How to Incorporate Western Design into Your Home

When it comes to decorating your home in western style there is a very fine line between tastefully decorated and kitschy.  You can spend a ton of money and then your home can still look like a barn…not the look you wanted.  You can still have a beautifully decorated home, let us show you how to incorporate  western design into your home and have it look stunning.

Inspirational Pieces

With any style, most designers will tell you to find that one piece that sets the tone and allows you to draw inspiration from.  It can be something architectural like a big stone fireplace or a large picture window with an amazing view.  Start with that to draw your ideas from.  Here are some pieces to draw inspiration from.

Choosing Colors

Color needs to work not just with the theme of your design but the size of your room as well.  Using a dark color can take a small room and make it look even smaller, however it can warm up a large room.  Western design takes inspiration from nature itself so you will find lots of greens, yellows, reds and browns…earth tones.  Choosing a good paint color is the quickest and cheapest way to incorporate western design.

Decorating Your Rooms

Western furniture features a lot of wood so look for wooden accent tables and shelves.  The sofa and chairs are usually big oversized pieces that are comfortable and inviting, leather looks fabulous and you can keep it for years.  Add some throws and area rugs to incorporate different textures.  Woolen throws and thick, soft area rugs can make the room feel warm and homey.

If you’re decorating a bedroom then look for wrought iron bed frames and interesting pulls for dresser drawers.  In the kitchen find some antiques handles for the drawers and cabinets.  There are plenty of easy ways to incorporate western design in small ways.  Don’t overpower the room, that where you cross the line from tasteful to kitschy.

Accessories

To find some really great accessories and accent pieces to fit in with the western theme in your home you might want to hit the road and look for some cool antique and vintage stores.  Try heading out on the weekends to some local swap meets or flea markets.  Look for pieces with a lot of character and remember that less is more.

You can decorate your home beautifully with inspiration from the old west, just follow these tips and you will have a showpiece you can be proud of.

Area Rugs in Seattle

Area Rugs in Seattle

When I was a little girl, my mom repainted my room every few years. What started out as a garden became a stable, complete with paneled walls, a painted horse, and a pasture fenced off by two-by-fours. My brother’s room was even more impressive: rough blocks of carefully outlined stone were hung with hand-sewn royal banners, while one wall boasted great arched windows that let young princes gaze out over the rolling green hills, fluttering fairies, and a shadowy dragon that made up the kingdom. After the castle came detailed movie characters, a looming science-fiction sigil, and racks of martial arts weapons and flags. These were our glory days, and we clung to them as if tightening our grip would stave off the boring, single-colored walls of an adult’s bland bedroom.

Then came the Move. The house our parents chose was a pastry of creams and tans, with smaller rooms they said would do until we found a larger place to stay. One month later, my things were once again packed and whisked off to another state for the infamous dorm room. When I returned for the summer, the house hunt was on the verge of completion. Within weeks, piles of cardboard boxes lay in every room, waiting patiently to be filled for the short journey across town, where they would be unpacked, narrowed down, and shipped back to school for the next semester as I looked for area rugs in Seattle.

Gone are the days of lifelike horses and textured castle walls. The supplies I pack for school must fit in a single large box and be sturdy enough to survive the plane and car rides to and from campus. That first semester, I thought that meant my dorm room would be the adult room of my childhood nightmares—but with an art major for a roommate, I should have known better than to fear. Up went the Edison bulb string lights, down went the rug, and within an hour we had the coziest room on campus. My good friend may have had the TV and gaming consoles, but ours was the warm bungalow that took people’s breath away.

Until I have a place of my own, I doubt I will fully unpack my bedroom decorations again—putting them back in boxes is too much of a hassle. It’s hard to believe that it took a year-long whirlwind of moves and half-moves to figure out what made those grown-up bedrooms so scary as a kid. The problem wasn’t the boring paint or the bland furniture; it was the lack of life.

Decor is what turns a house into a home, or a dorm room into a cozy retreat from college insanity. It doesn’t have to be cluttered or expensive: if it fits in a single sturdy box and lets someone forget the world for a while, it’s good enough for me.

 

Research

Vincent Walsh is currently undertaking a PhD focusing on socio-ecological urban development. The action led research developed at the Foundation aims to create the conditions for transdisciplinarity & the emergence of new urban cultures.

Vincent’s research at Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design was chosen as one of the 100 Big Ideas that will change the future by the Research Council UK. The research & papers here aims to connect an array of system thinkers, ecological practitioners, technologist, social scientists, and policy makers, brought together by there fascination for the Biospheric foundation platform .