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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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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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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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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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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 with mint
By Payless Decor
7/10/2013 4:14:00 PM  

Redecorating your home with an invigorating splash of mint is sure to help cool you down this summer. The hue made an inspired comeback on the runways last summer, and has remained popular ever since. The look conjures up the energy of the swinging '60s, is post-modern and entirely fresh. Here are some tips for decorating with mint. 

Minty fresh walls
While mint may seem like a bold color, it goes on walls easily, without being too jarring. Simply pair it with neutrals to tone it down. The pigment looks amazing with black and white, or any variation of. Just picture a romantic mint room with sleek, dark blinds and shades and white windowsills. It's also the perfect color for a bathroom - soothing, and fantastical. Match mint ceramic tiles with onyx-colored ones and white accessories and you've got yourself one retro chic commode!

Rooms with a side of mint
Sometimes, a touch of mint is better than going all-out (think mojito). In this case, the cheeky hue works wonders in a cool, gray room with - you guessed it - black and white accents. A lighter shade of mint fits in seamlessly in rooms that are predominantly white. Look for a few pillow slips that feature the color, and watch how they brighten up a room. You could also combine the mint craze with the faux-chandelier trend, and get an opulent overhead light made out of plastic or resin in the hue. Love the idea of mint, but aren't sure where to fit it in? Look no farther than the front door. A white or gray house with a green lawn and a mint door is so precious and cutting-edge at the same time. 

Throwback Thursday featuring mint
Minty accessories are so incredibly vintage. Think of the kind of cool princess phone you'd see in Grease. Those sorts of accessories are still made, and would look excellent on your bedside table. Or, hang a retro wall-mounted phone in your kitchen. Not a fan of the princess style? No problem, you could get a mint green mixer to display on your kitchen island. In that vein, you could take a giant leap and get a vintage ice box in the funky shade, or take it slow and just get some jadeite flatware. 


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Trend spotted: Safari style
By Payless Decor
6/26/2013 3:58:00 PM  

Who doesn't want at least a little leopard in their decor? One of the style trends spotted on the runways this season was concrete jungle: Gold accessories, earthy colors and wild prints all sound perfect for a living room. Here are some tips for pulling the look together in your home.

Animal prints
Implementing animal prints into your interior design is a delicate process - too much zebra print, and you risk turning a room into a cheesy bachelor pad. Luckily, there are some rules of thumb when it comes to the wild patterns. If you want to go with a full-on animal print with high contrast and accurate colors, use it as an accent, such as on a few pillows or a bed skirt. Keep the rest of the room pretty basic with roman shades and minimal patterns. If you're opting for a more abstract and low contrast print, you can go a little crazier and use it less sparingly. Think wall-to-wall carpeting, tapestry or upholstery.

Color palette
When decorating with wild prints, it can be best to keep the palette as subdued as possible, with shades of beige, asparagus, brown and white. The prints themselves will vary by color. Designers sometimes experiment with breaking the patterns down and mixing in colors, so you might end up with something like a minimalist zebra patterned rug in off-white and muted red. This sort of piece would be a great addition to a primarily white or neutral room - accessible, while still incorporating a bit of the wilderness.

Accessories
If you're pulling design directly from the runway, try to find as many brassy accessories as possible. Your abode might not need jewelry, but you can accessorize it with things like lamps, drapery hardware, furniture feet and picture frames. Throw a little gold finish in with a primarily neutral palette and watch the room light up.

The other material that's a must have in a room that utilizes wild prints is wood. Wood blinds, hardwood floors, wooden coffee table - your choices are endless. Adding natural materials in with animal prints is a sort of wink to your audience, and continues the urban safari theme. Don't be afraid to run with this idea by placing a large, leafy plant somewhere in the room.


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Have your dog, and decor too!
By Payless Decor
6/26/2013 3:35:00 PM  

Getting a pet is an incredibly challenging process - there is a lot to consider before taking the plunge. If you've spent a lot of time and energy making your home nice, you may wonder how a cat or dog will fit into all of that. Luckily for pet lovers, having a cat or dog doesn't have to be detrimental to your design. In fact, they're a pretty cute accessory, despite all the fur. Here are some tips for incorporating pets and pet supplies into your decor. 

