If you are trying to make your home as southwestern as possible, there are a wide variety of materials that you can use to achieve this look. Whether you just want to add a few southwestern touches or you want to turn your home into a real southwestern ranch, finding the right materials and the right furniture for your home might seem difficult. Here are the essential materials you should be looking for if you want to transform your home and make it as southwestern as possible:
Almost no material will make your home feel more like a sanctuary for your inner cowboy than leather. Though this is going to be one of the more expensive materials, adding a few leather touches to your home is a great way to make it look like it has been ripped right out of the American southwest. A leather couch can be a great addition to your living room, while leather pillow might add a stylish touch to your bedroom. You can find leather in a wide variety of different products, including furniture, wall art, lamp shades, and more. This might not be the primary material you want to use to achieve your desired décor, but it definitely should be on the list.
Any home that aspires to that traditional southwestern style should contain at least a little cowhide. It is one of the cornerstones of this style, for as long as it has existed. Finding high quality cowhides might be difficult, however, if you are looking to buy in store or do not know where online to find cowhide rugs, pillows, and furniture. What should you be looking for? Brazilian cowhides are one of the best types of cowhides, because the methods used to produce these cowhides strive to protect the integrity of the hide. There are a wide variety of colors and styles available to you, ranging from the very dark, brindle pattern, to the more traditional white and black Holstein pattern. Whether you are looking for something a little bit more modern or you want something more tradition, you should be able to find a cowhide product that works for you.
3. Natural weaves
When it comes to pretty much any other type of fabric, whether for furniture, for rugs, or for wall hangings, look for chunkier, more natural weaves. A good example of a natural weave would be a traditional wool blanket. The larger size of the thread used to weave these fabrics usually means a thicker fabric. These are especially good for rugs, but can be found in a wide variety of applications, including furniture. Most of this fabric is not going to be very soft, which means that you might not want to use it as a rug or blanket, even if it is marketed as a rug or blanket. A large, thick blanket might be a great option for covering a blank wall in your home.
4. Tribal patterns
While you are in the process of looking for materials, it is important to take into consideration the pattern of those fabrics. While you might not want every single fabric you use to have a brought, colorful, busy pattern, a few fabrics should have some pattern, or your spaces are going to end up looking very bland. This is where tribal patterns come in. These are available in a huge range of colors and styles. If you are buying locally, many of your locally-sourced products will have the patterns and colors that are used by tribes in your areas. If you are buying online, you can probably find more variety. Whether you want raw material that you can use to upholster your furniture or create pillows or blankets, or you want to find an accent or a piece of furniture that already includes this pattern, tribal patterns are a great way to infuse your home with southwestern style.
Neutral colors are a staple of southwestern home décor. These colors mimic the desert. Look for tans, greys, beiges, and light blues. All of these colors should be easy to incorporate into your home’s décor, because they are neutrals and will go with just about any other color. This can be a great way to tone down other, brighter colors or to pair alongside a busy pattern that you might find in cowhide products. This can also help to tone down the shininess of your leather accents or furniture.
6. Natural Wood
When looking for furniture to accent your southwestern style home, look for furniture that boasts natural wood textures. A leather couch, for example, with natural wood framing is a great option for any living room. A simple, wood-frame bed will look very authentic in a bedroom that aspires to southwestern style. Natural wood is very stylish right now, so it should be easy for you to find natural wood furniture and natural wood accents for your home.
7. Terracotta tiles
When it comes to flooring, you have a wide variety of options that will help you transform your home. Hardwood can be a great choice, and a relatively inexpensive one. If, however, you want a more authentic ranchero option, look for terracotta tiles. These have a very unique color and, when set in your home, provide warmth to every room they are in. It does not get more authentic than terracotta tiles! And because of their composition, they are very resistant to scratches and impact damage!