The walls are purple (mid-purple hue, lighter than a violet and darker than a lavender) and the room has the layout I want (which improves the flow ten fold).
My bookshelves have been cleared to house fewer books (by taking more than 100 to storage) and more decorative items (magazine holder, vases, etc.).
My bench has all baskets cleared away and I have added a lovely light sage leather sueded ottoman, outlined in antique brass studs. A few brocade satin pillows will raise the comfort level. The bench is currently dark and mucky. I will paint the dark walnut wood white with a blue hint and cover the brown velvet with a lovely light yellow pattern..something like this I found one from fabric.com:
And I will be adding two 5 foot shelves and two 3 foot shelves, which will be painted a light green color with these brackets:
I found copper spray paint at Michaels today and will make sure all of my hardware, including the above brackets, light switches, vents, etc., will be copper.
I would like to add a small headboard behind my bench to give it a couch type of feel...but we'll see.
Soon I will post a few before and after photos, along with the green items I have added to the room. There is still a very very very long way to go!