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Brackets for Premium Bamboo
By Jenn Lord
8/27/2014 3:02:00 PM  

Payless Décor’s Premium Bamboo shades come with a universal “L” shaped metal bracket for installation.  There are several sets of holes on the bracket that will allow you to back, top, or side mount the shades depending upon how it is turned.  There is a portion that is threaded that comes down like a screw with a wingnut and washer attached.   

The Premium Bamboo shades will be routed at the top.  You will need to unscrew the wingnut and remove the washer from the bracket.  Then, you just slip the shade over the screw portion of the bracket.  Next, just replace the washer and wingnut and then the shade is installed securely. 

The bracket is about 2” deep by about 1 3/8” long.  In order to inside mount these, you will need a minimum depth of at least ½”.  If you want a flush fit (where your shade is fully recessed) then you need to have at least 2” of depth. 

To back mount, you will utilize the back set of holes.

To top mount, you will utilize the upper set of holes.

To side mount, you will turn the bracket and use the back set of holes.

The hardware will be exactly the same for inside and outside mount.  Screws and dry wall anchors will also be included in the hardware packet.

Make sure to check out the measuring guide before ordering so that you will get a perfect fit:

You can download a PDF version of our Premium Bamboo Installation instructions here:     


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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.

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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Installing your bamboo shades is easy!
By Seth
11/25/2013 2:38:00 PM  
Watch Rhoda, from Southern Hospitality Blog install our bamboo shades in just a couple minutes. You can do it too!

Check out our 100s of bamboo patterns here. We have some great deals running right now!

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Drapery to Bamboo Switcheroo
By Seth
5/28/2013 11:18:00 AM  
Check out Alison's neat entry outlining her big switch from Drapery to Bamboo at her crafty weeks blog. She has a neat etsy shop too!

Before with curtains

After Bamboo Roman Blinds

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How to decorate a bohemian sunroom
By Payless Decor
4/16/2013 11:39:00 AM  

A sunroom is a great addition to any home - it's the perfect place to relax and can be a good space for parties. Traditionally, sunrooms are built into the side of a house, but they are essentially any room that gets a lot of sun. There are lots of themes you can explore to decorate your sunny spot: classic, beach-themed and contemporary. But by utilizing elements from Bohemia, you can turn the room into a paradise, totally separate from your day-to-day life. 

Bohemian style decor often utilizes a lot of fabrics, like throws, carpets and floor-to-ceiling drapes. Buy discount window treatments in deep colors and keep them half closed during the day to get the right amount of sunshine. By taking an eclectic bunch of patterned blankets and draping them over the furniture, you can project luxury and add comfort for you and your guests. When it comes to carpets, look for one that is patterned and doesn't necessarily cover the whole floor. If you angle the carpet in such a way that it's not laid out parallel to the walls, it will help your sunroom to feel more like a tent in paradise than a room.

To create a utopia in your home, you'll need to select colors carefully. A lot of your color scheme should be based on your own tastes, but when going for a Bohemian look, there's a lot of leeway. This is because the traditional Bohemian style incorporates a lot of colors and patterns. The easiest thing to do is to keep the walls simple with an off-white or light orange, and use colors in the fabrics. If you're looking for a more dramatic effect, paint the walls deep red and choose textiles in similar reds and purples. But you don't have to go all-out - you can keep everything neutral and highlight one element with a bright color, like yellow. 

Natural elements
Another feature that a sunroom might have is natural elements. One way to incorporate this is by using bamboo shades as a window treatment rather than drapes. You can get the look of drapes by hanging fabric from the ceiling and using a cloth separator instead of a door. Bamboo shades truly provide a outdoorsy, Bohemian feel, and will let the perfect amount of light into your sunroom. The natural element can also be achieved with lush hanging plants and ferns throughout the room. Line up cacti along windowsills and group them on tables to get a desert look. You can also incorporate wooden materials by decorating with wicker furniture - but not your mother's wicker. Look for uniquely shaped chairs, such as the hanging egg chairs that have become so popular. 

