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Cowboy Chic - Western Interior Decorating Trends

by linkroll

posted in Home Improvement : Interior Design and Decorating

Western interior decorating is never out of style, but recently it has enjoyed a strong resurgence in popularity. The western style of interior decorating is no longer confined to log homes and mountain cabins, or properties in the Southwest. Cowboy chic is here to stay, and you can introduce western interior decorating into any room in the house.

Living Room

Resurface living room walls with a rough skim coat tinted with ivory paint to get an authentic adobe look. Rustic, pole pine furniture, faux cowhide rugs, and western blankets are the basics that start the look out. Add accessories like rustic coat and hat racks made of old iron farm equipment or saddles and tack. Today's western interior decorating inventory includes an early mission flavor, with iron scrollwork crosses and Catholic icons. Adobe pots washed in turquoise paint house cacti and other live sculptural materials.

Dining Room

Nothing says ranch style like a big, long rustic wood table. The dining room in a house decorated in the western interior decorating style needs a long, sturdy table that seats plenty of guests. For serving pieces and dinnerware, bypass dainty china for stoneware. A plethora of rustic stoneware can be found with patterns of cowboys, horses, horseshoes, five-point stars, and Indians. You favorite pattern is just a matter of taste. Dining table accessories, like placemats and napkin holders, are cowboy chic tooled leather.

Kid's Room

A young child's bedroom is perhaps the most fun room in the house in which to use a western interior decorating style. A pole pine bed dressed in cowboy print bedding will anchor the room, and coordinating curtains will complete the look. Posters from old western cowboy movies make wonderful framed art in a child's room, and you can go over the top with the kitsch: lamps made from cowboy boots, old horse halters or bolo ties as tie-backs for curtains – even a bunk bed can fit a western interior decorating theme, making a bedroom look like a bunkhouse on a ranch.

Outdoors

Carry the western interior decorating theme outdoors with wagon wheels, hitching posts, and split rail fencing. Metal yard ornaments with a rusted patina will match the theme, as will terra cotta pots and pots washed in turquoise hues. Scatter western blankets over log furniture, and don't forget to put a western style fire pit on the patio. Hang a few western lanterns around the area to cast a cozy glow across your western interior decorating showcase.

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