We had to decorate to accomodate our dogs and cat (white is lovely but would not last 5 minutes in our house) so deep rich Victorian colors were our choice (boy do these colors hide the dirt well:)
I have always believed in decorating with family photos. It tells your story while adding warmth and tradition to your home. The antique Eastlake mirror in this picture was $10 at a yard sale. The finish was ruined so I painted it gold and leaned it on top of the cabinet. The mirror makes the small room feel larger.