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Making Your Rustic Decor Lighter

Deciding to adorn your home or cabin in a rustic theme is an exciting prospect that will allow you to express your artistic side while transforming ordinary rooms into beautiful and unique areas. Congratulations on choosing a classy, timeless motif. The next step is to begin acquiring quality, rustic items that will build a stylish, welcoming atmosphere. Because rustic decor is usually characterized by the darker, richer elements found in nature, blending in light accenting is crucial.

Perhaps you’ve had the experience of walking into an antique store where the shelves were laden with trinkets, signs, dinnerware, etc., and you had to navigate around high-backed sofas and oak dining tables while your eyes darted in all directions, unsure where to focus. The aisles felt crammed and the store cave-like; this effect is similar to what can happen when a home has been over-decorated and saturated in dark tones. The key is learning how to strike a balance. Below are tips and tricks on how to do just that.

Getting started– Ask yourself the following questions about the room(s) you’re decorating:

  • How big is the area?

Small/narrow/windowless rooms need light and neutral wall colors to prevent creating a closed-in feeling. Large/open floor plans allow more leniency to play with rich tones.

  • How high are the ceilings?

Tall ceilings are great for showy chandeliers/hanging lights while short ceilings will mean a “less is more” approach for both lighting and wall hangings. Overcrowding makes rooms of any size appear smaller.

  • What atmosphere do you want to create?

When selecting color, you should go beyond appearance to also consider the moods they elicit. According to www.feng-shui-and-beyond.com, here are a few popular colors and their potential effects:

Orange– stimulating, active, cheerful and sociable

Purple– soothing, calming, and represents abundance/prosperity

Grey– neutral, calm, and quiet

Brown– comfortable, grounding, and stable

Red– activating, stimulating, passionate, exciting, powerful, and expanding

Yellow– happy, uplifting, warm, stimulating, and expansive

Green– calming, balancing, healing, relaxing, and tranquil

Blue– calming, healing, soothing, and relaxing

Black– sophistication, power, elegance, and modernity

White– clarity, innocence, cleanliness, spirituality, purity, hope, expansiveness, and openness

Pink– sedating and calming

  • What does my budget look like?

Decorating doesn’t have to mean spending exorbitant amounts of money. A modest budget and a gallon of paint can easily transform any room into a gorgeous woodland getaway. Buy only items you love, knowing you can add others over time.

Working with wall color– If you have a lot of dark/nature decor (pinecone lights, rugged furniture, wood signs, etc.), you should consider offsetting your rich accents with a neutral wall shade. Some time-tested colors include variations of sand and tan, grey, light blue, taupe, beige, and, of course, creams and white. For larger rooms, you’ll be able to get away with bolder shades on all walls or for accent walls. Some go-to tones for cabin themes are crimson, burnt orange, chocolate brown, and olive green.

If you have log walls or paneling, focus on selecting rustic items that will add pops of color, such as a lively window treatment, wall hanging, throw blanket, etc.

Work with what you’ve got– Remember to use smaller items in smaller rooms to balance out the space. That means smaller rugs, less furniture, fewer wall hangings, and lighter tones. Use window treatments that are light airy. Large rooms, on the other hand, are where you’ll want to show off your oversized lodge rugs, grand furniture sets, darker accent walls, and that collection of Northwoods paintings.

The balancing act– Consider items you want to showcase and keep the area around them clear of clutter and/or put them where your eye is naturally drawn when you walk into the room. Remember neutral paint will bring out your pictures while allowing your eye to roam to your cabin rug or wildlife chandelier.

Don’t be afraid to experiment– You can easily turn a rugged cabin into a chic suite with a few smart changes. Imagine your dining room with a coat of icy-blue paint to highlight a moose antler chandelier suspended beautifully above a Barnwood table while pinecone curtains adorn the windows nearby. Perhaps you could cover those brown living room walls with beige so your cedar furnishing and lake themed throw pillows can take the spotlight. Even swapping out opaque lampshades for cream ones can sometimes make all the difference.

Creating a rustic atmosphere isn’t about overwhelming the senses in dark wood and wildlife images, it’s about choosing thoughtful decor that will enhance what you already have while balancing it with complimentary light tones. Be fearless. Flex your creative muscles and watch your rustic motif come to life.

For more decorating ideas and/or to find the perfect rustic decor for your home or lodge, visit us at www.cabinplace.com today.

