5 exotic decorative styles from around the world

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Travel broadens the mind. Learning a new culture during the summer can bring us back to reality with a bag full of innovative ideas and inspiration. Each country has its own colours, customs, rituals and traditions, and at each location the smells and flavours change. On top of this, at each site, the light is different, as is the tone of each language or brightness of every smile. 

If you've been lucky enough to travel to the other side of the world this summer, it is safe to say that when you return, you suffer from post holiday blues. Maybe it's time to consider a change in the decoration of the house with all the influences you have received from your time abroad? Bits of other cultures and countries have touched our hearts, and with something as simple as décor, we can bring a touch of our holidays back in our homes. This is really the only way to get back all those little details that we discovered during our vacation. It doesn't matter if you lust after exotic Asia, became intoxicated by the heat of the Caribbean sun, or enjoyed quiet and orderly Scandinavia, today at homify we are going to look at how you can add the souvenirs you collected from around the world to create a travelling decor that makes it far more pleasant to return to our regular routine. 

The orient

If your trip back from the East has you dreaming of bright green rice fields and the kindness and warm heart of its people, perhaps it's time to seek some decorative details that remind us of the time we experienced during our holidays. A good place to create our touch of the East is the bathroom. Bamboo, white stones, figures of gods and animal-shaped lamps with Asian fabric may be sufficient to carry us to the East as we take our daily shower.

Latin America

If you are someone who has crossed the seas in search of adventure, the magic of Latin America will continue to live inside you as you're back in the confines of your grey office. From Mexico to Ecuador, through Peru or Colombia, all Latin American countries are very different from each other but retain some features in common: the vivid colours of indigenous zarapes, or incredible pre-Columbian pasts. These fantastic colours invite the magic of the ancient Aztec into our living rooms, with Mayan or Inca deities helping us to better spend those post-holiday depression days feeling like the Atlantic is much closer than we think. 

Scandinavia

Having breathed the cool, clean air of the Nordic, and having had to squint at the bright light reflected from the snow, you will surely want to take some of that white light into your home. Scandinavian design is one of the most renowned in the world, so if we want to regain some of our trip into home decor, we have many options: from the use of light colours, functional furniture, through to the mix of rectilinear forms to make up the major interior elements in a room.

The savanna

If you went on an adventure this summer, and were lost in the wild landscape of the African continent, it is possible that you would want to breathe a touch of the exotic into your room. In this case, you can't go past the use of animal prints, fabrics of bright colours, wood furniture, and a predominant colour palette of of red and earthy tones. If you miss the animals you left behind, like pictured, you can also paint one as a mural on the wall. 

Morrocco

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If this summer you crossed the strait, it is no doubt that you have been captivated by the life of market bazaars and souks. Lined by an explosion of colourful bags and shoes, and stunned at the thousand and one different smells of incense and spices, it can be difficult to leave the memories of Morocco behind. The best thing to do is to start with the basics: striped bedspreads with fantastic colours, flowing curtains, wrought iron furniture and a hint of earthy colour to the walls. The subtle touch of the arch behind the bedroom window will let you wake up feeling like you never left..

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