How to make classic mountain homes more modern without "depersonalizing" them
A classic mountain house can be transformed into a place to live or spend unforgettable holidays. The combination of ancient and modern is perfect to furnish from the beginning or to make a restyling of a cabin, a small house surrounded by greenery and even an old barn.
The typical houses located in the high mountain valleys are generally welcoming but not often combined with luxury and comfort of any kind. In case you want to embellish a place giving it a more modern look, without making it lose the rustic charm of the houses of the past, just follow some basic rules.
First of all we must start from the outside: materials such as stone and wood (possibly and mostly dark) must predominate (on the foundations) to infuse the house with the classic garde and reassuring appearance. These materials must be recalled inside the structure, by beams, exposed walls and floors.
Furthermore, in order to create an eye-catching contrast from the outside, starting to introduce more modern touches, you can opt for the addition of continuous windows, ideal for letting in so much light inside the house and admiring the views as well as the colors of the mountain and feel more in contact with the surrounding nature.
The roof covering, generally sloping to avoid excessive accumulation of snow in the coldest seasons, can be embellished with a flounce-covered flounce covering, with the aim of conferring further well-balanced modernity with the basic structure, without distorting the its traditional appearance.
Another addition that falls within this perspective is that relating to the insertion, both external and internal, of steel railings ready to support and accompany stairs left as natural as possible. With regard to indoor spaces, an element such as the pass-through fireplace, a real star of the house, capable of brilliantly combining the "classic" function with a more current aesthetic than ever, cannot be missing.
Also internally the wood must dominate: from the exposed beams of the ceiling to the kitchen top, from the tables to the chairs, from the bookcases to the cupboards up to the shelves and to the furniture above which to support elements, devices and technological appliances, practical, beautiful and functional, last generation.
To create an ideal "luminous" contrast it is good to opt for hanging lamps with a modern look, dark or warm and distinguished by a smooth and shiny surface, or porous and opaque, based on personal tastes and other elements of 2.0 furniture that you want to insert at will in every room. In the kitchen and in the bathroom, then, you can choose to use sinks either in steel or in stone to re-enter the perspective of a revisited tradition.
The walls can be abundantly covered in wood paneling (perhaps old fir) often backlit or even covered with mountain themed wallpaper, that is to say that they recall winter, snow-covered, Tyrolean, Alpine, Scottish, animalier, woody and so on. Other decorative gems are the wooden stools, even more characteristic if made of oak obtained from old wine barrels, whose base culminates with soft seats, or furry cushions (white or beige) or covered with animalier fabric, possibly in reference to armchairs, sofa covers and bedspreads.
Making a mountain home cozy and modern, equipped with many comforts and technological appliances with a dual function (aesthetics and practice) is therefore possible and enjoyable. Once you consider the "ground rules" you can easily furnish the mountain home with design elements and furniture typical of the trends currently in vogue, combining them with the traditional appearance of the structure, without losing its essence.