Rustic Decor for Summer

Summer is an exciting time to transform your home decor. Whether you’re getting ready for a big family cook-out or rejuvenating your favorite spot to kick off your sandals and sip lemonade, we have fantastic design tips to incorporate your rustic style while creating a professional, polished appearance without the professional price.

For the decorating novice, at first the possibilities can feel overwhelming but never fear- below we’ve compiled a list of several no-fail, go-to themes that are sure to impress and help you get started. These are time-tested motifs that won’t go out of style and require little to no updating from year to year:

  • The Patriot– The combination of iconic red, white and blue tones during the hot season is a timeless crowd-pleaser. Reuse red table cloths and napkins from Christmas and serve up fresh fruit and appetizers on rustic serving trays alongside woodland themed platters. Dust off decorative vases and fill them with hand-picked daisies. Scatter flags, candles and rugged star decor throughout the kitchen and sitting rooms and don’t forget touches of burlap will make you look like a decorating guru. No longer limited to Fourth of July, patriotic decor, when balanced with generous doses of white, is classy enough to be displayed year-round.
  • The Westerner– Bring out your zest for the great American west with rugged browns and red. Hang a used lasso on a wall hook or over the back a rocking chair. Use an old, leather boot to conceal a vase as hand-picked wildflowers drape over top. Put your cowboy hats out for all to see and adorn your dining room table with bandana napkins and western star salt and pepper shakers. Hot glue rope or twine around an empty wine bottle for use as a candle holder and have fun with lucky horseshoe accents. Don’t forget equestrian throw blankets for the couch are a must-have!
  • Beach Bungalow– For many, the word summer is synonymous with sunny images of beaches, glistening water and outstretched docks. Luckily for us, capturing the serenity of the shoreline is effortless with a few well-placed items. Create a stunning table centerpiece by placing sand and seashells collected during your last vacation in a glass bowl with candles and fill with water and floating candles for a whimsical effect. Turquoise, baby blue and seafoam tones pair amazingly with white curtains and beach themed rugs. The key for a genuine-looking beach theme is to keep it light and airy. Don’t forget to add hints of nautical decor throughout, such as a sailboat themed lamp, seashell pillows, and ocean bedding for an upscale appearance.
  • Traditional Cabin– When it comes to the cabin theme, you can’t go wrong with nature and wildlife accenting. Line your outdoor walkways with rustic solar lights and bear signs to welcome guests before they enter your northwoods getaway. Woodland clocks, canoe-shaped coat racks, pinecone table runners, and moose rugs all complement wood furnishings in flawless fashion while checker board designs and flannel fabrics are classic staples you can use in your lodge the whole year-round. Host your next campfire party surrounded by authentic country style.

If you’re a decorating enthusiast who’d rather mix it up than stick to a single theme, here are some general tips to enhance your rustic summer look:

  • Keep it light– White, yellow, gray, blue, pink, purple, and sand hues are ideal for creating a fresh, summer atmosphere. In particular, yellow and gray possess a great wow factor that increases when you add a pop of turquoise or pink. Seasonal throw pillows, blankets, rugs, and place settings are simple, inexpensive items you can easily swap out for a completely updated look with the changing of each season. Remember to save dark, rich tones for colder months and don’t be afraid to blend cool and warm colors.
  • Keep it natural– The best part of summer is highlighting the beauty right outside your front door. Use flowers, shells, fruit, pinecones, berries and anything else majestic Mother Nature provides to enhance your lodge motif. Also, natural wood furnishings, while impressive year round, are perfection during the summer. Rearrange your furniture for a renewed appearance and be sure to bring any Barnwood items to the forefront.
  • Keep it simple– While updating your decor, it can be tempting to go overboard. Resist poorly made, kitschy box store items that clutter surfaces and go out of style and instead shop for well-made, tasteful items you can enjoy for decades to come. Adding an item or two each year ensures you’ll have a growing collection you’ll love.
  • Keep it fun– Now is the time to experiment! For example: put out a bright table cloth and mix and match your favorite napkins and placemats for a colorful look. Swap out lamp shades and dress up patio furniture with new pillows. Refresh your guests by serving cool beverages in nature themed drinkware or mason jars while substituting ice-cubes with frozen fruit. Anything goes, so use your imagination.

The sunshine months are a time for playing with bright colors and experimenting with rough and smooth textures. By being bold and taking chances, you can fashion a festive home environment that’s as unique as you are without breaking the bank. So grab your sunglasses, heat up the grill and express yourself through fun, rustic decor you and your guests won’t soon forget!

