10 Ideas on How to Decorate a Bedroom for an Airbnb

You may be an established Airbnb operator or just starting on this venture. Still, you both have something in common, How do you secure regular clients and become a host who is in the top percentage of Airbnb operators who get the cream of the booking leaving the lesser clients to the other 95% of Airbnb operators in your area.

This article aims to help you punch through the white noise and make your Airbnb listing desirable and profitable. There are techniques that you will need to use, some are obvious and others will cause you to think out of the box, and who knows you might achieve super host status.

Let's get into some serious topics and inspirational images that will help you to be in the top few percent of Airbnb hosts who receive premium bookings and much more such as:

  • Do the opposite of your competition.
  • Keep it simple.
  • Introduce designs like BOHO chic.
  • It's hip to be square, Use stencils to make great geometric images.


How should I decorate my Airbnb bedroom?

If your Airbnb is not constantly booked then you may be missing some crucial steps in your business strategy so keep reading and make the adjustments to your Airbnb offering so you are fully booked.

Here are just a few pointers to whet your appetite:

  • Be different, check your competition photos, and keep in mind that these are the best listing photos. Most Airbnb listings are mundane properties with a lack of inspirational decor. You need to do the opposite of what your competitors are doing to stay ahead of the game.
  • Ditch the concept of using color with care, be brave, be bold, if your competitor uses white you use black, if your competitor uses black you use neon, be different.
  • Add some textures to your bedding.
  • Stay on budget, if your bedroom budget is $4000 and you spend $1000 how long is it going to take to retrieve your investment?
  • Use great furniture that is functional, if you can buy a used bed frame and replace the headboard if needed and fit a new mattress and topper you will save money and have a functional bed. So much great-looking furniture from Scandinavian furniture stores is garbage and will need replacing within a short period of time.

This should be your focus for furnishing your Airbnb bedroom:

  • Price, stay within your budget.
  • Aesthetic, just because it is used doesn't mean it can't look like a million dollars.
  • Durability, you will need to set a time frame for when the furniture needs to be replaced, every two years if being constantly used is a good starting point so keep this as part of your budget forecast.
  • Cleanable, If it looks great and is hard to clean, ditch the idea, for example, a fabric bedroom sofa will stain and a leather sofa will not!
  • Replaceability, when buying new furnishings, you need to know that the production run of the furniture was sufficient to find a matching item if needed. This will prevent you from swapping out, say, bedside lamps completely instead of being one piece.
  • Functionality, if the furniture is not functional, then what's the point?

If you have Airbnb listings it's a business, not a hobby and you should be making money and getting positive feedback and reviews. If you stray away from the principles above, your venture into Airbnb could be a folly!

Let's dive into some inspirational images.


1. Do the opposite

Check what your local competitors are doing and do the exact opposite, people who stay in Airbnb listings are looking for something different so that means you will need to spend your budget differently from your competitors.

The use of black in a bedroom may seem like a bold move but it's an awesome look and guests love the aesthetic that a black bedroom with a minimalist style represents. No clutter, the cool vibe of the dark walls works with wood floors or cream carpets.

The black walls project the wood tones subtly to make the bedroom a spectacle of magnificence. Simple gray and white bed linen and a stainless bedside lamp is all that is needed to keep the guest recommending your listings to friend and colleagues.

It works best in a bedroom with plenty of light from windows but artificial lighting does not detract from the splendor of the bedroom.

How to create this look?

You will need a white ceiling and back walls, contemporary lighting, and a clutter-free bedroom, it's minimalist, fresh, clean, and a delight to sleep in a bedroom of this quality.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, these bedroom shelves is a 4.

It's an easy look to achieve. Painting walls black is easy if the walls are not undulating or have plaster anomalies. Address any wall defects before applying the black emulsion to the walls.


2. Simple gray

Charcoal gray is not far from black but it gives a bedroom a different vibe, not softer, not warmer, just different. But when combined with a wood shiplap ceiling the aesthetic changes completely as the wood expanse brings the charcoal walls to life and exhibits the blues and other tones present in charcoal.

If you are taking this route for your decor keep the bedroom clutter free and simple, If you can find a wood bed frame that has a light tone it will match perfectly with the walls and the ceiling but remember, stay on budget, be disciplined in your approach to decor.

Where is the expense in this bedroom? The ceiling is man-hours and the cost of the wood, so the lion's share of the budget is on the bed and bed bench, which is fine if it's within the budgeted spend for this bedroom.

Ditching the duvet in this bedroom makes the bedroom look crisp and smart.

How to create this look?

You will likely need to build a frame for the ceiling timbers to be fixed to, it will keep the timbers level and geometric. If you wish, you can add some accessories such as the Ostrich feathers.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, these bedroom shelves is a 7.

Building the frame should be given to a contractor, it will be completed quickly and done in a professional manner. The charcoal walls are easy to paint but again the walls will show anomalies if they are not perfectly prepared.


