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Covering Your Sliding Glass Door
By Payless Decor
10/14/2014 10:38:00 AM  
Covering Your Sliding Glass Door

Sliding Glass Doors

Choosing the perfect window covering can go a long way in creating the right atmosphere in your home. You can’t just pick any set of blinds or curtains—you need to choose an option that seamlessly blends into your existing decor. Covering your windows can be tricky enough when you consider all the various curtain and blind options available, but what about that sliding glass patio door?

Your sliding glass door can be a great addition to your home. It’s a good source of natural light, provides an excellent view into your backyard, can give the illusion of more space and, because they’re often larger than normal doors, they can be a great way to move larger objects into and out of your home. But there are times you may not want an abundance of natural light, or you may not want to allow an unblocked view into your home. This is when a set of blinds or curtains for your sliding doors will come in handy.

Vertical Blinds

The most common option for covering your sliding glass door is by using vertical blinds. Many of these blinds will be made from a sturdy PVC, and they often come in a variety of colors to match your decor. These will typically be the most cost-affective way to cover your sliding glass door, as they’re fairly inexpensive to purchase, clean and replace. Like typical, horizontal blinds, vertical blinds come in a variety of styles and textures. If the PVC versions aren’t exactly what you’re looking for, you can opt for a sturdy fabric or even a faux wood material instead. While vertical blinds are easy to install and certainly get the job done, they may not fit well with the design aesthetic of every home.

Woven Wood Sliding PanelFor those looking for a door cover that blends with their decor, there are other options available.If your home has a more natural, earthy feel to it, or your family is environmentally conscious, a woven wood sliding panel is a great option. Made from tightly woven bamboo, these come in a variety of natural colors. They’re great for allowing softly filtered light into a room, and their edges are bound to provide extra durability. You can also install a privacy lining with the bamboo panels if you enjoy the natural look, but want to increase privacy, light control and present a neutral appearance to the street.

Solar Shade Sliding Panel

A third, and more high-end, option for covering your sliding glass door is to use a Solar Shade sliding fabric panel. These provide a modern, designer feel to any room and can be easily coordinated with existing decor. They come in a variety of colors and openness options (including blackout for complete room darkening), allowing you to control and customize the amount of light you want to filter into the room. They feature solar mesh and other materials that block UV rays and solar heat gain while still preserving views - perfect for sliding glass doors, large windows or as a ceiling-mounted retractable room divider.

Covering your sliding glass door doesn’t have to be difficult. With a variety of blind and shade options, you can easily tailor the coverings to match your interior decor, as well as the other blinds and shades used throughout your home. With easy installation and affordable pricing, covering your sliding door can be a simple way to transform your space and give your home a whole new look.

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The top window treatments for privacy
By Payless Decor
1/22/2013 11:13:00 AM  

If your discount window treatments aren't giving you the privacy and peace that you want in your home, there's no better time to upgrade than now. However, it can be challenging to choose new curtains, drapes and blinds if you haven't done so in years. There are an abundance of different styles on the market today - which ones should you use? Here are a few of the most effective window treatments when it comes to creating privacy and a relaxing atmosphere in your living spaces.

Wood blinds
Wood blinds are perfect for homeowners who want an easy way to access privacy as well as warm up their rooms. The wood material creates a cozy, elegant feeling while blocking out natural light with its thickness. Furthermore, wood blinds can be simply opened or closed on a dime for the utmost privacy.

Cordless shades
If you're irritated by the glares that develop in your room through the holes in your window treatments, think about bringing in cordless shades. Not only are they easy to control, but they can reduce the risk of injury in a household with children and pets.

Layered drapes
To create additional privacy as well as keep warmth within a home, recommends layering window treatments. This means using more than one drape or curtain to provide insulation as well as limit the amount of light that flows into a space.

Sliding panels
One way to increase privacy without completely blocking out light is through sliding panels. HGTV recommends ultraviolet ray blocking panels to prevent sunlight from causing furniture and flooring to fade over time.

Whether your living room needs more privacy or your bedroom, taking these window treatments into consideration can help you narrow down your options. Any of these choices can ensure you're happy and comfortable in your own home.

