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Southwestern Living Room Design Ideas

Southwestern style is inspired by the beauty and romance of the Old West and the desert landscapes. You take the rugged and earthy styles of history and blend it with the modern conveniences of the new and create something magical.  More than almost any other style Southwestern is immediately recognizable the moment someone steps into your room.  If you love this style and aren’t sure how to incorporate into your home here are some Southwestern living room design ideas to get you started.

Using Color in the Southwestern Style

Southwestern style takes the inspiration for color right from nature and if you think there isn’t much color in the desert you couldn’t be more wrong.  Across this design scheme you will find rich golds, salmon, reds and turquoise that come right from nature itself.  You can take a neutral colored room and add splashes of rich accent colors or if you are brave enough you can splash color everywhere.  However keeping your colors to just too or three that work together ties your room together nicely.

Big and Sturdy Furniture

The furniture that you find in Southwestern designed homes tends to be solidly built and rugged.  There are lots of solid hardwood tables along with big leather couches.  It can have a tendency to get a bit overbearing if you don’t balance the heavier furnishings with smaller or more delicate pieces.  Painted and distressed looking tables look stunning when places against the heavier leather sofas.  Here is some help on putting a living room together.

Hand Painted Pottery

Pottery can be found in any style of design but Southwestern pottery has its own look and feel.  It uses earth tone color with simple, if any, patterns around the middle.  The pottery is often finished with a matte finish rather than a glossy glaze.  Look for pieces that have been handmade and painted while they may be a little pricier they just have so much more impact that mass produced terra cotta pots.

Play with Texture

There are so many different textures in a Southwestern home, from the exposed beams and trusses, stucco exteriors and the big stone fireplaces that are often the focal point of the living room.  When it comes to furnishings you have the buttery soft leathers on the sofas and the plush throws and area rugs.  Southwestern design is as much about the feel of things as it is about the visual effect.…