Is the sofa in your Airbnb's living room in front of a big blank wall? A blank wall always seems to grow and become more boring once the sofa is positioned in front, right? It can be overwhelming knowing what to do with this prominent blank canvas.
However, there are a lot of different ways to bring that wall to life, and I'm here to help!
Let's break down the options and look at some beautiful examples done by some amazing designers.
Gallery walls are always fun and can really allow your creativity to soar with the endless options for what to add. Also, they can be less expensive than buying large pieces of real art, depending on your approach. However, I totally get that the term "endless options" is enough to send many of you into a tizzy of anxiety, and I get it. I am the exact same way without a well thought through plan.
How about a mini-tutorial?! Let's dive in:
(a) Think through your Color...
Okay, so you've decided to hang a wall collage on some part of your vast, empty drywall.
I remember being in my 20's in my very first apartment, and deciding exactly that.
"I'm going to do a gallery wall above my sofa! It's going to be organic, and collected, and uniquely awesome."
Fast forward to 2 days later after a trip to the flea market with my Mom and I felt so frustrated and overwhelmed I quit the gallery wall and found some wooden and metal thing from Pier One to hang above my sofa instead. (Don't judge me. This was circa 2005.)
Thank Goodness I'm no longer in my 20's and thank goodness I've finally nailed the formula for building the perfect wall collage in a home. Let's break this down with a tutorial!
Now that you know you want to do a collage wall, think about how much space on the wall you'd like the collage to cover. It's ideal if for the items...
Decorating walls is something that very few Airbnbs get right, but those that do are undoubtedly more inviting and ultimately more successful.
Art should make your room feel more alive, and more inviting!
Let's go through some examples of inexpensive, yet interesting art.
If you're after something to put in a frame you already own, I highly suggest scouring Etsy. Typically downloadable print files cost around $10 or less. Then all you have to do is print them out from Staples or an online source like Vistaprint in the size that you need. (There will be preset size options listed on the product, so make sure the scale will work with your existing frame if you have one.)
Also, for convenience, these shops will often print the file for you in the size of your choice and ship to your door. It may cost just a bit more than printing yourself, but the convenience might be totally #worthit to you!
When you're selecting furniture for your Airbnb Living Room, the sofa should be one of the FIRST items you consider.
It's a really large purchase, and I understand completely that it can feel quite daunting. This piece will get a lot of use and abuse from your guests, and you want it to last!
To help on your quest, I've rounded up my top 8 fav options for you here!
These choices represent a variety of different styles that I feel are versatile chameleons able to slide into almost any style genre you choose for your space. (Hyperlink style quiz at "style genre" <-------)
When it comes settling on a sofa there is more than just the quality to consider....
If you've been paying any attention to the design scene lately, you'll notice that plants are everywhere.
They literally bring life to a room, and can make an otherwise flat design feel complete and photo ready. Plants will make your temporary rental stand apart from your hotel competitors because:
Hotels don't have plants!
As you're designing your Airbnb, you don't want to skip over adding some green buddies to your space!
However, I can understand your hesitation, especially if you yourself aren't going to be visiting the property regularly to care for them. Luckily, I've put together this easy guide for you to follow to make the process stress free!
Obviously, I'll suggest plants that are hardy and hard to kill. It's important, however, to recognize two things.