After a little thought and research, I decided to try making my own wallpaper. What looks nice with grey and silver? Hmmm. Something purplish...yeah, that's the ticket! Unrolled some nice craft paper, slathered and spattered on a few coats of plum, grey and white glazes, then hit it with a little black Spray Webbing. While this was drying, I used my favorite old cheap, hairy paintbrush and scrubbed on a mixture of half dusky plum-c0lored paint and half glaze (plus a squirt of silver to grey it down a bit). Then, I tore my painted paper into largish irregular pieces and covered one wall (left side in photo below).
When I started tearing and pasting the paper, I struggled to decide about the tear lines. Should I re-tear so that none of the brown craft paper would show? Ultimately DH helped me decide that it actually gave a rather interesting faux-marble effect...if there were such a thing as plummy marble, of course. Plays off the faux-marble floor tiles, too.
After allowing the paint to cure and sleeping on it, I decided the painted walls were a bit too dark and flat so I mixed up a little Interference Blue in a lot of glaze and scrubbed this on over the painted walls. Now they have a slight silvery-blue sheen when the light hits them a certain way. Boy, my arm and shoulder muscles got a serious workout with all this glaze-scrubbing!
The cherry on top is the slight touch of silver foil that I heat-transferred to tiny areas of the spray webbing. A couple of chunky canvas collages and a few accessories and we're like, wow...2000-something. Hopefully this won't have to tide us over for too many more decades. Now if you have any cheap ideas for making over that light bar, send 'em my way!