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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 "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.

Color swatches

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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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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:  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

Valance clip

You will twist each clip into the back groove.

Valance 2 Instruction


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.



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. 


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


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Drapery to Bamboo Switcheroo
By Seth
5/28/2013 11:18:00 AM  
Check out Alison's neat entry outlining her big switch from Drapery to Bamboo at her crafty weeks blog. She has a neat etsy shop too!

Before with curtains

After Bamboo Roman Blinds

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Is an outside mount right for your windows?
By Payless Decor
6/20/2012 3:39:00 PM  

When you're buying custom window shades, you have the option of hanging them either inside or outside of the window frame. An inside mount offers a tidy look, but outside mounts also have certain benefits that you might be interested in.

For starters, outside mounts are good for windows that aren't quite even. If the top of the window is narrower than the bottom, you might call attention to it by mounting a shade on the inside of the frame, which probably isn't what you're trying to accomplish!

Outside mounts can also help hide older windows that have seen better days. An outside mount can even make the window appear larger, which could impact the way your room looks. For example, if you have a smaller space that's a lot taller than it is wide, you can add visual width with an outside mount that makes the window appear wider.

There are times when there is not enough depth to mount your window treatment inside in a window. Or if you have double-hung windows it is possible that there is no depth at all. In these cases you may be forced to mount out blinds on the outside.

Depending on your window configuration and requirements for light control in your room, an inside mounted blind may have a light gap that lets in unwanted light. In these cases you may want to evaluate an outside mounted blind that is 5 or 6 inches wider than your window. 

A shorter ceiling can also make a room look small, but you can lengthen the room by mounting the shades a couple inches above the frame of the window. Once you've made the decision to choose an outside mount for your discount blinds, you may never go back to inside mounts!

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How To Troubleshooting Wood Blinds
By Ron and Jie
8/16/2010 10:41:00 AM  

How To Troubleshooting Wood Blinds

This how to explains how to fix your venetian wood or faux wood blinds when the lift mechanism is stuck. 

  1. Face the front of the blind toward you. Look for the pull cord mechanism located on the right side of the blind.


  2. The back of the pull cord mechanism should be in the center of the hole.



      3. Once it is centered, check the cord mechanism from the top of the headrail. Make sure the cord mechanism is secured tight to the headrail.



        4. Check to see if the small hardware piece (circled below) is locked in place. It should be at the bottom of the cord mechanism.




        1. This is the correct position it should be in.



        If you need further assistance, please email us with any questions or concerns at





        The Payless Décor Team


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