Yes, we live in Western Canada, but we refuse to be bound by regional design lines. It’s why we’re so fascinated by the southwestern-inspired interior design that we’re seeing pop up in spaces lately. Call it Southwest Minimalism—more desert modernist than cowpoke chic. “It’s a fresher approach to southwestern style that combines the textural southwest accents with a clean backdrop of crisp white walls and natural wood,” explains interior designer Stephanie Da Silva—who recently decked out Abbotsford’s Gardner by Mosaic show home (with the help of Portico Design Group) with this very look. 

It’s a trend that’s particularly appealing during these dreary grey days. “The combination of the warm colour palette and layered tactile elements makes this design trend very approachable and inviting,” explains Da Silva.”There is a laid-back vibe to this look and a sense of slowing down. It’s a nice contrast to our modern day digital lives.” Here, she shares her designer tips for bringing the desert modern look to your West Coast home.

Keep it colour coordinated. “Layer the traditional geometric patterns and prints, but keep the colour scheme coordinated for a sense of cohesiveness,” explains Da Silva.

Look to nature for inspiration. “Choose colours that radiate warmth like umber, ochre, and soft green,” says Da Silva. Natural tones and textures like straw, wicker, rattan, leather, and clay round out the look, as does imagery of sun-soaked landscapes.

And don’t forget the plants. Cacti are a key component for that desert modern feel. Integrate succulents and dried florals throughout the space, too.

A little wear and tear is just fine. “This look finds beauty in imperfection,” Da Silva says. “Embrace lovingly weathered and lived-in pieces. It will add even more depth and visual interest to this look.”

Bring in pieces that make a statement. “Find memorable ways to integrate natural tones and textures€”like a large format macramé wall hanging or feature leather lounge chair,” she suggests.That could mean a sun-hat that doubles as wall décor, a pile of cozy throw blankets or a collection of handmade ceramics.

Originally published October 16, 2019