How to Decorate Your Cape Cod Summer Rental

You’ve read our article Thinking of Renting your Home on Cape Cod and decided you’re up for the task. The next step is getting that home ready to be a rental. Decorating a summer rental is different than decorating your family home. We’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to make your summer rental functional and fun!

Less is More – Your guests may be arriving with lots of luggage and equipment. Don’t clutter the place with knickknacks., who specialize in rentals on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket suggests, “You want it to feel homey, not stark like a hotel room, but not too much stuff so that people can move in and have their own things.”

Nothing Personal – Don’t take it personally, but renters don’t want to be surrounded by your family photos. If you’re renting out your own home, remove all traces of the actual homeowners. Renters want to feel like the place is theirs for the week.

Keep it Cape – Visitors coming to Cape Cod want to feel like they’re on Cape Cod. You might love a Southwestern Desert style, but casual coastal always wins when it comes to Cape Cod rentals. Keep colors light and bright and don’t be afraid to throw in a few beachy or nautical touches.

Details, Details, Details –The smallest detail can go a long way. Perhaps you keep a shovel and pail or extra beach chairs in the mud room. Ensure the kitchen is stocked with small essentials: toaster, coffee maker, and microwave. But details in decor can go a long way too. explained, “Spend a few bucks on relatively inexpensive things that might seem almost frivolous but can make an impact on your guests. Christmas Tree Shops and discount stores like TJ Maxx, for example, are great sources for replacing older, in some cases even antique, more valuable items with fresh, new, beachy ones (e.g., lamp shades, bedspreads).”

By Rebecca Romo, Lifestyle Reporter

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Rebecca Romo hosts Feel Good Mornings weekday mornings from 6-10 am on 99.9 The Q. Originally from New Orleans, she moved to Cape to be with her husband a second generation Cape Codder.
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