Vintage furnishings with modern convenience fit today's homes
Nov 18 2011
Vintage-inspired kitchen appliances and the resurgence of clawfoot bathtubs are among the home items that consumers want to go with their period-style homes.
Adding several conversation niches softens the look of a formal space
Nov 15 2011
The living room is a space where visitors are likely to be entertained, and a room that many homeowners view as the showpiece of the home. But there's no reason that it can't be comfortable for everyday use as well as for special gatherings.
Neutrals can keep popular vibrant colors from overpowering a room
Nov 14 2011
Home decorators should be forewarned when choosing bold colors - a little goes a long way. They should look to neutrals - black, white, deep brown and beige - to keep vibrant hues from overpowering a room.
Dining room can be spruced up as time and money allows
Nov 1 2011
Too often, the dining room becomes an afterthought when it comes to decorating. Whether it is used every day or only for family occasions, homeowners generally concentrate on sprucing up other areas of the house before they turn to the dining room.
Indoor greenery can be offset by the natural look of wood blinds
Oct 27 2011
Finding a permanent place for plants saves homeowners from moving their greenery around the house when the seasons change, and that's particularly good for shade-loving plants.
Valances and cornices fit well with a mix of vintage and modern furnishings
Oct 25 2011
As homeowners try to integrate vintage items with contemporary furnishings, they need to consider the color schemes and textures that coordinate well with both the old and the new.
Valances bring the gap between wood and soft furnishings in cottage decor
Sep 22 2011
"Bringing the outdoors in" is a common catch phrase in interior design these days, but it's always been the basis of cottage-style decorating.
Homeowners shouldn't overlook their ceilings in a design scheme
Sep 13 2011
Home decorators often overlook a "fifth wall" in their rooms - the ceiling - but there's no reason it needs to be left out of the color scheme used for its companion walls.
Valances and cornices add an elegant finish to wide range of window ensembles
Sep 2 2011
When a homeowner puts together a window ensemble that includes shades or blinds carefully coordinated with a room's décor, they often need a finishing touch that will tie the whole package together.
Cutting cost doesn't mean cutting quality or selection to upgrade window treatments
Aug 4 2011
When interior designer Lauren Liess first saw a rundown suburban home for sale outside Washington D.C., she immediately thought of all the window treatments, paint jobs and new lighting that would quickly turn it into her dream home.
TV's design couple have different tastes, but both show 'personality'
Jul 11 2011
New York-based interior designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz have different tastes - she likes Southern charm, he goes for downtown coolness - but their advice for would-be decorators is in agreement, according to the Washington Post.
Make your small bathroom stand out
Jun 29 2011
A small bathroom can bring out it's own unique set of problems, from storage issues to dealing with a look that remains a bit outdated. Because of this, this necessary space can really cause stress for many.
Valances add architectural interest to an apartment's windows
Jun 29 2011
Apartment dwellers can create instant architectural interest in their homes by installing a valance that will complement a number of window coverings, from curtains to woven wood shades.
Designer advises decorating with items that have personal meaning
Jun 15 2011
"Make it your own" could be interior designer Jonathan Adler's mantra.
Vibrant colors like honeysuckle rose are a natural companion to a valance
Jun 10 2011
Home decorators who are stuck on the color wheel, trying to predict which hues will have the most staying power on their walls and furnishings, may get some help from the Pantone Color Institute.
Valances paired with soft curtains fit the shabby chic style
Jun 7 2011
Softened is one way to describe the shabby chic style of decorating – in colors, patterns and the overall look of a room outfitted with furnishings reminiscent of an earlier era.
A new window treatment helps give a quick makeover to a guest room
May 20 2011
Getting a guest room in shape quickly for a weekend visitor can be accomplished with a minimum of fuss and maximum style.
A living room style can be elegant, but remain comfortable
May 19 2011
Homeowners can create an elegant atmosphere for a formal living room without sacrificing the comfort they crave for everyday living.
Variety of window treatments with a valance create a focal point in an apartment
Apr 26 2011
Apartment dwellers often feel confined by the neutral colors on walls, floors and tiling in their rented homes, but it doesn't have to be that way, according to HGTV.com.
Colonial era paint choices still work in modern-day home decorating
Apr 15 2011
Modern home decorators can take a cue from the American colonial era when distinct styles of design emerged and continue to this day.
Skylight window treatments can be controlled by remote or electric switch
Apr 6 2011
Consumers have a choice of window coverings that are well-suited to skylights, but for the ease of adjusting the amount of sun that enters a room, a motorized window shade or blind can manage both light and window drafts.
Window treatments can offset cabinetry in kitchen decor
Apr 5 2011
Setting up different "zones" within a kitchen can provide defined spaces for cooking activities, conversation spots or a place for bill-paying and homework.
Cabinetry and valances can have an integrated look in today's kitchen
Mar 28 2011
An industrial look in gourmet kitchens filled with stainless steel appliances can be offset by brighter hues in cooking accessories, chair cushions or brightly-painted chairs.
The big picture helps homeowners coordinate wall colors throughout a home
Mar 23 2011
When homeowners decide their entire house interior needs a fresh coat of paint, design consultant Cindy Lee Bergersen has these words to guide them - think about the big picture.