Reasons Why You Should Have a Western Theme Bathroom

A western theme is one type of western ranch decor that creates a natural, relaxing atmosphere in the home. The western bathroom accessories remind you of the rustic outdoor setting that is reminiscent of the Old West, bringing a feeling of simplicity to the room, which many people find soothing. The various designs include stars, cowboy boots, horses, cowboys and more. Each and every piece coordinates perfectly with the rest, contributing to an authentic western theme that cannot be denied!

Create an Extension of the Master Bedroom

If you have chosen a western theme for your master bedroom, extending the same theme into the master bath is a must. The ease with which you can bring these various pieces together makes it possible to get the same cohesive look that you would expect from a professional decorator. This is because the bedding, bath linens, and accessories are professionally designed to reflect popular icons of a simpler time. Start by choosing the western-style shower curtain that best coordinates with your western bedding to serve as the focal point of the bathroom. Styles like the Team Roper, Cowhide Tooled Leather, Old West, and Luxury Star shower curtains make it easy to bring the western theme to your bathroom and give you a foundation to build on.

To Reflect Your Cowboy Lifestyle

Ranchers, farmers, rodeo, and equine enthusiasts are just some of the modern cowboys who still appreciate the simplicity of the western life. Western ranch decor is the perfect style to accentuate your lifestyle and the things you love most about it. There is simply no better way to decorate your bathroom than with the western bathroom accessories and linens that will complement the rest of your home. Create an atmosphere that you feel comfortable in, and which is designed for your lifestyle, instead of settling for a modern classic bathroom design.

How to Use Texas Star Bedding in Your Home

The lone star has been a symbol for the state of Texas since its origin in 1845, placed on the flag that was used in various battles to stir Texans into action. Throughout history, the meaning of the symbol has been interpreted as standing for leadership, independence, and a desire by the citizens of the state to become a part of the United States. Today, the Texas Star is used as a symbol of bravery, loyalty, and purity, characteristics that many Texans still take to heart today. The use of western star bedding in your home is a beautiful way of adding rustic appeal while symbolizing your individualism and sense of freedom.

Luxury Star Comforter Sets

This western bedding set perfectly exemplifies the strength and history behind the Texas Star, while providing you with the ultimate luxury and comfort you want for your bedroom. The comforter is made from caramel brown micro-fiber suede with a border of Texas Stars, giving a rich, western look that will complement any rustic bedroom. The comforter set comes in twin, full, queen, or king size to fit any size bed. Window treatments and shower curtains are also available to help expand on your Texas Star theme throughout the bedroom and the master bath.

Buckskin Laredo Western Bedding

Similar in design to the Luxury Star comforter sets, the Buckskin Laredo western bedding comes in a natural buckskin tan with coffee brown accents, to create a style that is both neutral and attention-getting. The embroidered Texas Star pattern coordinates easily with the star-embroidered sheet set that is made from 100% cotton. There is also a chocolate Laredo western bedding set that is tastefully designed in chocolate and caramel browns for a perfect western canvas for fine embroidered stars.

Turquoise Star Laredo Embroidered Comforter Sets

Like the Texas Star, turquoise has a place in the history of the Old West. The turquoise Texas Stars embroidered on this bedding set add a splash of color on the buff faux suede fabric for something different in rustic western bedding. Coordinated sheets are available separately, featuring an embroidered barb-wire pattern that adds a perfect accent to your western look.

Texas Star Accessories

There are many items available to help you coordinate your western star bedding with every corner of the room. Beautifully detailed throw pillows will look great on the bed or in a rocking chair in the corner. Round and rectangular rugs have intricately detailed stars to provide an accent to bedroom or bath. Hang an Out West mirror with star details over a rustic table for the perfect place to check your makeup or get a last look at your clothes.

The Texas Star is a versatile feature that gives rustic, western appeal to your bedroom. Although there are many accessories that are made with the Texas Star design, they also offer versatility through the different colors and designs. To place your order for western star bedding, call Cabin Place at 877-884-0248.

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Cowboy Themed Bedding

Many kids love to fantasize about the western life and what their days would have been like when living in the Old West. Thanks to a wide variety of rustic western bedding, living out the western fantasy isn’t just for the little cowboy any more. Beautifully detailed western bedding that is as comfortable as it is visually appealing is the ideal start for creating a western themed room. There are designs for the smallest cowgirl and the roughest, toughest cowboy, alike.

