Our sitting room was extremely dark and brown with a lot of broken and chipped tiles when we first bought our home. We pulled up all the tiles and relaid them ourselves and painted the walls white. Much the same as our living room, the furniture is thrifted and upcycled, except for the striped sofa which we bought new. This room has a little more colour than our very white living room, but is still based on country-coastal neutrals.
You can see more pictures of our sitting room over at my blog http://peachesandmaple.blogspot.com.au