So you want to revive your living room but your fear of commitment/budget/upper arm strength makes purchasing furniture a big, terrifying deal. Luckily, Jay's approach to freshening up a room is to actually get rid of some furniture and lighten things up with a coat of paint.
From Jay: Here's a quick and easy way to refresh your room without purchasing any new furniture. Consider painting the walls and letting go of any furniture that sucks all the energy and life out of the room. In this example the piano, wall color, red velvet drapes and ill-placed furniture deflate the space. The room is too dark, too crowded, and turns its back to the front hall entry. The walls got a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore Linen White to match the trim color. The piano got moved to a smaller sitting room on the other side of the entry hall. The drapes were set free and the love seat that blocked the entrance to the room joined the piano across the hall. All in a days work. Really fast. Really easy. Really fabulous.
Thank you, Jay!