Craving some brights on my mantel but not wanting to spend much, if any, money, I checked out the craft supplies on hand and then using instructions I found here, I made white carnations from tissue paper and painted the edges of a few of them with a little red watercolor paint.
I like the blending of the red with the pink on my Valentine mantel.
Seeing how just a little color could bring so much cheer to a room, I moved on to the next color-needy room; the boys' bathroom. I picked a couple of colors out of the picture hanging on the wall in there. (I love gazing at this picture. It reminds me of my own little Pleasant Valley.)