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interior design

I sure have been missing the good ole days…of just five months ago, when we could go to concerts, movies, vacations, and enjoy a simple hug from a friend. We are all trying to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, staying home and passing the time with #boredinthehouse TikToks. Its easy to lose many hours in the digital world.

When you finally take a break from your screens, as a short term rental host, there is plenty to think about. Making your home safe, comfortable and welcoming is among the most important. A well-designed home is about more than just aesthetics. It can enable you to charge a premium rate. But what if you’re on a tight budget or you don’t really have an eye for that kind of thing? Thankfully, there are plenty of interior design hacks that are both easy to implement and surprisingly affordable. Here are a few of my personal recommendations, and a great way to pass the time while you’re helping stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Choose a theme.

Interior design doesn’t have to be a complicated undertaking. Selecting one common theme can make things infinitely easier. For instance, let’s say your short term rental is located in a rural area. You might choose a log cabin theme. Or, you might just decide to do one color scheme throughout the whole property. Once you’ve figured this out, decorating will be a breeze.

Buy Succulents or (High Quality) Artificial Plants

They are much easier to maintain than live ones and are great for adding a dash of color, life and personality to any room. (Just remember to dust them – or tell your cleaning crew to do so. Dusty fake plants will have the opposite effect on the atmosphere of your Airbnb.) And if you’re not able to find affordable artificial plants, then look for some succulents. Succulents are very affordable, require minimal care, and look great! They will really bump up your interior design game. 

Always use white sheets.

They’re simple and they convey the message that your short term rental is clean – which is always a good thing. Think about it. Boutique hotels always use white bedding. Model your Airbnb after that and you’ll be golden. Bonus: it’ll make choosing your bedding much easier.

Hang tasteful art.

Not only does a nice framed piece of art bring a room together, but if you’re strategic about it, you could make this part of the guest experience. For example, I recommend hanging a few pieces created by local artists, whether they’re paintings or photographs. Guests can then purchase these pieces as a memento of their stay. Trust me – it’s a really unique touch that guests love. Plus, you’re supporting local artisans, so it’s a win-win. You can also find some nice local landscape paintings that are more affordable, or look on Craigslist or NextDoor for neighbors looking to give away their artwork. 

Add accents.

If your rooms feel like they’re missing something, add a few simple accents, like colorful throw pillows. You don’t have to be an interior design expert. Just try to pick colors or patterns that suit your home. And don’t worry if you miss the mark. These things are cheap enough that you can try different options until you find the right fit.

Up your lighting game.

The more lighting options your guests have, the better, so incorporate lamps wherever they make sense. As for ceiling lights, swap out boring fixtures with something a little more elegant, like an affordable chandelier, something a little more upscale, or wall sconce with a motion censor switch to automatically light a dark hallway.

Incorporate mirrors.

This is a great trick if your short term rental is small, as mirrors open up a room and give the illusion that the space is much larger than it actually is. Plus, you really can’t go wrong, even an over the door mirror helps open up a room. It’s not like picking out art or something else that requires an eye for design.

Bonus Tip: Keep personal items to a minimum.

Last, but certainly not least, try to keep your home as neutral as possible. I know this is hard – especially when your short term rental is also your primary residence, but it’s important. Guests want to feel at home, but they don’t want to feel like they’re invading someone else’s personal space. If it’s something that relates solely to you, put it away when you’re not there.

A lot of things go into a guest’s experience with a short term rental. How the property is designed plays a big part. Thankfully, you don’t have to be an expert, nor do you need an unlimited budget to make your home a beautiful and welcoming place to stay. The tips above should give you a good head start.

If you want to take your interior design a step further, consider these ways to create an amazing sleep experience.