Southwestern Decor, Western Design & Decorating Ideas

Western and Southwestern Decor & Design: Not What It Used to Be!

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 have pretty much gone the way of parading ducks and Sunflower Sue as decor staples. Thankfully!

Today’s trends are toward honest, individualistic, and easy-to-live-with. Style today doesn’t subscribe to a formula. The West and Southwest have not disappeared from the scene. If anything, today’s style brings fresh good looks, mix-and-match capabilities and the widespread appeal of sprawling land, blue skies, towering pines, and majestic vistas. You will find a wide variety of options for furnishing and decorating personalized, comfortable and appealing interiors.

Twenty-first-century style Western style is glamorous, upbeat, refined, colorful, comfortable and anything but kitschy! It’s a look we wholly embrace, and there’s enough variety to accommodate a wide world of preferences.

“Nancy Farina of the California Design Center describes Southwestern style architecture as large rooms, high ceilings and huge entryways to reflect “…the vastness of the Southwest landscape.” If your home has these features, try to purchase furniture that coincides with the size of your rooms. If you get furniture that is too small, for example, it can look lost and out of place in a large room. The same goes for a smaller home; avoid too-bulky furniture that can clutter a small room.” (

Southwestern Living Room

Southwestern living room by Architectural Alliance Inc. I love the wide plank white oak floor and southwestern decor accents. The sofa is minotti, and the wall color is Navajo white. Via: Houzz

Southwestern Design

A southwestern feel was created in this Austin Texas home by C-Reese Architectural design. The living room incorporates arched doors and windows, a catwalk, exposed wood beams, cathedral ceiling, iron railings and french doors. If you are looking for a rug similar to the one in the image above, Black Forest Decor has several available. Check out the San Miguel Rug Collection.
Via: Houzz
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Rugged and Natural

The best of the genre stems from nature, both in materials and spirit. It may reflect the rugged frontier landscapes or the nature of vast skies, brilliant sunsets and violent storms. It might also speak to the majesty of towering mountains and crashing waves, or the appeal of flowing streams, colorful land formations and wildlife. This diversity of natural resources translates into a cultural cornucopia as well, with a one-style-cannot-contain-it-all philosophy that embraces it all.

Western décor does not hesitate to mix materials: It stems from a history of using what was available. It seems appropriate and it makes sense. Go ahead and hang a chandelier of blackened iron dripping with polished crystals or opt for rusted metal forged into very contemporary shapes for wall sconces. Wrap a rustic beam with unadorned bulbs strung from exposed wiring for a contemporary twist on what could have been a “frontier” solution.

Mix graphic weavings with calico and plaid as easily as with soft leather and natural hides. Take color cues from the vibrancy of the sunset, cactus flower blooms, the eye-popping colors of Mexican weavings, or go subtle with hues from the desert, the prairie or gentle mountain valleys.

Southwestern Style Living Room

This large scale room is brought down to earth with natural accessories like the log coffee table, indoor topiaries and low-slung furniture. The custom “bonfire” in the fireplace adds a touch of whimsy to the hard surfaces surrounding the fireplace. Via: HGTV
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La Hacientita

Great use of color in this southwestern dining room designed by The Sky is the Limit Design. Via: Houzz

Southwestern Staircase

Spanish Colonial Revival, Southwestern staircase by Pritzkat & Johnson Architects. The individual tiles in this bold and unique design are 6 x 6. The tiles are from California Pottery & Tileworks ( or Native Tile & Ceramics ( Via: Houzz

Rustic Lighting

This rustic light is in a home located in Phoenix Arizona, that was designed by Tate Studio Architects. Via: Houzz

Southwestern Decor: Elements of the West

Texas is in no way similar to Alaska, just as New Mexico Pueblo differs from Southern California Mission and Rocky Mountain chic is totally dissimilar to Oregon Coastal. But the common theme is organic, the integration of function and beauty, and an appreciation of age, use and history as well as for well-worn and reclaimed materials. The architecture of the West and Southwest reflects history, but is not a slave to it. The West was changed by settlers arriving from other areas, and decorating preferences are still influenced by what is popular elsewhere.
Native American and First Nation peoples exert yet another influence on Western and Southwestern decorating. Mix Navajo rugs with contemporary furniture, dress your beds with native weavings, upholster furniture in eye-popping graphics and stock up on North Woods blankets in historic designs.
Set your table with embellished Mexican silver, collect hand-thrown pottery and decorated serving pieces. Think about copper, hammered or weathered, for sinks, countertops, table surfaces and kitchenware. Collect old wood pieces just because they are weathered and scarred. Put the old and damaged to new use. Just as the West was changed by settlers arriving from the East, by the railroads and highways and population growth, decorating preferences are still influenced by what is popular elsewhere, and by the past.

Quirks and Tangents

Perhaps, most importantly, Western décor is not fussy, and should not require a lot of polishing and upkeep. Keep the emphasis on comfort and orient your lifestyle toward ease. You will have more time and energy to enjoy family and friends, pursue activities you enjoy, and enable your home to function as a personal retreat where you can be yourself.
You need not fear choosing a color palette from one region and tossing in an artistic accent or a weaving from another area. It works; natural elements and expressive arts reflect individuality.
If you love the symbolism of a Texas Star, go ahead and hang one on your wall. The same goes for a rusting Route 66 sign, a cowgirl poster, a lifelike buffalo – or even that laughable howling coyote – Your decorating style should reflect your personality. It should put a smile on your face! Why live any other way?
At its heart, Western style is an individual expression of taste and preference. If it suits the way you choose to live, use it. Incorporate the elements you love into your décor and you will always be stylish, even as trends come and go.

