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John loves this rustic look
need for light in a space with dark walls & wood ceiling/floors
to left of fireplace in family room, where space is tight.
two sofas opposite each other with dual chairs at end.
use a semi-transparent stain to darken the ceiling?
definitely: darken ceiling to provide contrast that will allow the room to tolerate darker walls.
contrast bn beams and ceiling