Decorating your holiday home gives you the opportunity to create the perfect space for your holidays. Read on for some tips on how to do just that.
When it comes to holiday home decorating, it’s difficult to know where to start, especially if it’s your first time. Whether you bought the home outright, or it was left to you in one or more German, French or Spanish wills, for example, it’s likely to need a good bit of decorating.
Whether you plan on vacationing in the property yourself, or letting it out to others, you’ll want to make sure this home is everything you’d expect, and more.
In this post, we’re going to share our top 10 tips on holiday home decorating so you can make your property the perfect holiday accommodation.
Our Top 10 Tips on Holiday Home Decorating
Work with the space
When you’re choosing furniture for your property, make sure you don’t cram too much into a small space or it could start to feel cluttered. That’s the opposite of what you want out of a holiday home.
Instead, try to leave open space so there’s room to glide around the property and not worry about things getting in your way. Be careful not to leave too much blank space though, or it could end up feeling sparse and unfinished.
On that note, you can add all sorts of minimal touches to your property that can make it look finished but not cluttered. Small ornaments on large surfaces can stop a space looking empty whilst reducing the amount of clutter.
A few simple pictures on the wall will also help the space feel finished but not overcrowded. Couple this with small cushions, rugs, and other simple non-invasive decorations too.
Consider the location
Holiday home décor has a lot to do with matching the location it’s in. Don’t go with English country styling if your property is in Spain, for example. Here are some holiday home decorating ideas for different locations to give you some inspiration:
Mediterranean villa: add some terra cotta to your living room or hallway, whether it’s ornaments or tiling, and mix some orange hues in there to compliment it.
Snowy winter home: try mixing and matching prints that give the property a warm feel and make it an escape from the cold.
Cottage by the sea: try a nautical theme with creams, blues and greys.
Country cottage: exposed wooden beams and white-washed furniture wouldn’t go amiss.
Modern city break: sleek white or black cupboards and a minimalist décor should do the trick.
Buy furniture from different places
This is a simple but important tip when it comes to holiday home decorating. If you buy all your furniture from a single store, your rooms will look too uniform and it’ll feel like you’re living in an IKEA showroom.
Try your best to mix and match furniture from different stores, designers, and even countries if needs be. You want it to feel like an actual home away from home, and no home has identical furniture, at least not once it’s been lived in for a few years.
Make it a relaxing environment
It should go without saying, but you want to do everything in your power to make your holiday home décor relaxing. After a long day exploring and taking in the sights, you’ll want a comfy space to relax in.
Focus on the living room by carefully selecting the perfect sofa to relax on, cushions that both look relaxing and are comfy, and throw a wood burner in there to seal the deal.
Incorporate the essentials
This property will be either your home away from home, or your guests’ home away from home, for the length of the holiday. You need to make sure you have enough sets of cutlery, plates, cups and glasses, as well as electrical essentials such as microwaves and kettles.
These essentials can be displayed nicely and according to the property you’re decorating. You can display crockery in a cabinet for a nice cottage or store it all out of sight for a modern, minimalist home.
Choose the right flooring
One thing you don’t want to overlook with holiday home decorating is the flooring. Finding flooring that is comfortable and practical can be difficult, so here’s a quick list of your choices and their benefits/drawbacks:
-Laminate flooring can be highly durable, but you need to make sure you pick one that’s high quality and professionally fitted if you want a sophisticated-looking home.
-Carpets make a home feel cosy and warm, but they attract dirt and odors that can become buried, meaning it requires the most maintenance and consideration of these options.
-Tiles are low maintenance and durable, but should only be used in warmer climates. Tiles in cold climates will need underfloor heating if you want to stay warm.
-Vinyl flooring comes in many different finishes, is easy to clean, and doesn’t get cold in the winter. The only thing it’s missing is the comfort of a good carpet.
Put some thought into the kitchen
Installing a kitchen will cost approximately 10 percent of your property’s worth so you need to make sure you get it right. You want it to be good quality and long lasting, so try to ensure:
The cupboard doors are durable
You use a strong mineral, like quartz, for your kitchen worktops
You pick products with spray-finished paint works, as they are hard wearing
Use natural, long-lasting minerals
Speaking of long-lasting materials, try to use them throughout your property to keep it in tip top shape for when you’re not there, or in between rentals from different guests.
Use sustainable materials, like wood and other natural minerals, which have the added benefit of making it feel like you’re outdoors. Rattan or cane furniture is a popular choice in beach and coastal holiday homes because it’s both durable and adds texture to a property.
Bring nature indoors
We mentioned earlier that it’s important to make your property a part of its location, so why not bring some of it inside?
Wildlife prints of animals that live in, or originate from, the area will add some nature to your home. Faux animal skulls are another idea for rural and rustic holiday homes. Bold wallpaper in the bathroom, with palm leaf prints and other natural designs, also help to bring nature indoors.
Designing Your Holiday Home Has Never Been Simpler…
In this post, we’ve managed to cover your top 10 tips on decorating your holiday home no matter the location or intended use.
Hopefully, these tips have given you some inspiration, and you can go forth to decorate the best holiday home the world has ever seen. Thank you for reading and good luck.