Just like the dining room, in the beginning there were dingy white walls. The floors were pretty beat up even though we still haven't finished them, rugs do wonders.We've put on a few coats of paint, put up curtains, added some electrical outlets, insulated the walls, and added a picture rail and a new light fixture (though we're probably going to be shopping for a new one soon*).
It certainly seems more festive!
*the new living room light fixture points the lights up toward the ceiling. with the new darker ceiling, all of the lumps and bumps of the plaster really jump out at you - especially at night. looks like we'll be shopping for a light fixture that points light down.