Evoking a sense of the exotic back at home

Holidays abroad are a treat, if you’re lucky enough to have one, but most of us come home feeling they’re over too quickly.

Monday, 12th August 2013, 9:03 am

But there’s a way to prolong that feelgood factor - by conjuring up those getaway settings in your home, taking inspiration from the locations you love or those you dream of visiting.

“Evoking the style of a destination that you love is a brilliant way to give give rooms an update, will help the holiday spirit linger longer and could lift your spirits if our unpredictable climate is getting you down,” says designer Linda Barker.

Global influences have made their mark on the home collections of high street stores this year, so you won’t have to go far to find the vital vacation ingredients.

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“It’s all about evoking the mood of the place. Simply pick perhaps one colour shade characteristic of your holiday spot and together with a few well-chosen accessories, those visual hints can be enough,” says Barker.

Choose your holiday style - then all you need to do is send a postcard saying: ‘Wish you were here!’

Oriental interest: An ‘East meets West’ trend is strong in the autumn/winter collections and this look is appealing with its rich colours and delicate details.

“Symmetry, clean lines, glossy lacquered materials and a total absence of clutter make this a tranquil, orderly setting which is pleasing to the eye and allows decorative details to star,” says Barker.

Simple mats, screens to hide clutter, a selection of fans displayed on a wall, or a careful arrangement of accessories featuring delicate cherry blossom will set the scene.

Modern moorish: Earthy colours, patterned tiles, piles of cushions and layered rugs add up to an urban Bedouin experience inspired by Morocco.

“Paint a feature wall in a terracotta or shade of desert sand or muddy orange and this will be a focal point around which you can dress the room,” says Barker.

“Low, informal seating is characteristic of this look. If you’re into DIY you could make a simple low wooden base, top it with a mattress which can then be dressed in layers of patterned textiles and bolster pillows to act as a long, sofa. Alternatively, use plenty of floor cushions or leather pouffes.”

Striped rugs for a floor or hung on a wall, embroidered cushions, collections of glass in jewel-bright shades, small metal tea tables and punched metal-patterned lanterns in metallic finishes will combine to create souk chic.