Southwestern Decorating Ideas

Modern Southwestern Decorating Ideas

If you are looking for modern southwestern decorating ideas, you’ve come to the right place!  Here you will find articles with design tips and stunning images of modern southwestern kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms.

What is Modern Southwestern design?

“Today’s Southwestern style brings fresh good looks, mix-and-match capabilities, and the widespread appeal of sprawling land, blue skies, towering pines, and majestic vistas.”  It incorporates distressed finishes, Navajo-style area rugs, crafted objects, woven baskets, clay tiles, wrought iron and leather.  The colors that used in a Southwestern home can be found in the desert; rich earth tones, terracotta, and hints of turquoise borrowed from azure skies.

Elements of Modern Southwestern Design

Keep it Simple – Modern Southwestern décor is not fussy, and should not require a lot of polishing and upkeep. White walls work beautifully as a backdrop to showcase vibrantly colored weavings and artwork.

Hammered Metals – Southwestern homes typically showcase hammered metal light fixtures in aged bronze, copper and brass.

Vibrant Colors – The Southwestern palette can include rich hues such as salmon, terra-cotta, turquoise, brick red, and squash gold tones that are derived from the desert sky and landscape.  Talavera pottery and painted ceramics adds color and interest to the space.

Furnishings – Traditional Southwestern furniture has a rugged sensibility and often includes leather, wood, and metals. Knotty pine is a popular choice and often features a distressed finish embellished with burnished metal accents. For a modern approach, furniture should be comfortable, large in scale, with clean lines.

Earthen Pottery – Earth toned and terra-cotta pottery are perfect for the Southwestern sensibility. Mix matte and glazed finishes with solid colors and abstract prints to create variety and interest.

Layered Textures– Sturdy woven fabrics and textured walls, ceilings, and floors are a common staple of Southwestern design.  Colorful stripe serapes can be used on the walls to add a bright burst of color. Layering textures in any home provides depth and dimension, and a Southwestern home is no different. Think leather upholstered furniture, woven rugs, Southwestern style throw pillows and blankets.

Ranch Style House Home Tour

By |2022-08-23T19:51:59+00:00August 23rd, 2022|Cabin Decorating Ideas, Country Decorating Ideas, Home Tours, Log Homes, Modern Rustic Decorating Ideas, Rustic Decorating Ideas, Rustic Furniture, Rustic Outdoor Ideas, Southwestern Decorating Ideas, Western Decorating Ideas|

This stunning ranch style house is perched high on a hilltop and nestled among the trees claiming its rightful place on a scenic 200-acre property in Texas. The owner desired an ample yet understated home with natural and simple architectural expression that would blend effortlessly into the landscape that surrounds it. Heavy timber columns and stone walls ground the home to the site. Reclaimed siding and simple barn-like structures give the architecture a sense of history and regional belonging. Referencing the owner’s love of the old west, many of the interior walls showcase the same stone and wood that is on the exterior of the home. This gesture alludes to a time when materials were not mass produced but simply gathered from the area and formed as needed.

Rustic Bedrooms

By |2022-08-04T19:04:18+00:00July 2nd, 2019|

Rustic Bedrooms & Decorating Ideas Looking for design inspiration for rustic bedrooms? Over the years, I have compiled a large selection of rustic bedroom images from very rugged log cabin bedrooms and bunk houses to elegant rustic bedroom suites. Also included are samples of gorgeous rustic bedding and rustic bedroom furniture from Black Forest [...]

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Modern Farmhouse Home Tour

By |2022-08-12T19:27:14+00:00July 22nd, 2022|Cabin Decorating Ideas, Farmhouse Decorating Ideas, Farmhouse Kitchen Ideas, Home Tours, Log Homes, Modern Coastal Decorating Ideas, Modern Farmhouse Decorating Ideas, Modern Rustic Decorating Ideas, Rustic Decorating Ideas, Southwestern Decorating Ideas, Western Decorating Ideas|

Sean Anderson Marries Rough & Refined in a Vestavia Hills Residence: This modern farmhouse home tour is the work of Sean Anderson Design who grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi. Anderson’s home in Memphis, where he runs a burgeoning interior design firm, is moody, cerebral, and compact. It took many years for him to discover what his form of artistic expression would be and after dropping out of college he worked as a bartender, a janitor, and a house painter for most of his 20s. It was in his early thirties that he made the decision to give his passion for design a shot.

