9 ways to work the Navaho trend

The American West might once have been a style desert, but this season's furniture and accessories have a nomadic, free-spirited feel. Yee-haw!

The wild west trend is riding its rootin tootin, rugged style into town and its lassoed us good and proper. And from cowhide rugs, fluttery dreamcatchers, resin bison heads and galloping horse prints to textured materials such as rattan and rugged woods, cowboy/Navoho chic is going to be huge in interiors. The colour palette is all subdued shades such as sand, grey and earthy reds spiced up with hits of orange and green. It all adds up to one seriously relaxed scheme. One more thing – you can never have too many cacti, but luckily, the ones featured below are prick-free fakes.


1. Think laid-back and lovely

Modern marquetry takes its inspiration from native motifs to create a new take on the tribal vibe. This Julian Chichester Tito cabinet works the look to perfection, while the cowhide rug invites you to take a stroll through this interior desert.

2. Don’t be afraid of spiky numbers
The cactus is famed for having myriad uses. These cute ceramic Cactus vases from Holly’s House look incredibly authentic, but they definitely aren’t as spiky as the real thing, making them not only great vessels for holding beautiful blooms, but handy hangers for kitsch key rings too.


3. Create a chill-out zone

Matt leather and untreated wood are a smart combo, both in town and way out West. Made of sun-bleached leather, these Sonora Canyon sling chairs by Ralph Lauren Home are the perfect spots to hang loose and enjoy an impromptu music fest.

4. Keep it sweet and low
Arrange textured cushions and pouffes for a meaningful style powwow. This epic Brown Horse print by Meridith Martens at Trowbridge Gallery, meanwhile, captures the wild spirit of life on the prairie.

5. Embrace desert neutrals
Think natural textures and spicy shots of orange, nudes and grey piercing through your interior landscape. The oversized pebble cushions add a witty touch – Made in Design sells similar cushions.

6. Work it with wood
Use embellished wood to bring a touch of rustic elegance to a campfire chow down. The Marcel Wanders for Alessi Dressed in Wood breakfast board, serving board and centrepiece would make the perfect accompaniment to bangers and beans.

7 Hang ’em high
We mean these Habitat Laine lamp shades, natch, not a couple of devil-may-care cowboys! And nothing says relaxed prairie chic quite like the widespread use of rattan.


8. Remember you’re the head honcho

With its Joshua tree silhouette, this portable Sam valet by Carlo Ballabio for Porada is just the place for lonesome chiefs to hang their headdress. Just be sure to check your reflection in one of the Graham and Green Rattan mirrors before you head out for your next powwow.

9. Layer it up
Cool, breathable and effortlessly stylish, sea grass and linen make the ideal textures for haciendas everywhere. Don’t forget to throw a few Urban Outfitters dreamcatchers into the scheme for the sweetest of slumbers.

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