Acquaint yourself with Paint

Add some contrast and whimsy to your place...


One of the least expensive and most high impact changes you can make in a room is with paint! Painting not only reinvigorates a space, it freshens it up and creates new focal points. It’s also a fairly simple process which requires few tools, and everyone knows how to do it!

You can choose to do a whole room a single color, or mix it up with a couple of accent walls. If you want to take it to the next level, try the half and half technique pictured above. For a two-toned door, paint one side a little more than halfway across, let it dry, then tape it off in a crisp line and paint the other half. Carefully remove tape when dry and voila!

You can also create your own wallpaper. Using a simple v-shaped piece of cardstock, trace out a trendy chevron pattern and paint it in using alternating colors or shades of the same color.

Or, you could just go crazy and do something avant-garde that no one will understand, like a trippy yellow drop-shadow around a window. Whatever you choose, remember: it’s just paint! If you hate it, paint over it!