Adding potted plants in your dining room is also a smart way in combining nature and man-made stuff. You can place them on a shelf or on the floor. Choose plants that have bright green leaves to give more life to your room. Use contemporary pots that have geometric patterns and neutral colors. You can either opt for short or tall plants. But be sure to choose the right placement for these plants.
Make sure that everything in your dining area has balance and harmony. You can use your old furniture if you want but if you think it doesn't complement with the entire design, then you can buy a new one. Your aim is to really make your dining area appealing, comfortable and distinct. Everything in the place should work well together. The choice of color, accesories, lighting and other aspects should look good as a whole.
Wall colors are very important for it gives the mood of your house. Choose a color that are generally neutral or earth tones. For contemporary wall colors, dark and bright colors are rarely used for it doesn't give natural lighting. You can use bright white, soft gray or medium taupe for your walls. Just accent it with bright colored accessories.