20 Design Elements to Make Your Home Feel Like a Permanent Vacation

Banana leaves, palm fronds, rattan chairs — oh my!

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March 27, 2018

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Living Wallpaper

Who needs wallpaper when you can grow the real thing, right? Skip the pricey prints, and create a striking statement wall for your outdoor space with tropical plants harnessed to the wall. Finish off with a simple wooden bench, white upholstery and hurricane lanterns to create a cozy spot for conversation.

Make a Splash

Cincrete-inspired walls, stunning turquoise tiles and a deep soaking tub create the ultimate, exotic spa bathroom. Recreate this look with similar finishes and incorporate a pretty, potted palm tree for a finishing tropical touch.

Bird Watching

A stunning, hand-painted mural of parrots, tropical trees and lively toucans transforms this otherwise white dining room into a colorful, captivating space sure to wow dinner guests. Use this design as inspiration to enroll unexpected elements, like wildlife, to create a vacation-worthy spot in your home.

Take a Dip

Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, a free-standing tub and a private balcony of lush tropical plants? Use this as inspiration to make every day feel like vacation and give your bathtime a jungle makeover.

Dream in Green

This soft gray bedroom feels like a jungle retreat with warm wood tones and a statement-making leaf bedspread. Pair this lively print with muted hues, like gray, brown or deep navy blue, to create a space that feels fun, yet sophisticated.

Rattan + Rum

Just imagine yourself relaxing by the pool in this outdoor lounge. A drink in both hands, no worries in the world, right? Complete with a bar and plenty of cushioned, rattan seating, you’ll want to spend the warmer months right in this sunny spot.

Blue, White + Elephant Ears

A duo of Chinoiserie vases with fanned elephant ear leaves are the perfect accessories for this traditional, blue velvet settee. This sea-inspired room pulls off understated elegance with ease, don’t you think?

Tropical Garnishes

Why would you have another beer in Mexico when you’ve got a stocked beach bar at home? Get the look by mixing blue and white Spanish tiles, a stone accent wall and a set of natural-hued stools. Our must-have bar garnishes? Natural coral and sea glass sculptures.

Tropical Transplant

With sky-high ceilings, walls of windows and a palm tree in the middle of the kitchen, it doesn’t get much more "resort style" than this, folks. Emulate this oasis with a pretty, potted palm tree, and strip your windows of heavy drapes so that sun can sweep your space.

Driftwood Details

Use naturally occurring textures from your favorite vacation spot in your home. Here, a set of driftwood table lamps are used to accent a natural wooden table in this sundrenched dining room. Pull more inspiration from the space and incorporate elements like the weathered, white-washed wicker chairs and bamboo chandelier.

The Lived-in Look

Living is easy on vacation, right? Bring that breeziness home by recreating this landscaping design. Opt for low-growing ground cover and stones to create a driveway that feels reminiscent of the effortless, inviting beach house you visit during the summer months.

Chic Shade

What’s a tropical getaway without a proper beach umbrella? Create a resort-style feel at your pool with a sleek, chic umbrella. Not only does this add sophistication to your outdoor space, but it also offers an escape from the sun rays midday.

Coastal Kitchen

Coastal wicker chairs with bright blue cushions complement the exposed beams in this crisp, white kitchen. This handsome mix of wood, wicker, white and rich blue hues is a mainstay for oceanside getaways. Use the same combination to create the vacation feel at home.

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Seascape Hues

Two large blue upholstered pieces serve as both ottomans and coffee tables in this spacious living room. The calm, neutral tones blend the space with the connected dining room and nod to the colors of the sea. Another element to steal from this space? That white-washed beach print framed above the sofa.

Get Roped In

The pure white walls and glossy white tile help this master bathroom feel bright, while the charming rope chandelier fills the space with beachy vibes. Use this subtle touch in your classic white bathroom for instant vacay vibes. Opt for nautical-striped towels to round out the design.

Sunny Yellow Screened-in Porch

A stunning living wall with plants takes up the entire back wall of the screened porch, and frames black, white and yellow abstract art that adds a burst of color to the dining area. A mix of fronds and bright yellow guarantees major jungalow vibes.

Nautical Stripes

East coast inspiration, anyone? White bed linens with blue embellishments cover the beachy white bed frame. A navy, nautical striped chair brings a bolder shade of blue to the color scheme. Pastel blue walls and light wood furniture finishes keep the room light and airy.

Breezy Canopy Bed

You’ll want to borrow all the divine design elements at play in this bright, beautiful master bedroom. The main must-haves from this space? The coastal combination of the contemporary canopy bed with crisp, white curtains and the natural fiber rug.

Waves + White

When in doubt, white will always set the tone for a resort-worthy design. This snowy space proves our point with white-on-white finishes, island-inspired throw pillows and a bold, splashy abstract on the wall.

Outdoor Oasis

The bright-white upholstery, wicker furnishings and soaring wood ceilings work in tandem to create an expansive outdoor lounge for entertaining. Copy the look, and use the same elements seen here to create a sophisticated spot in your backyard to sunbathe and sip on beachy cocktails.

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