A sunroom's main source of light should, of course, be the sun. There are a lot of fun ways to get a small amount of light during dusk for a dimly-lit gathering. You may be hesitant to decorate using string lights, but the right kind can transform a room into an indoor bazaar. Look for lights with round bulbs rather than the pointed ones you typically see on a Christmas tree. There are also bulbs that are encased in small stars, which can bring a truly unique look in your sunroom. Another way to get a small amount of lighting is with hurricane lamps, both hung from the ceiling and on surfaces. The barrier in front of the flame is especially useful in a room that uses a lot of fabrics. 

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Using Feng Shui to maximize your home's energy
By Payless Decor
4/11/2013 3:39:00 PM  

Feng Shui is the art of maximizing the energy flow in your home. It originated in China, where energy is referred to as chi. Getting a good energy or chi balance in your home can help to de-stress any room and promote positive feelings. Many people in both the Eastern and Western worlds embrace Feng Shui's simple guidelines to improve their home decor.

Beneficial energy flow is central to the Feng Shui approach, notes India Times. The flow of energy goes from the front door all the way through your home, so it's best not to have any objects in the way. All furniture should be arranged so that you are still able to pass through a room unhindered. Try to position furniture so that the user's back is to the wall - this will help them to feel more grounded and relaxed. Removing clutter before it becomes somewhat of a permanent fixture in your home will help keep energy pulsing as well as make your home feel more inviting.

There are five main elements of Feng Shui: wood, metal, water, earth and fire, notes HGTV. It's best to balance the amount of each element that is present in a room. There is also a heavy emphasis on using natural materials, so utilizing wood for furniture, decorations and accessories like wood blinds can be very helpful. When using wood, try to mimic the natural shapes and flow of trees. Having columns or other rounded wood shapes can help. A wonderful new option we carry are our bamboo roller shades. They provide a natural look, all light to filter in your room and come in a variety of gorgeous styles.

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Fire is another great element to incorporate and you don't actually need a fireplace. Candles will work in many cases or you can view fire more symbolically and use items that evoke a primal feel, like animal prints. With earth, it's also fine to just use things that have the same colors instead of actually using raw materials to decorate your home. Metal is common in many houses and should be used in its full capacity because it is a strong and shapely material. As far as water goes, if you don't want to install a hot tub, don't fret - objects with deep blues and greens will work fine as well.

Taking advantage of natural light plays an important role in Feng Shui as well. Keep all your windows free of obstructions and try to use blinds and shades made of natural materials whenever possible. Hanging mirrors are also a great way to boost the light in your home, as keeping it bright is good for the mood.

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Three ways to use natural materials in your interior design scheme
By Payless Decor
10/15/2012 10:41:00 AM  

Eco-friendly interior design is the new norm these days, not only because it's better for the Earth, but because natural elements look fresh and modern. If you're looking for ways to improve the aesthetics of your space while making Mother Nature happy, consider incorporating these three materials into your interior design plans.

1. Bamboo. From bamboo floors to bamboo curtains, this material is ideal for adding inexpensive style to your rooms. It's long-lasting, attractive and eco-friendly because bamboo is a quickly renewable crop.

2. Wood. It may seem obvious, but wooden elements make for a wonderful, sustainable design scheme. Whether you make your own wood vase with tree bark, twine and a little help from Martha Stewart or invest in unique, rough wooden furniture, you're doing your decor and the planet a favor.

3. Cork. Cork flooring is not only attractive, but the cork tree is a sustainable resource and many tiles are made from scraps left over from the cork wine-stopper industry. It's durable, fire-resistant and soft under your feet to boot! Even cork bulletin boards are design-friendly.

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Tips for making your rooms flow
By Payless Decor
10/14/2012 4:06:00 PM  

As you walk throughout your house, your rooms should flow seamlessly together so their decorative feel works in perfect harmony. This synthesis between each space can come from a variety of techniques that implement color, style and design. Here are a few tips to making each room flow.

