Sharon, "Good morning", As I said, "you know who" would come up with a better idea than I would,. As for colours (colors) I feel you will be safe if you use light pastal shades, they seem to blend in well with each other. As for the carpet some people like every thing to blend in and most times it don't, find a carpet that has all the colors in it that you want in the room, and this way there will be a harmony and thats what you want. As for the ceiling, well?, you could replace it or cover it with a system ceiling, ie: panels 2'x 4' / 2'x 2' fitted into "T" rails you can see this type of ceiling in almost any shop and it will not cost too much, and you can fit spots (ceiling lamps) into it. some people have them in their kitchen, (I have them in mine,) I hope I've helped you in some way.... John 2000. PS: Henry in MI, Talking about wives and colors, I must have married you wife's sister.