Paint Or Stain Wood In 1917 Home?

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Q: We live in a 1917 Foursquare and the wood on the first floor had been painted in the past but when we bought the house (about a year ago) it was bare. If it was pristine wood there is no doubt I would stain it, but it's not pretty and getting it totally clean would be a lot of work. I'm leaning toward painting it white but I don't want to be disrespectful to this house. The wood in the rest of the house was replaced in a renovation in the 90's and is all stained dark red. I don't really love the color of the stain, so if we stained the first floor we'd either have to stain it the same red or stain it a different color. Suggestions?
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