While you might not live in a cabin, you may still have a desire to decorate your living room in the rustic style of a cabin. It is a very unpretentious style of decorating that takes great advantage of home-crafted, simple items. Rooms decorated in a rustic cabin style are generally rooms where the family will enjoy gathering and spending time together.
Heirlooms and Antiques
When creating a rustic style for your living room, you will be trying to achieve a "homespun" sort of look and feel. This is the perfect opportunity for displaying family heirlooms, such as grandma's old china pieces, or interesting antiques that you can pick up inexpensively at a flea market or thrift store. There is no need to try to get everything to match when decorating your living room in a rustic cabin style. In fact, the effect looks best when things are a bit mismatched.
Colors in the rustic palette include earthy colors such as sand, terra cotta and gold, as well as neutral shades such as white and bone. Accent colors can include yellow, pinks, cornflower blues, and light greens. Often, these colors look best when they are a little "washed out", adding to the time-worn look.
Textiles on the Wall and Sofa
Hand-woven textiles can be used to great advantage when decorating the living room. Whether hung on the wall as art, draped over the backs of furniture, or used as a topper for end tables and stands, these natural textiles add color and texture to the room.
Open shelving can add an interesting niche space to display collectible items, such as a glass bottle collection or vintage china collection. Vintage picture frames, especially a mismatched collection, can be arranged on a shelf to display cherished family photos. Almost anything can become art in a rustic cottage decor, including picture postcards, an old copper tea kettle, or even the children's hand-made art projects.
Rustic Accent Pieces
You don't need to replace your existing furniture to achieve a rustic cabin decorating style, but it can be helpful to add a few carefully chosen accent pieces. Fortunately, these are the types of pieces you can pick up for almost nothing at flea markets, garage sales, and resell shops. For example, replacing an end table with an old-fashioned telephone stand can add some charm to the room. Or, an antique corner shelf unit can be added to the room. The great thing is, even if the pieces are a little chipped and scratched, they will blend in with the overall rustic charm. You could even antique the items further by painting them, or create an attractive sponge painted or faux finish to add a color accent.
Accessorize the furniture you already have with cozy touches, such as a chenille throw on the sofa, or a pile of pillows in earthy colors. A stack of vintage books on the coffee table can add a nice touch as well. By adding some rustic cottage charm to your living room, your family can enjoy cabin living, even if you live in the city.
Professional designer Jessica Ackerman, writes for WallDecorandHomeAccents.com, and is an authority on decorating with mounted wine racks and modern wall decor. Find more at www.walldecorandhomeaccents.com