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Choosing the Right Custom Shades in Ann Arbor Michigan

16 May

Choosing the Right Custom Shades in Ann Arbor Michigan

Looking for new window treatments? We have a variety of custom shades and sheers for every room in your home. With so many designs to choose from, you may start to feel overwhelmed with the choices. At Delux Drapery & Shade Co., our services include in-house design, meeting budgets, measuring and certified installation. Our staff will provide you with guidance and options based on your preferences, needs and budget to find the perfect shades or sheers for your home!

Types of Shades and Sheers

  • Cellular Shades– These shades, also known as honeycomb shades provide great insulation, which makes them

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    energy efficient for any season. They can be compressed tightly to maximize the window’s view. They are available in an impressive range of light-control fabrics, with the choice of hundreds of colors and textures. They are offered in various types to meet your desired look such as Duette®, the Alustra® Collection of Duette® Architella®, Duette® Architella®, Applause®, and Pleated.

  •  Roman Shades– These shades have soft pleats that fold when they are raised. They are offered in a great selection of fabrics and colors, with both light-filtering and room-darkening options. They are offered in a wide selection of types such as Vignette®, the Alustra® Collection of Vignette®, Design Studio™, and Solera®.
  •  Roller Shades– These shades are easy and simple, providing a clean look. They are offered in large range of sturdy and beautiful fabrics, as well as types such as Designer Roller Shades, Designer Screen Shades, and the Alustra® Collection of Roller Shades.
  •  Woven Woods– These unique shades utilize fibers and textures to create a natural look. They come in large selection of shade styles such as Provenance® and the Alustra® Collection of Woven Textures®.
  •  Sheers– Our sheers, offered in the Luminette® style are great for wide windows and sliding doors as they provide great light-control and privacy options. They come in a variety of colors and sheer and drapery-like fabrics.
  •  Shadings– Our shadings offer options for light-control and privacy, a well as UV protection. They come in a large selection of colors with adjustable fabrics vanes. They are offered in various types such as Silhouette®, the Alustra® Collection of Silhouette®, Pirouette®, the Alustra® Collection of Pirouette®, and Nantucket™.

The Best Place to Find Custom Shades in Ann Arbor

Now that you know the difference between all the different types of shades, it’s time to stop by your favorite family owned business, Delux Drapery & Shade Co., offering expert decorating and friendly service since 1942. We are located in Ann Arbor, MI and service Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities. We offer a full selection of custom Hunter Douglas window treatments with a showroom in Ann Arbor. We also offer free in-home consultations to ensure that your window treatments fit perfectly in your home.

We pledge to give the absolute best service to you and guarantee your complete satisfaction. If you are ready to choose the perfect custom shades for your home, then do not hesitate to contact us!

Spring Spruce Up

7 Feb

The long Michigan winter is almost over, which leaves us all with the same question: what now?

If you were stuck inside all winter like many of us were, you probably got very acquainted with your window treatments. If your cabin fever has you itching to redo them, Delux Drapery & Shade Co. in Ann Arbor, Michigan has some ideas to set you on your way.

Go Cellular

Whether you’re environmentally conscious or just conscious of your own budget, it’s safe to say that we’re all trying to conserve energy in one way or another this year. Did you know that your window treatments can help you do that? Hunter Douglas offers a variety of honeycomb and cellular shades, which on top of fulfilling your needs for light filtering, can also save you some hard-earned cash. The hollow pockets, similar to honeycombs, within cellular shades actually trap air coming in from outside, providing much-needed insulation to your home. Particularly once the temperatures start fluctuating in the spring, these shades can keep the temperature in your home consistent without you having the fiddle with the thermostat.

Go Motorized

We’ve all seen the cheesy infomercials for motorized outdoor awnings that aired in the 1980’s and 1990’s. But that, thankfully, wasn’t the end for motorized window treatments. They’ve come a long way, and Hunter Douglas is on the cutting edge of their improvement. If you truly want to keep up with the times, consider getting motorized window treatments. Not only are Hunter Douglas’s PowerView® motorized window treatments convenient, they’re also a technological marvel. By installing the PowerView® app, you can control your window treatments from anywhere in the world that has Wi-Fi all from your smartphone or tablet. If that isn’t stepping into the future, what is?

