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Colourful Dining Room

Use upholstered panels to mask bland walls.

If touching your walls is not an option (as with a rental unit), or if it's not in the budget to cover an entire wall with wallpaper, wrap a large piece of plywood to create a freestanding art panel instead. Here, a retro-style floral brightens up an otherwise featureless eating area in a small apartment.

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