A theme in decorating is more than just a plan to keep the colors from clashing. A theme makes a statement about the area we live in, our hobbies or even our background. A theme can also be a look and feel that speaks to you, but has little to do with where you live or where you are from. Decorating around a theme is often the best way to create a room that is impressive as well. No more wondering if a new item will be just the right color. Extra consideration is not needed wondering if that accessory will fit in with your decorating scheme. Instead, you can quickly and confidently say ‘yay or nay.’ Either it works with the theme or it doesn’t!
We have picked one theme – American Southwest – and created guidelines to make this theme easy and fun. Don’t’ worry about following the list to the letter. Just choose the items that speak to you. Use the other items as inspiration! When going about it this way the overall project seems less daunting. Just pick what you like and work it into your plan!
In this post we are going to discuss the earthy beauty of American Southwest art and design. This very unique aesthetic produces an effect that is both welcoming and exciting.
- Warm-toned neutrals, used abundantly
- Forest green
- Sienna red
- Slate blue
- Wall-hung rugs in bright patterns
- Kachina dolls
- Dream catchers
- Baskets made of natural materials
- Wood should also be prevalent and appear close to its natural state rather than highly processed
- Floor lamps with beaded or faux leather shades
- Dimmer switch on any overhead lighting
- Soft, worn leather couches and chairs, ideally large and very comfortable
- Lots of wood, appearing close to its natural state
- Angular lines, exposed fasteners, nails, etc
- Textured faux finishes
- Native American area rugs in bold colors, statement piece
- Aged hardwood
- LVP or laminate that looks like aged wood. The best vinyl plank flooring can mimic the look of just about everything, and what is laminate flooring if not a fantastic hardwood alternative?
Is there anything that you would add to this list? Do you have a Southwest inspired home? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comment section!