There’s a lot that goes into making a vacation rental look the part, and art is something that a lot of owners don’t pay that much attention to. This is a pity, because the right choices in terms of decor can make your property that much more appealing to prospective guests.
With that in mind, here’s a guide on optimizing your use of art in a home you’re intending to rent out for short-term use.
Paint by Numbers: Tips for Choosing the Right Artwork to Enhance Your Space
Choosing art that enhances your vacation rental can be a daunting task, because this is the part of the property that will set the tone and establish first impressions when guests walk in. With so many options available, it’s easy to get overwhelmed! But don’t worry – there are some simple tips you can follow when selecting artwork for your space.
First, think about what kind of mood and atmosphere you want in your rental. Is it modern and chic, or warm and inviting? Once you have an idea of how you want the space to look, consider pieces that will reflect this aesthetic.
For instance, if creating a cozy environment is important to you then select pieces with softer colors or natural elements like plants or landscapes, as opposed to bright abstracts or bold prints.
Next up is size – make sure whatever pieces you choose fit into the wall area without overwhelming it. Also avoid going too far in the other direction, as art which is too small can appear out of place in relation to its surroundings, both literally & metaphorically.
Lastly, you want to make sure that the artwork isn’t too personal. You don’t necessarily need to choose work that reflects your own taste, but something more general and neutral which will appeal to a wide variety of guests. Choosing art for your vacation rental can be fun and creative – just remember that it also needs to bring out the best in your space!
The Color of Success: Using Colors to Create a Welcoming Environment in Your Rental
When it comes to creating an attractive, inviting atmosphere for your vacation rental, color is key. It can be used to alter the atmosphere and give your guests a sense of what your property is all about. Whether you’re looking for vibrant pops of color or more subtle hues – with careful consideration and selection, colors have the power to transform any room.
Start by analyzing your existing décor – does it have cool tones? Warmer ones? Are there neutral shades that could use some life injected into them? Once you’ve determined where you’re at currently, then focus on choosing colors which will create balance in each individual space as well as throughout the property itself.
Consider implementing an accent wall with bolder shades while keeping other walls more toned down so they don’t overwhelm visitors upon entering their temporary home away from home.
Additionally, select pieces like art & décor items which incorporate similar shades to create a cohesive look between each area. There has to be a harmonious relationship between the art and its surroundings; if not, a jarring juxtaposition can give guests a sense of uneasiness that they can’t quite place, and they might not book again or recommend your rental to friends.
Finally, don’t forget about lighting. It plays an important role in how colors will appear, and can make your rental seem brighter & more inviting, which is exactly what you want for guests.
So in short, by incorporating the right color palette and harnessing light effectively, you’ll be sure to leave a lasting impression on all who visit, and showcase your art in the best way.
Seeing is Believing: How Photographs Can Elevate Your Vacation Rental
Photographs are another excellent option to elevate your vacation rental above the competition. Not only do they add visual interest and character, but they can give guests a glimpse into the local area and culture.
Whether you opt for framed prints, or hang full-sized photographic canvases directly on the wall, snaps of landscapes, cityscapes or people can help give character and a sense of place to what might otherwise be a deliberately anonymous space.
Speaking of anonymity, it’s worth touching on the use of personal photos in your vacation rental, especially if it’s either a home you inhabit permanently yourself, or a property that you visit with your family when it’s not rented to anyone else. Personal touches like family photos are all well and good in a completely private space, but aren’t as fitting in an Airbnb.
The solution is to make personal pics available, but not always on-show. With a family photo book, for instance, you can have your favorite images close to hand, while keeping them out of view of the strangers who’ll also be using the property from time to time.
In terms of selecting photos to display on the walls and other surfaces, consider both color & composition – think about how each photo fits in with other décor items, as well as if it reflects the overall theme of that particular room.
Also, seek out unique angles such as bird’s eye views or abstract shots when possible – this will make the photos more engaging, and be a bit more interesting than the typical, generic shots that are usually encountered in a vacation rental.
Lastly, choose photographs which evoke emotion – these types of images are more likely to capture attention & stand out compared to other artwork.
Making A Statement Without Saying Anything At All – Crafting A Unique Atmosphere With Original Artworks & Sculptures
Speaking of breaking the mold, original artworks and sculptures can really make your rental property memorable, and will also help to support local creatives in the process.
Think about what kind of statement you want to make – do you prefer modern art or something more traditional? And also, will your choice actually suit the property, or is it going to clash?
Bear in mind that many artists will be happy to work on commission, so if you don’t see something exactly right for you, but you like their style and skill set, don’t be afraid to ask if they’ll produce a piece to your exact specifications.
When selecting specific pieces consider size, shape, texture as well as color combinations which work together harmoniously, as we’ve already discussed in relation to other artwork and photography.
If possible, visit local galleries or artist studios to get inspired before making any purchases (this could also help lower costs if they’re willing to offer discounts).
And don’t forget about outdoor areas too! Adding sculptures or other large scale works outside can provide guests with unexpected surprises during their stay, while also making the exterior of your rental look more attractive.
As you can see, there’s a lot to think about when choosing the best art for your vacation rental, and it goes well beyond which paintings, photos and pieces you pick.
That said, it’s a useful skill to use, and one which will stand you in good stead for other interior design projects in the future.