How to Decorate the Exterior of a Log Home

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When deciding how to decorate the exterior of a log home, consider using nature as your blueprint. While sitting outdoors, take notice of the colors and materials around you. Adding too many brightly colored items may distract from the natural beauty of a log home, while colors and materials found in nature will compliment the log home. Decorating the exterior of a log home can create a relaxing, comfortable atmosphere to sit and breathe in the fresh air while enjoying a beverage or reading a book.

Things You'll Need

  • Exterior paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Flower boxes
  • Flowers
  • Terra-cotta pots or painted pots
  • Pine cones
  • Porch
  • Rustic outdoor furniture
  • Indoor/outdoor rug
  • Accessories
  • Paint the exterior window trim with a paintbrush and exterior paint. Select a paint color that works well with the natural color of log homes, such as red or green. Red and green compliment a log home because they do not contrast with the brown of the logs, and they add a decorative touch to the exterior of the log home.

  • Paint the front and back exterior door to the home with the same exterior paint applied to the window trim. Painting the doors to the home instantly changes the exterior appearance.

  • Install flower boxes under the windowsill of the log home according to the manufacturer's directions. Typically, flower boxes secure to a home with screws. Plant a variety of flowers in the boxes to increase the visual appeal.

  • Place a pot designed for plants on the deck, porch or front steps of the log home and fill with pine cones and other items found in nature. Terra-cotta pots work best to create a rustic, natural decorative item; painted, glossy pots work to create a dramatic exterior decoration.

  • Build a porch on the front of the log home if it does not have one. Commonly, porch kits are sold at home improvement centers. Building a porch requires basic carpentry skills and following the manufacturer's directions.

  • Arrange rustic, outdoor furniture such as wrought iron or wooden furniture on the porch or front lawn of the log home. Include chairs for sitting and a small table or two to hold items.

  • Place an indoor/outdoor rug on the floor of the porch or on the landing of the front steps. Indoor/outdoor rugs immediately decorate the exterior of the log home and provide an item that allows you to incorporate a variety of colors.

  • Decorate the lawn in front of the log cabin with a wooden wishing well or wagon and wagon wheel made from wood.

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