Colour and fashionable interior trends
The relationship between home interiors and the fashion world is as old as fashion itself. Fashions and
interior trends alike change and change fast. Try to avoid being a slave to fashionable colour schemes when styling a holiday rental home. It can be costly to change
on-trend colour schemes too frequently. Consider boutique hotels; they work to a theme rather than current trends and create wow factor with longevity to avoid a large dent in profits.
Colour at its best
Poor colour choice can diminish a sense of space whilst careful colour choice will open up that same room.
For example, painting a rear wall in a lighter, softer colour to the other three walls will create a feeling of space.
lighter softer shade on one wall will create a sense of
Alternatively to bring walls forward use a darker colour to create an intimate space in a snug, games room or cinema room.
darker shade will create a more cosy, intimate space
green or blue with a garden theme in a sun room or breakfast room can create a beautiful
outside-in effect, even on a cold wet day. An indoor swimming pool
can benefit from Trompe
L'Oeill realistic paint effects with Roman planters, trailing vines and fluffy clouds in a blue sky.
Spending time considering colour and the effects you wish to achieve will pay dividends in your complete interior finish. This is where a professional home stylist can work wonders, save you time and money and help you to achieve an excellent colour scheme as opposed to an average one.
Rupert Kirkham of Kirkham Decorating, Taunton advises that paint choice is vital in a holiday
home, especially in areas of heavy wear such as a
'Make sure walls are washable such as cleanable paints Dulux Diamond, available in eggshell and emulsion. These may be more expensive initially but will save you money in the long term, as you
won't need to decorate as frequently. Avoid additional work in the area soon after decorating as the
paints' full properties take effect 7 days after
darker paint in Dulux Diamond on a staircase in a
Dulux trade paint Diamond
says' Diamond's NEW technology actively repels stains and makes them easier to clean.'
Cleaning Paint in holiday lets
General cleaning of Diamond paint
- dilute 50 parts warm water to one part Sprint detergent and sponge lightly with a
Heavy duty cleaning of Diamond paint
- 20 parts warm water to one part Sprint detergent and sponge lightly with a
decorator's sponge (Plus point is the positive impact on the environment when people do not have to redecorate so frequently.
Rupert would expect a
high-quality finish on an average sized holiday home to take approximately two weeks with a refresh needed every two to three years. Plan early
- good decorators will be booked up months in advance. For optimum results have a deep clean first, ensure skirting boards are spotless and ceilings are dust free.