Dining rooms get one of my top votes for a paper situation, but I'm worried mine would somehow veer into the realm of geriatric, instead of the cool, elegant, casualness I envision.
Watery panels. 'Tis good.
Hinson's Fireworks - most often seen in a Powder-your-nose place, but I can totes see it to de-formalize a dining room, too.
DeGournay Plum Blossom - Hold that thought...
So, I was cruising Spoonflower's wallpaper offerings the other night. Is it just me, or is Spoonflower the online version of Needle in a Haystack? There's some darling patterns, but could they please categorize it so that I can bypass all the holiday quilter's blocks when I'm searching DeGournay wanna-be's? Oh, and add a "my faves" or similar holding vessel for patterns that are cool. 'K? Thanks.
Anyway...wallpaper for dining rooms. Here's a few that could. Maybe. Work. Maybe.
A riff on a Chinoiserie silhouette pattern (kinda Schumacher Chenonceau-ish)
I've looked at this marbled pattern dozens of times, wondering where I could make it work. Too much for a dining room?
The same artist makes this "summer mum" pattern
Close your eyes, and work this watercolor take on cherry blossoms into a scheme like the DeGournay version above. And save the cash for your kids' education fund.