Interior Color: Desert Style Color Scheme Ideas

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One attractive idea for an interior color scheme is to design a stylish desert motif. To do this you will combine color with fixtures such as rugs, curtains, furniture, and plants. A room in the desert style must avoid certain colors and fixtures while filling it with others. Think of the desert the entire time you are planning the design. The desert is subdued and barren with beige colors and somber yellows dominating the landscape. Foliage is a rarity, but certain vibrant colors appear in very small doses. There should not be a wide variety of colors in a room in the desert style, so less is more.

Desert Style Interior Color Ideas

Begin your planning by imagining the colors you’d find in the desert. Recall a memory you have of driving through the Mojave or visiting Santa Fe. If need be, consult a book with ample, lush images of the desert. The desert is harsh and windblown. The colors you use should reflect this. As the primary color for the walls of the particular room you are decorating, consider mimicking the landscape of the desert. Topaz is an excellent choice for the wall color. Its subtle blending of yellow and beige make a lovely background for the room. Other ideas include a hue of goldenrod on the darker end, burlywood, or even bisque. All of these colors give your life to your room without being overly vibrant. In the desert style, that is not desirable.

Decoration and Secondary Colors

The use of secondary colors and decorations in the room are of paramount importance. Curtains should be rippled like sand, and they should be darker than the walls but not necessarily brighter. Avoid any bright colors except in small amounts such as a vase on the table or a picture hanging on the wall. Hardwood floors are preferable to carpeting, but a rug is a nice touch. The rug should match the walls, varied by only a hint of color if at all possible. If there is trim around the windows and doors and along the baseboards, consider a different yet equally-warm color. Though warm, it should have a barren quality to it. Dark olive is a livelier option, but you may be better off sticking with beiges, browns, and yellows. With brownish topaz walls, dark goldenrod goes well as a trim.

Furniture should be rustic of similar yet neutral tones. Avoid white, black, or gray furniture. Instead, choose darker brown, solid-colored seats to contrast with the lighter walls. In a few places, splash in a bit of turquoise, gold, sky blue, or cyan. These colors should be sparse and nowhere near dominant. Think of a desert flower: tiny, fleeting, and drowned out by the color of sand.

Decorating a room in the desert style can be quite fun. Experimenting with color schemes not only gets you a nicely-decorated room, but it provides you with a bit of specialized knowledge.