There's no doubt travel broadens the mind. Exploring new cultures both stateside and abroad consistently educates our eye, allowing for new ideas and fresh perspectives to blossom. From small-space hacks to ingenious storage solutions, our affinity for taking home décor cues from our favorite hotels is well documented. While our love for the impeccably curated hospitality of luxury retreats will never say die, lately we've found ourselves smitten with a whole new untapped resource in the travel design realm—Airbnb.
If you're looking to channel the authentic voice of a particular destination in your own space, look no further. Airbnb rentals take a storied approach to interior design, offering up warm and inviting dwellings full of lived-in moments and chock-full of individual personality. To prove our point, we assembled a few of our very favorite rooms on the market. Breaking down our favorite design elements from each space, these easily replicated tips off budget-friendly remodel fixes are tailor made for renters. You'll either plan a vacation or a redesign. We leave the decision to you.
This Copenhagen family abode succeeds in integrating sophisticated design points in a way that is entirely kid-friendly. Splurge on original vintage lighting fixtures and impactful works of art. A chalkboard accent wall ties the high-contrast elements together for a look that is steeped in improvisational cool.
Antiques go the distance in the durability department. If you're looking for the best bang for your buck, selecting worn-in furniture with great weight and structure is a move that promises to hold up over time—withstanding rowdy play sessions to unforeseen spills. Metallics, woods, and leathers are foolproof choices. Mixing and matching several different styles and periods creates an energy that feels youthful and at ease.
Still working on building out your gallery-wall budget? Opt for bright vintage film poster reprints. Pair bold graphic designs with quiet, architectural furnishings. An additional pop of nostalgic hue gives new life to a traditional, pared-down aesthetic while remaining beautifully streamlined.
This cobalt daybed moment is the sort of nook we dream of taking a time-out in. If your floor plan has a patch of dead space, consider flipping it into a quaint reading area. A single statement piece of furniture paired with distinctive artwork instantly transforms a small space into the most covetable corner in the house.
Located in New South Wales, Australia, Haveli House is a den of Indonesian- and Indian-inspired treasures. The home features a slew of well-appointed antiques from Haveli of Byron Bay. Get the look with artifacts and details collected from your travels. Rooms that tell a story have the best personalities.
Located in the wilds of the California high desert, this Pioneertown retreat melds green design with sleek, impactful accents. We love the black-and-white aesthetic for allowing the stunning natural views to take center stage. Sculptural furniture echoes the rich topography without pulling focus.
Have you ever taken design cues from an Airbnb? Tell us all about your travels in the comments below.
This post was originally published on August 8, 2016, and updated by Sacha Strebe.