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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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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.

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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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Ways to go green in older homes
By Payless Decor
7/1/2015 1:20:00 PM  

Making an older home more eco-friendly can be challenging and expensive. Especially if the structure was built at a time when individuals weren't concerned about preservation or using the most natural resources. It can be more desirable to convert an older home into a green home than rip it down. Many homeowners want to reduce their carbon footprint. With the right window treatments, wall paint and furnishings, you can rest assured you're doing your part to help the planet, regardless of where you live. Here are some key tips on how to revamp certain areas of your old home and make them as environmentally-friendly as possible.

Paint your walls with low-VOC paint
Indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air, and according to the EPA, is considered one of the top 5 hazards to human health. Paints and finishes are among the leading causes. When repainting your older home, use low volatile organic compound (VOC) or ZERO VOC paint. Low VOC and ZERO VOC paints create less emissions that can do harm to the environment, plus you will reduce the chances of inhaling toxic fumes during the painting process. These paints are durable, cost-effective and better for humans and environmental health. 

Recycled flooring
Natural and recycled flooring materials can be beautiful and more durable than more traditional flooring options. They're made from clean renewable sources and reuse materials that otherwise might have been landfilled. Such products have little or no VOC emissions, unlike many traditional types of flooring and their associated binders, adhesives and sealants. Natural products include bamboo, cork, and natural-fiber carpeting. Recycled products include reclaimed wood, carpet tiles, premium rubber flooring, antique brick and stone, and terrazzo. All of these materials offer a beautiful look with minimal impact on the environment.

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Eco-friendly window treatments
These days, it's easy to find items composed of recycled materials to use around the house. When it comes to your windows, consider investing in bamboo shades. Bamboo is a rapidly renewing resource and one of the hardest raw materials used for window treatments. Bamboo shades are also more cost-effective compared to typical window shades. Since bamboo is durable, you will have to worry less about spending more money to replace broken window treatments. Lastly, bamboo can provide just as much control over natural light and satisfaction on your windows as other varieties.

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Reuse furniture

Some of your favorite pieces in your home can come from unexpected places. When shopping for new furniture, you don't have to go to a high-end interior design store to find pieces that you'll love. Thrift shops and secondhand stores offer fantastic finds at reasonable prices. Everything from cocktail tables to bed frames to lamp shades can be found at these locations at a fraction of the price. In addition, beautiful furniture can also be passed down from friends and family. When you feel that these items are beginning to wear out their welcome, refresh with new upholstery or a new coat of paint. Everyone old is new again!

Invest in long-lasting furnishings
Another way to ensure you're not using more than necessary and living green is to invest in furniture that will last you for years to come. This will limit the need to purchase more items in the future, reducing your waste and helping you be more eco-friendly.

Whether you want to completely remodel your old home or you're looking to revamp just a few rooms, these tips can help you go green. In the end, you'll be happier that you looked at your options and made the extra effort to live a greener lifestyle. Be kind to our planet!

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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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Two seasoned DIYers share their secrets for interior design
By Payless Decor
1/28/2015 7:10:00 AM  
If you're the creative type who likes to save a few bucks here and there by taking on your own interior design projects, you're probably always looking for fresh sources of inspiration. While it helps to look for ideas online on sites like Houzz and Pinterest, in stores nearby or just around your own home, it's also useful to see what other DIYers like you are doing! To give you a little motivation to get started on your own fun projects, we interviewed two wonderful ladies who have some great tips.

Here's what we asked Alexis Moore, a law student from California.

What inside tips do you have on minimizing interior design expenses?
Use technology to save time and money. Shop online and sign up for sale alerts for all decor stores. Do as much research ahead before driving to shop at stores. Nine times out of 10, you'll find items cheaper online and also learn ways to tweak design from a DIY website to save money.

How do you come up with ideas for DIY projects around the house?
I'm a student and have had to overcome many obstacles in my life so it's helped me become very creative. The ideas stem from me having the desire to live my dreams now rather than some day in the future. Life is too short for that.

When it comes to window treatments, what do you like best as far as practicality and decoration?
I like dual-purpose window coverings, so I tend to buy only coverings that are stylish and functional.

Which design trends are you loving for the winter right now?

I like the trend to create winter decor using traditional items like pine trees and winter animals with the twist that they're decorated to fit a person's existing decor or personal style.

Z Gallerie’s exclusive white Moose Head brings the taxidermy tradition into the twenty-first century. Crafted of white resin, the stately Moose Head is a bright contrasty accessory for your wall.

