When you've been blessed with a home with that has hardwood floors, you may not want to cover them up with a rug. But if you're still aching for some color or pattern, how about the ceiling?
This kitchen was found at House Beautiful and it took me by surprise. I'm not unfamiliar with painted ceilings, but this gingham look really takes the cake!
Even though it's just a matter of taping and painting, oh the amount of taping we're looking at! I can already feel my arms ache from lack of blood to pull off this look. While this idea isn't inherently "green," it is good inspiration to keep in the back of your mind if you're looking to spruce up a room. (Good for those "I-hate-my-space-but-I-want-to-be-grateful-and-work-with-what-I have" days!) Just leave all the work to the ceiling and your floors and walls can take a well deserved break for a change!
(Image: House Beautiful)