The orange walls in this “before” dining room picture definitely make a statement, but unfortunately, not one that will appeal to a lot of buyers. A light, neutral paint color makes the room feel larger and creates a sense of unity with other rooms in the house. The brass chandelier was replaced with an oil-rubbed bronze fixture for a more updated look. I think if we’d looked around a bit more, we’d probably have gone for something like a custom chandelier as you can get some really modern and striking designs nowadays. The large table was more of a dumping ground than a place to enjoy a meal, so we cleared off the clutter and set an inviting table. Moving the chairs opens things up for better traffic flow. Placing artwork and a fern plant in the corners of the room is another way to increase the perceived size of the space by drawing your eye around the room instead of just focusing on the center.