This post may contain affiliate links. If you buy thru these links, we may earn a commission at no additional cost to you. We are actually toying with a couple of “non-traditional” ideas when it comes to color choices for both the outside and inside of our log home. I’ll talk more about our exterior color choices later….
For now, let’s focus on some of the color ideas that we are considering for one or two of our full-log walls inside. What follows are some of the interior color choices we’re thinking about… and why we’ve kind of had a change of heart after considering resale values.
Other Painted Wood Options
The photo above gives you an idea of what I currently envision most of the interior walls of our log home will look like:.
dark stair railing. darker brown accents throughout. The following pictures show some of the ways that you can still have a nice log home without necessarily having “shades of brown” as your primary color scheme. Typically, you’ll see one wall painted to serve as a focal spot or an accent wall.
First, Some Examples…
I have no interest in painting all — or even most — of the log walls inside our house.
Just one, maybe two of the smaller walls instead. This photo (at right) has been my inspiration for months now. It has remained front & center inside my Idea Notebook. However, thanks to the cautious words of a general contractor friend of ours, we’ve had a slight change of heart about painting any of the log walls inside our new log home.
What We’re Going To Do
Simply put, he thinks a log home with say… one interior wall painted red, would be harder to sell than a similar log home with that wall not painted red.
He reminded us of the fact that it’s next to impossible to get paint color out of the logs after it’s been applied. It pretty much “bleeds” deep into the log. So, you definitely can’t just “sand it out” or anything simple like that. Your only real option would be to paint the wall an even darker color.
Then, Reality Set In
In this case, it would probably mean painting (and/or staining) that wall a very very dark shade of brown — which would be the most “neutral” choice, as I see it.
Of course, I’m talking about painting the actual log walls here… not sheetrock or drywall, which could be used for interior walls and thereby avoid this dilemma altogether. That’s what most people do… but not us. In our case, we really like the look and texture of actual logs inside a log home.
Resale Values Of Log Homes With Painted Walls
I mean, that is one of the biggest reasons we decided to build a log home in the first place!
So we’re trying to avoid using drywall for any of our interior walls. To keep the “log look” inside, we’re planning to use a matching log siding on the few interior walls we have. (Ours is a very “open” floor-plan. There will be very little log siding inside.).
We’re Talking About Log Walls
Yep, you can do anything you want with accent walls that aren’t made from actual log.
So, if you’re an ultra-conservative person, drywall or sheetrock are probably your safest choices for adding color to the walls inside your log home. That way, you can personalize with paint and other unique accents to show your “true” personality and style inside your home, and still get as crazy as you want on a wall that can be repaired, replaced, or re-treated quite simply.
7. An Elegant, Modern Reading Nook
Of course there are a couple of other ways to get around painting the actual logs inside your home, too.
For one, log siding. Or, tongue & groove wood used as wall paneling. Heck, even things like beadboard and wainscoting are popular inside log homes these days! There are actually lots of great ways to add “pops” of color here & there inside your log home.
8. Tree Trunk Window Frames
…It’s just that we were hoping it would look like 100% log inside our log home.
Plus, in my mind, it’s easier (on the front-end) to simply paint a log wall the color you want in the first place. Then, just cross your fingers and hope that others will like it, too. I don’t know how to find the degree to which painted log walls might affect a log home’s resale value.
9. Light Pine Interior Lets Natural Wood Beauty Speak for Itself
But my gut tells me that “popular opinion” would be something along these lines: “Don’t paint your logs unless you are willing to live with the fact that someone else might not like the walls painted that particular color.”.
The fact of the matter is… whenever you move from one house to another, you always have to change some things around, paint some walls, and stage your home in such a way that others can actually visualize themselves and their “stuff” inside your home.
10. Moody Grays and Reclaimed Wood
So, color or no color on some of the log walls… if/when it comes time to sell this log home, we will probably be manipulating some things to make them appear more neutral and thereby more favorable to others anyway.
I think we could probably find a satisfactory workaround for painted walls that would please most people. (Besides… there are probably more people than you think who can appreciate something as simple as a red accent wall — don’t you think?). I’m actually not sure what we’re going to do at this point.
11. Solid Timber Columns Compliment Wood Features
But it’s still early.
And we have plenty of time to decide. In all honesty, if you’re going to build a log home — a dream home — then don’t you want to thoroughly enjoy it?… on a daily basis. If that means incorporating different colors, sizes and shapes into your “palette”, then so be it.
12. Recessed Lighting and Fixtures Make a Big Impact
It’s your house! I’d hate to talk myself out of something we would truly enjoy simply for the fact that we might sell our home at some point in the far distant future.
