Holiday homes are an iconic part of Australian life. Whether it’s a property you own and visit on all your family vacations or a property you hire and keep going back to year on year, holiday homes hold a special place in the heart of many people.
When you think about the best holiday homes you’ve visited, or ones you may have seen in beautiful publications, what sets them apart from the other holiday homes?
More often than not I can’t describe what it is I love so much about a holiday home I might have visited. Is it the location, the friends, the family I am with, the property itself or a combination of all these elements?
If you own a holiday home and want to give it that ‘vacation vibe’ there are some essentials to remember. Even if you’re planning to rent it out, styling it well is a sure way to make a memorable impression and bring tenants back again and again to recapture the atmosphere you helped create.
Top styling tips
Here are some of my top tips to use specifically when styling your holiday home:
- Let your surroundings inspire you. Take a walk and absorb the colours, textures and feel of your environment. Try to incorporate those elements you love in to your holiday home.
- Why do you go on holiday? Generally it’s to re-charge, rest and relax. So obviously very important to create a calming atmosphere – avoid clutter and consider using restful colours.
- Appropriate lighting. Glaring, bright, artificial lights are out, use soft atmospheric lighting in. Remember, this is a retreat for you to relax and enjoy.
- Think about climate. Is this a beach house or cabin in the mountains? Incorporate cooler shades of blue, green and white in hot climates, and warmer rich shades in earthy tones in cold climates. Keeping the base colours neutral will allow you to layer brighter hues and personality on top with accessories.
- Storage is vital. Don’t clutter your holiday house. Make sure there are cupboards, boxes, toy boxes, hooks on walls, anything to keep the floor space and bench tops clear.
- Think about furniture. The type, quality and finishes of your furniture can make a big difference to the overall feel. Will you have kids running through the house after being at the beach all day? Keep function and ease of cleaning in mind when choosing pieces. For example, storage at the front door for shoes, towels, beach toys and so on.
- Choose accessories carefully. Holiday homes can be short on space compared to out residential homes. The right furniture and accessories can work for you in creating illusions of more space – go for furniture in lighter colours, use metallic finishes and mirrors to bounce light around the rooms and use minimal window coverings.
Most of all, have fun with your styling.
This is a space that you or your tenants won’t be in year round, so you can take more risks and step outside the box. Use some bold pieces you may feel a little nervous to use in your everyday living space.
A holiday property should be enjoyable. Or it’s not much of a holiday!