Returning from holiday brings most of us down to earth with a bump but you can elongate this relaxed holiday vibe with some well-placed additions to your home.
1 Blue and white combination
How you noticed how hot, tropical climes col their interiors with cooler colours? Blue and white is a great combination and one that can be easily introduced into your home.
Use soft, white covers for your sofas and small armchairs for example but dial up the notch with a light blue rug that introduces depth into the room. Add light blue accessories, with hints of navy, to give a three-dimensional feel that is beautifully relaxed.
2 Indigo in the bedroom
With light or dark bedroom furniture, indigo is a great colour. Opt for an inky blue rug in the bedroom to create a luxurious and restful feel, just like you experienced on waking at your holiday venue. Stick with traditional rug patterns, with a faded style that suggests age and romance.
Indigo is a dramatic colour, sitting great within every style but if you want to introduce pattern, then do so using geometric shapes, rather than florals unless you stayed in a chic French chateau and this is what you want to emulate.
3 Bring home the sunshine
We aren’t always guaranteed a summer in Britain, dependent as we are on the shifting current of air known as the jet stream.
But when it does shift to the far north, sunshine and heat comes our way and thus, yellow rays of heat and sun are everywhere.
Clearly, bringing home the sunshine would be great but on greyer days, you can recall its beauty and happiness by using yellow accents in your home.
Be brave with yellow because it is a colour that wants to please. A yellow armchair is a perfect accent, both colour and as a stylish addition, in the living room… or anywhere in the home!
4 Hints of the rustic
What was it about it the setting of your holiday that made you unfurl – other than the lack of work and living life to the clock?
The setting, no doubt played a part, whether that was the lush olive groves or the vast plains of the vineyard. But the styling probably helped you unfurl too.
The rustic look is fantastic. The slightly unkempt, not quite refined appearance of reclaimed wood furniture in this style is beautifully relaxed.
A round coffee table in the rustic style is ideal in the living room, an inexpensive addition for holding on to the holiday vibe.
Or what about a wooden side table, complete with flowers in an unpretentious vase and lots of lush green plants.
5 Lighten the colours
No matter which room and no matter how small or large your budget, use lighter colours – be brave and use white! – to lighten the mood and the ambience of a room.
Summer colours tend to be lighter hues of our eternal favourites – the light baby blue, sunset yellow and barely-there greens – and any of these will work just fabulous within your current style.