Thrifty decorating tip #1: Paint a focal wall
In our youngest daughter Fiona’s room, vintage treasures abound. The teak bed with built-in side tables got a new lease on life with a fresh spray of powdery aqua paint, as did the base of a vintage saucerlike lounger (formerly dressed in the scratchiest brown plaid upholstery, it bears no resemblance to its pre-makeover self.) Zigzags, dots and Dalmatian spots help channel a spirit that is youthful yet not juvenile, and the bold geometric wall treatment was a quick and easy paint project achieved with a roll of painter’s masking tape and three quarts of paint. The best part about a pattern like this is that it takes minutes to tape it up, and you can instantly see if you like what you’ve designed before you commit the time and paint to make it permanent.