Do you have any advice for homeowners who are about to embark on a DIY project?

Have fun. Design DIY should be fun - not work or a burden. Don't be afraid to ask for free advice or help on or offline.

We also interviewed Laurel Stavros, the mom behind interior design blog Here's what she had to say.

DIY Black & White Acrylic Painted Trays

What's your favorite room of the house, and how do you bring your personality into its interior design?
The kitchen. It's a gathering place for family and I love to cook! The kitchen is "my domain" so my personality is everywhere - from the colors to the organization to the measuring cups.

What kinds of colors, patterns and decor items inspire you the most?

I love blues, whites and pinks. My color preference changes with the seasons, my mood, etc. Sometimes I want pastel, other times neon.

How do you come up with ideas for DIY projects around the house?

I usually take something anyone would have around the house and add more color, design or an idea that you might not have thought of, so, I take my inspiration from the everyday items that I want to make eye-catching and beautiful.

When it comes to window treatments, what do you like best as far as practicality and decoration?
I am a minimalist - so light, airy curtains.

Do you have any advice for homeowners who are about to embark on a DIY project?
Enjoy the work!! Doing it yourself and seeing the end result is a wonderful satisfaction! Enjoy the process, stay focused, relax (I have been known to enjoy wine while working on DIY projects ;)) and be proud that you did it yourself - even if something comes out a bit crooked!

Hopefully, the advice from these two crafters can help you come up with some excellent projects of your own for this Winter and upcoming Spring season!

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Fall Maintenance Checklist
By Julie
9/24/2014 10:28:00 AM  

Fall is here! Get ready for winter's worst and avoid expensive repairs by taking care of your home with this essential fall maintenance checklist:

  • Clean your gutters.
  • Inspect your roof.
  • Seal gaps and cracks around doors and windows.
  • Drain and turn off outdoor water.
  • Store yard equipment and outdoor furniture.
  • Repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
  • Get your furnace serviced.
  • Look up chimney for blockages, check damper is working.
  • Clean dehumidifiers.
  • Perform a home safety check.


Gutters: Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts. It is very important to keep your gutters clean. Your roof's drainage system annually diverts thousands of gallons of water from your house's exterior and foundation walls. Neglected gutters can lead to wood rot problems, water in your basement, pest infestations and are also one of the major causes of ice dams. Also, inspect joints and tighten brackets if necessary. Replace old or damaged gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards to keep debris from returning.


Roof: Inspect your roof from top to bottom for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents. A leaky roof is a costly problem for homeowners and not one you want to discover during a snowstorm. Also, look in your gutters for large accumulations of granules, a sign that your roof is losing its coating. For safety’s sake, have a licensed, certified roofing professional check the condition of your roof.


Doors and Windows: Leaky windows and doors can account for 10% of your heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Weather-stripping is the most cost-effective way to rein in heating and cooling costs year-round. Because weather-stripping can deteriorate over time, it needs to be inspected periodically. Also check for missing and damaged caulk around windows, doors, and entry points for electrical, cable, phone and gas lines. Repair leaks and reduce drafts by replacing old weather-stripping and sealing any gaps with a suitable caulk. Change summer screens to cool weather storm windows and doors. Before storing, clean and repair screens, spray with a protective coating and place in a dry area of the basement or garage. Another way to reduce your utility bills and conserve energy is by installing energy efficient window treatments. Cellular or Honeycomb shades have a unique honeycomb design that traps air and has an insulating effect. 


Outdoor Faucets and Irrigation Systems: Any water left in exterior pipes and faucets can freeze and expand breaking the pipes. Burst pipes are an expensive and messy problem in the winter. Make sure to winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems by draining them and then shutting off water valves in cold weather. Do you know how to locate and turn off the water shut-off valve? If you don't have shut-off valves, and your faucets are not “freezeproof” types, try styrofoam faucet covers sold at local hardware stores and home centers. Don't forget to drain garden hoses and store them inside coiled and flat.


Yard equipment and outdoor furniture: Prepare your yard equipment for storage. This includes draining fuel from from all gas-operated equipment such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and chain saws. To dispose old oil properly, take it to a local service station or recycling center. You can also use a fuel stabilizer in your mower which will keep the gas fresh until spring. Store your lawn equipment indoors if possible. If storing outside, protect equipment with a tarp. If you have extra room in a basement or garage, store your outdoor furniture indoors. If not, you can purchase outdoor furniture covers. Covers protect from the elements, as well as keep off dust, dirt, leaves, animals, and other debris. Make sure to properly clean your furniture before storing or covering it. Shake off or vacuum dirt and leaves from the cushions, use a mild detergent to spot clean, and air-dry thoroughly before storing for the winter.


