Pick end furniture from a simple Sheraton, curvaceous Queen Anne or block‐front Chippendale style. The furniture can be mismatched. A drop‐leaf table can be pressed against the wall as a system or look good in a bay home window.
Be sparing with the ground wall and coverings treatments. A simple carpet such as sisal or a Berber style on the hard‐surface floor is fine (but don't layer over wall‐to‐wall carpet).
Embellish the mantel with candlesticks, china figurines (possibly Staffordshire dogs), a picture or framed mirror, fresh or dried flowers, and a clock.