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Travel Inspired Interiors


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Staycation Ready || 4 décor styles from favorite destinations

Do you find yourself with incomplete summer travel plans? You’re not alone. The travel industry is gradually opening up, though not everyone may be quite ready to board a flight. Even if you haven’t committed to far-flung travel plans, with a little imagination you can still bring the look of your favorite destination home. With the right furniture, accents, and accessories, the view will be spectacular!

Create the look of your favorite travel destination right at home.
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Whether your preferred getaway is a local beach, tropical paradise, desert oasis, mountain lake, or a blend of places, you can create the look of your favorite escape right at home. Here are four travel-inspired styles to explore…

1. Head For The Coast || Few destinations evoke a sense of relaxing comfort more than the coast. With the New England coast comes a familiar, historic charm that’s easy to create inside your home. Typical design elements include beadboard walls, slatted furniture, Windsor-style spindle-back chairs, and Adirondack chairs. For color, blend in lots of beachy blues, saltbox greys, pine greens, clean whites, and sand hues. Nautical blue and white always works for a classic coastal look and can extend to your outdoor space.

If you want to conjure the west coast, add surfer motifs, or sophisticated earth tones mixed with touches of Hollywood glamour. One of the simplest ways to add coastal vibes is through wall art – beach photos, prints or paintings, even abstract images with watery blues and sandy hues work beautifully. Ground the space with a coastal-inspired rug in a traditional or abstract pattern awash in blue, green, and neutral tones.

For a more exotic interior, add an accent chair with a leafy botanical print or a woven wicker side table for easy casual texture. Include sun-drenched hues like yellow, coral, white, chartreuse, and turquoise if you want it to feel tropical.

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2. Escape To The Tropics || Get the same look and feel of the coast but with an island twist. Use brighter colors and lighter textures to evoke sun-drenched romantic getaways, where time stands still. Tropical interiors are just as relaxed as coastal rooms but visually more energetic and bolder.

One of the hallmarks of a tropical interior is woven wicker and rattan furniture. Primary pieces like sofas, chairs, storage cabinets and beds will help create the look. In addition to their breezy coastal appeal, they add freshness to a room when you mix them with traditional wood pieces. Furniture styles with clean lines in crisp white finishes will further lighten the mood.

To enhance the tropical vibes, add well-chosen accessories such as toss pillows and upholstered furniture with botanical prints. Subtle touches like a cluster of small turquoise ceramic vases displayed on a console or contrast white piping on a pillow or seat cushion can brighten a room’s aesthetic considerably. Also consider using an area rug with an island motif such as palm trees, ferns, hibiscus, garden trellises, or nautical stripes.

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3. Embrace Desert Vibes || If you want to evoke the raw natural beauty and wide open spaces of the Southwest, details like bold Aztec patterns, stucco textures, cactus plants, and dusty desert hues will help you create the look. Your color inspiration can easily be pulled from the landscape with bright blue sky, red sandstone rock formations, earthy browns, or green cactus plants.

Even if you don’t live in an adobe home with stucco walls or a sprawling hacienda featuring modern artwork and sculptures, there are plenty of ways you can give your space a relaxed desert vibe.

Leather furniture works especially well in anchoring a desert-inspired room. Mix in vintage-style pieces with distressed white or cream finishes for that lived-in casual look. For accents, you might include authentic pottery pieces with brown, orange, turquoise or pink hues to add more color. Woven hanging baskets are perfect for adding texture.

If you’re leaning toward a desert chic look, add a rustic wood and metal coffee table, and cozy, dusty-hued rug to your living room. If you prefer a look that’s more colorful, add colors and motifs inspired by Mexico or Spain, including deep reds, magenta pinks, vivid cobalt blues, and sunny yellow and orange. These bolder hues are easy to add through patterned tiles and woven textiles.

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4. Enjoy Rugged Mountain || To get the look and feel of a mountain lodge or lake house, you’ll want to use plenty of wood furniture. This interior design style often features airy spaces with exposed ceiling beams and plenty of windows to emphasize the view. It’s also characterized by strong masculine pieces in dark hues, sometimes contrasted with clean white walls. Mountain-style interiors evoke cozy warmth with soft upholstery and lots of plush natural textures.

Anchor your space with a dark leather sofa for sumptuous relaxation. To create a cozy mountain vibe, include classic plaid throws and pillows, a fluffy shag rug, and earthy neutral hues. If you spend more time indoors, set up a bar or game room, complete with comfortable leather bar stools and a pool table. If you have an outdoor deck or veranda, a cozy firepit is a must to fully enjoy breathtaking twilight views.

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