Here in the High Country of North Carolina, vacation rentals do quite well. Whether tourists are coming to the mountains to enjoy the cooler summer temperatures, the myriad hiking trails, the fall foliage, the ski slopes, or Appalachian State football games, this area is a beautiful destination with much to see and do.
As a designer, I’d love to design and decorate a vacation rental. For a while now, I’ve had ideas swirling around in my head for a Scandinavian-inspired home. The predominant style of vacation homes here in the High Country could be described as rustic and cabin-themed (think bears, moose, and plaid). I’d love to do something different and fresh. I envision a bright and airy space, minimally decorated, with beautiful details to explore in every room, and lots of texture and warmth coming in through cozy textiles and light wood tones.
I’d begin by painting the exterior of the house a navy blue with white trim.
The interior color palette would also be based around navy and white, with the addition of warm wood tones and accents of gold, sky blue, and blush pink.
Situated in front of the fireplace would be two navy velvet channel tufted sofas. Underfoot would be a luxurious kilim-inspired area rug. Ideally, the nearby table lamps would have white ceramic bases and white drum shades. White curtain panels would hang at each window.
In the second living area, you would find four modern swivel tub chairs anchored by a cocktail table that could double as a game table. I envision guests sitting here to chat over drinks and snacks, and it would also be the perfect place to work on a puzzle with family or friends.
The dining room would have a long wooden table so that large groups could gather for celebrations and reunions. Ideally, there would also be a built-in bench against a large picture window, allowing guests to enjoy gorgeous mountain views.
Lighting throughout the space would be simple yet glowing.
The bedrooms would carry on the same color palette as the rest of the house.
In the bathrooms, I’d like to hang shower curtains patterned with thin navy and white stripes.
Lastly, I’d stock the house with lots of good books to read, and, though it might be unexpected, I’d love to place a hanging chair somewhere inside for guests to enjoy!
Contact Canvas & Light Interiors if you’d like interior design inspiration and guidance for your own space, whether a vacation rental or a primary residence! I’d love to be a part of helping you create a beautiful space that is relaxing and refreshing for you and your guests.