When I first decided to start my vacation rental business I was torn as to what theme I would go with when decorating my rental.
An avid HGTV watcher, I had somehow convinced myself I was a professional decorator. I considered myself a mixture between Chip and Joanna’s rustic style coupled with Property Brothers modern flair.
One thing I learned from watching these shows was that you must design and decorate the property to compliment the environment it is in and the emotions of its potential owners/renters.
Here are a few tips to guide you when decorating your Airbnb:
1. Color Scheme: My first step in decorating is coming up with a color scheme for each room. This sets the mold for everything. Think about which colors will photograph best and what colors compliment your outside environment e.g. I find the most popular colors for beach destinations to be teal, yellow, orange, green and nautical blue. These colors pop out at you in photos unlike dark colors such as dark brown or black. Stay away from dark brown and black!!
2. Floor Plan: Find a free floor plan software or draw it out on on a piece of paper. If you go the paper route just ensure you measure the max space for each furniture piece and if possible tape an outline on the floor to give you a feel. This doesn’t have to be sophisticated but you want to make sure you utilize the rental space available as best as possible without crowding the space.
3. Budget: Finding reasonably priced furniture that are both durable and stylish is almost impossible. I have one word for you, IKEA! This place sells it all, from pot sets to bedroom sets. There is one caveat, these are ready to assemble furniture so you must be good with reading instructions and using an island key. You can also find good buys at local thrift stores, HomeGoods or even Amazon. Its going to take time but the finds will be worth it.
4. Accent Pieces: Puts the icing on your rental! I love faux plants, large statement wall paintings, accent walls and a definite must haves are accent pillows. I call these the “instagrammable” items. These items give your rental character and sets it even more apart from your competitors.