Need help with RUG and SEATING option for dining area in open concept layout
I live in a relatively small home (1290 sq feet total) and it is open concept - the living room is adjacent and open to the dining area, which is adjacent to kitchen - essentially one big circle with the fireplace in the middle.
I LOVE color and pattern as you can see from the pics, and am finally bold enough to use it throughout. I am near the end of my update for the living room - just a few more items I need to finish it up. PLEASE take note of the striped wall in the living room as that may affect your recommendation.
BUT I feel the dining area needs just a little pizzaz. I was thinking of either changing the rug to add something with a little color or just updating the cushions on the chairs around the dining table with a different material. So my question is:
1. Should I change the rug in the dining room or just update the material on the chair? The current rug is a neutral sisal.
2. If updating the rug, what can I get that compliments the colorful persian in the living room? I had an eye on a cowhide rug on ebay, but I'm not sure if that's way too much given the rooms are connected so closely.
3. If updating the chairs, would a zebra print or some other animal print work?
4. Any other suggestions for making the dining room look cohesive with the living room, but still having a little pop of its own.
Right now the dining room is little too brown/gold on its own, so any suggestions for some flavor would be appreciated. Thanks so much in advance for any advice you can give me.