One of my favorite pastimes is downhill skiing. I’m not necessarily very good at it, but something about swishing down the slopes at record speeds makes me very happy. But what makes me even happier is when I can get out of the cold, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire and take in the beauty of a picturesque snow-capped mountain through a panoramic window.
If you’ve ever been skiing, snowboarding or snowmobiling, chances are you have stayed at or at least seen a mountain home. Mountain homes are usually nestled in areas with mountainous terrain. Both on the exterior of the home, as well as, in the interior of the home, wood and stone are the most prevalent materials used in this design style. Because of the extensive use of natural materials, mountain homes can really make you feel like you are connecting with nature in the purest sense.
Inside, a mountain home is a sight to behold. With its high vaulted ceilings, thick timbered trusses and rock-covered fireplaces, just looking at it is enough to leave you feeling warm and cozy. Knotty pine, rustic wood, floor to ceiling windows, animal heads, and tartan fabrics are typical finds in this design style.
Still, make no mistake about it mountain interior design is not a casual type of design style. In essence, mountain home design is a curious marriage of rustic and glam. From grand entrances to oversized chandeliers to opulent staircases, there is exquisite attention to detail in mountain homes.
Having been a city girl most of my life, it is easy to feel an inclination for this type of design. It is about as far from city living as you can get! If you are also feeling the sudden urge to cozy up to the mountain design style, you can make a few changes that won’t require you to move out to Denver, Colorado.
A fireplace is a must-have if you want to aspire to the mountain design aesthetic. If you do not have one, Mark told us how to get one in a previous blog about fireplaces.
Covering a fireplace in river rocks or creating a stacked stone feature wall is a definite nod to the mountain design style.
Trusses are really popular in mountain design. If you have high enough ceilings in your home (10 feet or more), you can add wood or faux wood beams to them. The finishing touch would be to add an oversized iron chandelier as well.
If your current home is not suitable to adopting some of these mountain home elements, I certainly wouldn’t object if you all of a sudden decided that you have to have a mountain home as a vacation home. After all, we could all use a home away from home.