Color Me Dazzled: The Saguaro Hotel at Palm Springs

The new Saguaro resort in Palm Springs, California, is a riot of daring colour that pays homage to the swinging midcentury vibe of the desert oasis town. The only rule that renowned architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat seem to have followed in reimagining this older Holiday Inn wasThe more the better. The colours are bright, layered and daring. They also have a means of placing you in a good mood, a holiday mood. The type of mood that requires a drink with a little umbrella.

The vibrant exterior walls of this angular midcentury building seem like paint chips. All that colour dazzles against the buff-colored mountains.

Nothing states holiday like a kaleidoscope of colour around a shimmering turquoise pool. The palm trees don’t hurt either.

Bright on bright. Lemon yellow and bright pink absolutely glow next to the vibrant blue of sky and pool.

No such thing as a colour rule here. Varying shades of crimson, orange and purple live in harmony near the boccie ball court.

The orange molded patio seats are at home on each balcony, whether lavender or vermillion.

The interior color schemes of the rooms match that of their balconies, but the carpeting throughout the entire resort is a fearless, electric purple. The signature striped bedding brings it all together.

Orange furniture, yellow walls and a purple carpet. And somehow it all works superbly.

The bathrooms are fun.

The hotel lobby creates a first impression with colour and patterns. The background is a close-up of desert flowers.

The Saguaro Palm Springs’ colour palette

Each paint colour in The Saguaro’s extraordinary colour relies on a desert plant. Paints are from Benjamin Moore except where noted. Colours are Red (2000-10), Orange Burst (2015-20), Tangelo (2017-30), Sunflower (2019-30), Bright Yellow (2022-30), Citron (2024-30), New Lime (2025-30), Easter Pink (2076-50), Sexy Lips (2077-30), Crocus Petal Purple (2071-40), Nova Scotia Blue (796), Pratt and Lambert’s Anchusa (28-11), Sweet Pea (2031-30) and Snow Cone Green (2026-30).

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