When I was a kid, I eagerly awaited the arrival of the Sears Wish Book at Christmas time. I’d pore over the pages, fantasizing about all the toys I hoped Santa would leave under the tree. As an adult, my daydreams have changed … now I dream about all the amazing ways I can update my home to make it feel fresh and rejuvenated. Home Depot’s annual DreamBook is a go-to source for inspiration. The 2012 DreamBook is filled with gorgeous photos and ideas for helping anyone turn their home into a stunning space, one that’s fit to grace the pages of any style magazine … you know, like Style at Home! This year’s book is no exception, featuring pages and pages of inspiration, especially offering up creative ways to use paint to great effect in your home. I’ve chosen some of my favourite photos and thought I’d share them with you. Maybe they’ll inspire you, too! Decorating with paint: Bold colour Neutral paints are always a safe choice but who wants to be safe all the time? Using a bold paint colour is an easy and inexpensive way to add some real drama to your home. This vibrant canary yellow is definitely a bright choice – but I love this happy hue. Paired with bright white accessories, this yellow really pops. And the best thing about paint? When you tire of the colour, you just need a free weekend, a few gallons of paint and some elbow grease to make a change. Decorating with paint: Colour blocking Colour blocking is a trend that works particularly well in modern spaces. It’s also a great way to incorporate a variety of colours on your wall when you just can’t decide on one. Done well, a colour-blocked wall becomes a statement in your home, minimizing the need for artwork since it’s a work of art in itself! If you love this look, do your research first before you get started. Check out this article with helpful tips for colour blocking. Decorating with paint: Ombre Ombre is all the rage both in fashion and home decor. You know when you’re shopping for paint and you fall in love with all the shades on a particular paint chip? Using an ombre technique allows you to use all the shades of a certain colour on one wall. The graduated effect looks fantastic and creates strong visual interest, especially in a hallway or on an accent wall. Decorating with paint: Painted cabinets Kitchen renovations can be an expensive undertaking. When I recently renovated mine, I had to choose which projects I could afford, and leave those I couldn’t for another time. While I really wanted to change my outdated wooden cabinets for new white cabinetry, I just couldn’t afford it. But that didn’t mean I couldn’t get the look I wanted. Painting my kitchen cupboards white and updating the hardware was a much less expensive option than getting new cabinets and the transformation was remarkable. For far less money, I was able to give my kitchen a major facelift! Today’s paint colour choices mean you can experiment with colour in the kitchen so choose a colour you love and just go for it!