A well-traveled style for one’s home can be a beautiful reflection of your life’s journeys and travels throughout the world. Mastering putting together the objects and artifacts you have collected from your travels, and having them create a cohesive look, can often be extremely difficult. It’s easy for things to look out of place or to start feeling cluttered when your combining unique pieces from different cultures. Here are some tips and ideas to keep a well-traveled decor looking natural, not forced.
Bright colors are a staple of a well-traveled interior style, but the colors must work together. Try creating a common color theme to tie your pieces together.
Playing with a neutral background can help make your unique objects pop. Decorative pieces from your travels mixed with traditional pieces makes an eclectic/sophisticated space.
Don’t be afraid to go bold with your accent choices, but make sure its juxtaposed with something more simple so they compliment and don’t compete.
An eclectic look is easy to achieve with this style, but just remember, more is not always better. Try finding pieces that work well together while still reflecting your style.
Use built-in bookcases as a way to display the treasures you have pick up on your journey’s and perhaps showcase your travel books and photos there as well. Creating groupings whether on a bookcase, table or a chest display helps create a visual impact.
Finding hidden or creating display opportunities in hallways allows you to create a way to showcase your smaller collectable treasures in a organized way — keeping other living ares less cluttered. It also can increases the feeling of importance with these items. Here’s an opportunity to use built-ins, free standing bookcases, chests or maybe even staggering wall mounted decorative shelves – depending upon how much space you have.
EXPERTLY EXECUTED: Using Japanese chests as a basis of the design elements of a kitchen but mixing with modern design touches and perhaps a decorative rug that you picked up on your travels.
EXPERTLY EXECUTED: Taking maps of your favorite cities or charts of your sailing experiences and use them as wall-coverings personalizes a guest bath or maybe inspires your bucket list in a master bath.
Another thought is to think about some objects as seasonal. As the seasons change maybe some of your display treasures do as well. I hope we have inspired you and given you some ideas of how to artfully enjoy your well traveled style.