Ideas for a Wooden Ceiling After a Skylight Has Been Removed

In our cottage, we have a wooden, plank, vaulted, pine ceiling in a natural tone. There are two skylights we plan on removing, but we need tips on what to put in the opening. One suggestion is to put in recessed lights, while another is to nail up wood and paint the ceiling white. Before we make a decision, we are looking for ideas. I do not want the 70's light panels seen in basements and my husband prefers not to paint the wood because it is going to be a difficult task. Since this building is a bunkhouse style cottage at the lake, we can be "artsy" or creative with the plans. Currently, the window trim and cabinets are stained white with chalk paint, while the walls are a chocolate brown color. Natural color wainscotting pine boards surround the lower section of the walls. A black propane fireplace stands in a corner with black bookcases bordering the opposite wall. White curtains are on the windows hung by a pewter, industrial-style, drapery rods. A white metal bed is also in the room and it is dressed in a white down comforter and white sheets. The pillow cases and shams change with the seasons. The room is long and narrow. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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