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Because the dark wood above the fireplace seemed to take over the space, Southern Living Assistant Projects Editor Mary Leigh Fitts suggested using fabric to soften the look and make the room more colorful and cozy. For visual impact, she decided on an Asian print that offered the bright, bold pattern the room lacked.


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The panels attach to the wall with self-fastening strips (available at sewing and craft-supply stores) that are placed on the backs of the panels and inside the recessed areas on the wall. The panels can easily be removed as the homeowners' tastes change or if the fabric needs cleaning.

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