For an extra pop of color in the home, the Pinterest boards are all abuzz of creative ways to integrate fun hues to any room. If you’re ready to move past the accent wall and take your decor destiny into your own hands, try using some of these simple tricks that may be sitting right under your nose.
From dining room chairs that have lost their luster to accent pieces on bookshelves, sometimes you can get a lot of mileage just from painting what you have around you.
Or perhaps you need to stop by a yard sale or second-hand store to find the perfect piece to paint. Keep in mind, just because something looks dated now doesn’t mean you can’t transform it into something modern and colorful.
If you’re looking for a fun project, check out unfinished frames you can purchase at the craft store that you can paint your favorite color. When it comes to frames, you don’t have to stop at pictures: Painting wooden window frames is another off-the-beaten-path method of integrating color.
Painting the inside of a desk or dresser drawer, closet or China cabinet adds an extra element of intrigue in an otherwise ordinary decor setup. What looks like a traditional armoire on the outside can tell an entirely different story after you paint the insides with a shock of bold color.
To get really creative, you can even paint the edges of bookshelves, dressers, doors and canvas works of art. Take a look around your home for ways to add color to areas that are currently lacking.
Unconventional yet simple, painting these areas will produce a drastic and immediate effect. Typically these type of projects take two people, and if the ceiling and floors are different colors, it’s best to start with the ceiling.
One key thing to remember when painting ceilings and floors areas is to ensure you are painting evenly. And if you’re not certain whether to use a flat, satin or semi-gloss paint, be sure to seek an expert’s recommendation.
Accent colors are great because they are quickly interchangeable. If you find one particular color isn’t working or you want to shake things up a few months later, it’s relatively easy to do so. For the best results, be intentional with your accents without overdoing it.
This article was originally published at Angie’s List.