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This is one of the quickest ways you can change the look of a room. A gallon or two of paint can instantly refresh a space. Painting a small room can be accomplished in an afternoon, especially if you're using just one color. And if you have children or animals, a new coat of the same paint every few years will do wonders to make the room appear cleaner. A gallon of paint typically costs less than $50. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP007365" title="The Home Depot" href="/topic/economy-business-finance/consumer-goods-industries/the-home-depot-ORCRP007365.topic">Home Depot's</a> Behr Premium Plus Ultra, which Consumer Reports identified as one of the best interior paints, costs just a little over $30 per gallon.<br>
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If you want to use paint for dramatic effect in a room, spend an hour or two finding inspiration and new colors at websites like Pinterest.com or Houzz.com. The Pantone Color Institute recently selected <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100410180000" title="Tangerine" href="/topic/us/florida/orange-county-%28florida%29/tangerine-PLGEO100100410180000.topic">Tangerine</a> Tango, a vivid shade of red-orange (above), as the 2012 Color of the Year. If that's too bold, another trendy shade is Bellflower, an ornamental purple that would look stunning in a room with silver accents.
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( Photo courtesy fo Pantone, BALTIMORE SUN / December 27, 2011 )

This is one of the quickest ways you can change the look of a room. A gallon or two of paint can instantly refresh a space. Painting a small room can be accomplished in an afternoon, especially if you're using just one color. And if you have children or animals, a new coat of the same paint every few years will do wonders to make the room appear cleaner. A gallon of paint typically costs less than $50. Home Depot's Behr Premium Plus Ultra, which Consumer Reports identified as one of the best interior paints, costs just a little over $30 per gallon.

If you want to use paint for dramatic effect in a room, spend an hour or two finding inspiration and new colors at websites like Pinterest.com or Houzz.com. The Pantone Color Institute recently selected Tangerine Tango, a vivid shade of red-orange (above), as the 2012 Color of the Year. If that's too bold, another trendy shade is Bellflower, an ornamental purple that would look stunning in a room with silver accents.

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