This week our heads are filled with seascapes, luxury hotels, colourful coastlines and exotic wildlife, and not only because it’s now officially summer. But because our social feeds are filled with other people’s wild adventures.
Whether you’ve booked yourself a getaway or you’re staying put this season, a great way to make home feel more like away is to decorate with destinations in mind. Why shouldn’t your bedroom feel like a Moroccan dream and your washroom a Turkish bath?
Follow our top 3 tips for a vibrant new take on travel themed decor!
Hotel C.O.Q, Paris
#1. It doesn’t have to match – be bold!
Don’t worry about making sure the cushions match the curtains and so on. For a travel themed room that really stands out, treat your space like a museum of objects and curiosities that you love. Keep 40 – 60 percent of things within your colour palette, but don’t worry about throwing in a bright pink flamingo print or turquoise velvet sofa to make your room more personal and far more interesting.
The trick is to keep a balance between investment pieces and bargains, shiny new objects and flea market finds. Not everything needs to be magazine glossy, but too many market stall trinkets and you’ll be living in a thrift shop.
Planets Wall Art – Oliver Bonas / Potted Bonsai Tree – Ikea / Macrame Wall Hanging – Etsy / Robin Day Armchair – John Lewis / Velvet Sofa – Habitat / Blue Agate Object – John Lewis / Pineapple Ice Bucket – Oliver Bonas
#2. Fill your walls with memories
Why keep those wonderful travel snaps hidden away in a photo album? Get them printed online and frame them alongside other artworks. Curating an art wall is a great way to add some personality and bohemian style to any room, why shouldn’t the bathroom have it’s own gallery?
For gallery wall success, be patient and collect your prints over time. A mixture of artist prints, holidays photos, the kids drawings and trinkets will look far more interesting than three of the same thing. Combine different frame styles, finishes and sizes for a really well travelled look! To get you started, here are a few affordable prints available online…
BCN Barcelona Luggae Tag – ART.CO.UK / Victorian OS Map of your area – Museum Selection / Gold & Glass Hanging Frame – Oliver Bonas / Big Cats Print – Etsy / Swimming Pool Print – John Lewis
#3. Find your feature
Whether it’s a huge Berber rug, a Moroccan glass light fitting or hanging kimono – a simple way to bring a splash of wanderlust into your home is to be extravagant and purchase an object that is out of the ordinary!
Hotel du Tresor, Marrakech / Riad Adore, Marrakech
With this in mind, next time you’re on an exotic holiday – do some research beforehand and find the best local markets near to where you’re staying. Make sure you’re prepared to haggle and go find yourself some treasure!
If however there wasn’t enough room in your luggage to bring home that four foot long brass lantern; flea markets and second hand treasure troves are brilliant for hunting down unusual and well travelled ornaments. Of course online is also a great place to find something beautiful. Check out the likes of Culture Vulture, Etsy, Dunelm, Anthropologie, and Achica – for an unconventional addition to your travel inspired home.
Steel Moroccan Finials – Dunelm / Cordelia Curtains – Anthropologie / Leather Trunk – Achica / Ikat Hand Knotted Rug – Anthropologie / Moroccan Lantern – Dunelm / Hand Painted Henna Letter – Etsy
Feeling inspired to re-decorate yet? Always start your shopping spree with a discount, we’ve got heaps of them at vouchercloud – so you can get your lanterns for less.