I'm not a fan of dining rooms. They're too little used and I struggle with being creative in a room that is full of table and chairs. This is where we are so far... The rug is recycled from the Den. Although we purchased a new rug for the Den, this one is still a favorite of mine because I really love the color and the design. I prefer using lamps rather than overhead lighting (so we need to fix the spot in the ceiling where a chandelier used to hang!). Lamps just provide a more comfortable ambience in my opinion. The color of the walls will change...eventually.