The Hudson Valley has long been known as an ideal vacation destination, with its gorgeous mountain ranges, quaint towns, and tourist attractions like Woodstock and Storm King. But if you’re staying in the area, why spend your time sightseeing when you could spend it getting to know the area even better? That’s where Airbnb comes in—the online rental marketplace makes it easy to find and book vacation rentals around the world.
Understand your goals when it comes to operating an Airbnb
What are you trying to accomplish? Are you looking to find a certain amount of guests in a certain amount of time? Or are you simply looking to make a little extra money on the side? Whatever your goals, it’s important to understand them before diving into a redesign. This way, you can focus on small changes that help you achieve your objectives. Also, consider where your guests will be coming from (your local region or across state lines?)—will they prefer specific aesthetics? Having strong answers to these questions is essential when it comes to maximizing your Airbnb’s appeal.
Research your neighborhood
The Hudson Valley region in New York State is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful in all of America. The natural beauty and picturesque landscapes are sure to make your guests feel at home—and what better way to capture their memories than with a few interior design touches? As you may know, Airbnb has a huge following within Hudson Valley, so it’s essential that you consider its unique style when designing or redecorating your space.
Warm colors, calming and relaxing colors, will help give a vacation feel to your home and make it look bright and inviting. Brighter colors such as reds or yellows should be used sparingly or in small doses when decorating. Lighter colors like whites, tans, grays, and blues can go well with any color palette if they’re added in small doses as well. Neutral colors are great because you don’t have to worry about clashing, but also remember that there is more than one way to add warm hues into your space without going overboard. Adding wood tones, warm bedding items and bright throw pillows are all great ways to bring these eye-pleasing hues into a space.
Create mood boards
Mood boards (or inspiration boards) are great for creating a central location to collect and organize any and all visual inspirations. If you’re hosting out-of-town guests in an Airbnb, add their photos to your board so you can better understand what they like. This will help you ensure everyone’s happy with their accommodations.
Use Pinterest to find ideas from others
First, search Pinterest for related keywords: Airbnb Catskills or Hudson Valley Airbnb. Then, follow people that are on-trend with their design—they might have some great ideas. If you aren’t sure where to start, try searching on sites like Houzz, where users upload pictures of their interiors and other home essentials.
Find pieces on sites like Overstock and Wayfair
Decorating a vacation rental is different than decorating your home, both in how you purchase items and where you get them. Sites like Overstock and Wayfair make it easy to find affordable and chic furniture at an affordable price. When shopping online, keep in mind that if it’s going to be used as part of a vacation rental, you don’t need to worry about staining or high-traffic areas—and there are lots of great options available (even modern!) on these sites.
Shop at local stores too
Before you check out big-box stores, take a look at what Hudson Valley local shops have to offer. You might be surprised by how much character and charm an independently owned shop can add to your vacation rental’s décor. This can also save you some money—IKEA isn’t exactly known for its competitive prices!
Mix vintage pieces with modern ones
In our opinion, mixing vintage pieces with modern ones is a great way to make sure that your design fits nicely in any sort of home. If you’re staying in an older home, adding some more modern pieces will give it a nice, chic look. If you’re staying in a newer house or apartment, adding some vintage accents will work just as well and give it character!
Create a cohesive look by buying pieces in a similar style
The Catskills are a great place to rent an Airbnb if you’re looking to get away from it all. But before you start booking, be sure to create a cohesive look with furniture, wall art, and rugs that will suit your property. By creating a theme that guests can connect with, you’ll make them feel more at home during their vacation in New York.