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Choosing Design Accents for a Log Cabin

Published By: Alicia Probst  -  Friday, January 29, 2016

Log cabins carry history in many different cultures. Log cabins surrounded by nature can help to provide an escape or rustic life, but they are also great for celebrating cultural history and the natural world through design. You can create an unforgettable location with a timeless feeling by engaging in a design style that's harmonic with nature and with history.

Look for accents telling the story of cultures you admire or elements of nature you love when designing the interior of your log cabin. This will help you furnish the cabin in a cohesive, beautiful fashion while making your cabin feel more personal and connected to your taste. Here you'll find ideas for design accents that are in tune with log cabins.

Patchwork Quilts

Patchwork quilts can be found in many cultures, from Scandinavian to Eastern European to Early American. They all celebrate craftsmanship and the love that goes into working so hard to keep a loved one warm at night even though their colors and patterns are different. To no surprise, they have become one of the most popular design accents for log cabins.

The patchwork quilt designs you choose for your log cabin will depend on your color palette and taste; you cabin's style may not mesh well with the type of quilt you choose if you don't choose carefully. A quilt that is the obvious product of great craftsmanship is the most important part.

This pursuit of design accents can also lead to you learning how to quilt. Basic sewing skills can lead to you learning to make a patchwork quilt in just a few hours, many sewing store offer quilting classes. This can allow you the chance to turn your cabin into the guardian of your own heirlooms which will be passed down through your family for generations.

Animal Details

All cabins coexist with nature, whether they are lakeside, under the sky in the desert, or lost in a forest. Whether it's desert hares or woodland bears, it is no surprise that many cabins feature design motifs of favorite animals in the local landscape.

You can work animal details into a cabin design in dozens of ways. Though hunters love creating wall displays or even chandeliers using antlers, if you want a cruelty-free design element the choices are near limitless; you can always use things like animal woodcarvings, kitschy décor like bear-paw shaped light switches, drawings and paintings done by local artists, or faux-fur blankets and throws.

Log Furniture

When keeping with the basic construction material, accenting your design with log furniture makes sense. This bulky furnishing material has its charm and gives a rustic feel to smaller elements like coffee tables and even larger pieces like beds and sofas. Log furniture is very durable, and it is typically available in dozens of shades in order to help match with your current wood cabin.

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