Halls and Walls
The truth is that our homes tell the story of our lives. What better way to demonstrate your love of your home and family life than to decorate with the art you're already creating? The natural inclination among most of us is to decorate our rooms the way we see them in catalogs or during open houses, but those décor schemes are often purposely bland. Why use pre-framed art from a big box store, when your children -- and even you -- are creating art all the time?
Odd corners, utility spaces and even pantries can do with a little personalizing. Liberate your children's art from bedrooms and scrapbooks, and show your pride by presenting them wherever they can brighten and enliven these spaces. Frame your own photography, or create collages with your children using their own art. Even a laundry room can help to tell your story, and a little beauty goes a long way.
If you're in the mood for something on a larger scale, think about creative uses for wall paint and decals. Stripes or different-colored walls can be fun, depending on the space. You can paint picture frames right on the wall, or use a projector to make large-scale designs. Ultimately, any trick that tells the true story of your family will look right at home, and make guests happier and more comfortable.