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Paint Your Walls Like You Paint Your Nails
"An easy way to update your living room is to change the color of the walls. A turquoise or an icy blue are beautiful colors, or try a pale gray with crisp white trim. Instead of painting just one wall in a room—which confuses the architecture—keep the background pure with the same color on all four walls and add unexpected pops of color using pillows."—Steven Gambrel, author of Steven Gambrel: Time and Place

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