Selecting The Perfect Wallpaper
Find The Style That Speaks To YouIn Speedwell Design Center’s showroom, you’ll be able to browse the different types of wallpaper from some of the leading brands in the industry, including Ralph Lauren Home, Schumacher and Seabrook. Each brand brings their own distinct look and texture to their papers, so you can decorate each room of the house with a singular look. Perhaps you’ll choose an abstract-patterned paper for the office, a fun botanical print for the restroom and a country-inspired wallpaper for the kitchen. With an abundant amount of styles to choose from, you can truly add unique flair to every room, whether that takes the form of a special pop of color or a personalized print. Other popular style categories include, but are not limited to: • Abstract • Asian and European influenced • Contemporary/Transitional • Damask • Novelty • Kids • Stripes and Plaids • Toile • Textured • Grass Cloth Whichever type you end up falling in love with, take advantage of the wide range of styles to set the backdrop for a stunning, one-of-a-kind space.
Start Designing TodayIf you’re thinking about overhauling your home’s design, deciding on the wallpapers will be one of the first and most important steps. For inspiration, browse photos of some of our products in action, or stop by our showroom, located at 108 Ridgedale Avenue in Morristown, New Jersey. If you’re hoping for some one-on-one assistance and tips, sign up for a consultation with one of our experienced sales designers today.
Spruce up Your Space With Wallpaper and Upholstery
Did you know Speedwell Design Center has an expansive wallpaper and fabric section? We carry numerous choices of materials that will transform your space.
Wallpaper has made a huge comeback in recent years. Gone are the days of drab, tired patterns and colors. Now, there are many options which include paper with texture, sheen, and fresh, bold patterns. Removable (peel off) wallpaper is also available. It is a really great option to liven up rentals, a dorm room, or to embellish a child’s room.
Whether you are reupholstering cushions, making custom drapery, or giving a room a more finished look with custom bedding, we carry an extensive range of materials from the latest trends and outdoor fabrics to contemporary and traditional prints. Some of the most recent trends include using fabrics with grays, bold geometric prints, embroidery, large florals, and textured fabric. When choosing material, consider its placement. For example, if using fabric for upholstery in a child's room, you may need a more durable (washable) material. Cotton and wool blends work well with any decor and bring a clean, crisp feel to a room. Some of the other fabric choices available include solids, velvet, linens, chenille, and sheers. Our selections include fabrics from Maxwell, Coco, Michaels, Kravet, Robert Allen, Duralee, Schumacher, and Beacon Hill.
When choosing wallpaper to give an updated look to a room, you might want to try a feature wall with a statement print, or a timeless folksy print for a child's room. Current trends in wallpaper include grays, metallics, peel-off paper, geometric patterns, and large floral prints. Other paper choices include solids, florals, foil paper, leaf, Asian, and European-influenced prints, stripes, texturized fabric, and various fun patterns. There is a range of classic, contemporary designs, novelty, and children-themed paper from which to choose. The wallpaper designers that we carry include Kenneth James, York, Thibaut, Brewster, Arcadia, Ashford House, and Kismet.
Bring in your ideas and one of our experienced Sales Design Team members will help guide you. Some tips for helping you choose: consider the mood that you want to create in the room (casual, formal, relaxing). With color, decide if you want it to blend in with the décor for a subtle look or if you prefer it to pop with a bolder look.
Have Fun With It!
Whether it’s to liven up a tired chair, add a touch of professionalism to an office, or make some custom accent pillows, come in, sit at our table, have a cup of coffee, and one of our Sales Design Staff will guide you through the wallpaper or fabric selection process.
Did You Know? October is National Window Covering Safety Month
This October, the Consumer Products Safety Commission and the Window Covering Safety Council are teaming up again to alert and educate people on the danger posed by window coverings. According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission window coverings are one of the top hazards in the average American home. Alongside tipping furniture and open swimming pools, windows made the list because of the risk of strangulation posed by dangling cords. Fortunately, eliminating the risk is a quick fix for most households. Installing cordless window coverings or evenmotorized Hunter Douglas window treatments are safe alternatives that also look great.
The danger is not usually with the coverings themselves, but the cords used to raise and lower the covers. While those dangling loops may be, at best, an innocuous afterthought for an adult, they can be tempting playthings for toddlers and pets. Much like dangling mobiles placed above cribs, children will reach for loose cords. This presents a serious strangulation hazard.
The Quick Fix
For concerned readers, the best option is to invest in cordless window coverings or motorized Hunter Douglas window treatments to eliminate the cord altogether. These safe alternatives come in a range of styles to fit any home. But if, for some reason, a person is unable to change their window treatments, there are a few quick fixes that can reduce the risk to young children. Start by moving any cribs or children's beds away from windows with loose cords. Keeping the tether out of reach will reduce the temptation. For low window sills or other areas that children can reach from the floor, get a small cleat to tie up the loose end. In a pinch, a person can take the cord and wrap it up in a bow or other knot out of reach from children and pets.
The Permanent Solution
Fortunately, the window covering industry has been working vigorously to address the danger posed by some products. The Window Covering Safety Council has created warning tags and labels that clearly communicate the potential dangers of loose window cords. More importantly, innovation in form and function has eliminated the need for dangerous dangling cords. Today's consumers have more options than ever with cordless window coverings that are safe and look great.
Looking to improve the look and safety of your home with motorized or cordless window coverings? Visit Speedwell Design Center today.
Window Shutters Are Your Perfect Home Improvement Solution!
