Western furniture design is a style that is often inspired by the ruggedness and natural beauty of the American West. It can be characterized by its use of warm colors, western motifs, and earthy materials like wood and leather. If you're looking for western-inspired furniture, Couch Potatoes is a great place to start. This Texas-based furniture store has a wide selection of western-style furniture that will add some rustic charm to your home.
Influences of Western Furniture Design
The Santa Fe Company, explains that western furniture design has 3 primary influences: Spanish, British, and Native American. Each one of these cultures had a different approach to furniture making, which resulted in a unique blend of styles.
Spanish western furniture design was influenced by the Moorish invasion of Spain in the 700s. This can be seen in the use of Islamic geometric patterns and carvings on Western furniture.
British western furniture design was heavily influenced by the Victorian era. This can be seen in the use of dark woods, rich fabrics, and ornate detailing.
Native American western furniture design was influenced by the tribes that inhabited the American West. This can be seen in the use of natural materials, simple designs, and functional furniture pieces.
Western Furniture vs. Rustic Furniture
Couch Potatoes furniture store has a wide selection of western-style furniture that will add some rustic charm to your home. However, western furniture is often confused with rustic furniture. While both styles are inspired by the American West, there are some key differences between the two styles.
According to Ignacio Toro, a writer for Cowhide Outlet, western furniture typically has a darker color palette compared to the lighter, airier color palette of rustic furniture. This means dark woods, blackened iron, and dark brown leathers for western furniture. Rustic furniture, on the other hand, often uses lighter woods and materials like pine or cedar.
This is the Ladybird leather sofa. A rustic leather would be the one featured above, our Hudson Lager leather. It's light, creamy, and works well within naturally lit spaces.
A western color would be our Tribeca Espresso leather. You can customize the Ladybird leather sofa to be made in either of these leathers, as well as other options.
Both incorporate natural materials, though there is a difference in densities.
- Heavy wood
- Large stone details
- Thick upholstery such as wool
- Lighter wood
- More greenery
- Light upholstery such as linen
To sum up the differences in a concise way, western is the more rugged, bold, animalistic masculine style while rustic is the softer, airier, farmhouse feminine style.
Couch Potatoes Western Furniture Selection
Now that you know a little bit more about Western furniture design, let's take a look at some of the pieces that Couch Potatoes has to offer:
This Koenig Orange Accent Chair (no longer available) is a great example of Western furniture design. The orange color is inspired by the warm hues of the American Southwest, while the brown leather armrests add a touch of natural charm. The metal base also makes this armchair as solid as the sturdiest stallion. This chair would be perfect for adding a pop of color to your living room or office.
This is the Koffman Bourbon Accent Chair, and it is as dark and brooding as a thunderstorm in the Western sky. The genuine leather seat is perfect for adding a dramatic touch to your space, while the solid acacia armrests provide a rustic contrast.
The Live-Edge Collection we have at Couch Potatoes is a beautiful collection of furniture made from natural solid acacia. This is the Live-Edge Slate Coffee Table, and it also comes in Natural and Light Chestnut. The slate coffee table is closer to what we consider "western" due to its darker finish.
The Loftworks Coffee Table with Wheels looks like a covered wagon that's been converted into a coffee table. The distressed natural pine and metal wheels give this piece an antique Western feel, while the clean lines and simple design make it a great fit for any contemporary space.
If you need some extra seating for that big family of yours at the dining table, or just want a nice accent that looks like it was carved straight out of an acacia tree, the Live-Edge 48" Light Chestnut Bench is perfect for any rustic or Western-inspired space.
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Nothing says "western" like a Highland cow. Everyone loves this Pablo wall art, if not for the shaggy-haired bovine, then for the sleek black frame and simplicity of the subject.
If you need a bookcase to hold all your Western novels, look no further than the Beckie bookcase. This industrial-style bookcase is made from wood and engineered wood for a rugged yet stylish look. The natural dark brown finish goes well with any Western-inspired décor, while the metal frame with an antiqued brass finish adds a touch of sophistication.
Of course, we are known as Couch Potatoes because we have couches. The most "western" of our couches would have to be our Austonian sofa. Named after the people who live in the heart of Texas, the Austonian is large and in charge. The sloped track arms and incredibly deep seats make this sofa stand out amongst the more delicate sofa styles.
A Touch of Western in Your Home
Western design is all about creating a warm and inviting space. It's about bringing the outdoors inside and using natural materials to create a sense of harmony between man and nature. It is a great way to add a touch of the American West to your home. At Couch Potatoes, we have a wide selection of western-inspired furniture for you to choose from. Whether you're looking for a rustic coffee table or a dramatic accent chair, we have just what you need to give your space that western flair.
You don't have to live in the "west" to buy western furniture. There is something for everyone at Couch Potatoes. So, come on in and take a look around. We'll be happy to help you find the perfect piece of furniture for your home.
We have locations in Central and South Austin. We hope to see you there!