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Go Against the Grain

A bright, rich blue that looks great with both dark wood and white-painted millwork is Pittsburgh Paints' Blue Tang, says Schlotter—it would make a nice choice for a cozy TV room, powder room, or bedroom.

If you're worried that such a strong color won't transition well to other parts of the house, rely on the paint collections that manufacturers assemble; those color groupings will help you create a cohesive palette based on the first color you choose. "The great thing about a small space is that it is such a doable project," says Mathew. "It's a nice way to start."

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