As the heat in the Love Island villa reaches record highs, recreating elements of its playful design in our own homes has never seemed more appealing.
 With expert advice and knowledge from interior design expert, Sharmeen Shahid from Olivia’s, take note of these villa decor secrets for a modern Mediterranean paradise in your own space.
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Designed to be a place of relaxation as well as romance, the colours used have been well thought out using colour psychology to create a soothing environment away from the heat of the sun.

 The choice of bedroom colours can really affect a person’s mood and mindset”, Sharmeen comments.

 “This year, the bedroom at the Villa has been predominantly designed using the colour blue, known for its soothing effect and a sense of relaxation. Juxtaposed by vibrant accessories and bright neon artwork on the walls, the bedroom fails to take away the ‘fun’ and ‘playful’ characteristic of the whole show”, she continues.

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On the other hand, The Hideaway is a place where couples finally get a chance to spend a night alone, away from the other islanders. When it comes to the colours and themes used here, everything screams passion. 

The Hideaway, one of the most sought-after and romantically driven spaces, needs to be able to promote privacy yet encourage conversation. Red is a colour of confidence, passion and excitement”, Sharmeen explains. 

“This addition of colour to the headboard can encourage islanders to be able to express themselves, while the subtle purple tones allow calmness and composure.  A perfect blend of two colours in the perfect space, I would say!

A simple glance at the bright neon biting lip is enough for anyone to realise the space is designed for intimacy.

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Throughout the villa, there’s a recurring theme of neon lights.  

Once evocative of the Las Vegas strip and large city-scapes, the use of neon lighting in living spaces around the villa offers a fun and simple reminder of why the islanders are there in the first place: ‘Eat, Sleep, Crack On, Repeat’. 

Neon lights can add a bold statement and easily accentuate a space”, Sharmeen explains. 

“The brilliance of the colours and retro looking aesthetic can make a space feel modern, nostalgic and in much simpler words, adds to the element of ‘fun’.”

 “The neon signs added onto this kitchen counter, and many other locations within the villa, encourages the islanders to explore themselves while remaining playful and curious about their potential to get what’s best for them.”

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The neon lights continue into the bathroom of the Villa as the defining factor in setting the mood.”

“I think it extends the element of playfulness and helps create an interior with a bit of an edge. That is what the show is all about, right?  It’s meant to keep you at an edge.”

 “I like how it is contrasted with the organized nature of the shelving units for all necessary products available to the islanders”, Sharmeen explains.

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A focal point of the outdoor area, and a place where we’ve seen chats, arguments, make-ups and break-ups, the large wooden swing area is the perfect place for islanders to gather. 

More beneficial and effective than a simple bench, the swing is a well thought out piece of seating that’s clearly designed with the islanders' needs in mind. 

This wooden swing is an ideal laid-back space for the contestants to chill out on or have conversations with each other. How great is it to have a large lounger that fits lots of people and can sway as well?” says Sharmeen. 

Partly enclosed by wood panels, this offers just an ounce of privacy that is likely to make islanders feel more comfortable when it comes to important chats. 

 “The wood panels surrounding it connects it to nature.  Outdoor swings tend to ease depression due to the change of scenery, as well as assist in clearing up the mind”, continues Sharmeen.

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Full of places to sit, talk, lounge, swim, exercise and even sleep, the outdoor area of the Love Island villa is instantly recognisable from a single glance. 

Using soothing blues as well as pops of orange, pink and yellow, this space is the main living area, and offers features you’d be more likely to find inside a UK home. 

The vibrant accent colours and playful objects, like the white bunnies, are brought out from the indoors to the exterior space, making the two spaces correlate with one another. I think the blue accessories perfectly symbolise the rich blue colour of the sky and turquoise waters of Majorca”, Sharmeen says.

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The place for morning iced coffees and secret conversations after dark, the terrace really utilises its small space to encourage intimate talk.

 This terrace is ideal for the contestants to have one on one conversations in”, Sharmeen says. 

“Terraces are meant to create privacy, and the wooden furniture and plants create warmth and intimacy”, she explains.

 

Images from: https://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/love-island-2021-villa-video-tour-laura-whitmore

 

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