Get the look with clay tones, warm layers, rugged textiles and boho accents
Before we bid farewell to our short-lived Irish summer, we might allow ourselves a chance to indulge once more in another hot interiors trend that’s a refreshing departure from the cool Scandi mode to which we’ve been belted for some time. It’s been called modern desert décor and the Joshua Tree trend — a look that channels the vast canyons of Arizona and the arid landscapes of the Joshua Tree desert, but often with a nod to Navajo, Mexico and Moroccan influences. Think aged leather, wood, earthy hues and boho accents.
It’s all about the colour palette when it comes to nailing the look. Clay tones are essential (and very on-trend right now), so start with a base of neutrals and add in accessories and furniture in earthen tones.
Textiles are a huge element of what makes this look sing, so don’t be afraid to layer up. We love Søstrene Grene, Anthropologie and Sklum’s range of boho rugs. Destination interiors shop The Wilds in Enniscorthy and Folkster are good sources for a huge range of tasteful, bohemian homewares and furniture.
Folkster’s striped Mexican-inspired woven throws and its collection of washed terracotta pots and vases, for example, and The Wilds’ handcrafted furniture and seagrass baskets instantly say desert décor.
Tassled cushions in warm caramels, cappuccino and chocolate feature across many retailers’ collections this summer and will be seen well into autumn and winter, as brown, in all its warm, comforting variations, becomes a popular tone. Everyone from Primark and H&M to Ferm Living and La Redoute are stocking cushions with a dose of desert style.
Ferm Living’s ‘Desert’ series has been a big seller for the brand, not only for its sustainable functionality but its modernist design sensibilities and comforting colours and styles. The lightweight design of the casual yet modern ‘Desert’ lounge chair makes it ideal for indoors and out, and its two-seater ‘Desert’ sofa is a minimalist’s dream and a simple and tasteful addition to a living room.
New kid on the interiors block Studio B Homewares has launched with a series of simple collections with the emphasis on elegance. Its natural range includes textiles, furniture and accessories that fit perfectly into a modern desert décor.
Arnotts has always been a go-to for homewares and kitchenware, stocking a broad range of suppliers and styles. It recently added Irish ceramics line Araucaria to its list of tableware, which could easily be mistaken for having desert origins. The pottery studio, based in the Dublin Mountains, is run by Dan Woodsmith, originally a chef who swapped plating food for creating tableware in 2017. The result is a collection of hand-thrown stoneware clay plates, bowls, jugs and mugs that are both rugged and refined.
Pomax is another Arnotts favourite for its light touch when it comes to furniture and accessories that include baskets, lighting, wall décor, furniture and tableware.
Desert style is all about keeping it simple, earthy and warm yet stylish and refined with plenty of layers and rugged textures, so forgo fussiness that might get in the way of you and the great outdoors.