Go Bold

You don’t have to revitalize your energy bill or how “smart” your house is to partake in some of the rebirth this season is famous for. If you want to revitalize your style instead, why not order a set of Hunter Douglas roller shades for your home? Roller shades are a wonderful confluence of design sensibilities, from the retro silhouette of their design, to their large variety of fabrics. Roller shades are made of one contiguous piece of fabric, and since that fabric isn’t obstructed by pleats or vanes, you can show off large, bold prints or patterns on your shades, which are all the rage this year.

Did any of these tips get you thinking about how to redo your window treatments? If so, stop by Delux Drapery & Shade Co. in Ann Arbor, Michigan to get started on revitalizing your home today. We also proudly serve Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities.

Choosing the Right Custom Shades in Ann Arbor Michigan

8 Feb

Choosing the Right Custom Shades in Ann Arbor Michigan

Looking for new window treatments? We have a variety of custom shades and sheers for every room in your home. With so many designs to choose from, you may start to feel overwhelmed with the choices. At Delux Drapery & Shade Co., our services include in-house design, meeting budgets, measuring and certified installation. Our staff will provide you with guidance and options based on your preferences, needs and budget to find the perfect shades or sheers for your home!
Types of Shades and Sheers

  • Cellular Shades– These shades, also known as honeycomb shades provide great insulation, which makes them energy efficient for any duette_northwood_sequoia_detail2016season. They can be compressed tightly to maximize the window’s view. They are available in an impressive range of light-control fabrics, with the choice of hundreds of colors and textures. They are offered in various types to meet your desired look such as Duette®, the Alustra® Collection of Duette® Architella®, Duette® Architella®, Applause®, and Pleated.
  • Roman Shades– These shades have soft pleats that fold when they are raised. They are vignette-detailoffered in a great selection of fabrics and colors, with both light-filtering and room-darkening options. They are offered in a wide selection of types such as Vignette®, the Alustra® Collection of Vignette®, Design Studio™, and Solera®.

 

 

  • Roller Shades- These shades are easy and simple, providing a clean look. They are offered in large range of sturdy and beautiful fabrics, as well as types such as Designer Roller Shades, Designer Screen Shades, and the Alustra® Collection of Roller Shades.
  • Woven Woods– These unique shades utilize fibers and textures to create a natural look. They come in large selection of shade styles provenance-detailsuch as Provenance® and the Alustra® Collection of Woven Textures®
  • Sheers– Our sheers, offered in the Luminette® style are great for wide windows and sliding doors as they provide great light-control and privacy options. They come in a variety of colors and sheer and drapery-like fabrics.
  • Shadings– Our shadings offer options for light-control and privacy, a well as UV silhouette-detailprotection. They come in a large selection of colors with adjustable fabrics vanes. They are offered in various types such as Silhouette®, the Alustra® Collection of Silhouette®, Pirouette®, the Alustra® Collection of Pirouette®, and Nantucket™.

 

The Best Place to Find Custom Shades in Ann Arbor

Now that you know the difference between all the different types of shades, it’s time to stop by your favorite family owned business, Delux Drapery & Shade Co., offering expert decorating and friendly service since 1942. We are located in Ann Arbor, MI and service Ypsilanti, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Howell, Brighton, all of Washtenaw County and all surrounding communities. We offer a large selection of custom Hunter Douglas window treatments with a showroom in Ann Arbor.

We also offer free in-home consultations to ensure that your window treatments fit perfectly in your home. We pledge to give the absolute best service to you and guarantee your complete satisfaction. If you are ready to choose the perfect custom shades for your home, then do not hesitate to contact us!

Plantation Shutters, A Brief History

27 May

Why are plantation shutters so expensive?

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Shutters have been dressing windows for centuries.  You may associate them with the old south and the regal look they gave the massive homes, but they have been around since ancient Greece.  In that tropical area, they served three functions: protection from the weather, ventilation and light control.  They originally had fixed louvers and were made out of marble which is what made them so strong against the weather.  However, the marble is what made them only affordable to the wealthy, thus their prestige begins.

plantationshutters2As the popularity of the shutters spread throughout the Mediterranean, wood became the new norm.  The louvers became moveable and created more functionality.  In medieval Europe they served as a security measure with a steel bar that locked them close .  And because of their increased function, you began seeing them in palaces, like The Andul Royal Palace in India  or the Palace of Versailles in France.

