• Upholstery Ideas for Fall

    It’s time to greet Fall in and all it’s beauty with open arms! With our upholstery ideas for fall, you can create the indoor space of your dreams and make your house look and feel as comfy as possible. Simple additions like cheerful wreaths, dining room decor, and checkered pillows and blankets make a massive difference.

    Upholstery is the material that makes up the soft coverings of seating, sofas, and other furniture — including fabric, stuffing, webbing, and springs. Over time, a wide range of materials have been used, from horsehair to wool, etc. Modern upholstered furniture uses metal springs and foam for better durability. Though the interior materials may not be seen, they make a huge difference in whether the piece is comfy. And although fabric can continuously be changed—and may need to be, depending on carrying and tear—selecting high-quality inner layers will make sure the piece will last for years to come.

     

    Playful Patterns

    Decorating in a small space can feel restrictive, especially when it comes to furniture. You can increase the impact of your home with beautiful furniture and playful patterns. A bold leafy print and joyful orange color combine to make a perfect seating arrangement.

    Depending on if you want to go formal or casual for your table, decide colors that reflect your home decor and the fall season. For more formality think of place settings and table linen that has hints of fall themes and color.

     

    Fall season means cozy sitting areas

    As the temperature begins to fall, carry out the autumn colored blankets to place on couches and in adjacent baskets. Complimenting fall-colored pillows will complete any cozy look for you to cuddle up and enjoy the day.

     

    Change slipcovers over furniture

    Colorful slipcovers can rapidly and reasonably add color to any room. It can be formal or informal depending on the heaviness of the fabric and color. Decide on which one fits your decor, and formal dining space chair slipcovers, as well.

     

    Hang heavier drapery and curtains

    Now that the cool temperatures are coming, prepare your house by changing the lighter fabrics for heavier ones. Deeper colors and heavier fabrics will feel warmer and keep cold air out of the room. Changing to fall themes to match your decor will bring immediate color from floor to ceiling.

     

    Clean all upholstery and furniture

    Vacuum fabric-covered furniture and rinse detachable upholstery covers. You and your family members have been sitting on the furniture all year. Experts advise having your upholstery efficiently cleaned every year to help keep it clean from bacteria build-up and dust-free.

     

    If you have questions about upholstery, talk to the experts at Armand’s Drapery.

  • Different Types of Window Treatments

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    Windows are a key part of every room in the home, as well as external spaces like porches and gazebos. Each window can let in daylight and air, and offer stunning views of the scenery outside. When buying window treatments, there are few features to think about.

    Different window treatments have different purposes. Consider the purpose of your window treatments in each room. Are they there for aesthetic reasons? Do you hope to block light to make a darker bedroom or create a relaxed living room? Often, your window treatments will be a mixture of the items shown below, as each covering is specific to each room, or even each window. Use this guide to help you get clear on what is essential to you.

    Window treatments are divided into 3 different categories:

    • Hard window treatments are mostly made of hard materials like wood. For instance: shades, shutters, and blinds.
    • Soft window treatments are anything made of soft materials. For example: sheers, curtains, drapes, valances, and roman shades.
    • Layered window treatments are a mixture of both hard window treatments and soft window treatments.

     

    Blinds

    Blind covers are made of solid materials. For example, slatted blinds and wooden shutters are usually fixed to cover up the windowpane only. They will leave the window trim uncovered.

    Blinds can be very helpful for closing out the sunlight, when the blind is made with a broad and solid material. They are comprised of slats that can be accustomed to let light and airflow through.

     

    Shutters

    It can be located on the inside of the windows, or more often on the outside of the window. Shutters come in a multiple styles and colors. Some common shape that you may be recognizable with include shaker style shutters and louvered shutters.

     

    Shades

    It is alike to blinds as they roll downward over the windows to stop the light and to control the temperature. Normally, they are made of bamboo and don’t have slats like blinds. Because of this, they make outstanding insulators.

    Occasionally, it can be united with curtains to form the desired look. Because blinds are so efficient at stopping the light and they are used for their functionality. Though, fashionable and modern rooms often use shades only, to create an aerodynamic look.

     

    Curtains

    Curtains can decrease up to 80% of external noises! The most stimulating feature of curtains is their look and the way they can be used to decorate the space. Colors come in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles and can be easily changed when desired.

     

    Drapes

    It is different from curtains as it is double lined, and is usually made of thick fabric. While curtains are used to add a decorative touch to space, drapes can be seen as additional convenient, though they are often attractive to look at as well. Thick drapes can be used to block the sun or chilly air.

     

    If you have questions about the different types of window treatments, talk to the experts at Armand’s Drapery.

