I love seeing how people decorate their homes on Airbnb. The styles are very eclectic from modern, to shabby chic, to retro and transitional. When I travel, I make sure I book a room on Airbnb because I love staying with locals and learning about native places, restaurants, and activities they recommend. But more than that, I enjoy the personalized experience in a comfortable and cozy home that I just wouldn’t get from staying in a hotel. Also, as an Airbnb host myself, I take pleasure in sharing my home with guests. In return, my guests enjoy their stay in a beautifully designed and comfortable home that makes them feel welcome, safe, and happy. If you are considering becoming an Airbnb host, I highly recommend it. I’ve met wonderful people from all over the world and one of my guests became a client of mine who also connected me to other clients and business professionals. My experience with Airbnb has been nothing but positive and a wonderful experience that I’m happy to share with anyone who is interested in learning more about Airbnb.
If you are considering becoming an Airbnb host, first think about the kind of guests you want to attract. Do you want to attract business professionals, families, single tourists, or older couples? Once you determine the guests you want to appeal to, think about what they would need if you were in their shoes. If you were a professional traveling for business, what would you need? Would you need a desk, access to internet, a printer, an iron, coffee, etc…? Next, come up with a theme for the space. If you live by the beach, create a beach bungalow feel or if you live in a cabin in the mountains, create a natural, rustic space that give guests the experience of being out in nature. Add personalized touches such as photographs that you took while traveling, hang artwork you were inspired by, or display knick knacks you have collected over the years. Place flowers and plants around your home to bring a touch of nature indoors and add aromatic fragrances that deepen the experience for your guests. The most important thing is to design your home so that it reflects who you are while providing guests with an authentic, local ambiance where they can get a unique adventure that they would never get by staying at a hotel.
Check out some decorating tips for Airbnb Interior Design here or view some amazing Airbnb designs below to inspire you to re-decorate your own home if you are a host. If you are new to Airbnb and are considering becoming a host, check out Airbnb’s Interior Design Collection to get creative ideas for your own home.
Time sure does fly! Autumn is already here displaying lovely fall colors in nature such as burnt orange, copper, wine, and rich browns. Whether its pillows, artwork, flea market finds, bedding, or handcrafted furniture, there are things (small or big) that you can do to start decorating for the autumn season. Below are some fall decorating trends that you can incorporate in your home.
The Curated Look
Collect and display what you love. Incorporate items from flea markets, yard sales, or souvenirs into your home decor. Whimsy, unique, and funky are definitely a plus.
We’ve all made mistakes when it comes to decorating our space. Whether it’s choosing the wrong paint color, rug size, incorrectly identifying furniture proportion, or scale of artwork, below are some common DIY interior design mistakes that people often get wrong.
Mistake 1: Rugs that are too small in size relative to the space
Rugs are a great way to add color, texture, and pattern to a space. If it is too small in size relative to the surrounding furniture, it throws off the balance and cohesiveness of the room. Either all of your furniture should be sitting on the rug or at a minimum the front 2 legs of your sofa and chairs should be on the rug. Since large rugs can be expensive, another option is purchasing 2 smaller rugs and laying them side by side.
Mistake 2: Pushing up furniture against the walls
Lining the walls with your furniture doesn’t necessarily make your room appear larger or more open. Putting too much space between furnishings makes it difficult for your guests to interact with one another if you are entertaining and it makes the room feel less inviting. By moving things away from the wall, you create cozier spaces that allow for intimacy and comfort. If you have a small space, place your sofa and side tables against one wall, and bring in the other furnishings away from the wall closer towards the sofa.
Mistake 3: Purchasing matchy-matchy furniture
Furniture that are very similar to one another in style, color, and texture creates no visual interest and ends up blending together so that they all look alike and nothing stands out. A mix of proportions, style, and scale is important to creating a space that is comfortable yet aesthetically pleasing full of texture and patterns. Try mixing small scale patterns with large scale patterns using geometric prints or organic prints on your throw pillows and rug. Avoid purchasing all your furniture and accessories from one store.
Mistake 4: Selecting paint color before furniture
It’s easier to select paint color for your space after you already have some furnishings in place. It’s much more difficult to find the right rug, window treatments, accessories and furnishings to create a cohesive look with the paint color if you choose the paint first. I recommend either getting samples and painting a small section on your wall as close as possible to your furniture, or getting brush outs so that it can be repositioned around the room at different times of the day to get a better preview of the color.
Mistake 5: Designing for the lifestyle you want versus the one you have
If you have kids or pets, you might want to stay away from a white sofa. Sure, a white sofa is clean, classic, and elegant but if you are constantly cleaning up messy spills, you might want to think twice. Try a sofa in a dark or patterned stain-resistant fabric. Not enough storage for holding your kids toys, arts & crafts, books, and mementos? Ottomans are great for storage and can double as additional seating when entertaining family and friends.
If you make a decorating mistake, it won’t be the end of the world. If you chose a paint color that just didn’t look right, or purchased a rug that is too small for your living room, you can always solve the problem by getting a larger rug or selecting another paint color. Of course, that will cost you additional time and money. Another option is hiring an interior designer on an hourly basis to help you with your design project. An interior designer can guide you to making the right decisions avoiding any further mistakes which will save you time and $!
Red, white, and blue are such fun color combinations to use in home decor and it is perfect for 4th of July coming up. It’s nice to contrast a neutral color such as white, beige, or grey against such bold colors as red and blue. Also, there are various shades of red and blue that you can play with if you aren’t ready to splash your walls with a dark navy blue or a bright cherry red. You can start small with red, white, and blue accent pillows, side tables, striped rugs, table lamps, or colorful mirrors. Be patriotic and brave this 4th of July by adding red, white, and blue into your home. Below are some design inspirations for you to consider, dream about, and incorporate in your home.
When you walk into a room, what is the first thing you see? Is it the color, the rug, or a bookcase? What you first notice about a room is the focal point. A focal point, in its simplest definition, is a point where lines converge together. Creating a focal point in a space is key to creating visual interest and attracting attention. I usually recommend one focal point. Having multiple focal points in a room can be confusing and distracting. It can throw the space off balance and make it appear disorganized with too many focal points. Choosing one item to emphasize and spotlight sets the tone, mood, and ambiance for the room. It could be a dramatic artwork, fireplace, an oversized light fixture, a bold wall color, or an architectural feature. Putting the highlight on one of these elements will help create a visually interesting, well rounded, and balanced interior. Below are some ways to create a focal point in your space that doesn’t dominate or compete with other objects in a room.
My fondness of colors came from my mom while growing up. She always wore bright clothes from lime green to sunny yellow to tangerine orange including hot pink lipstick. My mom’s vibrant clothes were reflected in her cheerful personality full of joy, kindness, and positivity. This Mother’s day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate how my amazing mom inspired me to be creative through her colorful yet elegant fashion style. When I oil paint or come up with a design concept for clients, I naturally navigate towards soft and/or vivid colors either as the base color or for accent pieces. Walking into a room with white walls and white furniture has a completely different feeling and emotion than walking into a room with warm yellow or orange walls and cozy wood furniture. To me, a splash of color makes the environment full of life and joy compared to a white or neutral space which appears cold yet is associated with cleanliness. For example, take color guru Jamie Drake. His interior designs are just visually stunning and evokes different emotions in people. He is the master of using color in a space and is known for his urbane, stylish and dazzling aesthetics. Regardless of people’s preferences, I want to honor my mom for inspiring me to embrace all the wonderful colors in the world and incorporating them in my work and fashion sense. Here are some designs full of bright colors to inspire you this Mother’s Day!
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