Eclectic approach allows homeowners to use different textures in window treatments
Feb 21 2011
San Francisco designer Michelle Homme tries to introduce as many vintage pieces as possible to her clients, both as a decorator and in her furnishings shop called Homme.
Vibrant colors like honeysuckle rose are a natural companion to a valance
Jan 18 2011
From a kaleidoscopic flower pattern on a pillow by interior decorator Jonathan Adler to a festive dress that appeared in the spring collection of fashion designer Nanette Lapore, honeysuckle rose has made its entry this year as a color to be reckoned with.
A valance can bring an architectural detail to a formal living room
Jan 12 2011
Most people think of the living room as the most formal part of their homes, and with good reason. It's the area where visitors are likely to be entertained, and a space that many homeowners view as the showplace of the home.
A valance is a versatile window feature that gives a home a welcoming look
Jan 7 2011
Interior designer Bunny Williams has simple advice for people who are looking for a new look in their home. "Edit, edit, edit," she said in an interview with The Boston Globe. "Reorganizing a room that you've lived in a long time can make it look fresh and new."
Mixing high-end and thrifty items is a resourceful way to decorate
Dec 13 2010
Interior decorators need more than a strong sense of style and a head full of creative ideas to be successful. They also need to be resourceful and know where they can scope out the best deals for their projects.
A valance and sheers can add a romantic headboard to a bedroom
Dec 8 2010
In an eclectic decorating scheme for a bedroom, particularly one that's tight on space, a new approach can be taken to the traditional headboard.
Shabby chic style has an atmosphere of comfort and nostalgia
Dec 1 2010
Sinking into a soft, upholstered reading chair. Breathing in the aroma of scented candles. Reaching for a cup of tea from a side table that has a stack of books and an antique lamp.
Valances fit the streamlined look of Art Deco style
Nov 17 2010
For a homeowner who likes a streamlined, geometric look in their furnishings, the Art Deco style is a good choice for their home décor.
Valances tie in window treatments to other elements in kitchen design
Nov 8 2010
Kitchens have always been the heart of the home, bringing families together over meals and making visitors feel welcome.
Valances fit Jonathan Adler's happy, but chic design philosophy
Nov 2 2010
No one could accuse interior designer Jonathan Adler of taking himself - or his work as a potter and decorator - too seriously.
Valances offset cabinetry and bolder colors in kitchen decor
Oct 21 2010
Kitchen colors are moving away from the hues of Tuscany and terracotta, with splashes of color to offset darker woods that have become popular in recent years.
Hang a valance to complete fall decor
Oct 1 2010
As the calendar moves from September to October, many people may be putting the finishing touches on their fall décor.
Shake things up with a valance in the kitchen
Sep 15 2010
Although the kitchen is often a centerpiece of a home, striking the right balance between elegance and comfort can be a difficult task. The Seattle Times reports that, while some people may not think it, black can be used very effectively to add a sophisticated, yet welcoming atmosphere to a kitchen.
Include a valance with beautiful bay windows
Sep 2 2010
A beautiful five bedroom home in suburban Maryland features a number of attractive furnishings that make it exceptionally appealing to prospective hombuyers. The Gazette reports that this 10-year-old colonial boasts an impressive interior and an ideal location.
New Jersey designer makes renovation easier
Aug 20 2010
While sometimes homebuyers find the perfect home in terms of location and size, the house may also be in need of significant renovation to make it as appealing as they originally dreamed it to be. According to The Ridgewood News, industry expert Victoria Stepanov recently opened a business to aid new homeowners in this arduous quest.
Add valance to bathroom, increase resale value
Aug 3 2010
Decorating a bathroom can be a tricky endeavor. There are a number of ways a homeowner can go, from sleek modern design to a more classic look. According to HGTV.com, the windows can play a big role in tying the look together.
Add an elegant feel to the kitchen with valances
Jul 21 2010
When Pat O'Brien and her husband, Jerry, moved into their Cockeysville, Maryland home, they knew they had to do something to make it their own. The Baltimore Sun reports that Pat, an artist, adorned the walls of every room with a unique mural.
Consider layering roller shades, valance
Jun 16 2010
Although the common assumption might be that homeowners have to choose only one window treatment, interior designers claim that's not necessarily the case. According to Better Homes and Gardens, layering different window treatments allows for more freedom when decorating and can also manipulate the size of the window to make it appear larger.
Combining Roman shades, valance can obscure ugly view
Jun 15 2010
Regardless of how nicely decorated the interior of a home is, the view of the outdoors is often out of the hands of the homeowner. Whether it be a neighbors unkempt yard or a less than ideal landscape, there are ways to mask what's outside by making use of creative window treatments inside.
Adhere to condo regulations with faux wood blinds
Jun 1 2010
Living in a condominium boasts a multitude of benefits, but can also infringe upon one's decorating possibilities. According to the Chicago Tribune, a condo's board of directors can control the exterior appearance of the building, which includes window treatments, as they are visible to the outside.
Blinds chalet offers deal on wooden blinds
May 21 2010
Many homeowners enjoy redecorating rooms - from wall color to window treatments, it's a great way to give an old room new life. But few like the extra costs that may come along with sprucing up a space. To help individuals save money, Blinds Chalet is offering a free cornice valance on most selections of their real wooden window blinds.