If you’re keeping your holiday home for your own private use, decorating it is a straightforward case of satisfying your own taste. If you’re planning to rent out your home to holidaymakers, however, decorating it will require a more objective approach to ensure that you cater to the tastes of the variety of people who’ll be staying there. Here are some ideas to get you started.
1. Neutral colour schemes
Everyone has different tastes, so if you’re going to be marketing your property to holidaymakers, it’s best to keep your colour schemes and decorations neutral to appeal to as many people as possible. Play it safe with magnolia paint on the walls, or opt for subtle shades that don’t overpower. Colourful wallpapers and bold or jazzy hues are best avoided, as they are unlikely to appeal to every visitor.
2. Invest in quality
Your holiday home is going to get a lot of use, so it’s a false economy to buy cheap furnishings that will soon wear out with repeated use. Spend a bit more and invest in high-quality hard and soft furnishings (and appliances) so that they last longer and stand up to the inevitable wear and tear that they’ll be subjected to. Needless to say, all furnishings should comply with health and safety regulations, along with any stipulations in your holiday home insurance policy.
3. Think local
While colour schemes should ideally remain inoffensive, that doesn’t mean your holiday home decor has to be bland. Make it more personal and memorable by decorating it with local touches as a nod to the surrounding area. For example, hang the walls with work by the artist who lives down the road, or display a sculpture made from driftwood found on the beach you can see from the kitchen window. You could even leave little labels explaining where things have come from so that guests appreciate the story behind how you’ve decorated your holiday home. It’s little touches like these that guests remember.
4. Reflect the changing seasons
Your holiday home will provide a different experience in summer and winter, so you can make subtle changes to the decor to reflect that. For summer bookings, for example, the paintings or photographs you display on the walls could show summery scenes; for winter, snowy landscapes set the scene. In the winter, you might want to increase the number of soft furnishings like blankets, throws and rugs to make it cosier. In the summer, consider useful additions like freestanding fans, or decorative glass wasp traps for the garden.
5. Practical touches
Decorative objects can be practical, too, so try to factor in a sense of style to essential objects like coasters, which stop furniture from being damaged but could also be another place to show off local artistry. If you’re using the house for part of the year, you could lock away your own possessions in an attractive wooden storage box that adds to the overall look of the house.
6. Don’t neglect the garden
If your holiday property has a garden, don’t forget about it when you’re planning how to decorate the house. Continue local themes outside with a tasteful garden sculpture or wind chimes, and plan the plant schemes in the borders so that there are different plants in flower all year round. You could even bring the outdoors indoors by picking some fresh flowers from the garden and displaying them in a vase on the kitchen table.