Decorating the perfect holiday home
The perfect holiday home is one where you feel relaxed and comfortable - from the moment you step foot in the door.
The perfect summer home is one that wraps you in comfort and makes you feel that you have arrived at the coast without even seeing the sea before you get there. This beautiful rustic holiday home is decorated with a true coastal palette or white and blues, with plenty of wood fittings and furniture to add just the right amount of warmth.
Whether you are decorating a vacation home at the coast or your own home, decorating with a coastal theme on a patio or deck makes it perfect for year-round fun in the sun with a quick dip in the ocean or swimming pool.
This wonderful vacation home is filled with colour and warm stone and wood accents, both indoors and outdoors. Comfortable seating consists of a combination of wicker, wood and white upholstered sectional sofas with ultra-comfy cushions to make you want to relax and take a load off. And for those of you who love the look but don't want to spend a lifetime keeping cushions clean from grubby hands or paw prints - have slipcovers made that you can simply throw in the washing machine.
White walls, ceilings and beams provide the perfect blank canvas for what's in the room - a colourful palette or blue hues warmed by wood furniture, grass accessories and natural rugs.
The rustic coastal theme flows from one room to the next, throughout the entire house, and despite the small size of this home, the light colours give the illusion of a much larger space. All the rooms feel airy and bright and sunlight is reflected off the white walls to lighten up each living space.
Living is relaxed and you don't need to go to town to sit down at the table. A few white, ceramic or glass accessories and grass mats will perfectly highlight your blue patterned dining sets. Bring in some freshly cut - and beautifully scented - springs of flowers to add to your table and you're ready for dining at the beach - even if you don't have a beach in close proximity!
Overall this holiday home hasn't gone overboard with design elements - everything is kept simple and rustic. In the kitchen and bathroom, and also throughout the home, simple brick and plaster cubbies were built to accommodate storage, shelving and kitchen fittings. You won't find any granite or marble in this home!
Wooden window frames and doors withstand the salty climate and add to the overall atmosphere of this home and won't rust over time.
The family bathroom is another example of how minimal design can still incorporate plenty of storage for a family. Grass and wicker baskets lined with cotton are the ideal storage accessory for any room and help keep clutter out of sight.
The outdoor relaxation and dining area is shaded and protected from ocean winds, yet still offers a place to sit and relax and take in the surrounding garden.
Draped with purple flowers, the outdoor area flows from the indoor space and it's where this family spends most of its time during the warmer months of the year. A combination of wood, wicker and cane furniture provide seating for dining and relaxation, and once again carries the colour palette from indoors.
It is important to style your outdoor areas as you would indoor spaces. A weathered wood table offers a place to rest cups and glasses, but also adds items to the setting that adds a level of comfort and a feeling of homeliness.
For a never-ending holiday at home, or a weekend or two at the coast, bring the sea into your home and you will feel relaxed all year round. Decorating a holiday home in a casual style will bring about a more easy-going and natural way of life.