It definitely changes the character of the room, for the better. It's a little darker now, but the brown-and-red adds a much-needed splash of color and gives the window some definition. (Everything is white or "blonde wood" here, which is pretty but bland and way too sterile.) Sometime I plan to replace the white curtains on either side of the window with some kind of warm beige, which will help even more. But there are more urgent things to deal with before then.
We're gettin' there. :) Dining room table comes Friday!