Be not afraid - paint is the easiest and most economical way to make miraculous changes in a room.
See the photos below from Coastal Living - what a difference! The window wall was opened up to take advantage of the great ocean views. The fireplace was renovated to be bright and in balance with the space and then a wonderful nook was added to the left of the fireplace to take advantage of the view. Fresh light floors and a cozy seating area finish off this ocean front space nicely.
Now imagine that they had kept the heavy wood beamed ceiling??
Paint is the answer!! Don't be afraid - paint that old, dark wood and let in the light!
|Before Picture - too heavy, too dark, too bulky|
|After - Light, fresh and perfectly in balance|