5 Design Trends You’re About to See Everywhere, Says Airbnb
Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right?
Published Dec 7, 2018 9:00 AM
Have you ever gone on vacation and stayed somewhere so gorgeous that you ended up using it as the inspiration behind your own home design? Decor envy was part of the idea behind Airbnb Plus, which launched earlier this year and features unique, style-driven rentals. Now, the company is releasing its design trends for 2019, and if you’re looking for some style inspo of your own, you’ll want to pay attention.
Pulling from search data and the input of a few Airbnb Plus hosts (the ones “with impeccable style,” according to the report), the study calls out five key trends we’ll purportedly be seeing more of next year. While they’re especially useful to those thinking of hosting on the platform and looking to give their listing a leg up, there’s a lot to gain for anyone redecorating at home.
Read on to discover the top design trends and our favorite Airbnb Plus properties that perfect the style.
Green Is the New Black
The number one trend Airbnb Plus is forecasting? An influx of greenery. Bringing the outside in can totally change the way a home feels—refreshing, alive, and calming. It’s no surprise that the words “green” and “natural” have been used over a thousand times by hosts on the platform to describe their homes.
Working Flower Farm, Stellenbosch, South Africa
With leafy greens and vibrant florals filling every room of this modern farmhouse, it’s the perfect place to stay for nature enthusiasts. Even the views of the gorgeous South African landscape are completely green-filled.
Forest-Themed Apartment, Melbourne, Australia
For those unafraid of something a little funkier and out of the box, this Airbnb is for you. The aim is to encourage guests to pretend they’re lost in a “magical forest,” and as such, jungle-themed murals and live plant walls feature heavily in the apartment.
This is a trend that came around after Airbnb noticed usually opposite terms like “historic” and “modern” used to describe the same space. What we can take from this is the idea of blending old and new; don’t feel confined to one aesthetic. Embracing both adds a layer of interest that feels all the more personal.
Tuscan Treehouse, Florence, Italy
This futuristic space might look undeniably modern from the outside, but a look inside tells a more nuanced story. Retro features like antique tables and a cast-iron stone make this home unique.
Rustic Malibu Villa, California, United States
Conversely, the bones of this house might feel rustic and old-school, but it’s been decked out in all the latest trends. Rattan hanging pendants and mod seating options bring it firmly into 2018. Even the greenery (monstera leaves, of course) are on-trend.
Bottom Up Lux
According to Airbnb Plus, “Bottom Up Lux” means paying special attention to both the floors and ceilings of a home. Think new rugs, refurbished floors, and cool ceiling designs. It’s all about ensuring the backdrop to your beautiful decor looks just as good.
Mountainside Retreat, California, United States
Beautiful hardwood floors (the style of which is emulated in the wall paneling too) are the star of this desert retreat. Complemented by simple, uncomplicated pieces, they play up the natural vibe of this space.
Mid-Century Hillside Bungalow, California, United States
Wood vaulted ceilings are a guaranteed showstopper any way you style them. This L.A. Airbnb plays up its wooden ceilings by incorporating tons of other natural materials; exposed brick walls and stone floors to name a few.
“One trend is abundantly clear from the words used by our Plus hosts: Comfort is kind,” writes the report. In lieu of stark minimalism, homes are embracing cozy minimalism in an ode to hygge—hosts splurged on little luxuries like new pillows and bubble bath to make their homes more comforting. You don’t need to tell us twice before we embrace a more zen approach to decorating.
Paradise Apartment, Rome, Italy
This stunning whitewashed apartment in the city center is instantly calming, having embraced a shabby-chic take on the minimalist. We’re bookmarking it for the neutral palette and layered textures.
Cosy Downtown Loft, Cape Town, South Africa
We’d like to take up permanent residence on this white sofa, please. This loft feels perfectly homey without being cluttered, which is key for that coveted hygge-minimalist vibe.
While a neutral palette and minimalist aesthetic remain the most popular for Airbnb, the rental site is reporting an uptick of small but punchy pops of color. Whether it’s in your artwork or in a statement piece of furniture, give your pared-back space a more lively look in 2019 by investing in one brightly colored item.
Modern Loft Room, London, England
Vibrant oranges and reds make this otherwise all-white loft look uber cool. If you’re hesitant about color, look to inexpensive artwork or retro-looking chairs (which you can often find secondhand on sites like Craigslist or Chairish for cheap) to try your hand at the trend.
Vintage Concept Flat, Barcelona, Spain
This Spanish apartment is full of tiny color moments: a mustard yellow sofa here, a bright green throw pillow there. Take note of how the owner makes a wide range of colors and patterns work without overpowering the home.