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Ultimate Guide to Southwest Modern Interior Design

by BlvdHome

Southwest Modern evolved from Southwest style. Inspired by southern nature and colors, southwest modern design is a very distinct style that has taken the modern design world by storm. Southwest Modern is a great style to design with if you love DIY projects, nature, and beautiful deserts. This style is similar to boho and eclectic. Let’s get designing!

How to Decorate in the Southwest Modern Style

Southwest modern design is defined by warm colors and southern nature. Neutral colors are a great starting point, but look to use orange, red, yellow, and brown to achieve an authentic southwest look. Chevron, basketweave, and flame stitch and patterns you’ll become very familiar with. Strong textures are highly recommended! Sandstone, wool, and leather are materials with awesome textures.


In Southwest Modern homes, you’ll generally find plain furniture topped with accessories or “inspired by nature” pieces, like a natural-cut wood coffee table. White or cream sofas topped with lots of textured and patterned pillows are a staple. Unique leather armchairs and dining are always a good idea. Consider a leather sectional for your living room. Try to avoid painted wood and instead opt for a natural stain. Rattan and cane can be used, but sparingly.

This style has a lot of eclectic influences. Try using mismatched chairs at the dining table. Find pieces from all over the world that spark your interest. The color of your headboard does not have to match the color of your dresser. Mismatching items will add interest to your home. Find items you love and use them!

Since this style is heavily inspired by nature, organically shaped furniture is definitely encouraged. Smooth corners and round cushions will add to the wild-west ambiance and give the room an authentic southern feel.


Texture, texture, texture! Texture is key to making a southwest home feel genuine. Throw pillows with tassels, beading, weaving, or any fun texture is a great way to spice up a simple sofa. Leather is a great material to add the “Wild West” style. Try hanging river wood on the walls or ceiling. Picking and placing a wildflower bouquet is a beautiful way to incorporate color. Terracotta, both in color and material, play a huge role in Southwest design.

Indoor plants are an easy way to add color and life to a room. Cactus, succulents, and other “dry” plants are great choices for a Southwest room. Try putting your plants in clay or concrete pots.

Photographs and paintings are both great for wall art. A mixture of both is best! Photos of horses, native flora, and southern sunsets are perfect. Look for paintings with intense texture (real or implied) and rich color.

We hope you’ve learned something new about Southwest Modern interior design! What is your favorite interior design style?