HOLIDAYS abroad are a treat, if you're lucky enough to have one, but most of us come home feeling they're over too quickly.
But there's a way to prolong that feelgood factor – by conjuring up those getaway settings in your home, taking inspiration from the locations you love or those you dream of visiting.
"Evoking the style of a destination that you love is a brilliant way to give rooms an update, will help the holiday spirit linger longer and could lift your spirits if our unpredictable climate is getting you down," says designer Linda Barker.
Global influences have made their mark on the home collections of high-street stores this year, so you won't have to go far to find the vital vacation ingredients.
"It's all about evoking the mood of the place. Simply pick perhaps one colour shade characteristic of your holiday spot and together with a few well-chosen accessories, those visual hints can be enough," says Barker.
Choose your holiday style – then all you need to do is send a postcard saying: 'Wish you were here!'
An 'East meets West' trend is strong in the autumn/winter collections and this look is appealing with its rich colours and delicate details.
"Symmetry, clean lines, glossy lacquered materials and a total absence of clutter make this a tranquil, orderly setting which is pleasing to the eye and allows decorative details to star," says Barker.
Simple mats, screens to hide clutter, a selection of fans displayed on a wall, or a careful arrangement of accessories featuring delicate cherry blossom will set the scene.
Get the look: A striking geometric wallpaper design inspired by oriental screens, Bao, £21 a roll, Graham & Brown, would be appropriate on one wall. Enhance the effect by making a feature of a Pink Hibiscus garden parasol, £190, Indian Garden Company.
Create an Eastern outlook in an instant with a Kyoto Roller Blind, from £119, DigetexHome. It features delicate blooms and eastern script.
Finishing touches are vital so consider a black and gold Bamboo Screen, £85, from Arthouse; Butterfly by Matthew Williamson set of three photographic printed wall hooks, £26, Debenhams, and a Geisha Girl Print Cushion, £18, Littlewoods.
Earthy colours, patterned tiles, piles of cushions and layered rugs add up to an urban Bedouin experience inspired by Morocco.
"Paint a feature wall in a terracotta or shade of desert sand or muddy orange and this will be a focal point around which you can dress the room," says Barker.
"Low, informal seating is characteristic of this look. If you're into DIY you could make a simple low wooden base, top it with a mattress which can then be dressed in layers of patterned textiles and bolster pillows to act as a long, sofa. Alternatively, use plenty of floor cushions or leather pouffes."
Striped rugs for a floor or hung on a wall, embroidered cushions, collections of glass in jewel-bright shades, small metal tea tables and punched metal-patterned lanterns in metallic finishes will combine to create souk chic.
Get the look: Look to companies such as Moroccan Bazaar (www.moroccanbazaar.co.uk) and Maroque (www.maroque.co.uk) which are full of inspiring ranges.
A Moroccan Cut Out Mirror, £29.99, and a Marrakech-style Metal Cut Out Table Lamp, £19.99, and a Burnt Sienna Collection Ridged Effect Plate, £9.99, all from Dunelm Mill, would help instantly conjure the right atmosphere.
Add an intricately embroidered Crewel Red cushion, £22.99, from Boutique Camping, and group exotic gilded fruit ornaments, such as Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen's Baroque 'n' Roll Pineapple, £10, Littlewoods.
A silver Antique Style Stool, £69, Indian Garden Company, would double as seating or a side table.
Walk on the wild side with a dramatic scheme based on African safari style.
"Accessories in tribal patterns and animal prints, with dark wood furniture, can look stunning set against a crisp white backdrop," says Barker.
"Bring in texture with rattan storage, add dark green foliage with pot plants, and you'll create a sultry colonial style."
An African landscape print or mural, a globe, an animal print rug and vintage-inspired trunks for storage will give rooms a well-travelled feel.
Get the look: Maps PVC fabric, £9.99 a metre, Dunelm Mill, inspired by antique charts, could be hung on a wall or used on a table or surfaces. Pair that with an Industrial Trunk Side Table, £749, from the Linea Restoration range, House of Fraser (available end of August).
Take the style to the bedroom with Colonial Circle Duvet Cover and Pillowcase, from £7, Littlewoods, and make a feature of a Sass & Belle Rhino Hook, £20, Debenhams.
Let a wild animal star in the bathroom with a lifelike Zebra Shower Curtain, £29, ZiggiZiggi. Match the species with Premier Housewares Chrome and Black 2-Circle Table Lamp with Zebra Print Shade, from £109.09, Amazon.