Don’t Let Vacation Mementos Take Over Your Home

Vacation can be so much fun that, sometimes, going home can leave you feeling down and longing to hold on to the memories from the time you spent away. To keep your vacation fresh in your mind, you probably brought home some keepsakes to display around the house. However, having too many vacation mementos may distract people from noticing your beautiful furniture, wallpaper and discount curtains and window treatments. This is why you have to be careful about what you choose to bring home from vacation and how you decide to display it.

Keep things in moderation – Interior designer Tim Clarke published an article for The Huffington Post explaining that the key to blending mementos from trips into your usual home decor is moderation. For example, he explained that if Italian terra cotta and the ochre color palettes of Siena won’t work in your city apartment, then leave them in Tuscany. Instead, pick up pieces that will fit in with the rest of your home so it looks as though no matter where you go, you can always keep your personal style in mind when purchasing accessories.

Create shadow boxes – Another way to keep vacation mementos from overwhelming your home decor is to create shadow boxes. According to Martha Stewart Living magazine, these are 3-D displays that contain items that tell the story of your vacation. The magazine recommends that when deciding what should go in these boxes, you should try to view the world through the eyes of a child. For example, if you go to an exotic beach or wooded area and a beautiful rock catches your eye, then pick it up and bring it back with you. You may also want to include a postcard with a picture of where you went in these boxes so your guests can get a better idea of where you were.

Go easy on the shells – Clarke told The Huffington Post that, often, people come back from beach vacations with a lot of shells, and this can end up looking cheesy. Instead, you should find one large, beautiful shell and display it on your mantel rather than filling bowls with tiny, boring-looking shells that could have come from any beach. The expert explained that the same can be said for driftwood:You should only display a piece if it’s truly unique.