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Your Second Can Be Your Favorite: Tips for Decorating a Second Home

Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at 12:00pm Engel & Völkers

By Katelyn Castellano

For many, a second home is where responsibility and stress of the daily grind simply don’t exist. A second home is a realization of your passions, whether it be skiing, beach living, golfing, hiking or simply enjoying the view. It’s a place to make memories and relax with friends and family, so it’s important that it remains a sacred retreat that you continue to dream about and enjoy. Décor and design scheme are important elements of a home’s personality, so here are a few things to consider when decorating your home-away-from-home.

Throw Caution to the Wind

Leave behind any rules you'd usually apply to decorating your home; your second home is the place to have fun. Experiment with light, patterns and colors to create a space that's truly unique. Incorporate furniture and accent pieces that provide function and those that simply make you happy.

Plan for Flexibility

The more, the merrier. You may be entertaining a number of friends, family and guests at your second home, so purchasing multipurpose furniture gives you additional options for sleeping and storing. Consider creating multiple seating areas for guests to enjoy different activities as well as elements and views of the home, while also creating one common space for meals and group entertaining. It’s also wise to invest in durable furnishings and hardwearing textiles, which is even more important if you plan on renting out your home.

Be Inspired by Your Surroundings

Let your location influence your design. In coastal getaways, consider blues, glass and driftwood features in both the interiors and exteriors of the home. Cabins lend themselves to warm colors and thick textiles in indoor living spaces, while fire pits and cozy gathering spaces outside are a must. If you're in an exotic location, incorporate bright colors and locally inspired prints and patterns. Showcasing local art pieces is also a great way to give your home an authentic feel.

Enjoy the View

Oftentimes there is no better focal point in a second home than the view. Make sure you keep your windows and windowsills clear of clutter. Opt for simple curtains with light material if it's a warm location, or simply go bare if you have a grand picturesque window. For colder getaways, heavier materials can certainly work and function both as décor and additional insulation. No matter what, ensure your solution is both functional and enjoyable, as sun can also fade furniture and finishes over time. Effectively showing off your surroundings serves as a constant reminder of what makes your home so special.

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