Whether you’re renting out your vacation home as an Airbnb rental or simply want to make it more appealing to guests, there are several design elements you can use to achieve the look of a modern rustic vacation home that appeals to everyone. Be sure to consider the following four tips when designing your own Hudson Valley retreat.
5 Tips for Designing a Modern Rustic Vacation Home – Airbnb Photography by Alluvion Media
5) Select Modern Rustic Furniture Pieces
One of the best ways to give your vacation home that modern rustic look is to purchase furniture pieces made from natural materials, such as wood and stone. When selecting pieces, remember that you’ll want to balance function with form. For example, select functional dining room chairs or sofas but choose ones that are beautiful and suit your space. You also may want to consider adding lighting fixtures made from natural materials like wood or bronze, rather than traditional electric lights. These accents can create an all-natural ambiance in your vacation home’s interior.
4) Decorate with Quality Art
What’s really going to set your vacation rental apart is quality artwork. It takes more work than just throwing up some cheap pieces that you find on Amazon, but it will make a huge difference. If you can, try to get local art in your area and create an amazing ambiance. If you want to go modern rustic with Hudson Valley flair, then look into attending Art Walk nights at local galleries or artists’ studios or even pop-up events where locals sell their art directly from their homes.
3) Choose Lighter Colors
One of my favorite ways to make a home look cozy, especially during cold weather months, is to go with lighter colors. Since rustic is already on our mind when decorating a vacation rental in the Hudson Valley, it only makes sense to opt for light neutrals like white and beige. These pastel hues pair well with browns and oranges and make even an off-white rug look warm and welcoming.
2) Make It Cozy and Inviting
The best vacation rentals are those that make guests feel at home, especially in their private rooms. While you might be inclined to splurge on top-of-the-line designer furniture and flashy decor (and yes, it will look great), sometimes spending less money upfront can be more useful. Rental homes often have their own unique style and aesthetic, so try to incorporate those into your design—without breaking the bank. Simple decorations like vases filled with flowers or cozy throws can turn any room into an inviting getaway spot. Using items that tie into your local area’s aesthetic can help guests feel like they’re staying right where they belong, even if it’s not their home.
Professional photography of your Airbnb rental
Adding professional photography of your vacation rental to your Airbnb page can help you get more bookings. You can take these photos yourself, but it’s important to hire a professional photographer if your own photography skills aren’t up to par. It will be worth it when prospective guests see how beautifully they’ll be treated. Before taking photos, figure out what lighting works best in each room; natural light is preferable wherever possible! It won’t matter how attractive your home is if people can’t see how attractive it really is!