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Travel inspired interiors

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Author: Gill Greenwell, Posted: Wednesday, 27th March 2024, 09:00

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Many interior designers use travel as one of their key influences, providing fresh inspiration for interior design themes and sustainable sourcing. Just back from a trip to Sri Lanka, I was inspired to make some changes in my own home.

With summer holiday season around the corner, here’s my advice on what to bring back from your next trip abroad.

Explore new colour combinations

Back in our grey English climate, I longed to recreate some of the lush atmosphere and vibrant colours and patterns of the tropics in my home. I admired the Indian bright pink and orange paint colours and patterned fabrics I saw on my trip, but they wouldn’t necessarily feel right in our cool northern light.

I would suggest just a few palm and banana leaf prints on cushion covers, or bamboo inspired door handles – check out Matilda Goad. Alternatively, stick to wallpaper – my downstairs loo now feels like a rainforest!

An eclectic approach

The best interiors tell a personal story, and what could be more personal to you than the places you have travelled? The key is pulling it all together into one coherent scheme.

I loved the cane and rattan furniture I saw on holiday, but it needs to have a contemporary feel to match my décor at home. A sage green rattan chest of drawers from Oliver Bonas would be perfect, and Birdie Fortescue’s rattan dining chairs in a cool blue colour paired with oversized green plants will give a modern tropical look to my dining area.

Shop for unique objects

I always leave extra room in my suitcase so that when I return from a trip, I can bring home something new for the house. I saw some beautiful bright pink striped ticking fabric on holiday, which is perfect for cushion covers. Look out for interesting local pottery. Tableware always works well as a keepsake, and kitchenware can be useful. Unusual salad servers and small bowls for nibbles make great gifts.

Treasured memories

Search out meaningful items, and do try to avoid the inevitable holiday tat that will only clutter up your shelves. Candles are sure to remind you of your time away, as scents are so evocative. I found a patchouli scented candle and when it’s lit, I’m transported back to those lush tropical evenings. Artfully framed holiday photos will also add a real personal touch to your home – black and white images work particularly well.

Support local artisans

One way of supporting the local economy is to buy local artisan-made items. I always ask where things are made before buying them. Artwork is a wonderful way of bringing a special holiday memory home, and hanging it on your wall will be a constant reminder of your travels.

By embracing craftmanship and natural materials, you too can create an interior space that is deeply personal and reflective of your own travel experiences.

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