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How Cabin Style Decorating Can Give Your Home A Relaxing Rustic Look

Aug 17, 2007
Rustic charm is something that has gotten a lot of press lately. Some people like to feel like they're getting away from it all and living like an early American family. This type of decoration includes a lot of use of wood and very woodsy colors. There is a lot of use of patterns and decorative accessory pieces that display some sort of woodsy animal.

When trying to create a rustic feel in your home there are a few key elements that you'll want to include. If there's no exposed wood in your home, find a way to incorporate it. Exposed wood is very important to the cabin style feel of a home. If you ask most people what they think of when they picture a cabin style home, I would be willing to bet that at least nine out of ten would bring up something about a log cabin.

Cabins are seen to be part of nature, when decorating, you want to bring that nature to your home.

If there is no exposed wood in your home, you'll have find ways to supplement through decoration. This can most easily be achieved through the use of knickknacks. For the animal lover, there are all kinds of statues carved out of wood or mounted on wood. These would add wood into your home which will help you to create the atmosphere you're looking for. Another addition that you may want to think about in order to create the woodsy feel would be paneling. Standard paneling can come in a rich brown color that will make you feel like you're outside among nature rather than the stark white of drywall that reminds you constantly that this is a manmade product.

Another requirement for the cabin style home would be the use of animals in several of your serving pieces, as part of the decorations in the home, and at least one animal as a pet, more if possible. Most napkin and paper towel makers have pictures of nature on their products from time to time. These can be wonderfully decorative as well as useful items for the home.

A trademark piece of a cabin style home would be the use of plaid material in places throughout the house. The plaid is probably something like a red, green, and brown, and could be on the tablecloth, adorning the windows, or napkins and tablecloths on the dinner table. This will be displayed with much care and will sit perfectly where the decorator has decided will look good.

A cabin style look will be very inviting to others and warming when they reach your home. If you cannot often get out to nature, this is a great way to bring nature to you.
About the Author
Lee Dobbins writes for Home DIY - Home Decorating and Home Improvement where you can learn more about different decorating styles including how to decorate each room in your home with cabin decorating style.
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