I rent a small, 2-room apartment. One room is the bedroom/office, the other is this kitchen/dining/music studio/living room chaos...
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Besides all the clutter in here, there are three more guitars under that covered "music equipment" table, and a large collection of books and CDs currently residing in laundry baskets in the bedroom. My question is, how can I arrange this room so it feels less cluttered and dark? Please help!
Your room is well organized and nicely done, but it feels cluttered because you have have a lot of objects in it that make it busy, stimulating and "feel" cluttered. We're talking about the wall with the window and the "music" wall. There is a lot of small stuff in these areas. By contrast, the sofa wall feels calm and centered.
Arrangement is not going to solve your problem. Removing or hiding some of these stimulating elements will.
Another issue is that alot of these elements are very high contrast (light/dark) so that they are very active visually. If everything was white, you wouldn't feel the clutter so much. If it were possible to cover your music area with a nice, white sheet when you're not using it, this would calm this area down considerably.
We would clean up the window wall by removing plants and rack in window, and removing two vertical "frames" on either side of the mirror. We would clean up the music wall by investing one piece of long low furniture (Ikea should have one) that can unify all this stuff and hide some of it below.
In short, it's editing down that will be your answer. This is not an easy thing to do, but at least it's *cheap*.