With its picturesque sunsets, near cloudless blue skies and temperate year-round climate, Palm Springs provides the perfect inspiration for any outdoor living spaces. Here, we spotlight five ways to bring your outdoor spaces to the next level.   

A Little Greenery Goes a Long Way - A few blossoming butterfly and hummingbird-friendly potted plants can make all the difference in a small (or sizable) outdoor patio, especially one set against Palm Springs’ stunning desert backdrop. At 75702 Valle Vista, a selection of unique pots and urns of various sizes add contrast, color and a touch of green to the home’s sunny south-facing courtyard patio and private pool. If you’re trying for a more uniform look, choose one kind of climate-appropriate blooms or foliage and house them in pots of similar size and tone. 

Live & Lounge - Make the most of Palm Springs’ consistently sunny climate by bringing functionality and livability to an outdoor space through the addition of a table, couch or chairs. Take a cue from 4308 Indigo Street, which created an easily accessible outdoor living room ideal for lounging, dining or socializing. 

Let the Desert be Your Canvas - When it comes to desert landscaping, even the most minimalistic additions can imbue a yard with a feeling of spaciousness. 1155 E. Granvia’s evenly arranged succulents and tufts of desert-friendly grasses match the estate’s sleek, contemporary aesthetic and add a living artistic element to the outdoor space. 

Dine-In/Dine-Out(side) - Whether it’s being used to entertain guests or craft a quiet family meal, a well-equipped outdoor kitchen—like the one at 83447 Lone Star in Indio—is a great investment. In addition to providing a valuable new venue for cooking and hosting, the all-encompassing ambience of eating al fresco (either at the kitchen’s bar style counter or a nearby outdoor dining table) can be as transporting as any five-star restaurant.

Bring the Light - Fire has drawn humans together for hundreds of thousands of years, and research shows that looking into a small open flame actually lowers one’s blood pressure by several points—two great reasons to add a backyard fire pit to your property. La Quinta’s 78405 Via Sevilla estate has positioned its fire pit to have pool views and flanked it with cushy loungers and chairs, a perfect set-up for quiet evenings of fireside star-gazing or marshmallow roasting.