19 Southwestern Style Ideas for Your Home

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The Spruce / Niv Rozenberg & Aubrey Hays

From cacti to cowhide, Southwestern style is not a fleeting trend. This rustic and cozy look has been around for a long time, but lately it's becoming even more popular in home decor. Southwestern style is one of those looks you can either go all in on or sprinkle here and there throughout your home. 

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    Neutral and Southwestern

    Wall with baskets

    laurenbylauren / Instagram

    One of the things we love the most about the southwestern look is that you can really make it your own. Southwestern decor can be neutral and subtle, like this entryway from laurenbylauren, or you go bold with prints and patterns. This Southwestern decor is all about faded rustic charm, with a light-washed wood console table and soft shades of brown and tan throughout the space.

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    Mid-Century Feel

    Living space with brown couch and mustard pillows

    agirlandthedesert / Instagram

    This living room from agirlandthedesert is the perfect blend of mid-century modern and Southwestern decor all in one. The earthy tones and colorful pillows give it a major desert feel, while the couch and bench feel very retro. Southwestern style is one that you can easily incorporate into nearly any decor style, but it definitely plays well with a retro theme.   

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    Bold Prints

    Southwestern rug hanging on a wall

    neatlittletreasures / Instagram

    This Southwestern rug from neatlittletreasures is the perfect accessory to give any room a Southwestern feel. While it would look great as an area rug in a bedroom or an office, we absolutely love the idea of hanging it on a wall and turning it into a piece of art.

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    Rich Color Palettes

    Southwestern living room with red and yellow accents

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    Most Southwestern decor is very homey and rustic—think deep, warm colors and rich woods. This living room from polychromehome is a little bit mod, a little bit Southwestern, but has a whole lot of style. We love the exposed, rough wooden beams that give it it a very earthy feel. 

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    A Southwestern Living Room

    Living room with southwestern decor

    homesteadhideaway / Instagram

    This space from homesteadhideaway is incredibly homey and warm, with a bit of a retro flair to it. We love the vintage bar cabinet and the little cacti that give it that desert feel. When decorating a Southwestern-style home, focus on rich colors and desert-friendly plants like cacti and succulents. 

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    Go Heavy on the Prints

    Living room with white and light blue accents

    laurenloliver / Instagram

    This living space from laurenloliver doesn't shy away from patterns, which give it the eclectic feel we love in Southwestern decor. Mixing patterns and prints is a great way to get that maximalist feel in your home. Plus, it makes decorating a lot easier when you're less focused on a perfect match. 

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    Line Your Walls

    Wall with ceramics and baskets

    meandmoonvintage / Instagram

    Sure, framed pictures are nice, but we love inventive wall decor. Consider lining your walls with baskets or Southwestern-inspired pots, like these from meandmoonvintage. Look for woven baskets in earthy hues or terra cotta pots that can hold an air plant or a succulent.

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    Decorating With Skulls

    Wall with southwestern decor

    spiced_ink / Instagram

    You may not immediately think that decorating with skulls can be chic, but this lovely display from spiced_ink proves otherwise. The skull motif is big in Southwestern decor, and whether you hang a replica directly on your wall or you opt for a framed version instead, it's a great way to add a desert feel to your room.

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    Opt for Leather

    Living room with macramé on the wall

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    Struggling with what furniture to put in your Southwestern-inspired home? Look for rich, deep leather pieces, like this one from fondwillow to give your house that rustic cowhand feel. Add a faux hide blanket and a few printed pillows to complete the look.

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    A Southwestern Bedroom

    Bedroom with cow skull above the bed

    ashandoliveco / Instagram

    We absolutely love this bedroom from ashandoliveco that is a modern take on traditional Southwestern decor. The rustic skull paired with geometric wall designs gives it a bold feel we can't get enough of. 

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    Eclectic Vibes

    Couch with basket decor above

    agave.abode / Instagram

    Southwestern decor feels both down-to-earth and eclectic at the same time. This living space from agave.abode features hanging baskets that give it a wordly, well-traveled feel and a colorful throw blanket to pull the whole look together.

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    A Southwestern Nursery

    Nursery with southwestern decor

    ahintofmintdesigns / Instagram

    Looking for a great nursery theme? We love the Southwestern-inspired, adventure-themed nursery by ahintofmintdesigns. What kid wouldn't love that amazing mountain mural? Add a few woven baskets or faux fur details to your child's room to give it a simple Southwestern feel. 

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    Southwestern-Inspired Bathroom

    Bathroom with antique rug and basket decor

    mylittleshop_kingston / Instagram

    This bathroom from mylittleshop_kingston is giving us major decor envy. Between the vintage Turkish rug, the wicker furniture, and the deep soaking tub, this is one of the most unique bathrooms we've seen. It's understated and laid back, but incredibly sophisticated.

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    Decorate With Cactus Motifs

    Bedroom with southwestern decor

    oak.hillfarm / Instagram

    This bedroom from oak.hillfarm encompasses everything we love about Southwestern decor. From the skull wall hanging to the cactus prints, it feels like an homage to the style.

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    Channel Your Inner Cowhand

    Southwestern bedroom

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    When it comes to Southwestern decor, don't be afraid to draw inspiration from Western movies. This bedroom from western style is a little more country than some of our other Southwestern decor picks, but it has that rustic, textured look and feel we love.

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    Outfit Your Desk

    Desk with southwestern print above it

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    We love this little office space from lavidataprut with its desert feel. Between the colorful weaving and the terra cotta accessories, it's understated while being full of personality and visual interest. An office is a great place to add a Southwestern flair because it's an incredibly calming decor style.

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    Southwestern Accessories

    Buffet with southwestern decor on it

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    One of the easiest ways to get the Southwestern decor look is by adding a few accessories throughout your home. Whether you are inspired by the clay pots or the woven hanging baskets in this space from candycoloredhome, you don't have to jump on every element of Southwestern decor to get the look.

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    Rustic Bedroom

    Bedroom with western decor

    katieandthecrew / Instagram

    This bedroom decor from katieandthecrewe uses neutral colors as a base that allow the earth oranges and browns to stand out and add a bit of visual interest. We also love the idea of using a rustic vintage ladder as a nightstand.

    The best thing about Southwestern decor is that you can really make it your own. Whether you decide to go all out with cactus and buffalo motifs or you want to toss a few bold printed rugs here and there, you can easily incorporate these elements into your own decor style.