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Indoor Outdoor Decorating For Summer Enjoyment

21 Jun

Blending your interior and outdoor living spaces enhances summer enjoyment.

Creating an outdoor living area that feels like an extension of your indoor space makes for a seamless and unified transition.

If you focus on your outdoor living space as much as your indoor design style, you’ll gain a welcoming look that makes it easy to glide effortlessly from indoors to outdoors and back. You’ll find that you use your outdoor space more, whether it’s a deck, terrace, garden or large backyard.

So many materials work well both for indoors and out, including teak, stainless steel, rattan, wicker, easy-care fabrics, glass and more. Focus on beauty, as well as function, for your outdoor living elements, so they don’t look like an afterthought, but rather a design style that’s coordinated with your interior décor.

Some design ideas to link your adjacent indoor and outdoor spaces include:

  • Use similar colors, materials and styles inside and out.
  • Introduce a few soft surfaces outdoors, such as rugs, throw pillows and soft upholstery.

More ideas are:

  • Hang soft, translucent window fashions that make the outdoors look closer.
  • Add matching accent pieces indoors and out, including table linens, lanterns, candles and flower arrangements.
  • Plan adequate sun covering outdoors, using umbrellas, awnings or a built shading structure, so you’re willing to keep the windows and window treatments open without sun damage to furniture and floors.
  • Use ceramic stools, durable tables and easy-clean dining chairs that you can move in and out as the need arises.

Bring your outdoor and indoor living spaces together for summer relaxation with family and friends. For more ideas or help with your next design project, contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co

Pastel Colors In Decorating

14 Jun

Pastel colors make your room feel lighter and more delicate

The balmy days of summer feel like the perfect time to lighten your home with pastels. And remember, these beautiful shades are not just for the warm season; soft pastels are a look that can last all year long.

Consider these pastel hues for a home update and refreshing change: lavender, lilac, tangerine sherbet, apple green, lemon ice, sky blue, strawberry cream, soft yellow, pale green.

Pastels, also called spring colors or sherbet colors, are soothing, but at the same time energizing. Their fresh and natural feel brings light and softness into a room.

In addition to using pastel home elements in solid colors, think patterns, too. Perfect pastel patterns include florals, stripes, dots, birds, botanicals, latticework, or abstract designs.

 

Pastels work great for these home design elements:

  • Paint and wall stencils
  • Rugs and carpeting
  • Slipcovers and upholstery
  • Bedding and towels
  • Table linens
  • Wall coverings
  • Throw pillows
  • And sheer draperies and shades that filter light to enhance the muted and ethereal mood of a pastel interior.

Add delicate, delightful pastels to your design plan to refresh your home throughout the year. For more ideas or help with your next design project, contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co

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..

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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A new counter can top off your kitchen or bath beautifully

22 Mar

A new counter can top off your kitchen or bath beautifully.

Changing your countertops can make a visible difference in the look of a room. Depending on what you select in material, color and pattern, the new countertops can add personality or they can blend into the background to call attention to another design element. The choice is yours!

Durability is probably more key in this home design decision than almost any other because most of the time countertops get lots of use. Some surfaces are easier to maintain than others, and some can be resurfaced while others cannot. That’s why it’s best to consult an expert when you select a countertop material.

So many material choices are available, including: concrete, granite, marble, butcher block, engineered surfaces, stainless steel, soapstone, limestone, zinc, copper, tile and glass.

Some surfaces are more costly than others, so your budget is an important consideration. And your choices in color and pattern are almost unlimited.

Consider using two different countertop materials in your kitchen, one near the cooktop and sink, and another on an island.

Various countertop materials can lend quite a different feel to a room. For example:

  • For elegance, think marble.
  • For cozy, think butcher-block wood.
  • For vintage, think tile.
  • For country, think limestone.
  • For avant-garde, think concrete.

Add the perfect finishing touch to your kitchen or bath with a beautiful new countertop. For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co..

Relaxed furniture can help you slow down and unwind

15 Mar

Relaxed furniture can help you slow down and unwind.

