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    Decorative Touches

    Decorative Touches

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    A traditional paisley pattern in warm russet tones gets a contemporary update with a boost in scale in this vibrant shower curtain. About $40; Echo Design

    For a dose of Hollywood Regency–style glamour, consider the Crystal Faceted Knob. About $23 for four; Target

    Talk about wow! Turquoise blue behind the window seat in this cathedral-ceiling kitchen echoes the slightly darker color on the island.

    LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT? Colorful grout, white tile VIA The Snug

    Give an interior door an eye-catching accent with a pink, violet or green glass handle. Vintage doorknobs, from about $19 each;

    This quilt-like shower curtain pattern is protected with a water-repellent coating that helps prevent mildew. About $13; IKEA

    A flattened globe and swirling bubbles impart a handmade look in this Aqua Glass Bubble Knob. Just $7.98 for two; World Market

    Let a super-bright, vertically installed subway-tile backsplash set the tone for a few surprise hits of color. Here, a pendant light and a painted toekick reinforce the color scheme and provide a cheerful counterpoint to white cabinetry. Try Rittenhouse Square 3-by-6-inch ceramic tile in Sunflower, about $10 per square foot; for more information.

    Got a mishmash of heirloom plates in the attic? Dust 'em off and create a colorful wall accent by hanging them together. Disc hanger for plates up to 12 inches, about $6;

    A soothing blue-green keeps these interlocking hoops from looking too busy. Bonus: Comes with a liner and rings. About $49; Wayfair

    Add zip to plain cabinets by swapping out the usual knobs for this candy-colored hardware, which comes in 20 different designs, each available in 20 vibrant hues. About $7 each from

    Yellow-green glass is grounded by bronze-toned metal in this Green Glass Knob from World Market; , $9.98 for two.

    Stencil your own colorful throw pillow with a kit you can customize. We like the Wild Berry Damask DIY pillow stencil kit with pillow, cover, stencil, paint, mini roller, and brush. Just $45 (a fraction of the cost of designer pillows!) from cuttingedgestenci...

    A wine rack provides a great display (and storage) for colorful bathroom towels.

    This Moroccan tile pattern brings just a touch of soft-green color to an airy white shower curtain. About $40; Garnet Hill

    Set out vintage jadeite pieces or bold Fiestaware on an open shelf to bring color to an all-white kitchen. Vintage jadeite pieces, from about $8.50 for a fluted cup; Fiestaware, from about $6 for a small plate; fiestafactorydire...

    Stash hand towels or spare TP rolls in a colorful catchall. Ones that caught our eye: These printed woven baskets, about $59, from

    Glass-front cabinets may make some people feel self-conscious. Hide mismatched dinnerware and chipped mugs by applying this fuzzy-looking appliqué. | Shown: Sand Privacy Window Film by Brewster Home Fashions from

    Wake up your kitchen with an enameled-metal industrial pendant in fire-engine red or kelly green. Nuvo Lighting Warehouse Pendant, about $40;

    This shower curtain with its bold orange chevron pattern adds punch to a bathroom. About $30; Home Decorators Collection

    Graduated banding gives this shower curtain with a classic stripe a shake-up in eye-catching coral. About $30; Crate & Barrel

    A new back porch is faux-aged with old wicker and distressed paint.

    Gauzy curtains hang high, making the living room's French doors a focal point.

    The editors of This Old House would like to see these common home-design choices fall out of fashion—fast

    Deck out interior windows: Add covetable architectural elements to plain interior windows with appliques that create a leaded-glass look. | Similar to shown: Essex Clear Stained Glass Appliques by Brewster Home Fashions