Southwestern style matters in countless ways. It can completely set the mood of a room and situation. Old smoking rooms set an elitist male tone, while the common day “man cave” is welcoming to men of every walk of life. Southwestern decorating style is used in hotel rooms, vacation homes, cabins, etc. to set the mood or match a theme of the city. Slick, minimalist settings for high rise hotels in a large city is much, much different than the warm décor in a quaint cabin out west in the desert. Although, we especially love that western cabin look when we have unique southwestern area rugs spread across the floor.
In my opinion, the way someone decorates also can really show their age. Growing up into high school it was posters plastered all over the walls, and then college it was tapestries for girls, with assorted flags and frames on the walls. I even knew some boys that covered every wall in their college house in the cardboard beer boxes, so hey, more power to ya if that’s what you’re in to.
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But coming out of college into being a young professional is a complete 360. Now my friends are looking for stylish southwestern rugs and coffee tables. Long gone are the bedazzled American flags and now it’s a big clock canvas thing (?) they got at a big box store. The way that someone chooses to decorate and what they fill their home with seems to really define maturity and success here in America.
For me personally, I pick up little pieces with me as I go. I have bookshelves with the top shelves always dedicated to the little mementos that my friends bring me back from all over the world. I have a rug I picked up when my dad lived in southern Arizona, and a hand-painted bowl on the table that I brought back from Montana. It might look like kind of a mess, and it definitely clashes with my Game of Thrones flags that adorn the hallway to my bedroom. But it reminds me of where I’ve been and keeps alive my desire to keep traveling.
Décor is different to everyone; in the way they use it and what it means to them. But isn’t that what it’s all about?