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Warm Up Your Home with Autumn Colors
By Payless Decor
10/7/2015 7:11:00 AM  

Fall is here and with it comes cooler temperatures, fun-filled family holidays and a whole new color palette to work with. As bright and cheery as summer decor was, bid those long hot days adieu with some crisp colors and autumn-inspired accessories. 

Warmer Colors
If you want to update a room, there's no better time to do it than fall. The kids are back to school and busy with activities and inspiration is everywhere - just look outside! The cool temperatures in autumn are offset by the barrage of oranges, deep reds and mustard yellows that you find in nature. When decorating with these toasty hues, use white or ecru blinds and shades to keep your space clean and chic. If you want to add cooler tones, use touches of gray or blue. A great way to add pops of color is with throw pillows, blankets and small home decor accessories. 


Natural Materials
Fall decor is also more affordable because you can bring the outdoors in by using natural materials. Celebrate the season by filling a wicker basket with fallen leaves or pine cones for a beautiful centerpiece. Natural materials are ideal for fall, from something organic like tree branches to eco-friendly woven bamboo shades. Small pumpkins, dried cornhusks and gourds are perfect to adorn your fall mantle, window boxes and dining table. If you want to break away from fall colors, give them a quick coat of white spray paint for a neutral effect. Try gold and silver accents for a glam or more festive look.

Wrap It Up
When cooler weather sets in, keep blankets, throws, and quilts in easy reach. Find throws with different textures and colors for a bit of visual variety. For those who live in older homes with drafty fireplaces, this is a must during colder fall and winter months. You can also utilize screened-in porches by keeping an array of cushy pillows and warm blankets available for family and guests.

Warmer Lighting
Some of the prettiest natural light occurs in the fall. Switch out your current drapes for a set of new curtains that allow the beautiful autumn sunshine to radiate throughout your home. When the sun goes down, light candles for a more romantic atmosphere, or use dim, warm lightbulbs along with the tiny flames to layer the light in your home. Elegant chandeliers are perfect for autumn and festive family meals. 

Dress Your Door with an Autumn Wreath
Warm up your outdoor entryway for fall with a beautiful wreath. Wreaths are a must-have for fall decorating. With all the materials you can choose from, it's hard to land on just one. Collect natural elements from the outdoors like dried corn, pine cones, fallen leaves which all make stunning wreaths. Simply choose the item or items that represent fall most to you and construct an autumnal wreath or garland with which to decorate your home. 


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Redecorate your space with orange
By Payless Decor
9/29/2015 12:00:00 AM  

Deep oranges, burnished browns, deep golden yellows and rich reds. These colors of fall appear in all aspects of home décor during autumn months. Orange may be a secondary color, but it is an exciting one to help accentuate the standard shades with fun accents. Orange has an electric feel when bright, yet that same bright and brash tone can be mellowed out into a muted shade that's more suitable for relaxation and contemplation.

Read on for some tips on using orange in your home decor.

Bright and exciting
If you find that you're in love with the color orange, painting your walls a bright hue can be just the way to use this color. With an energy that's hard to beat, bright orange still has a friendly feel that'll look great in the dining room or parlor. This color makes for the perfect backdrop to entertain your guests with its exuberant quality. 

You may also want to consider adorning your orange walls with artworks in complementary tones, noted Elle Decor magazine. Hanging some paintings with green and blues will help calm down the energy of the orange while still adding a considerable amount of grace to your space. Try hanging simpler blinds and shades, like wood blinds, to make sure that your guests aren't overwhelmed.

Add flavor with touches of burnt orange
Using a darker orange, like the color of a pumpkin, can be a great way to spice up a neutral space without taking away from its mellow nature. HGTV noted that hanging some dark orange accessories in a bedroom adorned with brown and gray will make for a color palette that you can get enveloped in. While you can achieve this tone with hanging lamps, you can also hang a few decorative items like small paintings or wood cuts to achieve the same goal.

