A mountain cabin, whether it’s tucked away deep in the woods or located close to town, provides a wonderful opportunity to relax and enjoy being close to nature. A cabin is also a great canvas for showing off your decorating skills. Whether you go traditional or contemporary, decorating your mountain cabin can turn a simple building into your own cozy retreat.
Walls and Floors
Your cabin may already have wood on the walls and floors, and if so you probably won’t want to alter them. But if you have any painted walls, you can add some fresh light, neutral, nature-inspired paint in colors like sage green, light rust or beige. The neutral paints are a nice contrast to any wood in the room and lighten up the space while highlighting the wood’s natural beauty.
For wood floors, add some warmth with cozy area rugs. Again, neutral, solid colors or simple rustic designs work best with cabin decor.
For a traditional look, mountain cabins call out for leather or other practical upholstery materials. Even if you decide on more modern options, go for couches, chairs and other pieces without sharp edges, using the rounded, smooth frames and sides to create a timeless impression of worn comfort. Continue the use of earth tones for a natural look. You can also add some wicker seating or tables to avoid too much heaviness. In the bedrooms, create a traditional retreat feel with wood or iron. Bunk beds are always a hit in a cabin, and can provide more sleeping room for guests.
Fabrics and Colors
Too many neutrals can be boring, so add occasional pops of color using fabric, pottery and wall art. Consider traditional tartans and buffalo plaids, especially in reds. Use cozy blankets or throws for more splashes of color and to soften the impact of leather and wood furniture. In bedrooms, white spreads can balance out any dark wood or metal in the cabin. If you want a more muted color, dusty blue can be a great accent color for counters or cabinets.
In a cabin you can have fun with accessories that might not fit in other types of homes. Add some kitsch without going tacky by using antlers to hold back curtains. Make candle holders from large industrial thread spindles. Display nature-themed art on the walls and tables. Create your own art by framing fall leaves or stenciling designs onto lampshades with acrylic paints. Instead of tucking your winter gear into a closet, store sleds, snowshoes, skis or fishing gear by hanging it on the walls for display, turning it into part of your home decor.
The most important thing is to have fun and create a space where you feel comfortable and will enjoy spending time. At our shop in Frisco, Colorado we can help you find the finishing touches for your mountain cabin. We carry a variety of items such as picture frames, aspen wood vases, rustic signs, dish towels, pottery, coasters and lots of mugs and glasses to put into your cabinets. We can also direct you to some great local spots for used and new furniture and other accessories you might need!