Are you planning on spending the summer at a second home or weekend retreat? With Hamptons season having just kicked off, we turned to Décor Aid interior designers to dish their best approaches to vacation home interior design ideas to make your home away from home feel comfortable, practical and brilliantly decorated.
See how simple solutions like the choice of paint color, avoiding overtly beachy themes and focusing on practicality can bring your home to life with a put-together yet enviable laid-back sense of style. From beach houses catering to the outdoors, whether it’s next to the ocean or in the suburbs, here are failproof ideas for infusing your own summer home with a similarly thoughtful approach to interior styling.
“I approach decorating our client’s vacation homes as a matter of fulfilling that often elusive dream of living in paradise. The first step in the process always begins with inspiration from the surrounding landscape as bridging the gap between the outdoors and indoors is essential. And since this space isn’t your primary residence, take advantage of the freedom you’ll have when imagining the place reborn. Be bold, be assertive, just remember to keep it all pleasing to your tastes as this should be an investment that takes care and consideration.” – Décor Aid interior designer Elle K.
Focus On Function
“While adding cozy character with a sense of dialed-down comfort is key to any getaway retreat, there’s something to be said about the little interior design nuances that’ll make how you approach your getaway slightly different from your main home. For starters, space is often more limited – making every inch crucial more often than not. With that in mind, I suggest sourcing main furnishings that are easy to move and serve at least 2-3 purposes. Think ottomans boasting extra storage, fabrications that are ultra-durable and easy to clean. Basically, avoid the superfluous and make sure each piece has double the reason to be there.” Décor Aid interior designer Zorah D.
Add Luxurious Extras
“Though a key feature in most of my second home projects will always be the use of natural materials, sometimes the best vacation home interior design ideas bring in a sense of tried & true elegance for the unexpected – because no one is expecting to see a handblown crystal chandelier beachside, but why not? I like to approach my projects with little décor twists because let’s face it, walking into a vacation home fully beached out is typical, and pretty basic. Inject your vacation home with expressive art, deluxe extra’s and amp up the space with a consistent sense of dramatic sophistication to reflect your personality.” Décor Aid interior designer Liz D.
Source Durable Furnishings
“I’m sure I won’t be the only Décor Aid interior designer to emphasize this, but it has to be said. Sourcing durable outdoor and indoor furnishings that boast high design and quality craftsmanship is vital to the life of the space you decorate. You and your guests won’t find any comfort in pieces that are cheaply made and created to only last a few seasons. I strongly recommend investing in outdoor furniture that will withstand harsh elements year-round as many of my clients often forget that these pieces need to endure volatile weather from season to season, even when you are not there. A pretty and practical approach is a smart way to narrow down vacation home interior design ideas that are designed to last.” Décor Aid interior designer Kate W.
Tend For Crowd Pleasing Interiors
“To help you make the most of your space, I’ve got some pretty quick, easy to pull-off vacation home interior design ideas to put you at ease. Don’t decorate around a theme – it’s boring and trust me, you’ll tire of it all in less than a season. And please, avoid anything overtly nautical. However, you can nod to coastal style brilliantly with wicker add-on’s and the ilk but keep it to a minimum. Simple as it should be, decorate your second home just as you did your first. Bring in your personality, what rings true to your style, and create a buzzy mix full of personality and character.” Décor Aid interior designer Tom S.
Keep The Look Controlled + Complete
“Because you won’t relax if your space feels unfinished or haphazardly decorated, remember to keep everything consistent and pleasing on the eye. And since the home should reflect your personality, don’t adhere to any strict set of rules. Don’t rule out any decorative hues, you can live comfortably with any color if it’s done in the right way, I’ve even seen matte black accent walls in a beach home and it looked amazing and highly original. When thinking of smart vacation home interior design ideas, I often suggest to be as original and unique as you can while remaining in your comfort zone.” Décor Aid interior designer Colin M.
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