Southwestern Style Living Room Design Ideas
Inspired by the themes and colors of California, Arizona,
New Mexico and Nevada a southwestern living room blends vibrant Native American
patterns with the soft neutrals of the desert. Perfect for Spanish, Modern,
Pueblo or Ranch style homes, this theme integrates the panache of southwestern
culture with the relaxed feel of nature.
One of the most salient themes in the southwestern style is
the use of Native American influence and art. Taking its cue from the lively
colors and elaborate patterns of Native American pottery, blankets and art,
this living room style should encompass at least a few pieces of cultural art. Adding
several Native American and leather prints to your Southwestern decorating
theme will truly help your living room stand out. Western culture has also
heavily influenced the southwestern style. References to the western lifestyle,
ranches and cowboys should be prominent in this living room, with accessories, color
schemes and decorations reflecting the rugged way of life.
The color scheme for southwestern style living rooms should
comprise of two categories – vibrant and neutral. Bright, colorful pieces will
mimic bright blue skies, the artwork of Native Americans and the yellows and oranges
of a southwestern sunset, while the neutrals will represent the warm shades of
For floors, walls and ceilings, stick to
Think white, beige, brown or tan, resembling
colors that are typically seen in a desert.
Lighter shades create the perfect background for
the second color scheme – bright yellows, blues and oranges.
For these colors, take inspiration from the sun and
sky, and Native American artwork.
Often using reds and yellows, bright oranges and
rich turquoises, Native American pottery, blankets and paintings are the ideal
place to find inspiration for your color palette.
Southwestern furniture is highly styled and radiates the attributes
of this rugged, natural theme. Wood pieces are normally made of a light colored
wood, typically pine or oak. Armoires, couches, chairs and tables should reflect
the agrestic, western style through their detailing, color and shape. Many
wooden furniture pieces in this style have elaborate carvings of Native
American and southwestern designs.
Often, the wood is painted white and then rubbed
with sandpaper to bring about a weathered look, displaying the color of the
wood through white patches.
Furniture is generally large, sometimes bulky,
and can be carved with Native American or western design and detailing. Large furniture pieces, like the wet bar or entertainment
center, made from hardwoods with intricate carvings or insets of studded
leather, are great living room additions and they could be arranged around the
focal points in the room, such as a picture window or an oversize fireplace.
Metal details on chairs, drawers and cabinets are
usually worn and rustic. Bronze and iron are common metals to use in
Large chests are great for side tables, coffee
tables or living room storage. Keep the finish of the chest finish similar to the
other wood pieces in the living room for a genuine southwestern look.
Upholstery tends to be either loosely woven or leather
fabrics, usually in a Native American motif.
Accessories complete the appearance of a southwestern living
room, are an excellent way of adding style and color. Using accents that are brightly
colored against the neutral floors and walls immediately draws attention to the
brilliant shades and elaborate detailing. For the ideal southern look, try
Native American clay pottery.
Bright turquoise throw pillows on chairs and couches.
Rawhide lamp shades that have leather string
Elaborate Native American patterned throw
blankets along the side or back of couches.
Cowboy equestrian tack, lassos and hats hung on
the walls as artwork.
Rust, tan and white colored candles in weathered
iron or tin lanterns to create genuinely styled mood lighting.
Photos or artwork of southwestern landscapes.
Southwestern style is to a great degree influenced by the colors
and beauty of nature, creating a contrastive palette of soothing neutrals and
vibrant oranges, blues and yellows. Use the Native American cultural designs to
guide you as you decorate your living room in this rugged and relaxed theme.
Small accessories like metal detailing, patterned blankets and bright pillows will
complete your look for the ideal southwestern living room.