If minimalism is your cup of tea, the dusty desert look will be right up your alley. Characterised by warm tones, neutral colours, natural elements and raw, unfinished surfaces, this style combines a love of pared-down spaces with an absolutely soothing ambience for a home you will never want to leave.
A sure-fire way to pull off the desert interiors is with raw, unfinished surfaces. Think stucco or concrete screed with plenty of texture.
Exposed brick can evoke a similar feel, although you will need to be more careful to not slip into the industrial aesthetic. Keep the brick low-key and stay in the neutral-tones territory. Faux brick is a good option too, although it looks less authentic up-close.
If you’re fitting out the bathroom, opt for tiles with a textured, uneven finish to recreate the stucco look while keeping things low-maintenance.
Many interior styles are minimalist in nature, but not all of them make use of the same tones. The desert look is very much defined by the warm, welcoming tones in its colour palette, encompassing beige, cream, sand, champagne and similar hues.
These neutral colours can be applied as wall paint, stone features, tiling and fittings. You can even make the surroundings appear warmer by installing yellow-hued lighting in predominantly white rooms, although the effect won’t be quite as convincing in the daytime.
While warmer shades like champagne are the most well-suited for this style, slightly cooler hues can work well too. Give creamy tiles and paint shades like linen and Navajo white a try and see how you feel about them.
It almost goes without saying, but the dreamy desert style is not flattered by clutter. Try to keep home decor, display items and other knick-knacks at a minimum and only show off the essentials. Bare walls are especially popular in this style, so if you love to hang up family photos and lots of artwork, “desert dreams” interiors may not be for you!
Pick no-frills furnishings with minimal ornamentation; leg-free sofas and beds with clean-lined platforms are your best bet at getting this style right. Try to eliminate exposed pipes and cables and keep the look of your fittings extra streamlined.
The pared-down surroundings in this interior style can begin to feel tiresome if they are not balanced with some stronger elements. This is where wood comes in, be it in the form of cabinets, dining sets or even ceiling beams.
This post was adapted from an article originally published in idealhomes vol. 13.