To brighten the room we painted the fireplace white. I used Polar Bear by Behr on that and gave it two thick coats. We also bought bright white linen curtains rather than off-white, and that helped brighten up the windows while still allowing for privacy. The couch is one of my favorite pieces because I designed it with the team over at Stem. I chose the style of the couch, the fabric, color, height, legs, etc., and it turned out exactly the way I had hoped.