Using Color in Log Home Interior Design

Log homes don't have to be all brown all the time. Here's how to successfully use color (even pink) in your log home or cabin.

So many log home owners fall into the trap that a log home has to be all brown, all the time. Not true! 

Color has the power to affect our moods, our creativity — even our appetites! It can transform a space from cold and sterile to warm and inviting, so why not use it to its fullest potential?

To spark a little log cabin creativity, we've uncovered the basic meanings of your favorite colors and offer a  a few ideas (and examples) as to how you can incorporate them into your log home.

(Keep in mind that these are western culture values and are subject to interpretation and even religious differences.)

Black Colored BackgroundBlack:

Best used as an accent or on non-permanent surfaces. It is sophisticated, classy, and somber and is the most submissive of any color. Black makes rooms look smaller, and is hard to cover up, so use black carefully- but don’t forget to add a little to each space, somewhere! Black acts like an anchor in the room, creating a sense of gravity and realism.

The New Black Black is introduced to this tiny Canadian cabin through stained cabinetry — a dramatic pop for the otherwise neutral kitchen.

Yellow Colored BackgroundYellow:

Energetic and alive, but yellow causes more eye fatigue and arguments than any other color. In small doses, yellow is a friendly and happy complement to other colors, white and brown.

Sunny Disposition
Sunflower yellow is used in this room as an accent wall, effectively brightening the room without overpowering the antique decor.

Orange Colored BackgroundOrange:

Orange exudes vitality, life and cheerfulness. Orange improves appetites without being ravenous. Terra Cotta colored dining rooms helps satisfy full bellies. A great accent to brown, black and shades of "white." 

Orange is perfect for log home settingsOrange Burst
The owners of this home use orange as a pop of color next to dark kitchen cabinetry. But take care with this hue. Many log home walls have naturally orange undertones. Your shades could clash or you could suffer from orange overload.

Red Colored Background Red:

Increased blood pressure and appetite. It’s great as an accent in small doses, or to build drama in large amounts. Red is stimulating and can cause people to lose track of time- great for home gyms or increasing productivity in offices. Red is one of the most difficult colors to “get right” in monochromatic schemes. It can have a pink, purple, black, brown, or yellow cast to it, much like beiges.

Seeing Red
This red wall, although bright, is balanced by rustic and country-style decor, creating a comfortable sitting area.

Purple Colored BackgroundPurple:

Except in florals, a saturated purple is not a commonly naturally occurring color, with the exception of the sky. Historically, it is the color of royalty, as fabrics and anything purple were expensive and difficult to obtain in patriarchic societies. Deep shades are opulent and mysterious, while lavenders are soft and feminine. Purple is a tricky color to blend with a lot of wood tones and needs to be chosen carefully. Paired with gray it can be stunning.

Purple Reign
 A deep, earthy plum is a smart choice to pair with wood tones. These chairs are just purple enough that they don't appear too modern for the rustic home, but provide a pop of color in a small space.

Pink Colored BackgroundPink:

Another challenge to enter into a log home/timber design scheme except for feminine and beachy themes. Soft pink reduces anger and aggression and bright pinks are energizing and indicate you are a true risk taker.

Pretty in Pink
Pink is one of the hardest colors to introduce to a log home's interior, but the owners of this home managed to accentuate the history of their 200-year-old log cabin with a rosy, period-style comforter.

Blue Colored BackgroundBlue:

A favorite across genders, it is also a color found in nature, and therefore a great pick for rustic homes. Blues relax and center a space. Spiritual and restful, great for bedrooms and studies, where blue is actually proven to increase concentration and productivity. Blue is loyal and dependable and one of the most popular colors of all time.

The Blues
A cool, blue color scheme was chosen for this guest bedroom. The clean appearance of the walls distract from the cramped space and brightens the room with the help of a natural light through the modern, angled windows.

Green Colored BackgroundGreen:

The new "neutral" of the 21st century, green is the most common color found in nature. It is alive and represents health and healing. Lighter shades are timeless, while lime and teal make great trendy accents.

Going Green
Green is one of the best colors to use in a custom wood home because it maintains the natural aesthetic of the home. These homeowners chose mossy green walls for their master bathroom, which stands out against the wooden cabinets and modern fixtures.

Gray Colored BackgroundGray:

Gray is often the forgotten neutral, and if the right shade is chosen, can be cozy or clean and not drab. Gray invites creativity and production in offices and studies, as it is not distracting. Grays can be very stylish and sophisticated, and with a little brown mixed in look great in contemporary timber homes as well as in the silver patina of traditional early American style.

Gray Days Gray is used effectively in the master bedroom of this historic log cabin. Although the bed is an integral part of the bedroom, the sleek, gray bedding does not overwhelm the rustic appearance of the room.

Brown Colored BackgroundBrown:

The color of wood, varied shades of brown are the epitome of strength, warmth and security- no wonder the perfect backdrop in a log home! Browns live forever and hide dirt and wear extremely well. Make browns pop with an unexpected bright color punch, add soft color with a pastel, or warm it up with spicy colors like yellow, orange and red.

Of the Earth When it comes to wooden homes, brown is an expected element of the home's interior design. These homeowners managed to effectively incorporate the color brown beyond the logs of their home through an accent wall and throw rug.

White Colored BackgroundWhite:

A blank, fresh canvas; feels cool, pure, bright and airy. Clean, but has a tendency to feel sterile and uncomfortable if too stark or lacking layered textures.

Light With White A white motif in this master bedroom gives the room a light, relaxed appearance. The white furniture and walls enhance the clean look of the room, which is only complemented by the blatant lack of clutter.