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  • Exciting Wallpaper Trends for 2020

    One thing that’s undeniable about trends is that they return. Wallpaper was all the rage for decades and then, in the 1930s, it began to fall out of fashion. Like all good things, it’s back, and not just casually, but with a passion. In recent years, this decorative wall covering has once again become a hot item for both interior designers and DIY enthusiasts. In 2020, it’s poised to make a big return. Read on to learn about the biggest wallpaper trends for this year. 

    Bold Wallpaper Trends

    The defining similarity throughout all wallpaper trends in 2020 is that they’re bold. Look for bright colors, shapes, and statement graphics. Think of wallpaper as an opportunity to showcase your personal style. The look of 2020 is not the wallpaper of yore, sprinkled here and there with tiny accents. Rather, it’s meant to make a statement. Think of walls as additional surface space waiting to be filled to add a pop of fun or elegance to your home. 

    Plant-Based

    Plant-based diets have increased dramatically in recent years. This may or may not have something to do with the recent popularity of plant-centric wallpaper. Expect to see vivid options patterned with dramatic images of greenery or blossoms. Color is central here. Embrace radiant and jewel-toned colors that create a mood. Animals can also feature into the scene and inform the color palette, along with plant and mineral life. Think rich emerald greens, songbird egg blues, canary yellows, and amethyst purples. 

    Geometric Wallpaper Trends

    Another big trend in wallpaper for 2020 is geometric patterns. This look features squares, rectangles, triangles, or sharp repeating patterns in contrasting colors. Depending on the thickness of the lines, geometric wallpaper can create a feeling of simple minimalism. Consider shapes in contrasting or background complementary colors.

    3-D and Metallic

    Somewhat futuristic, these two trends add a unique twist to conventional wallpaper design. While not evident at a distance, 3-D wallpaper will have your guests doing a double take at close range. This feature adds a subtle hint of something unique. It’s ideal for someone who wants to embrace unconventionality with restraint. 

    Metallic paper is one of the most dramatic choices. It transforms wall space into mirror-like surfaces. This wallpaper adds a shot of glamour. It can seem either futuristic or old-world, depending on the selection. The interesting thing about metallics is that they sometimes even remind us of the future and the past at once, evoking both space-exploring rocket ships and the Palace of Versailles. 

    Our Products

    Visit Armand’s Drapery today to find window treatments and upholstery that compliment your new wallpaper. Call us at (925) 283-8717 today to schedule your free consultation.

  • Maximalist Decor: What Is It?

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    There are so many options when it comes to decor philosophies. While you may have heard of minimalist decor, you might not be aware that a maximalist decor tradition also exists. Maximalism is the total opposite of minimalism and is all about bold color, detailed patterns and luxurious fabrics. It’s already a huge trend for 2019 and will only continue to be popular as more and more people jump on the maximalist bandwagon.

    Maximalist vs Minimalist

    Maximalism is all about power, passion and joy expressed in a room’s decor, it’s something sung compared to minimalism’s whisper. For those who love glamour and luxury, maximalism is strongly attractive. However, others might be intimidated by this bold look that can take a space to new heights. For them, the quiet organization of minimalism may fit better.

    How to Maximize the Style in Your Home

    Maximalism is all about excitement and passion, which is immediately felt the moment you step into the room with such rich decor. When making maximalism work in your home, it’s all about having fun and making it your own. Focus on patterns, colors and textures and then choose ones that really catch your eyes and bring out the joy in you.

    Do you believe that interiors need to be fun and exciting, to make you smile? Maximalism does exactly that, which is why the trend is becoming so popular now.

    Here are some tips on how to incorporate Maximalism into your own space:

    Start Small

    If you’re not sure where to start, it’s better to try it in small doses so that you don’t overwhelm yourself. Start by bringing in some colorful cushions in bright and bold tones then try scattering them on your existing sofa or chairs. Add other accents as you find the things that please you. Once you get braver, you might want to add bold wallpaper to the room to up the ante!

    It’s All About Balance

    Maximalist style is about balancing carefully-thought out design with eclecticism, so it’s important that you connect your interior choices to bring the look together. Have a balanced distribution of patterns, textures and colors in a room for a symmetrical space, which will then allow you to layer even more!

    Tell a Story

    Try to add in accents and pieces that tell a story. Maximalism works best when you have a common theme throughout the room, with each piece telling part of a greater story. Do you want your home to bring up ideas of the Southwest? A redwood forest? The Renaissance? A botanist’s greenhouse? Know what you want to bring to mind.

    Make the Space an Extension of Your Personality

    Always stay true to you and what you like. Let the room be an extension of your personality. Choose colors you love, prints that bring you joy and furniture that you adore!

    Armand’s Drapery can help you with choosing window coverings and reupholstering your beloved furnishings to meet your new style. With our help, your home will look “maximum” stylish.

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  • Designing Window Treatments: Dos and Don’ts

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    Your window coverings are strongly influential on your home’s overall look and feel. That’s why knowing the tips and tricks of using window covering design to make your home feel just right is so important. Without guidance, you could make a room feel smaller or darker accidentally. With that in mind, here are some design basics to know:

    Don’t Mount Hardware Just Above Windows

    Mounting window coverings directly above windows misses a great opportunity to create the impression of larger windows. Mounting above the top of the window, even up to the ceiling, creates vertical lines and grand scale that give the impression of much larger windows. Conversely, low-mounted window treatments can shrink windows and give the room a crowded look.

