The stunning beauty of the HGTV® Dream Home 2019, a rustic retreat nestled in the Rocky Mountain resort town of Whitefish, Montana, might have you inspired to bring a bit of lodge style into your own home.
With so many impeccably designed rooms, however, it can be hard to know where to start for a creative spark. We talked to Brian Patrick Flynn, a longtime collaborator with HGTV and the designer of the home, for his tips.
Start with the essentials of lodge design.
The hallmarks of lodge interior design are “a mix of rich wood, aged metal, some element of stone and wintry warm fabrics,” Flynn says. Let’s explore each of these aspects:
Deep colors and weathered textures bring the character of the outdoors inside. In your home, incorporate this rich wood look with flooring, exposed beams, ceiling panels, picture and mirror frames, railings, shelving, chairs, chests and cabinets.
Lodge style becomes ski-lodge style in this bonus room, where a deep blue wall mingles with bright whites and rich woods. For an ultra-plush touch, a sheepskin area rug is repurposed as throws over wood-framed armchairs.
Deep colors and weathered textures are quintessentially rustic. In your home, incorporate this dark-metal look with wall hooks, chandeliers, floor lamps, curtain rods, cabinet hardware, doorknobs and faucets in finishes such as Black Stainless and Matte Black.
This industrial-style kitchen blends contrasting colors and finish varieties (stainless steel, concrete, wood, aged iron) for a strikingly modern look. Three bold pendant lights keep the island bright without distracting from the breathtaking views outside.
Stone siding is an easy way to spot a lodge-style home from the outside. But what about indoor living spaces? In your home, incorporate this stone look with countertops, backsplashes, decorative bowls, pots and vases.
Wintry warm fabrics:
Wool, fleece, flannel, corduroy and fur (real or faux) will have you wanting to curl up in front of a cozy log fire. In your home, incorporate this warm fabric look with rugs, couches, chairs, pillows, throw blankets, curtains, drapes and bedding.
Mix and match design styles.
In the HGTV Dream Home 2019, traditional elements blend with contemporary ones to create a cohesive lodge look. Interior designers call this blend “transitional”—because you can pick and choose elements from each home style, you’re free to create a space that looks good to you and feels good to live in.
“Anything in the transitional design style works well with the lodge aesthetic,” Flynn says.
This timeless style is comfortable, orderly and elegant. Some attributes are exposed beams and stone walls; warm and inviting colors; soft and tactile textures; and calming shapes and patterns.
This modern style is bold in its simplicity. Some attributes are minimal decoration and open space; crisp and clean lines; contrasting colors and materials; and sleek and sophisticated fixtures.
In the HGTV Dream Home 2019 master bath, for example, we see contemporary influences in the clean lines and contrast of lights and darks, and traditional elements in the marble countertop and Cassidy cross-handle faucets.
This master bath features a wet room with a contemporary freestanding tub and a traditional tub filler on one side and two shower heads with eight body sprays on the other. At the sink, a traditional-style faucet lends a classic feel to the space.
Pick finishes for a lodge-style home.
While aged metal is a defining element of lodge style, that’s not to say everything in your place needs to look like cast iron. For the HGTV Dream Home 2019, Flynn used a variety of finish tones.
In the kitchen, he chose a stainless steel range, refrigerator and island countertop and Black Stainless faucet finishes—a Pivotal exposed-hose faucet under the window (pictured) and a Pivotal bar faucet on the island. These pair nicely with the industrial iron pendant lights.
The Dream Home bathrooms—there are four!—each have their own personality. Helping establish a feeling of brightness, two of the baths are adorned with stainless or chrome faucets, shower heads and shower columns, robe hooks, wall lights and cabinet hardware. In the powder room, which has black walls, the Vero faucet in Champagne Bronze works with the white cabinets to pop against the darkness.
Consider your region.
Your unique lodge style should be functional based on where you live. Keep your weather conditions top of mind, for instance. Flynn says: “Lodges in the Pacific Northwest tend to be designed for damp weather and a lot more indoor use day to day, whereas Western lodges are outfitted with furnishings and textiles for dry weather and/or snowy weather.”
The HGTV Dream Home 2019 in northwestern Montana leans toward the latter, with lots of outdoor space for entertaining and relaxing when the weather permits. We’re drawn to the extensive backyard patio with stone seating and fireplace and to the deck just off the master bedroom that includes wicker furniture and a Scandinavian cedar hot tub.
If this kind of outdoor space isn’t ideal for where you live—or it doesn’t fit your lifestyle—move some of these elements inside. The HGTV Dream Home 2019 brings in the openness of the outdoors by flowing the first three rooms together: great room, dining room and kitchen, all bathed in natural light from large windows and patio doors.
In regions where wild animals are common sights, bring reminders of them inside. “In the West,” Flynn says, “wildlife plays a big part in the lifestyle as well as the décor, and therefore there is a heavy emphasis on hides and horns and antlers.”
Click here to watch a video showcasing the inspirational kitchen and bathrooms in the HGTV® Dream Home 2019.
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