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Light Up Your Home With Mood-Inspiring Candles

17 Jan

Light up your home with mood-inspiring candles.

Warm up the mood in your living environment by adding candles to your décor. They’re perfect for the cold winter months and continue to add beauty all year long.

Candles add soft light to a room and create a sense of serenity. Best of all, they add atmosphere and romance. Candles come in most any shape, size and color – from small votive candles to large, tall candles that can sit on the floor and become a focal point of a room.

Candles add interest to almost any room and can be displayed in many places in a room, including on:

  • Dining tables
  • Mantles
  • Coffee tables and end tables
  • Bathroom counters and around the bathtub
  • Dressers and bureaus in the bedroom
  • Window sills
  • Shelves
  • The inside of your fireplace in summer

Candles look especially nice when mixed with flowers, books, lanterns, or seashells to create an artistic vignette. It’s fun to update candles for holidays, too.

Think about using candles in pairs or even larger groups, with candles of differing sizes and shapes.

Always make safety a priority when you decorate with candles. Make sure, candles are at a distance from anything that could be flammable and that they sit on a heat-resistant surface. And be vigilant about putting them out before you leave the house or go to bed. Or, use any of the many flame-less candles that are as beautiful as they are safe.

Lighten and brighten your home environment by adding beautiful candles this season. For more ideas and help with your next design project, contact us here at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

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.

Spruce Up Your Fireplace

13 Dec

Spruce up your fireplace now and enjoy a warm, cozy experience all winter long.

A fireplace adds beauty to a home, in addition to adding emotional warmth and, yes, physical heat! With a little carefully planned TLC, your hearth can become the centerpiece of your home, no matter what the style of your house, from traditional to modern, and formal to casual.

Many elements create beauty in this area of your home, from the style and material of the fireplace and chimney to the design of the mantel and hearth, and even the décor and furniture near your fireplace.

 

 

Things to consider:

  • Choose from a variety of materials – stone, tile, cement, brick, paint and more.
  • For relaxing and warming up, place big comfortable chairs or low ottomans near the fireplace, or place giant floor pillows nearby.
  • For a unique look, purchase an antique wood or stone carved mantel and surround.
  • As an option, don’t have a mantle at all! A fireplace can look beautiful with the brick, wood or stone extending to the ceiling.

 

Hang a beautiful piece of art or a mirror over the fireplace – or position your flat screen TV here! Your TV can even be installed behind a remote-controlled piece of artwork.

  • For both function and beauty, add a unique fireplace screen and fireplace tools.
  • Highlight your fireplace in the summer months too, by adorning the inside or edges of your fireplace with live or artificial plants or a beautiful arrangement of candles.

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

Just A Dash Of Holiday Detailing Can Create A Merry Room

6 Dec

Just a dash of holiday detailing can create a merry room.

It doesn’t take much ornamentation to embellish your rooms beautifully and get you, your family and friends into the holiday spirit. It’s like adding garnish to a dish to make all the difference in how it looks and tastes. You may be the type of person that goes all out for the holidays – and that’s great. But don’t despair if you want a holiday feeling in your home, but also want to keep it simple. There are lots of small ways to decorate your home for the holidays, with a minimum of cost and effort, and a maximum of enjoyment!

First prioritize which rooms have the biggest impact in creating a feeling of holiday cheer in your house. This might include your living room or great room, your dining room, the kitchen, the front door or your entry way. Then consider small ways to make your home festive:

  • Wreaths or garlands of fresh, fragrant pine
  • A holiday tree, poinsettias or Christmas cacti
  • Holiday scented candles scattered around the house
  • Bowls of sparkly ornaments
  • Scented logs for your fireplace
  • Dining room centerpieces and linens
  • Garlands of holiday lights, for outdoors or indoors
  • Holiday throws and pillows
  • Sweet smelling fresh-baked desserts and mulled ciders and wines

Select a consistent color scheme so your holiday look has continuity. Red, green, gold, silver, blue and white are traditional holiday colors. Or you can be creative and update these traditional colors toward hues of fuchsia or pink, turquoise, lime or acid green, copper or brass. Add just a few holiday accents this season to make your home feel festive and warm. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the season!

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

Complementary Colors Create Harmony And A Sense Of Calm

29 Nov

Complementary colors create harmony and a sense of calm.

The old adage that opposites attract is often true, especially in selecting the colors for decorating your home. Opposite colors – also known as complementary colors – add energy to a room, yet at the same time, they make us feel comfortable and complete.

Complementary colors are the shades that are opposite on a color wheel:

  • Reds and greens
  • Shades of orange and blue
  • Hues of purple and yellow

Nature is full of complementary colors, such as dramatic red roses on stems with bright green leaves, delicate pansies with their purple and yellow color combination, and bright blue sky and sea positioned near golden sand.

