Mi­ami meets Palm Springs

Get ready to turn up the mu­sic and mix some cock­tails with th­ese US-in­spired styles, writes

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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.

Mi­ami nice

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.

Springs eternal

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.

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