Western DecorWestern decor is more popular now than it has been for decades, and part of the reason for this popularity is that people are trying to find the same connection with the Earth that Native Americans have enjoyed for thousands of years.

Another reason is that the Western design is steeped in centuries of history, and homeowners are moving away from the austere, minimalist and ultra-modern design styles and back towards the earthy and the rustic, including furniture and other interior decor items. The Western interior decor style, however, wouldn’t exist without its Native American tribal influences, which is something we’re going to take a closer look at today.

Natures Palette

Artists and designers usually draw inspiration from the scenery around them, and Native American designs definitely use the color palette of the desert in almost everything they do. So the oranges, reds, brows and tan colors you see in Native American art are the same colors you see repeated in Western decor and furniture.

These always form the “base” colors of any piece, with green, yellow and turquoise used as accents to bring it to life. The end result is that Western décor feels both rich and homely at the same time.


The idea that things are made by hand is synonymous with every aspect of the Western or rustic decor style. This includes everything from the chairs, tables and beds to the rugs and drapes. The only way you can create an authentic Western home is by avoiding the use of synthetic materials and mass-produced furniture or fabrics. It goes beyond authenticity though, because the energy of the room will change depending on the types of materials you use in the room itself. So you should keep it organic, and keep it handcrafted.

Bare Wood

The vast majority of furniture pieces from different cultures are usually made from wood, of one kind or another. The same is true of Native American furniture, with the wood used in its most raw and beautiful state. Wood with knots and odd shapes in the timber weren’t cast aside, but integrated into the overall design instead. Authentic Western furniture still mimics those tribal practices.


Those area rugs you walk across each day have very little to do with covering large open spaces around a sofa. Instead these “travel rugs” were originally used as the floor of a teepee, which also explains why they’re so durable. The bright bold patterns on them aren’t about trying to look unique – they actually have a certain amount of spiritual context, but only in the Native American appreciation of the bond between Earth and everything living on it.

Bold Stripes

Tribal Native American designs use bright and bold patterns throughout, and part of this is the use of large striped patterns on both blankets and throws. You’ll notice that many of the pieces of Western or rustic furniture you come across feature bold stripes on them, especially wall coverings.

Dream Catchers

Although some people think of these are nothing more than trinkets for tourists, they are still tiny works of art, with genuine links to Native American culture, especially to the Lakota and Chippewa peoples. These have been used for hundreds of years as protective charms for Native American children, and now form part of most Western decor schemes.

You don’t need to be an American history buff to appreciate the beauty of Western decor and furniture. In terms of decorating our homes, we seem to have come full circle from designing clean, cold homes with no “heart” in them, to working hard to make our homes feel as warm, earthy and comforting as possible. Most pieces of Western décor will blend in with modern décor schemes, adding a little extra warmth to your room in the process.

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