Begin with the background of gently ragged sandstone-colored walls. (For a quick faux paint technique, see page 111.] This soft, washed color and subtle texture warm the room without the jolt of strong color, patterned wallpaper, or the starkness of white. The sandstone effect also creates an appropriately nature-inspired backdrop for a room filled with faux animal prints, batik print fabrics, tropical rattan, and artifacts from overseas travels. In contrast, the painted floor provides a striking but decidedly neutral counterpointjust the opposite effect of a heavily patterned rug. The simple motif also works well with the choice of the faux jungle animal print for the sofa. When one element in a room is this striking in color contrast, simplify the others to avoid overwhelming. Because of the detail of the stylized design, a decorative painter designed and executed the motif over a previously painted floor. (As a budget stretcher, consider a painted floorcloth or contact a local high school, art school or college for student painters or instructors who do freelance projects.) Effective use of color, as this room so handsomely illustrates, DINING TABLE DESIGN FILES means knowing when to stop and opt for none. Key to the success is the effective use of crisp white for the ceiling and woodwork, including the mantel. Equally striking would be white walls and woodwork with the mantel in a warm sand shade. PAINT AND THE BASICS OF COLOR. If you know what color or colors of paint you want to use in a room, great.