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Decor Spotlight:
Southwestern Style

In the world of interior design, there is a timeless charm in combining the old with the new. Vintage elements bring a sense of nostalgia and character, while modern aesthetics keep spaces fresh and contemporary. When it comes to adding a touch of retro style to your home, consider incorporating vintage light switch covers. Amerelle, a leading brand in home decor, offers a delightful range of vintage-inspired light switch covers that seamlessly blend the allure of the past with the functionality of the present. Join us as we explore the art of retro revival and discover how to incorporate vintage light switch covers from Amerelle into your modern spaces.

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Celia Carroll – Interior Design Expert, Lead Designer, ASID Industry Partner

Distinctive and often misunderstood, southwestern decor embodies a timeless and evolving elegance that celebrates the roots and intricacies of the region. Reflecting the spirit of its origins, southwestern decor seamlessly combines functionality with a warm, rustic charm. In this blog, Amerelle Wallplates will explore the southwestern decor style, delving into its historical roots, essential elements, and how to infuse your living spaces with the rich, earthy feel characteristic of this design style.

The History of Southwestern Decor Style

The captivating essence of southwestern decor is deeply rooted in the rich tapestry of the American Southwest's cultures. Drawing inspiration from Native American traditions, Spanish influences, the American ‘wild’ West, and the vibrant hues of Mexican artistry, southwestern decor has evolved into a distinct design style that tells the tale of the region's diverse heritage. Taking shape as a noteworthy design movement in the mid-20th century, it serves as a celebration of a unique time and place.

Unlike the ever-evolving and broad strokes of contemporary decor, southwestern style embraces a profound connection to its specific origins. It is a design narrative that unfolds with a deep sense of history and cultural significance. Through its incorporation of traditional craftsmanship and the use of earthy materials, southwestern decor pays homage to the skilled artisans and the natural landscapes that have shaped the Southwest's identity.

Key Elements of Southwestern Decor

A large Southwestern decor style living room with white walls, exposed wood ceiling beams, tile stone floors, dark brown leather chairs, and a white couch

Earthy Color Palette

The heart of southwestern decor lies in its warm and earthy color palette. Terracotta, adobe reds, desert browns, and turquoise blues create a vibrant and harmonious atmosphere, reminiscent of the Southwest's natural landscapes.

A Southwestern decor style bedroom with dark stained wood floors, stained wood ceilings, white walls, and a rug and bed spread with Southwestern inspired patterns and motifs

Natural Materials

Authentic southwestern decor incorporates natural materials such as wood finishings, leather, clay, and stone. These elements bring an organic and tactile quality to the space, reflecting the rugged beauty of the region.

A Southwestern style living room with a white leather couch, a woven chair, and a Southwestern patterned area rug

Native Patterns & Textures

Southwestern decor often features intricate patterns inspired by Native American art. From geometric designs reflecting layered textiles and woven goods to hand painted tile featuring scenes of wildlife and desert or mountain landscapes, these charming details add visual interest and cultural depth to furnishings and textiles.

A small Southwestern style home interior with white walls, tile floors, rustic wood furniture, a black iron fireplace and stove, and vibrant pops of yellow and red accent colors

Rustic Furnishings

Furniture in southwestern decor is characterized by its rustic charm. Rough-hewn wood, wrought iron, and handcrafted pieces contribute to the warm and inviting ambiance of the style. Modernized adobe fireplaces are common architectural features, harkening back to days when the fireplace was the hardworking epicenter of the home.

Implementing Southwestern Style in Your Home

Infusing your home with southwestern charm involves embracing the rich color palette, incorporating natural materials, and integrating cultural patterns. Begin with warm, earthy tones as your base, introduce furniture with natural textures, and accentuate the space with traditional patterns. Amerelle wallplates seamlessly fit into southwestern decor, offering a finishing touch that complements the style's authenticity and warmth.

Southwestern Wallplates



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Aged Bronze

Amerelle's Southwestern Elegance

Amerelle wallplates and light switch covers capture the essence of southwestern elegance. Crafted to complement the warm and inviting aesthetics of southwestern decor, our products blend seamlessly with the natural materials and vibrant colors characteristic of the style. Whether you're drawn to the earthy warmth of southwestern interiors or appreciate its cultural richness, Amerelle wallplates provide the perfect final touch, adding a touch of sophistication and authenticity to your living spaces.

Meet Our Contributor

Katerina Herman is a former writer for a health blog covering the foot and ankle disorders. She is a podiatrist with over 10 years of experience. She has experience treating a wide range of conditions, including dermatology, orthopedics, and sports medicine issues specific to the foot and ankle.

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