Bring your holiday home: top holiday-inspired interior trends revealed

27 February, 2018: A peaceful state of mind on holiday isn’t only achieved by visiting a tranquil destination. Staying in a holiday accommodation with great interior design has a positive impact as well, with over two thirds (69%) of global travellers saying this helps them feel more relaxed while on holiday.

Great interior design doesn’t only have to be enjoyed while on your travels, holiday-inspired interiors trends can very easily be recreated back home too. Research undertaken by, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, has revealed the most appealing holiday-themed interiors trends as voted for by nearly 19,000 global travellers:

  1. Mediterranean blues (57%) - This timeless style has you daydreaming of sailing on the ocean. The look invokes a feeling of relaxation and is mostly characterised by a cool, minimal but colourful palette. Beautiful, patterned tiles have long been a feature of this trend, as have natural fabrics and textures like white linen, solid timber furniture and terracotta flooring.*
  2. Scandinavian simplicity (53%) - This is a movement defined by simplicity, minimalism, utility and beauty. Known for its pared-back style, it has flawless craftsmanship at its core. Blonde woods and clean, streamlined shapes with curved corners recur in both architecture and furniture. Minimal accessories and plenty of natural sunlight also punctuate this style, which has been adopted the world over.
  3. Country farmhouse (42%) - The country farmhouse look is defined by its maximalist aesthetic and is well-known for its use of chunky timbers, hardwearing woods and rough, natural materials such as stone floors. These all help to evoke feelings of warmth and comfort. Nothing is too delicate to touch in a farmhouse, rather everything is slightly weathered but consciously chosen and placed due to its romantic and nostalgic qualities.
  4. Japanese zen (34%) - Japanese interiors are renowned for their form and function. Originally governed by the sparse aesthetic of Buddhism, the Japanese are known for their thoughtful use of space, with every object serving a purpose. The 'less-is-more' approach is apparent in Japanese interiors, as well as the obvious neutral colour scheme and warm, natural tones punctuated by straight lines and accented by manicured foliage.
  5. Chic city style (27%) - Floor to ceiling windows with a striking view outside, exposed brick and hardwood flooring are the common denominator in any home that boasts a chic city style interior. Open plan spaces with large-scale, solid furniture and signature pieces like chandeliers and works of art that shout 'look at me!’ can be expected. It's city luxury at its finest.

Other holiday-inspired interior trends popular amongst global travellers included Parisian vintage (opulently decorated with beautiful antiques), cosy ski lodge (inspired by alpine forests and snow-capped mountains) and Middle Eastern elegance (colourful design featuring an array of fabrics and textures). The trend of Bohemian chic (eclectic and unconventional style) was more popular amongst females (18% vs. 10% males) while Japanese zen was most preferred by 18-24 year olds (42% vs. 34% global total)**.

Over half (56%) of travellers say that the design (or look and feel) of their holiday accommodation inspires them to do interior design work to their own homes.

Bringing your holiday back home doesn’t need to involve a huge renovation project - travellers can easily inject a slice of culture and colour into their daily lives in more simple ways, such as purchasing home furnishing items while on holiday. The top items travellers buy to take back home are local crafts (48%), small souvenirs (e.g. fridge magnets) (40%), local artwork (31%), ornaments (26%), soft furnishings (24%) and kitchen crockery (24%).

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Research commissioned by and independently conducted among 18,500 respondents who were surveyed (1,000+ from the UK, US, Brazil, China, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, India, Singapore and Russia and 500+ each from Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, Croatia, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Thailand and Taiwan). Respondents completed an online survey in November 2017

*Trends descriptions devised by interior stylist, Lucy Gough, who has experience in creating lifestyle and product imagery for leading companies. Lucy also has an award-winning interiors blog where she writes about the latest trends for the home: 

**Full list of top trends as follows

  1. Mediterranean blues – 57%
  2. Scandinavian simplicity – 53%
  3. Country farmhouse – 42%
  4. Japanese zen – 34%
  5. Chic city style – 27%
  6. Parisian vintage – 17%
  7. Cosy ski lodge – 16%
  8. Middle eastern elegance – 14%
  9. Bohemian chic – 14%
  10. Bold Indian prints and colours – 14%
  11. Industrial loft – 12%
  12. Rugged coast – 12%
  13. Hollywood glamour – 10%
  14. Bavarian castle – 8%
  15. African tribal – 6%
  16. Brazilian carnival – 5%


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