Color Inspiration For The Cabin
Hopefully, you didn’t fly to Vegas and gamble away your life savings betting that I am not using blue in our mountain house. The odds were against it – therefore you could have CLEANED UP!!! And to be fair at first I was pinning mostly grays and mauves, telling myself that I can eliminate blue and instead do other colors in my own home. And maybe I should! Then Brian threatened divorce (jk) so I came to my senses and decided to go with the colors that surround a mountain/lake cabin – a lot of blues and greens.
After my gray and white phase, I found myself pinning these moody colors, these mid tones that feel so cozy and special. Maybe it’s the pretty lighting. Maybe it’s the styling. These colors feel mountain cabin-y to me and even in the summer, I think they still feel ‘lake-y’. For the main areas (living room, stairway, loft and our master bed and bath) I’m likely choosing a neutral color, but for the bedrooms and bathrooms, I’m leaning VERY much towards some of these tones.
The color in the first photo, above, is just so pretty and soothing and yet inviting…
The mixing of the tones here is super compelling, although I don’t know if I will end up doing that in our house. But again, its so pretty.
I’m dying over the photo on the left (above) and a huge source of inspiration to me for the cabin. There is something so classic, yet Scandinavian about it and yet so cozy like a cabin. The lantern style pendant is unexpectantly timeless and it says ‘traditional and country’ without being too ‘trendy farmhouse-y’. Then the herringbone and the vertical cladding adds quiet texture. I tell my team all the time that I love a ‘peeking into another room’ shot like that one because it gives you so much context for a house. Can I do a dark moody bedroom? Maybe for the kid’s bunk room? Maybe for the guest room? It just feels so appropriate up there, despite all my initial imagery of lighter spaces. If you haven’t got the memo yet, Brian is basically winning this style battle and it’s going FAR more ‘cabin’ than ‘chalet’ but that’s ok because turns out we don’t live in Switzerland and I can’t say ‘chalet’ without wanting to punch myself in my face because it sounds so pretentious. But that gray cladding on the ceiling? You BETCHA.
That above shot (which is surely a set) does make me feel all cozy, with that color being so soothing. And the below says ‘cabin’ in a way that also says ‘color’. Fine. I like both those things.
The tones of all of these say ‘I’m cozy and inviting but maybe my kids will be normal’.
Life is good here. I have blue on the wall, a pretty fabric covered strangely low light fixture and a wooden elephant in the window. MY LIFE WILL BE EASIER IF I PAINT MY WALL THIS COLOR, RIGHT??
My kid’s bunk room needs a treatment like this and they just might get it. Maybe if they stop testing my patience all day every day asking for packaged snacks I’ll give them the bunk room of their/our dreams.
I’ll go moodier if you push me and I can be pushed. I love that room so much and if there is one thing that turns Brian on it’s a ‘modern paisley settee’.
Put that beautiful blue on a wall with some interior board and batten and both our dreams come true. And by ‘our dreams’ I mean, my dream of texture and his dream that our house isn’t a minimalist stark museum-like hole. Oh boy, I’m so excited about this house.
Is that above blue the perfect ‘powder’ or is just styled right?? I’ve tried to find such a blue for a while and unless it’s styled perfectly and shot with the perfect light, guess what – it looks ‘baby blue’.
But I want that blue. It’s so happy but soothing – but be warned – if you choose a ‘blue’ that feels on the gray side know that it’s most likely going to look ‘baby blue’. If you choose a gray that looks a TINY bit blue then you might get closer to that non-baby-blue-but-mostly-gray that you actually want.
And then the greens start taking over my mind …
But how do you get that perfect green? What is it about these colors that don’t feel dated (hunter) but instead feel modern? Is it the amount of black in them? The fact that they are matte? Is it the quality of the paint and the pigment that gives it movement and texture??? I DON’T KNOW AND I’M A PROFESSIONAL BUT I’LL FIND OUT AND TELL YOU.
That above shot is definitely not the right vibe for this project, but man is it compelling and I want to stare hard in its direction. I want to be in that house and get to know those people. They put a sofa on the edge of a rug facing the other way (surely for just a shot) and it cracks me up, but I still love the shot!
Will green make me feel as happy and soothed as blue does? Maybe. Or will it look like a 90’s wanna-be-modern-color that really just dates the whole house? WHAT A FUN EXPERIMENT!!
This dark jade in the shiplap looks GOOD and cozy and warm.
For a bunk room, I’d do that in a second.
The key for our house is choosing tones that look natural and then applying them in a way that amplifies their nature inspiration. No royal blues or emerald greens here. We want tones that are more muted and soothing, but then we need to apply them so they aren’t the star – the nature and the architecture need to be in charge here.
I’m down for the challenge. This isn’t an ‘I design, You decide’ because I’ve already decided. I want these colors to help shape the tone and feeling of the house. I want it to feel happy but cozy, moody but in a soothing way. I know I can paint all the rooms white and get likes on Instagram, but if that’s not what I want to live with then why consider it?
Are you into moody? Are you ready for less all white walls and interested in some deeper tones, darker colors, and a moodier, cozier feel?
Yep, I think I am too. Weigh in, folks. Because if you are into it I’ll test a ton of colors and help us all figure out the best, most sophisticated blues and greens. I’m up for the challenge – just say the word.