A Renter's Dilemma

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Q: I live in a small guest house behind a larger property, and the owner is very attached to his oak! There is oak in the kitchen, oak baseboards, oak trim, and this oak panel type thing along (part of) the ceiling. I can't paint, so the walls stay white and the oak stays oak...

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In the pictures you can see that it doesn't extend along the whole ceiling, and there is also trim around the door and down one side of the windows. I want to install curtains and was thinking of doing floor to ceiling. However, even if I do that, when the curtains are open the wood will still be visible. Does anyone have any creative ideas as to how to handle this eyesore who has lived in a similar type of space? Either with strategically placed curtains or something else? Any ideas are welcome.

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Editor - Help Kelly with her renter's dilemma. We personally love the oak detailing, but think some temporary wallpaper, window coverings and strategically placed artwork might soften the presence of the wood throughout the space.

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