For all of you globetrotters, you’ve undoubtedly seen some awe-inspiring sites during your travels.
Perhaps it was a castle in Ireland, a mission in Mexico, or a chateau in Switzerland. Even if it was years ago, it’s impossible to forget the places that truly inspire you. Perhaps you were lucky enough to bring back a keepsake, which is likely displayed proudly in your home. If not, why not recreate the memories in your house?
Read on to find out some of the best ways to incorporate international elements into your home. With the right details, it is easy to evoke the feeling of being in an entirely different country in the convenience of your own home.
Adding something as simple as patterned tile can give off an international vibe. Tiled staircases are an attractive and unexpected feature. Choose a different tile pattern on each step that all fit within one color scheme. Incorporating bold tiles in your kitchen is another way to create an international feel. Alternately, the bathroom can easily be decorated with images or patterns. The Greek-inspired bathroom below includes an ocean-themed mosaic and elaborate pillar.
The type of bed and bedding can figuratively transport the room to another country. Choosing a minimalist, low bed and simplistic decorations creates a clutter-free room that brings out your Zen. Topping your bed with plush throw pillows and an elegant canopy makes the room fit for a Parisian. Overt patterns that are associated with particular countries also do the trick.
Living and Dining Rooms
Given that living and dining rooms are intended as places to sit and chat for a while, it makes sense to style them in an interesting, conversation-sparking way. Line the wall with hand-carved African tribal masks, install a Japanese shoji screen, or create a flowery English breakfast room.
Design your home so that entering a room feels like you’re walking into another part of the world. Decorate hallways and doors with accents typical of another country’s design aesthetic. Create a portal to another side of the world.
Gardens can easily be associated with a particular culture or country. Landscaping is also a less central and less intrusive way to incorporate international inspiration in your home design. A bright Japanese maple, a regal Spanish fountain, or a charming English garden all make your backyard feel like an escape.
Now that you’ve read our suggestions, we want to know: which country or culture inspires you the most?