Design Trend: Catch Cabin Fever

Keep winter blues at bay and warm up your home with this updated décor trend.

Studio 5 Design Contributor Lauren Oviatt shows us how to embrace “cabin fever.”

First, let me reiterate this is NOT the cabin look from the 80’s or 90’s. The look is completely different. It is about soft color, rich texture and the jewelry of every room, the accents.

Breaking down the trend:

This look isn’t described as colorful. In fact, you should pare down and make this scheme more about the texture and less about color. Take cues from nature in setting your palette: lambswool, birch bark, charcoal grey, evergreen, a winter grey sky… are you getting the idea? We are embracing the colors of winter

Tip on cabin fever color: If you have red and green out for the holidays… choose one of those colors and remove the other. It keeps some color around but takes the “Christmas” out. It is a key in transitioning your spaces.

Think layers and layers of rich, soft textures. This look is inspired by the glamour of a beautifully appointed ski chalet. Oftentimes we will see two area rugs placed one over the other, one of them being a shearling or animal hide rug. Over the sofa goes a worsted wool plaid blanket and a series of cable knit and velvet throw pillows. Stack a pile of logs near the fireplace, even if you never plan on using them!

To really punch up this trend and bring it up to date you must employ the right accents. I love the idea of incorporating brass and silver with the more obvious elements like baskets and leather accessories. It adds a touch of glam that I am always looking for. Antlers are a huge ‘must’ in this trend, but you don’t have to have a full mount above the fireplace Think of unexpected ways to display them on your coffee table or console. Antlers are the ultimate cabin chic accessory!

Tip: This look really works best when you really fill in the gaps with luxurious texture and layers of accents. Keywords here: wool, felt, fur, horn/bone, birch, aged pewter, plaid, etc.

Lauren Oviatt is a designer with Oviatt Design, 826 West Shepard Lane, Farmington.

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