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When approaching a decorating project, keep it subtle.
When approaching a decorating project, keep it subtle. - 123RF Stock Photo

To evoke the spirit of an area when decorating, keep it subtle

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 favourite 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 colours

Think about the colours that signify a particular locale and bring those hues into the space. The colour palettes of the beach, for example, include greys, beiges, blues and greens. The popularity of grey-tone neutrals allows homeowners to bring in these colours 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 centres are awash in energy and colour. 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 colours 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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