How To: Palm Springs Style

Want some fun and fresh interior inspiration with loads of style? Shaynna Blaze shares her tips on injecting some Palm Springs style into your home.

Sunny Palm Springs in California is synonymous with style and glamour. It has influenced architecture, design and interiors ever since its heyday of the 1930s when Hollywood celebrities famously holidayed there.

These days, American designers Kelly Wearstler and Jonathon Adler are keeping the look alive, while much of the work of renowned Australian interior designer Greg Natale is inspired by this look.

It’s part old-world Hollywood elegance with a minimalist, modern side to it with nice clean lines. Its laid back elegance is suited to the Australian climate and lifestyle. Recreate the look with some of these classic design elements of the Palm Spring style:

White with pops of colour

White creates a striking backdrop for a colour scheme that is either neutral or black and white. Yellow (in cooler lemon shades rather than burnt or golden yellow) is a popular accent colour, especially teamed with black and white.

Navys and blues, teamed with lots of white and yellow, geometric prints and stripes are also a signature look, while emerald (not lime) is the only green to be seen.

Mix of finishes

Finishes are sleek and smooth. Think marble and glass; stone teamed with timber or timber veneer, with furniture accents in metallic finishes of silver and gold and mirror. Shiny lacquered or mirrored furniture is also typical of the style.

When it comes to soft furnishings they range from bold and glamorous velvet curtains to understated sheers and stunning silk lampshades. Upholstery is structured with details trims in luscious fabrics including velvet and soft linen.

Details and accents

The devil is in the detail in Palm Springs. From geometric or textured wallpaper designs to gold and silver accents, clocks, mirrors and oversized lamps. Modern sits comfortably alongside vintage, so don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit.  

Living indoors and out

There’s a real cohesive look between indoor and outdoor spaces. A palette of blues and greens creates great flow between the two. If you have the luxury of a swimming pool then a cabana with flowing fabric sides is a must along with cushioned seating and a bright umbrella.

Anyone for cocktails by the pool?


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