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4 Mar — Interior Trends

Trends | Chalets on the Slopes

We take a look at some of the finest chalets across the globe, showing you what we find so special about these unique places.

Natural Materials
A beautiful chalet seems to capture the essence of the mountains that surround it, creating a space of tranquillity and calm where you can relax and reflect on your day on the slopes. Wooden cabins blend perfectly into their wooded, mountainous environment, traditionally sourcing the timber from the local area. Wood lends itself to a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

At Lake Placid Lodge, N.Y, large beams support the ceiling of this Octagonal shaped bathroom, the perfect place for some rest and relaxation! Wood has also been incorporated into the chandelier. The bright rug breaks up the wood of the floor so the wood isn’t overwhelming in the space.

Wood can also be incorporated into spaces where it is not the dominant building material, for rustic effect. Wooden beams alongside natural stone create a beautifully natural look in this Colorado mountain retreat. It is a distinctive look that is versatile to different styles and spaces.

In a contemporary setting, wood is not a typical choice of building material but can still be fit. The La Leonera Mountain Retreat, Chile was designed by Nicolas del Rio. It has a large, wooden vaulted space which opens out onto the epic splendour of the surrounding mountains however, the outside of the building is not wood at all but has been lined. From the outside, the building is revealed to be made from concrete.

Photography: Felipe Camus


The centrepiece of some of our favourite chalets is a cosy fireplace, ideal for that slow unwind after the day’s action. This Alpine lodge with its dramatic stone chimney breast really draws us in.

Colour Palettes

Muted colour palates accentuate the natural materials of chalet style, as well as aiding relaxation. If you’re lucky enough to have a fabulous view, choosing the right colour palate can also help to it accent it. A muted grey palette adds a snow topped mountain-inspired chic to the attic of this Val d’Isere chalet.

The perfect chalet always completes the look with some luxurious accessories! Accents of forest green, warm reds and oranges and earthy browns add depth, and we love to see hints of bold patterns like tartan adding their character to a chalet space.
We love these by Ralph Lauren, part of the Rugged Icons collection.