Design ideas and how-to tips for reviving old furniture with new upholstery and painting small rooms with dark colors.

This week’s picks to click for design ideas and projects:

Alicia B. Designs (www.aliciabdesigns.blogspot.com and search for “dark rooms”) posts a collection of beautiful images that makes a strong case for painting dark colors in rooms, especially those that lack a lot of square footage.

• On Bossy Blog (bossycolorblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/reupholstering-is-expensive.html), Annie Elliott offers an informative post on the good, bad and ugly of re-covering furniture, with important questions to ask yourself before making the investment.

Compiled by Terri Sapienza, The Washington Post