Maybe you haven’t heard the phrase “modern desert,” but you’ve certainly seen the hallmarks of this southwest-style décor showing up in stores and online. Along with new popular bohemian styles, the new desert style is about bringing clean, free-spirited beauty into your home.
Based on traditional southwestern desert life and designs, the new desert style is modern and bright with lots of geometric elements. Whether you’re staging your home for the real estate market or just looking to upgrade your interior design, take a look at our list of the best elements to choose for a sophisticated desert look.
This is one of the easiest ways to update a room. Swap out your old throw pillows, rugs, and blankets for ones with southwestern designs. Mix bold angular designs with simple stripes, and don’t be afraid to mix and match colors.
Woven geometric blankets are especially versatile. To really change the look of a couch, don’t reupholster—lay a blanket over the top to add color and texture. Hand-woven blankets can also be a less expensive option for floor coverings than traditional area rugs.
“Soft” is one thing the desert isn’t. Mix up your usual textiles with touches of something more coarse like wool. But you certainly don’t have to make things scratchy or uncomfortable to get texture in a room’s look. Try textiles with some fringe or tassels for just enough variety. Remember, something can look coarse without actually being coarse.
Speaking of texture, no southwestern décor would be complete without woven baskets. Round baskets go best with this style, and look for those geometric designs and stripes that make it look at home in a desert setting.
If you’re living in the southwest (and even if you’re not), for real quality baskets, don’t settle for less than the real thing. You can get incredible, traditional handmade baskets from Native American artisans. There’s nothing more authentic than that.
Desert style definitely does not mean everything is orange and brown. Incorporate plenty of white to keep things looking clean and cool. Make sure to add gold to balance things out, catch the eye, and add some shine. Then mix and match red, green, blue, and gray hues for a vibrant feel reminiscent of life in the southwest.
Bring desert life and color into your home with potted succulents. They’re easy to care for, and they add a lot to a space with minimal effort. With lots of different kinds to choose one, you’re bound to find a few (or a dozen) that you’ll love.
From iconic steer skulls reminiscent of harsh desert life to mounted gold “antlers,” give your desert-inspired space the perfect final touch with wildlife décor.
If you love the desert landscape, this style is an easy choice. But even if you just love clean lines, geometric styles, and sophisticated colors for your home, take a look at desert décor–you just might be amazed at the results.