Interior Design Tips to Make Your B&B Shine Online

The interior decor of your bed and breakfast is critical to your success. You want your guests to feel cozy and welcome. You want them to feel relaxed and comfortable. You want them to enjoy the luxuries that they may not have on a daily basis.

But did you know that your interior design actually plays a larger role in your overall business plan?

Given the fact that photographs of your small hotel and all of its rooms are online, your interior design might be the reason that some guests book with you.

Here are some interior design tips to make your property shine online:

Consider the four elements

Mary White, the author of Running a Bed & Breakfast for Dummies, suggests that you use the four major elements to decor – color, artwork, accessories, and lighting.

With artwork, always consider the scale of the pieces you add to any room and where it is placed.

The hues you choose are an ideal way to accent your inn and complement its personality.

Choose furniture that meets the needs of your guests

If you cater to older travelers and retirees, then be sure to have accessible furniture that is easy and comfortable for everyone.

For families, be sure to include functional furniture such as sleeper sofas and portable cribs to increase sleeping space.

Add extra furniture when the room can accommodate it

A coffee table can add a touch of elegance to the room, while also making it a more welcoming place to stay.

A soft chair located next to the fireplace allows your guests to better use the amenities that you provide.

Take photographs of your property that shed your hotel in the best light

These photographs will show travelers who are perusing your small hotel website that you have plenty of space for them to stay, and that your accommodations are luxurious.

Some tips:

  • The best times to take photos are early in the morning or late in the afternoon, because natural light is the best kind when it comes to property photos.
  • If your small property looks a bit small in photos, position yourself at the corner of the room and take each shot from the corner. This makes the room look much wider.
  • If you or your photographer are using a tripod, set it low – below shoulder height and make sure to keep the camera level (not pointing to the ground).

Try to make sure you have a few well-chosen accessories

Mary White suggests adding accessories to enhance the space, without going overboard.

Too many accessories appear cluttered, and too much of a theme can look kitschy, and remember your guests need space for their things.

Consider talking to a design consultant or seeking advice from other innkeepers whose styles you admire because it’s important to make sure what you select fits the look and feel of your B&B and its surroundings.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so initial perception and presentation will always prevail in the minds (and eyes) of your guests!

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