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Draperies

In favor of the color gray

In favor of the color gray wjfigw4q3

Although "50 Shades of Grey" is a recent phenomenon, this subdued color was popular in the home sector way before the infamous novel. Over the past decade, the design industry has favored complex colors—such as gray—that allow designers to blend and mix shades to create original looks. For some, gray is the new beige, proving a subtle neutral backdrop to any room in the home. For others, gray takes on its own personality in the form of bold metallic and statement décor.

"There are a few things interesting about gray as an accessory. You can bring in gray without bringing in any other colors," color expert Kate Smith told the Washington Post. "It also helps you notice the shape and the texture and the surface of furniture and accessories."

So how can you use this color in your own home, you ask? Take a look at some helpful hints below:

  • Blend: You don't necessarily have to paint an entire wall gray to achieve the look. In fact, the great thing about gray is that it can coincide with a color scheme you already have. Just be sure to complement cool tones with cool tones and warmer shades with warm tones. If you're looking for ways to bring this color into your room, look no further than Metropolitan Window Fashions' stylish array of gray curtains and window treatments. 
  • Heavy metal: Gray doesn't just have to be the color of a dreary sky. In fact, this hue can be quite exuberant if used correctly. Try incorporating metallic accents in gray-silver throughout your home. You can even spray-paint furniture items this shade.

Hot patterns for winter: Black, white and geometric

Hot patterns for winter: Black, white and geometric wjfigw4q3

Geometric patterns have been very much "in" over the past year or so, and the trend doesn't look like it's going anywhere soon. However, bright, bold chevrons and stripes are giving way this winter to neutral color palettes and thinner, slightly more subtle patterns. There are three great ways to incorporate this latest trend into your home decor, whether you're on a budget or ready to splurge on an entire new room.

Here are our tips for bringing the latest interior design trend into your home:

  • Accent wall: If you're ready to go big with your design, one of the best ways to make a statement is with an accent wall. When done right, especially in a black and white lattice or a more modern, whimsical swirl print, an accent wall adds sophistication in any room. Aim to create a cohesive tableau with your accent wall – the best places for these are behind your bed's headboard or your living room couch.
  • Accessories: Those on a budget will be best served by updating their accessories with a strong pattern. Throw pillows and blankets are the easiest, and can completely freshen a room's look for pennies on the dollar, no matter what your existing design or color scheme.
  • Curtains and draperies: For a chic update to your living or bedroom, nothing is better than hanging patterned custom draperies and valances. Patterned curtains in black and white add visual interest to the sources of light that your eye is naturally drawn to.

For all your New York drapery needs, contact Metropolitan Window Fashions. We'll come right to your home so you can view the hundreds of options we have available to update your home before the holidays!

Choosing a headboard for your bed

Choosing a headboard for your bed wjfigw4q3

We can all agree that it's difficult to furnish a bedroom. Finding the right style and color palette is not so much a physical but an aesthetic challenge, and requires quite a bit of consideration before a final decision can be made. Thankfully, the folks here at Metropolitan Window Fashions can help make that choice a lot easier thanks to our decades of expertise and singular knowledge in the industry. We specialize in pointing people in the right direction when it comes to these matters.

Today, we'll discuss a few tips for when you go shopping for a headboard. These include:

Choosing a price limit – As much as we'd all love to spend our bank accounts on custom window draperies and other decorative investments, the simple fact is that you have to draw a line. However, doing so is actually a plus because it helps narrow down your focus if you have a price range. Design elements and the structure of the headboard is contingent on how much you plan on spending.

Measuring your bedroom's dimensions – Headboards come in many shapes and sizes, and the one you choose will most likely depend on how much room you have. Before you start choosing, grab some measuring tape and jot down some numbers. This will save you time, money and a big headache in the unfortunate event that your brand-new headboard doesn't fit. Avoid this by being prepared!

Selecting a design scheme – While you have flexibility in terms of the size and color, you don't want the headboard to be incongruous with the bedroom's overall aesthetic. Modernist, classic, avant garde – depending on which avenue you take, there are certain types of headboards you'll want to consider.

When you work with Metropolitan Window Fashions, you can enhance a headboard to help it blend well with your overall design scheme. Our experts can create a custom upholstery, as well as help you choose draperies that bring out the color and aesthetic of your bedroom. Call us today!