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Wild, Wild West Decor: 4 Ways to Feel at Home on the Range

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Kara
07.25.13

Even if your homestead is on the East Coast or way down South, you can still benefit from the wild ways of cowboy country. We’ve taken kindly to the modern look of western décor because it’s actually less Blazing Saddles (cheesy) and more True Grit (understated). Plus, you can incorporate this trend into your home with little fuss and even less dinero.

Photo: EQUINEbyLauren | Etsy

So grab a lasso and head west! Here are four ways to wrangle up some western revival in your home:

1. Think big fauna. What would the Wild West be without wild animals? Incorporate the look of big game in your home with a faux cowhide rug or a pair of faux antlers above the mantle. If you’re not an animal prints-person, you can still incorporate this look into your space with smaller accent pieces like bookends, artwork and lighting.

2. Make it shine. Take your décor back to the gold rush days! The strategic placing of gold leafing around your home can add a touch of the Old West with minimal effort. Apply gold leafing to picture frames, flower vases or the outside of drinking glasses.

3. Go south of the border. Natural woods like pine and mesquite will help achieve a rustic, Mexican-esque space. Combine with warm tones and light neutrals and your home will feel authentic adobe! Looking for a more subtle change?  Incorporate a little color to your dining space with a vibrant Aztec printed table runner, or add a few decorative dreamcatchers to your walls.  

4. Become an antique store-regular. If you really want to pull off the look, frequent your local antique and thrift stores. Wagon wheels, horseshoes, wrought iron pieces and metal lamps can all help you achieve a Western look. Tip: Your finds don’t have to be antiques. If you can’t scavenge anything in the antique store, add Western flare by reupholstering smaller accents like throw pillows in a different fabric

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