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Wallpaper Is Back!

31 Jan

Guess what’s back!

If ten years ago you had guessed “wallpaper” you would have been dead wrong. For a while, painted walls were the “in” thing in wall coverings. But just as all clothing trends travel in cycles, home décor trends do the same and wallpaper is seeing a resurgence in interior design circles. Repainting your walls is costly, difficult, and could require calling in a professional to do it for you. If you are DIY inclined and don’t like the sound of that, but do like the sound of bold designs, then let the wall covering experts at Delux Drapery & Shade Co. in Ann Arbor, Michigan show you what wallpaper has to offer.

Variety

When painting a room, you are fairly limited to solid blocks of color, or potentially stripes. This can be great if you really want your furniture to stand out, or you are aiming for a more subdued look for your décor, but bold prints, patterns, and designs are all the rage this year and would be largely impossible to paint on your wall unless you have Michelangelo on speed-dial. If you don’t, then wallpaper is going to be your best bet for getting those bold designs on your walls. Bring some Victorian elegance into your home by putting up a reproduction damask-style wallpaper, which tends to use complex patterns, usually depicting flowers or decorative symbols, such as fleur de lis. Not feeling the nineteenth-century vibe? There exists a wallpaper for any style or era, ranging from art deco, to mod, to contemporary patterns and designs.

Ease

As the noble art of installing wallpaper has fallen out of fashion in recent decades, it may seem a bit daunting to start at first, but in actuality is much simpler than attempting to paint your walls. Martha Stewart has some tips on how to install your wallpaper, but it is a fairly simple process. Simply sand your wall, apply a wallpaper primer to it, cut your desired wallpaper into strips, apply glue to the back of those strips, and affix to your wall. It could hardly be simpler, except that an easier alternative does exist: peel-and-stick wallpaper. Just like the stickers you loved as a child, you can now buy wallpaper that adheres to walls on its own for an even simpler installation process.

Whatever wallpaper you are looking for, Delux Drapery & Shade Co. in Ann Arbor, Michigan surely has one to suit your needs. Come browse our vast selection of wallpapers today! We also proudly serve Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities.

A Shot Of Espresso Adds A Positive Jolt To Your Decor

1 Feb

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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.

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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!

Bright Colors to Energize Your Home

13 Jul

Bright colors will enliven your home and perk up your life.

Be brave and energize your interior design plan!
AdBright Colors1d bright color to your interior design plan to create excitement in your décor and express your personality!
Bright colors tend to make people feel energetic, so use them in moderation and in the rooms where you want to feel spirited and lively. Be cautious about using too much bright color; it can make a room chaotic, especially when the colors are in bold patterns.

 

You have so many choices for adding bright colors:Bright Colors2

  • The clean primary colors of red, blue and yellow
  • Shocking pink and orange
  • Multiple versions of green, including Kelly green and acid green
  • Passionate purples from dark violet to lighter periwinkle
  • Earthy bright colors like rust, mustard and burnished red tones
  • Splashy spring tones of pink, green and yellow
  • Many hues of brilliant blue including royal blue, French blue and turquoise blue

Adding bright colors is all about being courageous! Here are some ideas to help you get started:

  • Accent paint, such as one wall in a room, the cabinets of a kitchen island, or the back walls of a built-in shelving systemBright Colors3
  • The valance or top treatment of a window fashion or the tapes on a horizontal blind
  • Touches of bright color on a printed fabric used for upholstery or draperies
  • The backsplash in your kitchen or bath – or the border on a tile surface
  • One brightly painted accent table in the living room, great room or bedroom
  • Bed or table linens that can easily be changed when you tire of a specific bright hue

Add a touch of bright to your home this season. It will energize your living space.

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Add Animal Accents For a Fun Conversation Piece

25 Nov

Animal accents bring a wild touch of the outdoors into your home.animalaccent3
… And an unexpected splash of interest.
Bring a little wildlife from outdoors into your home with animal accents! Animal home accents include rugs, upholstery or drapery fabric, wall coverings, animal and bird prints, and more. Just one animal print in a room can become the engaging focal point!
Very popular right now are leopard and zebra print rugs. Or go outside the box with a pattern that depicts antelope, cheetah, tiger or giraffe. Animal print rugs are especially effective in small spaces, such as stairways, powder rooms or foyers – and these small rooms are a good place to start if you’re feeling nervous about adding a large amount of animal accents to your home. You can even buy animal print rugs in colors that aren’t realistic at all, such as a magenta and black striped zebra rug!animalaccent1
Animal wall art can include:

  • The famous Audubon prints or similar etchings or block prints of birds and animals
  • Photographs of animals that you take yourself or purchase
  • Even a stencil border that shows birds in flight or animals running or grazing

animalaccent2For sculptural animal art, think a decorative bird cage that can be empty, filled with plants or even housing a live bird! Sculptural animal art can sit on floors, tables or mantels, and can be made from a variety of materials including metal, ceramic, stone or Lucite.
Especially popular in home design today are Japanese and Chinese painted screens that depict birds or animals. These can be hung on a wall or used functionally as a partial room divider.
Take a walk on the wild side by adding a touch of animal prints to your home! We can help.

