A painted staircase "runner" can bring bold color to a small space. Try a shade that links the upstairs and downstairs, or consider a combination of tones that packs a visual punch, such as these stripes.
You may relegate yellow to the kitchen or a bathroom, but take a chance with this warm tone and the rewards will be tangible. By itself, the citron yellow on this Victorian chest seemed pallid. But a rich, honeyed drawer trim -- not an obvious choice -- galvanized it.
A woven linenlike texture on this tabletop accentuates the piece's clean lines, while distressed legs add character. The table is suited to a game room, but it would function just as well in a kitchen, as the crosshatching brings to mind a tablecloth, even where there isn't one.
Embellish a caned piece of furniture with a painted geometric design. In one step, you have added color and depth to a room.
Get the look with Martha Stewart Living Paint Color in Driftwood Gray (bed) and Tailor's Chalk (accent white) at the Home Depot.
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