How to Create a Rustic Lodge Vibe in Your Home in 5 Simple Steps — Hudson Valley Style Living with Kei Kullberg

How to Create a Rustic Lodge Vibe in Your Hudson Valley Home in 5 Simple Steps — Hudson Valley Style Living with Kei Kullberg — Photo by Maxwell Alexander — Duncan Avenue Studio

No travel is required to experience the cozy glow of a rustic mountain lodge. You can transform your home’s interior spaces into rooms filled with a rustic lodge, or cabin, vibe. Continue reading to learn how to pull together the necessary design elements to create the cozy cabin-like ambiance you’ve always wanted.

How to Create a Rustic Lodge Vibe in Your Hudson Valley Home in 5 Simple Steps — Huson Valley Style Living with Kei Kullberg
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Step 1: Choose Warm Colors

Recreate the warm coziness of a rustic lodge with the right colors. Incorporate warm hues such as aspen gold, earthy brown, brick red, sage green, burnt orange, and soft ivory into your home’s interior spaces. For example, cover the walls in soft ivory paint to set the stage for warm-hued furniture pieces, upholstery, drapes, wall decor, and accessories.

Step 2: Integrate Weathered Wood

Use weathered wood in your makeover to supply a ton of rustic appeal with a woodsy ambiance. Attach reclaimed wood planks from an old barn or shed to create a lodge-inspired accent wall in your living room. Attach weathered wooden beams to your great room ceiling to infuse the charm of a European lodge. Use weathered wood pieces to build a one-of-a-kind headboard, coffee table, or bench. Cover your floors with a budget-friendly laminate that replicates the weathered look of natural wood.

Step 3: Incorporate Old Metal

Add a touch of old metal in your home to increase the rustic cabin vibe. For example, hang metal wall signs with clever sayings and lodge-inspired motifs on the wall. Motifs with bears, coyotes, squirrels, bonfires, moose, deer, or mountains would suit the rustic décor. Incorporate vintage metal headboards and footboards in the bedrooms. Spray them with black or brown paint to add a warm, cabin feel. Stack two or three large metal trunks in various sizes to create a custom-made end table.

Step 4: Add Cabin-Inspired Fabrics

Soft woven textures with cabin-inspired prints inject a cozy feel to your rustic lodge makeover. Traditional red-and-green plaids, black-and-white buffalo checks, and warm-hued paisley prints offer a touch of lodge comfort. Incorporate furniture pieces covered in rich buttery leathers, wide-striped upholstery patterns, or motif prints dotted with bears, pine trees, mountains, or sunsets. Hang ceiling-to-floor drapes in cabin-inspired prints or install natural wooden blinds to accentuate the lodge style.

Step 5: Select Charming Modern Rustic Accessories

When choosing accessories to suit your lodge décor, incorporate natural textures, vintage mountain-inspired wall hangings, Hudson Valley Nature-inspired fine art photo prints, and outdoorsy items. For example, add rustic charm with woven wooden baskets, pottery-based lamps, and pots of greenery, such as ferns, ivy, and herbs. Accentuate the rustic lodge theme with vintage sports items — skis, snowshoes, golf clubs, and ice skates. Add a few vases of mountain wildflowers for a touch of natural color.

Give your home the rustic, lodge-inspired look that you’ve always dreamed about by following the five easy design steps above. Set a budget for your makeover, create a renovation timeline, and start on the first makeover step that you just read about. You’ll love spending time inside the cozy, comforting ambiance of your revamped lodge-like home when the chill of winter arrives.

Get to Know Hudson Valley’s Own Kei The Mortgage Guy

Starting out at Superior Mortgage as a Production Associate, I have integrated my passions and knowledge of the mortgage industry into my work. I then moved on to be an efficient and detail orientated Loan Processor. Loan processing taught me how to analyze loans in a way that would enhance my skills and understanding of the mortgage industry.

Since November of 2018, I have become a licensed Loan Originator and Branch Manager of the Superior Mortgage Fishkill Branch. Customer Service and meeting client’s needs is an expertise of mine and striving to get clients in their new homes is especially what motivates me day in and day out.

I grew up in Cornwall, NY, which then lead me to attend the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, NY. From there I attended the University of Alaska at Anchorage and furthered my education experience at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business and Economics. At St. Lawrence I was the MVP of the Division 1 Alpine Ski Team who also took part in numerous community service events throughout each semester.

My experience of working with real estate investors small and large has taught me the importance of using real estate as a tool for investing and gaining long term wealth. I will continue my real estate investment journey with the help and influence of my clients and talented co-workers. I am also passionate about skiing, photography, and any sport that takes place on the water.

Hudson Valley is one of the most competitive real estate markets in the country, so you always should work with the best mortgage broker in the Hudson Valley area in order to get your loan situated quickly and smoothly, so feel free to reach out, and let’s talk about your home buying goals! You can find me at

Originally published at on November 9, 2020.

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