Interior Design Tips For a Plant Based Home: Desert Decor
The sun shining over cracked dirt, a cactus standing in the dry wind, deserts have inspired countless designers, and desert-inspired design is one of today’s hottest trends in the interior decoration world. Today we’ll be going over a few ways that you can add this trendy style to your home with the help of some easy decor tips and plants to give your space this statement look!
DESERT HOME DECOR TIPS
When it comes to indoor decor and design, no matter what the style is, there are a few items to keep in mind when bringing together your interiors. There is no one way to design a home, but by focusing on these few elements, you will be able to curate a space that is pleasing to the eye while also delighting the senses no matter what theme you have in mind.
Layering Fabrics and Textures
Fabric is one of the simplest ways to change a room’s look and one of the most versatile. A rug on the floor, a throw blanket on a couch, or a fabric tapestry on the wall are all wonderful ways to add a new style to a living room that requires little more from you than buying something!
Desert fabric designs can take all kinds of appearances, too! You could choose a paisley, bandana-type fabric for a cowboy feel, or you could pick a unique Southwest Native American-inspired design for a more boho look.
Even a fake cowhide makes a great accent rug if that’s your style! Throw pillows can also be found with almost any kind of desert design you can think of, and they’re simple to toss onto your couch. A geometric-design throw pillow is an excellent addition to a leather couch that might look a bit bland otherwise.
Bringing Plants Into Your Home Decor
Another way to change the vibe of a room is with houseplants. The most famous of all desert plants are cacti, the rugged, spiny plants that seem to thrive in even the most extreme conditions. Luckily for you, this tough nature extends to a cactus houseplant — nearly all common cactus houseplants are practically indestructible and are perfectly happy even if you forget to water for a few days (or weeks, or months!) Succulent house plants come in all shapes and sizes, too, so you can fit them anywhere your home needs a pop of color.
One of our favorite mini-cactus is the Fairy Cactus, a species with small spiny stems that produce beautifully bright flowers when cared for well. Most succulent plants only need to be watered when they’re bone dry and can go for a while even when dry, so they’re a great choice for forgetful home gardeners.
Adding plants to your home does more than just add a beautiful pop of color, it can even help improve your mental health! It can be hard to find a day to spend time out in nature, so why not bring nature into your home? According to Psychologist and Bloombox Club founder, Dr. Katie Cooper, houseplants can help to improve our health and wellbeing in a number of different ways with each type of plant drawing out different benefits. Whether it is helping you build a mutually nurturing relationship with nature, bringing a sense of calm or relaxation to your living space, or helping to purify the air in your home, plants bring positive effects to our wellbeing.
“One of the core foundations to our positive wellbeing is our relationship with nature, we think nature needs us, but it doesn’t. We need nature. Bringing nature into the home via house plants is an easy and consistent way to stay connected to nature and to ensure that we are leveraging the calming and positive influence that only nature can have on our cognitive function and also our emotional resilience.” – Dr. Katie Cooper, Founder and CEO of Bloombox Club.
Keep In Theme With Color Scheme
Considering making some more significant changes in your quest for a desert-styled home? Wall color is a great place to start. White is the most common color seen in modern desert homes and is easy to match with anything. By hanging tapestries, macrame, or planters, you can bring attention to some of the more unique pieces in your space while bringing it together with a cohesive theme. However, white walls can be a bit troublesome to keep clean in homes with young children or pets, but there is nothing better than the fresh and clean feeling a white wall provides!
You can choose a bright saturated blue like turquoise or mustard for certain home areas, like the living room, or as a statement wall for more adventurous home decorators. Statement walls can bring a pop of color to your space where it needs it most. Although most boho desert designs lean towards more muted and dusty colors, you can still bring your flair.
If you choose to keep your wall space more muted, consider focusing on keeping accent colors in your throw blankets, pillows, and cushions to create a more exciting color scheme.
Friendly Flooring Options
Flooring is another big change that can seriously make your home feel like a desert retreat. Desert homes in places like Palm Springs usually have stone or tile flooring to keep cool in the heat of summer, and these materials are a great way to bring that aesthetic to your home. Some modern homes in these places even have concrete floors, which are a much cheaper option than tile or stone and is a perfect canvas for rugs and other floor coverings. Desert plants like Snake Plants stand out even more on a simple concrete floor.
Take these tips and decorate to your heart’s content. Soon your home will feel like it’s just moments away from a tumbleweed rolling through!