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Wednesday, April 25

design class: southwestern style

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I thought it might be fun to have a Design Style class so everyone could get to know a few details for individual design styles.  There is so much talk about style in home decor… do you think you could pinpoint your style if asked? Remember, there are no set rules when it comes to design or style, it really just boils down to personal likes and dislikes.

To review the Design Styles that we have covered so far, click here. How about today we take a trip to the Southwest?

southwestern decor

Southwestern style is generally characterized by earth-tone colors, rough textures, and crafted objects, brightly colored woven fabrics, an abundance of terra cotta and clay tile roofs.


Here's how the style breaks down:


Colors: The pictured room showcases a traditional Southwestern palette of adobe red and desert-toned neutral hues. Shots of bright yellow, dusty orange and turquoise are also indicative of a Southwestern design.

Textiles: Sturdy woven fabrics, leather and suede are used for upholstery. Striped serapes (colorful wool shawls) can be used as pure decoration on walls.


Furniture: Leather is a common covering for sofas and chairs. Knotty pine is a popular choice for wood furniture and floors, which may also feature a distressed finish embellished with burnished metal accents.


Accents: Talavera pottery, painted ceramic pieces with roots in 16th century Mexico, adds color and design interest to a desert home. Hand-painted tiles can be used on walls, floors and countertops. Wrought iron is used for all types of accessories. via

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