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The Desert Interiors Trend has Landed and it’...

The Desert Interiors Trend has Landed and it’s Phenomenal

desert interiors trend oz design dining room with green wall and cactus artwork

The desert interiors trend is here…

And personally, I couldn’t be happier. The colour palette alone in the desert interiors trend is amazing, but I also love the amount of play you can have with indoor plants in this look. Before we get into those, let’s discuss at the main hues you’ll use in this trend.

For the most part, soothing grey is your foundation. Atop of that, introduce warm terracotta tones and then keep the overall look feeling cool and contemporary with deep blues and muddy greens.

I’ve seen the desert interiors trend executed in a more feminine style before – with pops of blush – but I much prefer it showcased with cooler tones. They balance out the warm oranges in the timbers featured in this trend, and the contrast works beautifully.

Of course, black is always a welcome addition, but it’s seen in smaller doses; a pot here, a lampshade there. Don’t go to overboard with dark colours and you’ll rock this trend wonderfully.

warm timber sideboard with black handles styled with cactus and succulents

Pots, Plants and Pattern

It’s no secret that we’re all a little obsessed with greenery indoors, and this trend allows you to rock some classics. Cacti and succulents flourish in this trend; showcased in an array of black ceramic pots, concrete vessels and handmade glazed vases.

Of course, you don’t have to opt for living plants either. As this post demonstrates, fake flowers and greenery are back with a vengeance and a tonne of stores stock some awesome choices.

Both images above are from the new-season drop from OZ Design, and I’m completely smitten with them. The desert interiors trend calls for some literal moments in things like artwork (cactus art is so hot right now), but you can also opt for more subtle elements too, like patterns in rugs or soft furnishings.

When it comes to pattern, introduce some in the way of aztec motifs and some geometric moments. They’ll bring some much-needed visual stimulation to this look, and liven up the subdued colour scheme.

desert interiors mood board with cactus art and homewares

Shop the Desert Interiors Trend

Love the look of this trend? Me too. Above I’ve curated a collection of desert interior essentials that’ll help you achieve this scheme perfectly. Below I’ve included all of the links you need to hit the retailer websites and shop away!

St Tropez Rug from Temple & Webster, $164 – Click to Shop
Norfolk Concrete & Wood Pendants from Zanui, $499 – Click to Shop
Desert Art by Honey Tree Prints, $7.20 – Click to Shop

Artificial Prickly Pear Cactus from Zanui, $249.95 – Click to Shop
Sage Danish 3-Seater Sofa from Retrojan, $1899 – Click to Shop
Lujo Designer Beanbag, $395 – Click to Shop

Stalactite Cushion from Sparkk Studio, $93.50 – Click to Shop
Sigrid Vase from Lorraine Lea, POA – Click for More
Finlay Buffet from OZ Design, $1274 – Click to Shop
Vomo Ladies Bag from Coast New Zealand, $199 – Click to Shop

Are you loving the desert interiors trend? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below and get your take on whether this look is right up your alley!


Outside of his work as Editor of The Life Creative blog, Chris is also an interior stylist, presenter and author. His first book, Sydney Precincts, is out now. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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  1. Katie

    21 April

    LOVE this trend. For me it’s a perfect mix of “clean” and “boho”. I love the palette & patterns – plus cacti are hard for me to kill!

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