Fresh Decorating Tips for a Rustic or Modern Cabin Makeover

We all have our own tastes when it comes to interior design, but cabins and cottages tend to lean toward a particular aesthetic. Most people want a vacation space to feel tranquil – you’re getting away from it all, right? Some people prefer clean and modern spaces, while others like rustic and woodsy spaces. Something we can agree on though, is that the ultimate goal is to create a space that feels welcoming, comfortable, and relaxing.

For a Modern, Fresh, and Clean Look and Feel

These spaces are bright, open, and designed for optimal movement and light. Functional components, multi-purpose pieces, and design-forward thinking all band together to nurture a contemporary look.

  • Open shelving: Practical, easy access, and visual interest.
  • Mix & match textures: Subtle variety and outdoor inspiration.
  • Repurposed items: Sustainable and storied materials.
  • Bright & airy bedrooms: Maintain balance with a clean and cozy compromise.
  • Charming, but restrained, decorations: Stay focused with statement pieces and mindful contributions.
  • Keep it neutral: Let the room speak for itself by embracing neutral colors.
  • Mix in mid-century: Double-down on clean lines and modern feels.
  • Leverage layers: Create complexity with different textures, colors, and patterns.

Try out some of these techniques to create a space that feels modern and minimal, despite the more “maximal” intention behind the effortless elegance.

For a Rustic, Cozy, and Homey Look and Feel

Especially in the Northlands, we appreciate a style that prioritizes comfort; function and warmth are the focal point here. A “come as you are” attitude makes room for all, including the cozy contentment of a care-free design.

  • Outdoor inspiration: Bring the outdoors in with oversized windows, natural materials, and plants.
  • Embrace comfortable linens: Lean into the rural aesthetic with fleece, wool, and knits.
  • Whimsical accents: Add a gallery wall or barn door for a rustic focal point.
  • Focus on the fireplace: Enhance ambiance and warmth in gathering spaces.
  • Rugged antiques: Highlight vintage inspiration by peppering in well-loved furniture and art.
  • Curated clutter: Carefully overload spaces with a quaint, yet maximalist approach to accessories.
  • Wallpaper: Push the retro influence right over the top with patterned wallpaper.

If you’re looking to emphasize the warm and welcoming mood of your family cabin, one of these ideas will certainly help.

Whether decorating a new cabin for the first time or refreshing a cottage that’s been in the family for generations, all of us can use some fresh ideas. Keep in mind, décor also changes with the seasons and with broader design trends, so you’re never stuck with what you’ve got. Keep an eye on our blog for more helpful cabin tips, local happenings, and real estate expertise.