Here's an easy way to bring a big splash of color to a cabinet, etagere or wall niche. All you need is a favorite color, a paint brush and a small bit of paint. Whether you want to brighten up a full wall or just a small bookcase, it will only take you a few minutes. Even an ordinary piece of furniture can become extraordinary with this quick paint treatment. Let me show you how.
• Big Color, Small Spaces
Did your builder create beautiful wall niches on your living room wall to display your favorite art glass collection? Did he go the extra mile and install spot lights in each niche? They're perfect, right? Well maybe not - not unless you take it up a notch with a spot of color. If that niche wall is still painted in builder's white, you're missing a prime opportunity to make a stand out feature in your living room.
Here's what you need to do. Take a good look at the furnishings in the room. What color do you like best? If you've got an orange sofa you adore, then take that color and add it to your niche. A quick trip to your local home improvement store can score you a small can of flat or satin paint that will match your sofa color perfectly. All you need to do is grab a paint brush and paint the vertical surfaces of the back walls in each niche with your chosen color. Not only will it spread the color of your sofa around your room - it will also draw attention to anything you display in your niches. Now you can spell, "perfection."
• Perk Up a Bookshelf
Even an ordinary bookshelf can become a beautiful focal point with a quick dash of paint. The trick is to use a contrasting - yet complementary color on the bookcase back wall. A white painted bookcase will look dynamite with a green or pink background.
• Dress Up Your Closet
Your storage closets or cabinets don't have to be mundane or boring. Dress them up in the same fashion as you would your bookcase with a painted back wall. Just imagine opening up your pantry closet to a sunny yellow backdrop.
• Wallpaper Works, Too
If you've found a stunning wallpaper pattern you want to incorporate into your space, but don't have the time, money or talent to paper the whole room - take heart. Why not use that gorgeous pattern on the backside of an open cabinet or two? You'll get the benefit of wallpaper with a fraction of the expense and effort.
Check out the pictures and the inspiration for this article in the Colored Background ideabook on Houzz. You're sure to find an idea you'll want to use to dress up the cabinets or niches in your home.
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