Set the mood
Admit it: if you're like most homeowners and renters, the thought of splashing color on your walls petrifies you. Why risk ruining a perfectly good off-white room with a green gone bad or a too-intense red? Well, Debbie Travis, the host of HGTV's The Painted House and Facelift, is here with some great ideas to beat the lack-of-color blues. In her new book, Debbie Travis' Facelift: Solutions to Revitalize Your Home, Travis breaks down design ideas according to mood. With detailed instructions, she helps you choose the right mood and then redecorate a room or a series of rooms accordingly. Whether you're hoping to develop a calm, cheerful, nostalgic or dramatic mood for your home, Travis has the color palettes, fabrics, furnishings and most of all, the encouragement you need to make drastic changes. Abby Plesser studies English at Vanderbilt University.