Setting the Theme

When decorating your bedroom with a cowboy theme, the bed will be the central focus of the room. The style of bedding you choose will be the key feature that you use to decorate the rest of the room. Even if the room wasn’t crafted with the same types of materials that you might expect to see in a traditional western bedroom, there are techniques you can use to give the room the authentic touch that you have in mind.

The more coverage you add to your walls, the more you can add to your rustic cowboy theme. One option is to paint walls in coordinating colors to match your western bedding and add the appropriate western themed wall art. You can also use wallpaper borders and murals to add real western scenes or symbols that expand on the design of your bedding.

Choosing Your Accessories

Every accessory you choose for the bedroom will contribute to the authenticity of the cowboy theme. A log bench at the foot of the bed, or a western style throw pillow in the hickory rocking chair in the corner will have a tremendous impact on the appeal of your design. Not only do the little touches matter, but the number of touches you add will combine to have a greater impact than simply adding a few details with a common theme. Coordinate your window covers to your rustic western bedding and add a couple of carefully chosen throw rugs to make the decor look unified.

Additional Western Themed Details that Can Combine for Greater Impact:

  • Lamps
  • Switchplate and outlet covers
  • Fan pulls
  • Nightlights
  • Sculptures
  • Shelf brackets
  • Throws and pillows

When accentuating the bedroom, there are also some things that should be omitted. Even a single significant item that belongs to a different era can take away from your decorating efforts. Lava lamps and strobe lights are some obvious no-no’s for a cowboy themed room. There are also many others that have a modern look which would belong in a different setting.

You may also want to find some authentic western tack to display in the room. An old saddle, printed feed sacks, and spurs are some examples of items that will add real-life western appeal. You could also look for worn cowboy boots to place on a shelf, or a cowboy hat to throw onto the bed post. Once you choose the right western bedding to set the tone of the bedroom, there are lots of ways to add to the theme to create a luxuriously rustic bedroom that cowgirls or cowboys of any age will enjoy. To order your rustic western bedding, call Cabin Place at 877-884-0248.

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Bedding for the Horse Lover

The equestrian lifestyle is one in which the spirit of the animal and the west permeates everything you do. As the theme of rustic bedding sets, various horse designs represent the various breeds and uses that horses have in western society. Rustic meets luxury in overstuffed comforters with coordinated accessories that capture the heart of the old west and the passion for these majestic animals that continues today.

Cowboys are considered the basis for the traditional western. Equine enthusiasts know that the cowboys wouldn’t have gotten very far without the horses they used for working the fields, driving the herds, and as a primary means of transportation. Horses are as much a part of the western lifestyle as cowboy hats, barbwire, and log furniture.

Equine Bedding Makes the Perfect Focal Point of Your Bedroom

No matter what style of decor you have for your bedroom, the bed will be the focal point and the piece of furniture that sets the theme for the entire room. Your choice in western bedding will determine which accessories you will use throughout the bedroom. For example, the Team Roper bedding has a beautifully detailed roping design in the center with three strands of barbwire all the way around the outside of the design to perfectly frame the image. The bedding is designed in neutral tans and browns in true western spirit. There are many accessories that include the barbwire detailing, including luxurious sheets with intricate barbwire embroidery.

The Denali Red Running Horses bedspread blanket is another example of exceptional equestrian imagery that depicts horses running freely across the Western foothills. The earthy red color is featured against a black background for a striking contrast against the rustic earth tones. There are also matching shams, bedskirts and pillows for a coordinated bed that you will enjoy for its beauty and comfort.

The Great Basin Wild Horses comforter sets make it easy to get the coordinated rustic bedding you want for an equine inspired bedroom. Each set includes the overstuffed comforter, bedskirt, and shams for a perfectly coordinated look. Matching lined drapes with tie-backs feature the same scenery of galloping wild horses in the Great Basin of Northern Nevada. The high quality upholstery-grade fabric of the comforter is backed in chocolate, and trimmed with faux leather, both of which representing the authentic colors and fabrics that are integral to any western decor.

Be sure to look at the variety of equine-themed western rugs that are made to be the perfect complement to your equine rustic bedding. Rugs feature cowboys on horseback, rodeo riders, sheriff’s posse, running horses, and many other designs. The variety of sizes and shapes provide you with the perfect tool to expand your equestrian-themed bedroom to any area of the room. Mix and match styles, colors, and designs to create a unique look that looks like it was created by a real designer. To order your equestrian bedding, call Cabin Place at 877-884-0248.

