Southwest Home Decorating

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated June 24, 2016)

Over the recent years there has been such a huge upsurge in the number of people who prefer the southwestern look in home decorating, that entire stores have been set up to cater to this specific style. Many people, when they decide to decorate in this style, figure that they can simply gather together a random hodgepodge of things that look like they would belong in the southwest. Unfortunately, this approach to home decoration does not actually work all that well. When you have decided that you want to go the southwest home decorating just be sure that you use these simple guidelines, and you are going to be able to have the perfect decorations for your home.

  • Color. For the southwestern style, you are going to want to use the colors that evoke the feelings and sentiment of the desert. What this basically means is that you are going to want to use the earth tones and shades. Use colors such as browns, reads, blues and grays all of which you want to use the paler, dialed down version of the colors. If you are going to be doing your own painting, you can simply ask a clerk at the home supply store for an example of their earth tone paints, and you are going to get exactly what you want.
  • Balance. Unlike when a person decorates in other styles, the southwestern style tends to lend itself towards more spartan (or austere) arrangements of the furniture. While things may seem more "cozy" with more items and furniture around the home, but this is exactly what you want to stay away from. When placing the furniture around the home, think of how wide open the American Southwest is, and arrange your possessions in the same manner.
  • Material. When deciding to decorate you home in the southwestern style, you need to make sure that you choose the materials carefully. The walls, roof and furniture are going to be playing a huge role in the overall look of your home, and as such you are going to want to use materials such as plaster, stucco and exposed wood. Try to stick to as "natural" of materials as possible.
  • Accent. Whenever you decorate something, you are going to want to provide some accents to highlight the room and its architecture. Probably the single most perfect material for this purpose when going for a taste of the southwest is ironwork.

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Lee Wyatt

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