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To transform a space, try new paint or wallpaper

If you want to make a major change without a major remodel, you’ll get the biggest splash for the least amount of money with a few gallons of paint. Go with wallpaper, and you’ll make an even bigger splash.

Not only do you get the enormous range of color that comes with paint, but you also get a mind-boggling choice of patterns, materials, and textures to suit every taste. You can add humor with mermaids swimming in the powder-blue seas, optical illusion with lace that appears to flutter in the breeze, a traditional pattern that might have enhanced your grandmother’s dining room or the same pattern blown up in size to become something else entirely.

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