Whether you are looking to add a touch of Clint Eastwood to your home or to create the illusion of a mountain retreat, western style home decor has a horse load of options to add a perfect touch of personalization to your abode.
The trick with western style is creating a matching theme, and not a random mix of cowboy cliches that can make your home look like cheesy mall restaurant. We’ve rustled up a few tips for creating your perfect ranch motif.
Keep it simple.
When going western, it is easy to think of over the top extravagant decorations like giant cow skulls, covered wagon models, and over-sized snakeskin rugs. However, this is the fastest way to make your home feel like an amusement park.
Traditional western decor is based on simplicity and the materials that you use are more important than the decorations themselves. Think about the time period you are recreating. The old west and frontier were built on scarce resources that pioneers and cowboys found around them. When selecting your decor focus on using wood, rock, and aged metals.
Accenting these materials with a touch of worn leather can help to give them the aged look. Choose lighter brown leathers or suede that look like they came from cattle. Choosing shiny or black leather can bring more attention to the leather than the furniture you are trying to showcase.
Make the furniture tell a story.
When you are crossing the plains and settling in a new land, everything you own is made by your own hands. This is a hallmark of the western style. Fortunately, with the availability of designers, you don’t have to go out and build all of your furniture. The concept is, when guests see your couch they get the feeling that the couch isn’t a copycat from the local department store.
Selecting furniture made from aged woods and metals is a good start, but having them adorned with Native American patterns create a unique feel that is distinctly western. When selecting patterns, stick to earthy low-tone colors that don’t strike the eye. For color inspiration watch the old John Wayne movies. The lack of color technology and high-definition displays create mild colors that give a feel of absorption rather than reflection, adding to the rustic hand-made fell of your home.
Art and other decorations
At this point, you can start to bring in the animal elements to your new western home. Subtlety is a key with using animal prints. Stick to a single animal skin or Native American rug placed under a small coffee table and one or two animal heads on the wall. The biggest mistake DIY decorators make is turning their living room into a trophy room; made more awkward when you have to explain the animals are bought from a store and not caught by your own hunting prowess.
Decorating your walls with paintings of horses, buffalo, and rural landscapes bring the whole feel together. As with other decorations, you want the paintings to be mutely colored to give the look of watching a herd of wild horses galloping across the plains or a pack of wolves patrolling the forest. Selecting less vibrant colors will add to the look of aged or rustic, and further, the living feels as opposed to the entertainment feel.