Holiday Cabin Decor: Transforming Your Rental for December Guests

Published Oct 30, 2023

Attract guests to your Smoky Mountain cabin rental by sprucing it up with holiday decor. Seasonal touches are an easy way to make guests feel at home. And if they feel at home, they’re more likely to return! Let these tips be your guide. 

Make a Plan 

Before you hang up even one new guest towel, remember:

  • Keep things simple. A few thoughtful touches have more impact than heaps of decorations.
  • Fit the decor to your cabin’s style. Guests who booked your log cabin for its rustic, country feel probably will enjoy country Christmas touches like quilted stockings and vintage Santa figurines. If your property has contemporary furniture, go for modern holiday decor like clear bowls filled with glass ornaments.
  • Pick a theme. Unify the look by sticking with a theme (vintage Christmas, winter sports, winter wildlife) or color scheme (red and green; blue and white; gold and silver). 
  • Decorate without damage. Mount decorations with hooks and adhesives designed for scratch-free removal.

Festive Touches In Each Room

Front door: You can’t go wrong with a wreath. Go all-natural with greenery, pine cones and bright berries. For a whimsical welcome, try a wreath of silver jingle bells or colorful ornament balls.

Living room: Couch pillows and throws with seasonal patterns are easy options. Decorate the mantelpiece with garlands, snowman figurines, or a holiday village scene. Trees are tempting, but take up room, and live ones are a fire hazard. If you love a Christmas tree, consider a “wall tree.” These artificial trees hang flat against a wall and take up zero floor space.

Kitchen: Add seasonal dish towels and a holiday-themed soap dispenser. Leave guests a basket of winter treats like gourmet hot chocolate mixes, Christmas cookies and spices for mulling wine. 

Dining Area: The dining table is a stage for an eye-catching centerpiece. A tabletop tree or a bold red poinsettia will stand out. Add holiday placemats, runners and napkins. 

Bathrooms: Hand soaps shaped like snowflakes or ornaments add charm. Pair them with hand towels featuring winter or holiday motifs. 

Bedrooms: Switch the usual quilts and bedspreads for ones with holiday patterns. Bonus points for designs incorporating Smokies icons like bears, deer and elk in a wintry landscape! 

For more tips, talk to us at Colonial Properties. We’ll help you create a warm welcome for your valued guests!

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