I have the absolutely wonderful Taika dinnerware by Iitala. Look how magical it is. However, it is very hard to have a "traditional" dining room with this energetic and bold set. Bottom picture via flickr.
Now take a look at this picture below. See the moulding stripe in the middle of the wall between the floor and ceiling? I have one of those in my dining room but it is at the top of the wall, about 3/4 of a foot away from the ceiling. Therefore I think it would be cute to put one in my dining room that is exactly like the one in this picture.
I am also loving the new West Elm catalog. The picture below features their capiz shell chandelier and a small buffet/sideboard, and the picture after that shows their lime green curtains. I think all three of those items would be perfect in my dining room. The shell chandelier would be the perfect conversation piece, a little bit traditional, and glamorously understated. The lime curtains would be the foil to my Taika plates, matching them in an unexpected way.