A striking sun-kissed fabric that combines bold wide stripes with a zesty yellow hue livens up this simple wooden bench, giving it a distinctive French Riviera vibe. Choose palm print cushions to further channel the Mediterranean theme. Add bright tableware and accessories and a few rustic details and you can practically smell the cocoa butter. The whole look is about a casual, relaxed style that doesn’t feel too laboured. Keep it simple and, if you are doubting your ability to create your own little corner of the Cote d’Azur at home, yes you Cannes…
This striking palm print wallpaper reminds us of the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood. The oversized leaf design is bright, cheerful and perfect for re-creating that balmy Californian vibe. In a hallway, team with glossy painted furniture and high-sheen floors for a look that says ‘sunglasses on… even indoors!’. To add extra impact, go for a wallpapered ceiling in the same hues as the walls. It will make the space feel wonderfully light and airy (like a gorgeous beach cabin). Choose gold accessories in a mixture of traditional and Art Deco styles to finish off the scheme.
Channel a classic American look with a diner-style kitchen. Choose plain metro tiles and add plenty of primary colours to the scheme to bring it to life. Hang a classic pendant over your table, choose a simple checked tablecloth and be bold with your choice of accessories. Don’t let your appliances fade into the background either. Here, a retro red fridge-freezer is the star appliance, while mismatching chairs in pops of colour add a fun playful feel. Who knew 1950s-style American retro was so easy to serve up at home?
Italian style isn’t all about colourful scooters and Marcello Mastroianni in a pair of Ray-Bans. Leave the glamorous city behind in favour of Italian country living… think high stone walls, pale interiors and beautiful lemon trees. Go for a classic Italian farmhouse feel with large-scale white furniture, weathered wood and plenty of flowers. Symmetry comes via oversized lamps, wide candlestick holders and a pair of comfy armchairs. Here a mix of white, wood and wicker gives the living room a classic yet country vibe without appearing feminine. Stone flooring and neutral walls bring the look together and give it a light, airy, farmhouse feel.
Vibrant mineral shades and woven fabrics pay homage to a rich Moroccan heritage. Play with paint in your bedroom by choosing a striking cobalt shade and using it to paint up to dado rail height. Hang beautiful rich fabrics at the windows and dress the rest of the scheme with chunky woven blankets, geometric print cushions and natural linen sheets. This gorgeous decorating scheme will transport you back to your last exotic holiday and create a rich bedroom look filled with a dynamic contrast of vibrant colours and natural textures. Beautiful.
Want to liven up your white kitchen? Simple metro tiles and neutral cabinetry are a great starting point, but can feel a little plain. Why not channel the Mediterranean look by choosing furniture and wall art in a mix of zesty, summer colours? Here, a simple kitchen layout has been given an update with a vintage-style Spanish wall hanging. The quirky Spanish theme is echoed in the yellow painted furniture and eye-popping tableware creating a light, playful and fun looking kitchen-diner scheme.
From marine blues to crisp white, bring the warm climates of Greece into your living room decorating scheme. This sardine run wallpaper is bold, beautiful and guaranteed to be a talking point when guests come over. If you’re feeling brave and ready to go for a statement wallpaper design such as this, why not combine with a large format wool rug in a similar shade. Sea themed accessories are great for echoing the beach look – choose a combination of shell print cushions, coral ornaments and caged pendants. Talk about making a splash!
Re-create the Cornish coastal look with cool blue hues, light linens and shoreline-inspired treasures. Create an outdoor seating area on your terrace by hanging weighted sheer curtains as shelter from the sun. Layer up with fabrics in rich patterns and varying shades of blue. Choose weatherproof rugs and hurricane lanterns to channel the relaxed coastal look. A wicker coffee table adds to the casual vibe and is perfect for summer entertaining (we’ll just have to imagine the sea is in the background)…
Take your cue from Japan, where the interiors are all about creating a zen environment with mininal clutter. Here, fluid shapes in matt white create a mood of meditative serenity, while strong lines in black wood add definition and a contemporary edge to the scheme. Re-create the look with a simple white bathroom suite, crisp white walls and a statement black coat stand. Japanese-themed wall art, such as this grey caktin digital print, tie the look together and give it a harmonious feel.
Channel the Turkish look with bold zigzag patterns and Moorish-style tiles. Here, a white rendered patio space has been updated with reclaimed tiles in hues of grey and taupe. Even if you shy away from tiling the outside walls, you can still re-create the look by layering up plenty of cushions in an array of striking patterns. The mix of floral, geometric and paisley cushions here add a touch of Eastern romance. A chevron curtain in royal blue is a great way to add yet more colour to your patio area (and stop annoying insects flying indoors).