A cozy plaid, a good hot chocolate and the snow falling in the background … Here is the recipe for a successful moment in a chalet. In order to find this winter atmosphere in your interior without living at the foot of the mountains, there are a few simple decor tips. An old wooden door, tartan or even a rustic stove will transport you to the top of the peaks in a few minutes. Discover 20 inspirations drawn from Pinterest to adopt this warm universe par excellence.
1. A wooden ceiling for a mountain atmosphere
Nothing more “chalet” than a wooden interior. This material has the advantage of being a good natural insulator , while offering an inimitable decorative character. On the walls, it is displayed in paneling. In an attic to be optimized, the paneling is placed on the ceiling and transforms the space into a real mountain room or a quiet office . In order not to darken the room, opt for a light, unvarnished wood. Keep the other walls in a light, but warm shade, to complete this wintery look. Painted in white, it gives a little Scandinavian side to this living space.
2. The stove brings warmth to the chalet-style decor
A beautiful rustic stove gives an undeniable charm to an interior. With its deliciously retro look, it fits in with the most traditional houses as well as with more modern constructions, to break the contemporary rigor for example. It warms a space literally, as well as figuratively. The soft sound of crackling helps to create a chalet atmosphere in any living room . Depending on its habitat, it is chosen with wood, pellets or even electric. The latter option is ideal for those who live in an apartment.
3. Tartan for a rustic decor like at the cottage
For a more literal and rustic chalet style, we have fun with tartan. This motif transports us to the Alps or to the foot of a frozen lake. We invite it in a fabric version, on a cushion or a plaid for example. Her very marked inspiration should be taken with a grain of salt so as not to fall into the too much . It is therefore infused in small doses in a more neutral and contemporary decoration. Once winter is over, the tartan fades in favor of spring patterns. The advantage of fabrics is that they are easily changed according to the desires and the seasons. They are easy to use to give a precise look to an interior.
4. A stack of logs in a rustic chalet spirit
In a chalet-style decor, wood is not just available on the walls. To dress and feed a stove or fireplace, store logs. Bring nature inside, while giving the room a cabin atmosphere in the woods. Arrange them harmoniously so that they pass for a decorative element in their own right. This tip is ideal if you do not have a dry place to store the wood, so that it does not rot.
5. Mountain hut atmosphere with faux fur
In order to simply recreate the cocooning atmosphere of a chalet in a house or an apartment, opt for a faux fur. On a rug , in a plaid or even on a piece of furniture, it is very easy to find beautiful imitations at a lower cost. Choose it in the most authentic colors possible for a rustic style. It has the advantage of keeping warm during long winter evenings, in addition to accessorizing a room. Sheep wool is also not to be excluded in order to obtain a chalet style in its interior.
6. Wood and stone, the winning combo of rustic style
To accompany a room or a wooden piece of furniture, nothing beats stone. This strong material gives a rustic touch to an interior. In the bathroom, we turn to a tub or sink in a raw style. Bet on river stone rather than a too shiny marble. This gives a more authentic inspiration to a piece of furniture. At the same time, favor irregular, almost artisanal shapes . Those lucky enough to have stone walls keep them bare and opt for wooden furniture, in a dark essence . Again, try to keep the base material pure as much as possible.
7. A rustic door, like in the mountains
Tired of your simple white door ? How about replacing it with a rustic-style wooden version? This typical element of mountain architecture, whether for chalets or barns, brings charm to a contemporary interior. In order to facilitate its opening – it can be very heavy – it is placed on rails so as to create a sliding door. This technique saves space and is especially suitable for bathrooms or toilets , which are small spaces. Look for second hand and second hand stores to find the door of your dreams. Those most comfortable with nails and a hammer make it themselves by recycling old wooden pallets.
8. White wood for a Scandinavian chalet atmosphere
The mountain inspiration does not turn only to the Alps or the Pyrenees. Let’s leave our French valleys to head for the far North. The Scandinavian chalets are full of charm with their large windows open to nature and their white wood. To reproduce this look at home, refresh an old paneling or parquet with a coat of white paint . The ceiling, the walls and even the floor go there for a minimalist decor , straight from the Nordic countries.
9. The mountain is displayed on the walls
In a children’s room, the wall decoration takes on the air of an Alpine landscape. With paint and construction tape, reproduce mountain peaks. Play with shades of color to create a beautiful perspective that gives an illusion of depth. If you are not a DIY pro or you are a tenant , opt for a trompe l’oeil wallpaper or stickers to hang on a clean and dry wall.
10. A wooden kitchen, like in the mountains
In the kitchen , the wood of the chalet is available on the furniture as well as on the floor. Fronts in raw oak or light pine bring a rustic touch, all in elegance. Consider treating or having the wood treated so that it does not deteriorate over time and with use. Combined with handles and other matt black metal faucets, these new kitchen units become chic and contemporary. Accessorize the set with stone items, like a cutting board or even a worktop.
11. Dare the fake hunting trophy
Deer, reindeer, ibex … This wild fauna inhabits our mountains and those of our neighbors. To bring them into our home, opt for a plush or wood version. Many brands offer fake hunting trophies with a colorful and quirky look. Some are thus to assemble oneself, like a puzzle and constitute a nice activity to do with your children when the weather does not allow you to go outside and play!
12. The chalet dining room arrives in your interior
In the family of wooden furniture we ask for the dining table . This central element of the house demands your full attention if you want to create a chalet style. In pine or oak, it adopts a winter look. We choose it in raw and rustic forms, as if weathered by the years. To give it all its splendor, it becomes a central element of the room with a more sober decoration around. To reinforce this mountain look, we have beautiful faux fur throws and cushions on the chairs . And here is a dining room like in the mountains!
13. Mixing tradition and modernity
For a look worthy of the most beautiful chalets, nothing beats a game between tradition and more contemporary decoration. Mix the inspirations by going to dig into the mountain world in small touches. In a wooden living room, we break the rules with a designer sofa and overhead suspensions. Conversely, in a modern home, we rely on the installation of cushions or an alpine-inspired lamp . This duo gives a timeless side to your interior and makes it pleasant in all seasons, the chalet style all in red and wood working less well in summer than in winter!
14. Bring the outside inside
Open the shutters and observe nature coming to life outside … This is one of the small pleasures of the mountain. To reproduce this at home, adopt the large openings, with beautiful bay windows and other glass roofs . In addition to bringing in the light, they let nature enter the interior of the house. To continue this process, install a small reading nook on the ledge of this large window. A plush cushion or bench makes it your new favorite place in the house. All you have to do is enjoy the view while reading your favorite book with a cup of tea in your hands.
15. A ski room entry
In order to get rid of the mud and all the small stones that our shoes bring into the house, the entrance is inspired by the ski room. This part is present in the chalets to allow skiers to deposit their equipment without dirtying the interior. Lockers and a bench reproduce this inspiration in a house or apartment. The perfect organization for all members to store their belongings and put on their shoes while keeping the house neat and tidy. Select a suitable and resistant floor covering, such as stone or terracotta.
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