You don’t have to be a cowboy or cowgirl to love everything western. Western style décor has grown in popularity far from the ranch over the years and you can even find its influence even in the high rises of the big city.
There are many different ways to add the western touch to your living room from color choice to floor coverings, but the choices that have the biggest impact are the western style furniture pieces. Here are 6 top western style living room furniture pieces you need in your home:
Cowhide Couch and Chair
A cowhide tricolor sofa with its soft texture and beautiful coloring can real add the down home feel to the space with sacrificing sophistication. You will love curling up on it with your loved ones to watch a movie on a cold winter’s night. You can also take a more subtle approach and go for a couch that is mostly leather with a patch of cowhide to add texture to it.
To up the comfort level, also add a cowhide chair for reading or just intimate conversations by the fireplace. With these important ingredients you are certain to have the western style living room you have always dreamed of.
Cowhide Lamp Shades
You can never go overboard with cowhide so why not also add cowhide lamps. Cowhide comes in a variety of colors and patterns so it is easy to find the one the best fits the rest of your décor.
Naturally Hewn Wood Tables
Coffee tables, end tables, book shelves and entertainment centers… there are a lot furniture pieces made of wood that can add to the natural appeal of the western style. Choose naturally hewn wood tables that don’t have a lot of layers of finish slopped on. The more natural, the more rustic the better.
A Rocking Chair from Days Gone By
If you have inherited a rocking chair from a loved one, not only is it a cherished heirloom but it is also a great vintage piece that complements the western style. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee or your evening cup of tea rocking in your chair enjoying life.
If you want extra seating or if you have a pretty bow window under which you’d like to add a seat, a wooden bench can be just the right touch. Try to avoid more finished looking wood.
Although not furniture, cowhide rugs are also a great way to contribute to a western style theme in your living room. But what makes it even better is that its versatility allows you to do so much with it because it comes in different colors and patterns.
You have so much more than the typical black and white or brown and white pattern. You can choose from all white, tricolor, brindle, speckled, salt n pepper and even Brahman gray. You can also get cowhide rugs that are stenciled and dyed colors like pink or gold.
Another great thing about cowhide rugs is that because each cow has a unique hide that means no one else will have the exact same rug you have. Even twin cows have a slightly different pattern. If you love to be unique, then a cowhide rug can really help you put a personal stamp on the room.
Because of the soft and thick hide, cowhide rugs also bring a note of luxury to a room. Imagine sinking your feet into the soft hairs as you curl up on the rug in front of a fire. Cowhide rugs can also act as a tapestry for your walls or as a throw blanket over your couch. You will feel like you are in a five star hotel when you decorate with cowhide.
Cowhide rugs are also very durable and easy to take care of. To clean them, all you have to do is wipe up spills with a dry cloth or clean up dirt with the vacuum. An authentic cowhide rug holds up well against the constant flow of kids and pets throughout the house and will last you a very long time. Cowhide rugs also make great family heirlooms to pass down to your children.
For the best results, it is important that you look for authentic Brazilian cowhide rugs. When you choose a Brazilian cowhide, you can feel confident that you have a rug that is of the highest quality and will last you a long time.
Here are some tips for ensuring that you pick a quality cowhide rug:
- Know where the cowhide is coming from. Experts agree that the highest quality cowhide rugs come from Brazil, Argentina, Columbia and France so make sure you know where yours is coming from. Top manufacturers will use special chrome salts and oils in the tanning process for the highest quality and softest hides. Also look for companies that are against animal cruelty and who only use skins from cows who were raised for their meat and milk. It is important to look into the background of the company you are considering purchasing from.
- Test the quality of the cowhide. There are different ways you can test the quality of the cowhide. You can do the bunch test where you bunched the rug up and then let it fall out. High quality rugs will fall out naturally without any wrinkles. You can also do a smell test to see if it smells like genuine leather. Don’t worry you will be immediately able to tell the difference. You should also look at the coat. If it appears shiny and health then you probably have a good quality hide.
Because you are most likely going to order your cowhide rug online, it is important to go with a company that has a good return policy. That way you can do these quality tests once you receive your cowhide rug and be reassured that you can always return the rug if it doesn’t pass the tests to your satisfaction.
For more information about western style living room pieces, contact Cowhide Outlet today.