Lampshades and Throw or Pillow Suggestions?

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Q: I realize this looks like a before photo. I am no good at decorating, but even I can see that something is not right. Unfortunately, I think our (new) slipcover, which is a delicious linen fabric, should have been a different color. It looks better in real life (wrinkle-wise). Can this room be saved (w/o starting from scratch)?:

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I think we need new lampshades (the light from the sconces is not the best), but what kind of shades? I'd prefer some where the light shines through the shade (as opposed to an opaque shade where light just comes from underneath). Is a throw a good idea? I put a red scarf on the one arm to get an idea of how it would look. We'd rather not paint the wall as the paint is new. I know the end table is cluttery, but we live here and that end of the couch is study space. Anyhow, suggestions are welcome.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.