We got a jute rug! Finally! Also changed the light fixture to a chandelier with shades. Yay! No more ugly yellow glass against a brown wall (yellow and brown together- you know where I'm going with this...)
If you have a split, you know the area behind the railing is a tough place to decorate- it looks empty, yet there is light there, which would look strange with any sort of wall art. If you you have figured this one out, let me know please! For now, this is it. (I've thought about shelving, floor to ceiling, but that would be an expensive quest-to find that many neutral or blue bound books-which I would just have to have right?!).