Southwestern Style

Whenever people think about a Southwestern building, they probably always think about a group of people who are closely related to architectural styles. Many of these homes draw on the current Southwestern style. The structures are seen to be more than a few decades old, and one can see quite a bit of: 

  • Pueblo Revival, 
  • Territorial Revival,  
  • Spanish Colonial Revival. 

Although each of these has its characteristics and identity, there are still a lot of similarities. It comes down to the style of the place of birth, the American Southwest. Southwestern-style architecture lures inspiration from the desert atmosphere of the Southwestern states and Mexico. 

It usually irritates with a warm palette and pastoral materials. These are often bonded with the structural elements rooted in history. The areas of Spanish missions and native Navajo and Pueblo structures all are given to this unique and rustic art. This method results in a highly distinctive style that provides ease and a lasting plea.

Historical Influences 

The all-American distinct interior influence is gathered from the desert landscape and the many inhabited groups. The look was influenced by:

  • Indigenous peoples, 
  • Spanish settlers, 
  • American cowboys. 

The Navajo settled the Southwest way before any other group. Their influence on the design style can be noticed in bold color textiles and iconic, unique artisan crafts. Spanish immigrants brought specialty building techniques from Spain. They used: 

  • adobe for tiles, 
  • white stucco for walls, 
  • wood beams, 
  • wrought iron accents. 

Cowboys introduced the “Wild West” characteristic to Southwestern design, especially seen in: 

  • leather, 
  • cowhide, 
  • animal-inspired motifs.

Style Today

The design changed during the 80s but is becoming more refined today. 

The new Southwest style combines: 

  • warm textiles, 
  • colors, 
  • artisan crafts, 
  • contemporary furnishings. 

These elements have a particular interpretation still deemed authentic to the whole region. 

Handwoven area rugs and vibrant leather sofas have uncovered their home among crisp, bright white walls and sleek hanging chandeliers. The southwestern design has driven past its awkward formative years in the 80s.


Like the sensational, dramatic outdoor plant life that has adjusted to thrive in the dry desert: 

  • The style starts with organic formation — consider its definitive, earthy foundational color palette of cactus plant greens, adobe red roofs, and desert-toned dry neutral hues,
  • Then, the style bursts with exuberant pops of bright daylight yellow, vibrant orange, and the unique turquoise of a cloudless atmosphere. 

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