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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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Redecorate your small urban apartment
By Payless Decor
10/7/2013 12:19:00 PM  

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Find the best way to decorate your transitional living room
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9/27/2013 5:29:00 PM  

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Redecorate your space with orange
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9/27/2013 5:28:00 PM  

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Living Colors - Bamboo Blinds
By Payless Decor
9/9/2013 10:40:00 AM  

Fall is a time to get wrapped up in warm materials and colors. As the weather gets cooler, you can take advantage of the opportunity to wear jackets and scarves with wooly textures and you can do the same to your home. Try these tips to bring your decor to its rightful autumnal place.

Natural materials
Using wood, wool, cashmere and other natural items for your decor can make your home feel like it's right in season, interior designer Lauren Nelson told the San Francisco Gate. He suggests using lots of woven materials that are based in nature to get the feel of the time of year when the leaves are changing and we turn toward winter. The dynamic change in the season can also inspire a new range of colors to choose from.

Nelson suggests using combinations like dark walnut wood with navy blue and orange. Colors like this look great anywhere, from new throw pillows on the couch to your window shades. Using wood blinds or bamboo blinds can help complement the reds, browns and oranges that you'll want to bring into your home during the fall.

Variety everywhere
In autumn, you'll notice a wide variety of colors and weather happening all at the same time. One day can be warm and sunny while the next might be cool and cloudy. You can replicate that same eclectic feel in your home. According to the Associated Press, you can feel free to mix your wildest design ideas together into rooms bursting with energy this season. Since you'll be spending more time inside, it's good to have rooms that are as interesting as possible.

Since the light outside will be changing, autumn is also a great time to try playing with the amount in your home. You want to take advantage of the change outside to completely overhaul your light system, both in how much sunlight you allow in to what kind of fixtures you use. Try using blinds and shades that give you more control over your light levels. You might also want to consider using overstated lights like giant chandeliers or floor lamps that give off plenty of glow. They'll help to keep you and your family awake as it gets darker earlier and they'll add some fun to your decor.


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Add interest to your home by mixing patterns
By Payless Decor
9/9/2013 10:39:00 AM  

Combining patterns is the perfect way to energize an outfit, but it's an even better way to stimulate a room. It can be a challenge, but when executed correctly it's absolutely worth the risk. Don't be afraid to go big with these tips on how to mix prints. 

Two-tone palette
One of the most failsafe methods of combining patterns is to limit your color scheme to two hues. House Beautiful recommended being extra careful by keeping one of the tones neutral to complement whatever second color you choose. For example, mix lemon zest with an optic white and use natural accents to taper the combo. Bamboo blinds are a great accessory in a room with wooden floors, and keeping the pigment simple gives you the freedom you need to go crazy with stripes and geometric prints. 

Monochrome
If you're decorating with a single color, you should definitely be using more than one pattern. Prints lend visual texture to a room, which creates enough variety to make a monochrome room look chic, not boring. Remember that you can play with different shades of the same color when using patterns. Consider painting wide stripes on the walls using a pretty plum and a slightly lighter hue. Or, keep the walls simple and inject patterns with throw pillows, carpets and custom window treatments. 

Switch up the scales
One trick to mixing patterns successfully is to vary the scale. For instance, if you're thinking of using florals with stripes, look for stripes on the smaller size and bold flowers or vice versa. Prints that are the same size are more likely to clash than ones that are varied. Additionally, a smaller pattern will blend together more and even though it will hold the same level of interest, it will do more of what a solid would in terms of tempering the more bold pattern. 

Use texture as a pattern
You can mix patterns in a more subtle way by substituting some prints with deep textures. Materials such as wicker, seersucker, suede and leather are all a means of combining prints. The girlishness of a lace pattern and the masculinity of leather would contrast nicely in a study or living room, while seersucker would be a great accent to a nature-inspired print in a bedroom or dining room. 


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