Southwestern interior design is characterized rich texture, earth-tone colors as the main palette (with bright accents of yellow, orange, red clay, and turquoise),hand-crafted objects, and terra cotta or clay tile roofs. Upholstery is predominantly made of woven fabrics, leather and suedes as well as animal hides. Traditional native clothing and blankets may be used as wall décor.

Wood furniture is popular and may also feature a distressed finish with metal accents. Accents can be anything from hand-painted tiles to painted ceramic pieces with roots in 16th century Mexico. Native American tribal designs and building elements such as vigas, latillas and built in niches for artwork are also a common design theme in this architectural style. Southwestern style is very “earthy” and organic, and does not translate well to other indigenous areas of the United States.