  • Advantage of Natural Shades

    Many window treatments utilize synthetics or metals but there is something to be said about natural shades.  The impact these shades have within a room is unlike any other.  The following are just some things to keep in mind when considering natural shades like those made from wood or grass:

    Feel

    Since wood, reed, and grass shades come from natural materials, they warm up a room and can alter the feel of the entire home.  This is particularly true if there are other natural elements in the room.

    Materials

    Natural shades come in a vast array of materials.  For instance, woven wood shades can be found in various color woods or even bamboo.  You might even find natural yarns created into shades.

    Colors

    Just because it is a natural shade doesn’t mean you are limited by colors.  Natural materials come in a variety of colors that accentuate and enhance a home’s decor.

    Trims

    Natural shades don’t have to be plain or “vanilla”.  You can get them with various edge trims that change the personality of the look. Soft and flowy to crisp and geometric.

    Variety of Shapes

    If you have a variety of window sizes and shapes, do not be afraid of natural shades.  They can custom made to fit your needs.

    Automated or Not

    Similar to shape, the desire for automated window coverings shouldn’t dissuade you from using natural shades.  They are able to be installed with a diverse number of operational mechanisms.

    Lining

    Similar to draperies, your shades may also have either regular or blackout lining so that you may have energy efficiency and all the benefits of linings.

    As humans, we often try to find synthetic or human made solutions. However, we often forget that nature has already provided us with many of the solutions we seek.  Natural shades are a perfect example of the benefits of using what we have.  If you have questions about natural shades, talk to the experts at Armand’s Drapery.

  • Hanging your Draperies

    For months, we’ve spoken about the beauty and impact of draperies.  However, without a means to hang the drapes, all we have is fabric.  So how do we transform a piece of fabric to draperies?  Does it matter the method?  The short answers are yes the method matters and there are several ways in hanging your draperies.

    Where to start in Choosing the Best Way in Hanging your Draperies

    In the modern age, draperies do not have to be stationary objects.  Mechanisms exist to allow for draperies and their lining to automatically open and close.  Thus, ask yourself, do you want to have stationary drapes or movable ones.  If you prefer stationary draperies, which are mainly for decoration, then a short rod would suffice. However, if you are going have them move, then you should consider a track that either functions via wireless technology or embedded wiring.

    The Size of the Drapery Rod Matters

    When determine the size of the drapery rod, look at the room and fabric.  What is the size of the room?  How heave is the fabric?  If the room is small, you don’t want a rod that overwhelms a room.  Also, the weight of the fabric will also impact the size of the rod that is needed.  For instance, a rod that is merely 1 inch in diameter can only support more delicate fabrics.  Therefore, keep the above in mind when determining the rod size.

    Styling

    Keeping the home and room looking clean and balanced is impacted by each aspect of the room.  The styling of the rod could clash or alter the entire feel of the area.  If the room is filled with silver and you put gold rods, it could cause the room to look chaotic.  Alternatively, should you have an intricate rod head when the rest of the room in minimalistic then your room could feel confused.  Keep in mind the style you are seeking when choosing how to hang your draperies.

    Avoid Mass Market Items

    If you get custom draperies, do not cheapen out and get ready made rods.  These are not built to handle the weight and quality of custom draperies.  They are prone to bending, sagging, and potentially breaking.

    The bottom line is that the way in handing your draperies impacts your room just as much the fabric itself.  Take the time to educate yourself and choose the right drapery rod for your home.  If you have questions, reach out to the experts at Armand’s Draperies.

     

  • Curtain Ideas

    The months of August through October tend to be some of the hottest months in the Bay Area.  Your curtains and drapes could provide a relief from the temperatures and provide a different look to help you showcase a new look for your home this summer and fall.  Here are some ideas to try with your window treatments:

    Color

    Your parents may have told you when you were younger to not where a black shirt when it was hot.  The same is true with your home fabrics.  Darker colors absorb heat while lighter colors make the room cooler and more radiant.  Over the hot months, you could look towards alternative window coverings that are lighter in color.

    This doesn’t mean you should switch to white or other “boring” colors.  There are many pastel colors that are light and beautiful.  Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone to make your room beautiful, bold, and colorful.

    Lining

    We spoke earlier in the month about the importance of lining for protection for UV ray damage.  However, curtain linings also have the added benefit of keeping a home cool.  Linings provide a benefit in the winter of keeping the cool out but over the warmer months, they keep the heat away. This provides greater energy efficiency and utility cost savings.  This is particularly true for windows that face the sun.

    Fabric

    Lighter fabrics are the best for the hotter periods of the year.  They allow beauty and protection while allowing an open feel to the room.  There are several types of materials from linen, cotton, and synthetic blends.  They also come in a variety of colors that can help the home.

    Some may thing going through an interior change just for a season is ridiculous but it’s an inexpensive way to get a hole new home every six months with little work as well.  If you have questions about window treatments, talk to the experts at Armands.