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10 Ways to decorate with paint

Sarah Kelsey is a lifestyle writer, editor and spokesperson based in Toronto. She was the editor of AOL/The Huffington Post Canada’s StyleList, Style and Living sites. Today, she's a freelancer writing for some of North America’s top pub...

Freshen up your home with paint

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Using paint is a great way to breathe life into a dull, in-need-of-new-life space. As an added bonus it's inexpensive and can be used on almost every type of surface. Here are 10 easy and simple ways to decorate with paint.

Woman with paint samples

1Paint your ceiling

Many people leave their ceilings white, but that doesn't have to be the case. If you have higher ceilings, a good way to decorate with paint is to paint your overhead wall a darker colour (this will make your room feel warmer).

2Update furniture

A simple way to decorate with paint is to update any item of furniture. That's especially true of items made of wood. All you have to do is sand the item down then add a coat or two of your chosen shade. Bright colours work best, especially in spaces where walls are painted neutrally.

3Alternate what you paint

Rooms don't have to be painted all one colour. Add some depth by picking two shades and alternating the colours between walls. Another great way to decorate with paint is to create a focal point in a room by painting one wall a solid colour.

4Terrific trim

Another great way to decorate with paint and add some oomph to a room is to paint trim or crown moulding; paint trim the same colour as the walls or paint it a completely different hue for a more retro look.

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