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Put some polka dots in your life
By Payless Decor
9/3/2013 4:58:00 PM  

Polka dots can be girlish, chic, sophisticated or playful. They're one of the most versatile patterns out there, and look great on their own or with other patterns. But how can you get the exact look you want with polka dots?

Girlish
This print makes for an amazing little girls' room. The best part is that polka dots are now available as decals, so you don't need to use wallpaper if you want to surround yourself with them. Consider using white polka dots - not only do they match everything, but the blankness isn't as imposing as a color would be. Just paint the room your child's favorite shade and stick a few large dot decals on the walls! We love this look with billowy custom window treatments. 

Chic
To decorate a chic room with polka dots, you have to think big, and you have to do so in black and white. In this case, it might be best to opt for polka-dotted accessories rather than walls. A black chair with big white polka dots is gorgeous and vintage-looking, as is an alabaster area rug with large onyx dots. The best part? You can decorate the rest of the room within this color scheme or in any other way - it will likely match regardless. For a chic window treatment, opt for neutral-colored blinds and shades.

Sophisticated
Pin-point polka dots fit sophisticated decor like a glove. It makes for gorgeous embellished wallpaper, furnishings or accessories, it doesn't matter which you choose. In terms of hues, we particularly love burgundy over beige, kelly green on top of navy blue, cream over chocolate and slate atop charcoal. But whatever color combination you choose, we're sure your tiny polka dots will look dashing.

Playful
It's simply in polka dots' nature to be playful, so this is the easiest style with which to decorate in a dotted fashion. But, we do have a favorite way to do so. All of the above design methods use only one color of polka dot, but here we recommend that you use multiple. That could be as simple as finding a pattern that slips a green dot in among its blue peers, or as intricate as alternated black dots with white ones on top of a mustard background.


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Trend spotted: Fall whites
By Payless Decor
8/27/2013 2:34:00 PM  

Decorating with white is nothing new - a completely bleached room that still looks interesting is the ultimate symbol of design flair. But now designers are loving this trend for fall, paired with autumn staples and accent colors. Here are some tips for combining fall decor with an all-white palette. 

Cream and white
Mixing cream with white is an excellent way to warm up a blanche color scheme. It allows you to adhere to the general theme without sacrificing coziness. The best way to utilize these two shades is to just go for it. It's hard to go wrong with the combination, so feel free to decorate with no holds barred. If you are truly nervous, do the simple thing: Keep the walls white, upholster your furnishings and custom window treatments in cream, and add a few gold accents to marry the two. 

Autumn naturals
What says "autumn is here" better than pumpkins and fallen leaves? Lucky for us, both of these things can be used in your interior design, and in your all-white room to boot. In addition to carving charming jack-o-lanterns to light up your porch, consider painting a few pumpkins white and decorating your mantle with them. You can line up a perfect row of tiny bleached pumpkins on your windowsill behind your discount window treatments, or arrange a few of varied sizes on your dining room table for a perfect seasonal centerpiece. 

Another fun DIY project is to gather fallen leaves from your yard and use them to fashion a wreath. Spray paint just the tops of the leaves white and leave the underside their natural color - this will create a dimension while allowing some of fall's natural colors to peek through. 

Fall patterns
Since the most important part of decorating a monochrome room is varying the patterns to add visual interest, take this opportunity to utilize some of the popular patterns for this fall. According to HGTV, one of the print trends this season includes nature-inspired patterns on a large scale. Try to find a wallpaper or fabric in a white, off-white combination that depicts graphic florals or other plant-based motifs to adorn your all-alabaster room. Or find a low-contrast animal print that heavily features white to capitalize on one of fall's other popular patterns. 


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Unexpected ways to freshen up your bathroom
By Payless Decor
8/22/2013 7:46:00 PM  

Got some free time on your hands for a change? Use it to improve your bathroom with one of these small, clever upgrades. It's amazing how little money and effort it takes to make your commode feel new, and with a few small replacements and an eye for design, you too can improve the space. 

Repurpose other rooms' gear
If you want to make your bathroom trendy again, just repurpose some old items from different rooms. For example, Real Simple suggested painting an unused nightstand and slipping it by your tub or sink to hold various vanity items. Or use a spare wicker basket to stow restroom items in, such as toilet paper or cotton balls, depending on the size. And why not use a charming case or vintage crystal glass to display more bathroom accessories, like brushes and q-tips? 

