It’s a hol­i­day home...

Be in­spired by the ex­otic, far­away places you have vis­ited to cre­ate an all year round va­ca­tion mood.

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - INTERIORS - By Gabrielle Fa­gan

Hol­i­days may be just a mem­ory but take in­spi­ra­tion from your favourite des­ti­na­tion for your decor and you’ll en­joy that va­ca­tion vibe all year round.

“Des­ti­na­tion decor is on the rise as home­own­ers seek to evoke far-flung styles that last well be­yond their trav­els,” says Sa­man­tha Par­ish, in­te­rior de­sign ac­count man­ager at bed spe­cial­ists Hyp­nos.

“What we see and ex­pe­ri­ence on our hol­i­days has an in­creas­ing in­flu­ence on our homes. Few of us can re­sist a sou­venir from our favourite or most in­ter­est­ing des­ti­na­tion — choose well and it can be the in­spi­ra­tion for a whole new look, or sim­ply add an in­stant in­ter­na­tional feel to a space.

“Soft fur­nish­ings such as bed­ding, rugs, cur­tains and throws can also change the dy­namic of your in­te­rior, trans­form­ing it into any­thing from an Asi­atic-in­spired re­treat to a Mediter­ranean get­away.”


Jenny Hur­ren, founder of the eclec­tic Out There In­te­ri­ors, says: “While many of us love the idea of an out­doors life­style, the cli­mate in the UK can make it some­what tricky.

“One way to achieve that sul­try feel­ing is by em­brac­ing the trop­i­cal in­te­ri­ors trend as it al­lows us to cre­ate our own in­te­rior par­adise that can be adapted all year round.

“Big leafy palms, rus­tic honey-coloured woods and touches of black con­jure jungle vibes for ev­ery room of the home. Sim­ply adapt with splashes of bright, vi­brant tones for the sum­mer months, and switch in plums and navy colour­ways for an up­dated win­ter feel.

“The jungle trend is a strong look, but sur­pris­ingly ver­sa­tile, warm­ing up the chill­i­est of UK days.” WORK THE CARIBBEAN THEME Sian O’Neill, head of mar­ket­ing and online at Topps Tiles, says: “Us­ing pre­cious mem­o­ries from trips abroad pro­vides ideal in­spi­ra­tion for home­own­ers, as they look to in­tro­duce ex­otic in­flu­ences into their liv­ing space. “The Caribbean vibe is par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar and can be eas­ily em­u­lated with the right colour scheme and ac­ces­sories. This trend cel­e­brates vi­brant tones — from the lush greens of island fo­liage to the crys­tal blues of turquoise seas, the com­bi­na­tion of these colours cre­ates a space which ra­di­ates warmth and hol­i­day hap­pi­ness. “Style-con­scious home­own­ers should also con­sider in­cor­po­rat­ing ac­cents of punchy pink — opt for hues of seashells and flamingo feath­ers for an at­ten­tion-grab­bing look. “Once com­plete, home­own­ers will be able to im­merse them­selves in true Caribbean-style decor that lets them in­dulge in a year-round va­ca­tion from the com­fort of their own home.”


Jenny Hur­ren be­lieves an East­ern theme can be strik­ing with its mix of ex­trav­a­gance and sim­plic­ity.

“Noth­ing says ‘hol­i­day’ like an East­ern-style in­te­rior,” she says. “Jewel colours, in­dul­gently sump­tu­ous fab­rics and deca­dent pat­terns are per­fectly suited to the neu­tral back­ground of con­tem­po­rary spa­ces.

“You can achieve a won­der­ful ef­fect by com­bin­ing ex­trav­a­gant de­tail­ing with sim­ple black, white and bronze pieces, for an ev­ery­day look that’s both us­able and beau­ti­ful.

“Chan­nel the ri­ads of Mar­rakesh in your own home, with state­ment light­ing and accent cush­ions, for a hint of hol­i­day all year.”

LOOK EAST: chair, in luxe turquoise vel­vet, £1,095; foot­stool, £398; grey Adri­ana mir­ror, £495, Zagora ta­ble, £279 Graham & Green

Clock­wise from above: ta­ble lamp, £155, Graham & Green; plate, £35 and pot, £30, Post­cards from Home; pouffe, £99.95, Sweet­pea & Wil­low; cush­ion, £29.95, Ar­bol House

TROP­I­CAL TAKE: wall­pa­per by Mind The Gap, £150 a roll, Lime Lace. Be­low: ele­phant cush­ion, £8; gi­raffe cush­ion, £5, B&Q

Light, with shade, £135, Graham & Green; left, bowls from £9, Post­cards from Home

Lamp, £325, Mi­afleur; wall­pa­per from £120 a roll, Deb­bie McKee­gan; light, £245, Out There In­te­ri­ors

Jug, £21, Mi­afleur. Be­low: cush­ion, £25, Cult Fur­ni­ture

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