Best wood to stain dark for paneling, ceiling, and bookshelves?
our library will be all wood. The floor is a dark stained maple, almost an espresso color. I want the walls, bookshelves, and ceiling to be a little bit lighter and am not sure what species of wood to use. I hear maple is not the best choice. The carpenter does not use poplar or birch. Cherry is much too pricey for us and I'd guess walnut is, too. Any thoughts? thanks!