Desert Inspired Decor: Summer Interior Trends

Deserts have long aroused the curiosity of artists and designers. In their size and intensity, they test the limits of the imagination, stretching endlessly from horizon to horizon. A mix of earthy hues and patterned tiles, desert-inspired decor is a great way to add warmth and tactility to contemporary homes. The desert influences can be as stripped back or embellished as you like, making it one of our favourite interior trends for 2019.

Tan Leather

Tan leather furniture is a great starting point for any desert-inspired theme. Its warm grains have a rustic elegance that echo the rich simplicity of these arid landscapes. When it comes to lounging, look for casual silhouettes that can be paired with fluffy textiles and cowhide prints. Artfully draped leather seats are another way to really nail this look, with Cuero’s Butterfly and Poltrona Frau‘s Ming Heart armchairs leading the way in the style stakes.

Ming’s Heart

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JH97 Lounge Chair

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Distressed Finishes

Distressed finishes really help to bring the outdoors in. Whether it’s an oxidised coffee table or an Eames Fiberglass Chair, there’s a sense of connection to the elements, as if they’ve been finished by Mother Nature herself. As well as adding texture, many promise to patina beautifully with time, creating a design that is utterly unique. Leather, copper and burnished brass are perhaps some of the best known materials for achieving this look, and can be found throughout desert-inspired schemes. It’s an aesthetic that has long intrigued the design team at Gallotti & Radice, with the Haumea, Pandora and Bolle collections all featuring curious burnished surfaces.

Carnaby Sideboard

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Smash Pendant Light

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Dusty Hues

Have you ever been on holiday and wished you could bring a little piece back with you? Ranging from terracotta to burnt orange, these vibrant desert-hues promise to do just that. An evolution of traditional bohemian style, it’s a palette that works well all-year round, really coming to the fore in the cold winter months. For a truly authentic take, we love Moooi’s hand-glazed Obon Low Tables. However, if it’s comfort you’re after, look no further than Ligne Roset‘s Togo or Ottoman sofas, upholstered in curry or cadmium orange.

Marrakech Rug

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Mirage Rug

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Funky Tiles

The preference for funky tiles and mosaics can be traced back to the desert-lined countries of the Middle East. Their perfect geometries are an amazing way to experiment with pattern and colour, bringing a sense of fun to contemporary interiors. Standouts include Paola Lenti’s Cocci and Sciara Tables, each of which can be used indoors or out. We also love B&B Italia’s Canasta and Mirto Lava Stone collections, the former of which features recycled tiles in a beautiful Sicilian lace pattern.

Canasta Dining Table

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Segni Side Table

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Natural Textiles

Natural textiles are the finishing touch for a desert-inspired look. We recommend looking for breathable, highly tactile materials, that will offer respite during the warmer months. GAN’s selection of designer rugs and poufs are your go-to here, offering flexible seating and a laidback approach to lounging. Another star is the Mirto Folding Chair, which offers a softer look at the classic directors seat.

Sail Pouf

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D.754.1 Rug

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Will you be incorporating any desert influences into your interior this season? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Alternatively  why not pay us a visit to our 25,000 sq. ft showroom in Hatch, where our Summer Sale is now on. 


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