16 travel-inspired decorating ideas

Each home is a unique destination, so infuse yours with character inspired by these brilliant interior styles from around the world.

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1. Mexican Cool

A riot of bright colours and Aztec patterns is characteristic of Mexican interiors and these fun design elements work brilliantly in modern homes too. Here, the elegant grey and white scheme is given an instant lift with a bold patterned rug and bright yellow chair. Add warm rustic wood and potted herbs for a relaxed, family-friendly space.

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2. Far-East Zen

Japanese minimalist style equals simplicity, calmness and functionality. Turn your bathroom into an oasis of calm with natural wooden accessories, unfussy furniture and gentle colours taken from nature. To ensure the space stays clutter-free, remember to include enough built-in storage at the design stage - clean lines are key here.

guitar with pots carpet on flooring and chair

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3. Wild Wild West

Create a nomadic, free-spirited feel with traditional elements borrowed from the American west. The emphasis is on hand-made quality and natural materials, such as warm-toned matt leather and untreated wood. Plant cacti in rustic terracotta pots and finish with ethnic print throw and patterned wool rug.

white walls with wooden flooring and chandelier

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4. French Eclectic

Famed for being effortlessly stylish, the French know a thing or two about creating brilliant room schemes that are as cool as they are timeless. The lines of this classic sofa may be formal, but the bold striped fabric brings it bang up to date. The chandelier is luxe and glittery, but combining it with fun cushions takes the stuffiness out of it. Très chic.

sofa set with cushion white wall and carpet on flooring

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5. Island Life

Ibiza influences pour into this light and bright interior with sunshine yellow colours, white walls and floors and a dash of relaxed pattern. Arrange low-seat sofas and poufs in a way that invites lazy afternoons lounging with a book and a chilled glass of vino.

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6. Mediterranean Blues

The cool mix of patterned blue tiles gives this bathroom and unmistakeable Mediterranean flavour. We love the relaxed contrast of a modern white stone sink sitting on top of a rustic wooden counter. Carry on the holiday vibe with traditional hamaam towels and nautical accents, then finish with touches of brass for a bathroom you'll feel permanently on holiday in.

living room with white walls wooden flooring and dinning table with chair

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7. Italian Quality

The luxe velvet fabric of these dining chairs, modern pendant light above the table and a gallery wall filled with painted portraits make for some unmistakeable Italian flair. Go with quality design, chic colour palette and eclectic mix of artwork for a timeless, elegant look.

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8. Moroccan Spice

Nothing says Moroccan style quite like the traditional red Kilim pattern. Cosy up an otherwise minimal white
interior with spice-coloured textiles, characterful wooden armchairs and
a mix of metals for an eclectic look.

blue walls with armchair and cushion

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9. Santorini style

Get the classic picture-postcard look by blending oceanic blues with crisp white. Layer geometric pattern to keep things rustic and relaxed. Throw in a pop of geranium red and you've got the Greek island vibe all year round. Efharisto!

king size bed with wallpaper on wall and curtains

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10. Maharani boudoir

Make like an Indian princess with a headboard fit for a queen. Opulent damask prints and a sophisticated palette of rich ruby and garnet reds all combine to create the lush effect.

living room with wooden flooring and sofa set with cushion

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11. Turkish delight

Create a modern Istanbul vibe using low slung seating and ethnic pattern, layered and kept under control with a uniform colour palette of Bospherus blue. Touches of brass boost the exotic mood.

sofa set with cushion curtains and sandals

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12. Totally Tokyo

For a slick and chic modern oriental look, blend delicate pinks, cool satins and perfect pleating amd throw in some traditional chrysanthemum motifs to pay homage to the land of the rising sun.

living room with armchair wooden flooring and white walls

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13. Ibiza idyll

Paint it, bleach it, scrub it... For the ultimate relaxed island vibe, your base has to be white. Add an accent bright, in a naive print, say, just to show you're not taking things too seriously.

sofa set with cushion and wallpaper on wall with mirror

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14. Portugese palace

Azulteca tiles take on a new sophistication when brought inside onto a living room walls. Lush up the rustic print by contrasting it with rich velvet upholstery and jazzy textile accents.

brick walls with fireplace carpet on flooring and sofa set with cushion

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15. Utterly Utah

For a wild west inspiration, mix the rough with the smooth, teaming exposed brick with polished concrete, lush upholstery and raw wood, weather iron and slick ceramics.

sofa set with cushion curtains and cactus plants on pots

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16. Miami nice

For a Florida feel, stick to a strict citrus palette, layed against pure white backdrop. Add a hint of black just to keep things grounded and have fun with random accessories. It's too hot to sweat the small stuff!


Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.