Furniture

  • furniture is often painted and then distressed to give it character
  • ranges from plain, unadorned to intricately carved chair back and headboards
  • pine is the wood of choice – especially knotty pine
  • upholstery tends to be either leather or loosely woven fabrics
  • large cabinets and chests are popular
  • characterized by the landscape that inspired the style
  • subtle in design
  • symbolizes the worn, rustic nature of items standing the test of time in a desert environment
  • often painted, and then distressed to give character
  • sometimes embellished with burnished metal accents
  • mix styles of furniture – for example, antiques, primitive, and distressed pieces blend well with comfortable leather
  • choose natural, durable materials – leather, cotton, burlap
  • solid, chunky profiles – rugged
  • mixed media – wood, iron, tin, and woven branches and grasses
  • log and twig furniture can be used

Hints on choosing furniture:

  • too many heavy elements can make a room feel overpowering
  • balance chunky furniture with lightweight pieces to balance the visual weight
  • to achieve the distressed look: light sanding, use of chains and small hammers to create dents on the surface, applying a finishing product that will crackle the paint
  • minimalism is a distinct characteristic of this style – think “simple and unpretentious”