Originally Posted by ATF1978
We recently bought a home and are in the process of decorating. Our great room has a LOT of wood as you can see by the attached picture and the bottom portion of the wall has a darker wood that goes around the whole room. My husband and I feel that if we lighten that wood color, it will make the room a lot brighter. Looking for professional opinions on what to do. I know once we paint it, if that's the road we go down, there's no turning back! Thoughts?
I will tell you the same as I tell any one of my customers... Colors choices are an opinion. You may ask ten people and get ten different answers. Lighter colors normally make a room appear larger and darker colors tend to close them in. In your rooms case, I do not believe that it would appear any larger because the dark area is so low.
I personally like the look as it sits and would not change it for two reasons. The lower area you are talking about is mostly covered by furniture and in my opinion would not make to much difference in brightening the room and second, I think you would take the pop out of your already beautiful room.