You don’t have to be a ski bum to get the warm, cozy style of a cabin! Long winter months might have you nestled by the fireside reading a good book or watching a movie, so make sure your living room is extra snuggly with one of the Front Door’s favorite new trends—a rustic lodge living room! Whether your home is isolated deep in the woods or in a high-rise apartment, these fun design tips will keep you feeling toasty as the temperature drops.
Bring in the wilderness.
Originating in the mountain cabins of Old World Europe, rustic lodge decorating began in remote areas with the use of native materials from the region. Unfinished branches, logs, animal skins, and unpolished stones became natural building supplies since other materials could not be easily transported, so people began to improvise with what they had.
A rustic lodge interior uses what is natural, so choose pieces with unrefined textures like stone. For the Front Door’s rustic lodge living room, both the New Aspen End Table and the New Aspen 4 Pc. Home Theater Wall feature beautiful stone slate inlay for an organic appearance.
For other ways to bring in the wilderness, accessorize a mantel or empty shelf with objects from outside like pinecones, branches, or fresh evergreen branches, or if you don’t live close to the forest, add a beautiful woven basket or tray like the Rattan Tray that instantly adds natural texture and is perfect for easy storage.
Celebrate the beauty of wood.
The best way to add rustic charm to your living room is by getting woodsy! Since rustic furniture is extremely textural, choosing pieces that show the natural shape and grain of the wood are perfect for lodge-inspired decor. Buying furniture made of wood that is local to your area is also a unique way to bring in an element of the outdoors. In our rustic lodge living room, the Montana Coffee Table features a unique teak tree root base below a simple floating glass tabletop for a look that is raw, earthy, and naturally beautiful.
Accent with animal motifs.
Another fun way to decorate your rustic lodge living room is by incorporating animal motifs. Wild animals such as bears, elk, birds, moose, and deer are common creatures found throughout a rustic room, so be sure to decorate with animal skins, antlers, furs, or other accessories that remind you of these forest friends. To keep our rustic lodge living room animal-friendly, our Faux Fur Throw is a cuddly and soft addition while our Woven Moose is made out of rattan. The Sculpted Horn Table Lamp is also a unique way to incorporate antlers easily while providing cozy lighting.
Nothing says cabin cozy like some toasty lighting! While fireplaces are a common way to get your desired rustic lodge glow, providing lots of floor and table lamps as well as candles are a simple, fast way to add warm ambiance. Our Hammered Urn Floor Lamp features a textured bronze metal base with a cream lampshade for a homey aesthetic, while the ceramic natural-toned Hina Candleholders will light up a cold night with a cozy flickering glow.
Use textures in a warm palette.
Last but not least, and most importantly, make sure you keep your rustic lodge living room warm! Upholstered furniture can be covered in natural fabrics like cotton, linen, hemp, and wool for an organic aesthetic or materials such as suede and leather in warm tones of brown, burgundy, red, or tan. More traditional furniture is also welcomed with embellishments like fringe and nailhead trim. Furniture Row’s Heirloom III Sofa and Loveseat have luxurious lodge-inspired charm with burgundy top-grain leather upholstery and thick nailhead trim adorning their classic curvy shape as well as four fluffy accent pillows. The Colleen II Accent Chair also fits well with our color scheme with its rustic paisley print and traditional wingback silhouette.
Finally, make sure you keep your toes warm! A thick rug in the same warm tones is the perfect finishing touch. The Mohave Path Rug boasts a unique Nomadic pattern in brick red and brown for some cozy, cultural Native American influence.