If you are having troubles putting the finishing touches on your log home, you’re not alone. Home decorating tasks can be daunting, but the alternative — living in unfinished spaces — is worse. We asked design professionals to help tackle some of the most common decorating dilemmas, including problems specific to log-home owners. Here are their solutions.
Dilemma #1: "I’m having trouble hanging artwork on my round logs."
Don’t worry about hanging art at eye-level. "That rule doesn’t make any sense," says Joetta Moulden, stylist for ShelterStyle.com. "Some people are 4’8" and some are 6’5". Plus, in a living room you’re often viewing art from a sitting position. Instead, hang art in relationship to what it’s near. Hang it 10" above a sofa or 8" above a table." Moulden suggests log home owners buy artwork that spans at least 1 1/2 log courses to prevent awkward hangs where the bottom of the picture kicks out or slants in.
"Too often, homeowners err on the side of timidity," Moulden says. "If you have soaring ceilings, think about how much blank space there is above your mantel, for example. A 16"x20" painting on a mantel will literally look like a postage stamp."
To measure your results take a picture of the room and use the photo to help you decide if the art is placed right — or if it’s too big or too small. Digital or Polaroid cameras work great for this because you can see the results right away.
Dilemma #2: "My art fades into the shadows. What’s the best way to light artwork?"
Dilemma #3: "I have log walls, tongue & groove ceilings and hardwood floors. How do I offset all those wood tones?"
"What you want to avoid is a ‘brown out,’ so consider painting the kitchen cabinets hunter green or brick red," Moulden suggests. "If your logs are dark, go lighter with the floors for contrast."
For more tips on overcoming common decorating dilemmas in log homes, read the full article in the April 2004 issue of Log Home Design Ideas.