Have you ever dreamed of living in a charming, comfortable cabin on the edge of a lake, surrounded by the peacefulness and richness of nature? Close your eyes and imagine the sounds of birds chirping and the gentle lapping of the water against the shore. Inhale deeply the fresh air with the hint of the woody fragrance of large shade trees and the firewood piled up for winter. Think about spending your evenings snuggled into a big, overstuffed chair with a good book to read or movie to watch while being warmed by a crackling fire. It sounds pretty idyllic, doesn’t it?
Though you may not be able to actually move into this lakeside cabin, you can create the feel of a cabin with your interior decor regardless of where you live. In fact, many are doing just that by creating a cabin retreat at home to escape the urban complexities they live within the rest of the time. The essence of cabin decor is easy-going simplicity and comfort that is inspired by nature. It is welcoming and unassuming. Best of all, it is easy on the budget with creativity over cost, natural over manufactured, old and rustic over new and trendy.
Cabin decor can be used throughout a home or in a single room, such as a soothing bedroom retreat. Depending on personal tastes and interest the decor can reflect a mountain cabin theme with colors of greens, browns, oranges, and yellows. It can be more of a lakeside theme incorporating blues, greens, and browns. There are natural elements of wood floors, wood and wrought iron furnishings and accents, wicker, and leather. Furnishings may be mismatched hand-me-downs or garage sale purchases refreshed with slipcovers. Include an abundance of soft textures with chenille throws, tapestry pillows, and inviting quilts.
Any room, regardless of theme, comes alive and is personalized with accessories. Continue the natural, rustic materials with birch bark frames to feature family photos or nature art. Dried wildflowers or pinecones displayed in pottery or baskets bring the outdoors in. Complete the space with rustic wildlife wall art and hand-crafted sculpture such as lifelike wood carved ducks and wildlife table lamps.
There is no right or wrong with cabin decor so have fun by incorporating those elements that make you happy. The goal is comfort, warmth, and relaxation in a space that offers a natural retreat from the world at large.
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