang them on the wall! Have fun with the containers you use, too!

indoorplants2Just like plants themselves, containers come in many shapes, sizes, colors and glazes to complement any décor. And you can buy plant stands in a variety of styles that display plants at almost any height in your rooms.

If you opt for live plants, talk to your nursery about the light needs of various plants, and find out how quickly each plant will grow. Learn which plants are easy to grow, and how much water and maintenance indoorplants3each plant needs.

Keep in mind that plants don’t just come in shades of green. You can select plants with striking hues of red, orange, pink and yellow! Plus some indoor plants feature brilliant flowers in a variety of hues.

Make your home feel natural and green by adding indoor plants to your decorating plan. Also, for information on how plants can make your home healthier, check out our previous blog post on  5 Best Plants To Keep Your Indoor Air Clean

 

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

A beautiful bathroom helps you begin and end your days in luxury and comfort.

10 Aug

A beautiful bathroom helps you begin and end your days in luxury and comfort.

Make this important room into a personal retreat.

Most of us think about bathrooms in terms of function. And that’s the first need! In addition, consider your bathroom as a room of beauty and comfort! It’s not hard to change a drab bathroom into a luxurious cocoon.

For a calm, serene look and feel, use neutral colors, like white or off-white. If you’re looking for energy, select bold and bright colors, and consider coordinating an en-suite bathroom color scheme with the bedroom color.

Delux Drapery window installations - North Stonebridge Drive. 11-9-15

Some obvious places to start your bathroom plan are:

  • A paint color that makes you feel pamperedbathroom3
  • An elegant vanity, maybe even a vintage table that’s repurposed
  • New countertops, backsplashes and sinks
  • Updated hardware, including faucets, pulls and handles, available in a variety of styles and finishes
  • Beautiful framed mirrors, instead of frameless wall-to-wall mirrors
  • Layered lighting that’s beautiful AND functional, and maybe even a skylight to bring in natural light

bathroom1

Redoing the shower or tub is a bigger project, but how much fun to create a luxurious bathing experience. This is a good place to spurge on finishes and hardware since you’ll enjoy them every day of the year.

Function is also key when updating a bathroom.

  • Use slip-resistant flooring.
  • Select finishes that are easy to clean and resistant to water, especially if you live in a humid environment.
  • Plan for as much storage as you need, so the bathroom never looks cluttered.
  • Include plenty of towel racks, so towels are easy to reach and have a chance to dry.  
  • If you have space, include a place to sit, whether it’s a built-in bench or a movable chair or stool.

Are you ready to have a luxurious new retreat in your home? Focus on remodeling your bathroom this season!

 

http://www.deluxdrapery.com

A clean and simple design style can make your life less stressful.

16 Mar

The look of your home can give you peace of mind and a sense of calm.CleanandSimple2

Many of us have feelings of stress because we’re overwhelmed by the demands in our lives. What better goal to consider in your home decorating plans than to create a home environment that’s calming and relaxing, both on the eyes and on the soul.

Simple doesn’t mean plain or unattractive. Simple design can create a sophisticated, traditional, elegant look or a modern, minimalist feel. The bottom line is reducing chaos and over-decoration, and minimizing clutter and confusion.

  • Plan only one or two focal points per room, so you can really “see” the beauty, rather than having a hodge podge of color and design elements.CleanandSimple3

  • Limit the number of colors in your design and stick with gentle colors, rather than bold primary colors.

  • Make color transitions gentle. Avoid making too strong a statement between dark and light colors, such as black and white. (However, keep in mind that you may want energizing colors in a room; for example, in a kitchen or home office where you’d like to be engaged and active.)

CleanandSimple1Once you’ve created a simple, clean design, enjoy it! Allow yourself relaxing time to read a book or watch your favorite TV show, without answering the phone or responding to text messages. Spend time with your family or friends in a quiet way, without over planning your activities.

Achieving a calm and simple home environment can help you find peace of mind every day.

http://www.deluxdrapery.com

Calming Colors Can Change The Mood Of Your Home.

