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DIYgirls: Embrace The Desert Trend

Drawing inspiration from the vast and stunning deserts of the world is one of the hottest (pun intended!) interior design trends this year. This apartment serves as a masterclass on how to embrace this trend in your own home with designer advice from the DIYgirls team.

The desert trend is all about luxury, beauty, warmth, and rugged charm. This is how leading interior designer, Vinette Nicholls from DIYgirls, used this trend to transform this tiny apartment into a haven of opulence:

Luxury and comfort

As you enter the open-plan living room, you are greeted with a warm and inviting atmosphere, awash in rich desert hues. A contemporary oval coffee table takes centre stage, adorned by a golden rug that imbues the space with a sense of luxury and comfort. Statement lamps and handmade vases create a feeling of artistry, while a sleek, black modular sofa and modern TV unit complete the space with a touch of style.

Rugged warmth

Stepping into the open-plan dining room, one is immediately struck by a continuation of the earthy hues that permeate the space. A large round table, adorned with free-form vases, sits in the centre, commanding attention with its elegant simplicity. The bold wallpaper, resplendent with vibrant flowers, creates a striking backdrop for two statement chairs, while a round rug adds warmth and texture to the space, completed with a unique decor piece, evocative of the history and culture of the desert landscape.


The master bedroom exudes a sense of desert-inspired opulence. A beautifully decorated bed, complete with a custom-made headboard, dominates the space, while an ottoman in black upholstery and brown leather adds a touch of masculine charm. A bold geometric wallpaper serves as the perfect backdrop to a rug awash in vibrant shades of gold and beige, while two bedside lamps in charcoal colours create a soothing ambiance, evocative of the tranquil, sun-kissed beauty of the arid earth.

Dune-inspired sophistication

In the second bedroom, one feels a sense of tranquil sophistication, with its dune-inspired decor and understated elegance. A perfectly made bed takes centre stage, with a contemporary rug adding warmth and texture to the space. Clean-lined bedside tables and black bedside lamps create a sense of sleek modernity, while a collection of luxury scatter cushions in navy florals and metallic geometrics adds a touch of whimsy and personality to the space. An upholstered ottoman provides a comfortable and stylish seating option, completing the room’s cohesive and harmonious design.

Minimalism and warmth

The bathroom is a study in minimalist elegance, anchored by a striking black contemporary bath that invites relaxation and indulgence. Matte black, slick fixtures add a touch of modern sophistication, while a stunning floral wallpaper imported from France imbues the space with an air of refined beauty. Decadent personalised towels and a trendy round black mirror complete the picture, evoking the laid-back luxury of a secluded desert retreat.

Sleek design

This kitchen, which doubles up as a bar, is the epitome of modern elegance with its sleek, contemporary design. From the lustrous black countertops to the black and wooden finishes on the cabinetry, each element has been thoughtfully selected to blend functionality with style.

Want to transform your house into the home of your dreams? Contact DIYgirls today and book your consultation: diygirls.co.za

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