Paint is a powerful thing! You can do magic or...mishap!
This is what I walked in to when I began this job. Very dark walls, almost black ceiling and dark columns.
With the dark floors, the room absorbed all natural light through the too dark walls and ceiling.
The niche needed some interest, so a decorative element was introduced.
The walls were embossed with a damask design mimicking some fabrics in the furniture.
It still amazes me what paint can do! The built-in became a custom piece of furniture with the magic of paint!