If you have a vacation home that lies vacant all winter long, by summer it’s dusty, musty, might even be crusty. You’ll want to make the most of this home for the next few months, which leads to two competing desires: to spend as much time relaxing in it as possible and to style it in a way that makes it more comfortable. So whatever sprucing up you do should be quick and cheap.
The Purpose of Vacation Homes
John Boyd, a Texas-based architect and interior designer, said that with vacation homes, “it’s important to keep its purpose top-of-mind.” Why do you go to the lake or the mountains or the ocean (wherever your vacation home may be)? You go “to relax and hang out with family and friends, escaping busy city life; so, simple and straight-forward décor does the trick to bring this vibe to your private escape.”
The Power of Paint
One way you can encourage this atmosphere is by making the house clean and fresh-looking. Splash on a new coat of paint and you’ll see what a difference this can make to a room. Rooms that are congregated in frequently should have lighter paint colors because it makes the area feel more spacious.
Update Your Porch
If you spend a lot of time outdoors on the porch or a patio, make sure your outdoor furniture is comfortable and well-cared for. You’ll enjoy your outdoor activities far more when you invest in quality cushions or update older furniture that has become worn by prolonged exposure to the elements. Boyd suggested, “Because so much time is spent on the porch . . . it’s important to furnish this space as a fully functioning room.”
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