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In the past, timber home decorating was as predictable as a dime-store romance novel; rustic accents, traditional furniture and lodge-style details were typical accoutrements. Today, although rustic style remains popular, some timber home interiors look more like sleek Manhattan studios than rustic mountain retreats. Overall, there is a movement toward contemporary design.

tmbnl imageMetal Magic
One of the easiest ways to impart contemporary flavor is with subtle—or not-so-subtle—metal detailing. Today’s timber homes showcase everything from exposed steelwork to pressed-tin ceilings. The juxtaposition of metal and wood offers a new-age flavor that marries the past and the present.

Orient Express
Influences from the East abound in contemporary decor. Just walk through any home store, and you’ll find dozens of elements inspired by China, Japan and other Asian nations. From bamboo window shades to colorful Oriental rugs, exotic accents are increasingly popular in timber home interiors.

Clean Sweep
Whether inspired by the East or the simple lines of Arts & Crafts style, the minimalist approach seems to be most popular in contemporary decor. Clean lines, sleek surfaces and a lack of clutter create a sophisticated ambiance that is a natural fit for a timber home. It sounds great in theory, but where do you store all of your stuff? Opt for plenty of built-in storage, and look for sleek storage units that blend aesthetics with functionality.

tmbnl imageThink Outside the Box
Who says you have to live in a big city to enjoy an urban flair? You can transform your country retreat into a metropolitan delight with contemporary artwork and sophisticated furniture. You’ll be surprised at just how versatile these looks really are. If ultra-modern style isn’t your cup of tea, intersperse a few contemporary details with more traditional, rustic elements. As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life—and it will keep your home from falling victim to the predictability plague.

Read the full story in the March/April 2006 issue of Timber Home Living.

Photos by Heidi Long