Color coexistence

One of the most notable characteristics of a room is the color. While the hue or tone is up to you, HGTV notes that the similarity of color from one room to the next will be conducive to the flow. For simplicity, you can make each room the same color, and to add some flair, put up a wallpaper border. If you do choose to go with different colors, it's a good idea to pick tones that will match. Go with something light or subtle so there isn't a jarring effect. For example, a light pink will work beautifully with a sky blue or a peach.


Having similar decorations will also help establish a synthesis between rooms. If you're a fan of pop art, perhaps you have paintings of Andy Warhol's ilk in each of your rooms. They don't have to match or have the same color scheme, but their look and feel may be similar. This aesthetic could apply to anything, from ornamental figurines on your tables to bamboo shades on your windows.


The furniture in each room should also serve to complement each other for a synthesized flow. Of course, you don't have to go furniture shopping for each room in your house, but every time you choose to replace something you may want to keep your other pieces in mind. Maybe you enjoy varnished woodwork with ornate patterns or the minimalist post-modern design made popular by IKEA - whatever you choose, it's wise to stick with it.


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Four tips for decorating with stripes
By Payless Decor
10/12/2012 4:24:00 PM  

Solid colors are great and all, but don't you think they're kind of boring for use throughout an entire room? Sure, colorblocking is a huge trend in the fashion world, but there's a reason why patterns exist - they help shake things up when it comes to interior design. One of the most notable patterns, which you probably have a lot of experience with already, is stripes. If you're buying bamboo blinds or wood blinds, or even have a room with wood-paneled walls, you might already have touches of these dynamic lines. But if you want even more stripiness, consider these tips to make them work with your current decor.

1. Make stripes the accents. You probably know that an entire room full of stripes would be a lot busier than any space should ever be. Avoid using too many stripes in your design plan - it's much easier (and better looking) to use them as accent patterns that add pops of pizzazz to the area.

2. Don't play around too much with the scale. When it comes to using patterns in rooms, there's one golden rule that should always be followed, and it has to do with size. Basically, prints that are large belong in rooms that are big, while patterns that are small should be placed in rooms that are tiny. Think about it - if you put an item with huge stripes in a small room, you'd probably have a lot of trouble focusing on anything else. And if you placed a petite print in a large room, you'd barely notice it.

3. Get creative with other patterns. Stripes are great on their own, but if you want to create an eclectic space with plenty of surprises, you might want to mix in a few other patterns, like polka dots, zig zags or florals. As long as something is similar in each piece, they should blend well. That could be a similar color palette, texture or size.

4. Realize that the choice between horizontal and vertical is important. You might not care either way, but there are reasons why you should pay attention to whether you're using vertical or horizontal stripes. Vertical stripes can help make a room feel taller, which might come in handy if you have low ceilings. Horizontal stripes can widen a space, making it seem bigger. Maybe using both would make your room look huge!


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Bamboo - the ultimate bathroom material
By Payless Decor
9/4/2012 3:58:00 PM  

When you're redesigning a bathroom, bamboo probably isn't the first material that comes to mind. After all, ceramic tile, glass and porcelain are what typically dominate in the bathroom. But there are plenty of reasons why bamboo is the ultimate choice, and just as many ways to use it.

First of all, bamboo is a super eco-friendly resource that doesn't have a negative impact on the environment. It can grow up to three feet in a single day and thrives without the use of pesticides, making it a wonderful crop. It even releases more oxygen than other plants, helping to freshen up the atmosphere! It's also extremely durable and resistant to bacteria, making it perfect for use in a bathroom.

Of course, bamboo accessories aren't just about function - they're also attractive. When you use bamboo window blinds, bamboo floors and bamboo textiles, you lend your bathroom a clean, spa-like vibe that's perfect for the space. The decor possibilities of the material are endless, but if you're looking for a few ideas, check out some of Martha Stewart's suggestions.

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