After you’ve decided to purchase or build your dream log cabin, one of the most exciting steps is creating an interior that matches your aesthetics. Log cabin interior design varies as widely as any other style of home. The rustic appeal of log cabins often leads homeowners to veer towards the same style of interior, but there are certainly no hard rules.
Whether you prefer the classic rustic cabin look or you’re wanting to create a space with a more modern air, here are 27 beautiful log cabin interior design ideas to consider.
1. A Shabby Chic White Washed Log Cabin
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A trick of pro designers is to whitewash the walls in order to brighten the room and make the style feel more contemporary. Whitewashing is preferred over simple white paint, as little is needed to allow the grain of the log or wood to still come through. The end result is beautifully distressed walls.
2. Western Features Give This Bathroom Character
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Selecting a theme is a good way of ensuring your log cabin’s interior style will flow together. This Western-themed bathroom would be perfectly at home in a country log cabin. This quaint powder room is memorable thanks to unique hardware, charming lanterns, and a bucket in place of a basin. Choosing odd or unique items to include in your design adds a ton of character.
3. Straight Timber Beams and Flat Log Walls
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If you’re not crazy about the half-log interior wall look, consider going with flat log walls instead. As you can see in this living room, the walls are flat logs but you still can see the chinking in between. On the ceiling, there are solid wood beams to break up the otherwise flat surface.
4. Inviting Rustic Bedroom Theme
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Complete with wood walls and ceiling, along with dark wood beams, this bedroom is wonderfully cozy and rustic in design. The log bed frame and the overhead branch chandelier adds an artisanal touch. An otherwise neutral room can be brought to life with a big piece of statement furniture.
5. Elegant Half-Log Walls with Exposed Log Beams
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This eclectic living room has half-log walls, an open ceiling, and exposed log beams. The walls and ceiling are whitewashed and the addition of a bold chandelier makes this space anything but rustic or country. You can definitely achieve a mod cottage look with a log cabin.
6. Spacious Living Room with a Southwestern Theme
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This log cabin has an appealing southwestern theme. The red tones from the rug and couch upholstery work well with the artwork and curtains within the space. Creamy white walls look great paired with the natural half-log wall, wood ceiling, and timber-trimmed windows.
7. An Elegant, Modern Reading Nook
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This alluring reading nook exudes a modern vibe but is made homier with the white log walls. A hanging egg chair and classic bench window seat combined with a simple wood chest bring the whole look together. The chandelier is very elegant, yet seems perfectly in place due to the overall minimalistic design of the space.
8. Tree Trunk Window Frames
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This eye catching window wall is incredibly unique in that it has two tree trunks in place of regular lumber to make the frame. If you enjoy the look of nature brought indoors, this trick would be a great one to consider. Even if you have a smaller cabin, the use of thin trunks or even thick branches would work well.
9. Light Pine Interior Lets Natural Wood Beauty Speak for Itself
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This compact cabin interior is made to feel bigger and brighter with a vaulted ceiling, large glass windows, and the choice of natural pine on the ceiling and walls. This lighter wood species, only treated with a sealant, makes a great option for wood-lovers that want as natural of a look as possible.
10. Moody Grays and Reclaimed Wood
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A great color combination is aged reclaimed barnwood and shades of gray. The aged barnwood look can be achieved on new wood with special distressing techniques. The use of gray in the interior decor brings out the silvery and gray tones present in the wood. If you like light colors but don’t want white, light grays are a great alternative.
11. Solid Timber Columns Compliment Wood Features
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Wood columns are rarely a bad addition to a log cabin interior design. They can be installed in existing homes as purely decorative features and instantly add substance to an otherwise open room. This is a great way of bringing more of the warmth of wood into your cabin without messing with the walls or ceiling.
12. Recessed Lighting and Fixtures Make a Big Impact
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Installing recessed lighting and updating existing lighting fixtures is a beautiful way of making your log cabin feels like it was professionally designed. Warm lighting compliments wood extremely well (as you can see with this wood ceiling), and is a great addition to living rooms and bedrooms.
13. Minimalistic Beam Ceiling with Timber-Framed Fireplace
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This interior would look beautiful in a log cabin where the goal is to meet modern with traditional. The white walls and built-ins are complemented perfectly by the minimalist wood ceiling beams. The brick around the fireplace is framed with heavier timber to balance it out.
