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Upgrading Your Vacation Rental

How to create a stylish and inviting vacation rental!

By | Wed, 1 Oct 2014 04:23:00 EST

Upgrading your vacation rental

Whether the motivation is a difficult economy or the desire for a greater degree of personal freedom and privacy, many vacationers are choosing private home rentals and community vacation rentals when they select accommodation for their big trip. A vacation rental offers all the amenities and comforts of home because it is a home. Cottages, condos, apartments and even multi-bedroom homes are all available for vacation rental, all with the same appealing benefits such as having a full kitchen, laundry facilities, large living and dining spaces and, in general, the ability to move about freely and comfortably and with privacy. Depending on the location of the vacation rental, the home may have direct access to the beach or nearby waterways or may have a carefully landscaped yard or garden. Unlike a private home, a vacation rental can stand up to comparison with an actual hotel or resort in its amenities, including high-quality bedding and linens and conveniences such as single-serve coffeemakers and access to Wi-Fi.

Many vacation rentals are located in resort-quality communities. These types of rentals are very appealing to many vacationers as they offer the atmosphere of living in an apartment or housing community, including organized vacation community events. Guests have the chance to socialize with fellow travelers when desired and can return to the quiet and seclusion of their own rental whenever they like.

Tips for updating a vacation rental interior

Keeping the interior of a vacation rental fresh and trendy may seem like an expensive undertaking, but there are many ways to update the rooms with small touches and techniques that can increase the appeal of the rental, making it more easily rentable and memorable for those who stay there.

A basic way to begin is with a little change in room color or texture. Brightening up a room with a fresh coat of paint in a warm neutral shade, then adding an accent wall or trim in a bold tint can bring an average room into the realm of high-end décor very quickly. The addition of an elegant mirror adds class to a living or dining area, and a couple of attractive prints or paintings can give a room a feel of personal style and lived-in charm. Neutral photographs of nature, animals and locales are also a great addition and can be easily found and framed for little or no cost.

Updating with wicker furniture

If a coat of paint or some fine art is not enough of an update for the rental, a change in furniture may be in order. Vacation rentals are often located in sunny or beach locales, so wicker furniture would be a great addition.

Wicker furniture is composed of a framework around which branches or vines of other materials are woven. One of the most common materials used to make wicker furniture is rattan, a palm vine grown in Southeast Asia. Rattan is strong, flexible and will not rot; it can be separated and woven or simply bent into the shape need for the furniture piece. It is often paired with bamboo, another hard wood. Rattan may be left natural, painted, stained or varnished, though white is the most popular choice.

Wicker furniture is most familiarly used in outdoor patio furniture; a chair or two, a sofa, a set of tables and even a bar are excellent choices for an outdoor area that encourages socializing and even the occasional party. Wicker furniture is also a great choice for indoor spaces. A living room set may dress up a family room, and a wicker dinette, topped with a glass top, can open up the space of a small dining area. Even the bedroom can benefit from the addition of wicker furniture – everything from king size beds down to end tables, dressers and vanity tables.

Advantages of wicker furniture

There are many advantages to using wicker furniture to update a vacation rental interior. First of all, wicker furniture is very strong and durable, ensuring years of heavy usage. It is very lightweight, so repositioning furniture at any time is easy for even a non-athlete to do. Wicker is also inexpensive in comparison to antique furniture or more contemporary pieces.

Wicker furniture is relatively easy to clean and care for and, with regular maintenance, pieces will last for years. A damp cloth is sufficient to clean the wood, with a thorough vacuuming every few months. More thorough cleaning may be accomplished with a mild soapy water and a soft brush, then the pieces can stand in the sun until dry. Natural wicker should be oiled occasionally with linseed oil.

Upgrading a vacation rental can make the unit more appealing and enjoyable for the vacationers staying there. A few small changes and the addition of comfortable and practical pieces, such as wicker furniture, is a great way to accomplish this.

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