Choose Your MaterialWith such a huge assortment to choose from, we know you'll find the best window shutters for your house. For traditional, top-of-the-line shutters, go with our classic Hunter Douglas Heritance option. Made of real hardwood and constructed with Truemill dovetail construction, these shutters offer a beautiful look with maximum strength and durability. If hardwood isn't what you're looking for, consider our Hunter Douglas NewStyle hybrid shutters. Blending the look of hardwood with the resilience and affordability of man-made materials, these shutters are a polished solution for any home. Finally, for homes in more extreme climates, we have Hunter Douglas Palm Beach Polysatin shutters, made from a UV-resistant vinyl material. Guaranteed to stand up to the most adverse weather conditions, these hearty shutters are an excellent option for improving your home.
CustomizeNo matter which option you choose, you will love your new window shutters! All three varieties are available in a range of colors and styles: paints, stains, and even color matching. We can custom design shutters to match your entire home. Come into our showroom, and our expert designers will help you pick out the perfect shutters to upgrade all your windows.
Enjoy Your Shutters!Once chosen, your shutters will be installed by a Hunter Douglas Certified Installer, to ensure exceptional service. From the moment they're put up, you'll fall in love with your new window shutters! They're easy to use, easy to maintain, and built to last. In fact, your Hunter Douglas window shutters come with a lifetime guarantee, so we know you'll be satisfied with them for years to come. Take it from our customers! Read some testimonials and imagine how happy you'll be once you've upgraded your home. Also take a look at our inspiration gallery to get ideas, and watch this video to learn why Hunter Douglas shutters are the best choice for you! Come on down to our showroom today. Browse through our vast selection, take in some expert advice, and learn just how great window shutters will look in your home. With Speedwell Design Center by your side, you can't go wrong!
How to Choose the Best Finish for Your Wood Flooring
Wood flooring can create a huge visual impact in your home. It can make a space feel warm, open, even luxurious. It can also help reduce allergens in the home. However, choosing a finish for your wood floor is crucial to maintain its appearance and to protect the wood from scratches. There are many different types of finish, so how do you know which one is right for you?
First, you need to know if your wood floor has already been treated. Some finishes cannot be applied on top of certain products, so it's important to know what has already been used on the wood. This is also useful information when you are choosing cleaning products for your floor. If you are purchasing a new floor, the manufacturer should provide information about any treatments or finishes that are added during production. If you have a home with an existing wood floor, ask the previous owner. If that's not an option, there are tests you can perform to tell you what finishes may have been used.
Types of Finishes
- Polyurethane is the most popular finish for wood floors. It is available in both water-based and oil-based formulas. Oil-based polys are best for high-traffic areas, are more affordable, and have an amber glow many people admire. However, their strong fumes and longer drying time may be a concern. Water-based polys dry with a clear finish, have less fumes, and are more environmentally friendly. However, they are nearly twice as expensive, and the faster drying time means you must work quickly.
- Wax was one of the most commonly used finishes before polyurethane became available in the 1970s. It is less durable than a poly and requires regular upkeep. However, if you are looking for an eco-friendly finish for your wood flooring, wax may be your best solution. It is applied by hand in small areas at a time and is available in both a paste and a liquid. Polyurethanes cannot be applied on top of a wax finish.
- Shellac is another finish that used to be very popular. It is also not very durable, but it is easy to work with and inexpensive. However, a floor that has been finished with shellac can not be refinished with poly or other modern products. It can only be redone with another shellac or with wax.
- An acid-cured, or Swedish, finish is extremely durable. It dries in as little as two hours, but it can take up to 60 days to be fully cured. It is an expensive option and requires a professional to apply.
- Oil finishes are easy to apply yourself, but they are not as durable as polys. They are made from tung oil, which is non-toxic. Oil finishes should be reapplied every two or three years.
With this knowledge, you should be able to decide which finish is right for you and your wood flooring. The right finish will give your home a look that you and your family will enjoy for years to come. Visit the Speedwell Design Center showroom to see our huge flooring selection and to talk to our design experts.
Finding Window Treatments for Commercial Properties
Finding window treatments for your commercial property can be a challenge these days. Technological advancements in manufacturing, design, and installation give business owners a wealth of options not previously available. While curtains, blinds, and other adornments may not be the first thing on a proprietor's mind when starting or renovating a space, it can make a huge difference in the overall ambiance. The way a space incorporates natural light is one of the most important factors determining the mental well-being of the inhabitants. This not only impacts a business's customers but also its employees. Here are a few tips to improve customer experience, employee wellness and, ultimately, the bottom line.
Get Your Motor Running
Motorized and automated window treatments are useful for businesses with large windows that only need to be covered some of the time. Businesses want the flexibility to provide shade without being totally in the dark. Unfortunately, the height and width of many commercial spaces make the manual drawing of shades or curtains a time-consuming task. A professional design and installation firm, such as Speedwell Design Center’s corporate and commercial division, can install motorized and automated equipment to make opening and closing a breeze.
Invest in Energy Efficiency
Today, many businesses are striving to reduce long-term energy costs and hedge against future price spikes in electricity. A kilowatt saved is a kilowatt earned, and reducing energy use is almost always the most cost-effective way to take a bite out of the power bill. Smart commercial window treatments can contribute to that reduction. Heat leaves through the windows in the winter and enters through them in the summer. Hunter Douglas invented the Duette super-insulating shade to counter that heat transfer. The insulating shade uses a honeycomb structure to trap pockets of air that absorb and temper the heat coming in or out. They also look fantastic, coming in a number of textures and colors to match the aesthetics of a business while saving it money.
Window treatments can make a big difference, and it's worth connecting with professionals to truly assess options. Speedwell Design Center is a one-stop shop for window treatments and can help businesses through design, selection, and installation. Contact Speedwell Design Center to get started today.