mountain theme vacation rental

Decorating your vacation home is the perfect time to get a little creative and incorporate some style choices you might not include in your everyday house. Guests are there to have fun, and you can help set the mood for them with a fun home interior.

When you choose a theme, it’s easy to get excited and continue to add more and more to it. But sometimes themes can go a little too far. Over the top and kitschy decor can work, but you may be limiting who your home appeals to if you go that route.

Here are some tips on how to thoughtfully incorporate themes into your vacation rental decor.

Use colors and textures instead of clutter to accent. Teal for a beach home or browns and greens for a mountain cabin can subtly bring the outside in, without being the only thing a person sees when they walk into a room. Textures can do the same thing: opt for driftwood furniture in coastal areas and wood paneling in wooded regions.

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Incorporate decor items here and there, not everywhere. A seashell on a shelf in a beach house is a nice touch, but 25 of them could be distracting. Be mindful about where you place knickknacks and other themed items, and be sure to leave some surfaces for guests to leave their belongings.

Create the experience of the movie, not the advertisement. Movies are a great source of inspiration in bringing a theme to life. Get creative and think about how a set designer would set things up without overpowering the scene. And remember that the room you decorated with a Frozen bedspread might be used by a teenage boy.

An empty wall doesn’t have to be filled. Instead, decorate strategically around the natural focal point of a room, like a window. One bold piece of art can have more impact than an overcrowded wall.

Guests staying in your beach house know that the beach is right outside. Make your vacation rental an extension, not a mirror, of its location to create a positive and distraction-free experience for guests.


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Author: Chris Brown

Chris is a Pacific Northwest-based interior designer with an extensive background in photography, operations, sales, and business development. At Vacasa, Chris plays a key role in the company's newly launched design service arm, and has conceptualized, organized, and managed design projects for dozens of company-managed properties from start to finish. Chris also provides design consultation services to Vacasa's 5,000+ homeowners on an as-needed basis.