Walkways and Drives: Inspect and repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps. These can be a hazard year round, but once the weather turns icy a broken step or sidewalk can be much more dangerous. Look for cracks more than 1/8-inch wide, uneven sections, and loose railings on steps. Check for disintegration of asphalt in your driveway. You can clean out and repair any damage with driveway filler, then coat with a commercial sealer. Most do-it-yourselvers can handle small jobs, but save major repairs for professionals.


Furnaces: Have a licensed heating contractor inspect your heating system. Heating systems will use fuel more efficiently, last longer and have fewer problems if properly serviced. Call early to schedule your appointment and beat the cold weather rush. Clean or replace dirty furnace filters once a month. Clogged filters make it harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, and can seriously increase your heating bills.


Chimneys: Even if you use your fireplace only occasionally, you need to check it annually for damage and hazards. Have your chimney cleaned by a licensed and reputable chimney sweep. A clogged chimney poses the risk of a chimney fire, which can be ignited by burning creosote—a combination of wood tar, organic vapors and moisture buildup. Make sure that your damper is working properly by moving it to the open and closed positions. Also check your chimney for damage. Make certain that the flue cap (the screen or baffle covering the top of the chimney) is in place. Inspect brick chimneys for loose or broken joints. If you have glass doors, clean and inspect them for cracks.


Dehumidifiers: Clean the coils of your dehumidifier seasonally and keep them clear of dust and dirt. Don't forget to clean any inside filters. It is important to do so because dirty coils decreases the efficiency of the dehumidifier. Also, dirty coils can get damp and possibly freeze in cold weather resulting in major damage to your dehumidifier. It is not necessary to run your dehumidifier in the winter because they do not function well at lower temperatures and there will be less moisture migrating through the basement floor and walls when the ground is frozen.


Home Safety Check: Keep your family safe with an annual home safety check. Test and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors and keep extra household batteries on hand. These should be located on each floor of the house, covering all sleeping areas. Inspect or install fire extinguishers. Keep one in the kitchen and one on every floor and learn how to use them. Review fire escape plans with all members of your family. Create an escape plan with two exit routes and practice it twice a year (once at night) with the whole family. Make sure that your electrical cords are not frayed or cracked. Clean out your clothes dryer lint filter and venting system. Rid your home of old newspapers and other fire hazards. 


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American interior design trends worth noting in 2014
By Payless Decor
8/1/2014 2:47:00 PM  

If you're always looking for the latest window treatment furnishings and wall decor, there are plenty of trends to take advantage of as you create a fresh look in your living spaces. Each year, many new styles emerge and take the American interior design world by storm. Whether you give your rooms a different look every season or you do so infrequently, there are several trends worth noting this year as you begin your adventures in decorating. Here are some of the most popular thus far being seen in homes across the country.

Bold colors
Gone are the days where window shades, wallpaper and furniture were meant to be subtle in neutral hues. House Beautiful magazine states that bold colors are trending in American design, and this style is right up your alley if you want to add flair to your living spaces. Think fire engine red, cobalt blue and forest green to make an impact in your rooms. While it may take some getting used to, color can do wonders from a drab area of your home.

Stylized features
While clean, minimalist modern decor is still trendy, For Your Home claims that more designers are leaning toward stylized furnishings to create an intriguing interior. Furniture that has curves and fine detailing is becoming all the rage as homeowners try to avoid being too bland in their living spaces. If you've been keeping the antique cabinet from your great aunt in the basement, now is the time to bring it up and show off its beauty!

Specifically, the Pantone color institute has named emerald green is the hue of the year, according to the Huffington Post. Now, it's showing up in everything from wallpaper to arm chairs, and this color isn't going away any time soon. If you want to encompass all that is American design in your home in 2013, opt for emerald green when you select new furnishings for your living spaces. Even if you aren't a "green" person, you may come to love the soothing, eye-pleasing qualities of it over time.

Many people wish that they could have the picture perfect American home, but it can be a lot of work to get rooms to look flawless as they do in magazines. By taking upcoming trends into account, you can increase your chances of creating a beautiful look that pleases the eye.

