1. Add Items From Your Favorite Destinations
A beautiful way to incorporate travel into your home decor is by adding souvenirs that you’ve bought from around the world. We’re not just talking about your typical fridge magnet; think colorful ceramics from Portugal, a locally made Turkish rug, or beautiful Vietnamese chopsticks to style up your table setting.
Not only does this make your home look vibrant and interesting, but it also gives you those nostalgic ‘adventure’ feelings. What’s more, when you buy travel decor abroad it is totally unique and something few people will own.
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Alternatively, you might want to go for a more Moroccan look, adding deep red rugs, jeweled lanterns, and Berber baskets. Even better, combine an eclectic mix of all styles to create your own unique decor!
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Don’t Have Them? Find Items Online
Sometimes it’s hard to fit everything you like in your suitcase, especially with larger items of furniture. Luckily, it’s become much easier over the years to order beautiful products online! Many online stores have replicated products from your chosen country or via Etsy from importers. Because of this, you can create the home travel decor you want. Take for example this Rattan headboard or these decorative pillows.
2. Add Colors That Remind You of a Destination
Think of a destination and immediately you have memories of certain colors. For example, tropical greens in Asia, azure blues from Greece, or sunny yellows from South America. A way to bring your travel decor to life is by painting these colors on a wall or a piece of furniture.
Don’t want the commitment of painting? You can always keep your walls neutral and buy furniture in certain colors to make the room pop.
3. Display a Travel Book on Your Coffee Table
The perfect centerpiece to a room is a timeless coffee table. It gives you something to structure your furniture around, and you can display books and other home travel decor. This could be anything from a travel photography book to a vintage atlas where guests can pinpoint destinations they’ve visited.
If you really want to take a trip down memory lane, create your own scrapbook full of your travel photos. This is a lovely way to revisit your travels, looks beautiful, and inspires some great conversation with friends!
4. Add Lots of Plants For a Tropical Vibe
Live in your very own tropical jungle by adding lots of plants to your home! The greenery brings the house to life and gives you that exotic feeling you may miss from your travels. What’s more, having plants in your home is great for your health. Studies have shown that they purify the air and can even increase your productivity when working!
5. Use Decor Items Like a Big Vintage Suitcase
Nothing is more symbolic of travel than a suitcase. Take a look in thrift shops or visit a flea market to find a big vintage suitcase to add to your home travel decor. These kinds of suitcases are not only stunning items to decorate with, but they double as storage too. Win-win! (Here’s one on Etsy)
Decor Tip: Pile the suitcases up on top of each other for a real vintage effect, or use one as a coffee table or a shelf.
6. Add Travel Photos as Home Decor
Honor your previous travels by framing your favorite photos and hanging them throughout your home. Create an impressive gallery wall up your stairs or above your sofa, with varying sizes of framed photos. You could even make a collage of your travel snaps, adding in pretty postcards, flight tickets, or maps to create a huge piece of art.
There is no wrong way to use your photos, for example, adding polaroids on top of your dresser, or around your mirror. This is the perfect way to brighten your mornings when you’re getting ready.
7. Add a World Map as Travel Home Decor
Get inspired for new travels, or keep track of where you’ve been so far, by hanging a beautiful vintage world map on your wall. You could even frame maps of your favorite destinations so far, or places that you think of as ‘home’. This is an eye-catching idea for home travel decor that is timeless and stylish.
Facebook Marketplace or a Flea Market is the best place to find a vintage travel map for your home. Look out for artists that use world maps to create art, as a fun way to carry on the travel theme.
Another map that’s fun to hang is a Scratch Map. On these maps, you scratch off the countries you’ve been to, one of the most satisfying things to do every time you get back from a trip. As time goes on you’ll be amazed at how much you’ve seen and it’s a great way to decide where you want to go next on your adventures!
Tip: A Scratch Map is one of the Best Gifts For a Traveler.
8. Portuguese & Spanish Tiles
Make a backsplash for your kitchen using colorful Portuguese or Spanish tiles. This is the perfect way to brighten up a neutral room and add that European coastal feeling to your home.
Alternatively, if you want to get creative, you can purchase pattern stencils and paint your own tiles, or paint directly onto the tiles that are already in the house. This is a great way to renew and renovate old and boring flooring or tiling.
9. Spice Up Your Kitchen
Flavor is the spice of life! The smells and colors of spices and foods in destinations you’ve visited, always stay with you forever. In order to keep those memories and flavors alive, add a Spice rack to your kitchen. This way you can display your spices from all over the world, as well as having them handy for cooking up a storm in the kitchen!