Good Questions: Inspiration & Ideas for a White Room

Wendy is looking for some advice from the Apartment Therapy crowd. She writes: I dearly hope you can help me with my design problem. For the last couple of months, I have been thinking about painting my whole living room a shade of white. It is East and South facing as far as light goes. I really want to go for a shabby chic kind of look but minus the floral (my husband is anti-floral). I was thinking white or light cream walls, gold silk dupioni curtains from PB, collections of gold frames and mirrors, my own dark wood coffee table and tv cabinet, some white side tables with glass lamps and cream lampshades around the room, and a few punches of color here and there in artwork and the likes. However...

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...I made a big mistake about a year ago, and went and bought the chair and a half from C&B (shown in first pic). It's totally modern and just not my style at all....i think i was just in a rush trying to find something that worked.

Anyway, it is a quality piece of furniture and i don't want to get rid of it, but i have no idea how to incorporate it into a 'white room' or my existing room for that matter. I've tried other cushions in creams and whites on it, but they look wrong. The color 'ale' is a deep goldy/greenish color so i am finding it difficult to pair it with anything. It's somewhat darker than my other sofa (also shown above). The chair is such a Wintery chair...
I thought if i incorporate some black and white into the room (maybe in the gold frames) that might balance the modern vibe this chair gives off.

Currently my living room is painted red and beige with dark asian furniture and some gold accents. I've always had a red wall but i'm over it and just want to go with something cleaner and more open. One of my walls is so long that i've actually never been able to make it look good...you'll see in the pictures i've attached. It needs a big piece of furniture i think.

I would love some inspiration or ideas from you all. I feel like my room is such a mess right now.

Please share your ideas with Wendy in the comments below...thanks!

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.