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Add Japanese flair to your living space
By Payless Decor
8/22/2014 12:54:00 PM  

To bring a unique style to your home, you can choose decor from various cultures that will bring about a unique and exotic feel. Infusing your living space with Japanese-style decorations can add a soothing and welcoming touch - here are a few tips to doing so.

Mini zen garden

The Japanese zen garden has been a long standing tradition in the East that has been co-opted by horticulture enthusiasts. While many outdoor Japanese gardens incorporate water and bonsai trees, a large part of their composition includes sand and rocks. You can have your own tabletop zen garden by getting some smooth sand (from your next beach trip) and putting it in a decorative dish, with a mini rake as a great finishing touch.

Wind chimes

Metal wind chimes will bring soothing sounds to your home, complemented by a cool autumn breeze. Your wind chimes can be made from a variety of materials, and if you have a crafty flair you can construct your own using old silverware or pieces of metal pipe.

Tatami mats

These lightweight straw mats give a welcoming feel and are a great additional piece of furniture. They are typically made with straw and their neutral hues will go great with some bamboo window blinds. You can place them around your coffee table and store them in a closet until you have guests.


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American interior design trends worth noting in 2014
By Payless Decor
8/1/2014 2:47:00 PM  

If you're always looking for the latest window treatment furnishings and wall decor, there are plenty of trends to take advantage of as you create a fresh look in your living spaces. Each year, many new styles emerge and take the American interior design world by storm. Whether you give your rooms a different look every season or you do so infrequently, there are several trends worth noting this year as you begin your adventures in decorating. Here are some of the most popular thus far being seen in homes across the country.

Bold colors
Gone are the days where window shades, wallpaper and furniture were meant to be subtle in neutral hues. House Beautiful magazine states that bold colors are trending in American design, and this style is right up your alley if you want to add flair to your living spaces. Think fire engine red, cobalt blue and forest green to make an impact in your rooms. While it may take some getting used to, color can do wonders from a drab area of your home.

Stylized features
While clean, minimalist modern decor is still trendy, For Your Home claims that more designers are leaning toward stylized furnishings to create an intriguing interior. Furniture that has curves and fine detailing is becoming all the rage as homeowners try to avoid being too bland in their living spaces. If you've been keeping the antique cabinet from your great aunt in the basement, now is the time to bring it up and show off its beauty!

Green
Specifically, the Pantone color institute has named emerald green is the hue of the year, according to the Huffington Post. Now, it's showing up in everything from wallpaper to arm chairs, and this color isn't going away any time soon. If you want to encompass all that is American design in your home in 2013, opt for emerald green when you select new furnishings for your living spaces. Even if you aren't a "green" person, you may come to love the soothing, eye-pleasing qualities of it over time.

Many people wish that they could have the picture perfect American home, but it can be a lot of work to get rooms to look flawless as they do in magazines. By taking upcoming trends into account, you can increase your chances of creating a beautiful look that pleases the eye.


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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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