We long for holidays and time out to rest and recuperate; to switch our focus from the stresses of life and embrace escapism. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could recreate and live in spaces that feel like vacations and holidays?
The sense of well-being and belonging begins at home. As a homeowner or a tenant, for however long it may be, the space is yours and so rightly you should own it with personality and character. Walking into a space with an interior you love will inherently inspire, motivate and fill you with positivity. A positive frame of mind helps you focus on your aspirations. When you can connect to your home in a way that it becomes your sanctuary, you are able to fully enjoy what it has to offer. To embody the nature of such interiors draw your attention to the ideas below.
Reflecting on the time of year
The seasons, our emotions and circumstances all change throughout the year. Yet our interiors can stay the same for many seasons–no wonder we strive for a change of scenery! Through careful consideration your home too can be a sanctuary to embrace these changes. A fresh vase of your favorite flowers, a new plant or even a spring clean, brings a sense of freshness and a new start to a home.
During winter months, where the days are short and cold, we often ending up spending the majority of our time inside. Take out the throws on the sofa, layer different tones of lighting, and enjoy being at home in your perfect sanctuary.
Shift focus on the exterior
When you walk past a beautiful piece of art, a building or tilework that makes you stop and think “wow”, use that as your inspiration to recreate the same amazement in your home. A home should reflect your travel inspirations, think Persian rugs, French boudoirs, minimalist living – find the style that you can connect with and add to it over time.
There is no rule that says a house should be ‘finished’ and achieve a certain ‘look.’ Give your space a sense of escapism.
It embodies all you that you are so allow it to become the perfect space you need. If you enjoy spending time at home and entertaining friends, create a comfortable and inviting space. If you enjoy hobbies, clear enough space to be able to enjoy this at home. The more you enjoy your home the less you will allow the outside fatigue to settle in.
Interiors are only as good as the designs they are made from. Accessories and décor can be imitated but the feelings they create aren’t always replicated. Identify what brings through the positivity, happiness and contentment and build up the space using these elements. Rules for one don’t necessarily work for another so use your personal journey to inspire you from within so that your interior reflects this on the outside.
Different textures and layers within a room create sumptuousness, cosiness and warmth. Textures can add interest in a room, a focal point and moreover, a connection. Currents trends of crushed velvets, suedes, fur accessories are such examples to sink into at the end of the day.
Although certain colors may be ‘bang on trend,’ no color truly goes out of fashion. Choose the colors you are drawn to so you can promote what it is that means home. One color can have many different shades with different undertones to create different levels of warmth and calm. Before you associate a certain color as cold, consider whether a yellow or red undertone will change the ‘cold’ to a ‘calm.’ If you choose to reflect trends, use furniture and furnishings to update and that way you’ll always have a modern interior you fall in love with, just like discovering a new city on a break.