I’m currently obsessed with silhouettes (like the headboard stickers I mentioned recently), for the way they instantly add interest and drama to a space without requiring a lot of effort. If you’re wary of trying to paint something precisely (and who isn’t?), the sticker/decal options out there are plentiful and relatively inexpensive. If you do go the paint route, make sure you use a wall paint (I typically use Behr from Home Depot), and primer the wall/surface first if it’s unpainted.
Ever wondered what to do with a lonely stretch of wall space, or how to store stuff in a corner that doesn’t accommodate a standard bookshelf? Floating shelves solve both problems easily and beautifully. There are tons of options out there, depending on how heavy the items are you’re going to store on the shelf, what sort of look you’re going for, and how much room you’ve got.
Some good places to browse are the modern options from West Elm, the mix & match shelf and bracket options from IKEA, and the variety of designs (such as sets of boxes, invisible book holders, and neat shapes) from Amazon.com. Make sure you check out the specs for the shelves you buy, since most have a weight limit, and may require you to do a little drilling. Lighter, decorative shelves can often be hung more easily from attached brackets like picture frames.
Lastly, if you adore the idea of floating shelves in the kitchen but don’t have the gumption to replace your cabinets, consider just removing a few of the cabinet doors and wallpapering or painting the exposed insides for an easier, less permanent option.