Jun 16 2010

Bring that Wild Wild West Feel into Your Home

Published by at 10:48 am under Interior Design & Decorating

There is a rich and relaxed appeal to Western themed décor. Whether you live in the middle of a big city or a rural area, you can easily alter the feel of your living room. Simple use of accessories can liven up your home if it is currently decorated in neutral tones. This article offers tips and ideas that will prove useful in giving your home a western flair that will challenge that of the old west.

Desert tones joined with plenty of leather and wood lend authenticity to this style of furnishing.  Warming up a neutral room with rich, rustic colors and will help you to find that your room has more depth and intensity.

Add Southwestern Color
There are particular tones used in this style of décor which include cactus green, rust orange, adobe red and shades of yellow inspired by the sun. A walls painted with a muted orange or deep yellow shade can add depth and warmth to a room with furniture that is colored in natural hues. Accent rugs, ceramic pottery, throw pillows and other accessories liven up the room.  Tapestries that are lavishly textured can be used in throw pillows and wall hangings as well.

Terra Cotta and Ceramics Add a Western Influence
In order to enrich the look of the area, ample terra cotta and ceramics should be used. Placing terra cotta tiles on the walls, floors or counter tops of your home should be taken into consideration. An ideal fit for this type of décor is boldly colored ceramic pots filled with cactus and other greenery. Containers adorned in a southwestern pattern are a wonderful addition just as well.

Fabrics Add an Artistic Flair
Some of the appeal of western décor stems from the richly textured patterns included in this style of decorating. Use hand-woven fabrics with fringed edges for an extra touch. Create a focal point for the room by hanging a large tapestry decorated with desert scenes on a wall. Handsomely textured and vibrant throw adds a burst of color when casually thrown over a neutral sofa.

Using natural elements is perfect for the western themed home. Stone, wood, leather and metal all coalesce to create a mood that is comfortable, warm and eye-catching. If a brown leather sofa or love seat is within your budget buying one would be a great idea. Tables made of rough woods will lend further to the western tone. Furniture with a distressed look is just right; wrought iron adds style to the room as well.

If you should decide to lean towards a more southwestern style, turquoise accents will lend a Native American appeal to the room. Southwestern inspired throw rugs and throw pillows should be considered for sofas containing shades of turquoise.

Remember that the look of the Wild West draws from ceramics, natural textures and materials and colors inspired by the desert. Consider neutral toned slip covers if your furniture is the opposite of the style you need and cannot afford to refurnish the place. Most slipcovers that are sold these days are fitted to offer a neat, clean appearance. Embellish your home in the spirit of the west!

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