Think curtains won’t work in your log home? Think again. Rustic cabins have charm and character that conventional homes can’t replicate, but they also present interior design challenges. Many cabin owners believe that curtains can’t work in a cabin, but with the right design strategy, they can. In fact, they should be added to your space to soften up the room and make it feel more inviting.

Here are five tips to help you choose the perfect curtains for your cabin.

1. Hang Them High

Interior designers often hang curtains as close to the ceiling as possible. Why? Because it makes the room feel bigger. In small spaces, this curtain-hanging tip can really transform the look and feel of the room.

If you have vaulted ceilings, this trick may not work for you. But even in this case, hanging your curtains above window height will make the walls look taller and complement your towering ceilings.

2. Choose a Length That Complements the Space

Height is one important aspect of hanging curtains in your cabin, but it’s also important to consider the length. They should fall to just the right length to complement your space without interfering with function or views.

In living areas with tall windows, floor-length curtains can make the room feel comfortable while providing privacy when needed. In kitchen nooks and rooms with shorter windows, floor-length curtains would look awkward and interfere with the function of the space. In this case, sill or apron length curtains would work best.

When choosing curtains for your space, always consider the length and how it will impact not only the look, but the function of the room.

3. Consider How They Will Look Outside

When selecting curtain colors and patterns, consider whether they will complement both the interior and exterior of your home.

When you pull the curtains closed, how will they look outside of the cabin? Whether you have a conventional logs or TruLog Siding, you will want to choose colors and patterns that work well with your cabin’s exterior.

4. Be Smart About Patterns

Cabins have a rustic look and earthy tones that can make it tricky to choose curtain colors and patterns. The curtains you choose should match the theme and color scheme of the room without clashing with the walls.

If the room has gray or pale blue accents, choosing similarly colored curtains can tie the look together. Solid colors often work best, but simple patterns can also work. If the pattern is too busy, it can make the space feel cluttered and uninviting.

5. Choose the Right Material

If your cabin is in a remote location, tucked away in the forest, you’ll want to aim for easy-care materials that can be washed without worry. Dirt and dust may be an issue at your cabin home, so you want to make sure that you can clean your curtains regularly and without hassle.

The right curtains can make your cabin feel cozy and inviting. Without window treatments, cabins, with their wood and stone elements, can feel cold, hard and cavernous. Curtains soften up the space and add comforting elements that invite you to sit down and stay a while.

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