No matter what kind of square footage you’re working with, you can amp up the hubs of your home with our log home decor and design tricks.

Room #1: Bathrooms

Small and Simple

Small bathroom
James Ray Spahn photo

Design: Add a pretty window. One window changes everything about this room. It opens up the space to natural light and, because it’s stained glass, doesn’t require window treatments, which would overwhelm the small space.

Decor: Compare and contrast: The play of light and dark tones through out the bathroom replaces the emphasis of what’s not there (extra square footage) and with what is (gorgeous style).

Large and In Charge

Large Bathroom
Rich Frutchey photo

Design: Don’t waste space: When you have extra room to play with, don’t fall into the trap of leaving it empty. Incorporate a separate shower and make the tub a focal point with tile surround and step up.

Decor: Play with texture: The materials in this larger space really bring it down to size to create that sense of cozy. From iron light fixtures to twig votives and sleek tile to rugged handhewn walls, this bathroom sings.

Room #2: Master Bedroom

Small and Simple

Small Bedroom
James Ray Spahn photo

Design: Think up: Don’t let high ceilings swallow up the room. Crossbeams that contrast with the wall give the eye something to focus on in the upper registers, as does the ceiling fan.

Decor: Maintain simplicity: There’s no room for fussiness in small bedrooms. The bed should be the focal point, and don’t be afraid to invest in a heavier piece. (Sometimes furnishing a small space with puny pieces makes everything feel…small.) The rest of the decor (art, light fixtures, seating) is minimal—a mere garnish to the main feast.

Large and In Charge

Large Bedroom
Hearthstone Inc. photo

Design: Keep it low down: A large room with a cathedral ceiling works well in the great room, but do you really need all that volume in the bedroom when all you really want to do is hunker down and sleep? Keep the ceiling low and include rafters that will fill out that volume overhead.

Decor: Sink in: Bedrooms are meant to be quiet and hushed sanctuaries. But these two things can get lost in big rooms—particularly those with hardwood floors. So opt for carpet. Wall to wall or even a thick area rug will do, because there’s nothing quite like sinking your toes into a plush warmth when you first wake up in the morning.

Room #3: Great Rooms

Small and Simple

Small Great Room
Alpine Log Homes photo by J.K. Lawrence

Design: Add seating. The raised fireplace offers a wonderful alternative seating area—especially on chilly winter nights. The river-stone hearth doesn’t eat up square footage (it’s a mere foot from the log wall) but still packs a visual punch by serving as the room’s focal point.

Decor: Dress down. Leather is always a favorite material, but it’s also predictable and, let’s face it, a little fancy and overbearing in smaller spaces. Here denim couches and ottomans make a bold statement about the great room’s overall kick-up-your-feet comfort.

Large and In Charge

Large Great Room
Alpine Log Homes photo by J.K. Lawrence

Design: Let there be (natural) light. Window placement is crucial to the success of this room, as floor-to-ceiling openings bathe the space in natural light and offer glorious views of the Rockies. On warm days, cool mountain breezes also whistle through screens at the bottom of each window.

Decor: Go rustic. Chinking between logs isn’t a requirement in most homes, but scores of homeowners couldn’t live without the look. Complemented by a nut-brown log stain, the ivory chinking gives the room a timelessness that adds instant warmth and charm and also helps break up the monotony that can go with a stacked log wall that goes all the way up.