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3 Top Tips On Adding Colour And Texture To A Holiday Let

As we’ve discussed in our ‘How To Furnish a Holiday Let’ series, there are many different factors that should be taken into account when decorating your holiday let. Whether you are a brand new holiday let owner or you’ve had a second property for a while, you’re probably wondering what key principles will help you achieve the modern eclectic look and in this article, we’re going to give you our top tips on how adding colour and texture to a holiday let will help increase bookings so you can reap the rewards of your hard work and make your guests feel comfortable.

Adding Colour and Texture To A Holiday Let

Tip 1: Chose An Appropriate Colour Scheme

Colour swatches

It goes without saying that any property you are renovating, whether it’s your own home or a second home you want to rent out, has to have a colour scheme. As property owners ourselves we know how difficult choosing a colour scheme can be and if we’re honest, it can make or break a room. But fear not, we’ve got a couple of tips up ourselves to help you. 

Our first tip is to aim for something neutral. Neutral interiors for many means a plain backdrop, magnolias, or natural palettes however they can be anything but bland. Remember to think of your colour scheme as a whole. Whites are often a good place to start especially for kitchens and bathrooms as they provide a completely blank canvas and pair well with every colour you can think of. 

Whilst magnolias and creams got a bad rep throughout the 80s it was popular for a reason and if used correctly can make for a pretty trendy and inviting interior. Try not to date your property by pairing magnolia with dark wood accessories instead think spring flowers and use it to highlight greens, floral pinks, and even dark greys instead of brown. You can even pair cream colours with pastel colours, whites, or richer colours.

When adding colour and texture to your holiday let, also remember to take into consideration the location of your holiday home. If you’re surrounded by lush green hills and countryside take inspiration by using greens in your colour scheme as it helps bring the outside in and compliments your location perfectly. The same can be said if your property is by the coast, adding blues will help bring the ocean into the property and can create a very relaxed atmosphere. 

Tip 2: Use the 10-30-60 Colour Scheme Rule

Someone's living room with showcasing the 10-30-60 rule

Once you’ve decided which colours you’ll use for each room of your property, you’ll want to double-check that they work well together and a good way to do this is to use the 10-30-60 rule. 

This rule means picking a dominant colour first, this is the colour that will make up 60% of the room. A lot of experts here recommend a fairly neutral shade – off-white,  light grey, or cream. Next, you’ll want to pick your secondary colour, this will make up 30% of the room, and often consists of a slightly bolder colour – dark green, black, blue – and can be used for furniture items (sideboards, chest of drawers, sofas). 

The final 10% is then made up of an accent colour and should be used for things like cushions, rugs, throws, bedding, artwork, etc. If you’re still unsure whether the colours you’ve chosen will work well together try laying them side up side using a colour wheel or find a few items with those colours and lay them side by side on the floor.  

Tip 3: Use Natural Material as much as possible

wooden furnishings

Our last tip for this article is to use natural materials as much as possible when trying to add colour and texture to a holiday let. If your property is located in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside, use the honey-coloured Cotswold Stone as inspiration. Its warm, golden lightness pairs really well with oak or elm shelves, tables, and stools. Enhance your interior with wooden or stone flooring and contrast it will real wool, cotton, or linen. 

If your property is located in the centre of historic Oxford, use the town’s history and surroundings to influence what natural materials you use. Or use the Scandi look to blend your property seamlessly with your surroundings. Pale oak works well for large and multifunctional items. 

It also adds an extra element of texture as wood tends to have natural imperfections that give it character. Using other items such as sheepskins, woollen blankets, and leather accessories all accentuate a rural location and add a little something extra. Plus, companies like Sam Wilson Studio Ltd in Chipping Campden offer a wide selection of linen and cotton furnishings to help you decorate your holiday let to the high standards your guests expect.

Read more about furnishing your holiday let with our ‘How To’ blog series, or contact us today on 01993 222200 or stay@shortletspace.co.uk for help styling and managing your holiday home.

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