Our office area has bookshelves, a wood stove (which we never use), a desk which is piling up with paper. It's kind of a non-place really. We walk through that room to get to either the washroom, our bedroom or the loft. It feels more like a hallway (and dumping ground) at the moment. I think one of the reasons we've not really bothered with this space is because it's so dark. It's part of the old house structure and it's got wood panelling on every wall. The ceilings are nice and high, too, but are also wood. It feels oppressively somber, which doesn't match our lifestyle, let alone our personality. And then there's our bedroom, which suffers much of the same fate. There's a lot of wood panelling and some of that faux sponge effect. I love wood. Kevin loves wood. But sometimes, there's so much of it that it detracts from the feature it can be. So, yes, I will be painting over some of the wood panelling. I know, I know... but really, I believe it's the right thing to do in this instance. Once I'm done, I'll upload some pictures.
I love the transformation process... whether it be spiritual, physical... or environmental. Changing a space to match who you are and how you feel is a great way to bring comfort and serenity to your world. Well, our world, anyway.