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Preparing for cooler days

IF you own a property in Tenerife, but don’t live here permanently, chances are that the period when you are most likely to come out is now, to avoid those cold, British winters. After all, it’s the best of both worlds!

However, if you haven’t been in your property for a few months, you may need to take a good look and see if there is anything you need to do, to make your winter stay more homely and comfortable.

Whilst you certainly don’t want to reproduce the interior decoration scheme from where you live, you do want to make it feel like your “home-from-home”, and put your personal stamp on it. Ideally, you should celebrate the differences in climate and lifestyle.

Because you are far more likely to spend time outside at your property here, it’s worth investing in outdoor furniture, whether you have a small terrace or balcony, or a big garden. Synthetic rattan furniture is a great option because it is lightweight (in case you need to move it inside while you are not on the island), yet resistant to sun and water, while looking rather stylish.

Tenerife is blessed with good weather for most of the year, but we do occasionally get those cooler days, so coping with those needs to be built into your plan. Most properties have no heating as such, but a nicely co-ordinated throw, casually draped over one arm of the sofa, adds colour to your scheme, while being to hand if needed.

Many properties don’t have dining tables, or room for one. You will probably be able to use your outdoor furniture to eat at for the best part of the year, and may well enjoy the novelty that you can spend time outside, even in the winter months. However, on those cooler evenings, you may choose to incorporate a small, folding table, or stools, to be able to sit indoors, or eat at your breakfast bar.

As far as bedding is concerned, there is no need for the winter variety. From a design point of view, layering is a great opportunity to incorporate colour and texture into your bedroom. Keep your summer bedding in place, but layer one or more throws, folded back to reveal different toning colours or patterns, and scatter a couple of casually toning cushions, to finish off the effect.

Most properties have tiled floors which are great in summer and easy to keep clean, particularly for sand and wet clothing, but rather cool for winter. Thinking ahead, why not incorporate some rugs in the lounge in front of the sofa, and by the side of the beds, to keep your feet nice and warm on cooler days?

It’s a great opportunity to incorporate some extra colour and texture into your interior-design scheme, and you can easily remove them for storage, in the summer months. As the weather is currently warm, you may feel these tips are not particularly relevant. But there are sure to be a few days, here and there, in the following few months, when the temperature drops. It’s a welcome change sometimes, and you will be well prepared.

All items mentioned, including free design suggestions and advice, are available from Deco Nuevo on 922 789729.

 

 

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