If you’ve taken the big step to become an Airbnb host, there’s a lot to think about. Despite the uncertainty of never knowing exactly who’ll be staying in your rental, you’ve got to play your part in making it feel like a home-from-home.
You might not be looking to recreate the infamous Home Alone house, but it’s still important to create an interior to ‘wow’ your guests. In this guide, we’ll cover a few tips to help you make your Airbnb look truly sensational.
The Rise of Airbnb
Since its launch in 2008, the popularity of Airbnb has skyrocketed. With an easy-to-use interface allowing users to find and book their perfect trip from their fingertips, Airbnb not only offers millions of properties worldwide but provides a comprehensive guide to local experiences for tourists.
If you have property waiting for guests to enjoy – and to help boost your income – here are some top tips to keep positive reviews flowing by perfecting your interior design.
Keep the Décor Neutral
Unless you’re an experienced interior decorator, a neutral colour palette is recommended. Bold, bright colours including blue, red, and purple could be distracting or even intimidating for some guests.
Keep floors clear and well-presented and remember that a splash of colour goes a long way. A feature wall or striking rug could add character and complement the neutral décor.
Fill the Space with Natural Light
Natural daylight is paramount in helping anywhere look more inviting. Plus, if you fill the kitchen, living space and bedrooms in your Airbnb with light, chances are you’ll give the illusion of more space, too.
Opening up the space near existing windows is a great place to start.
For example, if your property has bay windows, you could transform the space into a seating area with stylish bespoke furniture installed underneath it. Or, if you’re working with an attic space, why not install a few more skylight windows?
Provide Plenty of Storage
From minimalist open wardrobes to fitted units, storage in your Airbnb will allow your guests to keep things tidy and feel more at home.
Quality furniture will serve as a great investment, too, preventing regular repairs or replacement.
Create and Follow a Theme
Whether you’re hosting a coastal haven or a rural retreat, guests love to feel a nod to their surroundings and local area. Avoid using personal items like photographs but make charming touches by incorporating local artwork, a few books, and small houseplants.
The decision to go ahead with work yourself or hire a professional interior designer is ultimately up to you. However, only you can decide the best way to make your Airbnb stand out to guests.