Monday, June 22, 2015

Decorating The Western Style Home

Who says rustic Western decor can’t be stylish? The trend that started strong in 2014 is still a player in the design world. There are several styles to consider when decorating your Western Style home. Choose from a rustic cowboy hideaway cabin in the hills, to a Western lodge style, or cattle ranch. All styles that capture the warmth and charm of the Old West. In other words there are several ways you can decorate in Western Style without feeling that you are living in the OK Corral. But if that just happens to be your thing there is even a style for you called Cowboy Kitch.

Below are some images I have collected that show ingredients that will help give interiors a feel of the Wild West. And if you are a homeowner that loves the romantic history of the Old West and are looking to replicate that style in your home, hopefully this will help you get started.

With colors reminiscent of the painted desert, and clear southwestern skies, comfortable natural furniture pieces instead of ornate ones, your Western home will feel relaxed and inviting

Kevin Corn Design

Western style decoration usually uses wood, rock, leather, and metal in abundance. The fireplace and mantle are prerequisites for a western style living room interior. Decorate with artwork on oil, vintage photos,  paintings, and Western artifacts.

Western home decorating ideas suggest an accent on anything that is old and antique but rugged in looks and nature. Consider not using window treatments, especially if you have a great view of the mountains or other natural settings. Just leave them bare!


If you do want the warmth of curtains remember to keep them simple. Make them long and out of thick material like  suede. Add Western Style details like the leather trim and beading in this pic. 

When it comes to furniture, Western Style is most often large, bulky, and simple in design. 

Western heritage is deeply rooted in the ranching industry so couches and chairs typically feature leather and hides. The hand tooled look is especially popular.

 Rugs with a southwestern design, sheepskin rugs, and cowhide rugs go well with this style. Native American artifacts and collections make great displays in the Western home.

Ralph Lauren

Western interiors can also take color direction from Native American rugs with rock gray, metal black, cream, coral and turquoise as well as strong reds, blues, and earth tones.

Western themed art also provides color direction. Cowboys, bear, moose, pine trees, cattle, lakes and rivers, and hunting and riding scenes take center stage. I'm loving this bunk house look!

We all know that cattle and buffalo skulls lend to the Western look but these beautifully carved examples take this popular accessory to the next level. True works of art!

Antler accessories also enhance the Western Style interior. You can find everything from curtain tiebacks to chandeliers.

These is alot to love in this rustic Western interior. Everything from the fringed leather sofa to the great log coffee table and cow hide Queen Anne chair work to combine rustic and elegant.

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Hardwood flooring, especially with a touch of flagstone, is pretty much required for a Western home decorating style. Throw down woven or Native American style rugs or even fur or animal skin and you are off to a great start.

Today's "cowgirl" bedroom has more of a vintage flavor. This one is done up in shades of pink. Just don't get frilly or too girly.

Look for fabulous accessories that will add western character to your home.

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For the authentic Western look search for saddles and other accessories with decorative details such as barbed wire, fringe, and nailheads.

Of course log walls are a desired element.
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But stone and rough plaster are also stunning in the Western Style interior. If these are out of the question, try a suede-effect paint for a more rustic look. Don't hide your boots and cowboy hats behind closet doors. This is one decor where it is stylish to leave them tossed about. Here pottery, horn furniture, and a cowhide table cloth also enhance the look.

Jean Macrea Interiors, Inc.

Fabrics for the Western home tend to have Native American or Cowboy prints, as well as nature prints. For a layered look mix in stripes or plaids. If busy prints are not for you, consider leather (matte finish), denim, suede, or nubby weaves.

Is this an office for a cattle baron or not? Even if your office is not this grand you can still get an idea or two on how to decorate it in Western style.

I had to share this. It's kitchy and fun but somehow works.

Using some Western bedding and throwing down some western rugs will get you heading in the right direction. Look for bold-colored quilts and old saddle blankets.

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Western interiors can also incorporate a "saloon" feel to them. Notice the cowhide chairs, stretched rawhide lighting and that counter!

Most rustic Western bathroom designs are in wood. Using natural elements like the stone basin also helps warm up every space. What a great mirror for a rustic Western bath.

Heavy timber is popular for the Western Style bathroom vanity as it supplies the sought after natural look. Heavy vanity tops of stone are also popular.

Bess Jones Interiors's

I really like the faux adobe walls and the look of hand tooled leather on the vanity.

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Great accessories with a hand tooled look for the Western bath.

As you know I love old world classic decor and simply adore curtained beds. I even found a bed I could use if I ever choose to change my style to Western.

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