Your dining table is the star in your dining area. But it doesn't really have to be new. If you think your old one will still look good and apt, then use it. You can also change its color if you want to. Choose the right size and shape of your table. If your area is small, you can use a round table. Your seats should be comfortable. It has to complement with your table, too.
If you want to give focus on wall art objects and other displays, you can make use of recessed or track lighting. These kinds of lights can beam lights into those areas you want to highlight. It can even give a pleasing effect to the area. If you think the light from your chandelier is not enough, then you might as well add portable lamps. This way, you can add more light and ambience to your area. This can also be an added decoration to your dining area. It can also be used when you are studying in the area.
Attaining a contemporary look for your dining room requires your creativity. After all, it is still you who will decide as to what furniture and colors to use. But it doesn't necessarily mean that you will need to buy new furniture. It once again relies on how you will use your initiative to attain a contemporary dining room.