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Vacation Rental Management

When it comes to designing your beautiful beachfront vacation rental, remember, you’re not just furnishing a property; you’re crafting a sanctuary where guests should feel immediately at ease. One of the standout advantages of choosing a vacation rental over a hotel room is the warm, home-like atmosphere that allows visitors to truly unwind. And the good news? Elevating your beachfront rental to this level of comfort doesn’t have to break the bank! With a dash of creativity and strategic planning, you can design a space that’s both budget-friendly and irresistibly inviting, ultimately boosting your bookings. Read on for our expert tips on simple yet impactful design ideas that will turn your beachfront paradise into a guest favorite.

Keep It Light, Bright, and Airy

living room at Pelican Pass vacation rental

White serves as an excellent neutral backdrop for your interior design. It brightens up the space and sets a calming tone. Whether you opt for white walls or white shiplap, the color effortlessly harmonizes with vibrant accents, offering a modern and cohesive look. Consider white hardwood floors to further unify the design elements, making your beachfront rental feel both spacious and serene.


  • White shiplap on one wall of a bedroom
  • White comfy couches
  • White fluffy area rug
  • White hardwood floors

Choose Natural Textures

upper living area of a beachfront rental on oak island

Nothing screams "beach" more than natural wood furniture and driftwood accents! Adding natural pieces to the room brings the beach right into your rental and gives your guests an outdoor feel! The simplicity of wood coffee tables or even wool rugs can really bring a room together.


  • Wooden artwork made by local artists
  • Wicker chairs
  • Wooden cup holders and place settings
  • Wooden headboards
  • Wooden oars

Take Advantage of Outdoor Living Areas

screened in porch of a beachfront vacation rental

The beauty of a beachfront rental is your proximity to the best parts of any beach trip: basking in the warm sun, listening to the waves crash on the shore, and breathing in that fresh, salty air. 

Enhance your guests' experience by upgrading your balcony or outdoor area with comfy seating, screened-in areas to protect from bugs, covered porches, and well-manicured garden areas. All of these will help your guests relax and enjoy your space even more. Nothing beats sipping your coffee or having a family meal in a beautifully decorated outdoor space while you watch the sunrise or look for dolphins playing in the distance. 


  • Covered porches
  • Enclosed deck
  • Screened in rooms
  • Garden areas

Pops of Color

Kitchen in a vacation rental in oak island

Giving your beachfront rental property a bright, vibrant pop of color alongside a white neutral background can make your home stand out from all the others. Playing with colors and adding bright accents like throw pillows, artwork, couches, or chairs can not only tie the room to the beach but also make your property stand out in the minds of guests!


  • Bright throw pillows
  • Large colorful rugs
  • Colorful artwork
  • Shades of blue

Bring In Unique Pieces

living room of after dune delight vacation rental in oak island

Small spaces can still make a big statement with the right design choices. Adding an accent wall or bright wallpaper can liven up a room and make for a bright inviting area. Incorporating colorful rugs or beach-inspired decorations in the living and kitchen areas can really bring those spaces to life.


  • Papas chairs
  • Hanging planters
  • Round ottomans
  • Striped pillows or polka-dot accents

Honor Oak Island!

living area of a vacation rental in oak island

Make your beachfront rental property in Oak Island more appealing to guests by using locally sourced materials. Consider adding area maps, paintings of the beach, surfboards, and kites to give your rental a true beach house vibe.


  • Oak Island area map
  • Paintings from local artists
  • Coasters
  • Prints

Ready to Spruce Up Your Beachfront Rental? 

aerial view of beachfront homes on Oak Island

If you’re looking for another way to wow your guests this summer, hiring a professional property manager like Margaret Rudd is the way to go. Our story is one of award-winning customer service and unparalleled attention to detail. We provide our property owners with valuable annual programs and services to keep your vacationers happy and your property top of mind.

Are you a property owner looking for a fresh start with a new property manager? Or, are you considering renting your property on a short-term, vacation rental, or long-term rental basis? If so, we invite you to fill out of Property Management Inquiry form. 

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