In recent times it has become an increasing trend that students will go travelling directly after their studies instead of entering the world of work. Taking a gap year is a great way to experience completely new ways of life in countries that you have never visited before. It can open your eyes to new things and I think that spending a period of time in a different nation can impact upon your tastes.
Indeed, I like to use my experiences visiting other countries to inspire my design choices in my home, from the rich colours I have seen in the likes of Morocco, and the natural elements of Sweden to the modern look of New Zealand, I can use them all to inspire a truly unique home and you can do the same to have something that you are really proud of.
Go ultra-modern like the Kiwis
There are thousands of people that migrate to Australia every year or visit there for an extended period of time, yet some seem to forego the beauty of New Zealand. With A population of just around 4.5 million, it is a place of stunning natural beauty that is waiting to be tapped into. Despite this, the cities on the island are also very modern and cosmopolitan.
This is an approach that you can take along with you when redecorating the home. If you live in the countryside, as much of New Zealand is covered by, you could look to take advantage of the enduring beauty of it by installing sliding doors that look out on to a large garden or the countryside. This will create the illusion of having much more space in the room as well as keep it nice and airy during the summer months.
Sample delights of Sweden
When people go travelling for an extended period of time from the UK the temptation is to head south of the country so they can take advantage of good weather from nations that are nearer the equator. However, I think you are missing the beautiful delights that Scandinavia – and in particular Sweden – possess. People often mistakenly think that Sweden is a much colder place than the UK but in the summer its average temperature is hotter with less rain.
It is one of the most advanced nations for building sustainable communities with low carbon usage properties and this is something you can take inspiration from with your own home. You can add natural elements into the house that I think will create a very homely feel.
Bring a taste of Marrakech into the home
Marrakech is becoming an increasingly popular venue for people to visit and even live and its culture can be perfectly translated into your home. You can fill your house with all manner of accessories that will provide a unique touch to the abode. I think one of the more obvious items that can add character is a traditional Moroccan rug.
Patterned rugs are frequently seen in and around the country and these will often feature vibrant colours and fabrics. The nation is also known for its luxurious lighting options and the use of the likes of Moroccan style lamps will provide style and substance in any room. They can reflect the light in a room to suit the mood perfectly.