I have finally convince E to paint our living room/hall/entry area; rather, he came to the conclusion himself (the best way). It's currently a yellow/gold/arizona (and not the good kind). Part of me really wants to paint it a soft white and be able to use bright colors - crazy side tables, etc. We have a bunch of gold accents and neutrals in there now.
I love the black accents with the white walls here.
And the white walls with wood and color accents here. I also would LOVE to get into wallpapering a wall. That's the next thing E needs to come to conclusion himself.