Teal/emerald entryway with a red cabinet and distressed mirror

Photo: James Leland Day, Decorate Workshop (Chronicle, 2012)

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Walls that look emerald or teal—depending on the light—create a jewel-box effect that makes this small space feel like a tucked-away treasure. "While there may be many things in this nook, a sense of organization is accomplished by grouping them together by object or function," Holly Becker, author of Decorate Workshop, says.