How to Decorate Your Home Like Your Favorite Destination
It's easy for a traveler to be struck by the design aesthetic of a specific place, like the regal Byzantine and Ottoman influences of Istanbul, the distinct Scandinavian style of homes in Reykjavik, and New Orleans’ colorful mix of French, Caribbean, and Southern traditions.
If you’ve been enraptured by the relaxed, bohemian feel of Costa Rica, or the classic elements of Japanese design still popular in Tokyo (short-legged chabudais tables, shoji screens, tansu chests), you’ll find it’s easy to turn your home into a memento of your travels.
As part of a new series, Travel + Leisure sought design and décor inspiration from destinations across the globe. We looked at the way New Yorkers masterfully transform tiny spaces into contemporary, sophisticated homes, and how cowhide rugs and Sayulita chairs can evoke the bohemian beach vibes of Tulum. From Australia’s far-flung Great Barrier Reef (ideal for globetrotters who love coral and turquoise hues) to the charismatic Portuguese capital of Lisbon, these are the places that inspire interior designers and home décor enthusiasts.
Of course, you don’t have to commit to an entire home redesign. Even something as simple as a Moroccan wedding blanket draped across a sofa or the fragrance of saffron can give your space the essence of a riad in Marrakesh — no matter where in the world you live.
Ditch the snow globes and fridge magnets. On your next trip, consider a souvenir that will help you remember your travels (and inspire new ones) even when you’re stuck at home.
A Costa Rican Beach Bungalow
A Tokyo Apartment
A Catalan-style Home
A Cozy Reykjavik Retreat
A Chic Manhattan Apartment
A Regal Turkish Palace
A Posh London Flat
A Quirky Brooklyn Brownstone
For a hipper-than-thou Brooklyn vibe, invest in bold artwork, reclaimed wood, and handmade, hyper-local goods.
A Tulum Beach House
An Airy Cape Town Abode
An Australian Reef-inspired Home
A Hanoi Hideaway
Create a Zen space reminiscent of Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake with bamboo furniture, natural linens, and Vietnamese silks.
A Vibrant New Orleans Townhouse
An Artistic Amsterdam Loft
A Colorful Lisbon Apartment
A Moroccan Riad
If heading to the Island of the Gods for your personal version of Eat, Pray, Love isn’t an option, redecorating your home with Balinese-style handicrafts, natural textures, and lots of greenery is the next best thing.
A Santorini Hideaway
Can't get enough of the Greek island's cliff-side, Cycladic charm? Santorini inspires interiors washed in bright white and dotted with fun, blue accents. Disclaimer: Terrace with infinity pool overlooking the sunset not included.