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Trend Spotted: The Chandelier comeback
By Payless Decor
2/23/2015 9:38:00 PM  


Chandeliers were kind of a
big deal back in the day - having one was the ultimate status symbol. Eventually, this form of overhead lighting came to be seen as a bit stodgy, unless it was in a historical mansion. Recently, however, cool new takes on the chandelier have been coming out in droves. It's a relatively inexpensive way to update nearly any room in the house, and the latest versions are cool and fresh.


Image: Natasha Barrault Design

Here are two examples of neat chandeliers and what to do with them.



From: Jill Sorensen

Brightly colored

One version of the new and improved chandelier looks as though it was dipped in paint. It retains the same basic shape, but in a bold hue like poppy red or lemon zest. This style also tends to have fewer frills than the original - those hanging crystals are significantly more sparse in the modern overhead. A chromatic version is the perfect way to add a splash of color to a black-and-white room, particularly in a kitchen or above a dining room table. It goes nicely with clean shapes such as roman shades, modern chairs and glass tables.



From: Pottery Barn

Eclectic materials

For the funky tastemaker, a chandelier constructed out of unusual materials is the way to go. This ranges from chandeliers in rainbow glass to models made out of flatware. Many can be DIY projects, as long as the materials can stand up to some lightbulb heat. These styles are a unique way of expressing your interests. For example, a personalized chandelier can feature
hanging globes instead of crystals, or vintage wine bottles as the structure. This version is perfect for a craft room or casual dining area.


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5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Spring
By Payless Decor
2/18/2015 6:33:00 AM  

5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

With Daylight Savings coming up on March 8th, now is a great time to start planning how you’re going to switch out your blinds and shades for sunnier weather. Whether it’s adding a tropical influence or increasing the amount of natural light, we came up with several great ways for you to get your home ready for spring!

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Add a Beachy Vibe

Bring the beach to you this spring with unique bamboo shades. Not only are these shades able to bring the beauty of nature indoors, but they are full of rich textures, beautiful colors and natural style. You can choose from a variety of patterns and options to showcase the art of bamboo weaving while meeting your home’s needs. In addition, you can pair your bamboo shades with a liner to insulate your home during the impending rising temperatures.


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Use a Unique Lighting Solution

Instead of installing sliding glass or patio doors, you can get the same natural lighting from vertical blinds. Not only are the blinds custom-made, but they are sturdy and soft. They can also be configured to run on various tracks such as one-way draw, opposite stack and more. Finally, vertical blinds can reflect harsh sunrays to protect your furniture and lower cooling costs.


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Incorporate Versatile Spring Style

Cellular or honeycomb shades have a versatility that has led them to become the most stylish window coverings. Cellular shades can be raised in a neat and compact manner to allow for a great outdoor view - perfect for sunny spring days. These shades also come in several options including sheer, light-filtering and room-darkening to address your personal lighting desires. Cellular shades are soft and sturdy as well and can provide insulation on the cooler nights.


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Increase the Exoctic Feel

If you love traveling and experiencing nature, wood blinds are the perfect way to amp up your home’s natural beauty. There are several unique wood blind options including elite blinds that are of the best quality and distressed blinds that add a one-of-a-kind touch to your hardwood. If wood blinds are too much for you, you can instead choose to purchase faux wood blinds that have the same great look and feel without the higher price tag.


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Utilize Mood Lighting

Not everyone may enjoy the sun’s spring rays, making roller shades a great option! There are a range of colors, materials and weaves to choose from to match your interior design. One of the greatest aspects of roller shades is their light-blocking materials that allow them to control the light and protect you and your decor from sunlight. You can even pick the degree of light-blocking ranging from reduced glare and great views to opaque blackout shades.


Blinds and shades are a great way to transition your home for warm and sunny spring weather. Instead of tackling on even more major projects during your spring cleaning, you can simply add different interior features to get more natural light, lower cooling costs and more!

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Show Your Décor Some Love This Valentine’s Day
By Payless Decor
2/4/2015 8:04:00 AM  

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, why not give your blinds and shades some attention on this lovely holiday? We have some great tips on cleaning various types of blinds and shades so you can ensure that your décor is dust-free before spring cleaning season even starts!

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds can be dusted or vacuumed. The only thing to take note of with vertical blinds is the need to brush downwards. Vertical blind slats can come unhooked if you brush upwards, so maintain the downward motion to ensure your blinds are not only clean, but put together.

Vertical Wood Blinds 

Honeycomb/Cellular Shades

These shades are not only energy-efficient, but they are also incredibly easy to clean. “Just use the dusting tool on your vacuum. Give them a once-over on low suction, and you’re done,” says Carolyn Forte, the director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute Home Appliance and Cleaning Products department. If there are any residual stains after dusting, lightly blotting with a sponge, lukewarm water and mild dish detergent can lead to incredibly clean shades.

 Cellular Shades

Wooden and Faux Wood Blinds

The blinds can be wet when removing dirt, but not soaked and should be cleaned in place versus removed. When dusting these blinds, consider how you would treat any other wooden furniture. For example, when dusting use a soft, clean cloth, chemically treated dust cloth or dusting glove. When dusting, it is also important to dust the front of the blinds while they are at full length and almost closed then reverse the slats and dust the other side while holding the bottom rail.

