Consider these painting ideas the cheapest and easiest way to give your home a facelift. 

By Katie Holdefehr
Updated November 28, 2018
Choose a Center Island If:You want your kitchen to become hangout central. “An island lets you cook and talk to people at the same time,” says Rebekah Zaveloff, a kitchen designer in Chicago. Generally, there should be at least 3 feet between the island and opposing cabinetry to ensure all doors, drawers, and appliances can be opened completely. Choose a Peninsula If: You have a smaller kitchen. An L- or U-shaped peninsula can serve the same role as an island, offering just enough extra prep room in a tighter space. To amp up its charm, treat a peninsula like you would an island—paint the base or add architectural details, like corbels.
Tessa Neustadt

When you want to instantly look pulled-together (like when you need a little confidence boost before you walk into a party), you might swipe on your favorite red lipstick. It's that two-second trick that makes you look (and feel) refreshed. Well, the same quick trick exists for your home decor, too. But instead of swiping on a bright lipstick, it's all about brushing on a power paint. By adding just a pop of color in one strategic spot of an otherwise neutral space, you'll get a similar effect—it perks up the room, without overwhelming it. Sure, painting your stairs or a dresser takes longer than applying lipstick, but compared to painting or redecorating the entire room, it's still a low-effort way to get a big impact. The secret is simply to choose one small spot that will get a lot of attention, and then pick an eye-catching paint color. To inspire you, we rounded up five rooms spotted on Instagram that know the power of bold paint in small spaces. Check out the stunning examples below, and you may just be tempted to pick up a paintbrush.

1. Your Kitchen Island

To modernize her kitchen, blogger Jennifer Allwood decided to paint all of the wooden cabinets. By painting the upper cabinets at eye level white, and painting the cabinets below the island a beautiful shade of blue, she adds an attention-grabbing pop of color without it being at all overwhelming. To get the look, try painting just the cabinets below your kitchen island, while leaving the others a more neutral hue.

2. An Interior Door

One brilliant way to punctuate a space is to paint an interior door a surprising shade. This sunny yellow door completely transforms DIY-er Kasie Barton's landing space, giving it a cheery burst of color. For a similar effect, try painting an interior door in your own home, such as a closet door in the bedroom. When surrounded by white walls, the hit of color will really pop.

3. Your Staircase

Before blogger Natalie Jacob transformed this hallway for the One Room Challenge, it was a completely blank slate. By keeping the walls white (except for that gorgeous leafy wallpaper), the peachy ombre staircase really has a chance to shine. You can get the same ombre effect by buying one can of paint in a vibrant hue for the bottom step, then slowly stir in white to get the lighter shades as you work your way up the stairs. If you're worried about the durability of painted stairs, try painting just the risers and leave the treads natural wood.

4. Furniture

Emily Henderson's designs never cease to inspire us, and she definitely knows how to harness the power of paint. Keeping the rest of this landing space neutral, the beautiful blue sideboard commands attention. To get the look, keep your entryway walls white or a soft shade of gray, then paint a central piece of furniture in a pretty hue. It will stand out, but without being too much.

5. The Fireplace

The fireplace is generally the focal point of the room, so when you add paint to it, you automatically add to its attention-grabbing properties. Keeping the walls and nearby shelves neutral, the interior stylists behind Amber and Honey painted the fireplace two shades of gray. Painting a brick fireplace is an easy way to transform a room, but think carefully before you pick up the paintbrush—this is a DIY project that can be difficult to undo.