Add a surprising flourish 
Nothing says brand new bathroom quite like a change in custom window treatments. Just switch out whatever style you had to completely change the way light filters into the space. For instance, if you have used drapes in the past, opt for blinds and shades. You can also layer your window treatments for extra decor - and privacy too. 

Apply some of the staples you have in other rooms to the bathroom to make it feel more luxurious. A flourish of potted plants or a chic flower arrangement will make the space feel homier while also freshening the air. If you want something even more unique, go for a tier of hanging flower pots that cascade from the ceiling. Or stick some potted tendrils on a shelf and let the leaves curl down below it. 


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How to decorate a shared space for kids
By Payless Decor
8/13/2013 5:53:00 PM  

It's not unusual for siblings to share a room, whether it be for a few months or a few years. While this can be a source of tension for your little ones, many of the subsequent problems can be prevented. How? Why, with interior design, of course! 

Separate the space
One of the best ways to avoid the "She's touching my stuff!" argument is to simply separate the space in a way that makes sense. Your kids are more likely to get along if they're not forced to do so. And if you put in a subtle dividing line in, they will be less inclined to draw one themselves.

Real Simple recommended using a small pocket door to conserve space, but a cheaper alternative to that is to use custom window treatments to divide the room. It doesn't have to go all the way across the room - hang curtains between the beds so your kids feel as though they have some privacy. You should also make a concerted effort to keep their items organized on their designated side of the room - their furniture, clothes, desks etc. It doesn't have to be a perfectly even divide, but by grouping their personal belongings together, you reduce the chance that they'll get in each others' way. 

Use creative storage
Keeping your kid's room neat is hand enough when there's only one of them. Throw a partner in crime into the mix and you've got quite the mess on your hands. And on top of that, two little ones crammed into the space room can make spare room hard to come by. Luckily, all of these things can be combated with some clever organization tricks. 

HGTV recommended using tall freestanding bookshelves to separate the room while also providing valuable storage space. If you're worried that there will be issues with sharing, put two bookshelves back to back so they have have equal amounts of room. 

Under bed storage is another great place to store clothes and toys without taking up too much floor space. Find rolling bins, baskets or install cubbies have have your kids sort their items into each section. 

Find a neutral middle ground
Even if it's two girls or two boys sharing a room, they're bound to have different color preferences. If they're not yet old enough to pick a palette, decorate a room in primarily neutral hues. You can inject pigment in a variety of easy ways that can be changed with their tastes - such as discount window treatments, section rugs, wall art and smaller furniture. 

If your son and daughter are sharing a room, don't feel the need to paint it pink and blue, right down the middle. Choose a base color that doesn't define a gender, like orange, yellow or green. You could also keep the walls mostly white and off-white and let your children choose the accents for a rainbow of personality. 

Personalize it 
To make your kids feel as though they still have a special place all their own, take the time to individualize their spaces. It's easy to simply get them matching sheets and room decor, but try to place some of their personal items around the room. For example, you could put large typographical hangings of their first initial in their areas, or have their pillows monogrammed. 

You also have the option of catering to their specific interests. If your daughter loves soccer, frame a picture of her with her teammates for her side of the room. If you son likes a certain artist, get him a poster of their most famous work. 


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Make your room pop with chartreuse
By Payless Decor
8/5/2013 9:31:00 AM  

Chartreuse is a bit of a mystery - it toes the line between yellow and green while somehow evoking images of sunnier days. Though the hue has experienced recent popularity in the fashion world, it has been a staple of interior design for decades, lending a cheerful disposition to many spaces. 

Outdoor decor
This bright pigment fits perfectly into the exterior of homes. The green undertones match outdoor foliage, and the chipper attitude it conveys makes visitors feel welcome before they even get to your front steps. Consider painting your door this lively shade if the rest of your home is white, gray or green. It's guaranteed to pop from the street - but if that's too bold for you, you can always stick to painting the trim of your home.

For your garden, plant some chartreuse colored blooms such as 'Sweet Kate' spiderwort or hydrangeas to brighten your lawn, or put out a couple of Adirondack chairs in the pistachio color. 

Moroccan-inspired
To bring a taste of Morocco to your bedroom, mix a deep fuchsia with chartreuse and a light slate. Employ billowing custom window treatments and layer your lighting as much as possible. Use small overhead lights and table lamps with elaborate light shades to cultivate an ethnic ambiance. 

