Crafting Unforgettable Spaces: Design Tips for Short-Term Rental Properties

Designing short-term rental properties is a unique endeavour that requires a blend of style, functionality, and above-all, practicality. Whether you're transforming a vacation home, launching a whole boutique hotel, or sprucing up an existing Airbnb, creating spaces that guests will love is essential to your success.

Here are some PWD-approved tips on designing short-term rentals!

1. Capture the Essence of the Locale:

Begin by brainstorming ideas, trying to capture the essence of the locale in your design. Incorporate elements that reflect the destination's culture, history, and natural surroundings. Whether it's coastal vibes for a beachfront bungalow or rustic charm for a mountain cabin, infusing local flair into your design creates a memorable experience for guests.

Looking for inspiration? Check out our client’s Beachfront Escape in Hamilton, ON, where we took inspiration from the gorgeous outside landscape, and created this beautiful feature wall!



2. Focus on Comfort and Convenience:

Guests choose short-term rentals for the comfort and convenience they offer. Pay special attention to furniture selection, bedding, and amenities to ensure guests feel right at home. Opt for durable, easy-to-clean materials and invest in quality mattresses and linens for a restful stay. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks to accomplish this!


3. Maximize Space Utilization:

Short-term rentals come in varying sizes, from cozy studios to spacious villas. Regardless of the layout, maximize space utilization to create functional and inviting spaces, inside and out. Embrace multifunctional furniture, smart storage solutions, and think outside the box, repurposing standard rooms to non-traditional uses.

For instance – Check out the garage Pink Wall Designs transformed into a games room in this Riverside Retreat in Ellicottville, NY!


4. Curate a Seamless Experience:

Curate a seamless experience for your guests by anticipating their needs and preferences. Provide essential amenities such as toiletries, kitchen staples, and Wi-Fi, and consider offering extras like beach towels, bicycles, or local guidebooks to enhance their stay.

Pictured: Bakeware provided at The Rosé House


5. Incorporate High-Impact Features:

Make a lasting impression by incorporating high-impact features that wow guests from the moment they walk in. Whether it's a stunning focal wall, a luxurious spa-like bathroom, or a fully equipped outdoor entertaining area, prioritize investments that elevate the guest experience and set your rental apart from the competition.

For example: The Rosé House wows guests upon entry with this beautiful rosé feature wall!

Read: For more on creating high-impact feature walls, check out our blog post, Walls that WOW: Elevating Your Short-Term Rental with Feature Walls


6. Infuse Personality and Charm:

Infuse your short-term rental with personality and charm to create a welcoming and memorable atmosphere. Add pops of colour, playful patterns, and unique accents that spark joy and create Instagram-worthy moments for guests to share with their friends and followers.

Read: For more on creating instagram-able moments, check out our blog post, Harnessing the Power of Memorable Moments: Turning Guests into Marketers.


7. Prioritize Durability and Easy Maintenance:

Short-term rentals experience high turnover, so prioritize durability and easy maintenance in your design choices. Choose stain-resistant fabrics, durable flooring, and low-maintenance finishes that can withstand frequent use and require minimal upkeep.

(Stay tuned for more insight on how to choose durable pieces, and some of our favourites!)


8. Enhance Safety and Security:

Finally, prioritize safety and security to instill confidence in your guests and protect your property. Install reliable locks, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide alarms, and provide clear instructions for emergency procedures to ensure guests feel safe and secure during their stay.


Designing short-term rental properties is a rewarding endeavor that allows you to create unforgettable experiences for guests from around the world, and it can be a very good source of income if done right! By embracing local charm, prioritizing comfort and convenience, and infusing your design with personality and practicality, you can create spaces that guests will love returning to time and time again. So, roll up your sleeves, unleash your creativity, and get ready to craft unforgettable spaces that guests will rave about!

And, as always, if you’re looking for some help with the design process, The Pink Wall Designs Team is here to help - Book a consultation with us today!


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