I decided that I could probably add some color if I put up some high trim. I like the idea of high trim because you can get away with using paint that is a darker shade.
Here's the dining area before picture:
To create a straight line I used a drywall square and put dots around the room that were all 16'' from the ceiling.
I connected the dots by turning the drywall square sideways and using it as a straight edge.
Even though all the dots were 16'' from the ceiling, I also tested the line with a level.
Sometimes the ceiling isn't always straight.
I bought casing for the trim and the total for the whole room was only $20.
I cut the trim with a chop saw.
For the corners and edges of the room, I cut at a 45 degree angle to make the pieces fit together nicely.
I used a pneumatic nail gun to hang the trim. I love that thing! It makes hanging trim a snap!
I went with a dark grayish blue paint.
I started painting the wall before I put the trim up and I really did NOT like the color. It seemed way too dark. Once I got the trim up, I really loved it! Trim is so much fun!!