How to Decorate My Living Room For a Rustic Cabin Feeling

Perhaps you just returned from a trip out west and fell in love with the rustic, simple beauty of log cabin style. Or maybe you are just naturally drawn to the cozy, warm charm that log homes evoke. Whatever the reason, decorating your living room to look like a rustic cabin is a style that can be achieved by sticking to earth tones, striking a balance between hard lines (such as wood) and soft lines (like fabric) and not being afraid to add touches of whimsy and rustic country flair.

Things You'll Need

  • Earth-toned paint colors (and all painting supplies)
  • Cabin-themed area rug
  • Log or wood furniture
  • Leather or plaid fabric-covered chairs and sofa
  • Buffalo plaid pillows and blankets
  • Buffalo plaid flannel shirt
  • Moose-themed, burlap or homespun cotton window treatments
  • Antler-inspired lighting
  • Twig-trimmed picture frames or mirrors
  • Old fishing gear or snowshoes

Choose paint colors in earth tones that remind you of being outside. Soft tan, sage green, straw yellow and rich gold are all suitable color choices for painting the walls in your rustic living room.

Focus on your living room floor. If you have a hardwood floor, leave it that way. Wood floors automatically set the tone in a rustic cabin room. If you have a floor that is covered by a neutral-colored carpet, you are also in luck. Neutral carpeting also blends nicely in a rustic cabin room. And if you have carpeting that is bright or patterned, try covering most of it with a large rag rug in earth tones or a cabin-themed area rug.

Select furniture that blends a rugged, outdoor feel with cozy, inviting warmth. For example, pair up a comfortable, brown leather sofa with rustic end tables made from real logs. Use an antique wooden trunk as your coffee table, and scatter super-soft leather or plaid fabric-covered chairs around the chest to make an instant conversation area that is warm and inviting to guests.

Add some softness to the room by scattering buffalo plaid (red and black plaid) pillows on chairs and sofas. Scour your local antique stores or shop at outdoor pro shops to find buffalo plaid wool blankets. Using buffalo plaid in a cabin-inspired room gives your space that rugged, yet warm rustic feeling needed to effectively create this style. Continue the red and black look by hanging a buffalo plaid flannel shirt on a door nail or peg.

Choose window treatments that evoke a distinctive cabin feel. Purchase window valances that feature moose and bear prints or select plain burlap or homespun cotton plaid styles that are more simple and plain. Many curtain styles are available at your local home store or through specialty online shops.

Accessorize with antler-inspired lighting and twig-trimmed picture frames and mirrors. Secure old fishing gear or antique snowshoes to the wall to add instant cabin charm. Place decorative items in your cabin-themed room that accentuate the look.


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