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.

Black Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

By |2022-05-21T22:08:01+00:00May 21st, 2022|Cabin Decorating Ideas, Farmhouse Decorating Ideas, Farmhouse Kitchen Ideas, Log Homes, Modern Farmhouse Decorating Ideas, Modern Rustic Decorating Ideas, Rustic Decorating Ideas, Southwestern Decorating Ideas, Western Decorating Ideas|

Looking for black kitchen cabinet ideas? Black kitchen cabinets make a strong visual impact while adding sophistication and elegance to a kitchen. They also work well in several applications including modern, rustic, modern rustic and farmhouse kitchens. Paired with bright metals – black can truly shine while providing an elegant option that grounds the space. When paired with the right colors and materials, black cabinets do not have to feel dark and foreboding, rather they can add instant character and dramatic charm.

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Blue Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

By |2022-05-21T22:05:46+00:00May 19th, 2022|Cabin Decorating Ideas, Farmhouse Decorating 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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Green Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

By |2022-05-06T20:13:33+00:00May 6th, 2022|Cabin Decorating Ideas, Farmhouse Decorating 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."

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Shelf Styling Ideas

By |2022-05-18T19:05:18+00:00May 4th, 2022|Cabin Decorating Ideas, Farmhouse Decorating Ideas, Log Homes, Modern Farmhouse Decorating Ideas, Modern Rustic Decorating Ideas, Rustic Decorating Ideas, Southwestern Decorating Ideas, Western Decorating Ideas|

Are you wondering where to start when decorating open-shelving in your home? Re-styling existing shelves is a creative way to revitalize any room – whether it is simply changing books around, adding or removing objects, or completely transforming a bookcase. Designing open shelving can be a daunting task when you first begin as it is similar to what one experiences when facing a blank canvas. It is also a lot like piecing together a creative puzzle where everything falls into place when you simply just start. Although styling shelving can seem straightforward, here are design tips you can implement that will help you to be able to confidently add visual appeal to any shelf – no matter your style.

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Rustic Interior Photos

By |2022-03-31T21:00:11+00:00March 31st, 2022|Cabin Decorating Ideas, Log Homes, Modern Rustic Decorating Ideas, Rustic Decorating Ideas, Southwestern Decorating Ideas|

The following rustic interior photos include traditional log homes, modern rustic living rooms, southwestern interiors and upscale mountain homes. All are designed for those who love to embrace the slowed down pace of country living, tranquility and a close connection to nature. Here you will find uncomplicated color schemes, open floor plans, stone fireplaces, plenty of natural textures, wood flooring and design elements that bring the outdoors inside.

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20 Beautiful Rustic Bedding Sets

By |2022-03-19T19:33:02+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.

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Southwestern Outdoor Ideas

By |2022-02-11T21:48:27+00:00March 22nd, 2021|Log Homes, Rustic Decorating Ideas, Rustic Outdoor Ideas, Southwestern Decorating Ideas, Western Decorating Ideas|

One of the most enduring classic design styles popular in North America and other parts of the world is the Southwestern aesthetic. No matter how grand or rustic your home, imbuing it with a touch of Southwestern design is one way of making it look cozy, inviting, and inspired by nature — including your home exterior. Here you will find a large collection of images of stunning Southwestern exteriors, as well as design tips on how to achieve the look in your own backyard.

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Rustic Backyard Ideas

By |2022-02-11T21:52:36+00:00March 5th, 2021|Log Homes, Modern Rustic Decorating Ideas, Rustic Decorating Ideas, Rustic Furniture, Rustic Outdoor Ideas, Southwestern Decorating Ideas, Western Decorating Ideas|

If you love rustic decor, why not carry it outside to your porch, yard, and garden? Rustic decor works well with so many personal decorating styles, including Tuscan, prairie industrial, Southwestern, log cabin, and Scandinavian. Whether it’s on the front or the back of your house, the porch is essentially an extension of your home and the perfect place to use rustic decorating decor. Here are some pro tips for using elements like natural materials, utilitarian pieces, and interesting textures outdoors on your property.

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What is Rustic Design Style

By |2022-02-11T21:56:34+00:00April 15th, 2019|Cabin Decorating Ideas, Farmhouse Decorating Ideas, Log Homes, Modern Farmhouse Decorating Ideas, Modern Rustic Decorating Ideas, Rustic Decorating Ideas, Southwestern Decorating Ideas, Western Decorating Ideas|

Today’s post defines the elements of rustic-style design. Defined, rustic style places a strong emphasis on bringing the outdoors in while embracing the rugged and natural furniture and textures. It's an all-encompassing term for many similar design styles. 'Rustic Style' is used to describe everything from farmhouse and western, to industrial and modern-rustic design. Although the term is rather broad, there are several elements that tie the many forms of rustic design together. Here we explore the various forms of rustic design.

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Interior Design Style Quiz

By |2022-02-11T22:13:02+00:00January 10th, 2021|Cabin Decorating Ideas, Farmhouse Decorating Ideas, Modern Coastal Decorating Ideas, Modern Farmhouse Decorating Ideas, Modern Rustic Decorating Ideas, Rustic Decorating Ideas, Southwestern Decorating Ideas, Western Decorating Ideas|

Any time a designer meets with a new client, they generally take time to help them navigate through the different styles of design. It helps them to discover what they gravitate towards. It’s a useful technique to discover the direction the design aesthetic should take. When you are working on the design of your own home, it can be overwhelming to determine what your design style is. Are you contemporary or traditional? Farmhouse or modern rustic? I developed this quiz with my son as a fun project to help you get started in the right direction.

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