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Wallpapering stair risers is an affordable way to introduce a pattern you love to a space.
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Can't find (or afford) that perfect rug for your hallway? Make a custom runner by piecing together smaller floor mats. You're covered.
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This throw rug's leafy design, made with raffia in three cool-green shades, conjures a vision of palm fronds moving in the breeze.
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Geometric Floor Pattern
Painting a floor can give form to a room where everything is function. Before you start painting, take a long look at the shape of the room: The more complicated its layout -- the more radiators and hearths and pillars it has -- the less complicated the floor pattern should be. The home office pictured at left, formerly a small bedroom, seems to be enlarged by a floor painted with oversize squares in closely related tones of blue and green.
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Creating art underfoot is an easy step-by-step process, and no fancy supplies or skills are required.
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This fluffy rug, so welcoming to bare feet, is made from hundreds of strips of denim. The frayed edges in shades of blue, gray, and white create subtle modulations in color.
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A carpet remnant -- one of your own or from a rug store -- can serve as the basis of a distinctive but inexpensive custom floor covering.
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Turn any surface into a unique faux-brick wall or floor with this decorative painting technique.
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A painted staircase "runner" can bring bold color to a small space.
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Rough jute upholstery webbing is normally hidden beneath layers of batting and fabric. When handwoven in a simple under-and-over pattern, this practical textile becomes a trim, durable floor mat or decorative runner for a front hallway.
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Add an element of surprise to a staircase. Create stair-climbing vines (left) with a rubber stamp and latex paint; use a brush to apply paint to the stamp. Wipe mistakes away with damp paper towels.
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