Here are 5 simple tips how to style your holiday home on a budget and they are all things you as a holiday rental owner can implement.

My styling advice is always to work with what you’ve got. It’s not about ripping everything out and starting again.   And I know that a stylish holiday home can be achieved on a budget.

1. Focal Point

how to style your holiday home on a budget - cloakroom

Look at each space in your holiday rental and consider what the stand out feature or focal point is.  If it hasn’t got one, then add one.

For example, create a feature wall behind the bed by painting it a contrasting colour to the rest of the room, or add striking wallpaper.  Add a large rug to an otherwise bland expanse of floor or rearrange the furniture to lead your eye to the stunning view beyond the patio doors .

Don’t ignore lobbies, landings or cloakrooms as these spaces all add to the overall feel of your cottage.

2.  Furnishings

It can be tempting to fill your holiday home with items you love, but simply have no space for in your own home: artwork, ornaments, pieces of furniture.  But this can result in an incohesive, mismatched and unstylish look. Be strict with yourself and only allow an item into your cottage if it truly fits with the overall style, colour scheme and feel of the cottage. If it doesn’t, then donate it to charity or sell it!

3.  Artwork

how to style your holiday home on a budget - artworkConsider the style of your holiday home (country cottage, coastal retreat, sleek apartment) and choose images accordingly.  Make sure artwork has a purpose and it’s not simply there to fill a space on the wall. Use it to create impact as a focal point in a room, or to enhance that room’s décor scheme.  Always ensure any artwork is professionally framed and is of a suitable size for the wall – neither too big nor too small.


4.  Add Colour

How to style a master bedroom

A neutral scheme should certainly be the backdrop throughout your holiday home but use colour too.  For the brave, add colour to a feature wall (via paint or wallpaper),  or if you’re more timid add colour with accent colours via soft furnishings (curtains, rugs, scatter cushions and throws).



5.  Finishing Touches

A cliché but they do make all the difference. Coordinating accessories, plumped up cushions, ironed bedding, crockery neatly stacked, curtains opened with tie backs, books arranged tidily on the shelf, the log fire set and the wine chilling in the fridge ….

Styling your holiday home can be achieved on a budget, by working and enhancing with what you already have.

If the task feels too daunting, start with one room at at time. Don’t forget to take some before and after photos. I’d love to see these.

If you still think styling just isn’t your thing and you’d like help to get your place looking amazing, I can help you with my Bespoke Styling Advice .