A well-decorated home is your cherished sanctuary, a space to rejuvenate so that you can be your happiest self. If you feel that you haven’t quite achieved the look you’ve been dreaming about, it’s time to create it. A fabulous way to makeover your home is to bring decorating elements of your favorite travel destination into your living space. This has the added bonus of creating the illusion that you’re perpetually on vacation. Whether you are an experienced traveler or someone who dreams of far-away places, you can find inspiration from many sources, including travel magazines. Here are a few ways that you can achieve the look of your favorite travel, or would-be travel, locale.
Using colors inspired by your travel destination of choice is an easy, affordable way to bring the essence of that place into your home. For example, if you want to transform your home into the breathtaking Greek island of Santorini, choose a base palette of white and add a small pop of bright color here and there like aqua blue, orange, pink and mustard yellow. If Provence, France is your ultimate destination, think of green, sunflower yellow and beautiful lavender or purple shades. You can add bold swathes of color on walls, doors and ceilings, or for a less permanent result, use textiles like pillows, blankets, rugs and window treatments with your color scheme in mind.
If you have any mementos from your trip that remind you of being there, highlight them in your home. If you want to transform your living space into an English cottage, display that lovely, antique porcelain tea set you bought from London’s Portobello Road. Keep vases of fresh flowers about and create a cozy, slightly haphazard environment with artfully cluttered surfaces, filled with some of your favorite things like books, figurines, and framed photos. If an Asian-style home appeals to you, create a minimalist environment with clean, sleek surfaces and use bamboo as a natural element. You will be surprised to see how much you already have to work with, and many decorating accessories can be found inexpensively or for free, such as seashells.
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The Big Picture
Sometimes a large piece of furniture can really help solidify your travel-inspired decorating theme. You can find great French, English or Pennsylvania Dutch furniture at estate sales, garage sales and antique stores for a fraction of the price – just watch the television show Antiques Roadshow and see the bargains. You can also purchase reproductions that are in the style of, say a Chippendale chest of drawers, and only experts would know the difference. Highly polished lacquered pieces are perfect for Asian-inspired homes, while light, almost sun-bleached, wood tones are very suitable in Scandinavian or beach-style interiors.