How To Brighten Up Deep Red Dining Room?

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dining1060310.JPGQ: I am about to move into a new apartment, and the front room (which I plan on using as a dining room) is currently painted deep red, ceiling and all. I do like the color, but it definitely makes the room feel dark, and maybe a bit smaller than it is. Painting the ceiling a different color is not an option, since there is no "edge," where the wall and ceiling meet, the sides are rounded. What can I do to brighten it up just a bit?

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Colors for the fireplace, windows, curtains, lighting ideas? Furniture that goes with deep red? I am starting from scratch, so all suggestions appreciated. Just in case it matters, the room that you can see off to the left will be the living room, and it is being painted a light gray color.

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