A log home dining space won’t necessarily improve your cooking, but it will make meals more satisfying. It’s as if wood whets appetites. So, log homes need a special spot for dining.
That, to many folks, typifies log homes conveys a ranch-house mood. Think the Ponderosa, with the Cartwright clan chowing down after a hard day of riding the range. But update that image; rustic has an elegant side, too, which savvy decorators can make stand out. Here, upholstered twig chairs harmonize with a rough but roomy table, set atop sawhorses. Come and get it!
High ceilings open rooms vertically, so you’re welcome to emphasize the height by installing tall windows and big log columns to define your dining space. Designed right, it feels cozier than its square footage implies.
The informality of log homes negates the need for fancy furniture but does dictate it be topped off with a prominent lighting fixture. Style — plain or fancy — doesn’t matter. What does is that you design your dining area to take into account that whatever hanging lighting you choose, it should be centered over the dining table. That means planning where it will hang from. Beams are popular spots, but they aren’t movable, and because of the symmetry principle, neither is the table, which also must conform to the scale of its space.
Nothing stimulates the appetite more than a breathtaking view from a space designed to make the most of it. Big log posts and beams embolden the area to match the outside surroundings. A humble dining table and chairs suffice.
The informality of log homes means making do with whatever space satisfies your needs. This simple setting, for instance, enjoys a view and coziness.