Use orange to draw attention
Orange is an eye-catching color, so you can use it to draw focus to whatever you want to be the centerpiece of your room. Try framing a bay window with this color to draw your eye to the view outside. You may even want to consider highlighting your favorite pieces of furniture in the room with this spectacular color to guide your guests to their appropriate seats. Whatever you choose to do with this tone, it'll be sure to make a strong impression. 

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Dorm Decorating Ideas
By Payless Decor
9/2/2015 7:27:00 AM  


Decorating a dorm room that's as sophisticated as you are is not an easy task. Everyone wants a cool dorm room, but decorating one can be overwhelming for any new student. Don’t let the pressure lead you to make impulse purchases like hot pink everything or shag throw rugs. The biggest challenges come in the form of tiny rooms, cinder block walls, no-frills flooring and strict budgets. But fear not: There are some ways around all of these obstacles. 

Cramped quarters
If you have appropriate-sized housing, consider yourself lucky. Most college students have to cope with very small rooms that force them to get cozy quickly with their roommates. And while it's a great way to bond, it's a difficult space to decorate. When choosing pieces that will cover large sections of the room, such as a rug and window shades, opt for solids or low-contrast patterns. Bold prints can stifle a room when used in large quantities. You can play with details like duvet covers and pillows and other small accessories for pops of color and flair. Remember, a large rug in a zebra print will make the area feel significantly smaller. To add extra storage space, elevate beds onto risers, allocating a minimum clearance of 24 inches above the floor. The added height allows space for storage bins underneath the bed. Purchase an extra-long bed skirt between 24 and 30 inches in length to hide risers and storage containers.

Unappealing floors
Dorm rooms will either come with wall-to-wall carpeting or standard-looking tiles. Students can purchase decorative rugs, carpet squares, or bound carpets that make an eye-catching focal point and bring warmth to the room. Skip the trendy shag rugs. While shag rugs are cute and seem fun, they are a magnet for grime and dirt. It doesn't take much for your floors to become dirty. Consider keeping a small broom or vacuum on hand for periodic cleaning.

bulletin board
From Sugar Plum Sisters

Walls that wilt
When given a choice between bright colors or off-white institutional walls, go bold. Decorate your walls with posters or bulletin boards in canary yellow, pastel orange or turquoise blue. The best way to alter the appearance of your surroundings is to change the lighting. Get custom window treatments or blinds and shades that filter in natural light, and pick up a set of string lights. They'll provide a much warmer ambiance than what the school provides you with, and can lend some fun festivity to the space. 

Most importantly, always check first with your college to verify their regulations. Find out whether or not items can be adhered or nailed to walls and if it is permissible to bring in additional furniture, electrical appliances, and bed risers.

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Get Your Home Ready for BBQ Season
By Payless Decor
5/13/2015 7:52:00 AM  

Make the most of National BBQ month by using this time of year as the perfect opportunity to get your home ready for a fun, food-filled BBQ season! Check out these important tips that will ensure that your home will be looking sharp and smelling wonderful all summer long.

Clean the Grill

One of the most essential aspects of a BBQ is a reliable grill. Before you start cooking up some delicious food, it’s vital to clean up and clean out the outdoor appliance. Start with the interior of the grill by deep cleaning the inside surfaces. A soapy sponge or rag should be enough to get the job done. Next, you can make your grill shine by polishing off the exterior. Again, a soapy towel will do, but make sure you avoid streaks by fully drying off the grill’s exterior.

Provide Ample Seating

Your home can be the go-to spot for BBQs no matter the size of your backyard. Including some strategic seating is key to making guests feel comfortable and encouraging them to return. A solid table and chairs set are a BBQ staple, and most come in a variety of styles. Depending on your objective, you can incorporate more trendy furniture and decor or you can opt for a DIY project that will show off your personal style and offer an enjoyable outdoor project.

