What we see, experience and stuff into our suitcase on our annual summer break has an increasing influence on our homes. Holidaymakers return from a pampering stay wanting to recreate the relaxing mood of their time off, from the marble-clad bathrooms to the plates they ate from. And few of us can resist a souvenir: choose it well and it can help create an interior that impresses by subtly proclaiming your worldly outlook.
Interior designers are skilled at taking the essence of a place – local materials, crafts and colours – and reinterpreting it in modern ways. So if you have a yearning for the stylish environs you’ve just left behind, banish the post-holiday blues with these tips, showing how to bring your holiday home.
An “easy, breezy, fresh feeling” is the aim for a look based around a Caribbean hideaway, according to Sheena Notley-Griffiths of at Helen Green Design. The London practice recently worked on the Curlew Suite at the Sandpiper Hotel in Barbados, where the relaxed interior doesn’t compete too hard with the main attraction – an uninterrupted strip of blue sea and sky.