Don't forget the ceiling!
A great way to include and accentuate your ceiling is to paint it. I love using faux finish artists to create beautiful unique and interesting ceilings. You can paint straight on the ceiling plaster or you can design a wood ceiling and paint on the wood or beams.
Ceiling designs have been used for centuries. And although I'm not suggesting you paint the Sistine Chapel in your dining room, I do love to incorporate geometric and ethnic patterns into my ceiling designs.
Go ahead and have some fun!