What a difference a paint job can do! The white walls were fine, but we were set on a warmer color to reflect the awesome sunlight our front and back windows provide. Little did we know there are about a million different "off-white" (or cream, or neutral, or natural) paint colors out there! Holding up the paint swatches to the wall for comparing and contrasting took four hands!
But now the space is brighter! And cozier! The true color is somewhere between the three photos. In the first pic, in the right corner, you can also see where we ripped out the drywall encasing the pipes and heater. Goodbye ugly drywall!!
Real progress will be noted better I think once the floor is re-done. Then you'll all be super impressed! ;)