Good Questions: Too Much or Not Enough?

Hi ApartmentTherapy: I'm redecorating on a *very small* budget and decided to work on the dining area of my apartment using only paint. I'm trying to go for a nature-inspired, soothing decor. My question: Does the "after" work? I'm concerned that it's a little much (too much pattern, too dark compared to the living area, etc.). Thanks! Kimberly

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1 BEFORE - view of the adjacent living space.
2 BEFORE - dining area.
3 AFTER - veiw from adjacent living space (we notice the pale paint color and new leaf-themed artwork)
4 AFTER - dining area.

You have a beautiful light-filled space &mdash but this appears to be far from "too much." Readers, what do you think?

What are some budget-conscious ideas to boost this "nature-inspired, soothing decor?" Preferably using only paint!

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