Looks We Love:
A cozy-cool aesthetic intersects with clean lines to create a look that mixes modern style with mountain chic.
Written by Nissa Hallquist
This time of year, it’s safe to say we’ve all had daydreams of spending these chilly winter days holed up in a cute cabin in the woods. While the woodland look certainly has more traditional roots, blending this rustic vibe with a modern aesthetic can give you that surrounded-by-nature feeling all season long.
Elements like smooth wood surfaces, iron trusses, winter whites, muted gold tones and tall arched ceilings bring a feeling that is expansive yet warm, cozy yet clean—the perfect balance for city slickers yearning for a luxurious retreat among the trees. Whether you live on a forested mountaintop or on a suburban street, you can always bring some of the cuddly, contemporary and welcoming design of the modern lodge into your own home. Here are a few of our favorite ways to get the mountain look without going all-out log cabin:
Wood + Metals
These days, the modern lodge look tends to blend urban-industrial metals with more rustic wood finishes. From a practical point of view, such materials are what enable the massive arched ceiling and open spaces of actual larger lodges. In your space, the combination of wood and metal will give you the warm, hardy feel you would expect in a cabin but without being overwhelmed by either. (Mixing river rocks, brick, cement and so forth with wood can also help you achieve a similar textural balance).
For example, in the dining room, consider the pairing of an ultra-contemporary chandelier over a rough-cut dining table:
Weathered Woods + Winter Whites
A white interior both visually enlarges a space and complements the misty whites of winter outside (or the colors of any other season, really). But it can look somewhat stark by itself. Here, Danish modern wood chairs and an ombre rug warm up this bright, white dining area. Plus, this particular rug is made out of cowhide, which lends the contemporary space even more country cred.
Aged-looking grey weathered woods can also warm up white spaces—or contrast coolly with darker ones. The rustic feel is retained with the wood material, but clean lines and an edgier finish keep things contemporary.
Wood + Textures
The modern lodge would be lost without some soft textiles. The hardiness of wood juxtaposes nicely with a dark fabric, like Gus Modern’s Elk Chair and Archive Sofa. Both pieces offer a lightened take on the heavier, overstuffed pieces so often seen in traditional winter cabins. They are contemporary, yet are still inviting enough to encourage cuddling up with a cup of cocoa.
Keep it Cool and Quirky
With all the talk of tones and textures, you might not consider one of the most important elements of the modern lodge: the opportunities for whimsy. Don’t be afraid to have a little fun. Tongue-in-cheek accents like brightly colored antler chandeliers, faux fur-covered ottomans or a statement-making light keep things feeling lighthearted and more personalized to you. It is YOUR modern lodge, after all.