Miami meets Palm Springs
Get ready to turn up the music and mix some cocktails with these US-inspired styles, writes
It’s almost time to ditch the throw rugs and throw open the back doors. As the days get longer, this year we’re looking across the Pacific for design inspiration. While many are already in the grip of a Hamptons-inspired love affair, others are heading to other parts of the US to shake off the winter blues.
A wave of Miami- and Palm Springsinspired design is set to crest this season, drawing on our continuing interest in mixing pastels with brights and a glamorous dollop of gold.
Fans of the 1980s TV series Miami Vice — which featured public buildings and private residences typical of the area — might recall this style has its roots in Art Deco design.
A style that was popular across the Western world in the 1930s, thanks to its strong design aesthetic and attention to craftsmanship, it has been associated with dark timber inlay, especially in Europe where it originated.
In Miami however, they turned the heat up, using an array of pastel shades injected with a sense of Latino fun.
The continuing popularity of pastels such as blush pink and mint green in recent years means we’re already well on our way to embracing this style, as well as the obvious similarities in our climate.
There’s a definite sense of fun, bordering on kitsch, with the odd flamingo motif thrown in for good measure.
Dulux has just released the first of its colour palettes for 2018, Escapade, which is a strong nod to this style.
Soft terracottas and pinks, peppermint greens and even small pops of ultramarine blue dominate this look, partnered with light timber or even white-tiled floors.
Connection to the natural world is ideal. If you don’t have a swimming pool to relax by, a few well-chosen indoor palms will do the trick.
There’s a real holiday vibe with an emphasis on comfort, whether you’re after a deep-seated lounge or lightweight cane bar stools with wipe-down pastel seat covers.
This is definitely a style for those who don’t take themselves too seriously, where even a bit of neon lighting would not look out of place.
While the famed region of Palm Springs in California might be situated in the desert, there’s a lot of style crossover with Miami Beach, especially the pastel colour palette.
Design is playful, sometimes tipping over into kitsch, with a strong connection to outdoor living, especially around the pool.
Think happy hour at home and you’re on the right track.
However, classic Palm Springs differs in some ways, with an emphasis on crisp colours like yellow, acid blue and verdant green with generous amounts of bright white thrown in.
As its name suggests, palm trees are a big part of this look, although potted cactuses are also applicable given its desert location.
US designer Jonathan Adler is a keen observer of this style, especially with reference to its heyday in the 1960s, with his use of bright blues, yellow and even gold.
If you’re thinking of experimenting with it at your place, an outdoor entertaining area is an ideal starting point.
Opt for white wire chairs with bright yellow cushions to get started. A striped awning is a key look in this style but you can get away with a brightly coloured outdoor umbrella — the more kitsch, the better.
When in doubt, add a flamingo. Dulux Cuticle Pink on exterior walls goes to show that pastels are not just for indoors. Picture: Lisa Cohen
The new Dulux Escapade palette featuring Cuticle Pink, Bombay Pink, Friends and Carmen trims picks up on the beachside vibe of Miami.
Taubmans Violet Verbena teamed with pink chairs with gold frames locks in on Miami style.