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2X4: By the Numbers - Four Ways to Decorate with Digits

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You may not have aced algebra in grade school, but you can still appreciate the visual simplicity of numbers! Here are 4 of our favorite ways to bring digits into the home:

Photo: Pottery Barn

1) Number Your Home. House numbers ensure that your pizza comes to the right place and an ambulance can find you quickly in an emergency. Instead of buying numbers for $10 apiece, try buying a set of 5,000 nails for $15. Find a font you like on your word processor, enlarge it and then print it out. Tape your numbers to your door or wall, and then hammer your nails into the paper. Once your numbers are filled in, pull out the paper. If you can’t remove all of the paper it’s okay, one rainstorm will take care of the rest!

2) Numbered Decor. To get the trendy numbered look without a major commitment, bring number décor into your house. Add throw pillows to your couch or chairs, or pick a few of your favorite dates and frame them as a conversation piece. For a children’s room, change the décor depending on the child’s age, or use art to teach a young one how to count. How will you decorate with numbers?

3) Paint the Numbers. Instead of buying expensive art or stressing out over whether you should lean or hang your latest piece, grab a can of paint and decorate your rooms with numbers! This avant-garde approach to wall décor can be custom tailored to fit your style. Add to a bright room with a pink “3,” or compliment a vintage room with a retro “10.”

4) Count the Stairs. If you live in a multilevel home, chances are you walk up and down your stairs multiple times a day. Give those stairs a little personality by numbering them! To do this, you’ll need: a level, a small roller, a pencil and blue painters tape. Pick a font from your word processor, and then cut out the number. For detailed visual instructions, check out this video by Pottery Barn Kids. In it, the instructor explains how to use negative space to paint.

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