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10 ways to mix modern details with rustic style

10 ways to mix modern details with rustic style

Houzz modern cabin design
Modern touches update this rustic room. Photo courtesy of Uptic Studios/Houzz
Houzz modern cabin design
Modern lighting warms up this kitchen. Photo courtesy of Robert Hawkins, Houzz
Houzz modern cabin design
Lighten up rustic elements.  Photo courtesy of Coburn Development
Houzz modern cabin design
Highlight floor-to-ceiling views.  Photo courtesy of Whitten Architects, Houzz
Houzz modern cabin design
Houzz modern cabin design
Houzz modern cabin design
Houzz modern cabin design
Houzz modern cabin design

Much like cooking, mixing interior styles can create new and interesting flavors. Consider mixing modern detailing with cabin style. The result is a warm, clean design that allows occupants to focus on the interior architecture and the exterior views.

Mixing two aesthetics that seem counterintuitive can result in a fresh look. The key is highlighting the best attributes from both styles in a way that blends naturally. Here are a few key details that create this unexpected aesthetic.

Live edge slab table. Furniture selection plays a big part in the modern cabin mix. A slab of a fallen tree with its edge left natural sets the tone perfectly.

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Modern lighting. Consider modern lighting selections against the warmth of wood. Glass, pewter, and iron are great contrasting materials.

Highlight floor-to-ceiling views. The glory of a cabin is the surrounding landscape. Highlight towering pines with a modern-style floor-to-ceiling window. Consider a modern window free of mullions and casings, and let the pines add the rustic half of the equation.

Stair rail with attitude. Add modern elements of metal, iron, or steel cable on a stair rail. Cabins often have double-height great rooms with a focal stair rail. Use this opportunity to mix in some modern detailing.

Repeat horizontal lines. A horizontal orientation of materials will translate modern or transitional. Horizontal lines featured within rustic elements like concrete or wood siding is an eye-catching contrast.

Textured neutrals. Consider all of the texture from rustic wood details in cabinets, beams, and flooring. Now layer that look with neutral finishes like concrete countertops and several shades of gray for a perfect modern cabin mix.

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Full-height fireplace. There is nothing quite like a warm fire in a cabin on a snowy night — even better a fire in a mountain thunderstorm. Add modern drama with a full-height fireplace. Modern and rustic material selections for a fireplace could be copper, natural stone, or stainless steel.

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Lighten up. Yes, wood beams and siding can be lightened up. Create a clean and modern aesthetic with a lighter, monochromatic palette. Consider whitewashing or a light stain on beams and siding with pale walls.

Go without window treatments. Let the outdoors in by skipping the curtains. Highlight straight, modern lines of wood casings on windows instead of softening them with window treatments.

Go light on pattern. A modern aesthetic really is defined more by what is left out than what is added. Go light on pattern selections. Consider solids or a simple stripe to contrast the rustic lushness of the surroundings.