Although you might think that there isn’t a big difference between a western style of decorating and Native American or southwestern decorating styles, they are actually quite distinct from one another. Although they might share a similar color palette at times, each of these decorating styles has its own focus and sense of design. While southwestern and Native American decorating styles tend to be more casual, there is often a certain elegance and even extravagance to a western style of decorating. If you’d like to add the look of the west to your home, here are four ways to add an authentic look and feel.
1. Add a Cowboy Theme
When you think of the west, you probably automatically think of cowboys. Adding a few cowboy touches to a room is a quick and easy way to establish a distinctly western look. Try adding a few pieces of cowboy Western metal art to the room. Metal wall art with a cowboy theme is a great way to add a strong focal point. Or, you could take a more subtle approach by displaying a couple small bronze cowboy statues on the mantel or on a shelf. You can also accentuate the cowboy theme by decorating the room with cowboy gear. For example, a pair of well-worn boots could be the perfect decorating accent beside the fireplace. A wooden peg rack could also be used to display a couple of cowboy hats to add a decorative and authentic touch.
2. Decorate with Metal Art
Just as is the case with other popular decorating themes, metal art can really add a lot to the look of a western style room. A rugged piece of eagle metal art can be used to highlight the overall theme of the room. For example, a wall sculpture depicting a cowboy hat, a pair of boots, or a herd of horses or cattle could become the focal point for the entire room. Art pieces made from rustic wrought iron, bronze, copper or steel can add a warm and attractive look. Wagon wheels, lassos, horseshoes, and other western motifs are also popular when depicted as wall art.
3. Western Furniture
Western style furniture is often large, heavy and well-crafted. Overstuffed sofas and chairs are quite common, as are furniture pieces made from leather. Although some wood pieces have a rustic look, you’ll also find many pieces that have a beautifully gleaming polished finish. Bronze, copper, iron, silver and other metal accents are sometimes used to add a decorative look to furniture pieces. Because of the larger size of western style furniture, you might find that a sofa combined with a couple of chairs will be all you need to furnish a room.
4. Western Decorating Accents
Since furniture, floor and wall colors often adhere to a more neutral color palette, decorating accessories can be a great way to add a splash of color. Try adding a vibrantly colored throw rug or a great western-themed tapestry wall hanging. Decorative pillows and tapestry throws can add comfort as well as color to sofas, loveseats and chairs.