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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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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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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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How To Attach a Fauxwood Valance Clip
By Jenn Lord
9/18/2013 2:49:00 PM  

All of Payless Decor's wood and faux wood window blinds will come with a valance.  This valance will hide the metal portion of the headrail of the blind and the mounting brackets used in installation.  It will make the overall appearance much sleeker and more elegant.  We also sell the Premium Fauxwood Valance separately on our website here:https://www.paylessdecor.com/Blind-Parts/Payless-Decor-Faux-Wood-Decorative-Crown-Valance.asp.  Please note that this valance will only attach to the headrail of a 2" fauxwood blind.  It will not fit over a vertical blind or any blind with a large headrail or track system.  Read below to see how to attach your fauxwood valance clips quickly and easily. 

On the back side of the valance you will see a groove. The clips you have received to attach the valance over the headrail are going to be small clear "hidden" valance clips.  They do not wrap around the valance.  

valance clip instructions

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You will twist each clip into the back groove.

Valance 2 Instruction

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The open portion of the valance clip is what will be pointing toward the base of the valance as this is what will latch onto the headrail.

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Attach the clips evenly spaced over the length of the valance.  You will not need a lot of these clips.  In most cases 2 will do the trick. 

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Now you are ready to hang the valance on the headrail of your 2" Premium blind.


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Add interest to your home by mixing patterns
By Payless Decor
9/9/2013 10:39:00 AM  

Combining patterns is the perfect way to energize an outfit, but it's an even better way to stimulate a room. It can be a challenge, but when executed correctly it's absolutely worth the risk. Don't be afraid to go big with these tips on how to mix prints. 

Two-tone palette
One of the most failsafe methods of combining patterns is to limit your color scheme to two hues. House Beautiful recommended being extra careful by keeping one of the tones neutral to complement whatever second color you choose. For example, mix lemon zest with an optic white and use natural accents to taper the combo. Bamboo blinds are a great accessory in a room with wooden floors, and keeping the pigment simple gives you the freedom you need to go crazy with stripes and geometric prints. 

Monochrome
If you're decorating with a single color, you should definitely be using more than one pattern. Prints lend visual texture to a room, which creates enough variety to make a monochrome room look chic, not boring. Remember that you can play with different shades of the same color when using patterns. Consider painting wide stripes on the walls using a pretty plum and a slightly lighter hue. Or, keep the walls simple and inject patterns with throw pillows, carpets and custom window treatments. 

Switch up the scales
One trick to mixing patterns successfully is to vary the scale. For instance, if you're thinking of using florals with stripes, look for stripes on the smaller size and bold flowers or vice versa. Prints that are the same size are more likely to clash than ones that are varied. Additionally, a smaller pattern will blend together more and even though it will hold the same level of interest, it will do more of what a solid would in terms of tempering the more bold pattern. 

Use texture as a pattern
You can mix patterns in a more subtle way by substituting some prints with deep textures. Materials such as wicker, seersucker, suede and leather are all a means of combining prints. The girlishness of a lace pattern and the masculinity of leather would contrast nicely in a study or living room, while seersucker would be a great accent to a nature-inspired print in a bedroom or dining room. 


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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! 

Cleaning
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! 

Protecting
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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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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Spruce up your unused fireplace
By Payless Decor
6/20/2013 8:52:00 AM  

There's no reason to let your out of commission fireplace go to waste - there are plenty of creative ways to use the space and make it as visually appealing as a fire, or maybe more so. Here are some ideas for decorating your unused fireplace.

Storage
You can take the fire out of the fireplace, but maybe consider leaving the logs in. Arranging birch logs lends a rustic element, and what's more fitting than stowing them in your hearth? You can stack them as though they're prepared to make a fire, or stand them up on varied risers to give the space some dimension. Real Simple recommends putting a wooden crate in your fireplace with the bottom facing outward, then cutting a collection of logs to about one-fourth of an inch less than the opening of your fireplace and stacking them until the crate is out of sight. This is a creative way to bring nature into your home as a design element.

Your empty hearth can also be a valuable space for storing books. Consider piling them up to different heights, or installing shelves within the fireplace so you can also use it for vases or picture frames.

Miniature forest
Rather than putting parts of trees into your unused fireplace, why not use the whole plant? Turn the area into a mini garden, but be sure to use plants that don't require a lot of light, like mosses and ferns. The plus side of keeping greenery on the hearth is that you can let the vines spill out over the sides of the pots, as they'll still be contained in some way.

Alternative fire
You may not be able to have a full-fledged fire, but you can always keep candles in your hearth, so long as they're out of the way of your custom window treatments! There are several ways to go about this: You could place an antique candelabrum in the center and use tea candles or tall thin candles, or you could use large pillar candles. The best visual effect would be to either keep them absolutely level, or to strategically vary the height. Modern Housing Insight magazine recommends putting the candles on top of birch logs and leaving some on their own. You can use risers to make the candles in back higher and create facets.


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Clean up your kitchen in 3 steps
By Payless Decor
6/18/2013 9:00:00 AM  

Cleaning the kitchen can sometimes be as easy as running the dishwasher, but to create a tidy, organized environment, there are some steps you need to take. 

1. Get rid of old ingredients 
Unless ingredients are creating a stink in the back of your fridge, chances are you barely notice old items that you don't need anymore. Things such as old flour that you'll never use because your child was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, baking chocolate that you won't eat because you're on a diet, and the beef in the back of your freezer that's probably too old to eat by now you should toss. Go through all of your cabinets, your fridge, and your freezer, and get rid of anything that you don't think you'll ever need. 

2. Cut out extra tools
Kitchen tools can build up quickly, from the kitschy egg-shaped timer you got as a wedding present to the plastic flatware you've had since college. You don't need to necessarily get rid of these - if you have the storage space and think you could use some things for entertaining in the future, stow them away in a labeled box in your basement or attic. But cut out the things you have two of and accessories that have the same function: You don't need two of the same size butcher knife. 

3. Replace old accessories 
Make your kitchen look cleaner by replacing old dingy items, such as cracked tile or old discount window treatments. For an especially clean look, get cordless shades for your new, tidy space. If you keep your pans on display, get rid of the ones that are too scratched to use and substitute them with shiny copper pans. 


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