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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Friends, Craftsters, lend me your idears! (or, decorate my dining room) on: May 12, 2006 09:18:58 PM
So in the house we're renting, the kitchen is too small for the table and chairs, and the living room would be a little cramped to make it a combination dining room too. So we decided to convert the second bedroom upstairs into a dining room.

It has hardwood floors, is painted white, and gets plenty of sunlight from the window.

I have ideas for everything else in the house and have already begun implementing them, but this room baffles me on which way to go with it. I'm maybe looking for something a little modern and fun, but also more elegant and grownup for nicer dinners?

Here's what we currently have...
- one inherited wood Eth@n Al!en table, somewhat scratched up on top but still looks nice with a good tablecloth on it.
- one semi-nice dark brown tablecloth, and one beautiful white one that's a bit nicer.
- Pf@ltzgraff plates and bowls in a dark cherry red with flecks of dark brown
- small and large plates heavy and nice in a light tannish color from Target
- A white wood sideboard with dark brown knobs
- 4 wood chairs painted cherry red (which were a bitch to paint, by the way but were partly spraypainted gold?? or else we could have stained them) and two that are yet unpainted but we'd like to use with the bigger dinig room space.

So my question is...where do I go from here? The room is pretty basic, rectangular, one window, hardwood floors, one fairly inconspicuous closet with wood doors (because it is a bedroom after all)...

What sort of accessories or "theme" should I go with? I want something clean, current, and pretty without being flowery.

I'd also like to incorporate the things we already have because after all this moving and me being in between jobs we can't buy lots of new stuff right now, but probably could get the necessary touches.

Also, gotta do something with those chairs...would it look totally wrong to paint two of them a different color, like white or brown, and then re-paint one of the red ones to match so they could be placed every other around the table?
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