Good Questions: Tips to Lighten Up Living Room?

Selena is looking for some advice: I was hoping that the AT community could help us. We need tips on how to lighten up our living room. The furniture pieces are all keepers, but anything else is open to suggestion or change. (accessories, paint color, rug, anything!) We love the wood trim, but that combined with the wood blinds, plus our wood furniture, makes everything feel dark and heavy. (MORE PHOTOS BELOW)
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Please share and tips, suggestions and ideas with Selina in the comments...thanks!

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