ABOVE: A classic for dining rooms, red takes a playful twist when paired with painted green chairs. This opposite attraction, repeated in the plaid chair fabric, instantly enlivens a decorating scheme. When you use an intense wall color, such as red, remember the importance of white to balance. Here, the red appears even more vibrant and appealing above the white wainscoting and chair rail. RIGHT: Try two colors for upper and lower cabinets, but don’t stop there. DINING TABLE DECORATION IDEAS The fun of this kitchen comes from the childlike motifs painted freehand in a popular primary palette with black accents. Pale color quietens and soothes a combination living roomstudy, melding an array of patterns and decorative elements into a calming retreat.