(above image: Design by Emily Henderson)
If you've got hard floors in your vacation rental, you're going to need some rugs.
A rug is a room's foundation, setting the tone for the entire space. It can add color, tie in accent colors, or be a neutral force that allows other colors to pop. It adds texture and warmth underfoot, making a house feel more inviting and comfortable for your guests.
That's a pretty big job for one object, especially one that often comes with a big price tag. And because they will inevitably go under (sometimes dirty) shoes, you'll want to make smart, durable rug choices for your rental property.
(above image: Design by Rosa Beltran)
Like I do for everything in life, let's break down rug buying into an easy list of categories to consider:
Painting is expensive especially when you're having someone else do the work. Likely in your short term rental property, you're outsourcing the labor and therefore this is an investment that you want to get right!
You're in the right place! Get ready for my best color advice.
The First step in picking the right paint colors is to think about all of the colors you want to use in your space. A tight color palette with a small number of colors is the best way to go.
Why? It will make the design of your spaces look less chaotic and more intentional. The brain feels calmer when things around a room relate to one another because there is less to process.
Here are 3 go-to rules for planning a color palette:
This rule says you use light colored neutrals for 60% of your space, the next 30% are for deeper toned neutrals, and the last 10% are your pops of color.
Under this rule, you...
Before you buy any furniture or decor for your short term or vacation rental, it's a good idea to do some planning!
If you've read any of my blogs or taken my e-course on Airbnb Design, you'll know starting with a plan is the cornerstone for success in decorating and designing any space.
A floor plan is a scaled visual representation of a room or building with the view from above. A floor plan will help you understand the ideal layout and flow of your space, and what size furniture you need for each room.
The first step in creating a floor plan is to collect some measurements of the area or areas you're hoping to draw. In the design industry, these are called "field measurements." You can do this one of two ways:
For the old school pen and paper method, see my below step-by-step guide. If you want to go the digital route, which would be faster,...
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. There is also...
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 less stressful!
Obviously, I'll suggest plants that are hardy and hard to kill. It's important, however, to recognize two things.