5 simple interior design tips to light up your Airbnb on a tight budget in Malaysia 

5 simple interior design tips for Airbnb on a budget in Malaysia


There are more than a few reasons that travellers all over the world choose Airbnb over hotels. Low cost, convenient locations and household amenities are just to name a few. However, our experience tells us the biggest factor is the interior design of the apartment. Even if the apartment is in a poor location, beautiful interior design can help generate outstanding returns.

Here are some tips you can upgrade your house to an outstanding Airbnb listing on a tight budget in Malaysia.

A unique interior design style to be different is good

We have tested all sorts of style and our best units that move are those which play with cool colours and have a design flair. It can be achieved with a funky yellow chair, huge carpets or a quick repaint of the walls to create a feature presence. Also, some feature lights would light up your house, and make the guest staying in feel more bright and cosy.

One of the most clicked on posts in Airbnb Malaysia

Decorating your place with interesting art, furniture and bedding would make the unit a memorable homey feel to the guest. Built-ins can be sourced from Recommend, while larger furniture can be found at local furniture stores, or simply IKEA. Avoid picking common furniture that is easily recognisable as IKEA though – it gives the impression that little thought has been put into the interior design.

Interior design that works in Malaysia
Panorama – the marble looking wallpaper makes the living room appear expensive. Click here to book

One of the best ways to set the mood and atmosphere of your space is with ambient lighting. This light makes the space warm and welcoming even if you are not there. By ambient lighting, we mean not overhead or harsh lights that cause shadows. Lighting should be soft white, not bright blue or fluorescent.


A complete kitchen would help

Airbnb is consistently chosen over hotels because of the convenience. That includes having a kitchen and utensils. Guests staying would be grateful to have some pots, pans and cutleries to cook themselves. Therefore, make sure you prepare some of them and would be even more convenient with some oil, salt or sugar.

Being on a stricter budget than hotel travellers, the kitchen is an essential appeal which cannot be ignored. 

The Establishment - Airbnb vacation rental management
Pots and pans in our Airbnb at The Establishment
Binjai Residency - Interior Design done right
Binjai Residency (click here to book) – attractive photography and beautiful interiors help to generate around RM15,000 a month

Have extra of everything – also extra 1 or 2 beds

Because sometimes, one set of towels is not enough. As some guest may have long stays, therefore, a set of towels would not be enough for them. Even though our units have housekeepers who can also deliver to guest during their stays, but in the case, you just have yourself in the business, make sure to have extra in the storage of the unit. Some extra amounts of items like light bulbs, extra bath towels, pillows, toilet paper, boxes of tissue, so they don’t run out during their stay. This would be handy for everyone.

Why extra bed? One of the top performing Airbnb in Malaysia can always “squeeze” more than it could. As said before, some guests just want to have a one-night-cooking with their friends, and no one wants to be left out, so extra beds or foldable mattresses would be handy. As in Plush, we charge RM30 extra per head per night and most of our customers happy to pay a little extra.


Little touch goes a long way

Shampoo, conditioner and shower gel

Shampoo, conditioner and shower gel are heavy to carry when you travel. And we, as a guest, all love accommodations that prepare free shampoo, conditioner and shower gel, so why not put these into your unit. Dishwasher or detergent are also appreciated, these are things that you would use little of as a short term guest. We have found that guests also ask beforehand and value having a washing machine so they can travel light carry-on.


Detergent and dishwasher for short-term stays

We have always checked if our unit has enough shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, detergent, dishwasher and handwash before any check-in, as some guest may use up after their stays. But you can also leave some in one of the drawers in the kitchen just in case you wouldn’t be free all the time to deliver to guest during their stay.


Iron, iron board and a hairdryer

We also put an iron, iron board and a hairdryer. This may sound a bit strange, but A hair dryer & iron are inexpensive and having them in your property illustrate that you have thought of the little things, that just may save the day for a guest.  Many guests are visiting the area for a wedding or other formal event and an iron will help de-wrinkle their clothes from their suitcase.

Some feature items may up level the unit

Who doesn’t like a coffee machine? As we love making our own coffee, we put one machine into the unit for our guests. The guest would be even more grateful if you put a little note beside the machine on how to operate it, or can also be sent in the Airbnb message like us do. 


