Every interior design pattern or décor is peculiar to a certain type of people, location or heritage. While the Greeks love boulders and columns, Scandinavians crave that extra touch of natural white that blends seamlessly with ultramodern design patterns thus setting their apartments right atop the pecking order – check out our article on Scandinavian Interior décor.
Fact remains that every interior design pattern gets its ideas from somewhere and the Southwestern Interior design is not an exemption.
Southwestern interior designs
are peculiar to the New Mexico and Arizona people. This style of interior décor captures the true essence of their environment and heritage thus distinguishing Southwestern décors from any other décor out there. Most of the elements, colors, and accents peculiar to the Southwestern interior design pattern are inspired by Native American Indians, Mexicans, and Spaniards. With these interior décors; the roofs are flat, floor plans are open and gardens and courtyards are quite extensive.
While for some décor savvy people, it is quite easy to distinguish South Western décor from possibly the Scandinavian décor; we have put this article together to help just about anyone spot a Southwestern interior design, even from a mile away. Within this article, you would find the colors, furniture, and accents that characterize a Southwestern design as well as a handful of examples. So let’s get right into it!
- Color: Southwestern designs are often characterized by a natural ambiance. Exterior doors and windows are painted using Azure which is a favorite color choice for the Southwestern people. Colors graduate slowly to brighter hues as you go from exterior to interior yet the interior décor color choice maintains hues that reflect the surrounding mesas of the region. Bright pops of color are contributed via plants and Native American Indian inspired textiles and accents. Other trademark colors are terracotta, brown, tan, cream, salmon, slate blue, lemon yellow, forest green, and white.
- Furniture: In stark contrast to the concept of luxury living – see our post on luxury living here; the furniture found within Southwestern interior decors are simple and crafted mostly from neutral elements. Southwestern décor furniture is usually designed using rough-hewn wood with artistic carvings, natural textile covers, and soft leather. The defining characteristic of Southwestern interior design furniture arrangement is to maintain a natural yet stylish flow that doesn’t hint at flamboyance. Large floor pillows and hammocks in the courtyard are an alternative seating arrangement exemplifying Southwestern décor.
- Accents: The predominant trait in all Southwestern interior décors is a natural ambiance. A regular southwestern style apartment is lush with natural accents such as sculptures, hand-painted pottery, dried flowers etc. Paintings are chosen to reflect the natural environment or a Native American subject – most common style of painting are murals. Simple, stylish and natural are all that Southwestern décor defines.
Here are some examples of Southwestern interior designs to provide a visual feel of our subject matter.
This interior décor exemplifies all that we describe Southwestern interior designs as. From the candle light chandelier to the sculpted angel and the fur coat sitting on the sofa, this interior décor screams Southwestern décor from a mile away. The furniture setting is simple, spacious and stylish giving lots of breathing space within the room. In place of the more common ultramodern style center table, this Southwestern interior design is true to its roots with a wooden center table. Heavy wooden beams, as well as brick walls and window frames, accentuate the Southwestern style in the room. In line with the trademark colors of the Southwestern interior designs, this room showcases varying hues of brown provided by the floor finishing, the doors, ceiling and window frames and an obvious touch of white offered by the sofa.
A typical Southwestern home; rich in natures’ warmth and predominant in a blend of terracotta brown and tan, this beautiful southwestern interior décor features a hand painted flower vase sitting atop a wooden side table, sparks of slate blue on the floor finishing to provide contrast and variety to the predominantly brown floor yet find a match in the exit doors. Sofa and heavy wooden beams on the ceiling give further credibility to the elegance in simple Southwestern interior designs.
Brown hued wooden beams with decorative carvings grace the ceiling then find their balance atop cream colored rustic corbels – all colors peculiar to southwestern interior décors. Accents found within this interior décor is quite typical of the southwestern heritage – simple candle lights to illuminate the living space, natures’ presence ushered in by a variety of flower pots, soft leather sofa, a wooden reading table, and drawer all balanced on a simple floor finishing. As is customary with southwestern interior décor, the goal is to be simple yet stylishly elegant without deviating from the colors, furniture, and accents that characterize the heritage and environment of Southwestern designs.
While seemingly very ultramodern, this kitchen’s interior design is as southwestern as it can be. Furniture choices, as well as color choices, pay obeisance to the concept of southwestern simplicity. A perfect blend of contemporary design and southwestern heritage, this décor is luxuriant with varying hues of brown found in the kitchen cabinet, the drawers and the dining table. The expected addition of white is readily available on the walls surrounding the dining space. It is not very southwestern till nature’s presence is felt hence the flowers on the dining table as well as growing greens in strategic parts of the room.
We saved the best for the last.
What could possibly be more inspired by Native American Indians than a large painting of a Native American Indian wielding a spear in what could be considered an adequate representation of Native American Indian heritage?
As is expected with southwestern interior designs, natural accents give this room a distinguishing look – dried potted flowers, a sculpted horse, animal skin covering a chunk of the tan floor finishing and an eclectic yet southwestern furniture style. Colors within this interior décor are peculiar to Southwestern interior décor – cream, varying hues of brown, slate blue and white.
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