Location is important but having a unique and memorable atmosphere in your vacation rental property is another core aspect that could be the reason why people continue to come back year after year. Decorating every single room and the property as a whole, however, can be a daunting task, especially if you are not planning on hiring professional help. To get you started on the right track, we have compiled a list of several guiding principles when it comes to furnishing your rental property.
Select Statement Pieces
A good starting point is to pick out one, or possibly two items, that will act as the focal point of each room’s style. A grand fireplace, a vintage velvet sofa, an alluring art piece can all work wonders when it comes to giving each room a distinct identity. One of the most versatile options, however, is adding an antique mirror. Mirrors are unmatched when it comes to opening up a room and creating an illusion of a much larger space without overpowering all other design elements. This works especially well in hallways or other confined, cramped spaces where you can hang a smaller antique wall mirror that will visually add more air while bringing a touch of class.
People that need to limit their spending on décor to fit within a specific budget can allocate a bigger portion of the funds on finding a couple of such statement pieces. The rest of the budget can be expended on complimentary background items that won’t compromise the overall atmosphere you are going for.
Pick Durable Materials
Even if you have managed to find the most conscientious renters, chances are that they are going to leave their mark on the property. Chipped corners, scratches or cracks on the countertop, various marks on the floors, and countless other little nuisances can turn into a serious headache and a financial drain if you are forced to repair or replace them every couple of years. Instead, if you have the opportunity, avoid falling for flashy but hard-to-maintain furnishings and focus on materials that can withstand prolonged use and even get better with time. An exciting alternative could be to look for stylish but affordable items that can be incorporated into the décor and then swapped easily when damaged.
Don’t Overdo It
While it may be acceptable to fill your own home with all manner of furnishings and items that have caught your fancy, rental properties are a bit different. Here, the goal is to make the guests feel relaxed and welcomed without overwhelming them. Start by specifying each room’s core function and then accentuating it with the chosen furnishings. Imagine you are the renter – you’d probably wish you had a couple of extra chairs or a small sofa so that there is plenty of space to put baggage, clothes, laptops and other props.
With rental properties you need to keep an open mind about the guests as they will vary in terms of culture, manners and preferences. To increase the chances of appealing to a broader spectrum of renters, avoid bright colors and start with a neutral foundation. Then, you can spray some energy with some accent pieces such as artsy throw pillows, colorful vases, bowls, etc.
Seek Inspiration from Modern Trends
If you are stuck, a good idea might be to look around and see the popular trends at the moment. Going all-in on the current fads, however, could backfire. After all, one can view only so many cottagecore-decorated rooms before everything starts to blend in. A more successful approach would be to pick certain aspects or characteristics of the current trends that you find most appealing. A bouquet of dried flowers, for example, can add a real rustic feeling to the room and a necessary connection to nature and the great outdoors.
Keep In Mind
Decorating a vacation rental property can be a challenging task due to the specific peculiarities that must be taken into account. Try to create a consistent atmosphere and a cohesive design throughout the entire property while also giving each room the pinch of individuality that it deserves. At the same time, avoid introducing too many items in a single space. Focus more on picking just a couple of anchor pieces for each room and surround them with the appropriate background elements.