Here's a photo of the dining from our house's sale listing when we bought it:
I painted the top half of the wall a pale grey-blue. Then I got to work installing a chair rail, shadow boxes, and crown moulding along the top. All of the woodwork and wall below the chair was painted antique white. I was completely intimidated by crown moulding corners so chose to use cornices, which make crown moulding a cinch. All you have to do is nail the cornices to the corners, measure the space between, and cut each end of the moulding straight to fit in between. And I think they look kind of pretty too.
We replaced the brass chandelier with something a bit larger and more rustic. I decided to use ivory, very tailored valances on the windows because the room is a bit small and as much as I love floor-length drapes, I felt like they would overwhelm this room.
I hung a metallic-framed mirror on the wall across from one of the windown to bounce more light into the room.
We bought the wool rug when we bought the house and I don't love it an inch less than I did five years ago. I doubt I'll ever get tired of the dusty blue/green/grey tones.
When the room is not being used, I keep the table decorations very simple. The sideboard table has a glass hurricane, glass candlestick, and one of those little preserved boxwoods I like so much on each side.
This Simon Pearce bowl was one of my favorite wedding gifts - I love the simple, graceful lines. My favorite dining room table linens are hemstiched ones like this ivory runner here.
I'll be wrapping up this mini house tour week tomorrow with a look at the bathroom we added 3 years ago for our daughters!