It should come as no surprise that southwest furniture, and the related decorating styles, is greatly influenced by the Native Americans as well as the landscape of the southwestern region of the United States. The warm, vibrant colors and natural materials of southwest furniture help give your room a look and feel that's comfortable and inviting.
No matter which decorating style someone displays in their home, it's often an extension of their personality and a way to express their interests. That's one of the reasons so many people like this type of furniture and décor. They love the southwestern arts and crafts and the landscape, and southwest furniture allows them to add a touch of that region to their home, wherever they live.
|Southwest Style End Table||Southwest Stonewash Ottoman|
This type of furniture often has colors influenced by the red rock cliffs, desert browns and tans, sagebrush green, tumbleweed yellow (by the way, a tumbleweed is dead sagebrush), and the spectacular sunsets. Makers of southwest furniture might use one or more of these colors on a piece or just apply a protective coating on the natural wood to retain the true character of the wood. Painted, stained, or natural, this type of furniture has the flavor and appeal of the region that inspired it.
Furniture of this type is usually constructed of wood, but it may have accents of metal, carvings, leather, or other materials to add interest and visual appeal. There are many different items of southwest furniture you can choose from. You'll be able to find bedroom furniture, armoires, tables and much more that fit right in with several of the casual decorating styles, including western, southwestern, country, lodge, and rustic.
|Southwest Style Area Rug||Southwest Collage Metal Art Floor Lamp|
Many of the pieces are handcrafted, which means that you are getting furniture made with more care and attention to detail than you might get with mass-produced pieces. Carvings are often found on southwest furniture; things such as sunbursts or simple Native American designs are common. You might be able to find more complex southwest designs or scenes carved on some furniture, which makes that piece more like a one-of-a-kind work of art.
Whether it's a few pieces here and there, or a whole home outfitted with this type of furniture, you'll be enhancing the look and feel of your rooms with natural charm and casual elegance.
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