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How to Capture Adirondack Style in Your Cabin

To give your getaway a bit of Adirondack flair, have fun incorporating one or more of these 10 key elements
By Kristin Sutter
Published: June 1, 2012
Adirondack cabin remodel living room
Photo by Greg Page Studios
Adirondack cabin remodel porch swinging bed
Photo by Greg Page Studios
Sucker Lake Adirondack style
Photo by Lisa Hogan
Get back to nature Adirondack-style by decorating with materials from Mother Earth. This signature style is characterized by these 10 basic elements that are simple to mix into your existing cabin décor.

1. Birch bark
The subtle texture and creamy hue of birch bark is an essential element in Adirondack design. You’ll find it in furniture, picture frames, decorative baskets – even used as a wall covering.

2. Twig/stick accents
Craftsmen often use these little beauties as freeform baluster designs between porch or stairway railings or to create decorative geometric patterns on furniture, picture frames, ceilings, signs and more.  

3. Rough-hewn trees & branches
These solid building materials appear as log siding, posts, window and door frames, furniture, mantels, and more. And they do their jobs au naturel, frequently appearing with bark intact or with minimal refining so you can still see knots and natural contours.  

4. Murals
Idyllic nature scenes painted on furniture or kitchen and bathroom tiles, or framed as wall art are a classic Adirondack motif.

5. Earthy color palette

Think forest greens, cranberry red, turquoise, dirt browns and creamy yellows for the classic palette. Paint a few rooms or pieces of vintage furniture in your favorite colors, or try pillows or throws in these hues.

6. Geometric textiles in rich colors
Speaking of color palettes and fabric, try mixing in upholstery, rugs, wall hangings, quilts, etc. in deep, earthy colors and bold geometric patterns.

7. Rustic combined with upscale
Adirondack great camps were historically imbued with touches of wealth – a fine silver dinner service would adorn a rustic dining table. Have fun incorporating a few fancy pieces of furniture, wall art, textiles, etc. in with nature-inspired pieces.

8. Elevating sports gear
In homage to the outdoor recreation that’s so abundant in the Adirondacks, well-loved canoes, fishing gear, boat oars, snowshoes, etc. show up as décor. So before you donate your old gear, consider how you might reuse it as art.

9. Wildlife motifs
Wall art, tiles, vases, baskets, carvings and more that depict local wildlife abound in Adirondack style.

10. Adirondack chairs
The quintessential icon of Adirondack style is its namesake chair, found across the U.S.
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