The Palm Springs style is currently the latest must-have inclusion in home design. If you’ve heard of Mid- Century Modern, Palm Springs is the classic, Californian style where Mid-Century design was born. Sleek, low lines, and classic simple shapes characterise this form of architecture. Pops of 1970’s colour, timber, grey and white were all a big part of the Palm Springs colour scheme, which also lend themselves well to the contemporary design and colours of the modern homes of today. Let’s explore several of the identifying features of the iconic Palm Springs style and how you can incorporate them into your brand new Eco Home with Eco Homes Australia:
The stacked stone popular in the 1960’s and 70’s is making a comeback. Today, we are seeing feature walls in interiors but also features of stacked stone in house exteriors. It visually breaks up the facade and introduces texture. It adds sophistication and an organic, natural shape and prevents a new home from feeling flat and one-dimensional.
Breeze blocks are experiencing a surge in popularity. Their amazing, tactile nature and texture inject personality and a hint of nostalgia to a modern facade. Painted white or charcoal, they look both modern and retro. Use them as a decorative accent to break up a block wall, or as an ornamental screen or feature wall. For more breeze block inspiration, head to our Breeze Block Board on Pinterest.
Feature Front Door
We LOVE a coloured front door. A vibrant, zesty front door makes a punchy statement, and is one of the more iconic characteristics of the Palm Springs housing style. Orange, red, yellow, lime, aqua and blue all look great with white and are cheery, fun and fresh. There are ‘Door Tours’ in Palm Springs where you can drive around and take photo’s of the many different coloured front doors! If you want more proof, simply search #doortrait on Instagram- a bold front door is currently a must have accessory. Be bold, and embrace colour!
To compliment our Palm Springs exterior, a mix of palms and cacti will add the Palm Springs signature. Tall, skyscraper palms like the classic California Palms will offset the sleek, low lines of the home. Consider tall cacti around the entry area as feature plants. Cacti are currently massive at the moment, and their sculptural lines and iconic shape are reminiscent of Palm Springs. Tall, hardy cacti such as cereus or low, Golden Barrel Cactus interspersed with agave and yucca plants will add varying height and interest.
Of course, plants and landscaping will want to be low- water, and low maintenance to truly enhance our Eco Homes and their sustainable principles. Our warm and humid temperature here on the Sunshine Coast is the perfect climate for our Palm Springs inspired sustainable gardens.