Accessories
Cordless shades are a must when you get a kitten. Otherwise, your feline will be all over swinging blind pulls. For pups, keep items that are easily knocked over out of the way of wagging tails. 

Bedding and furniture
Dog and cat beds come in a lot of different colors and patterns, but if you can't find just the right one for you, get a very neutral beige model and top it with a blanket. It's a great way to continue your interior design palette while keeping your pet cozy. You and everyone that lives with you should decide early on whether or not you will allow your pets on the bed or furniture, because once they're on, it's hard to make them budge. There are compromises, however. Pet stores sell nice, stain-resistant throws that you can contain your dog on while still letting your furry friend to sit on the couch with you. 

Food
Treats and kibble bags aren't always the pinnacle of artistic design. But don't worry about hiding it - ditch it altogether and store your pet's food in glass or plastic jars. If you think someone might mistake dog treats for cookies, get a jar that has puppy motifs on it like paw prints, or keep it on a shelf designated for non-human food. 

Keeping it clean
Keeping everything clean is tough, but possible. The messiest part of having a pooch is the mud they track in on walks, which is luckily not the hardest problem to solve. Yes, you still have to walk your dog! But there are towels available in a special microfiber material that make it easy to clean off pets' paws. In order for them to be effective, keep them in the mudroom or front hall so you can do a quick clean every time you and your pet come through the door.


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Decorate a tropical living room
By Payless Decor
6/21/2013 9:05:00 AM  

Tropical decor is perfect for summer months or in a beachside vacation home, and it provides a cheerful sanctuary from the cold during snowfalls. Here are some tips on how to construct a tropical living room. 

Accessories
If you're just looking to add a tropical feel to your room, then the place to start is with the accessories. This style of design features a lot of beachy materials, such as wicker and bamboo. For your windows, the most tropical treatment you can use is wooden roller shades. Reminiscent of a balmy cabana on the shoreline, the funky shades will provide you with some privacy while contributing to the decor. Decorate with lots of bright flora to make the air smell fragrant and add pops of natural color throughout the room. Tropical style also allows for a certain level of quirk: If you've been collecting seashells, now would be the time to adhere them to the frame of an old mirror and hang it in your living room for a vacation vibe. Look for coastal motifs as well, such as patterns that almost reflect palm trees and hibiscus flowers.

Furniture
Tropically inspired rooms often use a lot of wood and wicker, but you can also channel paradise with colorful, exotic patterns and prints. Seek out comfortable seating - remember that part of the appeal of cabana style is that it's relaxing. Pieces like egg chairs with plush cushions piled on top are a great alternative to going all out and hanging a hammock in your living room. Love seats and ottomans are another great way to get that exotic feeling.

Colors
The colors of a tropical room often look as though they've been pulled out of a natural habitat, but the scene is up to you. You could use the beach as inspiration and use lots of beige with blues as accents, or you could pull pigments from a tropical rainforest and use green and deep brown with pops of fuchsia and yellow. To keep it sophisticated, let the neutral materials in the room speak for themselves and stick to muted shades of cerulean. Or, make it fresh by keeping the walls and majority of your furnishings white sneaking unexpected pops of color in.


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Get your bedroom ready for summer
By Payless Decor
6/19/2013 9:33:00 AM  

Summer is just around the corner, so while others are stressing about their beach bodies, you can relax and have some fun decorating your bedroom for the sweltering season. Here's how.

Switch up your sheets
If you don't have AC or don't want to spend the money to put your house on ice, your bedroom is probably pretty warm. It's the perfect time to give your cozy flannel sheets a break and slip your bed into something more comfortable. Take a tip from Hugh Hefner and try something bold like satin sheets: The slippery fabric will keep you cool and give your room a fresh edge. 

Change your custom window treatments
Having multiple sets of curtains on hand to switch every season is a great way to satisfy your decorating craving. In the hotter months, take down your opulent drapes in favor of something lighter, like brightly colored cellular shades. The delicate material can help to let some sunlight into your room and make you more energized and ready to play outdoors. Shades are also easy to adjust, meaning you can filter the light in the heat of day then let it shine as the sun starts to set. Just remember sunscreen when you head to the beach!


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