Decorating Your Cabin For Winter

by Craig Middleton

A cabin is amazing any time of year, but there’s something special about a cabin in the winter. There is a lot you can do to make your cabin the getaway you’re dreaming of.

Add Some Color

Cabins are often smaller than houses and sometimes they can feel cramped. Whitewashing a wall or ceiling can help make a room feel more open and spacious. If the interior is predominantly wood-toned, adding pops of warm, complementary colors can create a welcome feeling. Consider some new pillows or women’s Irish scarves for accessible options. Looking to add some accent furniture? Natural pine works great for lightening up a space while maintaining the rustic feel.

Update Your Light Fixtures

Bring an updated look to your cabin by changing out the lighting fixtures. New fixtures can bring light into dark corners while reflecting your personal taste. Consider a wagon wheel chandelier with bulbs in mason jars; or can lights hanging from rustic beams. If you’re going for a hunting theme, there are a wide variety of antler-style chandeliers to choose from. If you don’t want to change out your existing light fixtures, the addition of some new floor lamps could be just the touch you’re looking for.

Add String Lights

Nothing says winter like strings of twinkling lights. String lights create an inviting atmosphere both inside and out. And, while some lights hanging from the mantle or stair railing can provide an elegant touch, don’t feel like you need to limit yourself to traditional applications. Dress up your headboard or ceiling above your bed with gentle LED lights or trim the breakfast bar to add a hint of fun to your eating area.

Cluster Your Furniture

Creating small clusters of furniture in larger rooms can serve many purposes. If you enjoy entertaining, having a variety of seating options allows your guests to have quiet conversations or enjoy different activities simultaneously. Another benefit of clustered furniture is the freedom to theme different seating areas in the same space without making the area feel disjointed.

Add a Reading Nook

Speaking of reading, if you have a great window, it’s not difficult to create a great reading nook. You could do a built-in bench with throw pillows and cozy blankets. If you prefer not to do a built-in or the space doesn’t accommodate it, a comfy love seat or a hanging chair will do the trick. It’s your space, enjoy getting creative with solutions and décor options that work for you.

Throw Down a Rug or Two

A colorful throw rug in the middle of the living room, a deep plush rug in front of the fire. Rugs are great options for bringing in pops of vibrant color and adding a personal touch to any room. Throw rugs add texture to a room, even if you have carpet. And, if you choose to cluster your furniture and create different themes in a larger room, rugs are a great way to create a natural flow and tie everything together.

Remember the Porch

If you don’t already have outdoor furniture, consider adding some cushioned chairs, a porch swing, or a cushioned loveseat. Add some warmly colored outdoor pillows or throw blankets for cuddling while watching the snowfall and a couple of small tables to set your coffee. If you already have outdoor furniture, give it a fresh look with winter-themed cushions. Planning to spend a lot of time on the patio? Consider outdoor heaters to keep the area toasty warm while you’re enjoying a nightcap or early morning cup of tea. For larger patios, a fire pit makes a great place for gathering friends and family.


It doesn’t take a lot of time, effort or money to change the ambiance of a cabin marking the transition from autumn to winter, but taking the time to make a few simple changes can be a satisfying way to welcome in the new season.

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