Your ultimate design Southwestern home decor style guide. Includes an expansive array of Southwestern home interior design photo gallery.
Welcome to the Southwestern home decor style guide where you can see photos of all interiors in the Southwestern style including kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, foyers and more.
Table of Contents
- Southwestern Style Homes (Exteriors)
- 1. Custom 12,000 Sq ft Ultra “ELAN Smart Home” has Theater, Gym, Bar, Game Room, Pool and So Much More!
- 2. Stunning Southwest Style Home with Luxurious Interior Design that Will Blow Your Mind
- 3. Sleek Contemporary Southwestern House with 2 Master Suites
- 4. Sprawling Residence with Covered Porches Captures the Spirit of Western Farmhouse-Style Living
- 5. Moonlight Hacienda with Thick Adobe Archways, Distressed Beamed Ceilings, and Saltillo Pavers
- 6. Home in Historic Park Lane Features Intricate, Limestone Mosaic Tile Floor
- 7. El Toro Road’s Historic Ojai Estate
- 8. Santa Barbara Home Features a Large Barrel Coved Ceiling
- 9. Rancho Santa Fe Covenant Estate in San Diego County
- 10. Upscale La Quinta Residence Features its Waters Edge Pool and Loggia with Striking Backdrop
- Southwestern Style Interior Examples (by Room)
- Southwestern Style Home Landscaping
- What is Southwestern Home Decor?
- Distinguishing Design Features
- Décor Accessories
- Why it Looks Great
Southwestern Style Homes (Exteriors)
Check out these spectacular homes showcasing the Southwestern style architecture.
1. Custom 12,000 Sq ft Ultra “ELAN Smart Home” has Theater, Gym, Bar, Game Room, Pool and So Much More!
This is a charming Southwestern-style homeluf with an off-white tone to its exterior walls that matches with the concrete walkway outside. Both of these are complemented by the yellowish soil of the landscaping as well as the light blue tin roofs that blend with the sky.
2. Stunning Southwest Style Home with Luxurious Interior Design that Will Blow Your Mind
This is a beautiful Southwestern-style home with a blue pool that stands out against the beige walkways blending with the beige exterior walls. These are augmented by warm yellow lights from the wall lamps as well as by the dark brown clay roofs.
3. Sleek Contemporary Southwestern House with 2 Master Suites
The concrete block walkway and driveway that leads to this home is adorned with pebbled grounds on both sides that matches with the stone walls that accent the beige exteriors. There is a couple of wooden garage doors that match with the main door that is adorned with a large cactus.
This Southwestern-style home has an infinity pool at the back that is accessed through tall glass doors that matches with the large glass windows. Both of these showcase the beautiful interiors that are brightly lit with warm yellow lights.
4. Sprawling Residence with Covered Porches Captures the Spirit of Western Farmhouse-Style Living
The brilliant blue roof of this Southwestern-style home is large enough for three dormer windows that give accent along with the two chimneys that tower over the home. This setup is a nice complement to the earthy yellow exterior walls that complement the wooden main door and the graveled walkway.
This is the backyard view of the beautiful home that has a large glass wall in its middle hall and lotcs of glass doors and windows on the sections flanking it. These are all focused on the swimming pool in the backyard that has a terracotta flooring.
5. Moonlight Hacienda with Thick Adobe Archways, Distressed Beamed Ceilings, and Saltillo Pavers
This expansive Southwestern-style home has brick-colored roofing clay tiles on its various roof tops that complement the beige exterior walls for that classic look. There is a couple of wide wooden garage doors amounting to a garage that can fit at least four vehicles.
The classic wooden doors of the main entryway is paired with a terracotta stairway flanked with decorative golden jars on ledges. This main entrance has a nice foreground of a small stone bridge over a stream accented with tall trees and shrubs.
6. Home in Historic Park Lane Features Intricate, Limestone Mosaic Tile Floor
This is a classic Southwestern-style home with terracotta roofing tiles and beige exterior walls as well as a viewing deck on the central turret. The charming complement of the surrounding landscape that has tropical trees and shrubs can be enjoyed from the large arched window.
