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Design and Decor Tips for Short-Term Rental Properties

When it comes to short-term rentals, creating a home away from home is paramount. Guests seek a comfortable and inviting space that combines functionality with aesthetic appeal.

In this post, we will explore design and decor tips for short term rental properties, elevating the experience that a guest will have.

Embrace minimalism & a neutral tone

Opt for a timeless and versatile neutral color palette whilst adopting a minimalist approach to create open and tranquil spaces. Soft, muted tones like whites, beiges, and grays create a serene atmosphere. Add pops of color through accent pieces or artwork but keep common areas decluttered.

Prioritise functionality, comfort & quality

Focus on functional design by optimizing the layout and flow of the space. Choose multifunctional furniture and utilize storage solutions to maximize space utilization. Invest in high-quality furniture and bedding for guest comfort. Luxurious linens, plush pillows, and comfortable seating create a cozy haven where guests can relax and rejuvenate.

"For once an airbnb that is not overly decorated." – Stephanie - past guest

Harness natural light

Maximize the presence of natural light by using sheer curtains or blinds that open completely. Strategically place furniture to allow sunlight to filter in: this creates a warm and welcoming ambiance.

Create coziness

Infuse warmth and coziness by incorporating soft textures and layers of lighting. Use plush rugs, throw blankets, and various lighting sources to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.

Bring nature indoors

Incorporate elements of nature through plants, flowers, or botanical prints. Natural materials like wood, rattan, or stone can be used in furniture or decor to create a harmonious connection with the environment.

Thoughtful touches

Add personal touches that make guests feel welcomed. Provide a selection of books, board games, or local guides. Display artwork or photographs that reflect the local culture or natural beauty.

With these design and decor tips, hosts can create an inviting and memorable environment for their guests. If you are looking to set up a short term rental space in the South Peninsula of Cape Town, let us assist you with our comprehensive list of essential amenities. Contact us on to find out more.


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