Install wood paneling to balance the large fireplace and detailed ceiling.
Paint traditional molding, like the coffered ceiling and wall paneling, a shade of gray (Benjamin Moore's Gettysburg Gray).This contemporary neutral makes those details seem less stuffy.
Create a cohesive space by painting the ceiling (Collingwood for trim, paneling and coffered ceiling, also from Benjamin Moore) a few shades lighter than the wall color.
Arrange furnishings so they face the room's focal point — the view — plus the TV and fireplace.
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