Log homes have rustic charm and deeper-than-usual windows, which affects the type of window treatments that look best. With plentiful curtain and blind styles to choose from, narrowing down which ones work isn't much work at all.
Move Over, Minis
Next to expansive log walls, mini-blinds tend to look a bit too insubstantial or dwarfed, like a hummingbird flying alongside a goose. If you plan to use horizontal blinds, opt for 2- or 2 1/2-inch-wide slats for a beefier result. For a large or open-concept log home, contemplate using plantation shutters with 3 1/2-inch louvers.
You may assume that wood-tone blinds are the obvious choice, but not always -- it can end up looking like you tried to match the log color and failed, which is almost always a mistake. If you plan to use wood-tone blinds, match them to surrounding wood trim, such as pine with pine -- not with the logs.
White blinds create an airy effect, reflecting more natural light into rooms. This counters dark logs, and brightens cozy log cabins, and homes with small or few windows. Soften the look of blinds and logs by framing the window with a wispy scarf or casual burlap treatment.
Vertical blinds help give a squat log home or cabin more visual height. On the other hand, they interrupt the room-lengthening flow that stacked logs provide in small spaces. Pair inside-mount blinds with soft floor-to-ceiling drapes hung wide, so that they don't block any glass. Long drapes provide the idea of height, along with a textural element. Blend the fabric color with the logs for a subtle look that lets the eye almost travel past them, without disrupting the flow.
Log home or cabin living typically benefits from carefree decor, even venturing into rustic territory with antique or primitive furnishings gracing every room. If this is your take, avoid fussy or frilly window treatments. Instead, opt for something like:
- Grommet-hung white organic-cotton curtains
- Check- or plaid-printed linen drapes
- Thermal tweed draperies to block drafts
- Vintage-looking lace panels on plain iron rods.
Lace nods to shabby-chic style, and gives an overly masculine log bedroom a touch of softness or femininity. If you think lace is too froufrou, consider an eyelet pattern; mount the panels inside deep windows for light control and privacy, and then flank them with long, plain drapes to play down the wispy effect.
If you don't need window treatments for light control, privacy or insulation, leave them off. Sometimes, the best look is the simplest one.