When it comes to decorating walls, a few years ago deer heads were all the rage as an exotic touch to a Scandinavian decoration. However, those times are long gone and now the trend is to use buffalo and American ox heads, especially (but not only) suitable for an ethnic style decoration.
Both the steer and the American buffalo (better known as bison) are found primarily in the great central plains of the United States and also in some parts of Mexico, where these animals roam freely. This is why, in the United States, this type of head is associated with the Texan style.
In any case, it seems that in recent times both have made the leap to Europe and to all kinds of decorative styles, and for example the following inspirational images.
Perhaps the most striking and decorative heads are those with the long, curved horns so characteristic of the American steer.
This type of decorative elements can cover a large wall area, so they are usually ideal to place over a sofa or a bed headboard.
In addition, they are perfect as a contrast in Scandinavian, minimalist or light-toned styles, providing a very interesting counterpoint.
Sometimes the central area of the head is decorated in bright tones, such as orange, turquoise or blue, especially suitable for boho styles or more full of accessories and color.
Within the American steer heads there are also those with a medium horn, neither too short nor too long, and curved upwards, as if forming the base of a circumference.
These types of heads usually have black horns and look fantastic in Scandinavian styles where gray, white and black predominate, in masculine bedrooms or living rooms and in "rustic chic" styles on textured walls.
There is another type of two-tone semicircular horn, longer than the previous one, which usually ends in a pointed shape, usually accompanied by a very characteristic skull shape.
Another typical type of American steer heads are short-horned and their curvature is also quite characteristic: it starts flat, horizontal, and curves upwards at the ends.
As they occupy less wall surface, they are usually combined with other decorative elements and in many occasions they serve a double function: to hang various accessories from their horns, thanks to the easy access to them.
Within the short horns, more typical of American buffalo heads than of oxen, there are also those of semicircular aesthetics, much shorter, being ideal both alone and in successive repetitions to decorate an entire wall.
Leaving aside the horns, although a priori it does not seem to be the right support, there is a whole artistic world within the decoration of the central area of the ox head. Rhinestones, bright colors, more or less elaborate designs...
They are almost true works of art where artists use the head as a canvas to express all their creativity.
Some of them only have a drawing, but others have various elements such as feathers, fabrics, artificial plants, sequins or various rhinestones added to give them a more casual or sophisticated touch, depending on what you are looking for.
Sometimes the ox head is used only as a model, to artificially construct a decorative element with the same shape but made of a completely different material than what would be expected.
Thus, for example, we find heads in glass, in various metals (bronze, silver or gold), crocheted or simply photographed in a picture to give a different touch to the decoration of the room.
Although the usual way to decorate with ox heads is to hang them on the wall, they can also be placed on stands to decorate tables or sideboards.
You can also choose to use only the horns to decorate the wall, without the skull. This obviously should only be done with long-horned ox heads, because if we opt for the typical short horns of the bison, they will look much less attractive.
We have already mentioned that this type of head can be used as a jewelry box if we use its horns to hang bracelets or necklaces of different shapes and sizes. In this way, in addition to a decorative object, we will have a functional one.
Are you looking forward to more? Well, here we leave you with new images of buffalo and American ox heads for you to get ideas in case you decide to give your home a touch of the most "in". Enjoy them!