14. Cozy Built-In Wood Bunk Room
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Bunk beds are a useful addition to a log cabin, but they don’t need to be childish in appearance. This bunk room features a handcrafted, wood bunk bed specifically designed for this room. The darker color makes this bunk bed seem a little more grown-up and the curtain door adds a casual touch.
15. Relaxing Log Cabin Spa Bathroom
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There is no reason you can’t make the bathroom in your log cabin luxurious without losing the appeal of your log walls. This bathroom is brought to life with an antique porcelain bathtub that perfectly matches the white chinking in the walls.
16. Wood Slab Bench and Dark Stone Flooring
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Dark stone flooring pairs perfectly with richly colored wood. The dining room and kitchen of this log cabin have very unique furniture. The wood slab table and matching benches instantly pop out. You’ll also notice that the chairs include raw timber with bark on while the barstools on the far right feature half-log seats.
17. Snug Brunch Nook for Family Breakfast
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This well-designed log cabin kitchen features a lovely breakfast nook right in the kitchen. The wood cabinetry and table match the log walls beautifully. Above, you’ll see a white ceiling and glimpse of raw half-log beams.
18. A Spacious Living Room Fit for Entertaining
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This log cabin is very much a vacation home fit for entertaining guests and reuniting with family. However, even smaller cabins can adopt ideas from this example. The antler chandelier is a great idea for a country home. Leather furniture works well in log cabins, as well. The stone fireplace adds contrast to prevent the room from being overwhelmed by wood.
19. Striking Heavy Beams Combined with Artistic Stonework
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The mix of heavy log beams with equally impressive stonework gives this interior a Scandinavian theme that would look amazing in any log cabin. The mixed media style of stone and varying types of woods work together surprisingly well. The bright, pleasant furniture is the perfect finishing touch.
20. Abstract Log Beams Match Ceiling Angles
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Log beams don’t always have to run straight vertically or horizontally. In this stunning log cabin lodge, the ceiling has a fairly abstract pattern, with darker stained logs covering a good portion of the surface. If you have a unique roof shape, like the one here, running beams along the lines can look great.
21. Alpine Log Cabin with Doubled-Up Beams
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Rather than choosing heavy log beams, this designer opted for doubled-up wood beams throughout the ceiling design. This maintains a rustic appeal but is a bit of a cleaner finish. The industrial beam design works very well with the high-character walls and massive stone fireplace.
22. Unique Whole Log Staircase Design
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This gorgeous log staircase features squared-off whole logs in place of the more commonly seen half-log design. The banister and railings are bark-on small logs that match the rest of the interior of this home.
23. Classic Log Interior with Touch of Stone
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As mentioned before, wood and stonework together beautifully. In this modestly-sized wood cabin, essentially the entire interior is wood, whether log or plank. However, tucked under the breakfast bar that separates the dining room from the kitchen, is flat gray stone. If you want to add stone during a remodel, this is one way to do it.
24. A Cabin Fit for a Hunter
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Taxidermy certainly isn’t for everyone, but hunters and other outdoorsmen will have an appreciation for this simple, but pleasing, log cabin design. A moose is mounted high on the wall and furnishings are kept basic. The log walls, wood ceiling, and wood staircase are kept natural without any stains, paints or other color surface treatments.
25. Log Cabin Exterior Brought In
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This cute bedroom has a rough, rustic look due to the exposed logs and heavy grain. This interior looks very much as you’d assume a log cabin exterior would look. If you love a very bold look, it’s definitely worth considering.
26. Keep Your Ceiling Natural and Raw
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A different approach to painting or staining walls is to keep the ceiling as natural as possible. This particular example features white walls coupled with a darker ceiling and very raw looking wood. This contrast adds more texture and interest than uniformly painted walls and ceilings.
27. Smokey Charcoal Adds Dimension to Wood
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If you tend to enjoy darker shades within your home, these smokey charcoal-toned walls are an excellent option. Selecting a surface treatment like this one allows you to get a romantic, dusky look in your home without covering up the look of the real wood grain. Think of this like the opposite of whitewashing with the same distressed effect.
The most important principle in home design is to go with a style that appeals to you. Investing in a stunning interior design with decor to match isn’t cheap, so be sure that the log cabin interior design you choose speaks to you.