Laura writes in:
My husband and I just bought a 1928 Spanish-style house in Silver Lake. Most of our furniture is MidCentury (the furniture in the photo is the sellers'), and I'd like to find a way to make the living room more modern. We're going to paint the walls a light, neutral color and replace the wall sconces with something more modern. But the dark beams on the ceiling are tough. Should we paint them the same color as the ceiling to make them blend in? Strip them down to bare wood? We'd love any suggestions.