A living room is the heart of any home and it’s no exception when it comes to mid-term or extended stays. Those who are travelling for business or medical tourism are after the same quality furnishings and aesthetically pleasing designs as short-term travellers, while being comparably low-maintenance guests. But these reliable, quality clients are also looking for a few distinct touches in living room design that will help to set you apart from the rest.
First and foremost, business travellers have high standards when it comes to living room amenities, with most after a flat-screen TV equipped with cable TV or Netflix where they can chill out at the end of a long day. An iPod docking station with high-quality speakers is also welcome while a comfortable and ergonomically sound workspace is an absolute “must”.
Make sure your living space has comfortable and quality furnishings that invite your guests to relax. A sofa bed is a practical addition in case your guest has family or friends to stay while couches with soft arms are ideal for lying down while watching TV. If you don’t want to invest in high-end furnishings straight off the mark, you can consider renting until you decide on the look and feel that’s right for your space.
Don’t forget to add a visual “magnet”, such as a striking piece of furniture, a brightly patterned rug or a piece of colourful artwork that will draw people’s attention and encourage them to book. Blogging designer Suchi Rudra says: “Focus on the details and you may find yourself with a steady stream of guests who are happy to leave you raving reviews”.
When designing your living room, consider an open-plan space, with a living room that links to a fully-equipped kitchen so guests can move seamlessly between the two. It’s important to determine whether your space has a theme to tie the decor and furnishings together, such as inner-city chic or a bohemian/vintage vibe.
Large windows will help to create a feeling of space while a pop of colour or patterning helps to create interest. Yanic Simard says “a bold, colourful rug is another great way to redefine a room without resorting to construction”.
So if you’re hosting a rental apartment or quality home and are looking for lucrative bookings from reliable guests, keep these high standards in mind when designing your space. If you’re in need of some inspiration, check out these beautifully designed living room spaces in London and Prague.
Another factor to take into account when designing your living room space is how easy (or difficult) it will be to clean, particularly if you’re renting out a serviced apartment that you’ll be cleaning on a regular basis. Select furnishings that won’t accumulate dust and will be easy to clean and avoid cluttering the space with items that aren’t necessary.