3. Stand out from the crowd

While your competitors have nice-looking listings that are painted in creams and pastels for that homely feel for granny, who never actually stays in an Airbnb, you are pushing the boundaries and creating spaces where the top Airbnb listings are succeeding.

Bold colors, being adventurous and standing out from the crowd and other listings, its a recipe for success and nothing else. Leave the generic decor to the masses, there is a market for that but you know what type of customer you want to attract. The customer that books early, the customer who is a professional working frequently in the area.

You are not decorating a bedroom, you are making a statement that your listing is exclusive and has been designed for the discerning client who can recognize flair and vision.

It may seem like a tall order to target your preferred clientele but it's easier than you may have thought and you will soon be in the top listings in your area and constantly booked.

How to create this look?

It's a beautiful navy blue as an accent wall, it looks gorgeous and has a calming serenity to its ambiance. The built-in shelving is just a medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and is an easy addition that gives the wall depth and clarity.

Use browns and grays plus white to make this room pop.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish these bedroom shelves is a 6.

The woodwork in this bedroom is simple but best carried out by a carpenter for a seamless look, the navy blue paint is sublime and easy to cover with well-prepared walls.


4. Accent walls

Accent walls may not be innovative but you can still be bold and Avant Garde with your color choices, Green is a super color for the bedroom and is associated with relaxation and tranquility, it's also a grounding color that helps relieve stress.

You will be surprised at how forcing the color green is allowing you to add vibrant colors for accessories if you desire. If you have a green accent wall and say white walls everywhere else then you must add the token black accessory such as a pillow or as in the image a pillow and bedside lamp.

The bedside cabinet is possibly preowned so painting is the perfect makeover for the bedside cabinet.

Minimal accessories are required other than soft furnishings.

How to create this look?

Accent walls are a must in a bedroom and create some interest in the bedroom, they break up the austerity or boredom of off-white walls and with green, you can add yellows and bright blues to great effect.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish these bedroom shelves is a 4.

Painting an accent wall is quick and satisfying, it adds a further dimension to an Airbnb bedroom that makes the room inviting. The perception of comfort is an important factor and first impressions say a lot about your listing.


5. Boho Chic

Change it up, try to theme your Airbnb, this is a bohemian chic style bedroom, it attracts clients who are looking for new experiences in decor, its fabulous look, and keeps you ahead of your competitors.

When choosing a theme for your Airbnb it needs to be authentic and something that you may have found in your surroundings. For example, try to make a farmhouse theme in the Chicago center and you will be laughed out of town. The farmhouse theme is awesome but it needs to be authentic and only in the correct proprietary such as a farmhouse.

Whereas BOHO chic was a worldwide phenomenon and could be found in any city across the states.

Airbnb listings are used to brown but BOHO uses terracottas, and textures, it mixes up the decor which looks awesome. Plants and rattan furnishing played a big part in this era, mainly due to their low cost which will fit perfectly with your budget.

How to create this look?

It's an easy look to recreate and most BOHO can be purchased online at pocket-friendly prices. Use terracotta tones to break clear of the dark brown accents wall of other listings to allow you to stand out.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish these bedroom shelves is a 6.

The accent wall is not a problem but finding the correct accessories may be a labor of love, hence the complexity level 6.


6. It’s hip to be square

Make your accent wall different, use stencils to create some awesome artwork, stencils come in a variety of shapes and sizes and patterns, from contemporary songs which are geometric to traditional damask types and everything in between.

The devil is in the detail and making those small additions to your decor can make the difference between being booked or not.

This bedroom has an interesting headboard arrangement, the stenciling would have worked well directly on the accent wall itself and had more of an impact on the bedroom.

In some parts of the country a yellow-orange accent wall is commonly used, so if this is you break out the stencils and bring some life to the accent wall.

A cool addition is a hexagon stencil, it looks great on orange and darker color walls. Experiment is the key to success when using stencils.

How to create this look?

Stencils are readily available online, they are great fun to use and you can achieve some remarkable distinct look for your accent wall. Stencils can be purchased online and frequently come in large sheets for ease of use when painting onto an accent wall.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish these bedroom shelves is a 5.

Stenciling can be tricky so use a good masking tape to make sure the stencil is secure and taught against the wall. Use paint sparing and opt for more coats rather than let your paint have run marks.


7. Hexagon stencils

Did you know hex is Greek for 6?

Staying with the stencil theme you can achieve some awesome looks that are unique to your listing on Airbnb which is an awesome bonus when attracting bookings. This bedroom is the epitome of simplicity with some geometry, a trendy bed, a headboard made from pallets, a memory foam mattress, and simple bed linen.

Can you imagine this bedroom without the hexagon stencils? It would look austere and uninviting but with the stencils, the bedroom is contemporary and looks interesting and would attract a booking from a younger or youthful-minded person.

