In this week’s column, we look at a very good property indeed – a two-bedroom apartment in a resort in Candolim, Goa – that’s tastefully furnished and extremely welcoming as a holiday homestay.
The apartment has a sofa-bed that can sleep an additional two people. Perhaps because it’s in a resort, one of the photos shows the sofa-bed converted, with proper bed dressing. It’s always important to have photographs of your property showing beds properly made.
Coming to the first bedroom, it is complete in every way except for the artwork. Art in a room is as important as the furniture – it defines shapes and draws our attention to the more attractive features of the room.
In this case, instead of two random art pieces of different sizes, I would put one large dominant rectangular artwork, matching the width of the headboard, over the bed. Look at this picture and see the difference it makes.
Art like this need not be expensive. Your carpenter can make a basic frame like this, and you can select a picture, maybe even from photography sites on the web, and have it printed on canvas, then stretched and stapled on the frame.
Again, the picture you select need not be used in the same shape it was in originally – you can always crop and position it however you want it.
Coming to the second bedroom, I’m going to suggest two options. The first one merely tidies up one loose wire, and extends a curtain. Look at:
However, the space layout in this room is not ideal. When next renovating, I’d recommend this for the floor plan:
Now, the bathrooms. This property is the best example of how to present bathrooms. The colours are well balanced with white shower curtains and while walls camouflaging the geyser pipes and the accent brown on the tiles matching the woodwork. This makes this otherwise small bathroom look pristine, and this will impress guests.
As always, homestays are a service industry, and the toilet seat hygiene tape and the floor towel tell you at first glance that this homestay owner knows the service industry.
Instead of this material for the sofa, consider the following options.
This will make the room look warmer, and, by the way, the lights in this room need to be brighter, too. Always vary lighting by adding floor lighting and table lamps for mood lighting, and have the wall sconces brighter for general functional lighting.
Another important thing: centre tables should be large, and always be lower than the sofa seat. The smaller, higher tables are side tables. In this room, move the side table that’s in the centre to the corner between the sofas.
Having an oversized centre table is a good idea because it makes the room look larger. Alternatively, an area rug may be considered.
And finally, some geometry. The artwork over the single sofa is placed horizontally. This is visually discordant. Just turning it so that it is vertical, and removing the artwork over the other sofa makes the room appear so much more larger.
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