Like fashion, interior design trends come and go. Many of them aren’t worth the attention of homeowners who want to create spaces that will last, however, the ‘coastal cowgirl’ trend is a really fun one that we wanted to explore. A fusion of coastal aesthetics and rustic charm, it brings together relaxed beach vibes with Western elements, resulting in a one-of-kind adventurous home decor style.
Here’s how our Charleston designers achieve a subtle coastal cowgirl interior design style without overdoing it.
Start with a Soft Color Palette
The coastal cowgirl trend is all about soft, soothing colors inspired by the beach and the desert. When decorating, opt for a neutral base of sandy tones, off-whites, and warm grays. Add pops of color with seafoam green, dusty turquoise, or blush pink to evoke coastal charm. These gentle hues will create a serene ambiance while allowing your rustic elements to shine.
Mix Natural and Textured Materials
Next, combine natural, textural materials that suit both the coastal and western motifs. For example, try incorporating weathered wood, rustic metals and rattan furniture into your space. Woven jute, wool, or sisal rugs and breezy linen curtains will also add texture and depth to your space while being reminiscent of both beachside cottages and Western ranches.
Blend Coastal and Western Accents
To keep your space elevated, yet on theme, add in some beautiful accent pieces. For example, our Oyster Shell Mirror nods to the sea without being kitschy. References to horses through artwork is another simple way to incorporate a western feel. Vintage treasures, like antique picture frames and tables are another great way to bring in the rustic vibes.
Opt for Cotton & Leather Upholstery
Bringing a summery feel to your home, upholstery in cotton, linen or a blend of these fabrics is perfect for the coastal cowgirl style. Leather is another favorite in western design, but to keep it from looking dated, we love a light or surprising color of dyed leather. With durability and ease of maintenance, both cotton and leather upholstery are more than just beautiful – they are also practical in rooms that get a lot of use.
Embrace Light Wood Furniture
Light wood furniture and accents fit perfectly into a coastal cowgirl-inspired home. Natural, light wood can be found in both coastal and Western settings, making it well suited to this design style. Specifically, we recommend choosing furniture pieces crafted from reclaimed wood or with distressed finishes. Weathered driftwood can even be used as a creative centerpiece for your dining table.
Coastal Cowgirl Furniture and Accessories at GDC
With a noticeable overlap in design elements, the marriage of coastal and western styles seamlessly intertwines. The coastal cowgirl trend fits western homes perfectly, but it can also be artfully incorporated into charming beach cottages along the east coast as well. At our interior design stores, we have accessories and furniture that will help you achieve the coastal cowgirl trend in your own home. Swing by and let us inspire you in person!
Shop the Look
Oyster Shell Mirror
Fitted cleverly along the frame of the Oyster Shell Mirror are half shells with rounded edges that provide this decorative mirror with layers of scalloped texture.
Denison Rattan Lantern
The Denison Rattan Lantern is a hammered wrought-iron fixture in a Molé black finish that is wrapped in rattan.
Getaway Rattan Counter Stool
The perfect addition to a kitchen island counter or high-top table, the Rattan Counter Stool adds an earthy, organic vibe to spaces.