Creating a personal paradise in your own home

Published 7:00 pm Wednesday, June 27, 2012

What does “paradise” mean to you? For most of us, thoughts of paradise conjure up sundrenched beaches and glistening waters, swaying palm trees and a bright tropical drink with a tiny umbrella on the top.

Back to reality: Your tech devices are buzzing insistently, your kids, spouse and coworkers are asking for help with homework and housework or the next project, and you’re lucky to be able to break away for a quick run to the coffee shop, much less an island dream vacation.

But what if you could create your own paradise – right at home? “Staycations” are all the rage right now and in today’s hectic life, it’s more important than ever to create a relaxing atmosphere where you can unwind and recharge, making every day at home a little escape.

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Creating your own personal Shangri-La can be as easy as bringing home accessories with pops of enchanted color and elements of sparkle into your environment. Mix and mingle bright accents like pillows, drapes or vases to energize your space with a vibrant melody of color.

Spring and summer’s best home decor features hues that are a new twist on jewel tones. And when you think of island scenes, use your imagination to find ways to bring the colors and feel of paradise into your home. Think of how the bold fuchsia pink of climbing bougainvillea catches your eye in a tropical location – why not add dashes of that rich color to your room with draperies that mimic the wall-climbing effect of the flowers?

If you love the way the sun glints on turquoise blue waters, consider ways to add sparkle – and a touch of soothing blue – to your bedroom. A sea-colored duvet, paired with metallic accents, can set you adrift in your own paradise. Whatever evokes your favorite memories of exotic locations can be translated into your decor with a little bit of creative thinking.

Whimsical accents like a flock of butterflies on the wall or pillow with a sequin peacock feather design will make you smile the minute you walk through the door. Borrow some ideas from your favorite vacation spots to draw on your imagination. When your personal idea of paradise is the inspiration, you’ll have the perfect guide for creating an at-home getaway.

Visit to discover affordable ideas to refresh your personal escape and explore the home styling trends that will bring a touch of paradise to your home.