There’s so much to love about the southwest — the colors, the warmth, textures, and vegetation. Bring the casual, modern look of desert living into your home with a few easy updates to your living room. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite ideas for southwest style living rooms that incorporate geometric patterns, a soft color palette with pops of color, and natural textures. Read on for inspirational ideas for modern southwest style living rooms.
Southwest-style rugs can take on many different looks. Some area rugs have bold patterns with a blend of bright colors while others are more subdued and neutral. Faux fur or animal hide rugs can also give a southwestern vibe to your space, especially when you pair with similar decor. The important thing is to consider what look you want the rest of the room to take on. Having a neutral and geometric southwestern rug is a great way to anchor the style and build around it, if you’re unsure where to start with a southwest interior. If you find an outdoor rug you love, even better — outdoor rugs hold up great in high-traffic areas, especially with kids and pets.
Plants, animals, colors, and nature are really what make the desert stand out, and they’re huge parts of southwest style and southwest design. Having an homage to desert life in the form of southwestern wall art is a great way to achieve this style in your living room. Maybe it’s cacti or mountains on the walls. Woven wall tapestries with geometric patterns and fringe or metal wall sculptures are other ways to get a modern southwest look with a California boho vibe infused.
Southwestern throw pillows with bold and graphic prints, southwestern rugs, vases, and blankets are eye-catching and can be mixed with other prints to get a rustic Southwestern look in your living space. Patterns in earthy tones or bold black and white with rustic, desert-inspired motifs can liven up eclectic and minimalist spaces alike. You’ll notice geometric, Native American, and Aztec patterns in southwest-inspired style.
In any organic, layered look, a combination of different textiles and textures are key. This can be macrame with velvet, faux fur with wood, wool with suede, leather with rattan, and woven details to draw the eye such as decorative accents with tassels, pom poms, and fringe. Combining different textures can make the look in your living room coordinate better with the rest of your home, too. Plus, lots of different textiles is a great way to make your space feel cozy.
Think of the natural beauty of the desert. It’s a mostly warm palette that features terracotta, orange, yellow, blush, beige, cognac, and pops of green. We always say it’s great to have a mostly neutral space so you can do whatever you want with it for updates and whatnot. Southwest colors for a living room can include pops of color like blue and red make a bigger impact against a more muted foundation.
Because the desert look is so earthy, it’s important to capture that in your living room with this style. Think plants and cacti but also more natural, handmade-inspired pieces. Furniture and decor made of rattan, jute, stoneware, ceramics, live-edge wood, handwoven fabrics, and more will capture the southwest look and give your space a relaxed vibe.
As you can see, we love this trend and don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon. Infusing different styles (rustic with modern with boho) is a great way to incorporate a laid-back southwest vibe at home. Remember, if you want to channel southwest style in your living room, keep the color palette neutral with the occasional vibrant burst of color. Keep natural elements in mind as well as a minimalist aesthetic for a calm, cool, collected vibe.