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Timeless Approach Modern Southwestern Style

March 07, 2023

Earth tones, bold patterns and natural accents are always in Southwestern style. Take a contemporary look at these time-honored designs.

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Photo: Zack Benson. From: Tracy Lynn Studio.

Where Elegance Meets Southwest

The timeless approach to modern southwestern style is achieved by pulling together earth hues, rustic woods and patterns that find the line between modern and bold — all without falling into kitsch. Starting with white walls gives you the perfect jumping off point to incorporate a mix of textures — from the whitewashed brick wall and wide-plank floors to the tufted navy sectional and nailhead-trimmed chairs.

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Photo: Eric Lucero Photography. From: Duet Design Group.

Layers are Key

Take a note from this warm dining room on the right way to layer pattern and texture. Stick with a neutral, close-knit color palette — taupes, browns, grays and deep greens — and then pull from different motifs. An abstract southwestern rug grounds the combo of plaid and leather chairs, and the entire room is wrapped tactile wallpaper. Striking, oversized art makes a statement without being too busy.

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Photo: Casey Dunn. From: Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects.

Bright + Cozy

Centered around a clay fireplace, this cozy seating area seamlessly combines the indoors and out. A pair of geometric-printed armchairs are a bold punch of color in the all-white space, and a bubble chandelier delivers a chicly modern touch.

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Photo: Katie Fiedler. From: Cortney Bishop Design.

Refresh the Past

At its heart southwest style is natural and warm with a heavy dose of indigenous-inspired patterns and a touch of Spanish influence. From the artwork choices to the rug selection, these living spaces are the epitome of southwestern style in the now. Designer Cortney Bishop pulls from the past, while also staying firmly in the present.

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