 

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Then as the Spanish and the English started colonizing the Americas, the shutter fad came with them.  The southern states, taking after the Spanish influence, began using them in their large manor homes where they took on the name ‘plantation shutters’. In the south, you saw the use of large louvers and they were almost always painted white.

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In the New England area, the louvers were smaller and used in a café style, similar to how they were in England during the Victorian Era.

 

 

 

 

If you’ve ever gone shopping for shutters, you’ve probably had the jaw-plantationshutters5dropping experience of the first time you heard the price.  Shutters are definitely an investment.  They are durable, stunning to look at and their functionality is unparalleled.  They just happen to be the most expensive thing you can put on your window.  Shutters are the ONE window treatment that add to the appraisal value of the home so consider how this may help you in the future.  But after hearing the back story of their evolution, you can see they stand the test of time.

 

Don’t Let the Summer Sun Keep You Inside

13 May

Aristocrat Awnings

Don’t Let the Summer Sun Keep You Inside

With spring here, it’s easy to start daydreaming about summer. We all love spending afternoons outside with kids playing, having the annual 4th of July party, or watching the sun set after a long summer day…let’s face it-we want to be outside as much as possible come May. Now, how do we enjoy the sun and stay protected at the same time? This is when you might want to consider getting an awning. Continue reading

4 Reasons to Purchase Custom Window Treatments to Help Keep Heating Costs Down

23 Sep

4 Reasons to Purchase Custom Window Treatments to Help Keep Heating Costs Down

Once you’ve decided that you don’t want temporary fixes to solve a long term heat loss from your windows, there are very valid reasons to purchase custom window treatments.

  1. If you decide on a cellular shade, you may even be eligible for a tax rebate. Hunter Douglas products qualify. If you choose another brand, be sure to check if it is eligible or not.  So besides the great energy efficiency you will get with a Duette® that will keep heat and cold out, you may even get part of it paid for!
  2. Cellular shades can come with several options to make them the perfect window treatment for your situation. They can be room darkening, they can come with a cordless lifting system, and they can also come as a Top Down/Bottom Up treatment which allows you to keep privacy and still let natural light in- a perfect scenario for a bathroom.
  3. If you decide on custom draperies, you will have the ability to choose from literally thousands of fabrics, and several styles of pleating or grommeted top styles. Drapery can also have a room darkening lining, or, if you have very drafty windows, your drapery can have an insulated lining to keep the drafts at bay, or keep the heat from making your room to warm.
  4. Drapery is also a great choice to help add your own style to a room, whether you choose a contemporary print or a traditional damask- it can help you insert a bit of your own personality into your choice.

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You can expect to pay anywhere from $200 on up, depending on fabrics, styles and how large your windows are. It is an investment, but it will give you pleasure everyday.  If you’d like more information, feel free to contact us and we will share our process with you. Don’t forget we have a free design service in the Washtenaw County area!

Custom window treatments are more expensive than taping or caulking or putting plastic up, but they also offer a much better option for the long term. They will save you year round on heating and cooling costs, will add beauty to your room, and will keep the sun’s rays from rotting your furniture, carpets or rugs.

Next week we will talk about touches you can use with paint to liven up a room.

5 Ways To Keep Home Heating Costs Down

16 Sep

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Drafty windows can make life miserable in the winter, and cost you extra dollars in heating costs. We want to share some useful tips on how you can stop losing heat out of your drafty windows.

5 Tips on How to Keep the Heat Inside When You Have Drafty Windows

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Tip #1: Use Rubber Weather Sealing

One of the least expensive options is a self adhesive weather strip tape. The strips are cut to fit your window frame and are a peel and stick strip. The will seal gaps in the frame to keep drafts out.

  • Pros: Cheap, fairly effective, easy to apply.
  • Cons: Can’t open windows if fresh air is needed, can peel paint or wood finish when removing, can leave a sticky residue.

