Want to keep that winter chill out and make your home feel like a vacation spot? Convert it into your own version of a cozy cabin and you’ll never want to leave. Here are eight tips on how to achieve that atmosphere of inviting comfort in your own home.
When you think of a cabin, you can’t help but envision logs and rooms trimmed in wood – whether it appears on the ceiling, the walls, the floor or the furniture. Wood adds both a sense of warmth and a touch of nature (see number 5). If your home is already equipped with wood floors, consider re-finishing them and refreshing the room with some new accent rugs. If your home doesn’t feature any wood, look for some smaller pieces you can incorporate into your design plans, like a unique oak end-table or rich maple bookshelves.
2. The Fireplace.
There’s nothing like snuggling up by a warm, glowing fire with a cup of hot cocoa or tea and a loved one on a cold winter’s night. If you have a fireplace, consider rearranging the room to make it a focal point. You can spruce it up by redoing it entirely or by adding a fresh coat of paint and some new, rustic style picture frames and clock above the mantel.
3. Window Nook.
Every cozy cabin needs a special spot where you can nestle in with a good book (see number 7). Adding a cushioned window seat to a bay window is an excellent upgrade, sure to be used. Don’t have a spot? Create your own reading nook in a corner of a bedroom by choosing a comfortable seat, setting the mood with a warmly lit sconce, like Troy’s Stix, a rug and a shelf filled with your favorite books.
4. Rustic Antiques.
Some of the easiest and quickest accents you can add to your home to give it that cottage-in-the-woods feel are rustic style antiques (or newer items designed to emulate them). Find a storage trunk that looks as though it may hide some worthy secrets and add a chest of drawers, a distressed kitchen table or even an item like a wheelbarrow re-purposed as a place to store your throws.
5. Natural Inspiration.
Bring some of the woods inside – especially if your grounds are a bit lacking in the tree department. Find items made of – or made to look like – branches, tree trunks, stones or even birds nests and incorporate them into your decor.
6. Warm and Weathered Finishes.
Along with wood, stone and all those antiques, you want the finishes of your fixtures to blend right in, adding a level of depth and richness. Warm, matte finishes like brushed copper or brass and living patinas can accomplish just the right balance. Unique textures like the basket weave look of the Hideaway are also perfect additions.
7. Books, Quilts and other Usable Knick-knacks.
Fill your home with comfort and familiarity. Stack books (the more well-loved the better), board games and other items to surround yourself with things you enjoy. Be sure to add comfy cushions and throw pillows along with plenty of quilts and cozy throws as well.
8. Natural Lighting.
Let in the light as another way to bring in the natural world and lift your spirits. Large picture windows and French doors are wonderful, as are skylights. Don’t have those? Do the best you can with what you have to work with. Get some new window coverings that allow in as much sun as possible. Add indoor lighting that has a warm feel and can be adjusted to accompany the sunlight/ or candles and starlight at night. Dimmers and sconces are great ways to accomplish this.