Interior Design for your Holiday Home

Published: Monday 21st Oct 2019

Written by: Annabel Leach

When styling their holiday home I always advise owners to follow their own taste and put their personality into it whilst also considering how much appeal it will have to a wide range of guests. I have heard the words ‘But I like it like this’ when discussing with owners how the dated décor of their property may not be appealing to customers hence the reduction in bookings after several years of no changes being made. I see many holiday properties furnished with similar fixtures and fittings and I like to encourage owners to be a little experimental in order to ensure that their property stands out from the crowd. But where to begin?

For a romantic country cottage I would opt for luxurious printed fabrics, soft lighting, big squashy sofas and a cosy décor. Colourful Cornishware crockery provides that quintessential cottage character along with crisp white bedlinen and quilted bedspreads on deep mattresses. Here’s a lovely example of a country cottage which customers return to time and again SPARROW COTTAGE.

For a coastal property you may want the interior to be more neutral whilst also making an impression but the whole nautical look has been overdone and it’s time for a change. I frequently see coastal properties decorated in white and various shades of blue but the latest trends suggest that less is definitely more. I would recommend using blues as an accent colour rather than a ruling one. Beautifully-decorated, sharp white walls with royal blue sofas look incredible. Greys and pink or pastel greens add colour, vibrancy and style so don’t be scared to add these shades in. Get rid of the modern pine, lighthouses, porthole mirrors, rope bannisters and oars if possible. A holiday home will generally be more lightly furnished than your own home but also needs to feel ‘homely’ and not stark. One property on our portfolio that demonstrates this well is 15 LUSTY GLAZE.

Current design features in style include classic panelling, painted floorboards, galvanized metals coupled with mango wood and geometric patterns. Beautiful antique mirrors, worn leather chairs and vintage tableware evoking memories past. For advice on any aspect of holiday letting, we'd love to hear from you.  


Annabel Leach



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