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Rest Well With Blackout Shades
By Payless Decor
9/17/2014 7:25:00 AM  

Rest Well With Blackout Shades

Outside noise, stress from the day, temperature of the room and even what we ate before bed can all play a part in how well we sleep at night. The amount of light that comes in from outside can also stop us from getting the best sleep possible, whether it’s from a streetlight or the sun coming up a little earlier than you need to be awake. Blackout shades are a great way to block out unwanted light and noise, and they’re also a conservative way to reduce energy costs.

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Block Unwanted Light

If hung properly, blackout shades can block or filter almost all natural and unnatural light. They’re also thicker than typical shades or curtains, which allows them to block some of the noise from outside as well. Most people are capable of sleeping with varying degrees of light, but from a physiological standpoint, having as little light interference as possible results in a notably restful night.

 

Increase Rest Time

Exposure to light can decrease your melatonin levels. Melatonin naturally increases as the sun goes down, making you less alert and more able to fall asleep. Sunlight and artificial lighting can prevent the release of melatonin, making it harder to fall asleep and less likely that you’ll awake well-rested. Using blackout shades, in addition to ensuring all inside light sources are turned off, can keep melatonin at healthy levels throughout the night and into the morning until you’re ready to wake up.

 

Save Money

Not only will a reduction in light and noise help you sleep better at night, but using blackout shades can save you money as well. During the hot summer months, we put our air conditioners into overdrive to keep our homes nice and cool. The sun beating in through the windows works against the air conditioner and keeps rooms heated, which in turn keeps the air conditioner running longer and makes your power bill more expensive.

A similar thing happens in the winter, but with the opposite effect; during the coldest months, heat escaping through windows can account for 10 to 25 percent of your heating bill. Blackout shades will block the sun from entering the room in the summer, while also protecting the heat from seeping out cold windows in the winter. By using blackout shades, many people see a 15 to 25 percent decrease in their energy bills.

If you’ve been suffering from insomnia, not waking up feeling completely rested or just want to cut down on energy costs, installing blackout shades could be worth a shot. They’re also great for people with atypical work schedules. With all the options out there, it’s easier than ever to find nice blackout shades that are effective and also look great in any space. They are also a great option if you aren’t interested in hanging thick curtains around your house, and they’re equally as effective.

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How to Best Clean Your Faux Wood Blinds
By Payless Decor
9/3/2014 8:25:00 AM  

How to Best Clean Your Faux Wood Blinds 

Clean Faux Wood BlindsWe all try to keep our spaces neat and clean, but it’s no secret some areas of our homes are often neglected when we break out the sponges and mops. Baseboards and ceiling fans often fall victim—along with those pesky cobwebs in high ceiling corners—but few of these places are more frustrating and difficult to clean than the blinds.

They may look great, but trying to really clean those nice faux wood blinds properly can be a big headache. Luckily, with the help of a few products and tips you can be on your way to dust-free shades all year round.

Many people often make the mistake of dropping their wood blinds (real or not) into a bathtub full of water to soak away all the dust and grime. This may seem like the easiest solution, but soaking real or faux wood blinds can permanently ruin them. Dipping them for a minute or two might be safe, but it’s easy to walk away and forget about them. Instead, it’s better to leave them hanging to clean them off.

 

Step 1: Dust

Feather Duster


First, you’ll need to dust your blinds using a soft cloth or feather duster. Many vacuum cleaner attachments also work well for this, or you can buy a blind duster to easily clean between the slats. If your blinds have a significant amount of dust build-up, you can use a cloth dipped in a mild vinegar and water mixture to remove tough grime.



Step 2: Clean


Cleaning SuppliesAfter removing all the dust from the blinds, you can create a cleaning solution by mixing water with a mild detergent. Soak a cloth in the detergent and wring it out until it’s just damp,because you don’t want water warping your blinds. Clean each blind slat on both sides thoroughly with the cleaning solution until all the dirt is removed. You can also clean the cords the same way.

 

Step 3: Rinse

Cleaning Cloth

Rinse the blinds with a cloth soaked in just water, and then dry them. You can either open the windows to let them dry naturally, use a soft cleaning cloth to dry them off by hand or use a portable or ceiling fan to speed the process along. If your blinds are spotted with tough stains, you can blot them with soap and warm water until the stain disappears. 




Step 4: Dry

Bounce Dryer Sheets

Once your blinds are clean and dry, you can wipe them down with dryer sheets to reduce static cling and help repel dust. After giving your blinds a good, deep cleaning, it will be easier to keep them clean on a regular basis. Keeping your blinds dusted once a month will only take a few minutes of your time, but it will keep you from needing to deep clean them more than a couple of times each year. 


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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.

Blackout cellular shades


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