Ditching the paneling and painting the walls white brightened things up.
First, Sarah focused on removing the previous owners’ decor and furniture, which had remained when she purchased the home “because frankly, it’s a hassle to transport large items down the mountains,” Sarah says. After stripping away the room’s wood paneling, a local painter repainted the walls a calming white.
Against the new white walls, the room’s remaining natural finishes — like the stone fireplace and the wood-clad ceiling — totally pop. They manage to look more modern, too, even though they’re the exact same as they were before.