They may seem as different as night and day, but white or black paint -- applied to all of the furniture in one room -- can reinvent a space. The colors unite mismatched pieces that otherwise can't live together harmoniously. Both shades take the focus away from surface imperfections, making furnishings notable for their forms. Painting items white instantly cleans them up and lightens a room. Black lends a polished look.
Here's an illuminating idea: Transform a simple coffee table or end table by topping its surface with a piece of mirror glass. Not only will the silvery glass obscure any unsightly nicks scarring the table's surface, it will also create pretty reflections of light, instantly brightening a room.
Don't have the width to fit a full-size table in a space? You may have the perfect piece right under your nose. After 40 years' hard service in various dining rooms, this table had lost a leg and acquired its share of scratches and nicks. But half of it had a second life ahead as this graceful console.
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