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Top 5 styling tips for holiday cottages

Ed 28 October 2013

Ever browsed our collection of Yorkshire Cottages and wondered how to achieve that luxury look with a holiday cottage?

Karen Spencer, is an interior designer by trade, is something of an expert at presenting luxury holiday cottages. In this informative blog she gives us her top five styling tips for holiday cottages…

Top five styling tips for holiday cottages

1. Add a focal point to each space

White Willow LodgeWhite Willow Lodge, Harrogate


Look at each space in your holiday cottage and consider what the stand-out feature or focal point is. If it hasn’t got one, add one. For example, create a feature wall behind the bed by painting it a contrasting colour to the rest of the room, or add striking wallpaper.  Add a large rug to an otherwise bland expanse of floor or rearrange the furniture to lead your eye to the stunning view beyond the patio doors. Don’t ignore lobbies, landings or washrooms as these spaces all add to the overall feel of your holiday cottage.

2. Furnishing your holiday cottage

It can be tempting to fill your holiday home with items you love, but simply have no space for in your own home: artwork, ornaments, pieces of furniture.  But this can result in an incohesive, mismatched and unstylish look. Be strict with yourself and only allow an item into your holiday cottage if it truly fits with the overall style, colour scheme and feel of the cottage.

3. Artwork

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Roseberry ViewRoseberry View, Osmotherley

Consider the style of your holiday home (country cottage, Yorkshire coastal retreat, sleek apartment) and choose images accordingly. Make sure artwork has a purpose and it’s not simply there to fill a space on the wall. Use it to create impact as a focal point in a room, or to enhance that room’s décor scheme. Always ensure any artwork is professionally framed and is of a suitable size for the wall – neither too big nor too small.

4. Add colour

A neutral scheme should certainly be the backdrop throughout your holiday home but use colour too. For the brave, add colour to a feature wall (via paint or wallpaper), or if you’re more timid add colour with accent colours via soft furnishings (curtains, rugs, scatter cushions and throws).

5. Finishing touches 

Yew Tree Cottage - NormanbyYew Tree Cottage, Normanby


A cliché but they do make all the difference. Coordinating accessories, plumped up cushions, ironed bedding, crockery neatly stacked, curtains opened with tie backs, books arranged tidily on the shelf, the log fire set and the wine chilling in the fridge…

Give your holiday cottage the house-factor

For more advice on styling your holiday cottage email Karen at [email protected] or visit her website for more information.

Happy styling!

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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