Replace your curtain rods with swing arm rods to open up the room and allow more light in. Windows appear to be bigger than they are, too. Love swing arm curtain rods, I have been on the hunt for old ones for a long time.
bench made with the back from two old chairs. The curves of the chairs give it a great look. like the distressed painted seat in contrast to the wood of the rest of the bench. - from Dishfunctional Designs: Upcycled: New Uses for Old Chairs