“A welcoming retreat that we will be coming back to.”
“We didn’t want to leave!”
“I stayed here for two weeks while working in the area and it felt like home.”
These are all examples of the reviews you want to get on your Airbnb or VRBO property.
As you set out to make your house their home, here are four questions to ask yourself as you style each space and set a vision for your guests' experience:
Who are you appealing to?
Are your guests coming to feel cozy in your mountain cabin? Are they looking for the next bachelorette party location? Is it a work retreat for accountants looking to relax? Before diving into design, think about who you’re designing for.
First impressions always matter, and people make quick decisions when they click on an Airbnb page. If you’re going for a bold move to impress, there’s nothing like an attention-grabbing stone wall with a bright and timeless profile like Casa Blanca RoughCut.
A stone wall will look incredible in your Airbnb photos, and it will be a stunning statement visitors won’t soon forget.
What’s the tone?
You want to make a great first impression with your space. You want to be remembered and ensure that visitors tell their friends about your house. How about making a statement before they even open the door?
What if the statement was the door?
To set the tone for your Airbnb property, try surrounding the door with stone. Adding an eye-catching touch of texture to the entryway can quickly transform an ordinary front door into the welcoming statement you want to make for guests.
What will they talk about after they leave?
If you want them to send a few “humble brag” photos to everyone in their group chat who didn’t make it on this trip, try adding a scene stealing accent wall next to the stairs or around the hearth. Or modernize the bathroom by adding a beautiful backdrop of wood or stone to the wall behind the tub. It’s stunning in a “relaxation found here” way.
It’s important to attend to the outdoor living experience as well. If you want your guests to rave about the alfresco dining experience or recount the stories they told under the night sky until 3am, enhance their experience with an outdoor kitchen and gorgeous fire bowl from Kindred Outdoors + Surrounds.
How can you give them something they’ve never seen before?
The most successful Airbnb properties provide features and amenities that their guests can’t find in any other short-term rental. This could be something like an indoor yoga studio or home gym, or even an artist’s loft where they can get creative. (Pictured Left: Montecito - Cliffstone by Eldorado Stone)
Creating an environment that people don’t want to leave is the key to styling an Airbnb. Consider who you want to appeal to, determine the tone, add texture, and wait for the great reviews.
With more than 150 color palettes, crisp textures, and extensive profiles, there is an Eldorado Stone perfect for your space. If you need help finding the ideal small touches for your Airbnb, we’re here to help.
As Director of Marketing and Portfolio Management, Sarah has successfully coupled her design talents with business acumen to refresh, refine and distinctly position five standout brands in the North American market and abroad. She continues to provide design direction for the brands’ variety of best-selling modern profiles and trend-forward color palettes while enhancing the prestige of the category among masons, builders, designers, architects and consumers.