Traditional Prints in Modern Rooms

Traditional Prints in Modern Rooms

Katy Nida
Jun 6, 2011

With family roots in New Mexico, it is no wonder why I love Native American and Southwestern prints so much. Today's trends take traditional patterns to the next level contrasting them with modern, bright, and sometimes surprising style.

My love of Native American patterns came to me from my grandmother. Her obsession with Navajo rugs is natural; she was raised in a tiny adobe home in New Mexico where real Navajo rugs were the only carpets they knew. After World War II she moved to the Northwest, and picked up a passion for Pendleton. I must say I have more than a fair share of Pendleton blankets and I always love to incorporate them into my home.

A fresh take on traditional Native graphics is gaining momentum in the design world. This is not the kitschy southwestern look of the past but rather it's fashion forward sister. Many designers in this day and age mix Navajo, Pendleton and various other Native prints from around the world in unique ways. I pulled together some of my favorite inspiration images which showcase this idea. When paired in the right way and simplified to the perfect point, Traditional prints will add character and a timeless quality to any room. Enjoy!

• This bedroom image from Full House showcases a Pendleton blanket in a simplistic setting.

• Amazing Navajo inspired print pillows from Candystore Collective are made from eco-friendly ink.

Amber Interiors added a tribal inspired rug to juxtapose the modern furniture in the space.

Anthropologie's Berr armchairs are not Native American but share a similar feel. They are actually upholstered in kilim fabric from Turkey and no two are alike.

• This modern yet rustic entryway (via Design Sponge) adds just the right touch of color with the native rug choice.

Design Sponge delivers a wonderful image of Navajo blankets atop a modern chair.

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