 Wood Blinds

Roman Shades

If you want to clean your Roman shades like an expert, you can use two techniques - the soft dusting brush attachment of a vacuum on low suction or the brush attachment of a handheld vacuum. A cloth dipped in mild suds can be used to rinse and blot dry any pesky stains.

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Metal and Vinyl Blinds

This method features some great cleaning tips - laying blinds on a piece of rug or carpet and using a car-washing brush dipped in dishwashing soap and water can be used to clean both sides of the blinds. The side-to-side brushing motion is then followed with a light rinsing while the blinds are tilted. Lastly, run your finger down the slats to prevent water spots.

 Metal Blinds

Roller Shades

Even with the wide range of fabrics and textures available, a light once-over with a vacuum’s soft brush tool and spot cleaning can do the trick. If you have classic vinyl roller shades, you can instead start at the bottom of the shades with a well-wrung cloth or sponge that has been dipped in a mixture of dishwashing detergent and lukewarm water and work your way up with a wiping motion. If that doesn’t get your shades clean, you can wash both sides of your shades in a tub with a soft brush, soap and water. Always air-dry and re-hang roller shades.

 Roller Shades

Cleaning for All Types of Blinds

There are some cleaning tips that apply to all types of blinds. Using the brush attachment of a vacuum is an easy way to clean blinds and can be done often as long as you move side-to-side versus up and down. You can alternatively use a duster with the same side-to-side motion. Spots can be wiped away with an all-purpose cleaner on a dry cloth. Ultimately, the type of cleaning required depends on the amount of dust - a moist cloth may suffice for some and dry cleaning may be required for others.

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Preventing dust and stain accumulation can be easier than expected by looking into what your unique blinds or shades require. Having a vacuum, duster and cloth on-hand is a great way to be prepared for minor cleanings that will give your blinds and shades some much-needed attention and prevent the need for a major spring cleaning.


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Three key benefits of blackout shades
By Julie
12/10/2014 12:00:00 AM  

Blackout Cordless Cellular Shades

How many times have you found yourself struggling to get a good night's rest because your existing discount window treatments fail to block out light around you? It can be downright uncomfortable to wake up in the morning with sunlight directly in your face, but these days, you don't have to - blackout shades can eliminate this problem altogether. Here are some of the key benefits of custom window shades designed to keep out blaring light.


Blackout shades save energy

As much as 50% of a home's heating and cooling energy can be lost through its windows. Rather than cranking up your heat or air conditioning to avoid uncomfortable temperatures inside your home, you can avoid those costly energy bills through energy-saving window treatments such as Blackout Cellular Shades. These window treatments can help keep your home insulated throughout the year. During the winter, they can be extremely efficient in keeping heat indoors and preventing drafts from entering the home. In the summer, Blackout shades reduce heat gain and keep the cool air from escaping out.

Blackout shades prevent glares

How often do you find yourself struggling to watch your favorite television program because the light coming in through the windows is causing a glare? New light-blocking materials make Blackout Roller Shades even more effective for light control and sunlight protection. You can control the amount of illumination in a television-viewing room and make the space more convenient to use.


Advantage Blackout Roller Shades in Blackout Ivory Color

Sleeping is easier

If you have trouble sleeping at night because of small traces of light that flow into your bedroom, consider putting up Blackout Roman Shades for the ultimate darkness. These window treatments can also keep the morning sunlight from waking you up and becoming a regular problem. Plus, there are many colors and fabrics to choose from to match your bedroom decor.

You can enhance your interior


These days, blackout shades come in different colors, patterns and styles. If you've been looking for a way to spruce up a living space with the right shades, these might be the perfect choice. In the end, you'll be able to benefit from the light control as well as the elegance the window treatments add to the room.


Whether you already own blackout shades or you want to try them for the first time, there's no better opportunity to do so than now.


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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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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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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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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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Unexpected ways to freshen up your bathroom
By Payless Decor
8/22/2013 7:46:00 PM  

Got some free time on your hands for a change? Use it to improve your bathroom with one of these small, clever upgrades. It's amazing how little money and effort it takes to make your commode feel new, and with a few small replacements and an eye for design, you too can improve the space. 

Repurpose other rooms' gear
If you want to make your bathroom trendy again, just repurpose some old items from different rooms. For example, Real Simple suggested painting an unused nightstand and slipping it by your tub or sink to hold various vanity items. Or use a spare wicker basket to stow restroom items in, such as toilet paper or cotton balls, depending on the size. And why not use a charming case or vintage crystal glass to display more bathroom accessories, like brushes and q-tips? 

Add a surprising flourish 
Nothing says brand new bathroom quite like a change in custom window treatments. Just switch out whatever style you had to completely change the way light filters into the space. For instance, if you have used drapes in the past, opt for blinds and shades. You can also layer your window treatments for extra decor - and privacy too. 

Apply some of the staples you have in other rooms to the bathroom to make it feel more luxurious. A flourish of potted plants or a chic flower arrangement will make the space feel homier while also freshening the air. If you want something even more unique, go for a tier of hanging flower pots that cascade from the ceiling. Or stick some potted tendrils on a shelf and let the leaves curl down below it. 


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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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