Western Decorating Style

If you love old barns, horses, nature, and the wide open range, you are going to love this month’s design style.   Western style has its own characteristics that set it apart from other design styles.  Natural elements like leather, weaves, rustic metals and warm colors distinguish the southwestern and western styles.

Here are some ideas for creating a western theme in your space.   The first thing to think about are the walls. Choose paint or wallpaper that is a neutral color. Many western houses have exposed brick, stone, or wood somewhere and you do not want to take away from that natural beauty. If you like the look of exposed wood or stone and don't have it, a feature wall using wallpaper with that look is the budget friendly way to go. Several wallpaper companies carry paper that has looks of marble, wood, tile, and stone.

In a western home, furniture is simple, with neutral fabrics, nothing over stuffed or frilly and lots of wood.Cascade Lodge Wood chairs and large sofas are great pieces to add to your space. After furniture, the next step is naturally fabric.  Fabric is always the most difficult, but the most fun. With so many choices it can be overwhelming. One word to always remember when decorating in a western style, leather! I love how versatile leather can be; you can use it for rugs, pillows, furniture, and art work. If you do not like leather, many faux options are available that give you the same look. Western prints and colorful woven fabrics can turn any plain or dark room into a fabulous space by adding color and interesting designs. Use bold prints or woven fabrics for accent pieces and pillows and try using stripes or smaller prints for window drapes and larger furniture pieces. When creating drapes you want something that can be pushed out of the way to view your landscape.

Don't forget about lighting. With open windows lighting might not be the first thing you think about but when the sun starts to set over the plains you might be looking for something a little brighter than candlelight. Heavy iron chandeliers can be lovely and you really only need to worry about a few lamps here and there. The last thing you want to add to your space is accessories. Choose heavy candle sticks, vases and statues - things that look and feel substantial. Heavy pieces will add weight to your room. You really can’t go wrong with anything you choose. Please check out our Southwestern Pinterest page for more information and ideas if you are interested in decorating in the Western style.