Sandy chic: 10 ideas for desert-themed interiors

The beauty of the ‘desert’ trend is that you can add your own twist. Go for understated and stylish with a muted colour palette of peach, orangey clay brown, dusty blues, grey and off white, mixed with natural materials and textures. This is a classic Californian beach house look, and it’s adult and sophisticated.

Complement it with bold geometric prints, or mix it up with cartoon cactus cushions and lots of bright plain colours. We’ve picked out ten of our favourites.

1. Cactus cushion, Markless Design

A combination of the cactus’s quirky, instantly recognisable shape and emerald green tones make this an eye catching statement cushion. This piece from Markless Design is printed on 100% cotton twill with cotton piping in a contrasting colour for the perfect finish, and is designed by Rebecca Markless who finds inspiration in nature and the weird and wonderful creatures of the world. £52, available from Barnaby & Co.

2. Cactus filled cushion, Pasx

Capture the feeling of warm desert days in your home with this far-from-prickly cactus cushion. Vibrantly coloured and artfully embroidered, it’s a fun and fresh addition to any living space. Great for children’s rooms or as a quirky addition to a conservatory, it’s great value too. £16 from Pasx.

3. Golden sofa throw, Ville et Campagne

This sand-coloured throw is perfect for adding texture to beds or sofas. Pure cotton with a touch of linen and silk, it has golden stripes at both ends to add interest and texture, and it’s also machine washable. £49.95, available from Ville et Campagne.

4. Pink sands durable matt emulsion paint, Colours at B&Q

Ideal for achieving that ‘desert sunset’ look, this pink sands emulsion paint is washable so would make a great choice for a kitchen or playroom. £7.05/litre, available from B&Q.

5. Hanging ceramic planter, Mia Fleur

These hanging plant pots are ideal for smaller spaces as they don’t take up any counter space. Fill them with cactus – or use in a kitchen as herb planters. £14.95 from Mia Fleur.

6. Haymarket no 57 paint, Mylands 

Established in 1884, Mylands is Britain’s oldest family-owned and run paint and polishes manufacturer and this rich, warm, sand coloured shade doesn’t disappoint. Perfect for adding warmth and depth to a desert-inspired room, it costs £22/litre from Mylands.

7. Cactus trinket pot, Oliver Bonas

If you know someone who can’t manage to keep their house plants alive, then this hand painted, colourful cactus trinket pot is an ideal gift. As well as storing jewellery, paperclips or matches, it would also make a nice ornament and adds a bold splash of colour to a muted interior. Available in different shapes and colours, as well. £12.50 from Oliver Bonas.

8. Sahara table lamp with shade, dar Lighting Group

Ideal for adding texture and interest is this crystal glass column base lamp with sandy coloured faux silk shade.  Perfect for living rooms, it would also look nice in a hallway or study. £119.40 from dar Lighting, see the website for stockists.

9. Woven leather and rag rug in sand and grey, Pasx

This rough luxe style woven rug is made up of a combination of leather and cotton. It’s ideal for high traffic areas such as hallways and kitchens, as well as living rooms. The colours and texture make it ideal for a desert colour scheme, and at just £18 from Pasx it’s a great buy.

10. Cactus cushion, Baines & Fricker

The beauty of this cactus design print cushion is that it’s a cheerful, lively design but in muted colours. If you want to add a little cactus chic but don’t want anything that will stand out too much or add too bold a colour, this is ideal. £45, available from IN SPACES.

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