|Santa Fe or Southwestern
You don't have to live in Arizona to enjoy the Santa Fe (or Southwestern) style. It also
doesn't have to consist of turquoise, peach, and "howling coyotes." It can be
more subtle. Southwestern mixes well with
other styles, such as contemporary or country. Here are some of the key elements that you
might want to employ.
* Thick walls of adobe or plaster construction.
* Walls that curve into fireplaces or windows.
* Exposed wooden ceiling beams.
* Wooden lintels over windows.
* Oversized or heavy wooden doors.
* A rounded adobe fireplace, also know as a Kiva.
* Inner courtyards or gardens.
* A porch with an outdoor fireplace.
* Flooring made of natural materials, such as terra cotta, flagstone, brick, or pine.
* Floors that are left bare.
* Navajo prints in blankets, rugs, upholstery, drapery, tableware, or linens.
* Large worn cupboards.
* Large Pueblo Indian pottery, intricate tin work, or religious figurines.
Catherine Foust McGivern, NCIDQ Certified