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How to get a holiday feeling in your flat

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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The holiday season has well and truly ended, and while our memory banks are filled with the wonderful nostalgia of our holidays, the skies are now filled with clouds and the streets with falling leaves. October has crept up on us ever so quickly, and the supermarkets and department stores are already stocking their shelves with Christmas cheer.

If you, like some, lament the change of seasons and want to retain the feeling of vacation and holiday in your home, contrary to what you think, you can very easily do this. While the memories of different cultures and countries are still fresh in your mind, think about how you can bring a room in your home to life by borrowing some features and elements which are intrinsic to the destination where you spent your vacation time.

Therefore, today on homify, we have put together an ideabook with various interior design styles that are applicable to different holiday locations from around the globe. Here, you can gain inspiration and ideas on how to implement certain themes into your home. Choose your destination, and go forth!

Destination: The Alps

Chalet Gstaad:  Living room by Ardesia Design
Ardesia Design

Chalet Gstaad

Ardesia Design

Alpine and ski lodge holidays are synonymous with open fires and wooden interior walls. Aside from being a brilliant conductor of thermal energy, timber clad walls look warm and inviting. This particular style is definitely not limited to winter holiday homes; you can embrace the alpine lodge look all year round. Sure, the fire may not crackle and burn during the summer months, but the effect is still there. As you can see, the designer has mixed and matched various grains and types of wood; from the birch-coloured walls to the raw coffee table top. It is these key features that make the space look and feel as though you are nestled away in a cabin in the woods.

Destination: Scandinavia

  by Cocolapine Design
Cocolapine Design

Home staging Berlin

Cocolapine Design

It is common knowledge that Scandinavian countries love simple, minimalist design using raw and unfinished materials. This style has become so popular that homes and interior fitouts that employ these elements are known as 'Scandinavian style'. If you have just returned from a holiday in the Nordic regions, you would have surely taken a few design tips with you. The focus is on light, material quality and the idea of less is more. As you can see from this picture, this is an apartment bathed in natural light, with only a limited number of furniture pieces in the room. Each of these pieces serve a purpose, and do not clutter or detract attention away from the other. Instead, we have a simplistic room with an aura of cleanliness and serenity. 

Destination: The Mediterranean

Whether or not you spent the summer in the sunny south of Europe, or you wish that you did, you can very easily replicate the fresh nautical tones of your Mediterranean neighbours. Despite the fact they are from polar opposite ends of Europe, both Nordic and Mediterranean design centre around one thing: natural light. Rich textures, coupled with summer fabrics such as linen and cotton, are complemented by various tones of blue, which are reminiscent of the most important element of this style: the sea.

Destination: Asia

A popular travel destination, which is sunny and warm all year round, is Asia. Whether it is China, Indonesia or Thailand, you cannot deny the beauty of the rich silks and colourful motifs that Asian culture uses in its traditional design. If you have a simple, modern white kitchen, you can very easily add Asian accents to your home. As you can see, the designers have chosen a colour palette of orange and yellow to put their spin on oriental design into this space. Just like that, a room can go from sleekly modern to exotic and mysterious.  

Destination: The Middle East

The very first thing most people relate to Middle Eastern or North African design is fine fabrics and warm, earthy colour palettes. Famous for their trade of expensive spices, perfumes and materials, Arab merchants were one of the best and most sought after for centuries. As you can see, this room has been decorated with a floor of oriental rugs, opulent cushions and of course, sheer exotic curtains. What could have been a typical living room has now been transformed into an oasis of comfort in the Middle Eastern style. You may have taken samples or souvenirs back from the bazaars or markets, so what better way to display them to your family and guests. 

Destination: South America

 Bedroom by P+0 Arquitectura
P+0 Arquitectura

Narigua House

P+0 Arquitectura

South American architecture and design is synonymous with bright colours and bold patterns. As a culture, they are energetic and passionate, so it is only fitting that this is represented in their daily living. If you have returned from a memorable trip to South America, and want to retain the vibrant and inviting emotions you experienced, why not add a touch of sunshine and bring a fiesta into your home? Draw inspiration from the image pictured: rich wooden panels are clad on the floor, ceiling and walls and accompanied by traditional decorative elements. You can also see how the bed is anything but boring; it is a fun and exciting mix of textures, colours and prints.

Destination: Exotic Africa

When we think of Africa, we think of going on safari, exotic materials, tribal decorations and bold patterns. As you can see, the designers behind this scene have created a modern example of a traditional African-styled living room, by using strong wooden elements and faux animal skins. On top of this, we see leafy patterns and colours which remind us of the famous African waterholes and sunsets. This contemporary home, which is situated in South Africa, blends both its surroundings and modern styling all into one incredibly serene and beautiful space. 

Destination: The European countryside

Traditional country kitchen style:  Kitchen by NAKED Kitchens
NAKED Kitchens

Traditional country kitchen style

NAKED Kitchens

If all those destinations were either too far, or simply didn't suit your taste, you can always refer back to the luscious and evergreen European countryside for inspiration. Some of our fondest memories are from the farmhouses and country homes of our relatives, so it is only natural that we would want to replicate this warm and homey feeling into our own space. The pictured example is a beautiful take on a traditional rustic style kitchen, of course, with all the latest and greatest mod-cons. The two stools are reminiscent of saddles, finished wonderfully in a pale hide material. 

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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