Welcome, we have got so much good advice and loads of great tips to help you with your interior design. Never be afraid of colour, so many homes are painted magnolia and although this might be great for rooms without much natural light, there are so many wonderful shades to choose from even if you do like those very pale colours.
Furniture is such a personal thing, there are so many styles and designs that you can really make your home totally unique. Do keep with a theme though, it is generally not a good idea to mix and match in this instance. Share your advice with us.