Because a new paint job is better than a postcard.
The best souvenir from a great trip is the memories. But what if you could capture them — beautifully — in a room? You already know it's not going to happen with a kitschy dish towel or display piece, but a perfect paint color is something worth writing home about. We asked eight designers for their best vacation inspiration.
"Nothing is more rela for me than being at the beach. As a Los Angeles native, it was easy to find inspiration locally and take it to the East Coast to pull together a beach-inspired living and dining room in this East Hampton vacation home. From the sea glass bottles on the mantel to the blue accent pillows, every detail says 'sophisticated beach chic' without being too literal." – Kimberly Winthrop, Laurel & Wolf
"For this design, we were inspired by one of the client's favorite destinations. We looked at Brazilian jungle bungalows and tree houses to inspire the room, which incorporates lots of layered texture and poppy plays on color." – Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone, Consort Design
"This bathroom has stark white walls and is roomy enough for a small sit down dinner! It was inspired by my trips to Europe where large bathrooms with generous bathtubs are de rigeur in nice hotels. The key to the European look is the open air feel, so lighter shades like white or cream work best." – Designer Dana Gibson
"I love the serenity of this blue living room. It instantly calms me and takes me back to my recent trip to Brazil!" – Jessica Today, Laurel & Wolf
For a similar earthy blue paint color, check out Behr Clear Aqua (P440-2), which is just one of a wide selection of Premium Plus colors that gorgeously translate the outdoors into long-lasting, easy-to-use paint.
"I was inspired by one of my dream destinations, Sweden, for this living room. It's where my client's family gathers and winds down from their busy New York City life. The color is a mixture of gray and blue with undertones of green." – Sarah Magness, Magness Design
"The pink lacquer walls bring vibrancy and life, with the green accents only adding to the party. It's a little piece of Palm Beach the family here can escape to anytime they want. Is there anything better than that?" – Amanda Reynal, Amanda Reynal Interiors
For that bright, clean finish you want out of a bold paint color, explore Behr Premium Plus. Its durable formula is designed to protect walls from mildew, moisture, and wear, so your deepest, richest paint colors hold their impact long after vacation ends.
"I have a real love for the palest of greens – like sherbet. It's the color that reminds me of white sand beaches where all is right with the world. The best part is it looks good everywhere, from a neutral kitchen to a kid's bedroom. It soothes the soul." – Designer Abby Wolf-Weiss
"I am inclined to paint everything white because it captures sunlight so well. Gauguin went to Tahiti for this kind of light. I've always heard it called 'artist's light,' and I'm envious of its abundance in the most southern states and Australia. Our best shot at it in America is through great white paints." – Designer Dana Gibson