Violante & Rochford Interiors

Violante & Rochford Interiors – located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Violante & Rochford Interiors

Violante & Rochford Interiors – located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Southwestern Kitchen

This gorgeous southwestern kitchen was a farmhouse remodel done by Vernon Sons Construction in Santa Barbara.  The wood flooring is Provenza Old World Siberian Oak Fossil Stone Stone (sku #667). via: Houzz

Southwestern Entry

Another photo of the Vernon Sons Construction farmhouse remodel. I love the cowboy artwork above the entry. via: Houzz

Topaz Mountain Southwestern Bedding

The cozy Topaz Mountain Southwest Blanket Bedding Collection features a traditional southwest blanket design in brown, caramel, rust and cream woven in soft poly/acrylic and accented with faux leather, fringe and turquoise conchos.

Topaz Mountain Southwest Blanket Bed Set – Queen
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Southwestern Guestroom

Southwestern guest bedroom by CSE & Associates. Via: Houzz

Western Design Powder Room

Southwest Contemporary Powder Room designed by Design Directives, LLC. The stone countertop is made of Cafe Rainforest granite and has a 4” thick edge that has been mitered and chiselled. The stone was purchased from ArizonaTile in Scottsdale, and the fabrication was done by Stockett Tile and Granite in Phoenix. The mirror was made by a local glass artist. The copper clad cabinet was made by Wood Expressions of Phoenix. The wall is integral color plaster, custom formula for the client. via: Houzz

Southwestern Design

Santa Fe Hacienda designed by Chandler Prewitt Interior Designer
via: Houzz

Southwest Contemporary Design

This living in Phoenix Arizona was designed by Design Directives, LLC and is a perfect blend of contemporary with Southwest elements and a soft neutral palette. The sofa and the 2 chairs on the left side of the photo are from J. Robert Scott. The mantle is part of an Ironwood tree that was smoothed and prepared by a custom wood shop. The custom coffee table was made by several craftsmen.Via: Houzz

Southwest Contemporary Design

Bedroom in Phoenix Arizona home designed by Design Directives, LLC

Southwestern Living Room by Eren Design & Remodel

Western/Southwestern home located in Tucson Arizona and designed by Eren Design & Remodel.  The wall color used throughout was Vanilla Shake DEW325 from Dunn-Edwards. via: Houzz

Southwestern Contemporary

Southwestern contemporary kitchen with gorgeous southwestern decor.


Southwestern Decor Bedding

Rio Grande Comforter Set: Bold, warm and unique, add some Southwestern style to your bedroom’s décor with the Rio Grande Comforter Set. The comforter and pillow shams feature coordinating southwestern-inspired woven designs in hues of rust, burnt orange, cream and denim.

Wild and Free Horse Art

Splashes of bold color create a graceful horse profile on the painted canvas Wild & Free Horse Wall Art.

Wild & Free Horse Wall Art
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Santa Fe Teal Pottery Vases

The hand-thrown clay Santa Fe Teal Pottery Vases are hand-painted in shades of teal, red and cream with an aged look for a unique southwestern decor accent

Santa Fe Teal Pottery Vases (Set of 3)
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Southwestern Flower Glass Lights

Recycled crackled glass in clear, amber or turquoise is blown into the handmade iron Southwestern Flower Glass Pendant Lights in an oxidized finish.

Southwestern Flower Glass Pendant Light – Large
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Southwestern Bedding

Veratex Santa Fe 4 Piece Comforter Set: Capture the charm of the Southwest with the Veratex Santa Fe Comforter Set. This lightweight chenille comforter offers a blend of taupe, black, and brick with a hint of turquoise that brings the rugged warmth of the West into your home.

Southwestern Bedding

The Painted Desert Comforter Set is decorated with a rustic, Southwestern-inspired print with a stand-out aqua color accented with nice textural details.

Southwestern & Western Decor


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Lady Antebellum Heartland Bedding: Transform your bedroom into a Southwestern retreat with the inviting Lady Antebellum Heartland Belle Meade Duvet Cover Set. Infused with timeless charm and modern appeal, the unique bedding features vintage Native American patterns in cool hues.

Lady Antebellum are Grammy award-winning musicians, chart-topping country superstars and now—thanks to their collaboration with Bed Bath & Beyond — interior designers.They recently released the “Heartland” collection, which features everything from animal-printed decorative pillows to plaid-patterned bedding sets. “We’ve had the chance to tour all over the country and see some really amazing things that inspired these designs,” said Scott. “This collection pays homage to all that is great about American style…we are looking forward to sharing it with our fans!”


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San Pedro Reclaimed Wood Cabinet
San Pedro Reclaimed Wood Cabinet
San Pedro Reclaimed Wood Cabinet
Western Powder Room
Santa Fe Hacienda
Cowboy Entranceway
Southwestern Kitchen
Southwestern Living Room
Southwestern Living Room
Southwestern Dining Room
Southwestern Staircase
Rustic Lighting
Southwestern Living Room
Bathroom Shelves
Southwestern Bedroom
Southwestern Bedding
Southwestern Bedding
Southwestern Bedding