A before photo of a dining room with pine boards up half of the wall that has windows with interior shutters. A small table with two chairs is positioned in the middle of the room.
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How do you lighten up your dining room without making a lot of costly changes? Interior designer Jeffrey Marks provides some useful lessons at his own beach house, where a low ceiling, knotty pine wainscoting, and old-fashioned shutters made the room feel cramped and tired.
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