5 Examples of Desert Contemporary Style

Like a handcrafted Navajo blanket, the décor style in the Southwestern desert area features plenty of lush colors influenced by the land’s culture and its native people. The style is warm and fascinating, casual and rustic. Many people feel that Southwestern design echoes the lifestyle of Native American and Spanish styles, but it really is so much more.

The Southwest offers numerous possibilities for a home to capture the mystery and appeal of the desert. Mediterranean styles also have a strong presence in the region. It is abundant with design influences such as sunset colors, soft hues, and Saltillo tile with the combination of native materials like sandstone and flagstone. However, design here is becoming more contemporary, full of unpredicted colors and more in tune with the desert scenery. The Southwestern desert contemporary style is the amalgamation of Southwestern warmth with sleek contemporary design.

A Rustic Style Family Room

A Rustic Style Family Room - Bess Jones Interiors

A Rustic Style Family Room – Bess Jones Interiors

A muted sand color masters the walls and the ceilings while rich wood tones and a blue accent color create a Southwest feeling.

The hobbit fireplace, the circular opening of which is framed with thin strips, has a typical Southwest essence. Its curved enclosure shapes part of the arched adobe wall. Animal figurines in bright colors with artistic craftsmanship are popular table accents in Southern Arizona. In fact, the wood beams on ceiling, turquoise tile accent, the fireplace, everything completes the Southwestern look of this cave-type family room.

Blending Interiors and Exteriors

Sefcovic Residence - Tate Studio Architects

Sefcovic Residence – Tate Studio Architects

The desert landscape plays a vital role in shaping the architecture of this Sefcovic Residence designed by Tate Studio Architects. A design trend that is on the rise in desert contemporary style is the blend of the interior and exterior space seamlessly. The outside view of the stairwell exposes the connection between outdoors, indoors and back out.

By using generous overhangs to create shade outdoors and energy-efficient glass walls to invite the outdoors in, this house embraces the desert climate. The house’s exterior design is quite desert compatible, which is obvious from the use of Arizona Brown Schist stones on the walls and columns, little pebbles in the landscaping, and the copper sheets exterior trim around the roof. The daring blue glass staircase reflects the blue sky of the Arizona’s desert.

Outdoor Rooms

Outdoor Rooms - Brown Residence, Lake Flato Architects

Outdoor Rooms – Brown Residence, Lake Flato Architects

Lake Flato Architects designed this beautiful contemporary house in Arizona desert.

Its striking steel structured glass pavilion emerges directly from the desert landscape stepping down with the slope. Its large glass panels let the scenic beauty of the desert in while the huge roof overhangs shelter the dwellers from the glowing sun.

This outdoor patio is quite an inviting space for outdoor living. Like true Southwestern fashion, a physical and visual connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces of the house has been established. The exposed concrete, flagstone, steel staircase, and simple steel frames to hold firewood relate back to the house through color and texture.

The clean architectural lines, smooth exterior wall finish, and the extensive use of steel in the entire structure uphold the desert contemporary style.

Outside Sitting Area

Mediterranean Porch by Fratantoni Luxury Estates

Mediterranean Porch by Fratantoni Luxury Estates

This outside sitting area of a luxury home in Arizona features everything to be considered as an example of desert style. Soft desert colors on the walls with rich textures, wood beams on the ceiling, travertine floors, and the arched opening to desert views illustrate the Spanish style after which this deluxe home is built. The stained tongue and groove wood ceiling balances out the decorative fireplace mantel and the stone threshold.

The lifestyle of Indoor-outdoor living is a major part in the mountainous desert region, and this outdoor sitting area makes the most of the views as well as the climate of the area. The seamless effect is created here with the floor that carries through to the uncovered patio outside.

Contemporary Kitchen in a Territory Style Home

Contemporary Kitchen in a Territory Style Home by Tate Studio Architects

Contemporary Kitchen in a Territory Style Home by Tate Studio Architects

Here is a contemporary style kitchen in a Southwest territory style Arizona home designed by Tate Studio Architects. This place is a nice example of desert contemporary style where rustic and contemporary style blends perfectly with each other.

The contemporary style lighting matches charmingly with the rustic style of the wooden beams. The high-end kitchen appliances integrate the contemporary style into this kitchen on the backdrop of the rustic style wooden beams crossing the ceiling and the soft dark and pale natural tones.

Tumbled limestone flooring, leathered texture on the wood and the clavos decorative nails, along with the black honed granite backsplash keep the territorial feeling.


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