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When you begin your remodeling project, take into account the concept of balance in a room. There are three elements to think about: floor, walls (and what's on them) and ceiling.
Mixing and matching complementary hardwood species and/or colors is a great way to add depth to a room. For example, when remodeling your kitchen, you may choose a hardwood floor design in a dark oak. It's grounding and solid, giving your room a sturdy visual foundation. Your kitchen cabinets could then be a lighter shade, giving a sense of space to the room, even if you have a lot of cabinets. Moving from dark to light to the ceiling, which can be white or a light cream color, completes the visual shift and balances the room nicely.