Summertime is when people tend to travel most. Airports are bustling with eager adventurers who are excited to traverse the world in search of other cultures. Whether it’s the picturesque landscapes, unique cuisines or interesting people, traveling is an adventure that makes memories that last a lifetime.
One way to help keep these memories fresh is to bring back souvenirs! It’s not hard to fall in love with that jade green hookah from Morocco, the silkscreen painting in Japan or the Gaia figurines in India, but how do you display your new travel collections without adding clutter to your décor?
Incorporating souvenirs into your home décor is actually easier than you may think! Here are seven tips to choosing and displaying travel souvenirs in your home:
Tip #1: Start a Collection
One of the most unique things about Asian countries – like China – are their iconic languages and styles of writing. If you’re a lover of languages, turn the ornate calligraphy from Hangzhou into a piece of art that can be framed and hung on the wall. Each time you travel to a different country, you can add to your linguistic collection.
(Source – The Culture Trip
Tip #2: Savor the Scent
Traveling abroad gives you the chance to experience new sites, sounds and even smells that you don’t get to experience stateside. When traveling to London, pick up a golden candle from Harrods. The 22-carat gold plated case is a classy reminder of your trip and can easily fit with your current décor.
(Source – Harper’s Bazaar)
Tip #3: Save the Scene
Did your travels take you to exotic areas? Do you want to remember that South African safari for years to come? Embrace the indigenous wildlife without trying to stuff something else into your already over packed suitcase. Animal print inspired carpets or custom bound area rugs bring your vacation right into your home, like all six exotic animal prints in Karastan’s Savannah Scenes collection.
(Source – Karastan)
Tip #4: Lay in Luxury
Few places in the world can compare to the luxury of France. For centuries, Paris has been the epicenter of style and sumptuousness – and today is no different. Paris won’t be far behind with these linen duvet covers. Accented with mother-of-pearl buttons, these covers are a memento that takes you back to Europe each time you close your eyes and fall asleep.
(Source – Merci Merci)
Tip #5: Stack It Up
Even if you aren’t an avid reader, books are very versatile souvenirs. Find books of images that illustrate the beauty of your travel destinations and stack them on coffee tables, in the guest room or as reading material in your home spa. These images are beautiful reminders of the fabulous places you’ve visited.
(Source – Boubouteatime)
Tip #6 Fan It Out
Do you want to remember your relaxing villa on the Spanish coast or the ancient cities farther inland? The appeal of this fan from Madrid brings an air of elegance and sophistication to any room. The delicate designs and vibrant colors are perfect additions to a wall or coffee table in your living room or any guest bedroom.
(Source – Spain Holiday)
Tip #7: Subtle But Center
Flowers have always made a great centerpiece, but the vase that holds them can really add beauty to the arrangement. Hand-cut and gilded Bohemian glass from the Czech Republic has unparalleled quality and displays exquisite designs. They are the perfect souvenirs to add to your décor without changing the feel of the whole room.
(Source – Global Blue)
Do you have any favorite ways to incorporate travel souvenirs into your current décor? Share with us in the comments!