Decorating & Furniture/Living room too dark


Our living room is very dark. We have 12 inch saltillo tile thru-out & the end wall is entirely brick w/ a brick fireplace, mantle & hearth. Occupying the room is a 64 inch big screen tv (too big, but DH isn't going for a plasma just yet), an antique stereo/turntable, antique table (about 2 in. taller than sofa), mocha sofa, beige armchair, & there is also a non-negotiable forest green leather recliner.

We cannot get that brick covered over & new tile is a year away. HOW can I brighten the room & help it look more open?

I've included a pic, the green curtains beyond the couch are over wooden french doors we do not use. In the 12/05 pic you can see the beige armchair, it's where the Xmas tree was, the green recliner is in its spot in the 12/06 pic. As you can see from the pics, I can't make up my mind!

The room is about 12 x 18, I like the mediterranean look & I like things natural colored.



Add light colored accessories everywhere that you can.  Make sure all your draperies, curtains etc. are white or beige, add some uplights (they're $10 at K-Mart) to the corners of the room (a 20 watt bulb will work wonders) or behind plants, and add throw pillows (white or beige with browns and greens) to the sofa area.

I'd paint or whitewash the brick.


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