There is no cosier place than a snow-topped lodge nestled in the mountains, complete with a roaring fire, rich colours and unique artwork. Just picture yourself kicking back snuggled with your loved one with a warm cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows – mmmm! This winter, inject the same warmth and cosiness into your living room with these easy tips:
Usually, lodges are made out of thick wooden beams. To achieve this look without any need of installing beams, you can choose a woodsy wallpaper or faux wooden panel to cover all of your walls or make one feature wall. If you aren’t a fan of the wooden effect, you can go for an alternative like an tartan wall mural for a traditional, Scottish mountain lodge look.
When it comes to fireplaces, it is all about keeping it classic and traditional. Modern ‘hole-in-the-wall’ fires will look out of place as they are simply too contemporary for the look you are going for. Instead, opt for wooden, rustic looking fireplaces like a rough pine fireplace, or a chunky stone fireplace to accompany your look perfectly. Wood burners are also a good option, however these can be expensive to both buy and install, so make sure you have the budget for it before you invest. For outdoor use you can install something like this fire pit to extend your rustic decorating even to your backyard.
Now that you’ve got the basics like the fire and wallpaper covered, all you have left to do is tie the room together with a selection of extras, from artwork to ornaments, and even your favorite fragranced candles.
Modern canvas prints will look unnatural, potentially ruining the entire look of your room. Instead, choose traditional prints of animals and landscapes in rustic frames to be truly authentic.
Wall-mounted, stuffed animal heads may be a step too far for your living room, but if you are playing it on the safe side, there are lots of alternatives on the market. You can get some metal animal heads or even paper mache that will look great in your new living room-come-lodge.
Soft furnishings are essential for adding to the cosiness of your room. You should have lots of cushions, throws and blankets in deep, rich colours that are just crying out for you to snuggle up in.