Home Decorating With Southwestern Flair

There's something to be said about a southwestern style home decorating plan. It is undeniably beautiful and incredibly elegant when done with an eye for the real beauty of this type of architecture and design. More importantly, in the right home, this type of furniture is nothing but fun. From geckos to cowboys and cacti to anything in between, there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to southwestern design.

The southwestern design and décor style is more than one thing. It's more like a lifestyle like the Creole home decorating style. There are many things that make the southwest such a wonderful place to live and visit. It makes perfect sense that many would like to put these things in their homes to experience them day after day, even when the southwest seems so very far away. In fact, even those who have never seen or experienced the southwestern states of the United States for themselves found the style of architecture and decor to be enchanting enough to want to incorporate it into their home.

For those who are unfamiliar with home decorating in southwestern style this is a style that makes copious use of the elements when decorating. Metal, clay, water, plants and animals is a prerequisite for this type of decor. Colors are also important to this type of decor. The colors required to pull this look off will be decidedly sun baked and not bright and bold as other design styles require. Ceramic is also a very important design style of this type of decor. Have fun and be creative. Incorporate wall art into the room, some really colorful rugs throw, and some clever baskets and pottery for storage and effect and before you know it you will have a beautiful room in the grand southwestern style.

Do not make it too neat but do not let the clutter to get a grip either. Decorate with living in mind and create a room that provides no hiding place for those stray items when company pops in unexpectedly while you are at it. Pottery and baskets provide the perfect opportunity for this. Just make sure you put the items where they belong afterwards or you will find your pottery overflowing.

One thing to keep in mind about the southwest is that it has its ties to the old west rather closely. This means that you are quite likely to find a cowboy or two sitting next to an old Indian or riding on the back of the coyote. There are no hard and fast rules in the old west or the modern southwest other than the one with the fastest routing makes the rules. Enjoy the process of decorating in this grand style and you will have won half the battle. More important, however, not over think it. If it looks too contrived the look will simply fall flat. Pile blankets and rugs in the corner on top of the baskets to create height and easy access to these items when the temperatures suddenly dive at night-it's the desert right? Or at least that's the atmosphere you are going for. If you're really adventurous hang a lasso over the door somewhere for real southwestern effect.