Spring is a special time of year for fresh new beginnings. Its a time of new birth of animals and trees and flowers once again begin to appear. People begin letting the fresh spring breezes flow through their opened windows. Many like to let their laundry hang in the fresh air and sunshine to dry. Children may be found outside, playing barefoot into the hours of early evening. Spring cleaning plays an important role in homes across America. What an exceptionally great time of year to add southwestern touches as you decorate your home for spring.
Folks throughout the country come out of hibernation and begin allowing the gentle breezes of spring to come inside their homes through opened windows. Colorful clothing may be seen outside hanging on lines to dry. Kids are outside playing for longer hours. Normally people seriously clean their home once a year. Spring is that time of year to clean away winter. This is a wonderful time of year and an especially great season to incorporate southwestern decorating touches into your home.
Spring is a perfect time of year to clear away cobwebs from our doorways. A lovely southwestern wreath added to our front door will add charm and greet family and friends in style. You may consider using a store bought wreath and adding small southwestern objects such as dried chili peppers, a few rusty horseshoes, or tiny woven Native American baskets. An herb that give a delightful scent is oregano. Use some tucked throughout your wreath. Be sure to add a colorful bow to complete the wreath.
The next item to consider is a new door mat with a southwestern theme. Geometric designs, horses, ranch brands, roadrunners, pottery, lizards and the ever so famous Kokopelli are just a few patterns from which you may choose. A super scraper mat composed of coir fiber is one of the best ways to keep the floors of your home clean.
If your home has an entryway, perhaps with a small table to hold mail and keys, adding a piece of Mexican pottery will contribute to the southwest feeling you wish to introduce. If your walls need sprucing up, purchase and hang a woven tapestry with stunning colors and southwestern designs. Your entryway will set the tone for your new spring decor. A wrought iron coat rack hung on the wall, will be a handy addition to hold the light weight jackets that are still needed in the evenings to ward off spring’s chill.
Fall is an extremely great time to decorate with southwestern touches by incorporating colors like red, rust, orange, gold and brown. Turquoise and pink make exceptionally wonderful colors to add to your room when using a southwestern Native American theme to decorate. Look for throws, rugs, wall hangings, and table runners in these color choices.
A mantle becomes a favorite place to display an Indian made basket collection or on which to place small pieces of Mexican pottery. A large mandella with flowing feathers would look spectacular above your mantle. Keep in mind that white is a neutral color and works well with the Native American theme.
Bring the outdoors inside by adding brightly colored pots with cactus and plants. End tables and the coffee table may be replaced with unique Tarahumara Indian drum tables. In southwestern heritage, there are many from which to choose. And they certainly make wonderful conversation starters. Lamps and chandeliers made of rustic wrought iron is a great choice. Adorn them with rawhide lamp shades and you’ll produce a warm glow to your southwestern decor.
A southwest spring signifies that it is time to place flowers in our homes. Plants such as the Mexican Bird of Paradise is an excellent southwestern choice as is the Calla Lilly. Using these unusual flowers in your room will add diversity and uniqueness and make a lovely southwestern table display.
Candles, in white or soft pink shades, placed in rustic barn wood candle holders will add a soothing, romantic touch to the area. You’ll be truly inspired as you watch the flickering of the flame. For a soothing feeling of relaxation, play authentic Native American flute music.
So this year, while you are doing your spring cleaning, look for ways to turn your home into a southwest showcase. Your southwest decorating should reflect your personality. Follow your heart and always surround yourself with the things you love.