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Adding splashes of color to a living space
By Payless Decor
6/24/2014 7:34:00 AM  

There's nothing quite as boring as a room with little color. Even if you want your living space to encompass neutrals with its window treatments and furnishings, a splash of color can do wonders for a room. If you aren't interested in embracing a handful of hues from the rainbow, it's possible to add a hint of color to a space without creating an overwhelming look.

"Color is the most powerful design element," Interior Design Professional Sabrina Soto told SheKnows.com. "Colors add character to your designs. With character comes perception and emotion. Colors set the mood, tone and feel of any space."

Colors in accessories
One of the easiest way to begin incorporating color into your living space is by using it in the accessories throughout your room. This means bringing in colorful window shades, throw pillows and blankets that have a hint of color to create more visual interest. To add further appeal to the area, consider utilizing accessories that have texture as well as color.

Using black
If you're particularly interested in using a bright or bold color in your living space, consider complementing it with black to anchor the entire look. HGTV states that this is an effective way to use color in a room without going overboard. The contrast is eye-catching as well as soothing. The drama of the black can also enhance all of the other hues used throughout the space.

Whether you're interested in adding color to a bedroom or a living room, these tips can help you get off on the right foot. Take the time to narrow down your options prior to choosing one or two hues to use throughout the space. In the end, you'll be happier with the final product.

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Four tips for a cool, comfortable household
By Payless Decor
6/2/2014 12:46:00 PM  

When was the last time you were able to go an entire summer without turning on your air conditioner? Whether you live in a warm region of the country or you experience brutal hot temperatures for three months a year, it can be downright uncomfortable to live without air conditioning. However, there are ways to keep your home cool without increasing your electricity bill. Here are some tips you can take into account to keep from sweating while saving a few bucks and reducing your overall carbon footprint.

1. Use window treatments to your advantage.
Items such as wood blinds and cellular shades are for more than just decoration - these window treatments can make a big difference when it comes to conserving energy. Your blinds, shades and drapes can keep strong sunlight from increasing temperatures in your home throughout the summer.  In the winter, they can insulate your living spaces - it's a win-win situation!

2. Opt for natural ventilation.
Opening your windows and using ceiling or standing fans can have a positive impact on your electricity bill in the middle of the summer. Crack your windows during the early morning hours and at night to allow fresh cool air to flow into your home when the sun isn't shining brightly. Use ceiling fans and standing units to keep it moving during the day, according to Care2.com. While the slight breeze might not be as chilling as air conditioning, it can still keep you comfortable without spiking your utility bills.

3. Know what creates heat.
Yahoo! reports that knowing what's creating heat in your home can give you an edge when it comes to cooling down your living spaces. For example, your desktop computer might be emitting a large amount of heat. Turning it off when it's not in use can make your surroundings cooler and reduce the need to turn on fans.

4. Invest in a dehumidifer.
Good Housekeeping magazine reports that using a dehumidifier may be able to instantly improve your comfort level in your home. Approximately 50 percent of homes have an unhealthy level of humidity in their living areas. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it might encourage you to turn on your air conditioner prematurely. Invest in a dehumidifier before a large air conditioning unit to help you improve your air quality and sleep with less worries.

Finally, if you don't have central A/C, but the temps are unbearable Lifehacker has a few ideas on projects that can generate some cool air: http://lifehacker.com/no-central-ac-no-problem-six-ways-to-keep-your-home-c-729713655


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Beat the heat with insulated windows
By Payless Decor
6/2/2014 12:42:00 PM  

Windows act as a source of heat in addition to being a factor in draftiness. Insulating is just as important in the summer as in the winter, and there are some ways to cut costs when doing so. Here are some tips for keeping your home cool in the warmer months. 

Use cellular shades 
Custom window treatments that fully cover your window are typically more efficient than using curtains that let the sun in at places. Cellular shades help to trap the heat between layers of material, which keeps it out of the room. If you have a south-facing window that gets a lot of sunlight, try using a blackout shade when you're not in the room to keep the sun from heating it up. You can also layer drapes over shades to keep your room even cooler. 

