Decor styles to satisfy your wanderlust

We’ve taken a journey through all the latest homeware ranges to find a suitcase full of stylish solutions for five ‘faraway’ looks.

So, forget about your passport and book a ticket to destination decor, which could whisk you away to white sandy beaches and crystal blue seas, coastal coves, sultry, steamy jungles, or even sun-kissed California vibes.

Go global

Bring the sun-soaked atmosphere of tropical beaches and foreign cultures into your living space.

“Rather than being limited to one style, nowadays people are influenced by the global assortment of design,” says interiors specialist Martin Waller. “It’s all about a sophisticated blend of the perfect symmetry of the American look, the magic of African tribal artistry, the serenity of Scandinavia, the heritage of France, and even the individualism of British decor.

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“For this reason, I have coined this current decade the kaleidoscope era. Anything goes, and the more unexpected, the better. It allows us the freedom to travel far and wide in our taste and to give a truly international feel to our homes.”

Catch the drift

“Gone are the days of blue and white stripes dominating the coastal decor landscape,” agrees Jane Rockett, co-founder of online homeware emporium, Rockett St George.

“Instead, we’re looking to introduce contemporary curved furniture, coral themed accessories and striking oversized shell ornaments.”

“Beautiful shell textures create an instant feeling of tranquillity and promise to take your interior on a trip, evoking nostalgic memories of white sandy beaches and deserted tropical islands,” she adds.

Classic coastal
Bring the sparkle of the seaside into your home by drawing inspiration from classic coastal colours and seashore-themed accessories.

“Classic coastal style is enduringly popular, but don’t assume it stays the same. In fact, this look is as changeable as the tides,” says Rebecca Heane, co-founder of Cream Cornwall, specialists in the coastal style of the area.

“This means it always stays fresh because it’s constantly evolving to take into account our changing tastes. Currently, the trend is for a fresh, sharp, more pared-back look, still using the traditional blue and white palette and stripe designs but more pinstripe than deckchair.

“Punchy injections of red are a must. My advice would be to keep a scheme simple and edit ruthlessly, so it’s more sophisticated than sea shanty.”

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Reflecting our concern for the environment and our oceans, designers are focusing on sea creatures and marine life in designs, often botanical in their detail, she points out. Featuring these in accessories will give a modern twist to a scheme.

Catch of the day

A few details may be all that’s needed for an injection of sail-away style. Display a beautiful shell, an antique ship’s lantern, a painted wooden boat or carvings of fish or seabirds.

Perhaps you’ve got a special collection of beach treasures collected during holidays by the sea. Place these on shelves or in a dish on a sideboard.

Take a style safari

“Swapping bedlinen for a tropical floral or botanical palm print can instantly update your bedroom for summer and give it a full-on safari feel,” says homewares designer Jessie Barrell.

“Faux or real palms and foliage are in harmony with our desire for bringing the outdoors in and they have a lovely, lush, exotic feel. These will also work to soften dark textures and sharp outlines, to give a rounded balanced feel to a room.”

Tropical treats

As a final flourish, she suggests: “Add an instant touch of decadence with gilded accessories and eccentric decorative objects, for a bold, glamorous interiors update.”

California dreaming
If you’re a fan of laid-back living, you’ll love a cool style that balances effortless understatement with dashes of the Golden State’s trendy Venice Beach chic.

“When it comes to colour, sunshine brights are the perfect choice to recreate that chilled-out holiday feeling at home,” says designer Lauren Harris.

“Zingy shades create a playful, uplifting mood and paired with contemporary design, such as a bold yellow sofa, are a great way to bring a space to life.

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“Patterned footstools are another way to add extra colour, pattern and personality,” she adds. “Key into a colour palette of terracotta, yellow and coral – shades which will naturally bring a zest and sense of energy to a room.”

Sunseeker solutions

Pair bright yellow furniture with a neutral background, Ms Harris suggests, and then introduce pops of colour and pattern with cushions and bright, bold art, to create contrast without overwhelming a room.

Finally, she says, this is a too-cool-to-care aesthetic so feel free to experiment with quirky, flamboyant touches – they’ll only add to the charm.

When was the last time you redecorated? Have you used any travel inspired themes in your decor? Why not share your favourite rooms in the comments section below?

– With PA

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YourLifeChoices Writers
YourLifeChoices' team of writers specialise in content that helps Australian over-50s make better decisions about wealth, health, travel and life. It's all in the name. For 22 years, we've been helping older Australians live their best lives.
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