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Contemporary Log Home Decorating

 rustic elements with sleek sophistication

Contemporary Style Log Homes

Swedish Modern Log HomeSwedish Modern Log Home. I love how the accent piece blends right in with the wall finish, and how about that stair run? Very cool twist in a log home.


Ideas to help you create rustic sophistication in your log home!

Log home designs and decor offer so much more than the country cabin that so many people equate with a log home, and Contemporary Log Home Decorating is definitely an avenue that creates drama and sophistication.

I remember when we lived in our 3,000 sq.ft.+ log home how some friends would ask us about our ‘log cabin’ ...it was far from that!

No matter the size of your rustic residence, if you are thinking of swinging toward the contemporary styling spectrum, here are some helpful ideas for you.

 Contemporary Log Home Decorating Ideas

What makes a contemporary style log residence different than a traditional log home? See my comments below this image.


  • The ceilings are 10 foot high or better and there is an abundance of natural light coming from door walls and windows.
  • Interior wood finishes are lighter tones...no dark, heavy wood tones in contemporary log style decor.
  • Flooring may be wood or tile, with berber carpet in the bedrooms, for example.
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  • Other elements such as iron and glass will be a part of the home’s decor. Iron might be found on stair railings, cabinet pulls, table bases and lamp bases, for example. Glass front cabinets and table tops would lend themselves to contemporary log styling.


  • The color palette will be consistent with conventional contemporary home decor, with black, white and neutral shades forming the base of colors. Bold colorful accents are included as well, and may be found in area rugs, artwork and accessories.
  • Lighting is another area where the contemporary style will be displayed. In our lodge style log home we had very large, rustic chandeliers with iron trees, bear and moose. No such designs in a contemporary log home...clean and streamlined lighting will be consistent with the theme, although a dramatic lighting statement in the foyer or great room is also a good choice.
  • Case goods such as tables, beds, dressers, etc. may be constructed of wood, even log, but the finish is smooth, with straight lines or geometric shapes.
  • Upholstered furniture may be over sized, fabric, or leather and with a contemporary look and feel.

Here are some examples of the type of end tables, accent tables and coffee tables that would look awesome in a Contemporary Style Log home. I curated them for you from Pier 1, high on my list of retailers. They consistently offer a unique product that is well priced. Take a look and see what might work in your home!

This is quite an interesting mix of wood finishes and elements, and definitely goes down the more Eclectic and Contemporary path. Contrasting blend of bright colors against the warm wood tones. I think this works because the space is so large.

This image shows us how to blend a traditional full log home with a more contemporary color palette and design. The gray trim on the doors is consistent with the colors on the upholstered pieces, with a pop of bright accents brought in to keep things from getting too dull color wise. A bit of a stretch, but an interesting look for sure. Gotta love those fluffy footstools!

There are so many decisions to make when building/decorating/redecorating your home, it can be totally overwhelming. Sometimes it helps to have a few suggestions as a starting point...that's my specialty!

I've done some scouting about for interesting lighting options. They would all be unique additions to a contemporary log home:

Sleek, contemporary feel in this 48",  4 light chandelier that is offered in brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze.

It would look great over a kitchen island.

Sized for a larger, taller space, the linear look to this chandelier would fit well into  contemporary log home decorating.

The style is strong enough to stand up with the typically strong (both visual and otherwise) finishes in these types of homes.

A mix of metal and fabric give the personality to this drum shade fixture.

The curved iron accents outside of the shade itself keep it from being 'just another round drum shade'.

I love this fixture. It can fit right into a contemporary setting, a rustic type home or be a focal point in a casual style space.

A breakfast nook or other casual dining space would look really cool with this industrial type chandelier.

All of these suggested lighting fixtures are from one of my favorite online sources, Wayfair.com. I have purchased many, many pieces from them for both personal and business use. See my comments at the bottom of this page to learn why I always recommend Wayfair.

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Contemporary Timber Frame Home Ideas

Timber frame homes are structurally so beautiful, and can reflect a more contemporary vibe quite well. Here are some examples of custom timber frame home interiors from our friends at Precision Craft Log and Timber Homes

Overall design advice for your contemporary log home decorating project would be to keep the home open and flowing, with a careful eye on over-accessorizing and cluttering up the space.

Have fun creating your own unique contemporary style look in your log home!

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