After the hard work of saving up for and purchasing your own rustic cabin, you can’t leave it bare. To really make it your own, you need to focus on the Danish concept of hygge: comfortable coziness. However, you’ve got to ensure that what you do also respects the rustic air of the place. What specific things should you focus on when decorating a rustic cabin?
Focusing on “Rugged” and “Natural”
Perhaps the two most important words when outfitting your cabin in line with rustic style are the words “rugged” and “natural”. When looking at any piece, ask yourself whether it looks rugged–meaning tough and hard-weathered. Ask yourself whether pieces look natural, as if they’d be found out in the forest.
Thinking about these two words is likely to bring you toward two materials: wood and stone. Wood is probably the first material you thought about; indeed, your cabin may have wood flooring and uncovered wood walls. However, to position your cabin a little differently, look for ways you can add stone or rock to your cabin. You might, for instance, build a coffee table out of stones or use stone tiles in the bathroom.
Using Neutral Colors
The main colors to think about when selecting furniture, accessories and lighting are neutral ones. To drive home a rustle style, use brown, white, cream, black and beige.
Modernizing the Look
For your cabin to really impress people, you need to keep in mind that “rustic” doesn’t have to mean “old.” Many people make the mistake of putting furniture pieces that look old-fashioned, and what happens is that the place seems like it belongs to your grandparents. Your grandparents may be fantastic people, but you want the cabin to look like it belongs to you. Therefore, look for pieces that will freshen up and modernize the space. The easiest way to accomplish this is by using steel and other metals for a modern look. You might use steel drawer stops or get chairs with steel arms, for instance. Your light sconces might be brushed nickel or aluminum instead of wood.
Choose Substantial Pieces
When choosing couches, tables and other items, remember to choose chunky, substantial pieces. Your kitchen table shouldn’t look frail or fragile inside the kitchen. Choose weighty pieces that look like they deserve to be there. That even goes for accessories and knicknacks; a clear, small, slender vase might not work as well as a big, stone one will. Plants should have leaves that aren’t too tiny.
Remembering Your Own Personal Tastes
Don’t allow your fixation on rustic elements to negate your own style. You can be flexible with your decoration to accommodate your personal likes and tastes. For instance, if you like pink, thrown in a few pink accent pillows or use a dusty, muted rose throw rug.
With these tips, your rustic cabin is soon going to look natural, warm and personal. Consult friends and professionals if you still feel you need a few nudges in the right direction.