Room For Inspiration: A Rustic, Woodsy Living Space

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What is it about rustic atmospheres and surfaces in home décor that make them so cozy? Here’s a rustic kitchen scene that may suggest an answer.


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When it comes to design, Mother Nature knows best. The rustic warmth of wood, from alder to cherry and oak, adds an air of timeless elegance and charm. The wood elements in this design—from the floors to the rafters, cabinets, kitchen island, and dining table—blend seamlessly into one open, expansive space.

This home feels like a cozy cabin in the woods, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. In cooler months, you might read a book to pass the time, gathering firewood to stay warm. In warmer weather, you could hang out lakeside to sip coffee and bask in the boundless nature that surrounds you. Ahhhh. It’s the perfect place to soak up some silence and solitude.

Here’s how to achieve a woodsy look of your own:

Choose your pieces wisely

Wood kitchen cabinets, truly one of a kind, can be highlighted with various glazes and stains for a look that’s uniquely yours. If your floors have seen better days, and nothing but wood will do, opt for hardwood. Or you could choose laminate or engineered hardwood if full hardwood isn’t in your budget.

When it comes to furniture, opt for a few key pieces, like a solid-wood hutch or kitchen table. Over time, your wood furniture will slowly age and weather, further enhancing this rustic look.

Hit a brick wall

A stone or brick fireplace, a beautiful complement to wood, is a mainstay in every log cabin. Winter has come and gone, but some of us still crave more coziness in our lives. Whether it’s snowing or sunny, a wood-burning or gas fireplace instantly adds warmth and character to any home.

If installing a fireplace isn’t possible, you could add brick or stone to a feature wall instead, for an authentic woodsy look at a lower cost.

Over to you

Does this rustic, woodsy design give you a hankering for fireside hot chocolate and marshmallows? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so be sure to leave a comment.

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Tanya Roberts

Tanya Roberts is a writer and marketer who loves to spin stories about interior design and home decor. She is principle strategist at