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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..

2015 Trends in Interior Design

25 Mar

New Year, New Trends: What You Will See in 2015

Every year we see an insurgence of ideas in design that reflect the changes in the world and economy.  Sometimes they creep up slowly and sometimes it’s an immediate BAM!  Here are a few things to keep your eye out for this year:

1: Colors, Patterns & PrintsDesign 2015-mixpatterns2

Beige is a thing of the past!  Color has never been so diverse.  Sophisticated basics and gentle, muted pastels will be mixed with deep, vibrant jewel tones that will be working for the modern, the contemporary and the traditional décor.  Prints and pattern are definitely back on the rise as well.  Be prepared for a mix of geometric and floral; animal print and stripe; organic and industrial.  This plays into the merging of cultures we are starting to see.  We will have more about this later.

Design 2015-rustic-bathroom2: Natural World

Textures derived from nature, whether they are animal, mineral or vegetable are in.  Think botany, raw wood, stone and organic shapes that soften the rigid look of the modern home. Look for fabric, materials and finishes to appear authentic and use them in simple ways to appreciate their beauty.

3: Matte Finishes and Industrial DesignDesign 2015-Industrial-Wood-Coffee-Table

A matte finish gives an object a raw, edgy look and also allows you to appreciate the overall form and material that an item is made of.  This trend is growing in everything from lighting, furniture, and accessories, to kitchens and bathrooms.  Industrial style pieces in the home have been a staple in the past few years, and there is a continuing love to the look and character of these pieces.  Additionally, there is a lean towards copper, pewter, gold and other metal accents over chrome and stainless steel.

4: Crafted with Care and Environmentally Friendly

Our appreciation for items made by human hands and a learned skill is undergoing resurgence. Craft made items and those with a unique one off “handmade like” feel offer us the chance to have pieces that we perceive as “authentic” in a widely mechanized and mass produced world.  This goes hand in hand with the mainstream idea of eco-friendly products.

This just skims the top of what we are seeing as growing movements.  What will you do this year?

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Mustard Is Not Just For Sandwiches!

28 Jan

Mustard is not just for sandwiches.mustardColor2
It’s a warm, rich interior design color that adds tang to your home environment.
Mustard as an interior design color has a very similar role as mustard on a sandwich. Just a dollop adds a lot of flavor and pizazz, but too much can spoil the sandwich! If you don’t like the mental image of a sandwich condiment in your home décor, you can also call this vibrant hue goldenrod or egg yolk.
Mustard is a rich and warm color – and just a little bit daring! It goes well with black and white or with brown and white; and is very sophisticated when used with a gray and white color palette. Other accent colors that play well with mustard include deep reds, navy blue and lighter blue tones.
MustardColor1Because mustard is bold and dramatic, it’s best to use it in small quantities as an accent and not as a primary design color. It’s especially effective to use mustard in the kitchen to add brightness or in a powder room to add drama. Consider these design elements to get your mustard fix:
 A piece of painted furniture or the fabric on an upholstered piece of furniture
 A picture frame or artwork featuring mustardmustardColor3
 Rugs and throw pillows
 An accent wall
 Window fashions and wall coverings
 Linens on the dining room table, atop the bed or in the powder room
 Lamps
 Flowers and plants with mustard blooms
 Even your front door!
Think outside the refrigerator this season and use mustard to space up your decor!

 

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Pantone Color Of The Year- What Do You Think?

16 Jan

Pantone Color of the Year 2015-Marsala…Yay or Nay?

“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness,” Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said in the company press release.PantoneMarsala1

“This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

Every year, twice a year, Pantone hosts a secret meeting of representatives from various nations’ color standards groups. After two days of presentations and debate, they choose a color for the following year to be the Pantone Color of the Year. This color is then featured with multiple palettes for all seasons, in all design markets. From fashion to graphic to interior design, Marsala will be finding its way into all of them.

You may love it or hate it,  but Marsala will be an easier color to work with than last year’s Radiant PantoneMarsala2Orchid. With its red-brown deep tone, it is warm and inviting and gives a richness to the space. Whether you use it as an accent to other colors or use it to establish a strong statement, it will give an elegant feel to your room.

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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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Paint Color Can Make the Difference Between Drab and Dramatic

30 Sep

Paint Color Can Make the Difference Between Drab and Dramatic

Paint is often viewed as a neutral background to a room, upon which the interesting elements are layered. Typically, people select a complementary neutral beige color to go with their other furnishings. This can be an effective strategy for interior design, but there’s more to paint than just a background.

Paint can add passion to a room, and be a focal point in itself. Painting is a reasonably priced way, not just to refurbish or update a room, but to make it spectacular. And, best of all, if you make a mistake and don’t like how it turns out, it’s not that expensive to change. So you don’t have to be timid when selecting paint colors!

accent wall behind bed

Here are a few tips to help you feel brave when selecting paint colors for your home interior:
• Because paint colors appear different at different times of day and with varying amount of sunlight, always paint a test section on the wall and take a look often, both during the day and night – and on days that are both sunny and cloudy. Try lots of colors!
• If you really like a color, but you fear it’s just a bit too bold or bright, ask the paint store
to tone it down by about 25 percent.
• If you’re feeling timid, go with mostly neutral colors on your walls, and add a burst of
bolder color on just one wall or in just one small room, such as a powder room.

Also consider the paint color for your ceiling. Experts say that you probably don’t want to paint your ceiling a stark white. It’s much better to go with a light color that has a cream, ivory or beige tone – or you can select a white hue with just a tiny bit of the
wall color in it. This can calm a room and make a smooth transition from the wall to ceiling color.
Make your interior pop with just the right paint colors!

If you want help choosing just the right paint, we highly recommend using Anderson Paint, 2386 W. Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, (734) 995-4411 one of our favorite experts.

Next week we’ll talk about how to spruce up your guest bedroom to make it a special place for your special guests.

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