    Hang Window Treatments Wide

    By hanging your curtains wide, you’ll make the room look bigger and better! Curtain rods can extend past the window by as much as you like, as long as you also have the appropriate amount of drapery fabric to cover from one end of the rod all the way to the other when the window dressing is closed. This can make your windows look quite large.

    Do Choose Floor Length Curtains

    Stopping curtains at window sill length is a common mistake. Cutting short the curtain length is quite a large visual mistake, though. The long lines of floor length curtains create the illusion of a larger room and larger windows. For a tailored look, they should just kiss the floor or hover over it about half of an inch.

    Layer Your Window Treatments

    The best styled windows always have multiple layers of window treatments. They might combine blinds, roman shades, drapes or valance combinations. With more window treatments, you get a more appealing aesthetic, better light management, and better insulation.

    Don’t Go Solo

    Deciding on window treatments is best done in the company of a professional designer, window treatment expert, or interior decorator. Armand’s Drapery has experts available to help you make great window covering decisions.

  • Minimalist Home Decor: Window Options

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    Window dressings are foundational to your interior decor. They set the stage for other elements of design, and are needed to regulate privacy, light, and temperature. When creating a minimalist aesthetic it can be a struggle finding the perfect, streamlined look. However, there are numerous minimalist window options available to choose from.

    Minimalist Home Decor

    The minimalist look has a calming, orderly charm. If you’re loving minimalism, you can dress your windows with a wide variety of clean looking options. Curtains are not the only choice for style and privacy! Here are a few stylish minimalist window options that’re stunning and go with your look:

    Wave Pleat Curtains

    These are curtains, but they hang in a large, clean way, with low visual detail because of the way they interact with the rod. The look is elegant and simple, and really complements larger windows. Don’t lose the minimalist style by choosing a print, though! Go with a solid or interesting texture to keep the look minimalist.

    Ceiling Mounted Rods

    Stay within your minimalist theme by using ceiling mounted rods. Hanging curtains from ceiling to floor creates dramatic scale while keeping thing simple. This way, you get to maximize views and create a polished look that’s not distracting. If you want ultimate luxury, install motorized curtains to control how much sun gets in with the flick of a switch, or on a timer. As always in minimalism, avoid prints.

    Shoji Screens

    If you want balance and calm, a shoji screen is a great fit. These panels of canvas or rice paper can hang from a ceiling mounted track and made to move seamlessly with drapery wands. This is one of the more expensive window covering options, though.

    Cellular Shades

    Also called honeycomb shades, cellular shades fold up when open and expand to hold channels of air when closed. Cellular shades are great for insulation, but also they have a crisp, clean look that fits right into the minimalist aesthetic. They can be even mounted within a window frame, contributing to the look of a seamless wall surface.

    Roller Shades

    Roller shades can be fabric or natural or synthetic reeds. The fabrics available can be sheer or opaque prints, solids, or textures. Even with a print it’s hard to make a roller shade look messy. They’re the simplest looking window treatment out there.

    If you need any help deciding what to do with your windows, feel free to contact Armand’s Drapery for advice on both form and function.

     

  • How To Insulate Your Windows

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    If your home is hot in summer and cold in winter, then your insulation can use improvement. Heat and cold enter your home in a number of ways, including windows! Whether heat radiates in through a window, or cold air seeps in through cracks, you can remedy a lot of this yourself.

    You can do one or all of the things listed below, depending on the current state of your windows and how insulated you want to be. These tips are mostly inexpensive, and you’re sure to recoup costs on heating and cooling bills!

    Caulk Gaps And Cracks

    Cracks around your window frames, or between the glass and frame, can let in outside air. If you have cracks, you’ll need to seal them with silicone caulk. It’s easy to do and inexpensive. All caulk needs to be reapplied periodically, so it’s something you may be doing every few years.

    Add Weatherstripping

    Weatherstripping is installed from inside the home, and belongs between moving parts. It’s simple to apply and won’t leave any residue or mess when you remove it.

    Use Spray Foam for Large Gaps

    If your window has large, accessible gaps around the window frame, then you’ll need to insulate your windows with expandable foam. Thanks to a long nozzle, spray foam can reach hard-to-reach areas, allowing you to completely fill in the large gaps effectively.

    Thermal Window Treatments

    Energy efficient window treatments or thermal curtains provide excellent insulation. You can choose either dense, insulatory side-drawn draperies for your windows or vertically-drawn pleated blinds (also called cellular or honeycomb). These are specially designed for their effectiveness at  controlling temperatures inside your home.

    Use Film to Insulate Your Windows

    If your window frames are perfect, the glass itself can still be an insulation weak point. You can purchase transparent film kits made just for this purpose. The film can be trimmed, and attaches to the window frame with double-sided tape. To tighten the film, lightly blow warm over it with a hair dryer. Insulating air fills the space between the double-glazed window panes, creating a dead air pocket that will hinder thermal and air infiltrating your home.

    With all these tips combined, the change in your home temperatures will likely be drastic. But you don’t have to do them all! Just a well fitted set of thermal drapes or cellular blinds will make a world of difference is summer and winter.

    If you have questions, contact us at Armand’s Drapery today!