When we first moved into our house 9 months ago, all of the rooms on the upper level were painted quite a dark blue. It wasn't an unpleasant colour, but there was just too much of it (it made the smallish rooms look very dark) and it was peeling and chipping badly so it had to go. Most of the rooms have received a liberal coating of white paint, but the living room needed something to accentuate the panelling so we also used Dulux White Duck which is a lovely linen shade, not too beige and not too grey.
The white Ikea sofas are surviving all that my tribe of six children throws at them. They get filthy but the covers wash very well (even though getting them on and off is better than a gym workout!) and the white provides a great base for the colourful Bungalow cushions. In between orders, we have been busy making ourselves each a set of our colourful vintage butterfly artworks (available in our shop)and my six are finally up on the wall. I love the way they bring out all the different colours in the cushions and that the most dominant colour changes depending on what other accessories or flowers are displayed.
I'll have to show you other angles of the room another day - when I took out the camera only this corner looked tidy and the rest was buried under piles of toys, books, homework and other bits and pieces. All part of the joy of having lots of kids!
..and for comparison, here is what the room looked like before!