Creating a Cohesive Space

Tips from Airbnb Plus Hosts on How To Design & Layout Your Home

In this article, we talk to Mike and Joanne in Winchester who have a second property that they choose to short-let for most parts of the calendar year. Starting short-letting back in 2018, the couple found that after an initial boost on platforms like Airbnb, their property soon fell down the rankings and hardly received reputable bookings. Relying on this second property for additional retirement income, the couple felt they were at odds at what to do – and after speaking to national Airbnb management company Hello Guest, they learned more about the industry and exactly what they needed to do to ensure their holiday home received more and more bookings.

Their top decorating tips:

  • Define your own personal style and decorate rooms with complementary pieces
  • Tie rooms together with a satisfying colour palette
  • Use a common thread to keep your space feeling consistent
  • Go the extra mile to install comfort wherever possible
The couple’s home in Hampshire went under a slight renovation to give the place a brighter, fresher feel, which certainly worked to entice more guests to their property once new photographs had been taken.

Let’s see what else they had to say

The benefits of wooden flooring
The homeowners of this house used Airbnb management in Hampshire to accelerate their bookings when letting out their property at peak holiday periods. Learn more.

Anchor the room

You’ll want a few standout pieces that bring your home to life and give it some character; this can be in the form of vintage mirrors, sofas, lamps, pillows and even artwork. Statement pieces can show personality and give your home that extra quirk. Looking to save money when doing this? Consider repurposing or refreshing a piece of old furniture. For example, you can turn a barn door into a table. It’s only when you find a new purpose for an old beloved item that guests will begin to take notice.

Unify the space

You’ll want to consider lighting and storage items as decoration; cabinets, shelving, media storage, lamps and other lighting fixtures should be more than just function. They will need to fit with the feel of the room in order to elevate the space; so once you decide on your overall style you can begin to connect each room together either using similar colours or complementary details.


  • Ensure your home is organised and tidy
  • Decorate for the guests you want to attract
  • Use home accessories to show your personality and give your home character
  • Create spae for guests’ belongings
Watch a short video on how to upgrade your interior design for Airbnb.