The large property is gated with a tall black wrought iron gate that opens to a courtyard and driveway with concrete blocks on the ground. This leads to three wooden garage doors adorned with colorful flowering creeping plants and lamps in between.
7. El Toro Road’s Historic Ojai Estate
The charming Southwestern-style home on top of the hill can be accessed through this large white and beige stone structure that has stairs and planters filled with shrubs and pines. The white low walls on the sides are flanked by the thick foliage of the landscape allowing for an awesome walk up the stone steps.
After the short climb of the stone steps, you are welcome by this gorgeous small courtyard made of terracotta tiles that complement the white exterior walls and white pillars of the Southwestern-style home with matching terracotta roofs.
This is the backyard view of the Southwestern-style home that has a quaint area shaded by the surrounding tall exterior walls. This area has an outdoor dining area under a large umbrella complemented by terracotta floors and the view of the amazing landscaping filled with tropical trees.
This Southwestern-style home is dwarfed by the large trees in the background that tower over the terracotta Gable roofs that contrast the bright white exterior walls that are reflected by the swimming pool that is flanked by miniature gardens and stairways.
8. Santa Barbara Home Features a Large Barrel Coved Ceiling
This view of the Southwestern-style home showcases its charming landscaping that has a simple yet eye-pleasing quality. The entryway to this small terracotta courtyard is adorned with a small wooden trellis. This leads to the small tree planted in a large stone planter with blue patterned tiles on the sides.
The neat off-white exterior walls and matching fence of this Southwestern-style home is filled with various arched windows and columns that give it character along the distressed terracotta tiles of the roof like the charm of a few gray hairs on a handsome face.
9. Rancho Santa Fe Covenant Estate in San Diego County
This beautiful arched entryway to this Southwestern-style home has a beige tone to its walls that are augmented by the yellow lights of the wall lamps. This is then adorned with tropical trees, flowering shrubs and potted plants that flank the entryway.
This is an aerial view of the whole property that shows you its many awesome landscaping features like the fountain surrounded by colorful shrubs as well as the collection of tall trees that bring a comforting contrast to the terracotta roofs of the Southwestern-style home.
10. Upscale La Quinta Residence Features its Waters Edge Pool and Loggia with Striking Backdrop
This view makes it seem like the Southwestern-style home is being cradled by the surrounding landscape that has tall tropical trees, shrubs and large decorative rocks along with a nice carpet of grass. These are all wonderful contrasts for the earthy exterior walls of the home.
This is the backyard view of the Southwestern-style home that showcases the swimming and its matching hot tub beside it. Both of these give off an ethereal glow that makes it stand out against the home and its walkways that are adorned with small palm trees and wooden lawn chairs.
Southwestern Style Interior Examples (by Room)
The following are photo examples of Southwestern style interiors (room-by-room). Below each photo are links that take you to extensive Southwestern style photo galleries for each room.
This Southwestern-style living room has distressed black hardwood flooring accented with a colorful patterned area rug topped with a brown tufted coffee table in between the light gray sofa set. These are all under a wooden ceiling that has exposed wooden beams.
This is a cozy and homey Southwestern-style kitchen with checkered black and white flooring that contrasts the bright green tone of the surrounding cabinets and drawers of the kitchen peninsulas that blend with the walls and the fridge door.
This beautiful dining room has a Southwestern-style flair to its patterned terracotta flooring tiles and the small colorful alcove on the side of the wooden dining set. This alcove has colorful and patterned tiles that make it stand out against the white wall.
The small alcove of the fireplace is line with bright green designs that match the colorful tiles on the side of the ledge that bears a potted plant. This is beside the sitting area that has cushioned armchairs matching the four-poster bed that contrasts the dark hardwood flooring.
