Dear AT, that is my living room above and I have a question about it: what can i do to make it feel more warm and livable? I am a renter so can't do much with paint. I wonder if I can get more ideas for wall decor and furniture arrangement from everyone? The cable jack is permanently on that wall, and our gas fireplace doesn't even work so it's not much of a focal point right now. I don't want this room to look like I've thrown a bunch of things around. Help please!! -Claire
Our immediate impression is to point out that the small but noticeable media cabinet makes the setup the focal point of the room. Something with a bit more larger in width would lessen the inkblot effect in the room; we'd also recommend a media cabinet that hides away the mish-mash of items stored within it (you can see an example of a similar situation over at Unplggd).
If your carpet isn't too plush, adopting an area rug ontop can infuse some colour into the room. Removable wallpaper might be a good renter's option also. Consider moving the exercise machine to another room, if that is an option. Its presence adds to the disparate feel of the room. The overall layout is difficult to advise without additional images from different angles and/or floor plan, and an idea of all the items within the room (we can partially see some, but assume there's more outside the frame of the photo).
Any other quick, affordable ideas for Claire out there? Chime in!