I stumbled across a photo of our house before the mini-renovation we had before moving in last summer. Whoa, thank god for white paint. When we decided to move in to this house, we were still living in NYC and had about zero furniture or furnishings, so I wasn't really in a decorating mood. I asked my father-in-law to paint the whole thing white, trim and all.
Aside from the white paint, the doors/windows were replaced...and the light just streams in..