Design Ideas for Dark Paneling, Brick and Built-ins?

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Q: My hubby and I are done furnishing our living room (photo gallery below), and our style is a mix of mid-century modern and contemporary. I want to paint the wood panel wall, update the fireplace and stain/paint the built-in cabinet, and I seek the stellar style advice of Apartment Therapy’s readers. (Please excuse the Halloween decorations in the photos – we don’t normally decorate with skulls)

Do I stain the built-in to be a dark wood, and paint the wood panel as an accent wall? Or is that too much dark wood? Should I paint the built-in cabinet an accent color and paint the wood paneling the same off-white as the rest of the room? Any ideas for accent colors? As for the fireplace: do I leave the bricks and change the metal frame (not sure what that is called)? Or does the brick clash with our style, so I should just cover it with stone or tile? Any ideas and inspiration would be greatly appreciated.

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