16 Dec

CalmingColors1These subtle hues will help you relax and de-stress.

The colors you choose to decorate your home add to its beauty and style, but did you ever think about how they can affect your mood and level of stress? Color is a factor in making your home a stress-free zone that relaxes you and elevates your feeling of calm.

 

To make your rooms a peaceful refuge, think ahead when you select your design colors:

CalmingColors2

  • Select cool colors, such as blue, violet and blue-green.
  • Use soft, muted shades of almost any color, including powder blue, sage green, pale pink and gentle salmon.
  • Create a calm look with neutral shades, such as cream, ivory and pale gray.

Use calming colors for a variety of your home décor elements, including paint, rugs and carpeting, upholstery, bed linens and more. Looking for even more peace and harmony in your home? Focus on reducing the clutter and chaos; that will go a long way in helping you feel more relaxed and calm.

 

CalmingColors3Just to play devil’s advocate … be aware that the mood you want to create may be different in the various rooms of your home. In rooms where you want to feel energized and productive, such as your kitchen or home office, you might want to avoid calming colors and instead select bright hues to raise your energy level.

 

Think ahead about your need for relaxation and a mellow mood before you select the colors for your interior design. Then sit back, relax and enjoy your home!

 

 

http://www.deluxdrapery.com

Plush Bedding Is So Enjoyable!

22 Jul

Plush bedding is one of the most enjoyable investments you can make in your home.

It’s an enhancement you’ll appreciate every night.
Where do you spend more hours each day than in your bed? Why not dial up the luxury and sinkplush bedding1
into a comforting haven each night when you go to sleep?
Making over your bed linens is one of the easiest and most reasonably priced enhancements you can make to your home. It will make you feel pampered every day and every night.
The look and feel of the fabrics. You can choose among many design schemes when selecting bedding, including sophisticated, elegant, feminine, masculine, zen or whimsical, but whatever the look, comfort is always key.

ShowcaseHome1Make sure the fabrics you select feel good on your skin. Soft choices for sheets and pillows include high-thread-count cotton, smooth silk and toasty flannel.
The colors. Some people like their bedroom linens to have the soothing look of neutrals without pattern, while others like the energy of bolder colors and patterns. It’s your choice. Popular patterns include floral, geometric, stripes, medallions, seaside prints, paisley, or even a patchwork quilt for a cozy look. You can also add interest by using solid color bedding with borders in a different color or gentle pattern.

The pillows. Have you noticed that “more is better” is the strategy with bed pillows these days? First you have the pillows you actually lay your head on to sleep. Then you can add complementary shams and, on top of those, decorative pillows in a variety of colors, patterns, shapes and sizes.

Sink into soft, luxurious bedding every evening when you go to bed, and you’ll wake up in a better mood. Invest in new bedding for pure enjoyment!

 

 

Like this post? Share it, please!

http://www.deluxdrapery.com

How To Use Color In Decorating

28 Oct

Room Color Can Affect Your Mood.

People frequently tell us that they feel paralyzed when thinking of how to use color in decorating. This blog post will cover how to use color and how it can affect you.

Keep in mind that each color has a psychological value. Think about how those colors make you feel- they can influence any feeling from tranquility to rage. So when trying to create peace and harmony in your home, choose your colors wisely. Some colors in large amounts will have just the opposite affect on you and your loved ones’ moods. Paint is fairly inexpensive and transforms a room more quickly than anything else, so you can afford to experiment a little.

If you are really uncertain how to choose the right paint for you, we recommend using your local paint store, such as our friends at Anderson Paint Co. They can help you decide the best brand and style for your needs. There is also a really cool tool by Benjamin Moore where you can upload your own photos to give it a trial run!

Now, onto the fun stuff with color!

