Round Up: The Best Lamps for Your Airbnb

airbnb decor airbnb design lamps lighting Nov 14, 2022

image above: Plum Guide

A room without lamps is... well, not a room worth spending time in. So says this designer anyway.

I feel like a broken record when it comes to this topic because I say it ALL the time. 

"When in doubt, just add lamps." 

Everyone: "How would you improve that listing?" Me: "It needs more lamps." 

"What's this room missing??? It's LAMPS!"

Why do I love lamps so much? Because soft glowing light at eye-level around a room makes a house feel like a home.

Lamps are truly the handbags of the design world. They can be whimsical and fun, or a large statement piece in your design. Not only do they add flattering, soothing light but also personality and fun to a room. 

That said, lamps, like all interior items can of course range greatly in price. And unlike the sofa or dining table, your lamps don't need to be high end or "durable" in the way your key pieces of furniture do. Although I love a gorgeous lamp from places like Soho Home, I can't say that's the best place to spend those design dollars for a short-term rental. 

above image: Urban Outfitters

So without further ado, I'll share with you some of my favorite finds for the best lamps for your Airbnb, of different sizes, shapes and decor styles.

Of course the first board is an important one for a rental because lamps are not where you should be spending tons of money. There are so many great options available at great prices, you just have to know where to look! (Shop these boards by clicking the links on the numbered list below each one!) 

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This next board is also full of well priced goodness for those rooms that need a little more of an upgrade, like the master bedroom or living room. 

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This next board is still reasonable if you feel like splurging a little. Number 2 down there looks better in person than on the screen. She's gorgeous. 

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Treating your guests to a lamp with an easy to find USB port could be a nice luxury touch that your rental needs to get you those 5 star reviews! (Read this blog for more about adding luxury touches to your rental on a budget!)

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And just in case you'd like to see what I'm drooling over and dreaming about in the name of lamps lately, I thought I'd throw this one in for fun. These are a real splurge items for your own home or a high end boutique hotel-like rental. 


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above image: Crate & Barrel

Much like the fashion world these days, lots of the "rules" for interiors have been thrown out the window. We're living in a real "do what you want if you like it" sort of era. I'm not sure how I feel about it. It's admirable, and also confusing. 

But we'll roll with it and say "rock on" to the generation that marches to the beat of their own baggy boyfriend jeans. 

With that in mind, I thought I would include some guides about how to select the right lamp for an area. One rule that crops up lately is that whatever size you want is fine. But it's not really true. Size matters. Lamp shade and light output also matter. 

Of these images below, the lamp on the right doesn't make much of an impact. Plus there is only one! Cardinal sin of STR decorating! Whereas the ones on the left are much more impressive, professional, designed and grown-up. For lack of better adjectives. 


Let's do a good ole numbered list, shall we?

Some rules for lamps in your short-term rental: 

  1. More is always better. Where should you put them? Wherever there is a horizontal surface with a plug nearby. ;) 
  2. Safety first!! Make sure your cords are never a trip hazard in your rental. Don't float a lamp in the middle of the room unless you have a floor outlet or have secured your cord to the ground. 
  3. How many lamps in each room. 
    1. Living room - minimum of 2 
    2. Bedrooms - I say have one on each side of the bed with a nightstand if you have room for beds that sleep 2 people. 
  4. Don't spend a ton of money on your lamps. Go to HomeGoods or shop the links above! (Except the money is no object board. Reserve those for your own home or really high-end properties.) 
  5. When in doubt go bigger and add more.
  6. Always use energy efficient bulbs with a soft white color temperature. Never use 'daylight' — that will feel like a hospital room or prison cell. 

 above image: Soho Home

That's it for me and lamps. I'm glad I got all that preaching off my chest, I feel better. I'm not sure I've converted anyone over to the light, if you will, but at least I've said my piece.

Happy shopping and happy hosting my friend!

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