You’re back in the real world and keeping the holiday vibe alive can be tricky. The answer? Get on the resort style bandwagon and make your home feel like a summery haven all year long.
Kylie Schlick, an interior design consultant at property styling company Guest Group, says the resort look is one of her absolute favourites to create.
“There’s something calming yet invigorating about interiors that allude to being on holiday – 365 days of the year,” says Schlick.
Follow these steps to get a tranquil, tropical ambiance at home.
It’s not hard to feel inspired while you’re sipping on cocktails at a lush resort in an idyllic location. Schlick recommends looking up the X2 Kui Buri Resort in Thailand or the One&Only Hayman Island in Queensland for some serious resort-style inspiration.
“[Resort is] a global style and one of the trends of 2017 that could quite possibly stand the test of time – so don’t be afraid to take inspiration from anywhere in the world,” she says.
Create the look
Resort style is all about laid-back luxury, but don’t get put off by the ‘luxury’ element. This look can be achieved on a budget, too.
“It’s about blurring the lines between inside and out, embracing multicultural elements and using natural materials,” says Schlick. “You can take it neutral and subdued, or jazz it up with a splash of colour and print to give it a more retro vibe.”
“Think lush indoor and outdoor plants, natural timbers, linens and stone, and clean lines, which are punctuated with more rustic elements, such as an oversized, hand-carved timber fruit bowl, a stone-carved sculpture, or even a dramatic piece of sustainably sourced coral.”
Homewares are the perfect place to have fun embracing this trend.
“In today’s world everyone is so busy with work and life,” says Chloe Beaumont, founder of Pomelo Home. “I love the idea of bringing the resort look into your home so you can feel like you’re on holidays everyday.”
Schlick agrees and suggests revamping your cushions as a starting point.
“Natural linen and cotton cushions, or oversized and feather-stuffed pillows are very luxurious – it’s amazing how something so small can transform your living space or bedroom,” she says.
“Consider palm prints or stripes to give your resort style a bold twist.”
3 more ways to get the resort-style look
Schlick shares her top ways to easily transform a space into a tranquil resort-style haven.
“If you have curtains or are inspired to add them to your space, sheer, natural, breezy fabrics in white or light tones can really soften a room. Go for extra fabric in width and length to create a dramatic effect.”
2. Decorative accessories
“Look for one-off natural or cultural pieces that will make your home unique. These don’t have to cost the earth! My favourite online stores for this look are Indigo Love, My Island Home and Table Tonic.”
3. Bed linen
“Washed natural linens are super hot right now. Go for white or a natural linen tone to embrace the look and instantly freshen up your bedroom. My favourite is the Mondo range from Linen & Moore.”