HGTV Kitchen & Dining Room

A painted tin ceiling adds to the times-of-old aura even as 21st-century conveniences pepper the space. Oatmeal-colored solid-surface countertops bring a modern element to the large center island. An under-mount sink and stainless faucet offer the cook a helping hand with its pull-down spout. Stainless steel appliances tuck into the cabinetry. "All of the hardworking components are in the least visible places, so the room appears cohesive with the living space," Linda says.

Our decorator calls the dining room's rich wall color "chocolate pudding." Here, smooth walls mix with crisp white wainscot and sharp green accents to give this area a serene mood. Angled beneath a six-light chandelier, eight oversize ladder-back chairs surround a large European-inspired table.

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