If you don't have a flair for contrasting colors use a color wheel such as adobe, it's free and easy to use and should give you the correct color scheme for the hexagons, should you choose a color scheme.

How to create this look?

Stencils are easy to buy but the color scheme is something else, the theme of this article is to be bold, so why not try some bold color schemes, black, blues, bright vibrant yellow, and even lime green?

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish these bedroom shelves is a 6.

If you want some perfect symmetry as in the image you will need to measure a lot and make sure you have your levels correct. Does it matter which way the hexagons are oriented? Maybe not but the stencil will be in a sheet form so horizontal lines would be easier to achieve.


8. BOHO zen vibe adding glamor

Let's take a step in the direction of glamor and leave the bold and the beautiful, but still setting yourself apart from the competition.

The Bohemian zen vibe is more ethereal and glamorous than the normal BOHO scene and creates a different vibe and serenity in the bedroom. It's comfortable, it's sumptuous but not quite the epitome of the bohemian tradition who would have had a style of his own, carefree, a wanderer with an eclectic taste in artwork and friends.

Adding framed messages is a wonderful way to make your guest feel as if they are part of the family and the bedroom was designed exclusively for them alone.

It's a great look to create and can be budget-friendly so don't shy away from the BOHO zen vibe, you can repurpose old furniture to create this look and vibe.

How to create this look?

It's more about soft furnishings and older style furniture that you may have found in a wealthy bohemian style artists or musician's home. Its comfort and historical value speak volumes of the time of the free and easy lifestyle of the BOHO.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish these bedroom shelves is a 4.

It's a dream come true to be able to use older pre owned furniture that is affordable and robust but will give the aesthetic you are looking for. Focus on comfort and accessories for the bed, the color palette would be wide so don't get hung up on recreating the image precisely.


9. Incorporate a full-length mirror

If you have one Airbnb listing or multiple listings it's important that you incorporate at least one piece of bedroom furniture that is common to you into your listings, in this case, it makes sense to use a full-length mirror in the bedroom.

You would be surprised to find how many Airbnb listings do not have this basic full-length mirror for its guest, don't make the assumption that all of your target guests are going to be males. Many females work in the higher levels of business such as C-suite executives. The last thing you want is to alienate this type of client, they can be frequent guests who book well in advance multiple stays at your listing.

It doesn't have to be a mirror, how about a cheap throw-away sewing kit, it should be part of your Airbnb bedroom regardless, remember the devil is in the detail so get it right if you want to be in the top percent of listings.

Another great idea may be a trouser press, ok, it is hotel like but unpacking a hand carry bag to find your suit trousers are creased could be a problem. Or making an iron and ironing board available as part of the property's itinerary of items.

How to create this look?

There are many types of full-length mirrors so select a mirror that fits in with your decor, the mirror in this image would work well with BOHO chic.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish these bedroom shelves is a 1.

Just buy this style of mirror and place it against a bedroom wall that has good light, add some anti-skid rubber feet to the mirror to prevent it from sliding and breaking.


10. Know your target audience

One of the most important things to grow your Airbnb business is to identify your target audience and create designs that could be interesting to them. For example, if your listing is close to an airport hub you may have pilots and cabin crew staying at your listing.

What better way to make them feel at home than hand some aviation-related images on the walls such as the old Rolls Royce jet engine, it's not crass, keep it on the technical side, you are hosting professional adults.

There are lots of aviation-related images on popular websites for home delivery, they are cheap and look fantastic when framed correctly.

Remember not to leave blank walls in your listing, and it can make the listing seem less cared for and somewhat baron in its decor style unless you have gone for a minimalist vibe.

How to create this look?

It doesn't have to be aviation. Who could you attract in your local vicinity, do you have a local prominent sports team? Use sports memorabilia related to the team. It could be Nascar or football, it's knowing your potential clientele that is important.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish these bedroom shelves is a 9.

Why is this complexity level 9? Because you will be forced to think about your clients, if you are by an airport hub you will get inquiries from pilots and cabin crew and the old technical drawing of a jet engine in a bedroom will make them feel included in your listing.


The business side of Airbnb

You have to make some careful decisions with your listing, decisions that could see you scrambling to attract the less attractive clients or being with the top few percent of clients who book in advance, don't cause damage to your property, leave wonderful reviews and never try to ask for a refund because your hero images in the listing look nothing like your actual property.

Knowing how to design a bedroom for an Airbnb can be difficult if it's your first listing, so make sure you understand the concept of budgets and making a profit. Buy furniture Wisley to stay within your designated budget range.

Identifying your customer can be a challenge and sometimes you just hope for the best. However, if you step away from the normal mundane bedroom decor and be brave and bold with the color schemes you can attract a special clientele who are turned on visually by fantastic decor in the bedroom.

Use black. It's the opposite of what your competition is doing. Use a harsh bright lighting scheme like LED rails, and add some natural foliage into the bedroom. Black and green foliage is a marriage made in heaven.

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