Between you & me, the chances of this are actually quite slim, because Jim and I are viewing this as our forever home at this point. But hey, never say never, right? We’ve gone through the entire process of designing and planning every single detail of our dream log home!
13. Minimalistic Beam Ceiling with Timber-Framed Fireplace
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14. Cozy Built-In Wood Bunk Room
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15. Relaxing Log Cabin Spa Bathroom
(Photo credit: hookedonhouses.net)
There is no reason you can’t make the bathroom in your log cabin luxurious without losing the appeal of your log walls. This bathroom is brought to life with an antique porcelain bathtub that perfectly matches the white chinking in the walls.
16. Wood Slab Bench and Dark Stone Flooring
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Dark stone flooring pairs perfectly with richly colored wood. The dining room and kitchen of this log cabin have very unique furniture. The wood slab table and matching benches instantly pop out. You’ll also notice that the chairs include raw timber with bark on while the barstools on the far right feature half-log seats.
17. Snug Brunch Nook for Family Breakfast
(Photo credit: remodelingbyrenewal.com)
This well-designed log cabin kitchen features a lovely breakfast nook right in the kitchen. The wood cabinetry and table match the log walls beautifully. Above, you’ll see a white ceiling and glimpse of raw half-log beams.
18. A Spacious Living Room Fit for Entertaining
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This log cabin is very much a vacation home fit for entertaining guests and reuniting with family. However, even smaller cabins can adopt ideas from this example. The antler chandelier is a great idea for a country home. Leather furniture works well in log cabins, as well. The stone fireplace adds contrast to prevent the room from being overwhelmed by wood.
19. Striking Heavy Beams Combined with Artistic Stonework
(Photo credit: tetonheritagebuilders.com)
The mix of heavy log beams with equally impressive stonework gives this interior a Scandinavian theme that would look amazing in any log cabin. The mixed media style of stone and varying types of woods work together surprisingly well. The bright, pleasant furniture is the perfect finishing touch.
20. Abstract Log Beams Match Ceiling Angles
(Photo credit: thewhitefacelodge.com)
Log beams don’t always have to run straight vertically or horizontally. In this stunning log cabin lodge, the ceiling has a fairly abstract pattern, with darker stained logs covering a good portion of the surface. If you have a unique roof shape, like the one here, running beams along the lines can look great.
21. Alpine Log Cabin with Doubled-Up Beams
(Photo credit: rogerwadestudio.com)
Rather than choosing heavy log beams, this designer opted for doubled-up wood beams throughout the ceiling design. This maintains a rustic appeal but is a bit of a cleaner finish. The industrial beam design works very well with the high-character walls and massive stone fireplace.
22. Unique Whole Log Staircase Design
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This gorgeous log staircase features squared-off whole logs in place of the more commonly seen half-log design. The banister and railings are bark-on small logs that match the rest of the interior of this home.
23. Classic Log Interior with Touch of Stone
(Photo credit: yellowstoneloghomes.com)
As mentioned before, wood and stonework together beautifully. In this modestly-sized wood cabin, essentially the entire interior is wood, whether log or plank. However, tucked under the breakfast bar that separates the dining room from the kitchen, is flat gray stone. If you want to add stone during a remodel, this is one way to do it.
24. A Cabin Fit for a Hunter
(Photo credit: naturallogcabins.com)
Taxidermy certainly isn’t for everyone, but hunters and other outdoorsmen will have an appreciation for this simple, but pleasing, log cabin design. A moose is mounted high on the wall and furnishings are kept basic. The log walls, wood ceiling, and wood staircase are kept natural without any stains, paints or other color surface treatments.
25. Log Cabin Exterior Brought In
(Photo credit: tetonheritagebuilders.com)
This cute bedroom has a rough, rustic look due to the exposed logs and heavy grain. This interior looks very much as you’d assume a log cabin exterior would look. If you love a very bold look, it’s definitely worth considering.
26. Keep Your Ceiling Natural and Raw
(Photo credit: countryliving.com)
A different approach to painting or staining walls is to keep the ceiling as natural as possible. This particular example features white walls coupled with a darker ceiling and very raw looking wood. This contrast adds more texture and interest than uniformly painted walls and ceilings.
27. Smokey Charcoal Adds Dimension to Wood
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If you tend to enjoy darker shades within your home, these smokey charcoal-toned walls are an excellent option. Selecting a surface treatment like this one allows you to get a romantic, dusky look in your home without covering up the look of the real wood grain. Think of this like the opposite of whitewashing with the same distressed effect.
The most important principle in home design is to go with a style that appeals to you. Investing in a stunning interior design with decor to match isn’t cheap, so be sure that the log cabin interior design you choose speaks to you.