 

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Why Choose Barbwire Bedding for Your Western Decor

Barbwire has long stood as a symbol of strength and toughness in the West. Even those who live in the biggest cities recognize the material for its representation as a barrier for animals and a familiar tool that was used in the Westward expansion. While barbwire has been around for decades, it continues to be a familiar sight on farms, ranches, and other types of animal facilities today. The symbolism and simplicity of barbwire makes it the ideal theme for use in western bedding.

When decorating any room of your home in a western theme, your goal should be to implement as many recognizable features as possible. For example, textured walls and ceilings set the tone for traditional western style decor. Furniture, tables, flooring, and decorative wooden items used to decorate the bedroom should be made from distressed wood. Traditional Western styling also includes leather and geometric patterns to create a comprehensive appeal to the room.

Many of the features highlighted in tips for rustic or western decor include architectural designs such as wood beams or tile floors. For homes in which these features are not a part of the structure, there are less extensive ways of giving your bedroom a more authentic design. For one, use western style rugs that coordinate with your rustic bedding. This can either be a design that specifically showcases your barbwire theme, or a compatible pattern or design that coordinates with your bedding.

Since the bed is the central piece of furniture in the room, a rustic or log style bed is ideal. Natural and distressed wood is a part of the western appeal, and nothing goes more naturally with your barbwire bedding than bedroom furniture made especially for that purpose.

One of the beautiful things about barbwire bedding is that it doesn’t have to stand alone as your western theme. It makes a wonderful accent to the variety of designs and patterns that are a part of the western bedding collection. Whether you choose throw pillows with a moose and bear for decor, or stick with the cowboy-inspired theme, barbwire works as an accent piece to anything western. It sets the scene and complements every other staple or accessory that you want to use.

The Smallest Details

Achieving the decorator-style look you want in your western bedroom requires you to pay attention to the smallest details. The cover plate for your light switch, the wallpaper border around the middle of the walls, the lights, and the accessories on your shelves: all play a role in the authenticity of your barbwire-themed bedroom. Omit those details that you want, to accommodate your personal taste, and replace them with the authentic western decor that will have an atmosphere of the genuine American West.

Decorating with barbwire bedding is also easy as far as choosing the right colors. The bed sets include the comforter, shams, and bedskirt in colors and patterns that coordinate well with each other and with the other decorative items you will find in the western decor collection. The barbwire sheet sets will work with any bedding set you choose. Just pick the color that you prefer and create the ideal barbwire theme for your bedroom. To order your barbwire bedding, call Cabin Place at 877-884-0248.

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Choosing a Rustic Dining Room Set

Many people mistakenly interpret the word “rustic” as meaning furnishings that are worn or somewhat broken down. In reality, the rustic style is popular not only for its exceptional beauty, but for the superior materials and craftsmanship used to make it last for years. That’s why you want to select rustic dining room furniture that will accommodate your needs for a long time. The central focus of the dining room is the table and chairs. That should be the starting place for furnishing your rustic dining room.

Materials

Rustic house decor is made from a variety of materials found in nature. Hickory, cedar log, and barnwood are used to build strong furniture with a rough, natural finish. The very nature of rustic design allows you to bring together a variety of materials and styles instead of being limited to coordinating the wood finishes like you do with other styles. This gives you more flexibility to add accessory pieces to the dining set of your choice instead of limiting the furniture pieces that will blend in.

Shapes and Size

Dining tables come in round, rectangular, square, and oval shapes. They may be made of rough boards or of logs. They come in heights that accommodate either regular dining chairs or benches. Some offer more flexibility by having extensions that allow you to expand your dining area. Before choosing which size and shape of dining table you need, you will need to consider how much seating room you need and the available space in your dining area. Measure the available space in the room. Leaving between 42 and 48 inches of space between the table and the wall or furniture on each side, how much room does that leave for the table?

Each diner requires approximately two feet of space to eat comfortably. If you only have larger numbers of guests on occasion, an expanding table may be your best option. To better visualize what a certain sized table will look like in your dining room, use a bed sheet folded to the exact dimensions in the area where the table will be placed.

Chairs and Accessories

The chairs you choose to complete your rustic dining room set will make a big impact on the overall style of the furniture. Cutout arm chairs feature trees, ducks and other rustic themes that give instant rustic appeal to the room. There are also upholstered and plain log chairs from which you can use a single design or mix-and-match for a more unique look. Benches in a variety of styles are also available to use with specially designed dining tables.

