Deconstruct the log cabin. Kiln‐dried cut firewood insulates this unique home in Montana while native grasses cover the roof. Of course you don't have to go to the extreme of using a facade completely made of logs. Log details can add a rustic modern touch in smaller doses. A custom‐cut log design adds warm Western style to this bathroom ceiling.
Mirrors. Here's a look I recently enjoyed while visiting the Shangri‐La Hotel in Vancouver: mirrors layered over bathroom windows. It creates a resort feel but is practical and can be re‐created at home. Hanging a mirror in the window (either on a picture wire or by fixed metal supports) fills in the window enough to create a sense of privacy while still allowing light to filter in. For more privacy simply cover the exposed glass with translucent film.
Not a fan of large displays of tchotchkes and objets d'art? You can go a bit wilder with color because you won't have visual clutter competing with a bold wall. But bright orange is a tough color to pull off even in a minimalist space. Take a tip from this room and limit the color to one or two smaller walls and pair it with shades of a neutral – such as sage green.
Warm up a cool palette. Raw natural materials can add a sense of calm and warmth to a pared‐down space. This wood paneling and farmhouse table introduce subtle texture and interest to the white gray and blue color scheme.
If you favor cooler hues try a palette of blue‐grays then spice it up with hints of hot red. This is a terrific palette for an office or a kid's or teen's bedroom. The grays have a soothing vibe but the heart‐racing red injects some energy into the space.
Combine practical and beautiful. These ribbed porcelain tiles serve the bathroom in a physical practical and visual way. They simultaneously stimulate the feet provide a practical nonslip surface and add visual depth. Light bounces off the irregular diamond‐cut ridges for a playful elegant effect.
Know that it's always OK to celebrate the cowboy. In this Denver study artwork by Duke Beardsley adds Western range style. It hangs over an elegant mantel reclaimed from a Scottish castle. Sturdy leather furniture contrasts with the soft fabrics and polished chandelier.
I can't get enough of this fun and fantastic green‐tinged yellow – I've used similar shades of it in small doses all over my new house. It looks supermodern set against shades of gray and pure white. Keep in mind that if you use a vibrant hue in the back of a shelf or niche you'll want to keep any items stored there neat and tidy as everyone's eye will be immediately drawn to that area. Also when you have a lot of cool gray in a space think about including some warm elements such as a wood floor or wood furniture to help it feel warm and inviting.