Elegant Equestrian Home Decor Ideas

Brad Smith
Written By Brad Smith

So, you love being around horses and you miss them when you come home? Well, here’s an idea. Why not redesign your home to a more equestrian style?

Good idea, right? Equestrian-style homes don’t have to include many horse elements around. You just have to follow certain rules like colors, accessories, textures, and styles.

Imagine a home where it’s like you’ve taken a seat in the Kentucky Derby museum. – Sounds perfect for all horse racing enthusiasts. The only thing left is a big TV to watch the race in May. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Kentucky Derby, so make sure to head to TwinSpires and check how to wage on the big event.

But how can you design a home like that if you don’t know anything about equestrian style?

Don’t worry, you don’t need a designer to give your home an equestrian feel to it. We will provide you with some tips and ideas that will help you transform your home into a warm rustic charm.

elegant equestrian home decor ideas

Key Equestrian Elements

First things first, what makes a decor ‘equestrian’? No, it’s not about hanging horseshoes on every wall or putting some saddle racks. It’s more about using the perfect materials and colors alongside a few key accessories. Think refined countryside, a blend of leather, wood, and subtle nods to the equestrian lifestyle.

So, What Are We Talking About?

Textural Richness: Leather furniture, woolen throws, and jute rugs. It’s all about textures that scream ‘sophistication meets country living.’

Horse-themed artwork or sculptures can add a touch of grace. No, not the velvet horse paintings from the ’70s, but something a tad classier.

Hanging a beautiful horse painting on the wall can give you that equestrian feel to it, and you don’t need any other horse elements to complement it. It is a statement and conversation piece, especially if the painting has some story.

Incorporate textures like smooth leather, soft suede, and rough jute. This mix adds depth and interest, reminiscent of a day out in the stables or a ride through the countryside.

Key Decor Elements

Vintage Tack Gear

Consider using vintage horse tack as decor. Old saddles, bridles, and stirrups can be repurposed as unique wall hangings or shelf items. They add an authentic touch to your equestrian theme.

Plaid Patterns

Plaid is synonymous with the equestrian world. Incorporate plaid patterns in throw pillows, blankets, or even wallpaper to add a cozy, traditional touch.

Furniture Ideas

Leather and Wood

Opt for furniture pieces that combine leather and wood – this classic combo fits perfectly with the equestrian theme. A leather armchair or a wooden bookcase with leather details can make a room feel both elegant and comfortable.

Rustic Yet Refined

Choose pieces that strike a balance between rustic charm and refined elegance. Think of a sturdy wooden table with elegant lines or a plush, comfortable sofa with equestrian-themed throw pillows.

Accessorizing

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Look for accessories with horse motifs – lamp bases, bookends, or door knockers. These small details can tie the whole theme together without being overwhelming.

Use rugs made from natural fibers like wool or jute. A well-placed area rug can ground a room and add warmth and texture.

Lighting Ideas

Go for soft and warm light and forget about hidden RGB LEDs.

Lighting should be soft and warm, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Consider table lamps with equestrian-themed bases or chandeliers made from rustic materials like wrought iron.

Statement Pieces

A statement lighting piece, like a chandelier with horse motifs or one made from repurposed tack, can be a focal point in your decor.

Color Palette: Beyond Beige and Brown

While beige and brown are staples in equestrian decor, don’t be afraid to mix in other colors.

What’s the Fun in That?

Earthy Tones: Greens, blues, and grays can complement the traditional browns and beiges. It’s like taking a gallop through a lush forest but in your living room.

Contrast and Accents: Use bold colors sparingly for contrast. A bright throw pillow or a vibrant painting can add a pop of life, just like a spirited thoroughbred.

Outdoor and Entryway

Horse Statues

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Want to be bold? Include some horse statues in your entryway. Greet your guests with small horse statues or topiaries in your entryway or garden. These can be elegant and not overly thematic.

Welcome Mats and Door Signs

Choose welcome mats with horse designs or personalized signs with equestrian motifs. This subtle nod to the theme can be both welcoming and stylish.

Final Words

As you can see, creating an equestrian vibe in your home isn’t that difficult. You don’t have to go to the nearest stable to get horse-themed accessories that will clutter your home. 

You only need to follow certain rules about colors, textures, and material. Combined with the right minimalistic accessories, you have a home that screams ‘horses’!

It’s important to remember not to go overboard. Adding too many horse elements in your home will only make it look weird, and niche-designed. You want something that is warm, charming, and contemporary.

The best thing about equestrian-style homes is that they never go out of style! I mean, who wouldn’t say no to a big dark leather sofa?

Plus, horses are always connected to a luxurious lifestyle and prestige. This will not only make your home feel warmer and cozier but also make it look luxurious.

So, try to be bold but follow the rules we mentioned in this article.

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Written by Brad Smith

CEO & Lead Interior Designer

Brad Smith is an experienced interior designer and the founder of OmniHomeIdeas.com. With a Master's degree in Interior Design from Pratt Institute and a passion for creating safe and healthy living spaces, Brad shares his expert insights and innovative design ideas with our readers. His work is driven by the belief that home is where every story begins.