Want to inject personality into a blah space? Borrow elements from the past and make 'em pop. Case in point: this cheerful breakfast nook, where glossy blue-painted Craftsman-style millwork mingles with red-lacquered British Colonial dining chairs arranged around a dark mahogany table. Above it all is a multihued collection of bottles lined up on a bracketed plate rail. "I love the way the light comes through the glass," says Steven Gambrel, the New York City interior designer who envisioned the space. The bottles' earthy greens and browns balance the amped-up red and fuchsia tones on the chairs and striped armless sofa while hinting at the lush garden glimpsed through the divided-light windows. The combined effect is a relaxed, airy space that's rich in character and color. To bring this look to your home, read on.