If I change to a more neutral background, then by using accessories in that dreamy blue and other cool colors in the spring & summer and the warmer rusts, golds, etc., in the fall, I should be all set! And Mary Ruth's suggestion about lighting...why didn't I think of that?
I am posting some pix of the room (living/dining combo) as it is now. These were taken as I was setting up for a Tupperware party, so you'll see boxes and bags and extra chairs that aren't normally there. At least, these will give you an idea of my current color scheme, window placement and layout.
Some furniture will stay, some will go. For sure the dining room table & chairs are staying. I'm also keeping the black occasional chairs & the gateleg table. I love the table that my husband made from the brass gong that I got from my parents. It is too small where it is, but I'd like to find a place for it, maybe in another room. The rest of the stuff can go or stay, depending on whether I can paint, repurpose, or move it.
The sofa is too fussy. I might have it recovered/reworked to have a neutral fabric & a tight back. Probably cheaper to buy a new one...
My girlfriend Patti the Painter is bringing moulding samples today; crown, window, baseboard & door. We'll be discussing color too. I should have some more to say about this in a few days!
I'm getting inspired! Chris