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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..

A Shot Of Espresso Adds A Positive Jolt To Your Decor

1 Feb


A shot of espresso adds a positive jolt to your decor.espresso2

Espresso – just the name makes you think of richness and intensity. Brown, and especially the shade of espresso, is a rich, earthy color that can anchor an entire room with spirit and coziness.

Because espresso is also about nature, it makes people feel comfortable and cocooned. In fact, it’s generally thought that shades of brown promote a feeling of warmth, protection and relaxation.



Espresso goes with most any interior design style from ultra contemporary to mid-century modern to  comfortable Victorian, depending on the home furnishing pieces you select.


  • Think soft and supple espresso leather for a masculine lodge look.
  • Consider floral prints with espresso coloration for a Victorian feel.
  • Contemplate jungle patterns filled with espresso shades for a bohemian vibe.

Espresso works well with many colors, especially when it’s coupled with crisp white or a warmer off-white or cream, which makes the richespresso5 brown shade pop. It can also be beautiful with:

  • Earth tones like amber and rust
  • Soft pink or powder blue
  • Yellow and gold tones
  • Silver and grey shades
  • Even hot pink, electric turquoise or acid green

espresso4Make espresso brown a focal point for major parts of your décor, such as painted walls, carpeting, rugs, sofas, countertops and more. Or use espresso as an accent, in solids or stripes and patterns, with throw pillows, backsplashes, window top treatments, artwork and more.

This winter, energize the look of your home with the addition of home furnishings in dramatic espresso. The team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co. is ready to help, contact us today to get started!

Choosing beautiful fabrics can make a material change in your decor.

6 Apr

Fabric1Wise fabric choices can inspire your entire decorating plan.

Fabrics are used on so many surfaces in most homes. In fact, fabric is one of the most important elements as you make your interior design plans. Fabrics even set the mood for a room and influence the way you feel.

The sheer number of fabric choices can be intimidating; that’s why it’s helpful to work with a professional.

Natural fabrics include cotton, leather, linen, silk, suede and wool, while synthetics include acetate, acrylic, microfiber, nylon, olefin, polyester, rayon and vinyl. Synthetics tend to be more durable than natural fibers, but not always. A lot depends on the finish applied to a fabric or the weave that’s used, as much as the inherent fabric itself.

The most obvious initial decisions are:

  • Fabric color family
  • Whether fabric is solid color or has a pattern
  • Fabric texture and weave
  • Whether fabric is woven, crocheted, knit or pressed

Select fabric first for beauty since the look of your home is paramount, but also consider how your fabric will be usedFabric3 so you’ll be happy with your decision over the long term. For example, fabrics that are optimal for a heavily-used great room sofa will be quite different than those for a seldom-used decorative chair in your entry. Always think about durability and stain resistance if you have pets or children. Also consider how much damaging sunlight enters a room.

Your fabric choices create the underpinning of your interior design plan and are critical to the beauty of your rooms. Consider fabrics carefully and get professional advice before you buy.

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.

What Style Are You?

19 Aug

Finding Your Fit

Last week, we discussed the different aspects of modern and contemporary design. And maybe neither of those styles feel quite right to you. Here are two more options in the list of design styles. A big crossover in design is the line between traditional and transitional design. There are features that are found in both but, like modern and contemporary, it is a lot about the lines.

Traditional interior design is typically of classic European decor. Staples of this style include deep wood tones,


architectural details, and elegant furnishings. Antiques are often integrated into this design, but many companies sell new pieces that mimic the lines of the old. Architectural embellishments are widely used in and can include elaborate

moldings, beveled wood paneling, and intricate tile and wood floor patterns. Arches, columns, and built-in cabinetry
are also frequent features of this type of design. One of the most important facets of traditional interior design is the lines of the furnishings. Wing-backed chairs, claw footed tables, and curved furniture pieces are examples of this.

Common representations are the Queen Anne or Chippendale styles. These furniture pieces will be adorned with lush fabrics of silk and velvet with prints of damask, paisley, stripes or floral. The color palette may be neutral in the walls and flooring but you will see that deep burgundy, navy and brown will be used in the upholstery and accessories.

Transitional style in interior design has many catchphrases that describe it. “Updated classic”, “classic with a contemporary twist”, “new takes on old classics” are just a few ways to look at this style. Ultimately it is a blend of transitional1traditional and contemporary styles; incorporating lines that are less ornate than traditional designs, but not as severely basic as contemporary lines. This is noticeable with the use of curves that combine with straight lines to deliver a look that balances for a comfortable and uncomplicated design. Color palettes are typically neutral and subtle but do lend a pop of color to accessories. Unlike contemporary furniture, transitional style focuses on comfort and practicality to meet the lifestyle of an active household. The scales of furniture pieces are ample but not overwhelming. Goose feather and down fill is typically used for upholstered furniture and wood finishing is typically warm tones but can range from a natural finish to a high-gloss lacquer. Texture is important, and a multitude of fabric selections can vary from durable materials to sophisticated, plush fabrics, with tone-on-tone or small scale graphics. A balanced mix of several textures is often used.

