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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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Four tips for a cool, comfortable household
By Payless Decor
6/2/2014 12:46:00 PM  

When was the last time you were able to go an entire summer without turning on your air conditioner? Whether you live in a warm region of the country or you experience brutal hot temperatures for three months a year, it can be downright uncomfortable to live without air conditioning. However, there are ways to keep your home cool without increasing your electricity bill. Here are some tips you can take into account to keep from sweating while saving a few bucks and reducing your overall carbon footprint.

1. Use window treatments to your advantage.
Items such as wood blinds and cellular shades are for more than just decoration - these window treatments can make a big difference when it comes to conserving energy. Your blinds, shades and drapes can keep strong sunlight from increasing temperatures in your home throughout the summer.  In the winter, they can insulate your living spaces - it's a win-win situation!

2. Opt for natural ventilation.
Opening your windows and using ceiling or standing fans can have a positive impact on your electricity bill in the middle of the summer. Crack your windows during the early morning hours and at night to allow fresh cool air to flow into your home when the sun isn't shining brightly. Use ceiling fans and standing units to keep it moving during the day, according to Care2.com. While the slight breeze might not be as chilling as air conditioning, it can still keep you comfortable without spiking your utility bills.

3. Know what creates heat.
Yahoo! reports that knowing what's creating heat in your home can give you an edge when it comes to cooling down your living spaces. For example, your desktop computer might be emitting a large amount of heat. Turning it off when it's not in use can make your surroundings cooler and reduce the need to turn on fans.

4. Invest in a dehumidifer.
Good Housekeeping magazine reports that using a dehumidifier may be able to instantly improve your comfort level in your home. Approximately 50 percent of homes have an unhealthy level of humidity in their living areas. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it might encourage you to turn on your air conditioner prematurely. Invest in a dehumidifier before a large air conditioning unit to help you improve your air quality and sleep with less worries.

Finally, if you don't have central A/C, but the temps are unbearable Lifehacker has a few ideas on projects that can generate some cool air: http://lifehacker.com/no-central-ac-no-problem-six-ways-to-keep-your-home-c-729713655


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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.

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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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3 tips for choosing the best rug for you
By Payless Decor
3/5/2014 4:15:00 PM  

Adding a rug can tie a room together, but with so many choices in material, color, shape and size, it can be difficult to make a selection. Here are three tips to help you narrow down your options.

1. Choose the right size
The size of your rug can make or break an entire room's decor. If you're not going for a wall-to-wall carpet, you'll want one that will best fit your space. In larger rooms, you'll want a rug that's a good size, or it may make even a sprawling space feel small, according to HGTV hostess Emily Henderson. As a rule of thumb, try to be sure that the legs of your furniture will go over the edges of the rug. Smaller rooms can benefit from a smaller rug, as it won't make the area feel too crowded. Make sure you do your measurements before you shop, or you may wind up having to rearrange some furniture.

2. Choose the right color
Chances are you probably won't want to build your room around the color of a new rug. You'll want a carpet that matches the blinds and shades, chairs, couches and any other accessories you already have. It may be easier to choose something with downplayed colors since you don't want the focal point of the room to be the floor. Go for blue, gray or brown - these colors look good, match most other colors and will be easy on the eyes.

3. Choose the right material
You're going to want your rug to match the general look of your room. If you have lots of natural materials, like a set of wood blinds or a rustic coffee table, you'll want to match them with a carpet that's made from plant fibers. In particular, hemp is a very strong material for rugs, and it can be dyed a wide variety of colors. Its durability lends it well to being used in areas with high traffic, like hallways or doorways.

There are many ways to make your room come together, such as getting your window treatments, rugs and curtains to all match. Whether you want them all in the same color family or prefer a bold, complementary look, you'll find that keeping all these accessories in line will make your room feel complete.
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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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Living Colors - Bamboo Blinds
By Payless Decor
9/9/2013 10:40:00 AM  

Fall is a time to get wrapped up in warm materials and colors. As the weather gets cooler, you can take advantage of the opportunity to wear jackets and scarves with wooly textures and you can do the same to your home. Try these tips to bring your decor to its rightful autumnal place.

Natural materials
Using wood, wool, cashmere and other natural items for your decor can make your home feel like it's right in season, interior designer Lauren Nelson told the San Francisco Gate. He suggests using lots of woven materials that are based in nature to get the feel of the time of year when the leaves are changing and we turn toward winter. The dynamic change in the season can also inspire a new range of colors to choose from.

Nelson suggests using combinations like dark walnut wood with navy blue and orange. Colors like this look great anywhere, from new throw pillows on the couch to your window shades. Using wood blinds or bamboo blinds can help complement the reds, browns and oranges that you'll want to bring into your home during the fall.

Variety everywhere
In autumn, you'll notice a wide variety of colors and weather happening all at the same time. One day can be warm and sunny while the next might be cool and cloudy. You can replicate that same eclectic feel in your home. According to the Associated Press, you can feel free to mix your wildest design ideas together into rooms bursting with energy this season. Since you'll be spending more time inside, it's good to have rooms that are as interesting as possible.

Since the light outside will be changing, autumn is also a great time to try playing with the amount in your home. You want to take advantage of the change outside to completely overhaul your light system, both in how much sunlight you allow in to what kind of fixtures you use. Try using blinds and shades that give you more control over your light levels. You might also want to consider using overstated lights like giant chandeliers or floor lamps that give off plenty of glow. They'll help to keep you and your family awake as it gets darker earlier and they'll add some fun to your decor.


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Channel autumn with your interior design
By Payless Decor
9/5/2013 4:31:00 PM  

Fall is just around the corner, and with it comes a new school year, some of our favorite holidays and a fresh color palette to work with. As fun as summer decor was, it's about time for some crisp colors and autumn-inspired accessories. 

Colors
If you want to completely redo a room, there's no better time to do it than fall. Your kids are out of the house for longer periods of time, and inspiration is everywhere - just look outside! The cool temperatures in autumn are offset by the plethora of oranges, blood reds and mustard yellows - all warm colors - around you. If you're wondering what other hues to use when decorating with these toasty hues, white or cream blinds and shades will keep your space clean and chic. For something a little more mysterious, use slate gray or royal purple. 

Materials
Fall decor is also cheap because you can pretty much bring the outdoors in. Fill a wicker basket with fallen leaves or pine cones for a charming seasonal centerpiece - just make sure they're bug-free first! Natural materials are perfect for this season, from something organic like an unusually twisted tree branch to a clean accessory like wood blinds. Small pumpkins, dried cornhusks and gourds make for perfect motifs with which to adorn your mantlepiece, window boxes and table. If they don't suit your color scheme, just give them a quick coat of white spray paint for a neutral effect.

Lighting
Some of the prettiest natural light occurs in the fall. It is for this reason that you should consider switching your current drapes for a set of custom window treatments to suit your home and give autumn sunshine the frame it deserves. When the sun goes down, consider decorating with candles for a sultry atmosphere, or layer the tiny flames with dim, warm lightbulbs. Chandeliers, in all their elegance, are perfect for autumn. 

Accessories
According to Martha Stewart, wreaths are a must-have for fall decorating. With all the materials you can choose from, it's hard to land on just one. Dried corn, feathers, pine cones, fallen leaves and white roses all make beautiful wreaths. Simply choose the item or items that represent fall most to you and construct a beautiful wreath or garland with which to decorate your home. 


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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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