How To Decorate Your Home In A Palm Springs Style

Evoke the timeless aesthetic seen in the architecture and design in the desert landscape, just East of Los Angeles. Palm Springs is known for its Midcentury modern furnishings, clean lines that seem to allow forms to merge into one another, the subtle use of bold colours and most importantly, bringing the outdoors in.

Mid-Century Modern

A great aspect of the Mid-century Modern style is you can use a little or a lot, depending on your personal taste. A tiny touch of Mid-century Modern (MCM) could be a small accent chair or a sideboard and that may be enough for you. Some prefer to go all out, Christopher Kennedy style!  But the best part of incorporating MCM into your home is it can be done on any budget, especially if you look at second-hand and/or antique pieces. Features to consider? Simplicity and superb craftsmanship, wood with natural finishes, tapered legs and "floating" furniture.

Bismark House. Designed by Andrew Burges Architects. Image Credit: Prue Ruscoe

Bismark House. Designed by Andrew Burges Architects. Photography: Prue Ruscoe


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YANN Brass & Glass SIDEBOARD

Helen Teak Wood Chair

Helen Teak Wood Accent Chair

Kensington Rattan Bar Cabinet

Kensington Rattan Bar Cabinet


CLEAN LINES

Much of the Palm Desert interior style is reflective of the architecture; "desert modernism." Designed to suit the Palm Springs indoor/outdoor lifestyle, much of the architecture is recognisable by its minimalist clean lines and seamless blur of indoor and outdoor space. As a result, the interior decoration and style are echo these features. In addition to incorporating a handful of furniture pieces in the Mid-century style, you'll want to pay equal attention to creating clean lines through softer pieces such as sofas, chairs as well as muted rugs and decor.

Styling: Michael Waters. Photography: Lance Gerber 


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Rhoscolyn Cloud Rug

Rhoscolyn Cloud Rug

Haye's Modern Sofa

Haye's Modern Sofa

Watson Olive Chair

Watson Olive Chair


SubTle Use of Bold Colour

Pops of bright, funky and fun colour is the hallmark of the desert modernism style. Take note... these pops of colour are set against a neutral backdrop. The idea is to bring the vibrant colours of the desert in such as sky blue, fresh greens and warm sandy yellows. Our piece of advice? Once you've created your neutral backdrop with walls, lighting and large items of furniture, you can play around with styling with colour. Cushions, wall art, vases and even coffee table books are sometimes all you need to add some colour and inject your own personality.

Design: Jen Samson


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Lacuna Print by Sarina Diakos

"Lacuna" fine art print 

Burnt Orange Scallop Pitcher

Burnt Orange Scallop Pitcher

Aritha Orange Cushion

Aritha Orange Cushion 


Bringing The Outdoors In

Infusing sky blues, desert sand yellow and palm tree green into your home by way of accessories is necessary, but even more important is actually bringing the outdoors in. Sunroofs, large glass windows and sliding doors that allow you to walk freely in and out are at the pinnacle of this style. If you don't have outdoor space or are limited with your windows, scatter some desert plants around your house. The cacti and succulent craze is real and will make a huge difference to how your space feels. For a clean appearance, pot your plants in modern vases! 

Bismark House. Designed by Andrew Burges Architects. Photography: Prue Ruscoe


Lastly... you need a pool

Just joking - you don't NEED one, but if you have one, then great! Of course not everyone is fortunate enough to have a pool or even live in a climate where it makes sense, however here is a gorgeous pool that we would happily transport ourselves to in an instant. Looks relaxing, doesn't it? 

"Poolside" by Slim Aarons