Original Texas ranch homes have rustic qualities which are unique to this style of architecture. One of the most striking differences between a modern Texas home and a traditional ranch styled Texas home is that a traditional ranch styled home will include materials of leather, hair-on-hide cow hides, nail heads trims, taxidermy wildlife, neutral color tones, stones, exposed wood and novelty items which show off the Lone Star State pride. Most Texans are quite proud to call themselves Texans and this pride can spill over into their home furnishings and decor.
Limestone and Austin stone are two of the natural resources that are plentiful in the state of Texas. For luxurious homes that have ranch themes to them, many individuals incorporate this natural material in walls, floors, bars and fireplaces as well as landscaping.
As you can see from the pictures above, stone can be used in both traditional and contemporary applications. Much of these aesthetic techniques depend on how the stone is cut or polished. One of the most famous places in Dallas, Texas that shows the incorporation of limestone in their architecture and art is the Nasher Sculpture Center. I have provided a link if you are interested in learning more about the center. (http://www.nashersculpturecenter.org/James/Turrell/Skyspace)
Other materials that are common in Texas homes are cow hides. There are three major different types of cow hides that Texans love to incorporate in their ranch style homes: leather, suede, and hair-on-hides. Leather is commonly used with nail heads to create that ultra- traditional ranch look. A benefit to using leather in homes is that it is that most spills can wipe right up. Since leather is a natural product, you must condition it about every 6 months to keep its luxurious appeal. Leather is not so forgiving when it comes to punctures so it is important to keep sharp objects off of it. Many of our clients at Fabrics and Frames like to go with a leather and fabric combo on their furniture to help minimize these types of accidents from happening with their furniture.
I must warn you that leather furniture which is not made at Fabrics and Frames, may not be fully leather. Much of the mass-produced “leather” furniture is a combination of leather and vinyl. It is not uncommon for manufacturers to put leather wherever you touch and use vinyl everywhere else. It is not a bad look with all the very nice vinyls available today but don’t be fooled into thinking you are buying a full leather sofa when in fact you are not. In the past couple of years, a new product called bonded leather has come out which is a vinyl top layer and a leather back layer. This is commonly sold as leather in the furniture world and will have the disadvantages of vinyl. One of the main disadvantages of vinyl is that the top layer can peel but it is resistant to stains.
Suede is a great natural product to use on something for decorative purposes but it is not very functional. As many of us suede shoe owners know, once you get a spot on suede it’s hard to get it out! A great compromise to this look is Nova suede or Ultrasuede which should not be confused with microfibers. This generally will give the same look but stains are usually easy to get it out with a little soap and water!
Hair-on-hides are great for either rugs or upholstery. There are many people who are just buying hides of this product to use as a throw rug. This product also makes great accent pieces as well when used on small occasional chairs! I would not recommend this product for someone who has allergies because it is actual hair from the cow on the hide and may cause some people to have an allergic reaction. If you are not one that is prone to allergies, then this product is a great way to incorporate a unique texture in the room!
As you can see, with this style of home you often have many different textures incorporated into the design. A way to keep from being so over- whelmed with texture is by using a neutral design palette so that the textures will stand out without being distracted by color. If you choose to use patterns, a suggestion would be to use tone-on-tone patterned fabrics to keep the minimalistic approach to the design of the room which will enhance the rustic aesthetics of this Texas style. At Fabrics and Frames we are always willing to help create the aesthetic design which suits our customer best! If you are interested in bringing this unique style to your home come see us for that perfect, polished look. We love being Texans and have great pride for our wonderful state and want to help you create that very special room!
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Writen By: Erica Guajardo
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