In the past, decorating a small cabin meant keeping surfaces clear and finishes natural or white. Many people have abandoned this minimalist approach in favor of something more homey. If you organize and decorate your space intelligently and creatively, there's no reason you can't add a funky piece of furniture, some bright accessories or a collection of paintings to your small cabin's interior.
Instead of four white walls or, at the other extreme, deep red or shocking orange, consider antique white, sunny yellow, faded cornflower blue or a trendy gray. Look for bluish undertones for a cool look, rose undertones for a warm look. Go even bolder with accent walls, trim color, door frames, window frames or baseboards, with cobalt blue, Mediterranean green, muted lime, retro aqua or a shabby chic icy pink. Stencils are a subtle way to add color and texture to plain walls. Try a strip of paisley or fleur-de-lis in lavender, gold or wine. You can also freehand paint a border of vines, flowers, leaves or, the current favorite, birds and owls.
Take a long, hard look at your belongings and get rid of clutter. Use baskets, drawer dividers, boxes and buckets to to store items. You can even display your storage artistically by lining up vintage buckets or baskets with different textures on open shelves and cabinets. Create a small, low shelf for shoes at the doorway and hang hooks overhead for coats and bags. Add a basket with a lid for mail.
Determine your priorities in use and style when choosing furniture for a small cabin. If you must display that cool 1950s Formica dining table, don't add a bulky cabinet to the room. Instead, get a tall, skinny corner niche or hang some floating shelves. If your bedroom or living room must also serve as a home office, look for a loft bed with a desk or storage area underneath. Or find a desk with a small built-in bookcase or file drawers to keep organized. A love seat and an arm chair may take up the same amount of square feet as a sofa, but they can be arranged to allow for more freedom of movement. The same is true for a couple of end tables or a low ottoman in place of a coffee table.
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