Still not finding your style? Keep looking. The best thing you can do is search keywords and look at pictures. Traditional and transitional are just two out many ways to decorate. If you haven’t already, check out the modern vs.
contemporary discussion. You may find some ideas that are more your fit.
Happy decorating!

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 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.”

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.



Colors & FabricsContemporary1
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?

Prints, Pattern, Colors All In One Room? Part One.

1 Apr

Mix It Up Like a Pro

“Conjunction junction, what’s your function?”  Remember that from when you were a kid?  You learned about “this and that”, “this or that”, and “not this, but that”.  In design, when we see patterns, we tend to think “this OR that”.  BUT…we are here to tell you it’s “this AND that”.  Mixing prints and patterns isn’t so scary once you understand the basics.

Part 1: Getting Started

Choose 3 or More-Starting With One Big BoldMix It Like a Pro pt1-1

Start with a focal point- it could be an area rug, wallpaper or a large print in upholstery that you love. This will be the base upon which you will build, incorporating color and patterns that coordinate with your focal point. To get depth and create interest, use multiple scales of at least three patterns. Don’t be afraid to bring multiples together, as long as you keep the values close.

Mix It Like a Pro pt1-2Find Inspiration via Theme

Maybe you like the Asian inspiration of chinois fabric, or a modern tropical focus with birds and flowers.  Any theme is a good way to get some ideas for various kinds of prints.


Picking ColorsMix It Like a Pro pt1-4

Do you have a favorite color?  Go with it!  Find a bunch of different prints in one color family and keep the same intensity of shades.  For example, if you go pastel, keep all of the shades pastel.

Blend similar to ease into pattern and print coordinating and to soften the look.  If you are unsure about mixing multiple colors, begin with just two.  Blue and green are great choices because they are next to each other on the color wheel.  And you can use a solid of each to tie it all together.  Just be sure to stick to the same intensity as you would for a single color scheme.

Or perhaps a white and a color is more your style.  White is great for filing in negative space when you have a color you are really loving and all the prints you are finding in it.


This is where you get excited and rush out to find all the things to make your home brand new.  But wait, there’s more.  Check out the next blog to get detailed hints on where to go from here.


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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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Ottomans add flexibility, function and beauty to almost any room

17 Dec

Ottomans add flexibility, function and beauty to almost any room.
Make an ottoman a focal point of a room or use it as a design element that perfectly complements your other home fashions.
Have you ever thought, “I ought to get an ottoman?” That’s a great idea! Ottomans are not just for putting up your tired legs at the end of a long day, although that’s the traditional use.

There’s so much more that ottomans can do in living rooms, home offices, dens or bedrooms:



    • Hold a tray of drinks and appetizers or coffee and cookies
    • Add extra seating
    • Provide a place for an open suitcase in the guestroom
    • Make a spot to sit at the foot of the bed to put on shoes and socks

Ottomans are so flexible. You can move them around as needed, or push them against a wall or under a table to get them out of the way if you need more space to move around the room.
And ottomans come in such a variety of shapes, sizes, fabrics and styles. Think outside the square or rectangle with an oval or round ottoman. Use fabric that matches your other upholstered furniture or bedding – or select contrasting fabric in an unexpected color or bold print to add an interesting accent. You can even drape a throw, scarf or pashmina over an ottoman to create a design focal point. Worried about dirt from people’s feet or beverage spills? Think about slipcovering your ottoman in washable fabric.


Adding an ottoman to your décor gives you flexibility, function and beauty. And you’ll have fun thinking of all the ways you can use it!

Decorating Tip of the Month- Sofa’s

14 Oct


In your living room or great room, the sofa is the star.

In many rooms, a sofa – or a grouping of sofas – is the focal point. Take care when you select a sofa, and your entire room will fall into place.
The fun part of selecting a sofa is finding the style and material you like. The most durable material is leather because leather actually looks better as it gets worn, while most fabrics just look tired as they get worn. Solid color materials are easier to decorate with, but patterns don’t show dirt as easily. Neutral colors are the safest choice, but selecting a bolder hue makes a statement and may better match your personality.  Also consider how much, and what type of use it will get- if you have rough and tumble children you may want to up the quality of the fabric used to a higher grade.

Sofas come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with a choice of arm and leg styles.
• The shape determines the overall feel of your sofa – some are soft and feminine, while others are tailored and modern. And there’s everything in between.
• Then there are the arms and the legs to consider. Several styles of sofa arms are available, and it’s the same with the legs. It’s best to check out all the choices when you shop to see what you like best.
• Size matters too – to make sure the sofa fits your room’s scale and allows plenty of room for movement. For a large room, consider a sectional or two sofas facing each other or placed at right angles.

No matter how great a sofa looks, its reason for being is comfort, durability and support. A strong frame is key – and usually hardwood is best. Soft cushions filled with down are inviting, but may make it difficult to get on and off the couch because your body just sinks in. Foam is supportive and less expensive, but not as luxurious. Often an in-between cushion choice – a foam core, with a down-filled cover – is just right.

Delux Drapery can help you with your custom furniture choices. We work with many vendors and would be happy to guide you in your selection.

Select the perfect sofa, and it will shine in its starring role in your living room or great room!


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