Southwest Period Decorating
Southwest Flavor for Your Bedroom
It can be a lot of fun to decorate your bedroom with a bit of southwest flavor. The southwest style of decor has its origins on the cattle ranch of the nineteenth century, when a minimalist decorative style emerged due to necessity. (In those days, there was very little to decorate with on the ranch). Although the southwest style of decor has evolved over time, it has nonetheless kept many of its original elements. Bold colors, wooden accents, rustic fabric, and understated simplicity are all a big part of this popular regional decor theme.
One of the easiest ways to bring southwest flavor into the bedroom is with the addition of furniture that has a southwest look. Light colored furniture made from wood and bearing a rustic feel is used to achieve the ranch look. Choose furniture that is simple and low, and steer clear of ornately styled or large pieces. In general, furniture that looks authentic for the southwest style is light and simple.
Southwest Bedding and Linens
In any room, the bed takes up the most space, so the bedding you choose can really make an impact on your southwest decor. There are two good options when choosing bedding that has southwest flavor. You can go with a bedspread, comforter or quilt set that has a southwest theme, such as cowboys, horses, or other iconic emblems of the southwest. Or you can opt for bedding that features the colors of the southwest, like yellow, dark blue, brown, red, and green. You can also use a throw or blanket on top of a solid bedspread or comforter that is created to look like a Mexican poncho or that has other southwest elements. This can tie the bedding in with the rest of the room without overwhelming the space with a theme.
Southwest Window Treatments
The simplicity of the southwest spills over into the window treatments that you choose for your southwest flavored bedroom. Keep your window treatments minimal. Go for wooden blinds that echo other woods that are found within the room. Or choose light, airy and billowy curtains to help you create a feel of the southwest.
A big part of creating a southwest feel in your bedroom involves the accents that you bring into the space. Wrought iron is hugely popular in southwest decor, and bringing this heavy metal into your space via wall hangings, iron lamps, and other wrought iron accents adds a lot of authenticity to the bedroom’s theme. You can also go for animal-inspired accents. For example, antlers are often used in this decorative theme, whether on their own or when shaped into mini-chandeliers or other decorative items. Wall art can be traditional art that is framed, depicting everything from ranch animals like horses and cows to pictures of cowboys and more. Faux animal heads lend a true southwest feel to the space.
The flooring in southwest style is simplistic, too. Choose wooden floors if possible, and then top them with rag rugs or a large braided rug in a southwest pattern. A rustic striped rug is also a good choice if it is made using the southwest colors.
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