One way to create a bar that is cozy, a bit wild and nostalgic is to outfit the place with Western decor. With so many different options, creating a Western bar is both fun and easy. In fact, the entire bar can be properly decorated by simply keeping three W's in mind: wood, wildlife and wagons.
Western bars have plenty of wood. Outfit walls with heavy, wooden panels or real or faux logs; wood floors should be complemented by wood furniture. Heavy, dark wood adds to the Western theme, rather than light-colored, thin types. Also incorporate old barn wood or other weathered pieces to create shelving, borders along walls or around windows and other accents. Top off the wooden accessories with a pair of swinging saloon doors somewhere in the bar. Add a wooden barrel in a corner as a small end table or storage bin.
Wildlife makes a strong statement in a Western bar. Options can range from a mounted moose head to a bearskin rug or calf hide hanging on the wall. Steer horns make a great centerpiece behind the bar, and crafty, creative folks can incorporate horns, hooves or other animal parts into the furniture, coat hangers or other functional items, such as a small coyote skull atop the beer tap. Don't forget the horses--Western accessories that accompany the animals, such as hunting equipment or a saddle, bridle or cowboy boots, add a fine touch.
Wagons are another perfect Western bar accessory, and their use can range from wagon wheels strategically hung from the walls or converted into a chandelier and fastened to the ceiling. Images of covered wagons always add a Western touch, as do actual wagon parts. Slats can be converted into benches, wagon seats can be used as seating or decoration along the walls, and hardware from old wagons can be arranged into a wall display or incorporated into functional items.
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