Thailand is a haven to move to, for many expats. With many excellent and affordable condos in Pattaya, Bangkok and elsewhere, you can live in luxury there on the money that would buy you pittance in the UK or the US.
But once you have purchased or rented your luxury condo overlooking the beach or cityscape, with your very own pool and leafy tropical foliage in the backyard, the next thing is to set it up to your liking.
Many expats love the local oriental style of open spaces, wood, bamboo and other natural furniture, and plenty of natural light. If you want to redecorate your condo in the oriental style, here are some tips.
· Style your home after traditional Koh Samui villas. Use wood as the primary surface for floors and walls.
· Shop for local artwork and artifacts to dress up your walls.
· Find wooden furniture, rattan chairs, cane tables and fixtures, lampshades and carpets in earth colors. These include browns, mustard yellows, warm reds and rust.
· Dress up your large glass windows with light, gauzy drapes that let in plenty of light and breeze.
· Bring nature indoors – place planters and vines wherever there are empty spots to complement your interiors.
Modern, Western Design
Some expats would like to live in the modern luxury that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford in most big cities in the west.
There are properties across Thailand’s biggest cities that offer the modern conveniences of sky gardens, rooftop infinity pools, sky gardens, outdoor BBQ areas, floor to ceiling windows, spacious balconies, European kitchens with luxury finish, lounges, open air showers and all the modern amenities and luxury textures you would expect in a condo back home in the US.
Some of these condos come already decorated. If you want to redecorate it with the ultimate luxuries that you’d probably find in millionaire homes back west, for a fraction of a price, here are some ideas.
· A fancy bathtub, preferably near a window overlooking a beach or in the semi-outdoors, overlooking the infinity pool
· Outdoor living, which is possible in many Thailand condos, with a tastefully designed seating area around the BBQ. You don’t have to be limited to the grill in the BBQ area – install a refrigerator and beer tap for all the entertaining you may do in the wonderful tropical weather.
· A gym/exercise room/meditation room is essential in any modern condo. Many will come with a gym. If you’re living away from crowded cities, or have a private deck that overlooks nature, you can simply connect with your inner spirit there.
· A home office is essential in today’s productivity-driven world, especially if you’re freelancing in Bangkok. Home offices should also be designed as a sanctuary, with comfortable furniture, plenty of natural light and productivity features. Every English teacher would also love a wonderful wall-to-wall bookshelf for their books.
· Other features such as beverage areas in kitchens, wine cellars and formal dining rooms are becoming trends in luxury homes.
· Exotic wood floors for the kitchen are back in vogue in luxury home kitchens, which is central to home life.
· You can buy modern Italian imported furniture at B&B Italia in Sukhumvit or Motif: Art of Living in Erawan. Very high end furniture is available at The Promenade Decor, and middle end brands are available at the Index Living Mall, Ratchayothin.
Finding an interior decorator in Thailand is easy, but language barriers exist. It is best to take a local along to communicate your needs, to turn the vision for your Thai condo into reality.