Take Your House to the Old Town Road: How to Do Western Decor Right – Realtor.com News

September 1, 2019 - Comment

If you’ve been playing Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” on a loop for the past couple of months, you’re in good company—even former President Barack Obama has added the blockbuster song to his summer playlist. But here’s the thing you might not have noticed amid all the buzz: Love for twang and all things


If you’ve been playing Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” on a loop for the past couple of months, you’re in good company—even former President Barack Obama has added the blockbuster song to his summer playlist. But here’s the thing you might not have noticed amid all the buzz: Love for twang and all things American grit has gone far beyond the Billboard Charts—straight into our home decor.

“Cowboy or Southwestern elements are a natural fit with the trending colors of the season,” says designer Annabel Joy, co-founder of Trim Design Co., in Massachusetts. (She points to Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year Cavern Clay, a warm terra-cotta shade reminiscent of sunsets in the desert.)

So if you’re really digging the Western mood, then giddyup! You can bring the theme into your home, wherever you are—no need to saddle up your horse and move out to a ranch.

“There are definitely ways to subtly incorporate this trend without veering into ‘home on the range’ territory,” Joy adds. “And a light touch is key.”

Here’s how to bring a little of the cowboy mania throughout your home, in the chicest way possible.

In the bedroom


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The best way to bring the West into your room is to use natural materials, recommends Doreen Amico-Sorell, interior designer in New York City.

“The key is to stay away from trendy or ranchy pieces,” she says. “Instead, use natural finishes like wood, brass, leather, and wrought iron mixed with muted colors of nature.”

In the bedroom, that might translate to going with a wrought-iron or wooden bed frame, and complementing your aesthetic with a leather chair and solid or geometric fabrics.

“Add a Navajo blanket to be used as a throw or area rug, and framed pieces of handwoven fabric,” she recommends.

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In the dining room


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The dining space is one area where you can truly have fun with the Western theme. Try oversize art prints (or fake antlers, if you’re into that), a wooden table, leather, and wooden accents.

Look for black-and-white art prints that feature that Western look: horses, saddles, rope, or even old “Most Wanted” posters.

Don’t want to do a total overhaul of your dining room? You can ease in with a few Western accents such as a bold dining room centerpiece, recommends John Linden, interior designer in Los Angeles.

“The best way this is done in a modern fashion is by taking a cowboy-inspired piece and flipping it a different color,” he says. “An example would be a silver, gold, or rose gold animal skull as a centerpiece.” Or try faux antlers as candlesticks.

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In your kid’s room or nursery


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You can create a whimsical vibe with Western elements in your children’s rooms, says Kathryn Nelson, interior designer in Dallas.

Think of an accent wall installation where you hang dream catchers or cowboy hats, she suggests. Or a cozy corner full of Western accent pieces like throw pillows, Pendleton blankets, woven rope or basket wall hangings, and hats.

This look is easy to switch out, too—which is great news for when your kids get over their “Toy Story” phase.

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In your outdoor space


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Your outdoor space is an easy spot to incorporate the Western aesthetic. But stick to doing it in a clean, simple way, recommends Justin Riordan, interior designer and founder of the Portland-based home staging company Spade and Archer Design Agency.

“No silhouettes of a cowboy leaning against a wall or haystacks in your backyard,” he says. “Subtle touches like a cactus and succulent garden or terra-cotta tile on a back patio are quiet, tried-and-true Southwest touches that can remind us of a time and place rather than shouting, ‘yeehaw!’”

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