Tied cushions are a quick and inexpensive solution to making your dining table more relaxed. Choose a contemporary fabric in a bright shade to add some light to the room. Your tablescape can carry the theme from there.
If you have wood chairs and a wood table in the same finish, the design can feel very ... well, woodsy. Balance all that wood with seat cushions for your dining chairs or reupholster your current seat fabric for a splash of fresh color and pattern.