Western Design

How to Incorporate Western Design into Your Home

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.


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.

Western Design

Getting the Right Western Design Pieces for Your Home

Getting the Right Western Design Pieces for Your Home

When you want to add western décor to your home, you don’t have to throw in a lot of big pieces you can start by adding color and texture.  You can use small decorative items that will make a big impact here are some way to add western design to your home without spending a fortune.

Mission Art

Mission art is associated with Western and Southwestern décor and you can get some incredible pieces for your home.  Mission art uses materials like wood and wrought iron for items like candle holders, decorative hurricane lamps and fireplace screens.  Made with simple designs and materials mission art brings a piece of the old west into your home.


Pottery is part of any culture and art movement and Western design is no exception.  You can decorate entryway tables or coffee tables with a beautifully fired piece of handmade pottery.  Incorporating a vase decorated in warm earth tones can add some Western motifs to any room.


A clock is a great decorative piece that will work great in either a dining room, kitchen or living room.  Western style clocks can be in the shape of arrowheads, or have a western background on the face of the clock.  You can also look for clocks with background of old west landscapes or animals.


You can choose anything from elaborate wrought iron chandeliers or simple table lamps to emphasize your western style home.  You can even get some really beautiful hand forged wrought iron lamps that use rawhide or pigskin for a shade.  Some of these shades have hand painted western style images on them.  You can have a subtle lamp on an accent table or go big and bold with a chandelier.


While a dreamcatcher is part of the Native American culture, it works very well with western style décor. You can put it in the window or hang it on the wall, it is a great conversation piece that can promote peace and pleasant dreams.  A good quality dreamcatcher will have beautiful bead work, feathers and high grade wool.


What western style home would be complete without some antlers hanging on the wall.  You don’t have to put an actual deer head on your wall but you can get a chandelier made from antlers or just have a sculpture that is crafted from antlers.

Western style doesn’t have to be over the top, you can incorporate small or decorative pieces to pull the look together.



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.