I wanted something that worked with our existing color scheme (below) and I wanted it to be large (no gallery wall--too much visual clutter for this room) and I wanted it cheap.
So, off to Home Goods for me! I got these two pieces for $100. Admittedly, they're mass produced and not the most original things on the planet, but that's fine with me. Better than staring at a blank wall.
This is what I'm talking about when referring to visual clutter. I like the way the bookcases look up close, but when taking a step back, there's a lot going on here. I also think painting the brick fireplace could help considerably, but I have yet to convince the husband. Hmpf.