Tips To Brighten Up Wood-Lined Wall?

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Q: I am moving into this apartment in September. It's a rental and I cannot paint over this. I am looking for any advice for brightening up this wall… also, potentially making it look less masculine! And yes, that is a fireplace on the bottom left behind the bikes, non-working.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.