Bring the Travel Spirit Home: Tips for Designing with a Travel Theme

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Looking to keep the travel spirit at home? Any room in the house can be decorated to honor that travel lifestyle with these tips for designing with a travel theme. A travel theme often works best for the living room and nursery. But other rooms offer great opportunities for travel touches. For example, many cabinet designs incorporate that love of travel. Romantic travel memories are especially appropriate in the bedroom. Other design elements will add a special “zest” to the kitchen and bathroom. These are all great ways to bring travel home. 

To design a bathroom with a travel theme, it is enough to decorate the walls with map drawings or mosaics on the theme of sea travel. Even such a small detail as a curtain with similar motives will add originality and individuality to your bathroom interior. Here are our favorite tips for designing with a travel theme.

Designing with a travel theme

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Important Design Nuances

Designing with a travel theme usually includes a few key pieces. It is difficult to imagine the design of a room for a true travel connoisseur without:

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  • cabinets and nightstands in the form of an antique suitcase or trunk
  • chests in the best retro traditions (to find such chests you can go to nfoutlet.com)
  • geographical maps as an integral element of decoration
  • travel photos and travel collages
  • accessories that reflect the culture of different countries
Designing with a travel theme

Designing with a travel theme often includes vintage suitcases. Photo by geckophotos via iStock by Getty Images

Figures and souvenirs you brought home from your travels will emphasize the bright atmosphere of the interior with elements of cultural traditions of a foreign country. For example, if you admire the culture of Japan and decorate a living room in a Japanese style for a travel theme, then netsuke and modular origami will bring bright touches to the overall picture of such an interior.

Designing with a travel theme

Keepsakes, such as this little Japanese netsuke, can add a touch of travel to any room. Photo by MaskaRad via iStock by Getty Images

Cabinet  and Living Room in the Spirit of “Around the World”

The theme of sea travel can be present not only in the interior of children's rooms but also in the living room or home office.

Designing with a travel theme

People love to bring a bit of the ocean into their interiors. Photo by ben-bryant via iStock by Getty Images

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For a sea-themed travel-style room design, the ideal solution would be to use at least three light sources: a central chandelier, spotlights along with the entire ceiling, and a small lamp with diffusing light. All this will allow you to create an unobtrusive environment, like the one that reigns on a real ship.

The walls, decorated with wood (or imitation wood) panels, will not only create a feeling of special home comfort but will also allow you to turn a travel theme room into your own private yacht, on which you can go on a coveted trip around the world. This design is ideal for a living room.

Aged maps on the walls will be appropriate for almost any living room design. They will add a little mystery to the interior and at the same time will not deprive the feeling of special luxury.

Designing with a travel theme

Wooden walls and aged maps add a great touch when designing with a travel theme. Photo by Michael Schwarzenberger from Pixabay

Geographic prints on curtains and cushions will also be appropriate for this design.

Dens are also ideal for designing with a travel theme. Antique furniture, a chest, an old-fashioned table, and aged maps on the walls will create just such an atmosphere.

Looking to keep the travel spirit at home? Any room in the house can be decorated to honor that travel lifestyle with these tips for designing with a travel theme. A travel theme often works best for the living room and nursery. But other rooms offer great opportunities for travel touches. These tips offer great ways to bring travel home. 

Bedroom with Romantic Flares 

A sky map on the ceiling and an original globe-shaped night light will be stylish additions to the bedroom of travel connoisseurs. A Parisian theme is perfect for creating a romantic atmosphere. Where else to indulge in love and dreams, if not in Paris? Hemingway, who argued that “Paris is a holiday that is always with you,” was absolutely right, not even suspecting that every romantic can create such a romantic abode in his home. 

Designing with a travel theme

Fid a romantic painting for the bedroom. Photo by Laifalight via iStock by Getty Images

Wall murals featuring famous Parisian landmarks will give your bedroom a touch of true Parisian romance. For example, you can create your own original “Wall of Love” by placing on it not only confessions in various languages but also a colorful collage of family photographs.

Designing with a Travel Theme in the Kitchen 

Bring the travel theme into the kitchen with cutting boards using the decoupage technique with drawings of geographical maps. These décor details in the kitchen make cooking more enjoyable and truly fun. 

Complement the travel theme in the kitchen using decorative plates with landscapes and typical sights of the countries where you would like to visit. 

Wall murals with beautiful landscapes in the dining area will add a special atmosphere to this room. 

A Paradise for Little Romantics

Designing with a travel theme in a children's room is an ideal place in the house for such an original interior. Such a design will give the child a bright and carefree childhood with dreams of conquering new horizons and a life full of adventures. Remember to take the tastes and wishes of your child into account when decorating.

Designing with a travel theme

Travel themes are great fun in nurseries and a young child's room. Photo by PRImageFactory via iStock by Getty Images

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A nautical-style nursery is one of the most popular interior design options in the spirit of adventure and travel. If your child loves the sea, is interested in pirate themes, and often fantasizes about sailing around the world, decorate the interior of the nursery so that your little one can feel like a fearless navigator.

Traveling is not just about fun moving from one destination to another. For many, it is a real lifestyle, and designing with a travel theme allows you to beautifully display your love of travel. If you dream of long journeys and conquering new horizons, then these great tips for designing with a travel theme can help you bring travel home. See other great ways to bring travel home on Wander and discover amazing destinations for your wanderlust soul

Looking to keep the travel spirit at home? Any room in the house can be decorated to honor that travel lifestyle with these tips for designing with a travel theme. A travel theme often works best for the living room and nursery. But other rooms offer great opportunities for travel touches. These tips offer great ways to bring travel home. 

Written by Susan Lanier-Graham

Founder and publisher Susan Lanier-Graham has traveled the world for the past twenty years, filling a passport or two along the way. She has wandered through the jungles of Thailand, explored the mysteries of the Great Pyramids, and shared the night with a leopard in Zambia. She sailed in the Mediterranean, sipped her way through Burgundy canals and Champagne caves. She followed Rembrandt’s footsteps through Amsterdam. Susan found her center on the red rocks of Sedona and soaked up an exquisite sunset over the Indian Ocean in Bali. Susan is always looking for wow moments around the world or across the street to share with adventure lovers everywhere. She has authored more than 75 books and hundreds of magazine articles. Susan is an award-winning travel writer and member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA). She is a Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). Susan's work still regularly appears in print and online. Susan is an award-winning travel writer, a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and is a Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). Susan has worked as an ambassador for Travelocity and is currently a travel ambassador for Rocky Mountaineer. Her work regularly appears in print and online in a variety of publications. These include various AAA publications, Postcards for Travel Leaders, Alamo.com, Hotels.com, Fairmont.com, So Scottsdale, Uptown, Green Living AZ, Life Refined, Modern Luxury, Marriott.com, WHERE Arizona, WHERE Traveler Phoenix + Scottsdale, and more.

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