Shades of gray
One of the best ways to use chartreuse in a room, whether you're painting entire walls or using accents, is to pair it with different shades of gray. This look can be softened with wooden accessories, but a palette consisting only of white, grays and chartreuse is easily done and looks great. Let the yellow-green shine in your discount window treatments, neutral window curtains or dining room chairs. Pile pillows with sheen in the hue on a charcoal couch in a room with white walls, or paint an accent wall in the sunny shade. Geometrical patterns are fantastic with this color combination - keep the chartreuse solid and play with prints in gray. 

Pretty in pink
Speaking of patterns, light touches of the bold pigment in an airy room work well when complimented with shades of hot pink. You can experiment with adding blush by putting a couple of flower arrangements around a room that features chartreuse prints and very pale shades. Since the two hues complement each other, you could also look for artwork that utilizes both colors. 


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Create your own canopy bed with curtain rods
By Payless Decor
8/2/2013 9:08:00 AM  

Have you ever wanted a canopy draped over your bed, but didn't want to spend the money for a custom canopy frame and fabric? You can easily create your own dream canopy bed all on your own! Canopy rods can be a bit expensive, but curtain rods do just the trick.The only materials that you will need are curtain rods, fabric or drapery and tools to attach the rods, ideally a drill screwdriver and a trusty metal ruler. 

Finding curtain rods and fabric
Measure the perimeter around your bed, {including} the length and the width. When choosing curtain rods, make sure that they are long enough to cover the whole area around your bed. It is much better to have longer rods that go past your bed, rather than rods that cut short before your bed.Some people use three rods and leave the front side of the bed open, while others use four and enclose the whole bed with the canopy.

Colors of fabric and rods
Also, choose a neutral color for the rods, such as white or a faint color that matches the fabric or drapery that will be hanging down. A popular fabric choice is a light silk or transparent fabric that will soften and complement the rest of the room. Window drapery fabrics are also a good choice, as they can be priced lower compared to custom canopy treatments. 

Attaching the rods and canopy
Depending on the type of rods that you purchase, they will be need to be attached differently. Most types will need to be drilled into the ceiling or walls. Once the rods are attached, hang the draperies from them. You can tie the fabric back or let it hang down and completely cover the bed for more privacy. 


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Design your own rug ottoman to match decor
By Payless Decor
7/25/2013 6:08:00 PM  

Can't find the perfect ottoman design to complement the theme in your room that you are designing? How about creating your own by simply just stapling a rug or fabric on top! This easy project just requires four materials: an ottoman, heavy-duty shears or scissors, a staple gun and a rug.

Pick out the rug 
Make sure that the design of the rug complements the rest of the colors and themes in the room. A busy design can pair well with simple textured or pleated shades and basic draperies.  It is also important to measure the ottoman and find a rug that is larger than the dimensions so that you can cover the fixture completely and fold it under, in order to staple it together. The ottoman can be any color or in any condition, because it will be covered. 

Attaching the rug
Turn the ottoman over and unscrew the legs and completely take them off. Also, remove all nails, staples and tacks that are hanging out. If desired, spray paint the legs once they are disconnected. Lay the rug and ottoman face down on the floor, and place the ottoman on top. Pull the rug over the ottoman and start from one side stapling the rug to the bottom of the fixture. Make your way all around the perimeter, pulling the rug as tight as possible when attaching it. When stapling at a corner, fold in the rug on left and right side of the edge and tuck both sides underneath. When the rug is completely attached, cut off all fabric that is hanging after the staples. 

Final touches 
Cut holes on the bottom of the ottoman where the legs are supposed to attach. Insert the legs into the holes and screw them in. Find pillows that match and accessorize the rest of the room! 


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How to add personality to your staircase
By Payless Decor
7/22/2013 6:54:00 PM  

Sick of staring at an empty hardwood staircase? Get in touch with your artistic side and add some color to the steps. Make sure that when remodeling your staircase your new theme matches your current decor such as keeping your wall colors and windows and draperies in mind.  All projects can be done on your own, so there's no need to hire outside help. 

Vacation or location tribute wall
Collect different signs and artwork from vacations and special places and hang them up on the wall alongside the staircase. Dig up all of the old postcards from your travels and make a collage to pin up. Frame old scenic landscape photographs from the trip, and you will be reliving the vacation with every step that you take.  

