The charm of a log cabin is sought after by so many. Newly built log
cabins may look as beautiful as the traditional log homes, but just don’t give
off that rustic vibe like a traditional cabin does. When building your new log
home keep these tips in mind so your home feels as cozy as a log cabin should.
Stick to the
Many new log cabins look beautiful and rustic on the outside but lose
the cabin feel as you walk through the door. To ensure the cabin vibe stays,
try to avoid hanging sheet rock or painting the interior walls of the home. A
simple stain and sealer are all that is
needed. Same goes for the floors. Natural stone floors and hardwood floors are
best in log homes. Stone countertops such as granite work best in the kitchen and bathrooms. Wooden cabinets, unpainted
and only stained, really bring out the touch of nature in your home.
Natural Light and
Allowing lots of natural light into your log home will open up the space making it feel more inviting. Live plants
are the best décor for your home when trying to create a natural setting. When
choosing décor for your cabin, it’s best to keep it as natural as possible to
maintain the rustic feel, so use items that you can find in nature. Furnish
your home with solid wood furniture and plaid patterns on upholstery and throw
This is also where a lot of do-it-yourself projects can come into play. Picture frames made of twigs, a vase
filled with acorns, and maybe even some taxidermy wildlife hung above the
mantle. All the things that keep that rustic energy flowing in your cabin.
Maintain It All
A vast majority of first-time
cabin owners don’t fully understand the amount of work that goes into owning
and properly maintaining a log cabin. If
you opted for a more modern log cabin that basically has the look of a log home
but without the maintenance of one, then this doesn’t apply to you. If your
cabin is a traditional cabin, proper maintenance is a must.
Protecting the wood by treating for insects and sealing out moisture helps not only
preserve the life of the wood, but also keeps the home looking great. Keep
moisture away from your home and do repairs to the wood as they are needed.
Don’t put off maintenance to your home. By protecting your log home, you are
protecting your investment.
There is nothing wrong with owning a modern log cabin, but to truly keep
that natural feel alive, you have to have some level of rustic décor in place. It's that rustic, natural vibe that drew you to
this style of home in the first place, so keep it alive by keeping your cabin
as traditional as possible and using natural materials for décor. Your cabin
should be cozy and comfortable. Make it your own, make it beautiful.