Leaving room for a bold statement
Bakst's and Whistler's rooms may not be your style — the Peacock Room is over the top for sure — but both encourage a fun, bold expression of color.

Next time you've got a room to paint, I say throw caution to the wind. What have you got to lose?

The materials are cheap, and it only takes a couple of days to repaint a room if, in retrospect, you decided "safer" colors are more your style.

Dennis Hockman is editor of Chesapeake Home + Living magazine. He can be reached at dhockman@tribune.com.

If you go

The Peacock Room

The Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue S.W., on the National Mall in Washington. Tours of the room are at 2 p.m. daily. For viewing the room in natural light, the shutters are opened on the third Thursday of each month, 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. Go to asia.si.edu.

The Bakst Theater

Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 N. Charles St., Baltimore. Guided tours available. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children ages 6-17 and students with ID. Call 410-516-0341.