Western Decor Ideas

Western Decor Ideas

Your home doesn't have to be wild to be Western

By Cathy McClellan

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For a Western look for your home, consider using four elements that are hallmarks of a Western look: wood, leather, metal and rope. Western decor has a rustic feel and lends an old world look to the home that's not formal but certainly fun.


Wood is the main accent in Western decor. Purchase or make heavy wood furniture such as a cedar coffee and end tables. To further the theme, add deer antler lamps and a wagon wheel chandelier to the room. Replace the fireplace mantle with a large wooden mantle. Install cedar shelves to the walls and display spurs, boot figurines, terracotta pots, eagles, cowboys and horse figurines as well as cowboy hats.


Rope is an excellent accent for western decor. Consider using rope for curtain tiebacks or as a border at the top of the walls. If a friend or family member has roped cattle in the past, consider displaying the rope lasso they used on the walls to incorporate a personal memory into the room. Decorate picture frames, mirrors and old lamp bases by gluing rope to the edges or wrapping around the base of the lamps to give old decor a new look.


Ranchers and cowboys use large leather tackle boxes to store spurs, ropes, blankets and other items in the barn. Reuse old leather tackle boxes by displaying them in the living room. This can serve as a place to store magazines or blankets. Throw a wool blanket over one edge of the tackle box or trunk as an added touch.


Metal accents include metal stars, spurs, barbed wire or metal artwork. Some people collect metal branding irons that ranchers use in branding cattle. Display the brands as accent decor on the walls of your home.

About the Author

Cathy McClellan is a regular contributor to DexKnows.

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