If anyone is still interested in mucking about with my template and making it look a bit better (although I'm getting used to it now), this is kind of what I'd like it to look like:
I took this picture in Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath, which different sites describe as "a feast for the eyes" and is certainly filled head to foot with paintings. We visited it because it was raining outside and it seemed like a good idea to stomp about a preserved cultural residence with wet feet. While He Who Only... was standing staring at paintings and doing his best to look cultured, I found this corridor off one of the rooms and decided it was the best place I'd ever seen. This is what I'd like my entire life to look like: straight lines, clean borders and for goodness sake, no clutter.