Isn't it funny how so many older homes have beautiful wood floors hidden beneath carpet? This was the case in our house. We have wood floors throughout our upstairs and in most of the downstairs (minus the kitchen and bath). When we moved in, my husband ripped up the carpet and we had the floors refinished.
To make this room come to life, we painted the walls a soft yellow color and painted all the woodwork white. I heard some objections at the time from a couple of people (one was the floor refinisher) about painting the woodwork, but we've never had any regrets. It was starting to get that orange look to it, and the fresh white is so much more cheerful and fitting for the space.