I’ve stayed at a lot of AirBNBs over the years and I’ve noticed they all seem to be lacking a few style essentials. In fact, I often bring these 5 items with me to make the AirBNB look better and feel cozier while I’m visiting. Perhaps this advice will help you add more style to your AirBNB and your home!
We have arrived to stay at a cottage in Comox, 10 steps away from the Health Retreat Terreeia and my Mom are attending this week!
Terreeia is doing another week because she’s clear she didn’t listen the way she’s listening now since it took until the third week (the last time she was here) for the message to land.
And the message is: Food is medicine, you CAN heal yourself.
She invited my Mom to come and share it with her and I’m here because I can work from anywhere, so why not somewhere where I’m looking right at the water.
We are 10 steps away from the beach AND the facility so it’s perfect for the 3 of us while we’re here.
In September when we were staying at an AirBNB not to far away we dropped by to take a look at the interior.
Overall, it was just fine for a really convenient spot to stay during the retreat, but this is what the living room looked like:
The place was, shall we say… NAKED.
No lamps. No decor. And the furniture looked like it was under arrest because it was pushed up against the walls 🙂
Since we were driving, I brought a few items that would instantly make this space feel cozier and of course I couldn’t wait to arrange the furniture:
Are you impressed that I happened to have a turquoise tray in my accessories room, haha? I was.
I looked at so many AirBNBs in this area when we stayed here before. And wow, there’s a lot of badly arranged furniture out there and literally NEVER enough (if any) lamps.
5 Simple Ways to Make Your AirBNB Look Better
So if you have an AirBNB, here are 5 easy ways to make it look more appealing to your guests.
And, if you are driving to one, I highly recommend that you bring a few of these items with you, like I did.
1. Each room should have at least two lamps
Here are a few of my favorite neutral lamps. Remember to purchase these in pairs.
And if you are just planning to stay at an AirBNB, I promise you won’t be disappointed if you show up with a few extra lamps.
2. Add a tray to the coffee table
If you have a few objects you need to corral (say, AirBNB instructions, vacation guides, etc.) a tray automatically creates the perfect tablescape and keeps things looking tidy.
I just happened to have a perfectly matching turquoise tray in my stash, but a white tray would have worked as well.
3. Add a stack of magazines or coffee table books
If you don’t have any coffee table books, a stack of magazines is easy to come by. They work great as a pedestal for any decor objects or even as a coaster.
4. Add 2-3 throw pillows and a cozy blanket
I have discovered that AirBNBs (and hotels, for that matter) never have enough throw pillows. And, draping a nice, cozy throw blanket over the sofa softens everything up in the room.
5. Add a faux potted plant (or two) in a trendy vessel
A trendy vase for succulents, faux greenery or even a supermarket potted plant is a great way to level up your AirBNB style and makes any vignette look better. Plus, I think a beautiful vessel (whether it’s filled with faux or real plants) is an essential object for a beautiful tablescape.
Bonus decor objects like votives with tea lights and a shallow bowl of green apples or moss balls will also amp up your AirBNB style.
How to arrange your AirBNB furniture
This advice is for anyone who has not considered that their furniture needs to be moved CLOSER together. Your furniture should create a conversation area.
There was almost 5 ft behind this sofa with a chaise (once I pushed it in to create a conversation area), so that means there’s room against the wall behind it for cabinet with art above it, and two lamps on it, or a starburst mirror.
If you have less room, then you might add a sofa table instead.
And one more piece of styling advice for your AirBNB (or your home): Do not add charcoal to black (i.e. charcoal rug above with black sofas). Charcoal and black are both too dark to make each other sing.
Yes, I realize a black or charcoal rug might be easy to find, but those colours simply die together.
If you’re shopping for a sofa for your rental, read this post first.
Over to you my lovelies! Who else brings home decor with you to make a stay more comfortable? I can’t be the only one?
If you’d like help creating a living room that fills you with joy every time you walk in, check out my Get me Started eDesign package here.