Vintage family tribute wall
Print some black and white photographs of your loved ones in all different sizes and frame them to hang them up along the walls leading up to the next floor. Ask your parents and family for old photographs of their childhood and of their parents. All frames do not need to be identical, but try to stay with the same color palette to create a cohesive look. Mix in some old vintage mirrors for the real 1940's effect. 

Wallpaper stairwell
Find a subtle wallpaper that compliments the paint color or existing wallpaper and fill in the gaps between each stair with the new wallpaper. Make sure that the wallpaper that you picked is not too busy- perhaps choose a color from your window draperies, which will bring the whole room together. 

Tile mosaics
This may take a lot more time than the other projects, but is well worth it in the end. Find a bunch of tiles, that can be any size, and glue them all together like a puzzle. You can use mirrors, stain glass, shells and glue tile on a thin piece of wood that is the exact measurement of the stair, and glue the whole board to the gaps in the staircase. 


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Trend spotted: White and gold
By Payless Decor
7/9/2013 5:39:00 PM  

The big thing on Pinterest these days is a room decked out in white and gold. The color combo screams luxury, because it offers a mix of Cleopatra and modern day California. Here's how to introduce the trend in your home.

Custom window treatments
By using bright white drapes and gold-colored hardware, you can hop on this fad naturally. After all, drapes require hardware, and there's nothing unusual about white drapes. Since the look is so casually implemented, you'll have no trouble working it into your existing decor. You'll be surprised at how much shiny new window treatments brighten a room!

Furniture
Have you ever wanted a throne of your own? A hot white chair with gilded legs can be just that: The perfect addition to your castle. If you're worried about stains, toss a white slip over your existing furniture and top that with a throw with metallic thread. Remember, spray paint can be an inexpensive way to help you transform your decor. Whether you paint it white, gold or both, it'll be a good look for any room in need of a little glitz. Want something more subtle? Try painting a table white, but make the underside gold. Christian Louboutins for your furniture - how chic! 

Picture frames
Photo frames are a cool way to implement this modern trend in an old fashioned way. Mount some high-contrast black-and-white photos or illustrations on white matte paper, and put them in a few glitzy frames - either opulent or solid - before hanging them around the room. To use the trend in a more obvious way, group the photos near each other on one wall. 

Want to go all out? Just use all of the above tips for breezy, glamorous decor. 


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Interior design to keep your bedroom cool
By Payless Decor
7/8/2013 1:34:00 PM  

Post-Fourth of July sunburn keeping you awake? It takes a serious AC unit to completely rid your bedroom of the insufferable heat, and even then there's still that sticky, humid feeling to contend with. Fortunately, your interior design can help. Stow your flannel sheets and red paint in the closet - this is the time of the year for a total cool-down bedroom makeover.

Custom window treatments to suit your needs
Sure, avoiding reds and yellows in your decorating will make you feel cooler, but choosing a set of energy efficient window treatments will actually help to lower the temperature in your home. First of all, it's important to keep your blinds and shades closed tight during the day or when the room is not in use. Otherwise, the sunshine will filter into your room and heat up the air. Natural light is a great decorating tool, but when the air isn't circulating and no one's home, it's best to be kept out.

There are multiple options for the best summertime window treatment. The U.S. Department of Energy noted that highly reflective or wood blinds are best in warmer months, as they allow for a very controlled amount of light, and when fully closed, the sun will bounce off of the surface rather than heating up the room. Drapes are also useful because in the summer, they can keep your room cool, but in the winter they help to prevent heat loss.

Turn down the temperature on your decor
As mentioned earlier, avoiding warm hues and overly cozy fabrics in your decor will make you feel cooler and help you to get out of the summer heat, both mentally and physically. Pigments that will beat the heat include cool colors muted with gray undertones - think of spaces that provide shelter from hot months, such as a body of water. One such palate might include bluish-gray with navy accents. Lighter colors also help to diffuse heat, as opposed to darker colors, which just attract sunlight.

Of course, shaking that hot, sweaty feeling is harder than just looking at some colors (though that doesn't hurt). For some relief to the sunburn, consider using satiny sheets. If the idea is too bachelor pad for you, keep a single satin-like sheet under your duvet so it's not on display during the day.


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