Offer Shaded Options

Not every guest will enjoy spending the entire afternoon in the sun, so make sure you included shaded options. If you have a patio then you can simply move window coverings outdoors to shade guests and block the sun’s harsh rays. Those who seek more creative shading options can use sheets to tie together arrays of trees. This option is ideal for young children who prefer being outdoors and playing in the grass, but who should not be spending too much time in the sun.

Dress Up the Yard

While providing places for guests to sit and relax are necessary, the more enjoyable aspect of BBQ preparation may be adding your unique touch. Planting colorful flowers, trimming up hedges or planting trees are great outdoor projects that will bring a new life and energy to your BBQ. These outdoor features will not only offer lovely scenery for guests, but will also give you a chance to reveal your green thumb - or offer you a chance to develop one!

Make it an Event

BBQs are known for their yummy dishes and friendly attendees, which means they could easily turn into day-long experiences. Encourage your guests to spend the day at your BBQ by turning it into an event of its own. For example, investing in some fashionable lounge chairs can provide extra seating while also prompting guests to stick around for some additional time in the sun. Offering multiple options for guests outside of scrumptious food can keep them around longer.

Completing some necessary, initial preparation can turn your home into this summer’s BBQ destination. Once you have thoroughly cleaned, decorated and planned, you can be sure that everyone will by dying to attend each and every one of your BBQs.

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Tips for a nature-inspired patio
By Payless Decor
5/5/2015 12:00:00 AM  

Outdoor patios are perfect for warm summer nights. With a canopy overhead and some dividing custom window treatments to keep the bugs at bay, they're a lovely area for entertaining, or just curling up with your loved ones. Nature-inspired patios blend into the scenery, and, when done right, will barely create a blip in the horizon. Here are some tips for cultivating one of your own. 

Create your color palette
Decorating with natural colors sounds as though you'd be sticking to earthy browns and greens, but in order to integrate your patio into your yard, you should think about pulling colors directly from your specific landscape. For instance, if you have clusters of birch trees within sight of your outdoor living room, use off-white and deep brown furnishings and decor. If you have patches of lavender in your yard, draw out some of the purple hues and bright greens in your fabrics and cushions. You don't have to use all the colors you see, but by having the shades used in your patio largely to reflect those of the outdoors, you're creating sort of a mirror effect that's sure to be noticed. 

Materials to use
If you'd rather use materials to reflect nature than color, you don't have to stick to wicker and wood. While those are viable options that will contribute a lot to the scenery, you have more choices than that. Think about fabrics that look as though they might belong in nature. Canvas, suede and linen are all materials to strive for when decorating outdoors. Canvas may be the best, as it's easy to clean and fairly inexpensive, and its roughness matches that of nature. That being said, mixing the two can be beneficial as well. You can also choose to paint the wood or wicker to match the fabric instead of leaving it raw. 

Roller shades provide additional protection from the sun and privacy.

Bring nature into your patio
To truly blur the line between your yard and your nature-inspired patio, bring elements of each into each other. For example, place a grill or firepit just outside of your space, and bring some flora and greenery into the patio. You can also light up your landscape by using standing candles or tiki torches - just be sure they're a good distance away from anything flammable. 

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How to Decorate with Florals
By Payless Decor
4/8/2015 12:00:00 AM  

Spring is finally here and the flowers are blooming! Bring the garden inside by designing your space so that it can blossom year-round, thanks to floral fabrics, wall coverings, and furnishings.

Marie Antoinette Interiors

Florals are a classic print that people just can't seem to get enough of. There's something cheerful, sophisticated and fun about flowers that makes us want to put them practically everywhere, but there are a few tricks for making them work right. Whether you're covering cellular shades with floral curtains or using printed throw pillows, here's how to do it without ending up like your Grandma Bessie's living room.


First, pay attention to the size of the prints you're looking at. In general, large designs work better in big rooms where they won't seem overwhelming, while small prints look best in tinier spaces where they won't get lost in the mix.


Keeping it simple and neutral is the key to layering floral print upholstery, floral rugs and floral artwork in the same space. Mix in a few simply upholstered chairs and wooden tables with bolder floral pieces.


