I recently helped a friend with giving a new look to a few rooms in her house. The first room that needed attention was her office which the previous owners of the house had painted in a rust color with very darkly stained wood for the trim and cabinetry. We chose Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter for the new paint color and Dove White for the trim. We used the chocolate brown and cream zebra rug as an anchor piece and went from there to select the chocolate brown sofa and oatmeal colored curtains. She purchased some modern accessories from West Elm (the mirror above the sofa, and the floor lamp) and also used some pops of turquoise to brighten things up.
We also decided to go for a richer color in the dining room and decided on a chocolate brown to tie in with some other accents around the house. The new chandelier (from West Elm), and the mirror add a modern touch.
We took the shades off and moved the old dining room crystal chandelier into the master bath to give it a more elegant touch.