Southwest décor is steeped in history stemming from the American Southwest (Native American) and Mexico.
The traditional Southwest décor is comprised of an earth tone palette, rich in elements such as terra cotta, iron, stone and wood. Today's Southwest home is a mix of modern and traditional; joining the old with the new and creating a blend of architectural styles and design.
To incorporate a more modern approach and rejuvenate your Southwest home see below:
Artwork - update artwork by creating a gallery wall of oversized colorful modern art pieces and sculptures.
Flooring - install marble flooring or hardwood floors instead of traditional terracotta or stone tiles.
Lighting - iron chandeliers, floor lamps and modern pendant lights will add an instant contemporary feel.
Accessories - add formal drapes, candle light, ornate mirrors, orbs and ottomans.
Furniture - choose modern pieces such as a glass coffee table, chaise lounge or a contemporary bookshelf with pot lights.
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