Transform your pad into a London flat or a Moroccan riad
It’s easy for a traveler to be struck by the design aesthetic of a specific place, like the regal Byzantine and Ottoman influences of , the distinct Scandinavian style of , and ’ colorful mix of French, Caribbean, and Southern traditions.
If you’ve been enraptured by the relaxed, , or the classic elements of Japanese design still popular in (short-legged chabudais tables, shoji screens, tansu chests), you’ll find it’s easy to turn your home into a memento of your travels.
We sought design and décor inspiration from destinations across the globe. We looked at the way New Yorkers masterfully transform tiny spaces into contemporary, sophisticated homes, and how cowhide rugs and Sayulita chairs can evoke the . From Australia’s far-flung (ideal for globetrotters who love coral and turquoise hues) to the charismatic Portuguese capital of , these are the places that inspire interior designers and home décor enthusiasts.
Of course, you don’t have to commit to an entire home redesign. Even something as simple as a Moroccan wedding blanket draped across a sofa or the fragrance of saffron can give your space the essence of — no matter where in the world you live.
Ditch the snow globes and fridge magnets. On your next trip, consider a souvenir that will help you remember your travels (and inspire new ones) even when you’re stuck at home.
To make your home feel like a , channel the pura vida philosophy with colorful throw pillows, braided jute rugs, and plenty of tropical house plants.
Bring a touch of modernity to a traditional, with pops of neon and geometric shapes.
If you’re constantly dreaming of your vacation to , turn your pad into a with surreal, even futuristic furniture (a nod to Gaudi), classic ironwork, and colorful floor tiles.
Create a plucked straight out of with plenty of wool blankets and rugs and aromatic candles. Best of all, you’ll be ready for a .
have mastered the art of turning cramped, into bright, spacious-feeling homes that would make Carrie Bradshaw proud.
straddles the ancient and modern worlds. Consider Byzantine and Ottoman architectural styles when decorating
Looking across the pond for inspiration? Consider a few statement antique pieces, needlepoint pillows, and a touch of tartan for your .
For a hipper-than-thou , invest in bold artwork, reclaimed wood, and handmade, hyper-local goods.
Long considered for bohemians, a will likely have bright pops of color and furniture hewn from driftwood.
Channel the of with a mix of ultra-modern (polished chrome) and natural elements, such as wooden tribal-inspired masks.
Evoke the natural wonder of (without ) with faux corals and resin clamshells.
Create reminiscent of Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake with bamboo furniture, natural linens, and Vietnamese silks.
At the intersection of French, Caribbean, and Southern styles is . Be prepared to introduce plenty of saturated hues into your home.
Love the Netherlands? Be creative when building . is, after all, known for its art and timeless good looks.
Large-scale artwork, patterned wallpaper, and the famous blue-and-white tile work found across are quick ways to make your home feel like .
Berber, French, and Moorish influences are all on display in . Introduce zellige tiles, floral arabesques, and intricate metalwork to .
If heading to the Island of the Gods for your personal version of Eat, Pray, Love isn’t an option, redecorating your home with Balinese-style handicrafts, natural textures, and lots of greenery is the next best thing.
Can’t get enough of the Greek island’s cliff-side, Cycladic charm? Santorini inspires interiors washed in bright white and dotted with fun, blue accents. Disclaimer: Terrace with infinity pool overlooking the sunset not included.