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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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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, SheKnows.com 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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Add some bling to your home with a little sparkle
By Payless Decor
4/17/2014 4:01:00 PM  

You can't put a pair of grills on your living room, but you sure can try. One of the greatest ways to dress up a room is to add a little sparkle. It can be as simple as buying a disco ball-inspired vase or as in-depth as applying silver leaf to the majority of surfaces in your home. Either way, your home will be anything but boring. 

Blinged out accessories
The use of sparkly, shiny and bedazzled accessories is one of the simplest ways to add interest to a dull room, but it's very effective. From the hardware that holds your custom window treatments to a jeweled throw pillow, shiny accents will work best if there are at least a few of them scattered throughout the room. For example, adorn your mantlepiece with an array of vases encrusted in mirrors and fill them with big white flowers to keep the space feeling inviting, or buy a few bedazzled throw pillows and put a couple on the couches and chairs and match them with some mirrored picture frames. 

Go big
You can have a room that heavily features bling and still keep it classy. House Beautiful recommended refurbishing your mantlepiece with mirrors. Not only does this add some fun shine to your room, it will also help the space look more spacious. In addition or instead of that, you could use metallic wallpaper on your walls or ceiling. If the paper has a pattern that consists of silver and white, it will likely look more delicate than loud while still being interesting. If you're not into wallpaper, you can officially use metallic paint on your walls. If an all-silver living room seems like a little much to you, restrict it to the trim or furniture. Alternately, you could use the shiny paint in a small space like a bathroom or foyer. 

Do it yourself
If you want a do-it-yourself project that is challenging, produces amazing results, and will impress your friends and family, look no further than silver leafing. Elle magazine recommends applying silver leaf to sea shells for a sophisticated nautical look, or to a small side table to spruce up a space. 

In order to silver leaf, you will need several thin sheets of the material, exactly how much depends on what scale you're doing it. The material might come with glue, but if it doesn't then a spray adhesive will likely work well. You should prime the item you're looking to silver leaf in case there are cracks in the material and the base shows through. Spray small amounts of the adhesive at a time, and carefully apply the silver leaf with a paint brush. 

Have you added bling to your room with any of our window treatments? We'd love to see!

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White makes for the perfect backdrop
By Payless Decor
3/14/2014 3:11:00 PM  

While white may not be the most exciting color by itself, it can serve as the perfect backdrop for other colors. A white wall or shelf makes everything else in your decor stand out and pop, so it's ideal for creating a clean, minimal space to show off your favorite decorations.

Go for the background
White doesn't need to be the start of the show to play an important part. If you go for an all-white kitchen or living room, the possibilities are endless for an accent color. Try putting in elements of baby blue or even a bold, cherry red. Once your accent color is in front of its white background, your eyes will be utterly delighted. Using these accents with not only white walls, but also couches, chairs and tables, will increase this wonderful effect.

Embrace the Zen of white
Any room that's rendered entirely in white will make you feel totally calm. The clean, unaltered neutral of white radiates a pale glow that makes you feel at ease. Use this to your advantage - take a bedroom that doesn't get enough light and redo the walls, the sheets and even the furniture to get that distinct white glow. To maximize the light you do get, try to use light filtering blinds and shades by themselves or along with very thin curtains. You may even want to use mirrors instead of pictures on the wall to help increase the light in the room, noted Country Living magazine.

Big rooms can be perfect in white
If you've got a large room in your house that you just don't know what to do with, consider giving it a totally white overhaul. You'll make the space not only feel a little larger, but much more open and breathable. Get some new sheer shades or cellular shades in a bright white color to really make the space feel airy with the combination of natural light and bright paint.

House Beautiful magazine noted that a white room like this makes a perfect backdrop for lightly finished antique furniture. The pale tones of pine and other woods will make for a gentle air in your great white room that will set you and your guests at ease. Adding an oversized houseplant in a white glazed pot can add to the lively look.
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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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Storage solutions for cramped kitchens
By Payless Decor
8/2/2013 9:08:00 AM  

So much goes on in the kitchen that working within a small space can seem impossible. Being smart about storage, however, is a great way to open up the room and reduce clutter - and it can be pretty stylish, too.

Think vertically
Consider installing cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling instead of leaving a gap on top, which would just collect dust anyway. You can also free up precious cabinet storage by hanging your pots and pans from a pot rack, which is always a charming look in a small space.

Open up
Make your kitchen feel lighter and larger by using cabinets with no doors or open shelving. This creates an airy look while still giving you the same storage capability as closed shelving. It can also help you reduce clutter and allows you to display your dishes decoratively.

Eat-in
A small island or table in the center of the kitchen is a great use of space. So long as there's still enough room to move around, these surfaces make for extra storage and a casual yet stylish place to dine. For seating, choose stools or armless chairs that can be slipped under the island or table and kept out of the way when not in use. Chairs that are the same color as your walls or inside mounted blinds that blend into your window box and create the illusion of even more space.


