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August 6, 2020 OTA News No Comments Email Email

If the time spent at home while the world was on pause has left you tired of looking at the same four-walls and searching for interior design inspiration to freshen up your home, get inspired by some amazing accommodations from around the world.

Understanding the desires of travelers across the globe, Booking.com has delved into its more than 29 million reported listings to share a list of interior-savvy places to stay that will inspire serious design envy and hopefully ideas on how to bring elements of your most-loved destinations into your home when it is safe to travel again.

Stockholm, Sweden

The Scandinavian style has long been a firm favorite for the interior-savvy, due to its modern and simple yet functional aesthetic. Stockholm will leave travelers with not just a sense of what the scandi style is, but also ideas for how to bring the elements into their own homes, as every shop, café and restaurant has been impeccably designed.

Inspiring design retreats: For travelers who are after the scandi style but searching for something more unique, the At Six Hotel is a contemporary design hotel that embodies the essence of Stockholm – simple, minimalistic and functional. This Brutalist-style building was once a bank, characterized by its geometry, and has since been transformed into a modern hotel finished with scandi interior, fused with art deco, home to one of Europe’s most significant hotel art collections curated by Sune Nordgren, leaving guests with serious décor-ideas!

Tokyo, Japan

Following its protean history, Tokyo’s cityscape is well known for its urban landscape and contemporary architecture. But it’s also home to a rich history of unique architectural and design traits, meaning Hong Kong design gurus will find great options for inspiration inside this cosmopolitan city. Whether strolling down Omotesandō, a street designed by a Pritzker Prize winning architect with its ultra-modern building and shopfronts or visiting the traditional Nezu Museum by Kengo Kuma amongst the bamboo and rocks of its peaceful gardens, travelers can be inspired by both the old and the new styles of Japan’s architecture.

nspiring design retreats: Travelers seeking a traditional and unique design for their own homes should be sure to seek inspiration from Ryokans, a type of Japanese inn that typically features communal spaces where guests can relax, public baths and rooms with woven-straw flooring and futon mats. cyashitsu ryokan asakusa is a modern ryokan that exudes serenity through a minimalistic aesthetic and spatial composition, perfect for stressful city-dwellers who want to slow down and let go of the need to rush through life. 

Fes, Morocco

Morocco’s design style has resulted from an amalgamation of styles from Mediterranean, African, Persian and Islamic cultures. Its unique architectural structures include hammâns, riads and souks, making it the perfect destination for a future design-focused trip. Fez in particular is often considered the cultural and spiritual centre of Morocco, with its architecture helping secure its World Heritage List status in 1981.

Inspiring design retreats:  Stemming from the Arabian term for garden, a riad is a type of traditional Moroccan house or palace built around an interior courtyard. These palatial stays offer beauty in their architectural and floral design, and Hotel & Spa Dar Bensouda

 is no exception. Dar Bensouda’s rooms combine the traditional architecture of the original palace with modern comforts, perfect for guests looking to be inspired by its decor.

Mykonos, Greece

Synonymous with its sparkling white walls, contrasting crisp blue waters and skies bright pops of color through painted wooden accents, Greece’s color pallet is a design-lover’s dream. Found amongst the Cyclades group of islands in the Aegean Sea, Mykonos’ breath-taking landscapes and Cycladic architecture style are sure to inspire a simplistic design style for travelers looking to redesign their decor. With its traditional and cubic houses with flat roofs, wooden colored doors and windows, Mykonos has a unique atmosphere that reflects this now globally popular style.

Inspiring design retreats: Amongst the traditional cubic houses with flat roofs and wooden colored doors, Pnoe is a beautiful villa offering modern touches to this traditional design style. Featuring complementary shades of the color white, the villa is adorned with simple features, exuding classiness.

Bibbona, Italy

Those looking to emulate an Italian countryside style villa will be truly captivated by the rolling hills of Bibbona. Situated in the Province of Livorno in Tuscany, this commune or municipality is nestled amongst active vineyards and wineries. Those interested in older architecture or design can visit Castle of Bolgheri, now home to a famous winery. The town itself boasts a picturesque historical centre, with the old town formed around the church of Sant’Ilario. Its unique layout is a series of concentric circles connected by narrow streets and steps and a labyrinth of medieval design.

Inspiring design retreats: Picture perfect Villa La Salina is the ideal Italian influence for design-gurus. With its rustic brick façade surrounded by the lush green hills of the area, this villa features stone brick floors and crisp white walls. The communal living area features an incredible feature fireplace and exposed wood beams line the ceiling.

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