Living and vacationing in the Southwest of America can be SO inspiring that many of us yearn to recreate that "vacation" feel in our own homes and want to know how to make our homes feel more luxurious. Some of us want to make our own space look and feel like these places we've traveled whether it be feeling like you're living at the beach, looking out over a mountain filled view or even a desert landscape. Personally I love a modern desert interior where you can get both that arid mountain look and the colors and textures of the high desert. For me, when it comes to getting away from it all, the sun-drenched desert landscape and the enormity of the layered jagged mountains adorned with exotic plants and flowers that exist in complete stillness and peace, is my favorite escape haven. What I really like about the desert look is that it is the perfect bridge between more feminine bohemian styles, mid-century modern and jungle decor. I like the effortless, lived-in environment that desert inspired homes radiate and below I’m going to be talking through how you might take inspiration to do so in your own homes.
At JAC, as interior designers in Palm Springs, we take our inspiration from some of the main southwest desert locales like Death Valley up near the Nevada and California border, and all throughout the Mojave desert in iconic places like Palm springs and Joshua Tree. There are definitely some palm springs decorating styles that run through a desert look that you can incorporate into your own home, and color is probably at the top of the list. Many desert homes are painted predominately white, probably due to the large open spaces and windows. On the whole though, a neutral color palette of nudes, beige, off-white, cream, coffee, terra cotta, and caramel can be made interesting and exciting through the use of texture, levels of colors and arrangement. These colors wholly reflect the desert floor and ecosystem outside in addition to the pinks you see in a sunset and the blossoms of desert flowers.
Last but not least are plants! We love bringing the outside in with plants that are perfect for creating a desert inspired room. Dry-heat, vibrant green plants such as various cacti, snake (mother-in-laws tongue), donkey tails and air plants look great grouped together or displayed singularly as one large statement feature plant. We love classic terra cotta pots combined with beautiful succulents to really drive home any desert style inside or out. Green is the new black!
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