How to Decorate a Holiday Home

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Holiday homes are the perfect place to spend some quality time with loved ones and friends. They also represent a great place to go when you want to enjoy some quiet time when life gets too stressful. A holiday home in this country is easy to furnish and decorate because it is very much a home from home. You can even fill it full of bits and pieces of furniture you don’t need in your main residence. But what happens if you buy a holiday home abroad?

Properties located abroad are invariably nothing like those we live in at home. Architectural styles vary considerably in different parts of the world and a holiday home is likely to be constructed in a style that is native to the local region. The climate, materials, and local building practices all play a part in how a property is designed. In turn these will all influence how you design and decorate your holiday home.

Do Some Research

If you want your holiday home to be decorated in an authentic style that is in keeping with the local area, you will need to do some research. With a modern new-build, this won’t matter so much, but if you have bought a period property, it makes sense to decorate it in a more traditional style.

Artisans and Local Craftsmen

You could buy new furniture from a website such as, or you could look for traditional pieces of furniture from local artisans and craftsmen and women. Second-hand furniture can be a good buy if you know what you are looking for (research is useful in this regard). You can even customise any second-hand furniture you find with a lick of paint or similar for a shabby chic makeover.

Check Out Other Homes

If inspiration is lacking, have a look at other similar properties in the area and see what other owners have done with their homes. This is not to say that you should copy what they have done, but if you like their style, use it as a starting point when planning a decorative scheme in your own holiday home. It is also worth asking other home owners to recommend local suppliers or tradesmen if you want to revamp any rooms or buy large, expensive items.

Inject some Individuality

Just because you don’t live in your holiday home full-time, it doesn’t mean you can’t be creative. Look for little bits and pieces in local markets or shops and use them to add a touch of individuality. It is the small things that give a room personality, so have fun shopping in flea markets and bric-a-brac shops.

A Style to Suit You

Irrespective of how everyone else in the local area decorates their home, ultimately you should adopt a style that suits you. It is good to be authentic and create a home that is in keeping with its history and location, but conversely it can also be fun to do things differently, so don’t be afraid to tread your own path.