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8 Decorating Ideas That Will Give Your Home Summer-Cabin Flair

Curate the rustic feel. 


If you’re stuck in the suburbs or a bustling city and crave the quaint coziness of a summer cabin, you’re not alone. Luckily, there are a few ways to tap into your home’s cabin potential. From wooden accents and rustic shelving to peel-and-stick accent walls, achieving this aesthetic is not as hard as it seems. Keep reading to learn how.

1. Classically Adirondack


Capture the rustic cabin feel by bringing in earthy, wood elements to your space. This retreat tucks you into a log bed surrounded by neutrals, honeyed wood tones, and the warm light of vintage light fixtures to tie it all together. Tap into that earthy vibe with a bit of greenery as well!

2. European Chalet


It’s all about the beams in this elegant refuge that isn’t afraid to layer on the old-world charm without going overboard. Adding similar thin strips of wood could create the same coziness in any white bedroom. A chandelier above or lamps throughout the room cast a nice glow.

3. Fake It With a Mural

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Whether you choose an actual wallpaper or a DIY peel-and-stick mural, your brain will process the beauty of the trees surrounding your sleeping space, even if you don’t live deep within the forest. Peel-and-stick wallpapers and murals also allow you to change up the feeling of a room in a more convenient way.

4. Wood With a Contrast

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Cladding an enclave in rich-toned wood boards is a stunning approach to a restful night’s sleep. For a modern touch, bring in artwork on a black canvas and/or black throw pillows, or go for the opposite effect with bright whites.

5. The Coziest Corner

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A custom wall nook, usually built to hold a twin-sized mattress, won’t come cheap. But the cocoon-like alcove is a dream to drift off in. If that isn’t a possibility, tucking your bed into a cozy corner and curating the space around it can have a similar effect!

6. Stone Backdrop

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The look of a rough-hewn rock wall is timeless. Though a cold material by nature, stone provides a sense of fortified security, as if nothing could happen to you within its hand-built protection. Cabins constructed with stone have a primitive appeal all their own. To mimic the appearance, look for stone wallpaper or peel-and-stick wall murals that fool the eye into believing you’re living in a fairy tale.

7. Rustic Wall With Shelving

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Rest small trinkets across these rustic, unfinished, branch-like shelves. A thicker plank mounted horizontally serves as a shelf for a mirror and other decor that can be reimagined for the season. Add a floor lamp or softer linens to contrast the rough look of the shelves.

8. Tree Trunks

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There are a few approaches when it comes to incorporating tree trunks into your space. A local craftsman or woodworker may be able to help you achieve one towering feat: a trio of hefty trunks erected from floor to ceiling to give a bed a bit of separation from the rest of the room, acting almost as a partition. The timber will need to be treated for indoor use, cut to length, and very well secured. Then, enjoy your newfound woodland niche right in your own bedroom. You might also choose to accentuate trunks or beams that already exist in the space.

A version of this article appeared in our partner magazine, Cabin Home & Living.

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