LA Good Questions: Floor, Beams, Fireplace Help

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A few weeks ago, readers weighed in on the question of light vs. dark floors. How about in a specific situation? Bonnie writes:

My question has three parts: We're redoing our living room. Our furniture's modern and mid-century and the paint is a golden green, almost like pea soup, which we love. We had the beams stripped down to the original wood and now we have to figure out what color to stain them. I’m nervous that if I stain the beams too dark it will bring down the ceiling. Also, what should we do about the threshold of our fireplace? The upper part is painted white. We never sandblasted it because we don’t like the color, the rosy pink color of the unfinished bottom, but shouldn't both parts match? And, what about the floors? Now I’m thinking of going really dark but I’m afraid that it’ll make the room look smaller...

What do you guys think? Let's help Bonnie out. Weigh in, after the jump...

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