Cover your windows
In order to keep your room from getting too hot while still letting some light in, cover your windows with reflective film. It's an inexpensive project you can complete yourself, and makes all the difference when paired with the proper window treatments. Once you apply the film, it can be easily removed with no damage to the window. 

Seal leaks
Plugging up gaps in and around your windows and doors is particularly helpful when it's chilly out, but it is also advantageous when trying to beat the heat indoors. You can seal leaks in your windows by identifying all of the areas that are letting hot air indoors and applying caulk or foam weather stripping to the leaks. Do not apply the adhesives to parts of the casing that facilitate traction, however, as this could interfere with proper opening and closing.



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Bathroom trends to keep in mind in 2014
By Payless Decor
5/14/2014 8:24:00 AM  

Whether you intend on remodeling your bathroom now or next season, there are a few trends you can keep in mind to give you an edge in the renovation process. You don't have to be a professional to redecorate a living space in your home, but being mindful of the hottest styles in window treatments, furnishings and decor can make your project easier. This year, there are a couple of trends worth jotting down if you want to create a bathroom that shines.

Eye-popping color
As you redecorate your bathroom, SheKnows.com recommends thinking about adding a pop of color to the space to make a memorable impression. Whether you're shopping for window treatments or a shower curtain to get the project rolling, examine bright hues such as fire engine red, mellow yellow and grass green. In the end, you may find that all of these colors can work brilliantly in your space!

Eco-friendly fixtures
No one wants to complete a remodeling job and finish knowing that they increased their carbon footprint. For this reason, more homeowners are becoming eco-conscious as they shop for bathroom fixtures and decor for their spaces. Look for items made from recycled materials to go green during your project.

Luxurious features
More people are transforming their bathrooms into spa-like rooms with everything from automatic faucets to fancy shower heads. If you have a few extra dollars in your budget, think about splurging a little bit on items that will enhance your bathroom experience. By doing so, you'll increase the chances of being happier with the finished product.

While it can be challenging to tackle a bathroom, these trends can give you viable starting points. Trying a new style may also be just what you need to freshen up a dull, dated space.


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Add some bling to your home with a little sparkle
By Payless Decor
4/17/2014 4:01:00 PM  

You can't put a pair of grills on your living room, but you sure can try. One of the greatest ways to dress up a room is to add a little sparkle. It can be as simple as buying a disco ball-inspired vase or as in-depth as applying silver leaf to the majority of surfaces in your home. Either way, your home will be anything but boring. 

Blinged out accessories
The use of sparkly, shiny and bedazzled accessories is one of the simplest ways to add interest to a dull room, but it's very effective. From the hardware that holds your custom window treatments to a jeweled throw pillow, shiny accents will work best if there are at least a few of them scattered throughout the room. For example, adorn your mantlepiece with an array of vases encrusted in mirrors and fill them with big white flowers to keep the space feeling inviting, or buy a few bedazzled throw pillows and put a couple on the couches and chairs and match them with some mirrored picture frames. 

Go big
You can have a room that heavily features bling and still keep it classy. House Beautiful recommended refurbishing your mantlepiece with mirrors. Not only does this add some fun shine to your room, it will also help the space look more spacious. In addition or instead of that, you could use metallic wallpaper on your walls or ceiling. If the paper has a pattern that consists of silver and white, it will likely look more delicate than loud while still being interesting. If you're not into wallpaper, you can officially use metallic paint on your walls. If an all-silver living room seems like a little much to you, restrict it to the trim or furniture. Alternately, you could use the shiny paint in a small space like a bathroom or foyer. 

Do it yourself
If you want a do-it-yourself project that is challenging, produces amazing results, and will impress your friends and family, look no further than silver leafing. Elle magazine recommends applying silver leaf to sea shells for a sophisticated nautical look, or to a small side table to spruce up a space. 

In order to silver leaf, you will need several thin sheets of the material, exactly how much depends on what scale you're doing it. The material might come with glue, but if it doesn't then a spray adhesive will likely work well. You should prime the item you're looking to silver leaf in case there are cracks in the material and the base shows through. Spray small amounts of the adhesive at a time, and carefully apply the silver leaf with a paint brush. 

