Hello everyone. Here are two pictures of our living room: http://treygreyjoy.com/miscimages/homepics/13_Family_Room_Fireplace.jpg http://treygreyjoy.com/miscimages/homepics/14_Family_Room.jpg As you can see, there is a lot of dark wood in the ceiling and used as trim around the windows and baseboards. We would like to put in hardwood flooring, however, we are afraid that if we match the existing wood, the room will be too dark and appear smaller. Does anyone have any thoughts? Would you forgo the installation of hardwood floors, try to match the existing wood, or combine it with a lighter shade? Ideally I would love to attempt to combine it with a lighter wood on the floor, but I am at a bit of a loss as to how to handle to walls in order to bring the two woods together. The most drastic option would be to strip or replace the existing wood. The wallpaper is also coming off the walls. In a related question, do you think an interior decorater would be of help? Most of their advertisements seem to focus on paint, furniture and window treatments. I am not sure if they delve into the topics of hardwood flooring. Just looking to see what others might do in this situation. The primary motivation for removing the carpet is to increase the value of the house, so I dont want to do anything too crazy that would put off potential buyers. Thanks for any input!