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First up, color scheme. Before going indoors, take clues from outside. Blue-grays and slate grays inspired by water are my go-to hues for lake appeal.
In her question, modryja notes that her husband's first choice for the walls was knotty pine. It's definitely the most classic choice and is certain not to just be a fad. The yellow-ish hue can be limiting when putting together color choices; I often recommend painting the wood out white for a fresh look.
Glossy planks on the ceiling draw the eye up and emphasize a view, whether a lake or forest.