Nail the lodge look!

Before we get started on how to nail the lodge look, I’d like to propose a challenge. Next time you see an image of an interior you like, and before you say to yourself “I could never get my room to look like that,” I challenge you to take another look and write down what you like about it – why you think it works. It’s a great habit to get into as it helps you become conscious of your own personal reaction to a space.  Pick it to pieces, it’s easy I promise! Once you’ve done this a few times, similarities will start to emerge and you will then have the confidence to start pulling your interior together successfully.

Huka Lodge, Kauri Cliffs, Matakauri Lodge – we’ve all seen images and wished we were there. The key to nailing the lodge look is getting the right balance between rustic and luxe. Let’s look at the most important elements to achieving this look.

Keep your colour palette reined in

Combine warm earthy paint colours with the natural tones of wood, stone, leather, fur and iron. One of my favourite colours is Eggshell Acrylic paint in Cardamon from Porter’s paints – to die for! Or if dark is your flavour, Karen Walker Resene Fuscous Grey is a lovely warm grey.  The secret, of course, is to keep your colour palette restrained; this also applies to your soft furnishings.

Go crazy with texture

Ok so you’ve kept your overall colour palette restrained, now you have the licence to go crazy and add interest with loads of layers of texture. Think a smooth low sheen wooden floor (an oiled finish will draw out the natural grain) layered with a soft rug that anchors your leather furniture. Add a sprinkling of woven wicker, luxe fur, deep velvet and slubby linen accessories and, finally, top it all off with a roaring fire framed in raw stone – ahhhh now that’s what I call rustic luxe!

Go big or go home

Go big! Add instant grandeur with one oversized pendant or chandelier and don’t be afraid to drop it low when it’s placed over a table. I’m constantly noticing gorgeous chandeliers that have been tucked up high into the ceiling – drop it like it’s hot!

Even your accessories need to be big! Oversized cushions (600 x 600mm), chunky candles, large table lamps (at least 700mm in height) urns, pots, and antlers and so on.

A lodge style living room has to have a bold focal point. Bulk your fireplace up with something substantial above the mantel; an oversized mirror, a large deer’s head or textured oil painting. But make sure this is grounded by a substantial mantel piece, something with weight. No point in having a bold statement above the fireplace when you have it anchored by a pathetic wafer thin mantel. True no?

Nail the lodge look with greenery

Finally, the lodge look, of course, is inherently inspired by nature so you can’t go wrong dotting an abundance of plants around. Again, try to go large – large pots, large arrangements, large vases and large plants.

So that’s it for me today, stay tuned and never miss a post by signing up to the Lou Brown Design blog. I’m also constantly updating my Facebook so you can keep up to date with my journey through the exciting world of interiors.

Also, have a flick through some of my fav lodge pics on my LODGE STYLE Pinterest board below – loads of pics to get the creative juices flowing!

Talk soon!


Interior Designer, BDVA (HONS)

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