Although many people choose an ultra-modern look with their garden rooms these days, there’s a timeless appeal to the conventional cosy log cabin. If you use your garden room as a guest house or a place to unwind and relax, the traditional log cabin look will work wonders. In this post, we explain how to create a traditional log cabin look with your garden room.
There are plenty of options to choose from these days when it comes to garden rooms. If you have not yet constructed your garden room, you could choose one made from materials that resemble a traditional log cabin, such as a dark timber. Perhaps consider a gentle sanding rather than a well-oiled finish. If you already have a garden room that doesn’t have this aesthetic, consider painting it or covering it in a mural to create the impression of logs.
Adding shutters to the exterior of your garden room will instantly give it a rustic and authentic log cabin feel. If you have enough space in your garden, choose a garden room design with a decking area and, ideally, steps. This will truly make it look like an authentic log cabin. You can then add finishing touches such as rocking chairs, soft furnishings and traditional looking lighting.
Opt for a natural and simple look that doesn’t look overly planned or designed when it comes to the plantings around your garden room. Think in terms of longer grass, wildflowers, terracotta pots and cute window boxes with bulbed flowers.
With the interior design of your garden room, you will want to avoid the contemporary look that favours minimalistic, modern design. Instead, you should look to create a cosy, rustic look inside your garden room. Log cabins typically have a traditional vibe, with darker interiors and natural materials. They are cosy with unique pieces of furniture, artwork and ornamental pieces. Consider upcycling pre-loved furniture and creating, or seeking out, unique pieces made from natural materials such as driftwood.
Instead of blinds, opt for cute curtains with tie backs as you would typically find in a traditional log cabin. Dress up comfy old furniture with blankets and cushions for a cosier feel. Kit out your cabin with traditional, wooden furniture such as tables and chairs, bookshelves and cabinets. For the traditional look, your furniture should have darker tones, and the inside of your garden room should have a cottage-style vibe. Consider adding old photos, or black and white prints, to the walls and on furniture.
If you’re not a fan of the darker tones, a shabby chic look can also work well and give an antique vibe but with lighter colours. To achieve this look, stick to whites, creams, browns and black with your interiors. Use natural materials wherever possible and avoid adding too much colour. Use blankets and soft interiors in light shades to give a cosy hygge feel.
If you are looking to create a cosy living space with your garden room, the traditional log cabin look is perfect for this. What better way to escape the stresses of modern life than by retreating to your log cabin in the garden after a busy day?