RED:                                                                                                                         Red has guts….deep, strong, dramatic. A geranium red. A Goya red….to be used like gold for furnishing a house….for clothes, it is strong, like black or white. – Valentino                                                                                            Red is a bright warm color that can evoke strong emotions. It is associated with love, warmth and comfort. Red is also considered an intense, or even angry, color that creates feelings of excitement or intensity.

red-room-color

Blue:                                                                                                                 Blue is described as a favorite color by many people and is the color most preferred by men.  Blue calls to mind feelings of calmness or serenity. It is often described as peaceful, tranquil, secure, and orderly.  Blue can also create feelings of sadness or aloofness.  Blue is often used to decorate offices because research has shown that people are more productive in blue rooms.  Blue can also lower the pulse rate and body temperature.

blue-room-color

Yellow:                                                                                                                 How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun. -Vincent Van Gogh         Yellow is the color of sunshine. it is bright and cheery, but can also create feelings of frustration and even anger. While it is considered a cheerful color, people are more likely to lose their tempers in yellow rooms and babies tend to cry more in yellow rooms.

yellow-room-color

Green:
Green, which is Nature’s colour, is restful, soothing, cheerful, and health-giving. – Paul Brunton
Green symbolizes nature- it represents tranquility, good luck health and jealousy. Green has long been a symbol of fertility (which makes it a good choice for the bedroom). It has a calming effect, and people who work in a green environment tend to have less stress and fewer stomachaches.

green-room-color

Last, but not least, Neutrals:                                                                      Neutrals, (black, gray, white, and brown) are basic to the decorator’s tool kit. All neutral schemes fall in and out of fashion, but their virtue lies in their flexibility: Add color to liven things up; subtract it to calm things down. Black is best used in small doses as an accent. Indeed, some experts maintain that every room needs a touch of black to ground the color scheme and give it depth. To make the job easier, you can rely on the interior designer’s most important color tool: the color wheel.

neutral-room-colors

Color Effects on Walls and Ceiling

The ceiling represents one-sixth of the space in a room, but too often it gets nothing more than a coat of white paint. In fact, for decades, white has been considered not only the safest but also the best choice for ceilings. As a general rule, ceilings that are lighter than the walls feel higher, while those that are darker feel lower. Lower need not mean claustrophobic: visually lowered ceilings can evoke cozy intimacy. As a general rule, dark walls make a room seem smaller, and light walls make a room seem larger.

In conclusion, color is a very personal choice and you should pick a color that makes you feel good, and that fits your family’s lifestyle. It’s easy to do, relatively inexpensive, and easy to fix if you find it just doesn’t suit you.

If you have any other tips, please feel free to share in the comment section.

http://www.deluxdrapery.com

How To Create A Cozy Home

21 Oct

As the air gets cooler, we all want to feel the all the coziness we can. Here are a few tips

Tips To Creating A Cozy Home:

  • Add or use warm colors. Warm colors can be invigorating, so be sure to place them carefully and mix with a few cool chFabricut Pillowsoices to create a cozy feel to any room.
  • Add soft and cushy down filled throw pillows. A fun idea is to change the covers on these with each season, thereby creating a whole new look for your space. In the winter, use velvets or chenilles to create a cozy space to curl up.
  • Be sure you have a comfy, cozy chair to curl up in on those cold and blustery days.
  • Have soft throw blankets across the most used and favorite sitting areas. Chenilles are especially cozy, but fleece is inexpensive, can be cut without fraying and comes in hundreds of colors and designs these days.
  • cozy-throwUse delicious smelling candles around in each room, scents like apple pie, cinnamon rolls or maple syrup will help create a warm and cozy feel
  • Switch out your cool light bulbs warm ones- this is a great way to “warm-up” a room. Also have multiple sources of lighting to create just the right atmosphere for coziness.
  • Bring Green plants or fresh flowers into your home. Even a terrarium in an interesting shape can bring a cozy feeling. To make your own go to: Make your own terrarium
  • And of course, we would be remiss not to mention the cozy feeling beautiful, custom made drapery can add to any room. It not only warms the space, it keeps out the cold in the winter and heat in the summer.
  • terrarium
%d bloggers like this: