We moved into our home nearly two years ago, just a few months before our daughter was born, and have yet to do much of anything with our living room (approx 15x35 feet). The house is a cape-style home located in Vermont, but we travel extensively, especially to Africa and Southeast Asia. We would like the room to honor the New England style of the area, while introducing elements that represent us and our love of travel, particularly interesting artefacts or furniture that we have acquired while traveling.
The only furniture in the room that will stay are the round teak table and chairs at one end of the room and the coffee table at the other side of the room (all from Indonesia) and the mirror on the floor which is from India. The bookcase will go, though we do love to read and could see ourselves curled up on a lovely leather couch in front of the fireplace with some good books during these long Vermont winters.
The fireplace is obviously outdated, but we can't do a major renovation at the moment, so a simple facelift would be preferable, i.e. painting the bricks, staining the mantle and surround. The wallpaper is being stripped presently, and I'm looking for a nice color to paint the room. I was thinking a warm neutral or maybe even darker, like Glidden's Olivewood on one or more walls? The living room is separated from the rest of the house by doors (one door goes to the kitchen, the other to the hall near the front door). The room also faces the south so it gets a lot of light.
Ideas for the wall color? Fireplace fix? Room arrangement? Any thoughts would be much appreciated!