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Creating a relaxing, welcoming sunroom
By Payless Decor
11/1/2012 11:42:00 AM  

If you're lucky enough to have a sunroom in your home, you know how important it is to create an interior design that makes you want to use the space on a regular basis. The right discount window treatments, furnishings and decorative accents can make all the difference when it comes to a sunroom that suits your tastes and needs. If you're sprucing up the interior of this space for the first time, here are some tips to keep in mind to make the design process easier.

Your sunroom should be all about sunlight.
Natural light is going to be the most intriguing aspect of your sunroom, which means that you'll want window treatments that allow sunlight to flow through regularly. Sliding panels, cellular shades and blinds are all viable options for this living space. These window treatments easily allow natural light to come in and they can be closed on a whim whenever privacy is desired.

The furniture should be light.
Your sunroom shouldn't be bogged down with oversized, heavy furniture. Instead, you should look for pieces that create a light, airy feeling that complement the nature seen out your windows. Good Housekeeping Magazine recommends wicker as a viable option, but you aren't limited to this choice. Remember to make comfort a priority when selecting furniture - after all, you'll likely be using your sunroom to relax and unwind.

The space should be warm and inviting.
Sunlight will do plenty when it comes to creating an energetic atmosphere, but there are a few other tactics you might want to use to create a warm, welcoming environment. Incorporate colors such as red, yellow and orange into your furnishings and decorations to make the sunroom feel more cozy and vibrant.

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Creating a modern interior in your master bedroom
By Payless Decor
10/26/2012 11:58:00 AM  

If you've always dreamed of having a contemporary bedroom, the existing wood blinds, oversized bed frame and antique dresser you have might not cater to your desires. However, it's never too late to begin redesigning a living space, especially when it happens to be one of the most-used rooms in your home. Whether you want to start the project tomorrow or when you have time off, here are a few tips on how to transform your master bedroom from traditional to modern.

Bring in new window treatments
The existing discount window treatments in your room might take away from your dream interior if they don't exactly evoke a contemporary feeling. Get rid of the heavy drapes and dark blinds, then opt for something like sliding panels or cellular shades instead for an updated look.

Choose a vibrant color scheme
Gone are the days when modern interior design was all about black and white! Color is the name of the game when it comes to all things contemporary these days, and the perfect color scheme might be all you need to revamp your master bedroom. Choose two or three hues that complement each other that you can use throughout the area to create an invigorating space that welcomes you every time you walk in.

Go minimalist
If you truly want to create a chic modern design, you'll need to get rid of the heavy, oversized furniture you have throughout the room. Say goodbye to your old antique dresser and welcome in a smaller yet sleeker one to encompass what it means to have a contemporary space. It might be difficult to part ways, but you'll be left with more room and a modern interior when all is said and done.

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Four ways to create more privacy in your home
By Payless Decor
10/25/2012 3:21:00 PM  

There's nothing more frustrating than having a wonderful home but feeling like you can't walk around in it without having to check your windows for people peering in. If you have large windows and open areas throughout your home, it may be easy for passerbys to take a gander into your living spaces.

While this might be acceptable in certain rooms of your home such as the living room or kitchen, it's not exactly ideal in your bedroom or bathroom. With the right discount window treatments, fencing and furniture placement, you can ensure that you feel comfortable wherever you are in your house. Here are a few tips on how to improve the level of privacy in your home.

1. Use window treatments to your advantage.
Sliding panels, bamboo window shades and blinds can all increase how much privacy you have throughout your house. Whether you want more of it in the bedroom or living room, you can easily achieve this by installing window treatments that keep prying eyes away from your most-used areas. Best of all, blinds and shades are relatively easily to install and open on a whim.

2. Put up fencing.
Fencing is a great way to increase privacy around the perimeter of your home. In an area like your backyard where you might want to go to relax, tall fencing can be the difference between feeling self-conscious outdoors or comfortable as you unwind. Don't think of it as casting out your neighbors - consider it a friendly way to create boundaries.

3. Think about furniture placement.
The manner in which your furniture is placed may play a role in how much privacy you receive. For example, a couch placed against a window rather than facing it can limit how much passerbys can see. Consider where your furnishings are placed - especially the large pieces - and how this can help you achieve your goal of increasing privacy.

4. Plant shrubs around your house.
If you feel that fencing is a little too overwhelming, consider planting shrubs around your house instead. Strategically place them in front of windows to provide more coverage in front of rooms where you would rather not have anyone peering into your house. Of course, you'll need to keep up with pruning, but this is a small price to pay for peace of mind when you're relaxing indoors.

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