How to Decorate a Room Around a Traditional Cowhide Rug

A traditional cowhide rug is the perfect décor item in any room in the house. While cowhide rugs can look good in many different styles of décor, a lot of traditional cowhide rugs are used in homes with rustic décor. They are a popular choice for the log cabin-style home, or for houses located in the mountains or rural landscapes. If you decide to go the rustic route with your décor, use the rug as inspiration for the rest of the room. Read on to learn about different ways to decorate a room based on a traditional cowhide rug.

Rustic Wooden Furniture

Rustic wooden furniture looks great with a traditional cowhide rug. Decide if you want to go with darker or lighter woods. This may depend on the type of floor you have. Once your cowhide rug has been delivered, go shopping for furniture. If the rug is in the family room, get couches and chairs with exposed wood. In addition, purchase a wooden coffee table and wooden side tables. If the rug is going in a bedroom, a wooden bed is a great addition. You can also invest in a wooden desk, shelves, a dresser, and a nightstand. The list goes on! Shop around until you find what you like.

Earthy Colors

Earthy tones go great with traditional cowhide rugs. From the paint to the fabrics in your home, establish an earthy color theme. It can be visually pleasing to paint the walls a more neutral color, like white or beige, and then use earthy tones in the fabrics. For example, you could have dark green couch cushions or a clay-colored comforter. Some rustic homes have wooden or stone walls. In this case, use more neutral colors as you decorate. Pick fabrics that are white and beige with simple patterns/textures. That way, you don’t overwhelm the space with too many colors and patterns. Traditional cowhide rugs are black and white or brown and white. The rug will set the tone for the neutral color palette of the entire room.

Matching Cowhide Pillows

Once you have your traditional cowhide rug picked out, you are going to want to invest in matching cowhide pillows as well. At eCowhides, we have plenty of cowhide pillows to pick from. These will look great on couches, chairs, and on your bed. Here are the colors we have available:

  • Black and white
  • Tricolor
  • Black salt and pepper
  • Brown and white
  • Palomino and white
  • Light brindle
  • Brindle
  • Zebra
  • Metallic gold
  • Metallic silver

When picking a cowhide pillow, you can go one of two ways. The first option is to pick a pillow that's an exact match with your rug. For example, if your rug was black and white, you would purchase the matching black and white pillows. A second choice is to go for a more mismatched look. Pick a cowhide pillow that is a different color from the rug. Mixing up the cowhide patterns is a fun, eclectic way to decorate a room.

Rustic Flooring

When figuring out the rustic décor of your home, the style of flooring is one thing that can make a big difference in the look and feel of the home. Hardwood floors go perfectly with the rustic design. Reclaimed hardwood floors with wide boards are a popular option when going for a more rustic look. If your house has carpeted floors, it is worth the cost to pull up the carpet and put in hardwood floors. Not only are they easier to clean, but they can increase the value of your home. When you're picking out the color of your hardwood floors, keep in mind the color of your furniture and which wooden tones will look good together. Your cowhide rug will look so much better placed on hardwood floors as opposed to carpet. 


When most people think rustic, they think of a natural-looking home that is fluid with nature and the environment. In the room with the cowhide rug, place various plants around the room. When it comes to plants, you can never have too many! Good Housekeeping published a list of 30 indoor plants that are almost impossible to kill. Even with owner neglect, these plants stay strong. Here are a few examples from their list:

  • Fiddle leaf fig
  • Chinese money plant
  • Peperomia
  • Spider plant
  • Aloe
  • Crown of thorns
  • Begonias
  • Kalanchoe

Invest in a traditional cowhide rug, buy some rustic furniture, and then decorate with as many plants as possible!

Large Windows

Since a rustic space is meant to be fluid with the outdoors, place your rug in a room that has large windows that let in a lot of natural light and has great views of the outdoors. If you have curtains or blinds, be sure to open them during the day. Between the rug, plants, and natural light, your rustic room will become a very Zen space.

Rustic Lighting

Last but not least, invest in some high-quality rustic lighting so that you can enjoy your room and cowhide rug even when it is dark out! What exactly is rustic lighting? Think lights that use natural materials like reclaimed wood, rope, or iron. These lights have a cabin/western feel to them. Shop around and find some lights that you like. Aim to get several lights for the room, including overhead lights and floor lamps. In addition, put the lights on dimmer switches so that you can set the brightness to the level that you want.

Decorating a room around a traditional cowhide rug can be so much fun! Traditional cowhide rugs have a true rustic/mountain/cabin/western feel to them. Use that theme to decorate your home with wooden furniture and floors, matching cowhide pillows, plants, earthy colors, and rustic lighting. At eCowhides, we are here to provide you with the rug of your dreams as soon as possible. We have a large catalog of affordable cowhide rugs, and we ship directly to customers. For more information about traditional cowhide rugs and the decorating process, contact eCowhides today. 

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