Do you long for a vacation in a cozy, mountain cabin? Wouldn’t it be nice to leave work and hide away in a rustic retreat, surrounded by nature’s glorious beauty? You can create your own personal rustic hideaway with a simple home makeover.
Redesign your home’s style and add elements of rustic flair in a few easy steps. When you imagine a log cabin, you probably envision natural materials. The key to designing a rustic, western room is bringing the outdoors inside.
You can go outside and gather many of the design elements you will need to transform your home. Look for large rocks, twigs, or tree branches. You can place a bundle of twigs in a vase to create a simple centerpiece. Try hanging a large branch on the wall to secure a beautiful, antique quilt.
Choose a color scheme based on earthy hues such as deep browns, olive greens, dark reds, or autumn yellows. You could also add accent pieces made of metal or wrought iron. Denim fabric offsets the rustic style when used to cover throw pillow or even picture frames.
You should add many accessories to give the room a feeling of warmth, while keeping furnishings minimal. Western style cabins are usually sparsely furnished with simple pieces and clean lines. The more natural wood you can incorporate, the better your design will look.
Consider refinishing thrift store coffee tables or dressers to replace furniture on a small budget. You can also search the thrift store for accessories with an antique feel. Look for old glass bottles, antique kitchen tools, quilts, embroidered pillows, and Native American crafts.
Add a beautiful area rug to insert softness into your rustic room. Look for a large rug in a neutral color or earth tone. You could even look for a rug with a Native American pattern to use as your room’s focal point.
Animal print rugs could also work well in a Western room. Look for rugs with soft fibers that will make you feel like you’ve escaped to a mountain cabin. Comfort is the key to a rustic, Western design. You could also use a solid colored rug that offsets your wall color.
If your walls are painted a neutral beige or gold, choose a deep red rug. Navy blue rugs also look nice when paired with natural wood furnishings. Finish your Western design by using old items in unexpected ways.
Try using cowboy boots as bookends or rawhide as wall hangings. Horseshoes make innovative candle holders or they could be displayed on a shelf. Use western bandannas to make pillow covers or to cover lamp shades. Get creative and watch your room transform before your eyes!
Last, make sure you take advantage of all available natural lighting. Harsh overhead lights will ruin the effect of rustic design so use your windows as a design element. Add lamps around the room as needed to compensate in areas with little natural light.
When your room makeover is complete, relax and enjoy your beautiful, Western retreat.