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When winter comes in, everyone loves the idea of being cozy and warm in a cabin in the beautiful wilderness. Although every cabin is incredible- they’re not always cozy. When you’re ready to make a cabin that feels like home in the chilliest weather, these are some of the best tips to follow!


1. Emphasize the Natural Materials

Most cabins have a lot of wood, so emphasize this! Try to stick to no more than two or three wood stains, and take your time picking the pieces you use throughout the home. If your cabin is made of one specific type of wood, try to use that a lot throughout the home or a type of wood that pairs well with it.

Keep as many walls and surfaces in wood and natural tone as possible. Although this was out of style from the 1990s to the early 2010s, it’s back in style and looks great on every cabin.


2. Play With Texture in Decor

Texture can be a lot of fun, especially when you’re working with a cabin! Make sure to show off the wood, of course, but also consider adding visual details like furniture that’s softer and stands out against it or painting the interior of your cabinets a brighter color that will pop when you open it.

Adding fun details, even changing out what the hardware on your cabinets is, can make the space more visually intriguing and will give people the chance to feel delightfully surprised while they walk through.


3. Create a Floorplan That Makes Sense

If you’re building your cabin from scratch, your floor plan matters! Keep in mind that a fireplace does make the surrounding rooms colder, so don’t place this in the center of your cabin. Instead, set it on one side, and have heat run through the other rooms.

There are many log cabin floor plans you can try out, so don’t be afraid to consider a couple! Think about utility and if you’ll ever rent this space out for income. In the end, it all depends on what you want from this cabin.


4. Make the Fireplace the Focal Point

When you decide where to place your fireplace: make it the focal point! Set furniture, so it aims around it, and allow everything from rugs to lighting, and tables, to aim towards it in a way that makes peoples’ eyes naturally lead to this part of your home.

You can either build in or add a wood holder that will give you a space to keep the firewood and make sure to include a space to put the tools you need to keep the fire going.


5. Use Paint That Shows Off the Wood

Every cabin has to be well sealed, but you don’t want to ruin the natural look. On finished walls, paint with a forestry green or a pale blue to allow the wood surfaces to really shine. Make sure everything stays sealed, and the wood is resealed every few years. Log cabin paint can go a long way to keep the wood sealed while still looking incredible for years and years.


6. Place Rugs and Blankets to Soften Rooms

Wood floors are gorgeous, and almost every cabin has fantastic flooring, but it’s a good idea to break that up with soft rugs and blankets! The rugs should be placed in areas where you’ll be more likely to sit, and in bedrooms, and the soft blankets can do the same!

Go for blankets made of heavy-duty and thick fabric that get you warm in no time! Bonus points if they’re visually fluffy and comfortable.


7. Avoid Heavy Window Treatments

Although it’s important to include as many heavy-duty fabrics as possible throughout your cabin, to add to the cozy feeling, you should avoid heavy window treatments. Allowing in natural light is a must and really shows off the make and style of your cabin.

Instead, add sheer curtains if possible.

If your windows are leaky or allowing the heat to escape, it’s important to update these before winter sets in. You don’t want to deal with a freezing cold cabin because the windows have a leak.


8. Ensure Your Lighting is Warm

Warm lighting can make a huge difference in how a space feels. Although you may personally like the white light bulbs, they’re terrible for making a space feel warm. White light can make a space feel clinical and sanitized and will ruin the cozy vibes.

You don’t have to have straight-up orange bulbs in your home but go for a light that’s a pale warm color. This will help you wind down at the end of the day and will make your cabin a little more dreamy.


Your Cabin Can be a Dream Come True!

Whether you’re building your cabin from scratch or simply updating the one you have, it’s important to make it as cozy as possible. Follow these tips to make that dream come true!


Rachel Tolander is a freelance writer that loves sharing her knowledge and experience in home renovation and design. She lives in a small town North of Austin, Texas where she spends her free time cheering on her son at his ball games and spending time with her family. Rachel’s work as a freelance writer can be found on Building Product Advisors, a new construction industry resource launching in Fall 2022.