Joanna Linberg

photo by Thomas J. Story

In a room with zero architectural features, try this trick: Paint a color two-thirds up the wall, and the top one-third white. (Strong colors could make ceilings seem lower, so we favor neutrals for this.) The color becomes a frame for furniture and a no-fail hanging guide for art.

This solution isn’t limited to kid’s rooms. Consider it for any blank-box room that could use a little character.

(Want to see the rest of this house--including a front door paint idea that's crazy good? I thought so.)

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