My now dining room was a living room to the prior homeowners. The problem this imposes is that it is not wired for an over-the-table light fixture. I know it could be done, but I am not wanting the mess involved. So, I have chosen to light the dining room with lamps, floor lights, and sconces. Even so, I still felt that it needed something over the table. I chose to decorate a large wreath and suspend it from the ceiling, in a very non-traditional way.
I purchased a wreath (about 28") from Michaels. Also, I picked up a variety of eucalyptus, silk flowers, greens, straw flowers, and peacock feathers. My color scheme was that of brown, bronze, copper, deep orange, ivory, and dark teal. I chose to wire all the flowers, etc. on, but you could also use a glue gun. Whichever you choose, remember that there is no back/bottom that will be hidden on this wreath. The bottom will be directly visible when you look up from the table. I suspended the wreath from the ceiling with dark brown ribbon and a plant hook.