VK ColourWorks are Interior Designers with clients in Barnstaple, Bideford, North Devon and across the UK. They provide a bespoke interior design service for a wide range of commercial, office, holiday home, property and private clients that are tailored to any style and suitable for any budget.
Here they share their top 5 tips for creating the impact you desire from your holiday home:
Think of starting with a blank canvas (even if you’re overhauling your room you can think in terms of a blank canvas whilst you plan the room). Steer clear of pure brilliant white, which can be stark unless it’s a bright room with lots of natural light. The advice VK Interiors give is to choose a warmer shade of pale, like an off white or warm grey.
Plan on Paper
Draw out the room to scale on a piece of graph paper, do the same for each key piece (save yourself all that lugging around). Place the key items in their places on paper first, so you can see how much space you’ll have and how each item works together. This is a particularly important step for the sitting room, with the largest and most comfortable item being the sofa. It needs to work for your ideal guests and this step gives you chance to really look clearly at what will fit, what will look great and what will be needed for your guests. You can always use an online tool like homestyler.com if you feel that drawing isn’t your forte!
Choose your Comfys
The best thing you can do for your guests is to give them their best nights sleep ever! Provide them with a comfortable bed and sofa. The sofa should be the perfect size for the guests your property is catering for. This is where you should be spending your money. The biggest complaint is always, without fail, lack of comfort. Bad seating, bad nights sleep due to uncomfy beds, not enough space on the sofas for all, lumpy sofas - don’t let your property ever fall in this unhappy category.
Go for the best in beds and get the biggest bed the room will allow, without taking away the usability of the space. Use excellent quality zip and lock beds which give options for families or groups, they can be used as two singles or a super king when zipped together. In the lounge, purchase the most comfortable sofa you can afford, and take advantage of the incredible array of protected fabrics on offer.
No longer are holiday home owners doomed to have a leather sofa only for durability! There are plenty of options available in fabrics of every colour and type, which can now be treated during the building of the sofa to be as tough, durable and stain resistant as leather ever could be.
You need to carefully choose your colour palette. A large part of a well designed room is ensuring all the colours work together. Take the worry away by using an online tool, VK Interiors recommend Adobe Colour CC which gives you a series of predefined palettes or use Design Seeds, which is even more visually appealing than Adobe, giving you a photo with every palette. Lighting should be forefront in your mind whilst making your decision regarding colours!! Take inspiration when choosing colours from your natural surrounds, just like design seeds is teaching us, if your holiday home is close to the sea, think blues and sands, if you’re in the countryside and it’s summer, what about choosing colours from the local flora and fauna, change it up for a autumnal look towards winter.
Key Items\Natural Solid Colours
Keep the large centre pieces of the room, sofas and beds, in neutral solid colours. It’s easier to add colour in the form of cushions, throws, lightshades or a painted/wallpapered wall than to change a large piece of furniture!
Lots here that you didn’t know? Why not give Karley or Vicky a call to talk through your holiday home refurbishment project? You can contact them on: 01271 308093.
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