Home renovation can feel like it never ends. You get to the end of one project and you have the other one in hand even as you’re waiting for the paint to dry. But what happens when your motivation begins to run dry and you’re looking for a little something more to give your home more of an edge, more verve and more of something a little different? You take a holiday.
Nothing broadens your style horizons than strolling through the markets of Marrakech or through a Spanish courtyard and feeling inspiration wash over you. In this blog we take a look at some of the most stylish countries across the globe and some of the style points that have made them famous.
You must have heard of Hygge, the unique interior design style that comes straight from the heart of Denmark. With no precise translation into the English language, Hygge is more a concept and a feeling. It embodies cosy nights in, in front of a roaring fire, surrounded by natural wood, deep rugs and an unspeakable amount of cushions and throws.
It’s a design style that is like receiving a warm hug as soon as you walk into a room and focuses on the natural and the earthy.
If Hygge doesn’t grab you then you might consider going down the opposite road and embracing a more minimalist approach. Use light woods in bed frames and shelving but otherwise keep your rooms clear and clean.
This minimalist approaches helps to create light and space where there might otherwise be clutter and disorder. An effective way of making the most out of any space.
Think vibrant and rich colours and be inspired by the complex patterns and use of floorspace. Think big cushions, a bold and bright colour palette in a more informal setting. Dress your inspired room with opulence and comfort in mind.
Back to Denmark to finish off with Lykke. Hot on the heels of Hygge, this movement edges away from the all encompassing cosiness but instead opts for a more functional style of interior design.
Lykke is the Danish word for happiness and it encourages switching off from the digital world, it places emphasis on the value of people and not things and living in a natural and sustainable way.
Think reusable and redesigned furniture, combined with one or two pieces that bring you happiness, from TCH Furniture for example.
When you have an eye for design and love to find inspiration from the four corners of the globe, turn your attention to some countries that are going to kick start your creative process. You may not be able to travel to Denmark or Japan but you can certainly find images and a feel for the style through the many travel websites and design bloggers out there.
Let your travel experiences seep into your everyday life and inspire you towards a new home renovation programme.