For a more modern take on complementary colors, you can use shades that are not exactly across the color wheel, or you can be a bit creative with the complementary color concept.

Think about innovative hues such as tangerine and turquoise, fuchsia and lemon, sky blue and terra cotta, pink grapefruit and acid green, burnt orange and sage green, or soft aqua blue and tomato red.

If you feel cautious about adding complementary colors, start small with elements like a painted wall, a painted bench, sofa pillows, throws, flower arrangements, or slip covers. Then, as you become more confident, you can ratchet up your color scheme with larger and more permanent items like upholstery fabrics and window fashions. Balance your interior design plans beautifully by selecting complementary colors. For more ideas or help with your next design project, contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

Built-in Seating Adds Beauty And Function

15 Nov

Built-in seating adds beauty and function.

Built-in seating feels cozy and inviting – and it can be very versatile, providing not just an additional place to sit, but additional display space or even storage underneath. It can maximize space in a tight area or create a new casual place to read, have a meal, chat, or just look out the window.

Built-in seating can be manufactured to complement almost any building style. It can be upholstered or not; it can have simple and straight lines or lots of detail; it can have seat backs or not; it can have closed shelving inside, open shelving or no storage at all.

Best of all, built-in seating can go almost anywhere in your home:

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  • Most popular, in a breakfast room or kitchen, for added places at the casual family dining table
  • In the window of a bedroom or living room, to create a lovely place to daydream and view the outdoors
  • In the den or home office, for a quiet space to talk on the phone, answer emails or respond to texts
  • In the foyer, to put on shoes and socks, and drop off your stuff when you come in the door, but do watch for clutter!

 

Built-in seating can also be a creative way to finish a room that looks a bit incomplete. It beautifully fills up an awkward space in a corner or completes a room plan near a window.

 

 

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

A Beautiful Bathtub Can Change Everything!

13 Sep

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A beautiful bathtub can change the way you think about your bathroom.

Bathtubs mix aesthetics and purpose more than almost any other bathroom element. Many people include a bathtub in their design plans just for the look, but think about how a bathtub can transform your bathroom into a relaxing, stress-relieving retreat where you can have a long soak with candles, music and a soothing beverage.

Be creative as well as practical when selecting a bathtub for your home. You can select from many styles of tubs from the most traditional – even a refinished antique tub! – to the most contemporary, and everything in between. And you’ll want to focus on the fixtures, which come in a variety of beautiful styles and finishes.

Functionality plays a part in your selection process too. Does someone in your home have mobility issues, needing help to get in and out of the tub? Does your tub also need to function as a shower? Would you like a whirlpool feature to soothe aching muscles or arthritic joints?

In terms of beauty, bathtubs give you a unique opportunity to mix surfaces – porcelain, metal, stone, tile, wood and more. Tubs can be freestanding or have a surround of various materials. And plan for plenty of towel racks so towels are convenient to access and dry quickly.

 

As far as additions to your bathtub design:

  • Position a tray across your bathtub to hold your soap, loofah, a book and a beverage.
  • Display potted plants around the tub; many of them like the moisture.
  • Add warmers in towel bars and under the floor.

Enhance your relationship with your bathroom with a fabulous new tub!

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

September 2017

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..

Make Your Home Look Smarter

10 Aug

Decorating with books can make your interior look smarter.

For the most part, we think of books as volumes to read! Books can also be the perfect finishing
touch for an interior design plan.

Books add color, texture and scale. Most of all, they create a point of interest and conversation
for your guests.

Typically we think of books displayed in a home office or library, but they can be used
as a decorating element in almost any room. You can sort them by color, size, topic and more. The
choice is yours.

A variety of book placements can enhance your interior design:
– Beautiful coffee table books can be exhibited in your living room or great room.
– A collection of books with the same th eme – or the same color – can be arranged on
shelves.
– Your favorite books, regardless of the color or topic, can be randomly displayed.
– Large books can be stacked on the floor to create a unique occasional table.
– A selection of valuable first edit ions autographed by the authors can be displayed inside glass
cases for their protection.
– Several books can be stacked on a table, as a base for a flower arrangement or decorative
accessory.
– Cookbooks can be displayed in a kitchen or breakfast nook .
Most people display books they have read – or plan to read. Other people – and some interior
designers – buy selections of books primarily for display.

Think about decorating with books that reflect your own interests, such as: Home and Garden, Art,
Travel, Sailing, Sports, Fashion, History and Nature.

Add some books to your décor this season. It’s a clever idea. For more ideas or help with your
next design project, contact the team at Delux Drape ry & Shade Co..

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

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