I hate this dark ugly wall. The rest of the room is white walls and windows. I want to update and brighten up this room. I was thinking of painting everything white...but am wondering if it would be too much white. I would like to differentiate the fireplace but the brick goes on till the end of the wall. I don't have much of a budget at all and can't get a pro to come in. Are there any diy things I can do to make this room look better? Should I paint the bookshelf or the top part of the wall a different color other than white? Also the hanging light shade is bothering me. What can i do with it? A different shade? Or embellish/paint this one? Sighh, help please!