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Bringing the Old West to Modern Home Decorating

old west style living roomWhen you think about it, what could be more fun than incorporating the age-old story of cowboys and Indians into your home décor? For those who love a great story and have a wild sense of adventure this could be an incredibly fabulous design theme for your next home decorating project. This is a great way to bring the rustic charm of the old west into the modern world of today’s busy lifestyles.

Immediately visions of the hacienda with knotty pine and leather upholstered furniture comes to mind. Massive fireplaces and antlers are also first and foremost in my mind when this design idea pops into my head. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination, and only limited by your budget in all honesty. This is a look that could be pulled off on almost any budget for those willing to make a few thrift store purchases and invest a fair amount of elbow grease.

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Don’t Over Do It…

One thing you want to be careful of with this particular theme is not taking it too far. This could be so easy to do and it will only subtract from the charm and appeal if you do so. Choose the accessories carefully but implement them minimally. This should also help with potential budget restrictions, as well as keep you on track for finding the perfect accessories. It’s best not to pick up everything you see. You don’t want to find later that many simply will not work with the style and design you are hoping to achieve in the long run.

Wood floors and wood paneled walls are a great statement for this sort of décor. A stone fireplace, if there is a fireplace of course, is also a great look. You want solid furniture rather than something that appears fragile or dainty, and definitely keep the room masculine in appearance when possible. Home decorating in the style of the old west isn’t for bachelors alone, but too much of a feminine touch will simply kill the appeal all together. In fact, the less feminine touches the better. Save these touches for a romantic bedroom or bathroom rather than the primary areas that friends and family will visit.

Remember the Kitchen…

You’ll also want to take great pains to imitate the rustic nature of the old west within the kitchen. No delicate china patterns or tables with legs that look like they might fall off with a hard wind. This is a ‘mans’ style of decorating and it needs to look as though it will withstand any punishment a man can dish out in order to maintain the fun and light appeal of the remainder of the home. You can find modern sinks, fixtures, and hardware that are designed to resemble those of the old west and beyond if you look in the right places.

railroad spike wall hooksFor those who are looking for something a little out of the ordinary this is one style of decorating that definitely fits the bill. See what wonderful schemes and dreams you can come up with and what sort of tall tale will go along with your old west design story then create the story within the walls of your home. There is no better way to go about home decorating than this! For a little more inspiration, check out these railroad spike wall hooks we found on Etsy!