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Airbnb Holiday Decor | How to Decorate for Guests

Airbnb holiday decor. If you are hosting guests over the holidays, you may be wondering if and how you should decorate. In this guide, I’ll show you some simple ways to add coziness and cheer without going overboard.

Honestly, you don’t have to go all out with glitter and glam to create a festive holiday atmosphere. A pared-down, more modern look can be just as striking, especially when decorating for winter.

This year has been a rough one for everyone. I think guests who are booking your place over the holidays, will appreciate your thoughtfulness in adding a little warmth and cheer.

My advice is to keep it simple, uncluttered, and sanitizable. I tried to focus on ideas that felt appropriate to this pandemic year: simplicity, sustainability, and ease of storage.

Less is More.

When planning their Airbnb holiday decor, many hosts swap out their decor seasonally. You can instantly create a cozier feel by simply changing a few cushion covers, framed artwork and throw blankets.

Tip: Use a Fleece throw blanket, because you want something that can be thrown in the wash after each booking.

Decor Trends

I’m seeing lots of natural, organic style in Christmas decor for 2020–think soft, clean, and minimal, with light woods, white on white, and gorgeous DIY wreaths and garlands of pine and eucalyptus. You may be able to find some cool vintage decor locally like antique brass bells or a few knick-knacks.

Light and Airy

Nordic Christmas decor is always on-trend, with lush, oversized garlands draped asymmetrically over mantels and doorways. I don’t think you need to go with a full tree, but if you do, keep it simple with a string of white lights, and a few ornaments.

Tip: If you are happy to provide a tree you can always message guests asking if this is something they would like. You could also buy a live potted tree that you keep outdoors for the rest of the year.

Modern Scandinavian

This style is easy to recreate for Airbnb holiday decor. Use wood elements and black and white and pops of vibrant greenery.

Simple candlesticks, wooden bead strands used as garlands, all-white modern Christmas tree decorations, and Christmas stockings in chunky knits are also popular this Christmas. 

I’ve created a list of holiday decor ideas that are easy to add to vacation rental.  They will give a touch of warmth and cheer that guests will appreciate for years to come!

Airbnb Holiday Decor

1. Wooden Bead Strands

Simple wooden bead garlands and pastel wooden trees add a modern warmth and can be used year after year.

2. Bottle Brush Trees

Bottle brush trees have been a Christmas decor staple for many years and are available basically everywhere when the holiday season rolls around. And while you could make your own bottle brush trees, it’s easier to buy a forest-worth here.

Airbnb Holiday Decor

3. Naturally Scented Candle

If you allow candles in your vacation rental, this makes a perfect guest gift. You can’t really reuse burnt candles, so this is great in your welcome basket for special or longer stays over the holidays. Grab one at your local farmers’ market or try this one by Sweet Water Decor. Make sure to go with quality, essential oil, and natural candles.

4. Holiday Wall Art

Adding a few cheerful framed artworks around your vacation rental is an easy and budget-friendly idea. You can add to bedside tables, or swap out a few frames for the season. This set I’ve designed and you’ll get 6 printables in 3 sizes for just 9.99 in my Etsy shop. Print them from small to poster size! Find them here!

Airbnb Holiday Decor

I hope these ideas get your creative juices flowing. The great news is a few simple touches are all you need to create a cozy atmosphere with your Airbnb holiday decor!

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