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Why do we love paint so much, you ask? Because it’s hands down the cheapest and simplest way to tooootally transform a space. And switching things up on the regs is half the fun of it. Here, the latest and greatest in paint ideas for 2018. (Happy experimenting.)

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Colorful Furniture

‘Tis the year of color, color, everywhere guys. And, increasingly, we’re seeing bold paints on neutral furnishings for a dash of vibrancy. How gorgeous is Coterie member Gabriela Gargano’s French blue revival of this tallboy dresser?

Design: Courtesy of Grisoro Designs; Photography: Regan Wood

Lacquer Finishes

How to make a design statement when you’re afraid of bright color? With an über-glossy finish, of course. Note how the lacquered paint effect in this Sasha Bikoff sitting room makes the pale peach walls spring to life.

Image: Courtesy of Sasha Bikoff; Photography: Nicole Cohen

Faux Trimwork

No crown molding? No problem—use paint to create the illusion of it. We love the thoroughly modern, almost tent-like effect of the wide “trim” in this stylin’ space by Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Designs.

Image: Courtesy of Black Lacquer Designs; Photography: Mary Costa

Cool Beige

ICYMI: The official color mascot of the 90s in back in vogue. The key to keeping it in this millennium? Select beiges with cool, green undertones (as opposed to yellow), says interior designer Jean Liu. Then, go with Bohemian styling to keep things au courant.

Image: Courtesy of Jean Liu Design 

Bookshelf ’Backsplashes’

Looking for a light-lift DIY that packs a ton of punch? Use paint on the backs of your bookshelves to transform them into a chic gallery. (Pro tip: Make like Uma Stewart and use a paint color that ties in your artwork.) 

Image: Courtesy of Uma Stewart; Photography: Laura Moss

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