House Beautiful

If you don't want to go “all out” with florals, use them as an accent, like on your pillows or artwork. You can also incorporate floral patterns into designs that feature deeper colors and rustic elements like wood and stone.


Etsy Store: Luxe Artifacts

Floral sofas were big in the '60s and '70s, especially coastal decorating styles. If you love vintage prints, search online sites like Ebay and Etsy or head to a flea market to pick up something similar that's affordable and funky.


Leslie Fine Interiors - Via Brunschwig

Don't be afraid to mix your prints. Feel free to experiment with stripes, polka dots or even zig zags when you're pairing your florals. As long as the scale, texture or colors are similar, they should work together.

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Tips for decorating with houseplants
By Payless Decor
3/11/2015 11:09:00 AM  

It's the perfect time of year to adorn your tables, windowsills and countertops with lush indoor plants. Martha Stewart uses them as a decorative staple and to bring life into a room, and they can help to improve the air quality of your home. Besides making sure your window treatments let enough light in to keep your foliage healthy, here are some tips for decorating with houseplants.

From Larger-leaved selections such as 'Deborah' and 'Silver Bay' help reduce the scale of a big room. Photo by William Dickey

Use unique displays

Although the terra cotta flowerpot is a classic when it comes to houseplants, there are displays available that might better match your decor. Put your plants atop cast iron stands or stone columns to bring them closer to eye level and draw more attention to them, or consider planting some herbs in small clay hanging pots and placing them above your kitchen sink for an attractive and functional decoration. You can also attach flowerpots to a plank of wood and mount it on a wall as you would a work of art.

Keep like with like

Groupings of the same plant species in different hybrids can create subtle contrast while maintaining consistency, as does keeping various species of the same height or hue together. A perfect example of this look is a windowsill crowded with several kinds of cacti. In addition to being visually eclectic, the display is also easy to maintain, as cacti require very little attention.

Treat them well

The most important part of decorating with houseplants is keeping them healthy. No matter how beautiful the display is, a dying plant will bring the rest of the room down. Take care of your greenery by sticking to a watering and pruning routine that is appropriate for the type of plant and by giving them as much sunlight as the species calls for.

Cellular shades work well with houseplants because they let light in and can be kept closed while still displaying your flowers.

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Get Ready for Spring with Cellular Shades!
By Payless Decor
2/25/2015 8:51:00 AM  

With warmer temperatures slowly approaching, now is a great time to invest in cellular shades. Cellular shades are incredibly versatile and customizable, perfect for the transition to sunnier weather.

Cellular shades have a wide range of benefits. Despite the fact that they are soft-to-the-touch, cellular shades are sturdy and reliable. Cellular shades also offer excellent insulation during cool nights, but are still ideal for a clear outdoor view. Cellular shades are neat and compact, which makes them a great choice for any room.

There are three types of cellular shades that each have their own appeal. Top down-bottom up shades allow you to raise and lower the top and bottom of the shade for added convenience and easy positioning. Light filtering shades are great for letting in natural light while still providing privacy and insulation. Finally, blackout shades keep light out and maintain a warm comfort in areas like your bedroom and entertainment room.

Cellular shades come in a wide variety of options such as honeycomb styles. The shades can be purchased as either single or double honeycombs and in various sizes. Next, your shade’s fabric can be light-filtering or room-darkening. Lastly, you can choose between three cord preferences - corded, cordless and motorized. Cordless are ideal for children due to their safety features.

The capabilities of cellular shades have lead them to become the most on-trend window covering. Give your home a spring makeover with the crisp, elegant style of cellular shades.

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Trend Spotted: The Chandelier comeback
By Payless Decor
2/23/2015 9:38:00 PM  

Chandeliers were kind of a
big deal back in the day - having one was the ultimate status symbol. Eventually, this form of overhead lighting came to be seen as a bit stodgy, unless it was in a historical mansion. Recently, however, cool new takes on the chandelier have been coming out in droves. It's a relatively inexpensive way to update nearly any room in the house, and the latest versions are cool and fresh.

