thin stripes painted in a variety of sizes and colors for painting wall stripes
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Common Areas with Color

Who said you have to keep things neutral? Your living room isn't Switzerland—there's no need to play if safe. If you like it loud, don't be shy about turning it up. That's right, go ahead and hoist a flag in your favorite hue, no matter how bright. And a coat of paint is the quickest route to a bright space. Pick the color that floats your boat the most, whether it's marigold, pomegranate, cobalt, or emerald. Sound hard to pull off? Take a look at this gallery to see some of our favorite vibrant gathering spaces, which might just inspire you to take your own living room from comatose to colorful.

Lucky Stripes
If you love bright colors but can't narrow it down to one, try painting your wall with stripes of all of your favorite hues.
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