By Home Contributor Paige Ronchetti
Welp, it's the dead of winter. You want to know what I'm thinking about instead of how cold my toes are?
Specifically, the desert of the American Southwest, where it's warm, and sunny, and cacti pop up from the ground to say hello. (I'm kidding, I know they're not like groundhogs. But wouldn't that be cool?) I've been seeing a lot of Southwestern-inspired design lately so I thought this would be a good time to lean into that trend and enjoy some desert eye candy.
First of all, I love the color palette: earth tones, natural textures, bits of blue--plus I'm seeing some gold and brass sneak their way in (shiny cow skull, anyone?). Those last two might not fall under the umbrella of classic Southwestern style, but metallics are back in a big way right now and I think anybody who has that particular song in their heart should listen to it. A little sparkle never hurt. Aside from the neutral-heavy color palette, there's also an overall connection to nature with this style that's totally appealing. Animals show up all over the place, as do plants. Oh! And speaking of plants, if you're gardening-challenged then little cacti like the one above are literally the best thing you could ever get and I cannot recommend them enough. I've kept one alive for TWO YEARS.
As for working this cool stuff into your house, it's hard to go wrong with a leather chair or a big desert photograph. But if you want something a little bolder, or maybe want to blend Southwest with another style, I like focusing on the patterns:
The furniture and walls are so neutral here that the room really needs the eye-catching rug to feel interesting. The pillows add a lot of texture, too, and I like how they're a shout-out to the black in the rug. Without them there wouldn't be enough contrast, so that was a good call. (Bonus! The coffee table is gold. When can I move in?)
What's your favorite thing about Southwestern style? Who else is kind of feeling the gold cow? Do you have any similar items in your house already? Don't you wish we could all just hang out in the desert until spring?
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