I remembered a $10 rug squirreled away in a closet. Its warm tones help blend the oak with oxblood chairs and walnut bookcases.
See an oriental rug dirt cheap? Buy it!
We both hated the existing 14-foot-long cornice. Would it even come off the ceiling?
But the rug worked its magic, downplaying the burgundy and drawing out the blue and orange.
No luck with the conference chairs! We scavenged a $25 table the exact gray of the walls and stacking chairs on clearance for $7.
I'll use these with my bistro table at home when the perfect chairs present themselves.
Not perfect, but better and with minimal expense. Done!