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Tip #2: Window Insulation Film
Window film can help make your home more energy efficient by covering the entire window and frame. Installation is easy with double sided tape. The film can be “tightened” by using a blow dryer to smooth out any wrinkles.

  • Pros: Fairly inexpensive, available at any hardware store, effective.
  • Cons: Can’t open windows if fresh air is needed, double stick tape can be difficult to remove, may not be available for larger windows.

Cellular Shades

Tip #3: Cellular Shades
Hunter Douglas Architella Honeycomb shades have won awards as “The Most Innovative Overall Design of the Year” by the Window Covering Manufacturer’s Association (WCMA). They have such great insulating properties that they are even eligible for a tax credit in 2013. Cellular shades reduce heat flow so they retain heat in Winter and keep it out in Summer, thus lowering energy bills.

  • Pros:  Work in both Winter and Summer, can open windows if fresh air is needed, come in a variety of colors, pleat sizes and textures.
  • Cons: Can be pricey, but overall savings may be worth it.

Insulated Drapery

Tip# 4: Insulated Drapery
Custom Drapery can be a beautiful way to insulate your windows. The insulated lining will keep drafts a bay. The choices are endless.

  • Pros: Can be matched to any decor, they are not your grandmother’s draperies anymore
  • Cons: Can be expensive, insulating lining may block daylight

Draft Snake

Tip #5: Draft Snakes
Last would be the use of a draft snake. Draft snakes are fabric tubes placed on a window sill or under a door to prevent cold air from creeping in. You can make one by sewing a tube of fabric to fit the width of your window and filling it with dried rice.

  • Pros: Cheap, easy to make as a DIY project.
  • Cons: It only insulates the window sill, not the glass or frame.

Next week we’ll discuss the options for a more permanent treatment, such as drapery or cellular shades and why you would want to work with Delux Drapery in the Ann Arbor, MI area.

Tips to Lower Your Home Heating Costs in Michigan

9 Sep

Fall is right around the corner, and here in Michigan we all know that means we’ll be battling the cold north winds soon enough. How can you keep your heating costs under control? We want to offer some general ideas and tips about things you can do to warm up your home & help keep costs down- from window treatments to high efficiency furnaces.

Heating Cost Reduction Tip #1: Be a Draft Dodger

In older homes, drafts around doors and windows can end up costing you a higher heating (and/or cooling) bill. Another place you could be leaking heat is from your duct work. There are some easy & inexpensive ways to remedy all of these areas.

Heating Cost Reduction Tip #2: Ask For Help

Once you have your drafts under control, you can turn to the utility company for some help keeping the sting out of your bill. Senior citizens, low-income and unemployed customers also may be able to get assistance from their state public-service commission or the utility provider. In Michigan, for example, all state-regulated natural gas and electric utility companies offer assistance and/or shut-off protection programs to assist families in need. Low-income homeowners and renters may be eligible for the Michigan Home Heating Credit.

Heating Cost Reduction Tip #3: Renovate

If you are up for spending a larger amount to save more money over the long run, some big-ticket purchases can pay real dividends.For more instant gratification, check with your state or utility company, which often offer tax credits or rebate programs for making those energy-efficient upgrades. If you are not up for big-bucks upgrades, some simple steps — such as wrapping hot water pipes with foam insulation and replacing weatherstripping around doors and windows — will still help keep you warm without draining your bank account.

Here Are More Tips to Ensure Your Home is Ready for Those Cold North Winds:

  • Open draperies and shades in winter to let in sunshine and close them at night to hold in heat. Remove awnings from sun-exposed windows in cold months. Prune any trees or shrubs that block sunlight.
  • Heat only those rooms that are in use.
  • Open draperies and shades in winter to let in sunshine and close them at night to hold in heat. Remove awnings from sun-exposed windows in cold months. Prune any trees or shrubs that block sunlight.
  • Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. Wear warm clothing indoors during cold weather. An electric blanket is much less expensive than heating your bedroom.
  • Get your heating system professionally cleaned and tuned to reduce the chance of breakdown midwinter. This simple step improves safety and pays for itself through greater efficiency.

Check back next week for more specific ideas and ways to treat your windows for greater efficiency.

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