Give your rooms a facelift
Ready for a change? Few decorating tricks can make as dramatic a difference
for as little cost as painting.
From different colors to creative painting methods, there's no end to the
variety of looks you can achieve with paint. Splash white walls with vibrant
color for a new mood, or stencil a border on a wood floor to subtly, yet
impressively, change the atmosphere. To add height to a room, paint crown
moldings and baseboards a similar color to walls. To bring a large room down
to scale, choose a contrasting color to highlight those architectural
It can be hard to figure out where to start when you want to make a color
change. But don't just settle for off-white. Look instead for a shade that
really pleases you. Experts suggest that you use something you love for
inspiration: fabric, art work, flowers or china. Look in your closet and use
your wardrobe as a guide to your favorite colors. Tear pictures out of
magazines and garden catalogs in .