A vacation home is a dream come true. It’s an escape from your daily life that will transport you physically and mentally into a new fresh space. But how to decorate it. A vacay home requires an entirely different kind of decor than your everyday home. It needs to be a safe, comfy and freeing space. Not only should it reflect you and your interests, but your style and vibe. That’s right, we said it, your vibe! Are you escaping from the pressures of work? Congested areas? The cold or maybe a crazy neighbor that always needs a cup of sugar? Whatever the reason, your vacation home should reflect your relax and unwind goals.
Start with a Blank Canvas
When you are trying to create a space that aesthetically feels home’y, you may be tempted to bring in pictures of friends, family and pets. But this can throw off your ultimate goal. Bring in your style first, then accessorize with friendly photos of your tribe.
The reasoning behind this is simple. If you are trying to create a new space, bringing in familiar items can turn your fresh spot into a duplicate of your everyday home. Instead, focus on your ultimate goal and go crazy! Buy some fun wall art and patterned dishes. Once your vacation home resembles your dream, bring in the photos. You’ll find this new space now has a completely new feel with a few familiar smiles.
Use Classic Decor
Because this vacation space is not an area you will be living in everyday, it can take on a different feel while you are away. What may have been purchased as a funky accent piece may bring to mind the classic what-in-the-world thought when you return. Taking time away from the new can create some pretty interesting landscapes. Instead, stick with classic decor. This familiar, lasting trend has been around for ages, because it works. Plus, you don’t want to be spending your vacation replacing trends that have gone out of style while you were away.
Take this moment for instance. The trending decor of the day is full of cacti and flamingos. But that’s probably not so for the next decade or even next year. Think long term comfort when looking to make your vacay spot memorable without the expensive upgrades every time you return.
Location, location, location.
Depending on where your vacation home is located, you may be able to step outside your front door and gather all of the inspiration you need. Desert landscapes, beachy breezes, mountainous horizons…there is a reason your vacation home is located where it is. So cater to it’s surroundings. Whatever the atmosphere, bring that feel inside your home. Create a decor and environment that not only reflects the local culture, but immerses you in it.
Let’s take a look at the ever popular beach town setting. You’ll want to make sure that your furniture is durable enough to handle sandy feet and wet bathing suits. Color pallets are ever-ranging, but that light, bright, airy and open feeling is probably your goal. Think plantation shutters, palm trees, open windows and salty air. In contrast, a mountain cabin will probably reflect a cozier design. Secluded areas under ambient light with soft throws and rich brown accents.
Think Like a Tech Savvy Gypsy
This is strange, we know. But consider that the time spent at your vacation home will be full of pictures, videos, memories, looking up the latest restaurants and things to do. A lot of time will be used on items that need to be recharged while you are roaming around your new landscape. So make sure you have plenty of plugs handy and easily accessible. Expand the availability by using extension cords if necessary. Maybe even install a few usb plugs for easier accessibility when charging phones, tablets or electronic readers.
With your vacation comes good times and freedom! Use this opportunity to get creative so when you walk through that door, you feel home.
Additional tips and tricks can be found on our website including staging advice for sellers, and trends that may be around for the long haul. Any help you need transitioning from old to new, we can help! Happy hunting!