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Homes that feature western and rustic decorating styles possess a natural, homespun charm that make them a favorite decorating scheme among many. They hearken back to an earlier era in the country’s history and feature elements that embrace the beauty of the outdoors. This style embraces twehe use of decorative features as diverse as antiques and wild animals and brings them together in one space that encourages relaxation and comfort. If you follow some simple principles, you’ll be able to set up your own corner of coziness in no time.
Choosing the right color scheme will help you more strongly establish the western and rustic themes you’ve chosen for your home. These decorating styles typically feature colors that are native to an area. For example, if you’ve chosen a rustic style, then the native colors might be forest green, deep rosy reds, sandy beige, and earthy browns. These are the colors that you very often find in the forests near a cabin or lodge and which won’t look out of place in this style.
In addition to choosing furniture and accents featuring these colors, makes some bold visual choices as well by painting the walls a rusty rose or Southwest blue, accenting the beams of your home with goldenrod yellow, or creating a focal wall that features a patterned wallpaper in one of these colors.
Natural Materials and Fabrics
Outfitting your home using natural materials is another way that you can make your home’s decorating style fit the theme, and is a corollary to choosing the right color scheme. A rustic home may feature wooden chairs or benches near the doorway, iron curtain tie backs and lamp fixtures, leather upholstery on the couch and chairs as well as on the throw pillows, and wool as a material for rugs, upholstery, and even a fabric-covered wall.
Another material to choose if you’re leaning toward a western-themed home is either canvas or denim. These fabrics are reminiscent of the jeans that the cowboys wore in the old west. Bold choices include a sofa or side chair covered with blue jean materials while tamer choices might make these accents on pillows or curtains.
Mix and match the materials in the room to give the room some visual interest and texture. In both rustic and western decorating styles, the fabrics are often a bit coarse, and it isn’t unusual to see wooden furniture that isn’t finished in that it doesn’t get a hearty coat of varnish. However, for this style–especially if you’re leaning more toward a country motif–painted furniture fits well also.
A broad range of decorative items exist that look great in this style, and it is one of the chief reasons that so many people love these types of decorating schemes. In the western room, you can choose artwork that features horses and cowboys, find kokopelli dancer statues or wall ornaments, hang real horseshoes over the door frame, set up a corner display made of an antique riding saddle, or make shadowboxes with items like western bandanas. Additionally, try gallery of black and white or better yet sepia-toned photos for your hallways and glazed pottery can find a spot on the hearth or on some built-in shelves. Generally, if the piece looks like it might have once existed in an old homestead, it’ll probably fit right in, bringing some charming accents to your home.
When trying to create a charming western or rustic space, avoid trying to make your space look like everyone else’s. While it’s OK to draw inspiration from magazines and from other homes and lodges that you’ve seen featuring this style, it’s best to let your decorating efforts evolve organically. If you find a piece that you’re not sure where it will go, but sense it will look fabulous someplace in your home, go ahead and buy it. As long as it fits the criterion above, you’ll find a place for it, but more importantly, you’ll build a space that reflects you best.
Jacob Pettit is a residential property manager and a loving father. After getting his degree he started working with Your Local Movers in Melbourne, advising them on how to do the job better and provide more professional service to become the best removalists in Melbourne. He enjoys spending his free time with his family and he likes to write articles on various topics related to his expertise.