Weekend or vacation homes can become dumping grounds for excess furniture and other items. Instead, why not make the home a showpiece in design?

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You’ve just purchased the perfect vacation or weekend home, but furnishing it may prove to be anything but relaxing.

Oftentimes, the weekend home becomes the dumping ground for excess furniture and whatever else may be collecting dust in storage. Instead, why not make that vacation home a showpiece in design? And there is no need to break the bank.

First, think about how the home will be used. Will it solely be for you and your family to enjoy, or will it be rented out and used partially as an investment property?

Homes used for rental purposes will receive more wear and tear than one used just by you and your family. As a result, materials such as commercial-grade fabrics should be considered, as well as leather or Naugahyde as opposed to lighter or more fragile fabrics.

Durable fabrics are also great solutions for everyday residential use, especially for those who have pets and children.

FURNITURE

Vacation and weekend homes are often places to bring and invite guests, so how you plan to entertain may also play a role in your furniture selections.

An investment in a good quality sofa should top your list. When looking for a sofa, here are some aspects to consider.

  • Choose a sofa made of kiln-dried hard wood as opposed to a soft wood, such as pine.
  • Learn about how the foundation of the sofa is created, as the sturdiness of the frame will impact its longevity. In general, the more springs, ties and reinforcement, the better.
  • Feel the back of the sofa. You should not feel staples or wood — these are indications of a poorly-wrapped frame.
  • Choose partial down- or foam-filled seat cushions as opposed to those filled with pure down. While down is cozy and soft, it eventually begins to flatten and will not look as plump as it once did.

Beyond your sofa selection, the next important choice should be the flooring material or covering.

Flooring for an investment property should be durable, so be sure to select a low-maintenance solution such as porcelain tile or hardwood that is well-protected. In general, carpeting may not be the ideal solution due to potential staining and odor.

COLORS

Why not consider hues that are soft and soothing? As this is a home in which to get away from it all, creating an inviting oasis will help increase your enjoyment. Some colors to consider include:

Charcoal gray. It pairs well with light and bright colors and will also hide potential stains.

Blue. Blue is a calming, soothing, cool color that helps to relax a space.

Yellow. This bright, happy color can help perk up potentially dark spaces.

Green. Green is a color that can add a lot of interest to a space and serves as a great accent color.