How to lighten up a solid wood log home?

Janet Andrews
by Janet Andrews

I have a log home . It is solid wood—Everywhere, to include a dark grand rock fireplace. I thought about starting with the ceiling and painting it white I would like to take the yellowy-orangie lookout of the log walls — maybe in a richer color. I would like to lighten up the fireplace with some kind of wash. Could you give me some suggestions ?!

We thought about painting ceiling white and accenting the ceiling with some dark beams. And we want to somehow lighten up the fireplace maybe with a wash of some kind — but not paint. We would like to do something about the color of the logs . They are too yellowy and orangie

I would appreciate any ideas you could give me . Thxnks so much!

  9 answers
  • Happy Days Hometalker Happy Days Hometalker on Sep 25, 2018

    Leave the ceiling wood, maybe even stain it, install drywall on the walls and paint a lighter color, love your fireplace idea .

  • Sally Alter Sally Alter on Sep 25, 2018

    I would say the opposite - paint the wood ceiling white or another light color because your dark wood gives the impression that the ceiling it is bearing down on the room. A light color would take it up and make the room look bright and airy. You could, of course, paint the walls but they are so lovely I would leave them as they are. A light color fan might also be a good addition.

  • Everything Pretty Everything Pretty on Sep 25, 2018

    I don't live in a cabin, but my living room has a wood ceiling and wood floor. There are also beams and stained wood builtins. It's all brown! I would paint the ceiling or fireplace white. I've also seen drywall accent walls in a lighter color. If it were me, I would take several photos and use the computer to change the color to see what it looks like to make sure you really love it before you paint.

    • Janet Andrews Janet Andrews on Sep 25, 2018

      Thank you so much for sharing with me your ideas. I especially like what you said about about taking photos and using the computer before I 🎨 paint. I have been searching for an app to do this and can’t seem to find one. Would you know of any you could suggest ? Thsnks again!!😀

  • Pjo26908388 Pjo26908388 on Sep 25, 2018

    This is a beautiful space. It is quite monochromatic and some paint will do wonders.

    I love over the fan and the walls. I would use a creamy whitewash or glaze on the ceiling to lighten it up. It would've shame to get rid of the wood. The walls work, the right art pieces will break it up.

    As as for the fireplace it is a little dark. I would paint the mantle a lighter grey. That will help tone down some of the brightness of the warm woods. Then color wash some of the stone to light up the room. The stone is a lovely addition and the fireplace has great lines. Add a heavy iron fireplace screen and some tools.

    Add white (or ivory) sheers to the windows (again to tone down the wood brightness). It may be a good area to paint the window trim white or ivory.

    When it comes to furniture use some painted pieces that contrast (again grey). This room doesn't need more wood. Area rugs will pull the colors together. They can be dark once the ceiling is lighter. Light colored furniture in fabrics such as a ivory Microsuede will lighten up the space.

    The character of this space is so wonderful, with a bit of paint and effort this will be a space you love!!

    • Janet Andrews Janet Andrews on Sep 25, 2018

      I love your suggestions !!😀Thank you so much for taking your time to share your ideas with me.

  • Vicky Vicky on Sep 25, 2018

    Pintrest, you can find ideas for ANYTHING

    • Janet Andrews Janet Andrews on Sep 25, 2018

      I love Pintrest!! And have a file for saved ideas for this house 🏡. But there are always new and neat ideas aren’t there?😃Thanks so much!

  • Hi there! This room is beautiful. I think it has a lot of potential. I would for sure paint the trim white and consider painting the wall and leaving the ceiling or the reverse. Personally, I I would leave the natural fireplace, consider a new fireplace screen, maybe nickel to brighten the space, and paint then mantle white. I think that would offer beautiful contrast and will allow the stone to pop.

    Once you decide to paint, I would get on Pinterest and use that as a visual guide to assist in the decision making process. You may decide to paint the ceiling and leave the walls once you do some research.

    I had a very monochromatic home as well. I really wrestled with the idea of painting the pine walls white, however, we ultimately decided to paint all the trim and ceiling white. The walls in my home are white-washed pine.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Oct 10, 2018

    Try just white paint diluted with water and paint the grout try painting trim on windows new curtains

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Oct 12, 2018

    I’d do the palest beige in your mantel for color on the ceiling, possibly even an enamel to reflect the light. Same for the window trim. Leave the ceiling “beams” in the original natural wood. White is too something for a strong room.

    I would start the whole project, and it will be a project, by seriously cleaning the fireplace. You need to do it anyway to paint, or whatever. It may brighten by many degrees. It beautiful. Definitely lighten the mantle, but I would make it a thicker slab, adding to the bottom, as it appears very high and skimpy compared to the overall amount of stone. Make it as important as the stone.

    Insofar as curtains, I think sheers would be incongruous. I would hang panels besides the windows, not covering and losing light. Hang them from interesting rods (painted industrial piping?) above the window frames. I would think linen or even painters tarps could be a great color. Or a pattern that makes you smile. To the floor, please please please.

    Youre in Texas. Use some bright “native” textiles and colors in rugs and pillows or even reupholstering a chair or footrest.

    I’mcheap, and prefer to start the easy way rather than getting new furnishings.

    Brighten up decor on the mantle and treat yourself to a modern fan with a center light, dimmer and remote control. There are fabulous fans on the web. I’ve bought two and still delighted six years later.

    Have fun fun with this.

  • J Brown J Brown on Oct 12, 2018

    I struggled with a similar overwhelming problem, a massive dark brick wall & fireplace and rough saw cedar ceiling in our Florida home. Took me over 15 years to finally finish the job I did post my project hoping to encourage others.