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The Right Color Palette for a Log Cabin

Published By: Alicia Probst  -  Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Getting the look of a log cabin just right is dependent upon choosing the perfect color palettes. Even though log cabins are usually associated with a rustic, earthy palette, it doesn't at all mean that you don't have choices. Old world, mid-century nostalgia and even modern design aesthetics can all be worked into creating the perfect color palette for your cabin.

It's usually best to start with the color of your wood and work outward from there since log cabin color palettes are often dictated by the use of wood in the interior. This article will give you color scheme ideas that are based on wood tones that you have present in your cabin.

Grey-Toned Wood

You can create and old-world, almost Scandinavian feel with ashy wood. This tone grants you the perfect opportunity to create a cozy, modern looking cabin with an airy, light-filled atmosphere. You can pair your ash toned wood with a palette of ivory and ice blue with pops of either red or navy for effect. You cabin will look like a cool and breezy escape that absorbs light.

Light Tan Wood

Pale wood tends to be associated with a prairie design aesthetic, where unfinished, bare wood was used as a basic building material. A color palette that focuses on natural, beautiful hues can be used to enhance this existing look. Sunset salmon, grass green and soft clay can all make for an amazing palette against your pale wood background.

Yellow Toned Wood

Yellow pine is a popular choice of wood for a log cabin, but it has a dominating presence that can make choosing a balancing palette a little tricky. This assertive hue should be tempered with a soothing, contemporary palette of black, river-rock grey accented with deep, balancing hues like rose red and midnight blue. What at first seems like traffic-light yellow will become a warm, firelight glow.

Red-Toned Wood

Another assertive color in a cabin is red wood, but it begs for enrichment instead of toning. This type of cabin works perfectly with a jewel-and-earth toned palette as it allows the glow of the red wood to really shine. You can keep the palette from feeling too warm by mixing it with deep emerald, tobacco and a soothing sage. This works perfectly for a warm and cozy winter cabin.

Medium Brown Wood

This versatile wood tone pretty much allows you to do as you see fit with the color scheme. For a traditional kitsch cabin go with a palette of hunter green, rose and tan, or opt for a more contemporary palette of coral, aqua and pewter. You can chase a spring look with lilac, pale green and snowdrop white, or an autumn look with a color scheme composed of gold, russet and auburn.

Dark Wood

Dark wood cabin interiors are well- dark, and can also be dramatic. Creating contrast is the best way to handle color in a dark cabin as it adds light without losing the inherent drama of the wood. Choose a central color like snow white that is bright and pale, and then add a vibrant accent tone like jade green or royal blue. This almost mid-century modern palette can give the home a look that is lively and eye-catching.

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