Have you added bling to your room with any of our window treatments? We'd love to see!

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3 ways to use environmentally friendly home decor
By Payless Decor
4/8/2014 1:11:00 PM  

For those who seek to make a positive impact on the environment, there are things you can do in addition to composting and recycling. It's possible to decorate your home in a green way - without using the color green. Here are some decor ideas for the environmentally friendly.

Conserve energy
You can cut back on the environmental damage that the energy used for heating and AC can cause by better insulating your home. Using cellular shades in the summer keeps the sun from heating up the room, and installing additional film over windows helps cut back on draftiness in the winter. Taking these measures will reduce the need for air conditioning and heating which, in addition to saving you money, will help to shrink your carbon footprint.

Upcycle
Rather than buying a new vase, why not use a nice looking glass bottle? Reusing recyclables or items around the house instead of buying them is referred to as "upcycling," and is an environmentally friendly way to decorate. Giving old products more value instead of throwing them away reduces the need to use new materials. Next time you go to buy a new product, ask yourself if there's something around the house you can use instead.

Have houseplants
What's more green than houseplants? In addition to being visually appealing, having foliage indoors can improve air quality. NASA has discovered that they can use common plants to keep space stations breathable for humans, According to the University of Minnesota. Through photosynthesis, plants remove toxic gases from the air, like carbon dioxide, benzene and formaldehyde. If it's good enough for space, think about what it could do for your home.

Use renewable resources
Bamboo is a grass product and grows much more quickly than a tree. Using bamboo for floors, furniture or of course window shades is a terrific way to make your house feel more environmentally friendly, while also using your wallet to encourage bamboo production.

Image: Blackout cellular shades are a great insulator and keep your room warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

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White makes for the perfect backdrop
By Payless Decor
3/14/2014 3:11:00 PM  

While white may not be the most exciting color by itself, it can serve as the perfect backdrop for other colors. A white wall or shelf makes everything else in your decor stand out and pop, so it's ideal for creating a clean, minimal space to show off your favorite decorations.

Go for the background
White doesn't need to be the start of the show to play an important part. If you go for an all-white kitchen or living room, the possibilities are endless for an accent color. Try putting in elements of baby blue or even a bold, cherry red. Once your accent color is in front of its white background, your eyes will be utterly delighted. Using these accents with not only white walls, but also couches, chairs and tables, will increase this wonderful effect.

Embrace the Zen of white
Any room that's rendered entirely in white will make you feel totally calm. The clean, unaltered neutral of white radiates a pale glow that makes you feel at ease. Use this to your advantage - take a bedroom that doesn't get enough light and redo the walls, the sheets and even the furniture to get that distinct white glow. To maximize the light you do get, try to use light filtering blinds and shades by themselves or along with very thin curtains. You may even want to use mirrors instead of pictures on the wall to help increase the light in the room, noted Country Living magazine.

Big rooms can be perfect in white
If you've got a large room in your house that you just don't know what to do with, consider giving it a totally white overhaul. You'll make the space not only feel a little larger, but much more open and breathable. Get some new sheer shades or cellular shades in a bright white color to really make the space feel airy with the combination of natural light and bright paint.

House Beautiful magazine noted that a white room like this makes a perfect backdrop for lightly finished antique furniture. The pale tones of pine and other woods will make for a gentle air in your great white room that will set you and your guests at ease. Adding an oversized houseplant in a white glazed pot can add to the lively look.
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3 tips for choosing the best rug for you
By Payless Decor
3/5/2014 4:15:00 PM  

Adding a rug can tie a room together, but with so many choices in material, color, shape and size, it can be difficult to make a selection. Here are three tips to help you narrow down your options.

1. Choose the right size
The size of your rug can make or break an entire room's decor. If you're not going for a wall-to-wall carpet, you'll want one that will best fit your space. In larger rooms, you'll want a rug that's a good size, or it may make even a sprawling space feel small, according to HGTV hostess Emily Henderson. As a rule of thumb, try to be sure that the legs of your furniture will go over the edges of the rug. Smaller rooms can benefit from a smaller rug, as it won't make the area feel too crowded. Make sure you do your measurements before you shop, or you may wind up having to rearrange some furniture.

