Travel the Globe without Leaving Your Room

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.

Mediterranean Staircase
Mediterranean Kitchen by Solana Beach Interior Designers & Decorators Intimate Living Interiors
Mediterranean Bathroom


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.

Asian Bedroom by Mountain View General Contractors Harrell Remodeling
Traditional Bedroom by Montpelier Interior Designers & Decorators Cabell Design Studio
Mediterranean Bedroom by Beverly Hills Interior Designers & Decorators Tracy Murdock Allied ASID

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.

Modern Dining Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Amy Lau Design
Traditional Dining Room by Brooklyn Interior Designers & Decorators LKID
Eclectic Living Room by Portland Photographers KuDa Photography


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.

Traditional Hall by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Tucker & Marks
Mediterranean Hall
Mediterranean Exterior by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Jerry Jacobs Design, Inc.


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.

Mediterranean Exterior by Newport Beach Paint & Wall Coverings Naylor & Son’s Plastering Co. Inc.
Traditional Landscape by Pasadena Design-Build Firms Hartman Baldwin Design/Build
Asian Entry

Now that you’ve read our suggestions, we want to know: which country or culture inspires you the most?

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