Image: Natasha Barrault Design

Here are two examples of neat chandeliers and what to do with them.

Red Chandalier
From: Jill Sorensen

Brightly colored

One version of the new and improved chandelier looks as though it was dipped in paint. It retains the same basic shape, but in a bold hue like poppy red or lemon zest. This style also tends to have fewer frills than the original - those hanging crystals are significantly more sparse in the modern overhead. A chromatic version is the perfect way to add a splash of color to a black-and-white room, particularly in a kitchen or above a dining room table. It goes nicely with clean shapes such as roman shades, modern chairs and glass tables.

From: Pottery Barn

Eclectic materials

For the funky tastemaker, a chandelier constructed out of unusual materials is the way to go. This ranges from chandeliers in rainbow glass to models made out of flatware. Many can be DIY projects, as long as the materials can stand up to some lightbulb heat. These styles are a unique way of expressing your interests. For example, a personalized chandelier can feature
hanging globes instead of crystals, or vintage wine bottles as the structure. This version is perfect for a craft room or casual dining area.

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Top 5 Ways to Make Your Bedroom More Romantic
By Payless Decor
2/11/2015 12:00:00 AM  

If you’re planning a low-key, romantic evening in with your significant other this Valentine’s Day, these simple romantic tips for the bedroom will help you set the mood.


Create a soft, romantic glow with candles in your bedroom. Candles are an easy and inexpensive way to create a big impact on how your bedroom looks and feels. Place bigger pillar candlers on dressers and bedside tables to set the mood. They can also help your room smell pretty or sensual. Smaller tea light candles in glass votives look beautiful scattered around your bedroom. Remember to never leave candles unattended or lit while sleeping. For the same effect without the possible fire hazard, try wax LED candles. Made from real wax, these flameless candles have a battery-operated LED light that produces a dim flickering flame effect that will provide relaxing illumination in any area of your home.


When was the last time you went to a romantic restaurant with bright flourescent lighting? Don't ruin a special evening under harsh, bright light. Installing a dimmer switch to control your lighting fixtures is the best way to accomplish dim mood lighting.  Low wattage bulbs create soft lighting and are very flattering.

Consider swapping out your practical ceiling fan for luxe lighting. The smaller, evenly spaced delicate bulbs of a glamorous chandelier disperse light softly through a room and add an extra boost of romance.

If you use energy-saving light bulbs, it will decrease your electricity bill and you'll have to change them less often.



The most essential part of the bedroom is the bed. A good mattress and high quality linens are worth the money. Presidents' Day weekend offers great savings on new mattresses and furniture so it is the perfect time to buy a new bed and maybe some bedside tables too.

Canopy style beds or four-poster beds are the most romantic and sophisticated beds, but if you don't have one or can't buy a new bed, make your exisiting one more luxurious by adding a new duvet cover, pillow covers and soft throws.



Change up your wall paint for a soothing and romantic master bedroom. Stick with neutral colors, as you can always add a splash of color or an animal print with accessories for a racy feel. Some prefer to use calm spa-like colors, like aquas and blue greens, taupes and warm beiges, and greys, especially those with a slight lavender tint. If you are going for passion, use red. According to their website,
, red is a powerful color that increases blood pressure and heart rate. Don't go with a dark color because anything too dark will make the room appear smaller.


Curtains and blinds are a great way to frame a room and create the perfect atmosphere where you need it most. Nothing kills the mood like blinding sun in your eyes. Choose blackout cellular shades or plush, dark curtains which add elegance while blocking out noise and light.

A combination of simple sheer and opaque draperies serve a dual purpose. The sheer fabric stays open during the day to allow light in. At night, the opaque panels help buffer sound and keep light out for a good night's sleep or a long romantic night.

Do you have any tips to add some romance to the bedroom this Valentine's Day? Let us know by leaving a comment.

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