Although the dinette set is the focus point of your dining room, the right accessories can give a sense of unity to your theme. Buffets, hutches, and display cabinets can be used for needed storage and to add to the beauty of the dining room decor. Choose display items carefully to ensure they are the best way to take advantage of the beautiful rustic furniture instead of taking away from the rustic theme. To learn more about our rustic dining room furniture or to place your order, call Cabin Place at 877-884-0248.

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How to Incorporate Bar Furniture with Your Kitchen Decor

The kitchen is one of the most lived-in rooms in any home. Not only do you want a kitchen that is functional, but one that has the perfect ambiance to make it a joy to spend time there with your family members. Log cabin decor ideas for the kitchen often suggest incorporating bar furniture into the kitchen as a way to make the room even more inviting. A variety of tables, chairs, and stools can be used to complement your log home furniture for a room that is as traditionally rustic as it is livable.

Like any kitchen today, those in log cabin styles homes are often made with a bar and/or an island. There are many styles of bar stools and counter chairs to choose from to add the perfect complement to your log home kitchen furniture. The right choice in bar seating will help you get professional looking results. You will be surprised at how the right chairs or stools will elevate the style in your kitchen.

Choosing Your Materials

One of the features of using log cabin decor ideas in your home is that the materials all need to be natural, but they don’t have to coordinate. For instance, you might have beautifully custom designed hickory kitchen cabinets, a barnwood kitchen table, and cedar log counter stools. Bringing together different types of log home furniture will give your log cabin style kitchen the appearance of having been collected randomly instead of having each piece of log home furniture coordinate with the next. This gives you more options for choosing the seats that you like best, without straying from your decor theme.

Choosing the Style

Although all of the seating choices you have available to you may be appropriate for use with the log home furniture in your kitchen, some styles will probably look better than others. You will want to consider whether you want simple bar stools that offer no support, or bar stools that are more like a chair, complete with arms. If the seats will be used to eat meals and spend any significant time there, the stools with arms will provide you with a better sitting experience.

Measure the Height

A normal kitchen counter top is 36-inches high, while the normal height of a bar is 42 inches. These are industry standards and will help you when it comes time to picking out bar stools. Be sure to measure the height of your area so that you know the size of chair or stool that will fit underneath. Bar stools that are 24 inches in height are designed for counters, while those that are 30 inches high are for bars.

Kitchens without a Bar or an Island

If you do not have a bar or island in your kitchen, it doesn’t mean that you can’t implement log home furniture for the bar into your kitchen. A variety of table styles and sizes are available that you can coordinate with the log cabin bar stools to create a unique and rustic dining and/or entertaining area in your kitchen. To learn more about log cabin style bar furniture, call Cabin Place at 1-877-884-0248.

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How to Make Your Home Look and Feel like a Rustic Retreat

Your desire to turn your home into a rustic retreat may be based on fond childhood memories of time spent enjoying nature or simply a matter of creating a relaxing atmosphere that reflects the solitude and beauty of nature. Rustic decorating is simple with the right tools and some tips to make the best use of each piece. Since simplicity is at the heart of the rustic style, placing a piece of rustic wall art here and tossing an animal-themed pillow there are the little touches that combine to turn your home into the rustic retreat you have in mind. Whether you are decorating a real cabin or creating the illusion of one, these tips will help you get the desired effect.

1. Mix Up the Materials – Use the materials that come from nature, including wood and copper. The more natural the materials appear, the more they will fit into your decorating scheme. Items obviously made from synthetics have no place in rustic decorating.

2. Choose Soft Natural Colors – Balance out the rugged materials with softer colors like robin’s egg blue or goldenrod. The contrast will create more visual interest.

3. Mix Fabrics – Items made from fabric to decorate your rustic retreat come in a variety of natural themes. Some, like the coordinated bedding sets, already contain two or more prints that work well together. Don’t be intent on using the same pattern or specific theme such as an animal or print throughout a room or the entire house. Red plaid can be just as rustic looking as a bear print.

4. Focus on the Fireplace – The fireplace in any room will be a central part of your rustic retreat. Using stone and wood around the fireplace with give it a look of authenticity. If there is a mantel, use it to display your rustic themed decorating items. If not, the right piece of rustic wall art will make the perfect addition.

During the time when rustic decorating was the only thing people knew, it was created out of practicality and the need to use the resources that were available. Today, rustic styled decorating is a choice that a growing number of people have learned to appreciate for its simplicity and beauty. Incorporating rustic decorating items into every room in a balanced way and leaving out modern items that obviously do not belong in your cabin makes creating an authentic rustic retreat simple enough for any amateur decorator. To learn more or to order, call Cabin Place at 1 877-884-0248.

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