The jury is still out on the paint color, but the new landlord did say we could paint if we want to, which is great! The only thing is, the ceilings are fairly low (well, they're not especially low, but not really high either). I think the whole place, including the ceilings, would need to be painted in order for it to look its best painted, otherwise I'm afraid with only the walls painted it might look choppy and give the illusion of a shorter ceiling height. This is just my assumption based on nothing really. I should read about room size perception to see if that's true. So we talked about it and plan to leave the walls white for now. I'll keep the paint in mind though, but right now I've moved on to rugs. We have the Tarnby rugs from Ikea in our current place, which I like a lot, but I think I'm ready for something different, something more colorful. And my other half would like something softer. The Tarnby rugs are a bit coarse. I love the top image here and have it in my mind as my inspiration. I saw a great Moroccan rug in a shop on Portobello Road recently, but it was snatched up right in front of me by Alice Temperley. I didn't know who she was, but I was with my friend MN and she knew who it was right away. I had sold envy for sure! Right after she scooped it up, I just knew I should have bought it. I'll be on the lookout for another one.
Sources for the images are in my pinterest.