If you own a hunting lodge in the Hudson Valley, or just a country lodge or cabin retreat to get away from the daily stress of New York City life, then you have an opportunity to create an ambience totally different from your main city or town home. You can use a variety of appropriately designed and themed décor to create an atmosphere that is not only in keeping with your rustic home from home, but quite in contrast to that which you might normally have in your main residence.
Choosing Decor for Your Hudson Valley Lodge or Cabin With a Rustic Theme
by Designer Maxwell L. Alexander (Editor-in-Chief, Hudson Valley Style Magazine)
If you go to the lodge to get away from “normal” life, then a contrast in decor will add to that escapism. It is said that a change is as good as a rest, and a change in internal, as well as external, surroundings can make a significant contribution to the relaxed feeling you like to enjoy when you go for your weekend break or regular vacation.
If the lodge is your own, then you will no doubt want to furnish and decorate it in a way that will give you that sense of escapism, yet at the same time make it feel like “home”. If yours is a modern city home, with a light and bright modern interior, then an excellent contrast for your lodge retreat is to seek out rustic décor that blends well.
One thing that makes choosing lodge décor easier, is the way that old vintage styles fit so well in the lodge environment. The liberal use of wood, especially dark wood, in furniture, wall hangings and ornaments, goes as well in a 16th century country cottage in the English countryside, as it does in a modern lodge in North America. This means that it is readily available, as the market is much wider than lodges or cabins, and really embraces all country homes and farmhouses.
The use of floral fabrics and rustic styles in the lighting and other home necessities, goes as well in a country cottage as a hunting or holiday lodge. Even the kitchen can be an escape to the past, but still modern in its function, with the use of vintage style pots and pans, antique style table and chairs, vintage pot hangers and so on. Just about every type of fitting, ornament, furniture item, or decoration can be found in a theme suitable for a lodge.
Using vintage rustic styles for your lodge interior can be taken a step further, by using a sub theme that is also in keeping with your surroundings, and the purpose of the lodge. For example, if it is a hunting lodge, then you can easily seek out fabrics, ornaments, decorations, furniture and utensils that feature moose or deer. If it is just a lodge for nature trekking and enjoying the countryside, then broader nature themes can be used, featuring local trees and flowers, as well as animals familiar in the area where the lodge is situated.
With a little bit of imagination, to visualize your ideal lodge interior design, and a bit of searching, you are sure to be able to create a rustic ambience that will welcome you in the depths of winter or the height of summer.
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