Easy Tips for Decorating Your Smoky Mountain Cabin

When guests walk into your rental cabin, do they see carefully chosen, soothing decor, or a collection of whatever fit through the door? You can give your cabin an appealing, natural look with just a few changes. Try these ideas for creating a cohesive look.

1. Pause before you hit the home decor store.

Put down that throw pillow. Don’t buy a thing until you’ve thought about your cabin’s overall look. Do you want your property to look and feel like a rustic log cabin? An elegant lodge in the woods? A cozy, country farmhouse? Gather ideas before you start.

2. Frame the views.

If your cabin features large windows in the living area, treat them like the giant frames they really are. Focus guests on that Smokies view. Avoid putting up heavy curtains (or any curtains at all--some cabin windows are too large or unusually shaped to curtain). Look toward the windows from different spots, to check whether furniture obscures the view from some angles.

3. Bring the outdoors indoors.

Especially if you’re focusing on a rustic chic look, use materials echoing the outdoors and the past. Reclaimed wood end tables and coffee tables, lamps styled to look like branches or antlers, stone fireplaces, farmhouse dining tables made of rustic wood, shower walls of natural stone--all add an outdoorsy look.

4. Add local flair.

While you don’t want guests to mistake your cabin for a tourist information center, it’s a nice touch to show local love. Think: Prints of vintage Smokies travel posters, or pottery from local crafters in colors to complement your decor.

5. Mix and match textures and shapes.

On a smooth leather couch, use thickly fluffy throw pillows. Got a sheepskin chair? Throw a silky lap blanket over the arm. If the sofa is rounded and bulky, add a streamlined coffee table. Combining different textures keeps a room from looking bland.

6. Don’t fear color.

In a rental property, you might want to avoid strong colors across large areas, but that doesn’t mean your cabin has to be white plus a dozen shades of wood stains. Use accent color in rugs, pillows, bedspreads, shower curtains and accessories. For a muted, natural look, use moss or sage green, rust, burgundy or terracotta. Alternatively, blues like robin’s-egg blue and navy look fresh against a wood interior.

7. Use themes sparingly.

You might love your collection of Coke memorabilia, but displaying it all over the cabin can be a tad overwhelming. Consider featuring themes in specific rooms, such as food-related signs in the kitchen, or black bear pictures in one bedroom. But avoid clutter. Guests want a whisper of whimsy, not a shout.

Let Colonial Properties Cabin & Resort Rentals help you make your cabin a hit with guests. Contact us today.

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