There's no better, and cheaper, way to add a little bit of color to your home than with paint. But painting an entire room can be pretty daunting. Why not try one of these painting projects that you can finish in a single weekend, with a little time to spare?
Above: Painting half a room adds a little architectural interest... and is half the work. Painting the doors is optional (but definitely a nice touch).
If your home has a column or another unusual architectural feature like this one, why not celebrate it with a little color?
Painting just a door a great way to add a little color to a room. Bonus points for fun geometric patterns like this one.
If you want to add a little color to a room without a big commitment, try painting just the crown molding.
This is even more subtle: just a little stripe right below the crown molding. But it's a great way to add some color and architectural interest without overwhelming the space.
When painting even a single wall is too much work, try painting an accent over a shelf. This is a really nice way to add a little color and create a frame of sorts for a vignette, drawing everything together into a single composition. The fact that the shelf is the same color gives it a little extra cohesiveness.
These two fat stripes at the bottom of a wall are jaunty without being over the top. (The base board, painted a third color, makes another stripe.)
Or you could simply paint the base board in a contrasting color. This works particularly well in this room because the base board is so thick; the dark (perhaps plum colored?) crown mold and ceiling are also a nice touch, although painting the whole ceiling might tend to consume your entire weekend.
When even painting the door is too much, try painting a stripe on the side of the door! (Or you can paint the front of the door and a stripe down the side... I won't stop you.) Even when you don't see it, you'll know it's there, and it will be sure to make you smile.