Welcome to Day 2 of 31 Days of Décor To Adore. I imagine that most of my regular readers (aka Adorable People) thought I would kick off this series with a form of French style. That style will be coming, but given that it is fall… a time when thoughts turn to cozy and comfortable nesting… I could think of nothing better than Cabin Style.
Now as rustic and charming as you might think this image of a tin roofed cabin propped up on cinder blocks, with a protruding rusted stovepipe and an outhouse in the back is, this is not the type of cabin style that will be featured. 🙂
But if you would love to see beautiful cabin décor that is complete with electricity and indoor plumbing well, this is the post for you.
Cabin design has been around since man first began to build shelter. The basic log cabin design style originated in Europe and rose to great architectural heights found in the form of Bavarian cottages and Swiss chalets.
The steep pitch design of the roof kept snow from accumulating and causing a cave in.
In rural areas it was not uncommon for cabins to be built with two stories with the intention of keeping the livestock on the first floor of the home in winter.
Immigrants searching for a new life brought their wood working skills to America where they found building material plentiful. While the early English colonists built brick and wooden frame homes it was Scandinavian immigrants settling in the colony of New Sweden (near Delaware & New Jersey) in 1638 that we can thank for bringing cabin style to the United States.
The log cabin design caught on and became the house of choice for settlers needing shelter on the woodland frontier.
Now let’s get to the good stuff~ cabin interiors. Many people think that they don’t like cabin style because they have seen far too many bad or cheesy renditions. But let’s focus on the positive. Traditional cabin colors often used are warm shades of red, yellow, orange and green.
Cozy plaids, wool Pendleton blankets, hides, antlers, and dark paneling are also found in cabin décor. Aviary, botanical and fishing themes are prevalent in art and accessories.
But for those who desire a lighter palette it too can be achieved. Paneling or interior log walls can easily be whitewashed.
In the image below traditional touches include the use of heavy hewn lumber, an antler stool and woodland tones, but the space feels decidedly fresh and modern.
Cabin décor can also be subtle with well placed accents such as a stone fireplace, a soft leather chair or warm sheepskin throw.
In dining areas traditional colors, stonework and antique cooking pots can all provide a cozy cabin feel.
This cabin feels very modern with the use of vintage Pendleton blankets as window treatments.
Kitchens are the perfect place for warm, rustic décor.
Distressed cabinetry pairs well with a river rock arch, wooden beams and paneling.
Nature can literally be invited indoors.
Bright colors can really warm up wood and stone.
While kitchen areas are often quite small in cabins, they can still offer a large influence on design.
Bedroom areas also often have space constraints. Built ins offer a stylish solution.
Even in larger bedrooms dark colors do not have to prevail. Here, both the ceiling and floor were lightened up.
Traditional cabin activities become modern art when given a coat of white paint.
For a happy twist colorful afghans and a paint by numbers gallery join in a mix of plaid.
A whip stitched lampshade, vintage deer figurines and wooden post beds all combine for a bit of tongue in cheek take on cabin décor.
As for bathrooms ~ the possibilities are endless. Tree bark used as a wall covering is truly inventive.
Color can be interjected onto most any rustic wooden surfaces.
Can you picture yourself now enjoying cabin style?
Tomorrow: Creating a cozy bit of fall on your front porch.