I'm partial to pink, maroon and brown as a triad. Maroon seems to bridge pink and brown rather nicely.
I have seen a living room done with pink, cognac and brown - it was very cozy. The carpet was a colour called latte and truly was the colour of a double shot latte. The timber in the room was a combo of light pine (the legs of the cognac couch and chairs) and walnut (tv stand, book cases, coffee table).
I can relate to your dilemma. In winter on really cold days I wear leggings then I have on a strappy summer dress with a long sleeved blouse over the top which then has a sleeveless dress over that. I hope this makes sense. On cold days I replace the strappy dress with a coloured sleeveless top.
I wear the long sleeved blouses all year round as in spring and autumn I roll the sleeves up and leave them open over a coloured sleeveless or strappy top and wear them with pants. As the weather cools off further I change the sleeveless top for a short sleeved top.
In the heat of summer I wear the strappy and summer dresses. I also have an overcoat for winter wear as the westerly winds are bitter.
Can it go across the front of your fireplace to display things on? I was just looking at your fireplace and thinking a long, tall, narrow table would almost act like a mantle piece. Some years ago DH bought me two from Walmart or Target and they've been very useful in every house or apartment we've been in.
I don't have the answer because I have the same question. I hope someone can help us. I've poked around on the web but I have not seen any acceptable-to-me results. I'll keep researching and will post back here if I find something.
You could use swags perhaps. if you look at this pic http://tinyurl.com/lr8k3t8 you'll see what I mean. When renting I used metres of white lace to make swags to cover up landlords ugly choices (blinds and curtains). I took it with me when I moved.
It does rely on a curtain rod but in one house I draped it using the pelmet. Lead sinkers held the lace across the top of the pelmet so I could still drape it in the middle.