A great idea for decorating a family room would be a southwest style. With the multitude of sources available on decor, you will be able to find ways to make your southwest family room a warm and welcoming place. Your family and friends will feel at home and enjoy the comforts of the informal room, decorated with its unusual colors associated with the southwest.

When you consider decorating your family room with a southwestern flair, you may decide to choose a central theme. Incorporating a welcoming theme into your room will make both family and guests feel welcome. Consider decorating in various themes such as Mexican, mission, ranch and lodge for a southwestern flair. One such idea is to use an old Mexico influence complete with the look of a cantina. The first step in creating a southwest room is to paint the walls in brightly colored hues of reds, yellows and oranges.

Make your room come to life by using brightly colored furniture along with neutral colored walls. Slipcovers are an easy and inexpensive way to change the look of your furniture. Bring in an old Mexico feeling to your room by choosing seating that is made of wood and wrought iron. The use of cow hide covered furniture is another excellent but sometimes costly choice. If you need extra seating for guests, they will enjoy using large stuffed throw pillows on the floor for relaxing comfort. Add rustic accessories such as baskets and painted pottery for a southwest touch.

In your room, try and incorporate a cantina style bar for a real southwest old Mexico feeling. Stools covered in a spotted cow hide leather give the look of a Mexican cantina and provide extra seating for your room. You may even decide to hang special lighting above the bar like punched tin stars so popular south of the border.

If you are looking for a fun and unusual way to decorate your southwest family room, consider creating a ranch feeling by decorating in a rustic, western, lodge style. Dark leather covered furniture would work nicely in the room as well as using Brindle cowhide covered pillows and hides as the central area rug. Create a room that would have made John Wayne proud – the greatest cowboy ever. Your southwest room will need items with texture such as western style throws. It’s the small decorative items you choose that tie the theme together. Simply think ranch when making choices.

Artwork plays a vital part of the southwest theme. Great choices would be pieces of art and paintings that contain cowboys, Indians, horses, ranch scenes, flower dotted mountains and cactus covered prairies. Favorite colors used to create this look would be blacks and browns with accent colors of rust and turquoise. For a really western touch, add a pair of worn cowboy boots with dried flowers over your mantle. Young buckaroos will love sitting at a special place made just for them by using an old saddle over top of a foot stool. A lasso and cowboy hat make nice wall ornaments. You can be creative in your choices as you transform your family room into the wild, wild west.

As your southwest family room comes to life, you’ll come to love this fun relaxed style you’ve created without guidelines and decorating rules. The key is to cultivate an atmosphere that welcomes and delights the senses. Use your imagination as you create a special place for those you love.