Home is where relaxation should be key, especially since most of us live busier lives than ever before. Designing your home for maximum relaxation is a great strategy to help you find peace and calm when you enter your home environment.

  • Focus on purchasing pieces of furniture – especially your upholstered sofas and chairs – that help you create a soft and gentle living space:
  • Less structured
  • More rounded edges than square corners
  • Well cushioned
  • Soft, sensuous fabrics
  • Comfortable construction
  • No-fuss, informal slip covers

 

 

 

 

Finish off your relaxed furniture with other home elements that can help you feel more relaxed including:

  • Soft lighting
  • Calming paint colors
  • Natural materials and colors
  • Puffy throw pillows
  • Silky rugs (maybe even a shaggy rug or faux fur rug!)
  • Soothing scents created by candles and fresh flowers
  • Translucent window fashions

In the bedroom, soften your bed with an upholstered headboard. Add a sumptuous duvet, lots of comfortable pillows and lighting that can be dimmed.

Adding relaxed furniture and accessories can help you feel calm and rested – and actually make you feel more at home in your home. For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co..

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

8 Mar

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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:

 

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  • 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!

 

 

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Custom Shutters Can Offer A Wide Array Of Options

15 Feb

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The clean, classic look of Hunter Douglas plantation shutters is a great choice for any home. Custom shutters allow for a wide array of options for even the most unique window or door. Choose from wood or synthetic material that can be stained or painted to match the existing décor.

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Plantation shutters are a great way to accent french doors. One advantage to plantation shutters on french doors over blinds is that blinds tend to sway and bang against the door as it opens and can even get caught in the door. Plantation shutters stay put. They work with any type of door handle by customizing cut outs to individual door handles.

Sliding Glass doors

sliding-door-shuttersInstalling plantation shutters as a window treatment for sliding glass doors is a great way to give a sophisticated look to a room while optimizing privacy and light. Hunter Douglas shutters come in three collections that can all be made with installation systems uniquely for patio and sliding glass doors.

Closet Doors

Plantation shutters are an interesting way to give a crisp, modern look to a bedroom. With their streamlined look, architectural interest and the ability to close the louvers tightly to block the contents of the closet from view, they are a great solution for closet doors.

Room Dividers

A cost effective and fun option for basements, attics, or home offices, plantation shutters are ideal for creating separate spaces where no walls exist. Plantation shutters can be custom made into floor to ceiling room dividers, lending a high-end, contemporary look to your home renovation project.

Materials and Finishes

Hunter Douglas uses three distinct materials for plantation shutters. Their hardwood shutters are crafted from real wood and use dovetail construction for increased durability. They come in a wide array of colors and finishes to suit any room in your home.

Hybrid shutters give the look of hardwood but the strength and durability of advanced modern day materials.

Hunter Douglas UV resistant shades are a great idea for high moisture areas like the kitchen or the bathroom. They are guaranteed to never fade, chip, warp or peel, regardless of heat or moisture exposure.

Operating Systems

Depending on exactly where your shutters are in your home, there may be a need for different ways to open or adjust them. Here are a few options offered by Hunter Douglas.

A traditional front-mounted tilt bar is the standard on plantation shutters. The centered tilt bar is used to close the louvers up or down tightly against one another. Hunter Douglas also offers a rear mounted tilt bar, which is barely visible from the front of the shutter.shuttershinged

Hinged panels can be hinged both together and to the window frame. T-posts in the center of the window opening can be added to increase design possibilities.

A bi-fold track option available on all Hunter Douglas shutter products allows for up six panels to be hinged together. Bypass track allows shutter panels to slide past each other on top tracks to open and close. Both track options are safe choices for doorways.

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The frame is an important finishing touch for plantation shutters. Some style options include inside and outside mounts, as well as decorative casings and trims.

 

The professional designers at Delux Drapery and Shade Company can assist you in choosing the right design options for your home. We are located in Ann Arbor, MI and service Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities.

 

 

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