I’ve always wanted a vacation house, but if you follow me often, you know I have royal taste on a peasant budget. That doesn’t stop me from daydreaming, though, about all the things I would do if I could afford it - like the beach house of my dreams! With that being said, and the weather slowly coming around to “beach weather”, today we’re going to discuss decorating a vacation home!
As with any home project, the first step is coming up with a plan or “theme”, whether it’s a simple color or something more specific like a place (I.E. boardwalk) or thing (I.E. anchors), having an idea of what you want the finished product to be BEFORE you start to decorate can really help steer you in the right direction! This theme can be brought to life via the walls, the furniture, the décor or a mixture or the three – and it can be as subtle or obvious as you want. My dream vacation home would be decked out (yes, that’s a pun) in a nautical theme – think ships, anchors, fish nets, life rings, sea shells, nautical compass… sorry I got a little carried away, but you get the point.
Once your theme is set, it’s time to paint! Now that you know how you plan to decorate the space, you can create a color palette that compliments your motif and ties the whole house together. For example, my nautical themed home would have a color palette of cool ocean blues, warm sandy neutrals and bright yellows and oranges to mimic the sunrise and sunset. Another thing to keep in mind is that paint does not have to be boring; you can easily add life to a room by painting with effects such as accent walls, chair rails, sponge painting, textured rollers, etc.
Now that the paint is up and dried, it’s time to furnish! This two-step process involves furniture and flooring. When furnishing a vacation home, it’s important that it’s all easy to clean, as you will have wet bathing suits and sandy toes in and out on a daily basis. My dream beach house would have finished wood floors (since they’re the easiest to clean and wall-to-wall carpeting sounds like a nightmare) with accent rugs for some added décor and texture. When it comes to furniture, I would opt for an outdoor couch in the living room so it is waterproof and easy to clean; as for the rest of the furniture, I would definitely utilize some of my pallet furniture from my previous post!
After the floors and furniture are installed, it’s time to decorate – my favorite part! This is where you get to really add your personal flair to the space; I would put up pictures of my family enjoying the beach as well as scenery pictures, hang real-life “beach items” on the walls, light beach-y candles and hang up signs that had to do with vacation life. The best part about decorating is that there is no end, you can constantly add, change and rearrange as you find more things that suite your taste and as you create more memories that will last a lifetime!