Decorating one or more rooms in your home using a western theme can be a great way to add a touch of fun. Whether you are a true cowboy fan or just enjoy the western look, this rustic style of decorating can look great. There are plenty of ways to add western style to a room, including the use of furniture pieces, lighting, accessories and art. Here are just a few ways that you can incorporate the look of the west into the overall style of your home.
Using Traditional Materials
There are some materials that are simply naturals for the western style of decorating. Wrought iron, natural cow hides, wood, leather, rustic textiles and even animal antlers can all add an authentic decorating touch. You can also effectively incorporate some of the western “tools of the trade,” such as using ropes, boots, saddles and other gear as decorative accents. Although not entirely authentic, it can also be fun to use accessories such as cow hide patterned placemats and faux leather fringed pillows.
Functional Pieces that Double as Art
Because the western style of decorating has such a comfortable charm to it, you can easily use many everyday items as part of your decorating theme. For example, a set of enamelware cooking utensils and pots that you use every day to prepare meals could also provide a decorative display on a kitchen shelf. A beautiful tapestry throw with a western themed design can really add a punch of color to a sofa or chair. However, you’ll also appreciate the warmth it will provide when you want to curl up on the sofa on a chilly winter night. Using functional items that are also decorative is a great way to get double-duty out of your decorating budget.
There is an almost endless array of possibilities when it comes to decorating with western art. Because the style is wonderfully eclectic, you can mix and match many different kinds of art with very good results. Vintage wood signs, especially if they are authentic, can be used quite effectively as wall art. Wrought iron wall decor such as decorative grilles or sculptures can also add a nice touch. Paintings and prints that depict the western lifestyle or scenery are also great choices to use as wall art. For example, a hand painted piece of artwork depicting a prairie scene or a herd of horses or cattle would work exceptionally well in a western styled room.
Table sculptures can be used quite effectively on shelves or the fireplace mantel. Sculptures made from wood, metal, stone or other natural materials will add the most authentic touch. However, using wall art is a great way to achieve the maximum amount of visual impact, without creating a cluttered look. Western metal wall decor can be found in a wide variety of styles and sizes, making it the perfect choice to add a touch of art to your western styled room. Decorative racks and shelves can also be used to add a touch of beauty to your walls, while also providing functionality.