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Wednesday March 6, 2024

In the heart of Southern California lies the picturesque oasis of the Greater Palm Springs area, a place known for its stunning landscapes, warm climate and unique aesthetic that seamlessly blends modern luxury with desert tranquility. “Embracing the Palm Desert aesthetic is not just about décor,” says Terri Munselle, Managing Director of The Agency Palm Desert. “It’s a lifestyle — how you functionally use your interior and exterior space. After all, the Greater Palm Springs area is a unique place to live. And you’ll find its design vibe is too.” Here are 7 tips to help you create the perfect desert-inspired haven in your own space.

Go for a neutral palette.
Begin by setting the tone with a neutral color palette — think warm sandy tones, soft beige and earthy hues. These colors not only evoke the natural beauty of the desert but also create a serene and welcoming atmosphere in your home.

Bring the texture.
Incorporate natural materials to mimic the elements found in the desert. Consider using stone, reclaimed wood and woven textures for furniture and decor such as rattan, jute, wicker and cane. These materials bring a sense of warmth and grounding.


Don’t overcrowd your space.
The Palm Desert lifestyle is all about embracing the vastness of the desert. Opt for open floor plans that allow natural light to flood your space, creating an airy and expansive feel. Large windows and sliding glass doors can seamlessly connect your indoor space with the outdoor beauty of Palm Desert.

Art is everything.
Add a touch of local flair by incorporating art inspired by the desert landscape. Look for paintings, photographs, or sculptures that showcase the unique beauty of Palm Desert, from its iconic palm trees to the breathtaking desert sunsets.

Plants, plants, plants.
Bring a piece of the desert indoors by incorporating cacti and succulents into your décor. Not only do these plants thrive in the arid climate, but they also add a touch of greenery and life to your space. Choose stylish planters to complement your overall design.


Get creative with textiles.
Integrate textiles inspired by the desert, such as woven rugs, blankets and throw pillows. Look for patterns that mimic the natural textures of the desert, creating a cohesive and inviting atmosphere.

Your outdoor living space is the heart of your home.
Extend your Palm Desert aesthetic to your outdoor spaces — it’s a key aspect of your home when you live in the desert. Create a comfortable patio or deck with cozy seating, outdoor rugs and perhaps a fire pit to enjoy the cool desert evenings and host gatherings.

Written by Sarah Jansen-Mount.

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