When we think Palm Springs, we think of, well – the same as you probably. Cactii, palm trees, kaftans, hillside pools, glam gold, the Rat Pack…basically an impossibly cool look (without looking like trying).
But 1930s gangsters and mid-century movie stars we’re not, so we’re going to have to try just a little bit. Lucky it’s a super fun style to replicate and with summer in full swing, now is the ideal time to consider how to reinvent your entertaining areas into Palm Springs-inspired perfection.
A fave with influential architects and interior designers since its original heyday as a winter getaway for the Hollywood elite, the Palm Springs vibe is a mixture of mid-century minimalism and old-world luxe.
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Start with swish seating…
Colours and materials
Key colours include brilliant black and white, warm walnut timber, emerald green, yellow and turquoise and of course, white. Materials of the moment were marble, timber, velvet, glass and touches of gold and brass.
The dining room delight…
Less is NOT more
While there is a minimalist element to nailing Palm Springs style, this is also an era that wasn’t afraid to mix geometric patterns or to go a little wild with accessories. From bold wall art to laden drinks trolleys, mirrors and textured rugs, feel free to experiment with homewares to complement key mid-century pieces.
Palm Springs personality plus with accessories aplenty…
All about the outdoors
No surprises here, Palm Springs style is all about the outdoors. Whether you take indoor-style furniture out for laidback lounging or just go with brilliant hued blue, green or yellow bean bags, sleek side tables and a fab feature umbrella, the patio or poolside is where it’s at….and we can’t wait.
Old meets new
Once you’ve invested in a couple of key pieces – sofa, dining table, armchair, credenza – you might fancy scouring local bric-a-brac and flea markets for a few one-of-a-kind finds to complement new season accessories to express a bit of your own personal story and channel your inner stylist.
California days were made for luxe lounging…