Books, books and more books! I've always wanted to have a high-ceilinged room with books from floor to ceiling. so high in fact, that you need one of those slidey-ladders to reach the uppermost shelves.
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Rows of matching Billy bookcases from Ikea work well here. Consider that the books and accessories offer the pop while the bookcases provide the background. (contemporary living room by Smith & Vansant Architects PC)