The Muskoka lifestyle inspires images of clear waters, natural beauty, wild animals, relaxation and tranquillity. It's about getting back to the simpler things in life, enjoying the outdoors and building lasting memories. However, it doesn't need to end at the doorway. You can bring touches of Muskoka into your cottage with furniture, accessories, artifacts from local artists and especially colours that reflect the region.
Traditional nautical colours of navy, red, white and gold can be used in furniture fabrics, area rugs and paint to create a fabulous nautical retreat. Accessories such as a gold bell or ship's wheel on the wall or boat-themed pictures will also make you feel like you're on a lake right in your own living room. A hand crafted book shelf made from an original wooden kayak brings a whole new feel a room. Or use one outdoors as a flower bed incorporating the flora of this fascinating area.
Neutral earth-tone colours are also popular with browns, greens and beiges that reflect the surrounding land and trees. A comfy brown leather couch, plaids in browns or greens and animal patterns also reflect the Muskoka lifestyle. With animal pictures on the walls, antlers and images of moose used in lamps and decorations you can bring another side of nature into your home or cottage.
Wooden kitchen tables, side tables, coffee tables and beds made of pine create a relaxed, rustic, classic cottage and lake look. It's not always easy to find pine furniture at stores these days but there are some great local producers who recognise its popularity in the area and carry a wide variety of furniture in this wood. Many pieces can also be customized for fit, function and style.