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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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Decorate for the weather with energy-efficient window treatments
By Payless Decor
7/29/2013 9:38:00 AM  

The right drapes or blinds can do more than bring a room together visually. They can also be a great way keep your home at a comfortable temperature throughout the year. With a little planning and know-how, your window treatments can help you keep cool in summer and warm in winter, and they can do it all while still looking stylish.

Controlling light controls heat
One of the main functions of any type of window treatment is to regulate the amount of light - and therefore heat - entering a room. This means that knowing when to keep your windows covered or uncovered is one of the simplest ways to influence the temperature. In summer, keep all blinds closed or curtains drawn during the daytime. In winter, on the other hand, you should leave any windows uncovered that receive direct sunlight. During the day, cover only the ones that don't face the sun. At night, cover all of them in order to keep as much heat inside as possible.

However, that's only scratching the surface. Different types of treatments work better than others, and some are more suited to one season or another. Cellular window shades are specifically mentioned by the Department of Energy as a good choice for either season. Their design creates pockets that trap air, keeping warm air inside in winter and cool air in summer, adding an extra layer of insulation around your windows. Pleated shades work in much the same way.

Also, keep in mind that controlling light doesn't mean that you need to block it out entirely. While blackout curtains are a popular and energy-efficient choice, they're not the only option. Sheer shades provide great flexibility, allowing you to leave them open for soft, filtered light, or close them to keep out more of the sun's rays.

Materials matter
Most window treatments are available in a wide variety of designs, patterns, and even textures, with materials ranging from silk to bamboo to plastic. One consideration that should not be overlooked is color. Keep in mind that lighter colors tend to reflect light, which makes them most effective in warm weather, while darker colors absorb and retain heat. This doesn't mean that you need to choose between white and black, however. Draperies in a medium tone of any color are a good choice for both winter and summer.

You can also take advantage of the colors in the interior of your house. Although blinds don't provide a whole lot of light control - there are too many little gaps between the slats - they do allow you to direct that light with a great amount of precision. If you have a light-colored ceiling, angle the blinds upwards in summer so that incoming light hits the ceiling instead of the walls or floor. The pale color will scatter light and keep things a little cooler indoors.

Reflective materials, such as shiny plastic or beautifully stained wood blinds, can also help ward off heat. Fabric drapes, on the other hand, can be very effective in preventing heat loss, although this varies depending on the weave and weight of the fabric. The way they hang also allows air to circulate in the folds, keeping things a bit cooler in summer. Some treatments, such as roman window shades, are available in both hard and soft varieties.

Combine treatments for added efficiency
Overlapping different treatments can blend the benefits of hard and soft materials and give your insulation an added boost. This can be as simple as ensuring that the edges of drapes overlap each other when they hang. You can also use exterior shutters together with interior drapes or shades, or get drapes with plastic backing.

Any treatment can also be used alongside reflective glass or film, although these work best in summer as opposed to winter, and the film may reduce the visibility of the glass.


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How to make a DIY art mat from fabric
By Payless Decor
7/29/2013 9:37:00 AM  

If you're thinking about updating your style with new window blinds or rugs, don't throw away the old ones just yet. With nothing more than some scrap fabric - such as what you might salvage from curtains, drapes, or even carpeting - you can create a custom art mat to frame any picture, in colors and designs that may be hard to find in stores. All it takes are a few simple steps.

Make your own mat
You can create your own mat from scratch using a rug or carpet square. Before you start, though, make sure that the color and texture of the rug look good with the artwork that the mat will be framing. When deciding on the size of the mat, keep in mind that small art often looks more impressive in a wider frame, while large pictures may not need as much of an edge.

To create the inside window of the mat, carefully measure your artwork. Then subtract a quarter inch from each dimension. The window should be slightly smaller than the artwork itself so that it overlaps the edges. So for a 5 by 7-inch drawing, for example, your window dimensions would be 4.75 inches by 6.75 inches.

Carefully measure the window dimensions onto your rug, ensuring that the window is centered. Then cut this section out using a carpet knife or utility knife. Be sure to keep the edges straight and square.

Customize an existing mat
If you simply want to personalize a mat using your own fabric, you can buy matboard already cut to size. Cut your fabric large enough that the edges will be able to fold over and cover the back of the mat.

Evenly spread craft or fabric glue over both the front of the mat and the back of the cloth, then place the mat face-down on top of the glue side of the fabric. Cut off the corners of the fabric at a diagonal just past the corners of the mat. Then fold the remaining cloth over the back. Next, cut out most of the fabric stretched over the window of the mat, leaving enough to fold over the inside edges and glue down on the back.

Finishing touches
At this point, simply secure your rug or fabric-covered mat over your artwork with the art centered in the window. You can then either place it within a larger frame or add solid backing and hang it just as it is. When choosing colors and patterns, keep in mind how your mat will look alongside other fixtures such as artwork, blinds and shades.


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