Bring the warmth of a cozy cabin to your space, no matter where you live.

How to Inexpensively Decorate a House Like a Log Cabin

by Gina Samarotto

No matter where you call home, you can create a space that evokes all the warmth and romance of a log cabin in the woods. By bringing rustic touches to your space, you can change the feel of your house easily and inexpensively. From choosing the right colors to picking the right accessories, creating your very own cabin in the woods is easier than you think.

Choose Your Colors

When you think log cabin, rich neutral hues come to mind. Delicious chocolate shades, creamy ivories, lush greens and amber honey tones are all cabin-worthy choices. The great base color you choose for your walls becomes the jumping-off point for other elements in the room, helping define your palette and setting the stage for more color and texture. For impact, think about creating an accent wall in a deep shade. Imagine a brick red accent wall against soft taupe, or deep cocoa set off by creamy vanilla. An accent wall brings huge interest to your room without having to commit to bold color throughout the entire space.

The paint doesn't stop at the walls when you're creating your perfect cabin setting. Cabin style lends itself beautifully to painted furniture, which can give new life to pieces you already may have. For example, give a chair a simple coat of paint in a hue to complement the walls, or try a painted bench tucked by the front door.

Frame Your Views

To keep that cabin appeal strong, choose window treatments that lend rustic appeal. Wood blinds are a simple way to bring cabin style to your windows. For a softer look, try textured drapery panels constructed of sail cloth, linen, tweed or even burlap. Curtain rods crafted of oiled bronze, black wrought iron or wood give just the right amount of rustic charm. Dont neglect the outside of your windows: Flower boxes spilling out blooms and greenery provides beauty you'll see and appreciate both indoors and out.

Choose Furniture with Character

Now's your chance to use that wonderful oak table you've been saving for just the right spot -- or those fabulous iron patio chairs that have been languishing in the backyard. Cabin style welcomes furniture that functions both indoors and out. In choosing new pieces to furnish your cabin, focus on materials such as reclaimed wood, wrought iron and wicker. Cozy sofas, chairs and ottomans dressed in simple canvas slipcovers are perfect additions to your cabin retreat.

Choose Your Accessories

Details count when planning a space that reflects a specific style. Great choices in accessories can bring a fresh new look to a rustic cabin theme. Beautifully framed rustic landscape scenes are a natural choice. A vintage picnic basket becomes a perfect place to stash magazines, or tuck a charming little birdhouse on a shelf. Brighten the room with light fixtures with rustic appeal. From chandeliers crafted from antlers to wrought iron lamps, finding just the perfect choice for your lighting will be a breeze. Layer on color and texture to create a cozy haven. Vibrant quilts are wonderful whether on the bed, mounted as a wall hanging or tossed on the couch for those cool nights by the fire. A few coordinating throw pillows give the room even more depth and color.

The Finishing Touches

No space is complete without those special touches that make it uniquely your own. Candles in warm, comforting scents like apple and cinnamon are the perfect touch to a cozy cabin. Summer or winter, a collection of candles in your fireplace makes a cozy focal point. A basket of pine cones is the perfect way to fill an empty corner. Make it even more enticing by weaving in mini Christmas lights. A pottery bowl filled with fresh, crisp apples is a gorgeous still life and a tasty centerpiece.

About the Author

Gina Samarotto is an award-winning designer specializing in both interior design and landscape architecture. She is the principal designer of the New York-based Samarotto Design Group.

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