Should We Paint Paneling & Fireplace?

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Q: We recently moved and are not sure what to do with our den. We love the cozy feel of the parquet flooring and paneling, but it is a bit dark and dated looking. We have thought of painting either the fireplace, the fireplace and surrounding wall/bookcases, or even the entire paneling throughout the room, but are unsure what to do. We would love to hear any ideas.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.