6 Easy Elements for a Desert-Inspired Room

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The desert landscape continues to inspire writers, artists, and other creatives. So it only makes sense that a lot of people want to bring the outdoors into their home spaces. Or maybe you want to recreate a desert look even though you aren't near a dry landscape. Whatever your motivation, playing with desert decor can help you create a cozy, laidback home.

Here are some tips for giving your space a desert inspired makeover:

1. Cactus Accents

living room with cactus and white walls
credit: Paul Anderson

Naturally, one of the first steps is looking for a good cactus (or two, or 10). To really make a statement, find a few large cacti and make them a part of your desert decor. If you're intimidated by the idea of large plants, go for a few succulents instead.

2. Neutral Colors

dining space with desert decor
credit: Nicole Mason

Take inspiration from desert surroundings and use a similar palette in your space. For a relaxing vibe, look for items in neutral colors. The muted palette in this dining nook creates a cozy atmosphere.

3. Wood Accents

Look for warm wood elements, particularly reused wood items, to bring nature inside. Add dried flowers to create a laid-back look. Experiment with DIY projects like this wood herb hanger.

4. Soft Textures

bedroom with plant and wall hanging
credit: Stephen Paul

For a minimal desert look, stick to soft textures when choosing bedding and pillows. Pair them with greenery and wall hangings for an inviting atmosphere.

5. Woven Furniture

Accentuate wall hangings and other desert decor items with furniture in materials like rattan. These pieces can easily tie into any color scheme, especially if you plan on switching up your decor seasonally.

6. Bold, Sunny Hues

Take inspiration from the sunrise and sunset and bring warm colors into your space for a cozy desert look. Think orange, mustard, beige, and other similar hues.


Eva Recinos

Eva Recinos

Eva Recinos is an associate editor at Hunker. You can reach her at eva@hunker.com.