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Although it is sometimes hard to live with intense color around the house, a strategic splash here and there can enliven any space and bring much needed warmth to a winter's day.
Pink may be the most misunderstood color in decorating. But try it in a few surprising places in a room, and it surrenders some of its sweetness while retaining all of its charm.
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Give a traditional hutch or bookcase a burst of color -- and make use of space that usually goes to waste -- by installing a cloth-covered bulletin board inside.
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By itself, the citron yellow on this Victorian chest seemed pallid. But a rich, honeyed drawer trim -- not an obvious choice -- galvanized it.
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Liven up an ordinary lampshade with colorful stripes. Begin with a white cloth or paper shade that fits your lamp. Select several different colors of seam binding; pick mostly light tones, but include one or two darker colors for contrast. A random combination of colored strips will result in the liveliest shade.
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The old adage is true: There is strength in numbers. When one simple object is coupled with a matching mate (or grouped with a few siblings), its style and usefulness multiply exponentially.
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Play around with the design of these colorful pillows -- they're just solid bases with sleeves that slide over them.
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With a staple gun and some Flor (interfaceflor.com) carpet squares, you can create a colorful bulletin board.
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Vintage wallpaper is ideal for enhancing household nooks that are frequently overlooked, such as closets, alcoves, and shelves. The lively patterns are usually available in a limited number of rolls, but you need only a modest amount to make a big statement.
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Pantry items become pop art when displayed in clear vinyl "frames." Shop for ideas at offbeat places, like a Korean grocery.