How to Modernize this Panelled Room?

How to Modernize this Panelled Room?

Janel Laban
Aug 10, 2009

Q: We have bought this house and not sure what to do to modernize and brighten it up. I don't like all the wood panelling but we can't afford to remove it. If we paint it, what should we paint? Walls and ceiling, leaving the beams, skirting and architraves?...

Also, what about the fireplace? All the furniture pictured is going with the old owner, including the lead light pendant. We would like to go for a more neutral palette with splashes of colour.

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