My home is north facing and the lack of natural sunlight in the living room is driving me crazy. It is new construction and therefore are not changing stain on hardwood (dark) or paint (gray owl). I really need some advice on lightening up the room without having to buy all new items. We have a bright painting in the living room (works well) and we have stacked stone over the fireplace - Alaska gray. I just need additional ideas from someone who can help. Our couch is denim blue and the swivel chairs in living room are gray and cream. We have a dark wood dining room table. Area rug needs replacement - not sure what color for that.