How to decorate a bedroom so it appeals to vacation renters

By Kathryn Weber
Sept. 7, 2017 at 10:30 p.m.

Ample lighting is important to guests.

Ample lighting is important to guests.   Dreamstime for The Victoria Advocate

More and more people are renting a home or spare room when they travel. That said, saving a vacation rental isn't on everyone's radar, but many people with a spare bedroom don't mind sharing their home with out-of-towners. If this is something you've thought about, then decorating is an important part of luring renters, making them comfortable and ensuring they enjoy their stay.


Add some drama in the room. This can be with a funky light fixture or chandelier or an interesting piece of furniture. Consider adding a really nice headboard on the bed or hanging an oversized picture above that's unique. You want your bedroom to stand out in photographs because it will be more enticing to renters than a barebones dormitory look. Room renters still want the feel of being in a home, but with a touch of pizazz and without the clutter of a regular bedroom. Make your rental room a decorative middle ground between a regular bedroom and a hotel room with unique accents and thoughtful touches.

Every visitor enjoys having a feeling of the place they're visiting. If you live in a rural area, you may want to decorate with a country cottage look. If you're in town, then something more contemporary is perfect. But whatever part of the country you live in, be sure to incorporate the look and feel of your area by using accents and pieces that speak to where you live. A framed photo of the Statue of Liberty would be perfect for a room rental in New York, or find a picture of a wide Texas landscape if you live in Austin. A collage of postcards on large white frame mats is an easy and inexpensive way to add interest and your town's touch to your decor.


Take a cue from hotels: Try to decorate in neutral colors, using bold colors as accents. Hotels always have a mirror in the bedroom or bathroom that's attached to the room; give guests a good full-length mirror. A small table top with a pen, notepads and a folder of menus from local restaurants is also a nice touch. Make sure lighting is adequate with both a table/desk lamp and overhead lighting that will make the room nicely illuminated. It's helpful for digging through a dark suitcase.

If the bedroom is large enough, and you'd like to accommodate families or friends who might be traveling together, consider a chair that folds out into a twin bed or a sofa or loveseat that opens into a bed. Be sure to include an extra pillow and blanket in the closet. A soft throw and area rugs in a nice texture are great for cold mornings and adds a welcoming touch.

If you live near a city center or office buildings, you may have more business clients so having some workspace with plenty of ports is essential. Living near a beach, renters will appreciate towels and beach equipment. Don't forget the electrical necessities like extra cords, charging ports, a television, a music docking station and Wi-Fi access.

Kathryn Weber is a home and decorating columnist and publishes the Red Lotus Letter feng shui ezine. For more information, contact Weber through her website,



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