3. Your end table. Use the need for a new piece of furniture as a way to increase your textural variety in the room. This will help to add interest. It is often just little things like texture that make the difference between the really fabulous, and the really regular. The nesting tables below are from "Blue Fish" and come in a dark chocolate color (which is what I am recommending).
On to your paint. Your room so far reminds me of Pottery Barn. I think a lot of times people will see rooms in a magazine, purchase the furniture, and still do not have the same look. I'll tell you why. All you have is drywall. :) Look at these Pottery Barn pictures:
What do they have that you do not? Interesting architecture. Don't feel bad- most everyone reading this has the same problem. The walls in the Pottery Barn ads are all white, but they are beautiful because they have great windows, built-ins, paneling, etc. You don't need more color, you need more interest. Paint your walls white and add paneling like the picture just above. Paneling too big a project? A dark chocolate brown grasscloth wold look amazing.
Let's assume here for a moment that money is no object- for all I know Jill can spend whatever she wants- right? Your wall that has the fireplace and built-ins - I would trim out that entire wall- beautiful wood - painted white, blending in with what is already there. Got it? Trim, and crown, the whole wall in white.
The wall with the wrought iron thing on it? Have windows going all across the wall- same height as your existing, so they are above your sofa- just add more. Trim and panel the wall- think interesting woodwork-cased windows. Give your room the kind of charm the home would have if it were built in the 1960's instead of- let me guess- 8 years ago. :)
The wall with the TV- same thing- your baseboard- make it 9 inches instead of 3 or 4- trim out the wall.
There- how's that for a paint selection- white. Or- if that is not your thing- or too daunting or expensive- go with the chocolate brown grass cloth.
A note for all of you. White is a great color when there is some interest in the architecture- it is generally pathetically dull when we have only orange peel finish dry wall. Check out some design magazines- I just grabbed one- June 2008 Coastal Living- here are a couple of shots:
White walls, great crown, simple paneling- (and a beautiful tin ceiling in this case). I feel like in Jill's room the woodwork was started but left unfinished. Give your room some style and charm.
So- now for your windows... Your size of room and furniture arrangement prohibits panels- so I would go with Roman Shades. (I am picturing them in white) See how it is hung on a rod. I would do that, and then hang it high- not far from your ceiling- giving the look of larger windows. If you do not do the grasscloth- consider a woven wood stagecoach blind or roller shade with the Roman shade over top. (the woven roller shade below is from Smith and Noble.)