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Beat the heat with insulated windows
By Payless Decor
6/2/2014 12:42:00 PM  

Windows act as a source of heat in addition to being a factor in draftiness. Insulating is just as important in the summer as in the winter, and there are some ways to cut costs when doing so. Here are some tips for keeping your home cool in the warmer months. 

Use cellular shades 
Custom window treatments that fully cover your window are typically more efficient than using curtains that let the sun in at places. Cellular shades help to trap the heat between layers of material, which keeps it out of the room. If you have a south-facing window that gets a lot of sunlight, try using a blackout shade when you're not in the room to keep the sun from heating it up. You can also layer drapes over shades to keep your room even cooler. 

Cover your windows
In order to keep your room from getting too hot while still letting some light in, cover your windows with reflective film. It's an inexpensive project you can complete yourself, and makes all the difference when paired with the proper window treatments. Once you apply the film, it can be easily removed with no damage to the window. 

Seal leaks
Plugging up gaps in and around your windows and doors is particularly helpful when it's chilly out, but it is also advantageous when trying to beat the heat indoors. You can seal leaks in your windows by identifying all of the areas that are letting hot air indoors and applying caulk or foam weather stripping to the leaks. Do not apply the adhesives to parts of the casing that facilitate traction, however, as this could interfere with proper opening and closing.

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Bathroom trends to keep in mind in 2014
By Payless Decor
5/14/2014 8:24:00 AM  

Whether you intend on remodeling your bathroom now or next season, there are a few trends you can keep in mind to give you an edge in the renovation process. You don't have to be a professional to redecorate a living space in your home, but being mindful of the hottest styles in window treatments, furnishings and decor can make your project easier. This year, there are a couple of trends worth jotting down if you want to create a bathroom that shines.

Eye-popping color
As you redecorate your bathroom, recommends thinking about adding a pop of color to the space to make a memorable impression. Whether you're shopping for window treatments or a shower curtain to get the project rolling, examine bright hues such as fire engine red, mellow yellow and grass green. In the end, you may find that all of these colors can work brilliantly in your space!

Eco-friendly fixtures
No one wants to complete a remodeling job and finish knowing that they increased their carbon footprint. For this reason, more homeowners are becoming eco-conscious as they shop for bathroom fixtures and decor for their spaces. Look for items made from recycled materials to go green during your project.

Luxurious features
More people are transforming their bathrooms into spa-like rooms with everything from automatic faucets to fancy shower heads. If you have a few extra dollars in your budget, think about splurging a little bit on items that will enhance your bathroom experience. By doing so, you'll increase the chances of being happier with the finished product.

While it can be challenging to tackle a bathroom, these trends can give you viable starting points. Trying a new style may also be just what you need to freshen up a dull, dated space.

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Preserve the gleam: Care for your hardwood floors
By Payless Decor
8/8/2013 7:30:00 AM  

Hardwood floors are the unsung heroes of interior design. They constantly pull rooms together and are still easier to clean than a carpet. And while super scuffed up floors are a great look all their own, that may not be what you're going for. If that's the case, take some precautions to protect your floors! 

The main thing to keep in mind when cleaning up dry messes (dust, crumbs, etc.) is that it doesn't have to be done every day. Set aside time once or twice a week to do a quick sweep of the area, keeping in mind that when accumulated, dry messes can essentially erode the wood if left unattended over time. 

However, wet spills should be cleaned up as soon as possible. They're not the end of the world, but they will definitely change the appearance of the wood if they're not taken care of quickly. Basically you don't want any liquids standing on your floor for any extended period of time. 

After you've dusted your floors, Freshome suggested mixing small amounts of water and vinegar and applying it to a sponge mop to clean the wood without harming the finish - just be careful not to get any on your custom window treatments! 

Unfortunately, there are some scratches that no amount of cleaning can get out. But don't worry, there are some tricks to keep them from happening in the first place.

Home Guides recommended putting felt on the bottoms of all furniture in the space. This will help prevent scratches from occurring when you so much as pull your chair out from the table. To avoid shoe-related damage, set up cute cubbies by your entryway and ask that guests remove their shoes before coming in. 

You could also put down accent or area rugs in the more high traffic areas of the room to preserve the floor. Keep in mind that with rearranging and time, the most used space may change, and keeping a carpet in that section will help keep your floors from obtaining random patches of wear. 

Moisture is the natural enemy of hardwood floors, and that includes moisture in the air. If you can, get a dehumidifier to moderate the humidity in the area of your home that heavily features wood. 

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