The off-white cove ceiling of this Southwestern-style bathroom is a nice contrast for the dominating green and blue tiles of the walls and flooring. These results in the white porcelain pedestal sink and the white porcelain freestanding bathtub to stand out.
This beautiful Southwestern-style foyer is adorned with a fountain on the side that has eye-catching green tiles with patterns surrounding the water spout. This stands out against the contrasting terracotta flooring and the white walls culminating to a groin arched ceiling.
Southwestern Style Home Landscaping
This charming Southwestern-style landscaping has a large white and beige stone structure that has stairs and planters filled with shrubs and pines leading up to the home on top of the hill. The white low walls on the sides are flanked by the thick foliage of the landscape allowing for an awesome walk up the stone steps.
What is Southwestern Home Decor?
A southwest style design element is mainly characterized by the rough-and-ready style that goes with it. This is an old west style with a little bit of traditional Mexican style and Spanish accents, as well as a touch of native American art to go along with it. You’ll find rounded doorways here as well as terra-cotta, clay tile, and some earth tones. You’re also going to find a lot of different aspects that evoke the old west from down on the Texas side of things. But, for all the rustic accents, you’re going to see a whole lot of style that balances it all out quite well.
Distinguishing Design Features
Some of the most distinguishing features are going to be the Mexican elements of this style which are characterized by the color palette of bright green, red, and yellow, as well as some orange and turquoise that goes well with them all. You’ll find handmade materials including fabrics and furniture in this style of the house and the types of furniture that are present will definitely have elements of the Mexican and Spanish styles that created and founded them, such as the natural aspects and colors. But the main highlight is definitely going to be the contrast between natural backgrounds and a whole lot of bright colors that will improve things overall.
You may find leather, suede, and other natural materials when you’re looking at a southwestern style. Much of the fabric is actually handmade and woven from different types of wool though you could find linen and other natural style fabrics. You’ll also find things like jute and other natural textured rugs and accent pieces. On top of this, you’re going to see terra-cotta in the pottery, roof tiles, and decorative tiles plus plenty of wrought iron to help pull things together and create a unique accent. You’ll find materials that are mostly brought somehow from the ground or handmade but there may be a few more manmade versions present as well.
The furniture that you find is going to be primarily made with leather or suede upholstery, though you may find a few pieces made with the wrought iron or with only wood and then accented with carvings. You’ll also find specialty furniture for these types of rooms and these may also be accented with burnished metal to create a unique look. The pieces can also be quite distressed in style as part of the accent and may be mixed and matched with different colors and different patterns as these are going to be quite common in southwestern style.
The decorative pieces that you find in this type of room are definitely going to be bright in color. Though you’ll find some that are more natural or neutral, you’ll also find that a lot of the accent colors of bright reds and greens and blues or even yellows and oranges will come from pillows and throw blankets. These, as well as brightly colored rugs or serapes on the walls, will be the primary sources of decoration, though you could also find framed pictures and photographs or other decorative aspects scattered throughout the space and especially on surfaces like tables and fireplaces.
You will likely find pottery and ceramics throughout a southwestern style room because these are often created and handcrafted by the owner of the house or someone in their family. They may be placed out on a shelf or table or may be built directly into the floor or tables. They can also be used on the walls or anywhere else. Some pieces may feature the wrought iron that is often found in these styles as well and the walls will generally be textured and feature small cubbies that can hold additional knick knacks and accent pieces to brighten up space even more.
Why it Looks Great
So, why is it a great style? Well, mostly because you’re getting something that is really bright and fun but can also be toned down if you prefer. You can use the base of natural and neutral colors to create a calm and comfortable atmosphere, but you’re definitely going to be able to create something bold and beautiful with it as well. That’s where some of the fun is going to come in because you can easily add as much or as little of the bright colors, patterns, and designs as you want. The more you add the brighter and more vibrant the room becomes. The less you add the more calm and relaxed it stays. In the end, you have a room that’s really versatile and reflects your personal style and ideas. This can make it a great choice for those who really aren’t sure where they want to get started or how they can get started.
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