Let lo­ca­tions in­spire de­sign

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Home­own­ers look­ing to add flair to their homes can find in­spi­ra­tion any­where. Style can even be tai­lored to re­flect places home­own­ers have vis­ited.

Whether they call to mind the nar­row streets of Lon­don, the sand-bleached beaches of a Caribbean is­land or the ur­ban buzz of New York City, de­signs can re­flect one’s trav­els and evoke some of the same feel­ings home­own­ers got when vis­it­ing their fa­vorite places. Pro­fes­sional in­te­rior de­sign­ers of­ten pull in­spi­ra­tion from unique places, and so can home­own­ers who love to travel.

Those who want to il­lus­trate their wan­der­lust through their home’s decor can con­sider these tips.

Work with col­ors

Think about the col­ors that sig­nify a par­tic­u­lar lo­cale and bring those hues into the space. The color pal­ettes of the beach, for ex­am­ple, in­clude grays, beiges, blues, and greens. The pop­u­lar­ity of gray-tone neu­trals al­lows home­own­ers to bring in these col­ors as a neu­tral back­drop, and then add a splash of whimsy with a few dec­o­ra­tive ac­cents.

Try nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als

Va­ca­tion hotspots like Hawaii, South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and other ar­eas of the Pa­cific tend to put heavy em­pha­sis on nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als. Items like bam­boo, sea grass, stones, and wo­ven bas­kets can in­vite the out­doors into a home.

Em­brace the vibe

Ur­ban cen­ters are awash in en­ergy and color. This spirit can be re­flected with mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture, bold prints, metal­lic ac­cents, and in­no­va­tive light­ing.

Pick an in­spi­ra­tion piece

Home­own­ers can di­rect their fo­cus to one par­tic­u­lar me­mento from a va­ca­tion or ex­cur­sion. A vivid piece of art­work, a piece of fur­ni­ture, a sculp­ture, or even a wardrobe el­e­ment can serve as a cat­a­lyst for an en­tire room. Use this piece to match col­ors and tex­tures.

Re­mem­ber, to evoke the spirit of an area when dec­o­rat­ing, keep it sub­tle. Too many de­tails or over-the-top repli­ca­tion might seem like one is dress­ing a stage set rather than his or her home.

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