2. Choose the right color
Chances are you probably won't want to build your room around the color of a new rug. You'll want a carpet that matches the blinds and shades, chairs, couches and any other accessories you already have. It may be easier to choose something with downplayed colors since you don't want the focal point of the room to be the floor. Go for blue, gray or brown - these colors look good, match most other colors and will be easy on the eyes.

3. Choose the right material
You're going to want your rug to match the general look of your room. If you have lots of natural materials, like a set of wood blinds or a rustic coffee table, you'll want to match them with a carpet that's made from plant fibers. In particular, hemp is a very strong material for rugs, and it can be dyed a wide variety of colors. Its durability lends it well to being used in areas with high traffic, like hallways or doorways.

There are many ways to make your room come together, such as getting your window treatments, rugs and curtains to all match. Whether you want them all in the same color family or prefer a bold, complementary look, you'll find that keeping all these accessories in line will make your room feel complete.
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Trend Spot: Earthy fall hues
By Payless Decor
11/8/2013 11:52:00 AM  

Earthy Fall hues
It's that time of the year - the leaves are starting to turn and you might even catch the smell of fall in the air. That can mean only one thing: It's time for autumn decor. 

Don't get us wrong, there's still plenty of time to experiment and revel in the joys of summer pigments, but if you're itching for a change in scenery then it may be time to give your rooms a fresh coat of paint. If paint isn't what you're looking for, switch out your blinds and shades and other room accents instead. 

Earthy
As always, earthy hues are the pinnacle of fall interior design. Rich brown, burnt orange and crisp olive always mark the season, but this year, try tempering it with slate instead of cream. Ditch Thanksgiving in the countryside, and try turkey day in the city on for size. And even though gray is reminiscent of the concrete jungle, it can also be a way to add a primitive feel to the area. Think cobblestones and blacksmiths and use your imagination in your decor.

Jewel-tone
Deep jewel tones are a great way to bring autumn into your home. If you don't feel like giving the living room the complete royal treatment with lush plum, dark teal and emerald green, just try painting the walls a few shades darker than what they are. It'll match your color scheme while still making the space feel brand new. If you need to venture from your palette, taking even a few steps in a different direction but within the same color can do wonders, and make your home feel cozier in the frosty fall. 

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Into the wild: Decorate a rustic dining room
By Payless Decor
11/7/2013 12:23:00 PM  

Food tastes better when your catch it yourself - or at least when you eat it on a rough wooden table. That's why rustic dining rooms are so hot right now - they transport you back to a simpler time, or to a remote cabin in the woods where your meals are the satisfying end to a hard day's work. 

Lighting
In a rustic dining room, natural light is key. However, since most of us eat after the sun goes down, it can't be UV rays all the time. Layer warm lights to imitate the kind of glow that you might find in the great outdoors. Try hanging a few low-hanging overhead lights with iron details over your dining room table for deep woods ambiance. 

The custom window treatments you choose are totally up to you. Keep with the color scheme, but aside from that the sky is the limit. Natural roller shades, drapes and bamboo blinds are all fair game in your new rustic dining room. 

Natural materials
What better way to create a woodsy dining room than with natural materials? But nature-inspired accents aren't limited to wood. While an oversized, rough wooden dining room table is a staple of this particular style, that doesn't mean it's the only material you can use. Consider installing large slate tiles for the flooring and topping it with a plush but modest rug for a touch of coziness. 

Another form of natural materials include greenery. While flowers don't necessarily fit into the whole roughing it vibe, you could keep a collection of succulents in the middle of your table as a nature-inspired centerpiece. If you want to add a touch of femininity, put a few long-stem flowers in a vase.

Keep it on the simple side
The rule of thumb when it comes to decorating a rustic room is to keep everything on the simpler side. The space should look as though it could have been built without the use of modern technology. Patterns can be used, but try to keep them in a low contrast and in a darker hue. The less frills you end up featuring in the room, the more successfully you will pull off rustic chic. That doesn't mean eliminating all details, but try to minimize it as much as you're able. 

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