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Southwest Decor

Colorful, Bold Colors; Natural Textures

Southwest Decor


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A natural and colorful tribute to the desert landscape and heritage of the southwestern states is the foundation of Southwest Style Decorating.

What comes to your mind when you think about the southwest?

Brilliant sunsets, natural terra cotta, cactus green, desert tans and browns, beautiful blues that are found in the evening sky...these are all elements of southwestern decor.

Combine that color palette with natural textures, hand crafted items, woven fabrics, distressed wood furniture and you have the foundation set for a handsome southwestern space..

The image below is a perfect example of the textures, patterns and elements found in a Southwest style home, courtesy of our friends at BHG.com 

How do you take these elements and put them together into a cohesive design
that is truly Southwest Decor and Style??


1) Decide what your approach with color will be. You could take a bold and vibrant look, or a more subdued and soft interpretation. That is a very personal decision and there is no right or wrong answer - it is what is right for you, your lifestyle and your home.

Find a fabric, photo, paint chips...anything you can hold in your hand that includes the desert colors of your southwest color palette, and take it with you as you shop for paint, furnishings and accessories. You’ll never make a poor color decision this way.

2) After determining your interpretation of southwest style, you’ll have a better idea of how to apply the color palette.

For example, if vibrant speaks to you, a rich terra cotta wall color might be the perfect backdrop for your space. A more subtle approach might lead you to decide on Desert Tan for your walls with hints of vibrant colors in the room’s accents.


Here is an example of a truly colorful kitchen that is true to the Southwest Style of decorating...how about those cabinets? I love the tile work behind the stove as well as the collection of bottles and shelving above it.  Photo courtesy of Houzz.com


Sherwin Williams Paint offers a very cool palette of colors from HGTV that could work very well in a Southwest Styled home:

Get the full PDF of this group of colors including photos and combination suggestions:

HVTG Rustic Refined


  • Decide on your larger pieces first. Upholstered pieces could include leather and suede with natural or rustic wood frames. Fabrics on upholstery might be the focal point, with vibrant patterns reminiscent of woven blankets. You might also find burnished metal accents on these pieces.Keep the lines simple and straightforward when selecting your furniture...no frills and curves with this style of decor!


  • Natural elements are always an integral part of southwest decor, so as you select the smaller pieces and accessories, keep that in mind. Terra cotta pots, woven blankets, iron accents, hand-painted colorful tiles, painted ceramic pieces, rustic and distressed wood are all appropriate elements of this theme.

Take a moment or two and study the Living Room below, courtesy of TraditionalHome.com

Select your pieces carefully, with authentic or quality reproductions being preferred.

Why? Your room or space will present the most authentic southwest decor and not an overused imitation of a theme.

If you put the effort into searching for the most unique accents, furniture and accessories that reflect this style of decor, you’ll find that just a few dramatic and authentic pieces make much more of a statement than an array of decorative accents that can be found in any department store.

It isn’t about the cost; it’s about the look, and how each piece fits together to make the entire space speak of a well thought out southwest design. 



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Here are some unique Southwest style home accents from Wayfair that I found to help inspire your decorating:



Made from 100% wool felt with high density thermocol beans as a filler, this versatile ottoman will add just the right touch of Southwest flair to your room.

Prop up your feet or provide an extra seat when needed.

Or, place a pair of these ottomans under a coffee table for a stylish statement and added function.




Such a colorful statement this hand woven runner will make in your home!

Can you envision it in a hallway or entryway?

I love the bold colors and unique pattern, and, it's offered in a variety of sizes, small and large. It's made from 100% wool on a cotton foundation.





How cool is this abstract scene of the wild prairie and buffalo that inhabit it?

I love the forms and shadows that provide the depth and interest...as old as time yet it has a contemporary feel.

Framed in brown reclaimed wood, this 32" x 44" print will create conversation in your home!




Turn a simple wood or iron bed into a Southwest statement with this comforter set, in shades of gray, blue and brown. 

The neck roll pillow included in the set has faux leather sides and turquoise piping, and the shams have authentic turquoise stones on them.

I like the look of the faux fur throw tossed on the bed, too.

The set is also offered in Twin and King sizes.




The weathered faux leather style of this rocker recliner with nail head trim will blend beautifully into your Southwest decor!

Size is 43"w x 40"d x 40" high so is a comfortable size for your family and guests. It ships in 2 pieces so will be a simple process to put together.

A matching sofa and love seat are available as well as a coordinating chair!

It has been given great reviews, with a 4.5 out of 5 rating





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