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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
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:
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.