There is a special feeling you get when you walk into a vacation destination--even if you can't afford to rent a luxury vacation home. So, if you want that relaxed and happy feeling all year, there are a few things you can do to your home to keep that vacation spirit alive!
Use Color - What are the colors that make you feel like you are on vacation? Do you go to the beach? Camping? Whatever color brings those feelings about, use them. They should be woven throughout your home, but not overused. You can use different tones of the same shade and not just in paint, either. Wallpaper or fabrics can bring in color as well as knick knacks, too.
Use the Right Materials - Think durable and outdoor fabrics. Don't use a dainty, glass coffee table that you wouldn't find in your cozy vacation cabin or light and bright beach cottage! The more you picture your home in that place, think of the types of textures and styles you would see in it.
Use It Again - Using pieces you already have will help save money and you can transform them by a few small changes to get them to match the new atmosphere you are going for! An old brown dresser can have new life as a beachy white buffet or bar area in your family room. Once you have an idea of what feeling you want, you may see some old relics in a new light!
Keep It Light - Lighting can make all the difference in what type of vacation destination you want your home to feel like. If your favorite place to go is a cabin in the woods where it's darker and more muted colors, then bright lights everywhere won't give that feeling even if you have wood beams everywhere! Nor will a lot of darkness make your home feel like a sunlit beachside cottage. Not only the type of lighting is important, but also the style of the lighting. Lighting fixtures are "the jewelry of the home". So make sure your accessories match the overall style of your space.
Keep Emotional Touches - Add pictures or memorabilia from your vacations to give a personal touch as well. Seeing those things will bring those vacation happy moments anyway, and then when the space is decorated to feel like you are there, that feeling will follow with it.
Maybe decorating your whole home like a vacation spot just isn't your cup of tea. Just a room in your home will do, so you can "escape" whenever you need to for a few moments of vacation bliss!