Welcome to the Wild West – a place where colours run from blindingly bold to sun-bleached and muted. Pattern is key with organic geometrics at the forefront and quirky touches peaking out from behind every cactus. To really get into the look, invest in textiles, blankets and throws that can be positioned to take a casual stance as they do in this hallway. Throws are a great way to dip your toe into a look without a heavy investment.
If bold is not your chosen path, look to the sombre side of the Wild West look. There is a certain beauty to the array of neutrals treated to a chalky desert-wind dusting or gentle sun bleaching. A living room corner, especially one with a great light source, has pioneering spirit in the form of adobe-coloured and raw brick walls and furniture and flooring to match. Just add wagonwheel.
Every good scheme should have a strong whimsical side. With the Wild West being as much about the images of its native fauna as its colour palette or textural range, this Cow Crate sideboard is a perfectly playful merger of fun shape, rough-hewn exterior and rugged charm. Use it as the base from which you rustle up a fantastic dinner service or put it to work as a (milk) bar.
Cow Crate sideboard
Marbled enamel mugs
Labour & Wait
Pick one colour from the Wild West palette and… well… go wild. In this case, a bright shade of desert ochre explodes in a very modern and very chic way. The trick is in the mix. From the matt wall to the gloss side table to the animal print textile and decadent tassel, overkill is avoided through smart blending. The topping and tailing of the look with cool neutrals (the antlers and hide rug) is just the thing to perfectly frame the colour choice.
If all other incarnations of the Wild West look are overwhelming, explore the softer side through the checks and colours that also make up a part of the theme. A bold check – reminiscent of a prairie blanket – is lightened and brightened in lilac. It makes for a cool kitchen wallpaper and good base to tone down the rough edges of a rustic shelf. Prairie animal print plates and metal trinket boxes are tonally softer against this strong backdrop.
Sometimes it is the subtle, underlying touches that create an unobvious homage to a scheme. If you are keen to steer well clear of a themed look, but appreciate the components, then break them down to their most basic. The tiniest hints of Wild West decorating are enough, especially somewhere like this urban space, where the exposed brick walls are a statement in themselves. It’s as simple as the use of leather, the fur throw, the soft grey of the graphic rug and the scattering of cacti that nod their cowboy hats at the scheme.
All it can take is equal parts simplicity and drama to add instant pow and drive the idea of a look home without any other bells and whistles. This giant cactus couldn’t whisper Wild West any louder. Cacti take many shapes and tones – the secret to the success of this stunning succulent is the thin arms and bright green body. The reflection in the frameless mirror is a great way to double the impact.
If you live in a home on the range or simply fancy yourself a prairie girl at heart, then this easy to achieve bedroom look might be just where you want to rest your head. It’s all about layers. Tonally complementary colours and simple organic patterns are piled high over the chalky white background to create a room amped up on rustic charm. What a success! And the woodburning stove does not go amiss as the perfect Wild West accessory.
What better (and bolder) way to show your devotion to a theme than a bit of DIY and oversized appliqué. Bring prairie magic into your home the way this homeowner did. A simple Ikea wardrobe in the bedroom has been transformed with lime green paint on one half and an almost-actual-size deer vinyl transfer. Simply amazing and a simply no-holds-barred way to go wild.
Pair a bold red with wood in a dining room for guaranteed Wild West style. The russet paint on the upper wall mimics the colour of a blazing sunset as it hits the wood-plank horizon. The glistening copper pendant amplifies the desert sun effect and the forest of succulents creates a truly arid tableau you will want to sit down to. Just make sure and save room for desert.