How to Make Your Home Look Like a Log Cabin

With heaps of rustic charm and use of natural wood, log cabin homes are cosy, inviting and comfortable. This is why more and more people are either choosing to build or buy their own log homes or even transform their existing home into a wooden wonderland. Granted, it’s not always feasible to up and leave your conventional home for a log home but there are a few changes you can make that can introduce that earthy homely feel.

With so many accessories and furnishings available for very reasonable prices, you can turn your home into a cosy cabin for less than you may think. Read on to find out more about how to transform your living space.

What you can do for walls and ceiling

In a real log cabin home, the walls and ceilings are typically made of wood or have wood showing. While this can be difficult to achieve in a conventional building, it’s not impossible. There are ways that you create a distinctive texture to look as though you’re creating a wood effect look such as log panelling. This can easily provide the standard rounded shape and rustic texture of logs no matter what your home's exterior is actually made of.

Additionally, there is a range of very affordable wallpaper and panels that you can put on your interior walls to give them that log cabin effect. Conduct some simple research to get a feel for what’s out there and what you may like. One of the most cost-effective ways to decorate your interior walls and ceilings is to paint them in neutral colours. Earthy shades of sand, walnut, burnt orange, gold or brick or blue-grey can really give a real outdoorsy feel akin to what you would find inside a log cabin.

Achieving the look of log cabin flooring

It goes without saying that wood flooring is your best bet and engineered wood flooring if you want to achieve a truly authentic log cabin feel. This can be expensive but if it’s the look that you’re really committed to, it can be totally worth it. There are different types of wood flooring that you can have laid in your home.

Traditional hardwood provides a warm, natural look that has the potential to make any room feel cosy. However, if you’re on a budget, laminate flooring that resembles wood can act as an ideal alternative. Opt for a wood species with obvious graining like hickory or cherry, and choose a warm finish and colour like a mahogany or stained wood. You can also add one of the many faux fur rugs you can buy to give that cosy look.

Plank flooring is the best style to use as this is usually wider than traditional strip flooring and looks more rustic. To lift the colour a little and make the cosiness the focal point of each room, use warming and rugged rugs. Faux fur rugs and Scandinavian style rugs can really bring your home to life.

Choosing the right furniture

Scandi design credit Ikea

You can do so much with furniture and on a budget too. Log cabin style furniture should reflect the rugged, outdoorsy look of a rustic home. Hand carved wood pieces like tables, chairs, cabinets and bookcases are ideal. But it’s always a good idea when looking to achieve this look that you choose styles that feature unfinished wood, twigs or even log pieces for a more natural feel.

When considering furniture, consider what you’ll choose from headboards to side tables and everything in between. The right furniture can make a difference and help you achieve your desired look. There are so many second-hand shops and websites that sell items for a fraction of the price they were when new. You may even be able to pick up some freebies if you look in the right place!

Home furnishings and accessories

The final touches of any home can make a real difference and round the place off nicely. For a log cabin feel, items that are rustic with patterns, and in colours that resemble light and earthy tones, can bring your log cabin inspired home to life. Stoneware pieces, including pots and pitchers, make ideal displays throughout the house such as hanging from beams or the walls. For lighting, go for fixtures that resemble lanterns or kerosene lamps for that truly rustic feel. Artwork and furnishings that feature wildlife, such as bears, deer, and ducks, can also bring a look of authenticity to your home.

Scandinavian style furnishings are a great way to make your home feel like a log cabin and these can be easily found at places like Ikea or Clas Ohlson  Alternatively, you may find cheap and heavily discounted items in charity shops and online auction sites.

Stay within budget

When it comes to rejuvenating your home, it can add up quite considerably. Therefore, before you begin, come up with a budget and try to stick to it. It can be so easy to get carried away and spend a little more than you had expected to so it's important to be strict with yourself and avoid overspending.

Stick to discounted retailers and second-hand shops, perhaps mix in the odd new item from Ikea and you should be on your way to having your very own log cabin style home on the not so distant future.

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  1. We used to have an actual log cabin in the bottom of the garden in our last house which Mat used as his office. I miss the peace and quiet! I'm a big fan of natural materials though. We have lots of real wood in our home.

  2. Oh that's so beautiful. I once had a week's holiday in a log cabin in Scotland and it was just ace, so atmospheric. You really feel like you're part of nature.

  3. I’d love a log cabin - my mum and dad have one as a summer house in their garden! I love the bedroom look in this post :)

  4. I love the sound of using lots of natural materials to create a cosy home.