Tips for thoughtful design

We strive for every Airbnb Plus home to reflect the personality of its host. Try some of the tips below to meet our requirements around thoughtful design, while staying true to your style and story. 
We strive for every Airbnb Plus home to reflect the personality of its host. Try some of the tips below to meet our requirements around thoughtful design, while staying true to your style and story. 

A style, theme, or color palette unifies each space. Each room has a variety of details that work together to create a cohesive style.
A style, theme, or color palette unifies each space. Each room has a variety of details that work together to create a cohesive style.

Tip 1: Decorate rooms with complementary pieces

Choosing pieces from different brands or time periods, or moving similar items from one room to another, can add personality to your space.
Choosing pieces from different brands or time periods, or moving similar items from one room to another, can add personality to your space.

Tip 2: Tie each room together with a color palette or aesthetic

For example, coordinate bedding with throw pillows and blankets of a similar hue.
For example, coordinate bedding with throw pillows and blankets of a similar hue.

Tip 3: Anchor a room with statement pieces, then add more details

Center a room around an eye-catching piece of art, before supplementing it 
with other items that all work together.
Center a room around an eye-catching piece of art, before supplementing it 
with other items that all work together.

Your space is full of character. The details in your home tell a story and inspire the people who stay in it.
Your space is full of character. The details in your home tell a story and inspire the people who stay in it.

Tip 1: Make your house feel like a home

Sterile spaces can seem uninviting. Fill your space with art and memories so it feels welcoming and well-loved.
Sterile spaces can seem uninviting. Fill your space with art and memories so it feels welcoming and well-loved.

Tip 2: Incorporate collections or mementos

Invite guests to explore your home or connect with the area by displaying pieces that spark curiosity, like a record collection or painting from a local artist.
Invite guests to explore your home or connect with the area by displaying pieces that spark curiosity, like a record collection or painting from a local artist.

Tip 3: Create eye-pleasing contrasts

Not every detail needs to match. Try combining solids with patterns, or mixing vintage and modern pieces to add a sense of history
 and depth.
Not every detail needs to match. Try combining solids with patterns, or mixing vintage and modern pieces to add a sense of history
 and depth.

The setup of your space helps guests feel at ease. Rooms don’t feel empty or cramped, and everything visible is a design detail or useful to guests.  
The setup of your space helps guests feel at ease. Rooms don’t feel empty or cramped, and everything visible is a design detail or useful to guests.  

Tip 1: Create a clutter-free environment

Organize cables or tuck them behind furniture. Use ottomans or baskets to store blankets, remotes, or other small items.
Organize cables or tuck them behind furniture. Use ottomans or baskets to store blankets, remotes, or other small items.

Tip 2: Give guests ample storage space and room for movement

Provide somewhere for guests to put their belongings. Avoid blocking entryways, and leave space alongside beds.
Provide somewhere for guests to put their belongings. Avoid blocking entryways, and leave space alongside beds.

Tip 3: Create a sense of openness in tighter and darker spaces

For example, mirrors and bright colors can create the illusion of more space in smaller rooms.
For example, mirrors and bright colors can create the illusion of more space in smaller rooms.

Rooms in your home feel cozy and inviting. The function and layout of each room is carefully considered.
Rooms in your home feel cozy and inviting. The function and layout of each room is carefully considered.

Tip 1: Arrange areas for activity

For example, if you live near water, placing a basket of beach towels near the door can help guests easily find what they need.
For example, if you live near water, placing a basket of beach towels near the door can help guests easily find what they need.

Tip 2: Make rooms feel welcoming

Offer enough seating at the table or in the family room so there’s space to gather. Rugs, pillows, and throw blankets also add warmth. 
Offer enough seating at the table or in the family room so there’s space to gather. Rugs, pillows, and throw blankets also add warmth. 

Tip 3: Create ambiance with lighting

Avoid harsh overhead lighting. Instead, multiple light sources—such as lamps or sconces—give guests the option to adjust the mood.
Avoid harsh overhead lighting. Instead, multiple light sources—such as lamps or sconces—give guests the option to adjust the mood.

Furniture and decor are well-crafted. Your home features pieces that elevate its look and feel.
Furniture and decor are well-crafted. Your home features pieces that elevate its look and feel.

Tip 1: Furnish with durable, high-quality pieces

For example, a heavy wooden chair adds character and will last for years. Flea markets or antique stores are great places to start.
For example, a heavy wooden chair adds character and will last for years. Flea markets or antique stores are great places to start.

Tip 2: When possible, choose sturdy, natural materials

Materials like stone, wood, and wool look and feel more refined and hold up better against stains or damage. 
Materials like stone, wood, and wool look and feel more refined and hold up better against stains or damage. 

Tip 3: Feature a current or timeless style.

Whether your home is modern or classic, bohemian or rustic, choose well-designed pieces that can stand the test of time.
Whether your home is modern or classic, bohemian or rustic, choose well-designed pieces that can stand the test of time.

Find inspiration on our Pinterest page

Find inspiration on our Pinterest page

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