Western décor is often associated with cowhide and antlers, but there's a lot more to this warm, rustic style than decorating with animal parts. While natural elements are certainly ideal, this style also draws on the romantic spirit of the west with a rich, earthy color palette and rough, unfinished materials.
You might find it difficult to figure out how to incorporate modern Christmas decorations, but you'll discover that western design actually lends itself well to the warm and joyful holiday season. How can you honor your western roots while still creating an inviting holiday space to impress your guests? Here are a few things to focus on when it comes to pairing perfect Christmas decorations with your western décor.
Keep it Warm and Cozy
Warm colors dominate the western palette, with rich shades of rust, terra cotta, ochre, and chocolate bringing the best of nature indoors. These colors might not seem super Christmas-y, but you can definitely incorporate the piney greens and berry reds of the holiday season with minimal fuss to enhance your already warm décor.
Don't forget to up the ante on coziness with plenty of candles, logs for the fireplace, and comfy pillows and throws in holiday hues. Add to the rough textures already in play (leather, cowhide, wood, and iron) with softer elements like faux fur, Sherpa, and knit throw blankets and pillows.
Have Fun with Existing Décor
Incorporating nature is part and parcel of western décor, and this traditionally includes items like antlers, animal hides, and even trophy heads mounted on the wall. How can you work these into your Christmas decorations? The trick is to have some fun.
Consider draping pine or holly garlands from an antler chandelier to add a dose of holiday zest and bring the greens and reds of the season into play. If you enjoy a little zaniness, you could even hang garlands or wreaths over your trophy heads, or place Santa hats on their heads. This isn't for everyone, but it's a fun way to get your whole household into the joyful spirit of the season.
If you're not into real trophy animals on your walls, consider adding holiday themed faux deer heads, like wire frame pieces in white lights, recycled wood wall art (that you can paint or decorate as you see fit), or even a DIY deer head craft project in fabric of your choosing (such as holiday patterns). There are plenty of options from which to pick.
With the right elements in warm colors, cozy fabrics, and textured layers, not to mention a hint of fun and whimsy, you can create the perfect Christmas design to go with your western décor.