I have a dining room in Taigh Beag. In the mobile home, we had an eat-in kitchen and I didn't like that because I had to stare at the pile of dishes in the sink while I ate dinner. The dining room in Taigh Beag is just perfect, though. We're "forced" to eat there because this kitchen is a galley kitchen and has no room for a table and chairs. So, we eat in the dining room like a king and queen. :)
The dining room is also the center of the house. All the rooms are attached to the dining room. It gets a lot of traffic. It's also warmly lit and houses many of our 18th century-themed items. I can see it becoming the hub of hospitality. Right now, it's still swamped in boxes and lacking in a few pieces of furniture, like my grandmother's hutch. That still needs to be picked up. I'd also like to get a sideboard and a cabinet to house our scotch. (yes, hubby and I are scotch drinkers, but for him, it's a few sips a night, and for me, it's more medicinal)
I'm scouring old Colonial Homes magazines for color ideas for the dining room. It has to meld with the other rooms since they all join, mostly the kitchen and living room.
The kitchen is going to be Ralph Lauren Palm Green and White with cheery yellow accents. The Living room is cream with hunter green trimmings. The master bedroom is going to be green and black marble. The bathroom is going to be antiqued french blue. The nursery is going to be yellow(maybe).