15 Ways to Create Charming, Kid-Friendly Cabin Style

You don’t have to live in a little house in the big woods to bring cabin character to your children’s living spaces. Take inspiration from these fifteen fun and rustic bedrooms, baths, and playrooms, which range in style from modern farmhouse to full-on Western.

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Woodsy Hideout

Nestled beside a creek, beneath the shade of willow trees, this Montana “play cabin” is the picture of rustic charm. Designer Mara-Gai Katz of StoneHorse design covered the ceiling and walls with reclaimed wood, and even used refurbished windows from a local barn. “The beds were custom-designed to fit in the small space,” she says. “Pendleton blankets and accents by local artists enhance the rustic cabin feel.”

Grandkids Getaway

“My client wanted a playful, cowboy-themed room for her grandchildren to use when visiting,” says designer Hayden Jones of Festive Living. “The contractor personally cut down the Aspen logs from the forest and the framed artwork was drawn by her grandchildren. The bucking bronco Wyoming emblem was the perfect finishing touch for this bunkroom.”

Refined Rustic

Cabin décor can be clean and sleek. Case in point: This pared-down playroom, which combines a country vibe with a cool, modern aesthetic. “Our clients wanted a playful space for their two boys that did not feel too babyish,” says designer Lacy Phillips of Lacy Phillips Design. “We chose a neutral palette for the space and incorporated antiques and metals to add interest. A vintage ladder leads to a reading nook, and a play space below is perfect for hide-and-seek. An antique chest contains toys while a coffee table stores craft supplies.”

Living History

Remodeler Bruce Graf of Graf Developments infused his own children’s bedroom with rich rustic character by using reclaimed materials to create a shallow “porch” entrance to the closet area. “All of the materials for the porch area came from my wife’s granny’s house, on the old homestead in Eastland County, Texas,” he says. “The house was falling in on itself and we wanted to save at least a little bit of the magic and family history.”

Bunk Room Beauty

To create a fun bedroom for her clients’ grandchildren, designer Dawn Hearn of Dawn Hearn went the bunk room route, using classic elements of rustic and western design. “Warm woods, plaids, burlap, and a textured rug create a welcoming and rustic look,” she says. “A sliding barn door highlights the entrance to the bedroom from the upstairs game room.”

Treehouse Fantasy

What child wouldn’t want to live in a rustic tree fort? That was the thinking behind the design of this luxurious bunk room created by Magleby Construction. “The combination of reclaimed logs, integrated ladders, crawl spaces, bridges, and porthole windows creates a whimsical space that brings the outdoors inside,” says the design and construction team.

Lake House Living

The cottage-y charm of this bunk room bath comes courtesy of 8-inch nickel-spaced boards painted in a crisp white. “The mult-head shower is ideal for shuttling all the grandkids through the bath after a day in the lake,” says Matt Balmer of Lands End Development.

Very Presidential

The inspiration for the sleeping area of his children’s Western-themed bedroom came from a somewhat surprising source, says Bruce Graf of Graf Developments. “I got that idea from Thomas Jefferson. He created such a space in his bedroom at Monticello. It was a great way to utilize the space under a sloping section of the roof and allow more floor space in the kids’ room.”

Mountain View

A hand-painted wall mural gives this child’s room its own mountain-cabin feel. The simplicity of the ombre landscape keeps the look fresh and modern, and not too theme-y.

Neutral Party

For this Montana bunkroom, the team at Cashmere Interiors and Locati Architects and Interiors stuck with a mostly neutral palette, relying on shades of gray and black for most of the materials in the room. A few pops of deep red, along with warm, earthy brown, helps add warmth, for a space that’s at once sleek and welcoming—perfect for a sophisticated sleepover.

Barn Raiser

To create a playroom that’s a true “sleepover heaven,” the design team at Daniel Contelmo Architects took their cues from the home’s farmhouse style. The large room has six built-in bunk beds, barn-style doors, and a unique barn-style ceiling.

Modern Love

In this fun and funky playroom, designer Javier Fernandez of Traditional Designz created a clubhouse paneled with laminate flooring, for a reclaimed wood look, and highlighted the door and windows with bright orange paint. The patterned carpet adds interest to the large, open space, and softness underfoot.

Work and Play

To give this home office/homework nook a fun, rustic style, architect Heidi Richardson paneled the wall with reclaimed wood. Wall-mounted light fixtures add essential task lighting and a pop of color, echoed in the brightly painted chairs.

From: Heidi Richardson

Light Touch

Cabin style doesn’t have to be dark and woodsy. Designer Lauren Leonard enveloped this light-drenched kids’ room with bright, white paint but added cabin-y texture to the walls with simple vertical wood strips. Light fixtures crafted from galvanized metal buckets and rope lend a fun, country style note overhead, and woven elements—the area rug, under-bed baskets, and Roman shades—add still more texture.

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