How did your property cope this summer? Well, it’s a New Year, new start. Below we get some words of wisdom from Melody Savage, an interior designer from Tonbridge.
“It may be the end of the main rental season yet autumn and winter breaks are becoming ever more popular. Do you make any changes inside your property to reflect the changing seasons and to tempt customers back?”
Well here are some ideas for you to get you thinking and some of them could even save you money!
As the nights draw in the importance of lighting becomes paramount. Take a look around your property and assess the lighting you currently have. The addition of a few well placed lamps will create soft pools of light and will immediately create a wonderful atmosphere for your guests to relax in.
If your property boasts an open fire or wood burner then this has the magical ability to instantly transform a space in to a welcome haven form the chill weather outside. Make sure the log basket is well stocked!
You can still instantly create a feeling of cosiness without an open fire. Think soft furnishings – particularly in the living room and bedroom. The addition of a warm throw over the back of a sofa or the end of a bed can instantly make a space feel more inviting. Team this up with a couple of complementary cushions and your guests will feel that the space is really homely.
Have you thought about changing your curtains? It may sound crazy and an unnecessary expense but bear with me! As the days get shorter we tend to draw our curtains earlier to keep out the cold and dark. If you have a heavier set – particularly in the living room – for the colder months, that are preferably interlined, you will potentially reduce your heating bill and create a wonderful cosy space.
I know that several owners like to leave a gift such as a bottle of wine or chocolates for their new arrivals. We all love a free gift – it’s human nature – and makes us feel special. Why not prepare a pretty tray or decorative box with a selection of different style teas and coffee.
This lovely gesture will be really appreciated by your guests and will avoid you having to throw away half used boxes and jars at the end of their stay.”
Melody Savage is an Interior Designer based in Tonbridge, Kent who has been working in the industry for over 16 years. If you would like to speak to Melody about any aspects of interior design you can contact her on – 07932 023 340.