If you are like us and have a particularly sensitive radar for the cheesy and poorly designed, then you know in the world of travel inspired home decor….tasteful can be very hard to find. We like our home like we like our adventures- beautiful and well curated (call us vain).
But we truly do have an appreciation for a well-designed home, yet also love to incorporate our favorite and most meaningful trips in our every day lives.
We scoured the internet and found the most tasteful ideas for travel inspired home decor. Pieces and ideas that will seamlessly fit into your modern home, while still holding all the meaning they are meant to. See the round up below!
Showcase artisanal textiles, throws, or pillows
This is one of my favorite “souvenirs” to pick up in a new country. The beauty of a unique artisanal textile from another culture can’t be beat. A few years back we went to Santa Fe and splurged on a gorgeous deep navy throw with a distinct New Mexico aesthetic. It has been the perfect accent to the leather chair in our living room for years…and will continue to be timeless forever.
Even if not a souvenir, purchasing intentional textiles like an Indian throw blanket or mudcloth pillows add a rich cultural feel to your space.
Hang a tasteful Push Pin Travel Map in the heart of your home
If you have ever tried to find an actually beautifully designed travel map, you know it’s no easy task. This push pin map is the most elegant one on the market, and bonus, is handcrafted here in the States! A map you could actually display in your modern living room and it not be a complete eyesore- a win! (Also don’t miss our round up of 10 beautiful ways to document your travels here)
Use travel-inspired rugs
Vintage kilim rugs are one of our favorite ways to quickly add a rich cultural feel to any room. They can get very pricey, very quickly. Our go-to sources for travel-inspired rugs without spending a million dollars are hands down Etsy and Ebay.
Choose culturally-inspired furniture pieces
I am not talking super ornate pieces that scream say “I AM FROM MOROCCO.” (although, done in the right way, that could be cool!). We love furniture that has small cultural details that give a nod to a place other than your home, but don’t overtake the room. Furniture that tells a story is our FAVORITE.
If you have a little more in the budget, The Citizenry is KING of tasteful culturally inspired decor. You can even shop their site by country- so very dreamy…check them out.
Pick out a meaningful custom map or print
One of the simplest ways to incorporate travel inspired decor into your home is with custom map prints. (Which if you’re looking for thoughtful gifts similar to this look no further than here!) There are so many amazing sources out there for beautifully designed map prints. Minted and Nbourhood are some of our favorite though! We also love the modern take on the National Park prints on Etsy here.
Frame photos from your most special adventures
Choose the most beautiful landscape pictures from you most cherished trips. Slap a preset over those in the free Lightroom App and send those beauties into FrameBridge for a truly effortless process. If there are travel photos flooding every corner of your home it can edge on tacky, but a few meaningful shots here and there can add beauty and a story to your home. The custom prints above from Still Novel as also a gorgeous and special way to display your travel photos.
Display your travel mementos in a timeless keepsake box
Such an interesting item to display on your coffee table that keeps your travels at the forefront of your (and your company’s) mind. A design-forward keepsake to hold all the mementos from your latest adventure is such a subtle way to add some travel inspired home decor to your spaces.
Celebrate your favorite countries with curated dishes and mugs
We love collecting unique dish-ware and mugs from our travels. Although, you have to be careful actually getting the items home. They are such a beautiful way to reminisce on past adventures without overwhelming your space with travel inspired decor. Just drooling over these Japanese serving plates.
Infuse travel inspired home decor with paintings of your favorite destinations
Whether it’s a custom painting of a meaningful landscape or one you find of your favorite place on earth. Artwork can be a simple and elegant way to give a nod to travel without walking the cheesy line. Our go-to sources for art are Etsy and Society6!
Place out travel-themed coffee table books
Find some gorgeous minimal coffee table books showcasing your favorite countries and boom you’ve got some tasteful travel inspired home decor down! We love Gray Malin everything, this Italy coffee table book is especially dreamy. All the travel coffee table books linked above!
Make a collection of woven baskets from other countries
Artisanal baskets are trending lately and for good reason. Whether, placing a basket or two in your bathroom or displaying a collection of them on your wall. Woven baskets from other countries are such a tasteful way to incorporate some culturally-inspired themes in your home.
Travel inspired home decor does NOT have to be tacky friends! Here’s to both beautiful AND meaningful homes!