Warm and ca­sual South­west style is hot in decor

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Sunday Real Estate -

Adesert storm is brew­ing in the de­sign world. Re­newed in­ter­est in earthy color pal­ettes, rich tex­tures, tribal pat­terns and rus­tic el­e­ments has sparked a re­vival of South­west­ern dec­o­rat­ing style, long as­so­ci­ated with homes in New Mex­ico and Ari­zona.

The look is in­ter­est­ing and ex­cit­ing but also warm and ca­sual, de­sign­ers say.

“The over­ar­ch­ing trend for 2019 is all about be­ing real. It’s about sur­round­ing your­self with na­ture, in­clud­ing nat­u­ral fibers and earth tones,” said Dayna Isom John­son, a trend ex­pert with Etsy.com, the on­line mar­ket­place

that fo­cuses on hand­made and vin­tage goods. That’s a change from 2018, she says, when “it was fan­tasy, ce­les­tial and uni­corns,” de­sign in­spired by mythol­ogy and sci­ence fic­tion.

South­west­ern decor — dis­tin­guished by col­or­ful, geo­met­ric prints and a pal­ette that in­cludes peri­win­kle, ter­ra­cotta, cream and tan — of­ten evokes a desert feel, said Mag­gie Ly­decker, a de­signer for the on­line home­goods store, Way­fair.com.

“South­west­ern looks fea­ture nat­u­ral ele

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