There's no doubt travel broadens the mind. And from a design perspective, exploring new-to-you cultures both stateside and abroad educates the 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 die, we're also smitten with an underrated 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. Our favorite Airbnb rentals take a storied approach to interior design, offering up warm and inviting dwellings full of lived-in moments and are chock-full of individual personality. To prove our point, we assembled some of our favorite rooms on the Airbnb market. These Airbnb décor ideas are easy to replicate and are tailor-made for renters—and you'll either end up planning a vacation or a redesign.
Read on for 13 décor ideas inspired by Airbnb rentals to copy now.
Vibrant Rugs and a Statement Gallery Wall
This Østerbro family home in Copenhagen, located 30 minutes from the Copenhagen airport, is full of décor elements ideal for renters. Integrate pastel colors with vibrant rugs and a statement gallery wall. A floating shelf—note: Easy to install, and remove, when ready—wedged into the corner is a discreet place to display simple décor. You'll achieve a spirited symmetry and still manage to keep the walls and hardware in mint condition.
Wood and Leather Accents
The four-bedroom Anglers Shack in Victoria, Australia, takes surf-shack chic to inventive new lengths. Jet-black leather sling chairs and moody, washed-out dark wood paneling may not be the first things that come to mind for beachside décor, but they're entirely charming. We especially love how the day bed coverts to a slim seating area with a handful of textured accent pillows.
This Copenhagen family abode succeeds in integrating sophisticated design points in a way that is entirely kid-friendly. To get the look, 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. If we had a chalkboard accent wall in our own space, we'd use it to showcase the week's dinner menu (from our go-to slow cooker recipes, weekly Mexican night, and Japanese dishes).
This luxury beach villa in Kuta Utara, Bali, relies on a single oversize photograph to set the tone for a crisp and clean bedroom; nothing evokes mood like emotive works of art. A gauzy canopy adds a touch of whimsy, and the black and white chevron printed accent pillows adds just enough visual interest.
Channel the exact mood you're going for by selecting pieces that send out seriously good vibrations.
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 everything from rowdy play sessions to unforeseen spills. Metallics, woods, and leathers are foolproof choices. And mixing and matching several different styles and periods creates an energy that feels youthful and at ease.
Bold Graphics Meet Sleek Furnishings
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.
A few hacks for sourcing affordable art include favoring emerging artists (find them at art fairs, like NYC's Affordable Art Fair), or scouring online sites like Saatchi Art, and Spacey Studios, where pieces begin at $95.
This historic river storefront in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, ingeniously blends outdoor furniture with soulful vintage and antiques. Pairing Acapulco chairs with a bright crimson vintage rug… Why didn't we think of that? The unexpected, breezy mood is entirely on-point for summer (or when we wish it was.)
Dressed Up Basic Storage
We love a chic-to-death IKEA hack. Greenery and thoughtful accessories, even when somewhat haphazardly arranged, liven up basic storage pieces. Keep your shelving simple and pepper in special vintage accents to take the shelfie game up a notch. If you're more the DIY-type, a multitude of more IKEA hacks abound, like this easy and chic hack for your dresser.
A Covetable Corner
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, or recreate the look at World Market, vintage finds from 1stdibs, Chairish, or One Kings Lane. 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.
This Chicago-area loft brightens painted gray walls with bright accents, like these burnt orange chairs and a yellow loveseat. Patterned gray bedding adds interest and continuity.
As demonstrated in this Shanghai home, placing a slim media console beneath the stairs makes use of an awkward space.
In addition to swiping some of our favorite Airbnb design ideas for your space, here are more ideas to maximize your rental without skimping on style (or risking your security deposit):
- Get creative by using adhesive wallpaper, making bookcases your focal point, customizing your hardware, and even consider renting your furniture and accessories (check out Feather, or Rent the Runway)
- Invest in versatile pieces you can take with you when you move, like side tables and storage options
- Layer rugs to cover underwhelming floors, and lean art against the walls to avoid drilling holes or bothering with adhesive hooks