Do the dark and dreary days of winter have you longing for sun and warmth? We feel you. If a steamy getaway or move to a more temperate climate isn’t in the cards, don’t fret. You can create permanent warm-weather vibes in your home with a desert-themed bedroom idea — we’re betting it’ll be the antidote to your winter woes.
Desert decor is an amalgam of California bohemian and minimalism with a dash of Scandinavian. Think warm hues (inspired by the desert, of course), layered textiles, organic materials, and a subtle dose of playful patterns that harken to the Southwest. It’s a natural match for bedrooms, where a soothing and relaxing environment is always a priority. If you’re intrigued by the idea of desert decor and aren’t quite sure how to pull it off, check out the following rooms for inspiration.
1. Let your bed frame do the heavy (design) lifting.
You don’t need much to achieve a desert-themed bedroom of your own. Make your bed the focal point with an intricately woven frame like the one Justina Blakeney used in this pared-down space. Create symmetry with a set of wood nightstands topped with pint-sized snake plants and then add an area rug and opaque curtains. Done and done.
2. Ground your space with a large rug.
Design an approachable desert-themed bedroom with a boho flair. Jenny Komenda creates a free-spirited chamber with midcentury furniture in soothing colors and adds plenty of natural accessories for warmth and character, all layered on top of an eye-catching vintage rug.
3. Dip your toe into the trend.
If you aren’t ready to wholly embrace a desert-themed oasis, just add some terra cotta accessories: The earthenware goes a long way in imparting a touch of Southwestern allure into any room. The Bodega House does it just right with a terra cotta vase displayed on a traditional dresser, while wall sconces with wicker shades, an aged leather headboard, and a patterned rug add depth and color.
4. Add broad swaths of ochre.
The folks at The Joshua Tree House Posada got the memo … mustard yellow hype is still going strong and for good reason: It manages to add color and function as a neutral at the same time. And the fact that it references the sun makes it ideal for use in desert-themed bedrooms. We love the way it anchors the fireplace and headboard in this guest room without distracting from the other soulful elements.
5. Kick it up a notch.
If you’d like to infuse a bit of desert flair to your boudoir but are more chic than shabby, take cues from Cortney Bishop Design, who created this sophisticated desert-themed bedroom. Burlwood end tables, oversize lamps, and a turquoise and dusty pink palette reference the trend without it being in your face.
6. Employ an earthy color scheme.
The secret to an effortless desert-themed bedroom idea? Start with white walls, accent with earthy colors, and then layer your textiles, including a macrame wall hanging. The folks at Jute Home show us how it’s done with this Cabo villa escape. Streamlined sconces add an architectural note that keeps the look from being overly laid-back.
7. Mix in farmhouse vibes.
If you’re torn between farmhouse and desert chic trends, good news: You can have your cake and eat it too with a mashup of both. Loom and Kiln mix farmhouse staples like a barn door, iron bed frame, and shiplap walls with spot-on desert-themed decor like earthy colors, a cactus, and terra cotta accents with great results.
8. When it doubt, add rattan.
Rattan adds texture, dimension, and a tropical undertone to any surface it appears on — a welcome quality when you’re going for warm weather vacay vibes. Maddy Evennett of Hutchinson House anchors this space with an arched cane headboard, restricted color palette, and organic accessories.
9. Go monochrome.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need color to achieve a desert-themed bedroom. Need proof? Check out this space at The Citizenry showcasing a perfectly appointed space sans color, starting with a muted Southwestern motif rug. A cozy neutral blanket adds plenty of contrast against white linens.
10. En plein air.
This one speaks for itself: There’s no better desert-themed bedroom idea than the desert itself. Keep things minimal as they do at the Star Gazing Cabin with simple bedding, geometric patterned pillows, and patinaed furniture … that’s all you need when you’ve got a view this good.