Place painted foam board in the back of the bookcase, giving the look of a painted bookshelf w/out the commitment. Love this idea for a small book shelf next to couch. Good way to use yellow without committing to it in a big space.
This is a nice-looking living room with smaller rug. Perhaps the key is to frame the rug with sofas / sofa and armchair combo / sofa and the window. And another trick is to fill up the room so the size doesn't look awkward.
Although you may not be awake for a lot of it, the bedroom is probably the part of your house where you spend the most time. Take inspiration from these beautiful, serene bedrooms from our 2013 house tours.