Even frequent world travellers require an inspiring space to call home, a cosy haven to unwind and recoup from all of those far away travels. If saying goodbye to your adventures and returning home usually fills you with dread, then why not look to add a few travel inspired touches to your abode? Whether it’s a safari inspired bedroom or Moroccan themed patio, here are the best ways to keep the holiday spirit alive…
Create your own home jungle
Plants, plants everywhere! Introduce tropical plants into the home to create an exotic vibe and enjoy the benefits that house plants bring. From cleaner air, to an improved mood and even healing. House plants are more than just a pretty feature, they have been proved to reduce stress levels and increase work productivity. One study even found that they reduced headaches and fatigue by up to 25%. There’s never been a better excuse to pop your local garden centre for a splurge. New plant parent? Head to the cactus section, and when you feel ready, start dabbling with the trickier plants such as a banana plant or Boston fern.
Say hello to safari
Take yourself on a wild safari trip, well, the next best thing. Look to add earth tones with splashes of orange and a few animal print touches. There’s a fine line between inspired and over the top, so instead of plastering everything with animal inspired patterns (there’s definitely such thing as too much leopard print), think about adding accents instead. A leopard print cushion or zebra throw would be a good place to start!
(photo credit: Jack Thompson)
Enjoy the city life at home
Create a New York city style apartment with features such as exposed brick work, dangling industrial style lights and a few pieces of beaten-up yet chic furniture. Think up-cycled gems from the local auction house, a retro poster and anything that looks like it once belonged in a factory. Introduce a metal such as copper to reinforce the industrial look, and play around with different textures too. For the NYC dreamers out there, it’s the perfect way to recreate a slice of the big apple at home.
Experiment with Scandi minimalist living
Scandinavian interiors are known for minimalist style, cosy accents, neutral colour palettes and clean, contemporary elements. Think functionality over excess! Create your own Scandi inspired pad with simple statement furniture, muted colours and trendy accessories. Don’t be afraid to introduce splashes of colour, but keep it simple. A piece of art, cushion or floor rug are all great ways to introduce colour in a sleek and chic way. Create an open space and seamless transition from inside to out with beautiful bespoke bifold doors for Scandi style open plan living.
Design a dreamy Moroccan inspired patio
Create a beautiful Moroccan inspired patio area to enjoy (almost) all year round! Think vibrant colours and plenty of pattern with cosy seating, throws and accessories. Layer outdoor rugs, dot around beautiful Moroccan inspired lanterns, candles and pouffes. Don’t be afraid to clash patterns – whether it’s geometric and stripes or chevron and stars. Consider investing in outdoor heating to enjoy your during all seasons.
Add a touch of New England
Embrace a nautical New England theme with coastal inspired furnishings and accessories. For colours, stick to pale blues and crisp whites to create a fresh and inspiring living area. Look to add items such as wicker baskets, shell decorations, woven rugs, pinstripe cushions and a few decorative features (you could even go all out with an anchor wall feature) to truly transport yourself to Maine, New England. Almost.
Immerse yourself in a Highlands hideaway
Looking to hunker down for the winter months? Create your own cosy, log-cabin inspired hideaway to hibernate in over the colder season. Stock up on faux fur blankets, cosy autumnal candles and fluffy cushions. Compliment your soft furnishings with wooden textures and a touch of tartan to complete the hunter-lodge inspired feel. It’s the perfect way to get over the post-summer blues.
Travel lovers – is your home inspired by your adventures across the globe? We’d love to hear!