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Stairways As a Work of Art?

6 May

Paying attention to the design elements around your staircase can make it into a work of art.
A little TLC on this often-neglected area of your home can elevate your spirits,Stairs1
adding drama and a focal point to your home.
We often regard our stairways as just a transition area from floor to floor, and we neglect the decorating possibilities. And yet in many homes, the stairway is a focal point of the foyer or living room. Decorating it thoughtfully will add drama and beauty to your home.
Staircases tend to occupy a small, fixed space, so decorating takes place in a constrained area. There’s not much you can do to change the exact shape of a stairway, unless you’re up for major home renovations, but you can still do a lot to add beauty and interest.
Just think of all the elements you can use to decorate a stairway:
Stairs2• Wall art, including paintings, mirrors, groupings of photographs, sconces,
and collections of objects
• Wall finishes, including interesting paint colors, faux finishes, wall coverings and wainscotting
• The landings with accent furniture (such as small tables, chairs, stools,
ottomans or benches), area rugs and accessories
• The stair treads with surfaces of wood, stone, carpeting or paint
• The stair risers with beautiful ceramic tile or an accent paint or stain color
• The ceiling with a dramatic chandelierStairs3
• The railing and banister, constructed of wood, metal, cable or rope, in a variety of styles, from the simplest brushed aluminum or clear varnished paint to ornate decorated iron or brass. Continue reading

Why Choose Wallpaper Over Paint?

11 Mar

Why Choose Wallpaper Over Paint?

Did you know that Play-Doh was originally used as a wallpaper cleaner?   In 1933, wallpaper cleaner was a hot commodity as, at the time, coal was the leading way to heat one’s home, being much more efficient and cheaper than wood. This had the negative side effect of leaving soot everywhere, which was difficult WallpaperVSPaint1to clean off of wallpaper as you couldn’t get it wet.

It’s probably not something you think about a whole lot, but wallpaper has been around for a long time. Some of the earliest techniques for it date back before 1700. The design industry hears complaints about wallpaper frequently: wallpaper is outdated; it’s difficult to apply; it’s only for traditional homes; it’s hard to clean. But we are here to tell you that it is anything but outdated and you should consider wallpaper instead of paint in the future for these reasons:

Durability-Wallpaper is great for high traffic areas and can last for years. There are
many different kinds varying from vinyl to grasscloth so that you can choose one best suited for each room. It used to be you wouldn’t wallpaper a kitchen or bathroom because of the adhesive and high humidity. But now you can get vinyl wallpaper that is easy to scrub. It’s also easier to remove than former kinds of wallpaper.

Quick Prep Work-There is little that needs to be done to a wall to get it ready for wallpapering. No spackling has to be done. You can prime beforehand which helps the paper stick to the wall instead of fighting a glossy finish paint, but aside from that you can just put it up. It will hide wall imperfections that paint won’t hide.

WallpaperVSPaint5Design Individuality-Create a unique space for you. You can paper a whole room of course, but also think about using wallpapering as an accent. Wallpaper just one wall as a focal point and then you can either paint the rest of the space or choose a coordinating wallpaper.

Modern Prints and Textures-This isn’t your grandma’s wallpaper. There are thousands of wallpaper options for the modern and contemporary homes out there, including grasscloth and cork. 

 

 

 

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Pink Is The New Black

4 Nov

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Fresh Ideas for Your Home

Did You Know?
Pink is the New Black.

In interior design, just as in fashion these days, pink is heating up to become almost as popular as black!
Get in the pink this year with interior design embellishments in your home. And don’t worry, pink doesn’t have to be girly, childish or frilly. It can be sophisticated, modern and luxurious too.

Pink lets you have it any way you’d like. Just think of the variety of pink hues available, including raspberry, dusty rose, bubble gum, pink grapefruit, cotton candy, fuchsia and shrimp.

Pink has been called the color of happiness and it often communicates romance. But the mood you create all depends on the shade of pink you select. Vibrant hot pinks add passion and energy, while the lightest shades of pink bring a feeling of softness and calm. Middle tones are refreshing and feminine. Best of all, pink hues in interior design make most people’s complexions look healthy, young and rosy because they add a soft glow to a room!

Consider these points when you decorate with pink.
Pink plays well with many shades of green, including sage, lime and forest green, since pink and green are almost opposites on the color wheel. Pink is beautiful when paired with black, white, cream, grey, brown, gold, silver and red.
In a really light hue, pink can even act as a neutral instead of ivory or beige, especially if a pink paint is mixed with beige or ivory to become a soft shadow of pink. Pink is perfect for a small space, such as an accent wall or powder room.
Not sure how you’ll like pink? Try it for slip covers, throw pillows or bed linens to get started. Add a touch of this versatile color to your decor this fall. You and your guests will be tickled pink!

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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