Rustic Kitchens

By |2022-08-04T19:05:29+00:00June 28th, 2019|

Rustic Kitchens Looking for rustic kitchens and design inspiration? You've come to the right place! I have recently returned home from working on a design project in Palm Springs that began with collecting a series of  beautiful images of rustic, farm-house and country kitchens for design inspiration. I often use images in order to [...]

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Southwestern Decorating Ideas

By |2022-08-04T18:53:46+00:00June 25th, 2019|

Western & Southwestern Decorating Ideas Looking for Southwestern decorating ideas? If you remember howling coyotes, twisted barbed wire wall plaques and everything from garden ornaments to bookends adorned with ranch brands or Texas stars, you may have shied away from Western and Southwestern decor and decorating styles. But the days of “Wild West” décor [...]

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20 Beautiful Rustic Bedding Sets

By |2022-09-11T22:24:30+00:00December 7th, 2021|Cabin Decorating Ideas, Log Homes, Modern Farmhouse Decorating Ideas, Modern Rustic Decorating Ideas, Rustic Decorating Ideas, Southwestern Decorating Ideas, Western Decorating Ideas|

This post features one of the top brands in rustic bedding designs. HiEnd Accents has exceptionally well-designed bedding ensembles that make it easy to mix and match everything from duvet covers to comforters, pillow shams as well as hand-knitted and faux fur throws. Their bedding collections range from Coastal Life to Farmhouse Savvy, Modern Urban, Refined Traditional, Rustic Chic, Southwestern Sophistication and Western Life. I’ve chosen a few of my favorite items from their extensive collection to share with you.

Green Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

By |2022-08-04T20:25:25+00:00May 6th, 2022|Cabin Decorating Ideas, Farmhouse Decorating Ideas, Farmhouse Kitchen Cabinet Ideas, Farmhouse Kitchen Ideas, Log Homes, Modern Coastal Decorating Ideas, Modern Farmhouse Decorating Ideas, Modern Rustic Decorating Ideas, Rustic Decorating Ideas, Southwestern Decorating Ideas, Western Decorating Ideas|

Browse through a curated selection of stunning images of green kitchen cabinets organized by color, including light green, gray-green, emerald, hunter, blue-green, sage & olive and dark green. Green cabinets have gained popularity in kitchen design as they embody warmth, rejuvenation and renewal. "Green is a perennial favorite, but the palette has come to the fore over the last two years," says Patrick O'Donnell, international brand ambassador for Farrow & Ball. "This relationship has been heightened recently due to perceived benefits of how we respond to the palette, which, in the right shade, can be ultimately restful and calming."

Blue Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

By |2022-08-04T20:25:55+00:00May 19th, 2022|Cabin Decorating Ideas, Farmhouse Decorating Ideas, Farmhouse Kitchen Cabinet Ideas, Farmhouse Kitchen Ideas, Log Homes, Modern Coastal Decorating Ideas, Modern Farmhouse Decorating Ideas, Modern Rustic Decorating Ideas, Rustic Decorating Ideas, Southwestern Decorating Ideas|

One of today’s hottest trends in kitchen design is the use blue cabinets. This is widely due to the versatility of the color as well as its ability to be dressed up or down depending upon the environment in which it is used. Blue is not only being used throughout an entire kitchen, but shades of blue are also being introduced as an accent color for kitchen islands. The huge range of blue tones available makes it easy to choose a hue that would compliment other aspects of your kitchen. Whether you opt for navy blue, powder blue, royal or shades of blue and grey, there is flexibility in finding the perfect hue for your own kitchen.

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