Creating your dream backyard oasis in Palm Springs style

When it comes to transforming a backyard into a stunning retreat, we’re taking inspiration from the iconic Palm Springs style for a retro yet sleek and minimalist approach to indoor-outdoor living. Create a dream oasis for Queensland homes that is both stylish and functional, with a dash of mid-century modern flair and some budget-savvy, functional outdoor design ideas. 

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Palm Springs’ style is characterised by its clean lines, open layouts, and emphasis on indoor-outdoor living. This design aesthetic emerged in the mid-20th century and gained popularity in the desert city of Palm Springs, California, where the desert landscape influences the style, focusing on simplicity, minimalism, and natural materials. Key features include breezeblocks – the decorative concrete blocks that are a hallmark of retro Palm Springs style – as well as Mid-Century Modern furniture characterised by clean lines, organic shapes, and a focus on functionality, minimalist landscaping (think low-maintenance plants such as succulents and cacti, gravel or desert-inspired paving), and an indoor-outdoor flow utilising large glass doors, expansive windows, and outdoor living areas that blur the boundaries between the interior and exterior, allowing for easy entertaining and enjoyment of the outdoors.

A perfect case in point: the dream pool area designed by (2020 The Block Winners) Jimmy and Tam, where they brought a little slice of Palm Springs style to their own renovated home in the hinterland on Queensland’s idyllic Sunshine Coast. 

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The couple chose ModularWalls to help transform their outdoor space into an awe-inspiring Palm Springs-inspired entertainer’s delight, having previously used (and loved!) ModularWalls on The Block. Jimmy and Tam loved the quality and style of TrendWall® for their pool feature wall, as the aluminium posts make it ideal for pool areas, and it also ensures privacy from surrounding neighbours while creating a secure yard for their daughter and two dogs. They also loved the versatility of ModularWalls’ TrendWall, as the beauty of TrendWall means you can incorporate breezeblocks and integrated lighting. Now, they have an entertainers’ paradise to share with friends and family, with the added benefits of sound attenuation, security and privacy.

Read on for a low down on utilising this fabulous, innovative modular outdoor wall and fencing system, plus some tried and tested tips and tricks for creating a Palm Springs-style backyard on a budget.

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1. Plan and gather inspiration

Before diving into your backyard transformation:

  1. Take the time to plan and gather inspiration.
  2. Create a mood board or Pinterest board to collect images and ideas that resonate with the Palm Springs style.
  3. Consider the specific elements you want to incorporate, such as breezeblocks, mid-century modern furniture, and minimalist landscaping.

2. Set a budget

Setting a budget is crucial when undertaking any home improvement project. Determine how much you are willing to spend on materials, furnishings, and any professional help you may need. Setting a budget from the start allows you to prioritise your expenses and make informed decisions throughout the process.

3. DIY installation with ModularWalls

ModularWalls offers a cost-effective and DIY-friendly solution for creating the perfect backdrop for your Palm Springs-inspired backyard. Anyone willing, with a bit of know-how, can install a ModularWalls fence or wall. However, if DIY isn’t for you, professional installation is also an option (and it’s important to note that a qualified electrician will also be needed to connect any integrated lighting within a ModularWalls system). 

Their range of products is designed to be easily installed by homeowners, saving you money on labour costs. These modular walls provide privacy, sound attenuation, and a sleek finish ideal for achieving the Palm Springs aesthetic.

4. Consider customisation

One of the advantages of using the ModularWalls system is the ability to customise your fence or wall to suit your style and needs. Consider adding unique elements like breezeblocks or integrated lighting to create a personalised touch. You can also paint the walls in your preferred colour to integrate them into your overall design. We love how Jimmy and Tam painted their ModularWalls boundary fence in a bold black (Dulux’ Night Sky’), allowing the landscaping to really pop while also creating an eye-catching feature. 

5. Navigate local regulations

Before starting any backyard renovation, familiarise yourself with local regulations and requirements. Check with your local council to ensure your plans comply with fencing and pool regulations. This step is essential to avoid any setbacks or issues down the line.

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7. Incorporate Mid-Century modern furniture

To complete the Palm Springs look:

  1. Incorporate mid-century modern furniture into your outdoor living spaces.
  2. Look for pieces with clean lines, organic shapes, and a focus on comfort.
  3. Consider investing in durable materials that can withstand the outdoor elements while maintaining their stylish appearance.

8. Create an outdoor entertainment area

Palm Springs style is about creating an outdoor space perfect for entertaining. Designate an outdoor dining and lounging area, complete with comfortable seating, a dining table, and ambient lighting. Consider adding a barbecue or an outdoor kitchen to enhance the functionality of your space.

9. Focus on minimalism in landscaping

When it comes to landscaping, embrace a minimalist approach that complements the Palm Springs style. Opt for low-maintenance plants such as succulents, cacti, and desert-inspired flora. Use gravel or desert-themed paving to create a cohesive look that blends seamlessly with the architecture of your home.

10. Enjoy your Palm Springs-inspired backyard

Once your Palm Springs-inspired backyard is complete, take the time to enjoy and appreciate your outdoor oasis. Host gatherings with friends and family, relax in the sun and savour the beauty of your transformed space. Your Palm Springs oasis is not only a stylish addition to your home but also a place to create lasting memories.

A savvy outdoor wall solution

Creating a Palm Springs-inspired backyard is an exciting project that can transform your outdoor space into a stylish oasis. And just as Jimmy and Tam can attest, an innovative outdoor wall and fencing solution like ModularWalls offers a cost-effective and DIY-friendly solution for creating the perfect backdrop for your Palm Springs-inspired backyard. 
With careful planning, budgeting, and a touch of creativity, you can achieve your dream backyard retreat without breaking the bank. So, get inspired, get creative, and start designing your own Palm Springs paradise today!

Words: Natalie Bannister

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