Often people think that, to make their home beautiful, they need to buy "stuff." Stuff like trendy furniture. Quirky occasional tables. Concept lighting and expensive tchotchkes. All of the above can cost a pretty penny. Yet a gallon of good quality paint is around $30 and can affect the style of a space in a bigger way than any other interior design element.
This article talks about painting as an integral part of the design of a space, but not necessarily painting walls. Read it to get some ideas on smaller, more unusual paint projects that make a sizable visual splash, such as the inside of the bookcase shown above.