(faux finisher) do this. She had a reverse laser stencil made in the pattern, then pounced on the silver metallic paint, She also painted the ceiling in silver.
French Oak finish (http://www.houzz.com/photos/125445/Manoir-Gray-Custom-Aged-French-Oak-Floors-traditional-wood-flooring-other-metro) would be my pick, if I had open floor space where it could be appreciated.The species of wood does affect the color. What ever you do, test the color on your wood species
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Regarding the ceiling height,
in this home the ceiling is 9 feet, soffited down to 8 feet in some areas. The tallest section in the middle is
great mix of stone and colour
slider into finished basement 2 bedroom apt..? or should the entrance be farther away from the garage?