Decorating a Vacation Home: Tips For Creating Your Oasis

Are you ready to turn your vacation home into a little slice of paradise? If you’ve ever decorated a living space before, you already know how much fun it can be. That said, there are a few key differences between designing a primary residence and one that acts as a home away from home.

We’ve seen our share of stunning vacation houses, condos, and townhomes over the years, and there are a few things that they all seem to have in common. If you’re gearing up to do some decorating, here are our top tips for creating a refuge your family will enjoy for years to come…

Avoid clichés

Decorating a vacation home is the perfect opportunity to try something new. That could mean playful décor, statement-piece furniture, or a color scheme you’ve never tried before. That said, you might want to think twice before opting for an over-the-top theme. We’ve seen our share of beachy vacation homes decked out in seashells and bamboo. A little touch here and there can look nice, but try not to overdo it. We can pretty much guarantee you’ll get sick of the kitsch sooner than you think.

Consider your renters

If you’re planning on renting out your new pad, remember that some vacationers won’t share your taste in décor. You can’t please everyone. Luckily, you can create a look that will appeal to as many potential renters as possible. The best way to do that is by striking the right balance between hominess and sophistication. Painting your walls in a warm, neutral shade is a great first step. Next up, consider furnishings and appliances with a timeless-yet-contemporary feel (think simple silhouettes and modern finishes).

Prioritize comfort

Your vacation home should be the ultimate place to unwind. Comfort means something a little different to everyone, which is why we suggest putting some thought into what it looks like to you. It could be as simple as cozy throw blankets, or as elaborate as ultra-plush furniture arranged around a state-of-the-art entertainment system. Either way, make sure your vacation home truly feels like an oasis when it’s done.

Opt for luxury

Luxury often goes hand in hand with comfort, and it can play a major role in making a vacation home your own. With a few upscale touches, your space can be both cozy and beautiful. Whether it’s an elegant kitchen backsplash or an opulent steam shower, you might want to consider springing for a few of those luxurious little extras. If you have a budget, don’t be afraid to do some digging around online. From appliances to flooring, you’d be surprised by how much you can step it up without breaking the bank.

Make the most of outdoor space

In a beautiful place like Hilton Head, most people want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. That often means hitting a beach, golf course, or restaurant patio, but it doesn’t have to. The area around your vacation home can provide just as much enjoyment. When it comes to your backyard, dock, or veranda, set yourself up for good times with comfortable seating and soft lighting. Don’t forget about landscaping! Creating gorgeous outdoor spaces is an art unto itself, so you might want to contact a landscape designer.

Decorating a vacation home can take some time, but it’s well worth the effort. With a bit of thought, inspiration, and help when you need it (whether it’s from a professional designer or an associate at your local hardware store), you’ll create a space that your family can’t wait to visit.

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