A coffee machine set up in The Mews 


Some decorative pillows will upgrade the unit immediately. Pillows are cool and fun for both kids and adults, also great comfy and cosy feeling for everyone

Colourful pillows brighter the room 

“Mirrors are like art in that the style should coincide with other pieces in your home” designer Amy Bubier says. Aside from being an interesting addition to a blank space in a room, mirrors also have many benefits for the room and its occupants as well. The mirror can “double the place”. This is because mirrors reflect light and once it bounces, it gives the illusion of a much bigger space, without actually moving the walls further.

Decorative mirror in Mercu Summer Suites – SS#6

Mirrors can also increase the brightness of a room, because of its property to let the light bounce in all corners of the room. Use large mirrors or mirrors with decorative frames to attract the eye by placing them on the most visually prominent walls or tables, or on huge blank spaces.

Binjai#4 kitchen brighten up by setting up a mirror


As in Plush, these recommendations are applied to all the units we are managed. In addition, come along with many different services, such as professional photography, well-trained housekeeping service, clear communication with guests before and during guest staying in. To get to know more about Plush and our service, contact us here!

Tel: +60 3 2181 9399
Email: [email protected]


5 Photography Tips for a Fab Airbnb Listing

How to rank at the top of Airbnb in Malaysia for 2019

You know that old saying- a picture is worth a thousand words? This is particularly true for your listing. After trial and error, we realised the switch off just the first picture will make-or-break your listing.
Here are some of our valuable tips for getting your guests to love what they see. Here at Plush Services, we offer a full range of Airbnb management services in Malaysia, including free advice on listing and photography.
Plush Services’ professional photography team uses years of experience to help you get a leg up. As can be seen by the photos featured below, we take pride in producing quality shots of all our properties.

Lighting, lighting, lighting

Airbnb Property Management Services Malaysia - Binjai - Plush Services
Binjai Residency – one of the top 10 Airbnb listings in 2018
It’s no secret that a photograph of a lovely, light-filled home will always sell better than that of a dreary, dark interior. Showcase your property by taking your photos in the day, with as much natural sunlight as possible.
Before shooting, switch on all the lights. Open all the windows and switch on all lamps. This creates an atmosphere that is bright, airy and appealing to potential guests. Our photographers always take pains to shoot either early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when the light is at its best for photographs.

Highlight your home’s best features 

Banyan Tree - Airbnb vacation rentals in KLCC, Bukit Bintang Banyan Tree apartment with KL Tower view
You may not have the biggest kitchen around – but you do have that stunning view of the KL skyline! Remember to focus on the best attributes of your home to showcase it in a positive light, and to help your listing stand out.
Do also ensure that your home is tidied up well, prior to shooting. Overlooked areas of messiness (such as an unmade bed or a leftover plate) could well be the make-or-break in a guest’s decision.

Be selective with your photo choices 

Don’t overwhelm viewers with 800 photos of the same old living room. Make it a point to highlight each of the rooms and key areas of interest within your property.
Always ensure that you include your “money shot”, i.e. a key photograph that defines your listing. Take this money shot of this beautiful Banyan Tree Residence unit under our portfolio. For example – our photo of choice is attention-grabbing and paints a clear picture of the luxurious amenities.
Banyan Tree - Airbnb management at its best at Bukit Bintang and KLCC
Banyan Tree – a luxurious Airbnb at Bukit Bintang and KLCC
In addition, it would also be helpful to include a photograph or two of your surrounding neighbourhood and any outdoor spaces, to give potential guests a sense of the environment around them.

Use props in your photos 

Binjai 8 Premium Soho - Airbnb management services
Binjai 8 Premium Soho – Airbnb vacation rentals in KLCC
A simple tip is to introduce some key props to help craft an impression of a homey space, or a place with a unique character.
As part of Plush Services’ professional set up, we make it a point to bring our handy bag of props with us to liven up the photos we take. Items such as cups of coffee, cooking books in the kitchen, or fresh flowers and fruit often work wonders to set the scene effectively.

Invest in a good camera 

M City - Airbnb management services in Ampang
M City – Airbnb management services in Ampang
There is a tonne of apps that can produce great photographs including Snapseed and Diptic. However, nothing beats a decent wide-angle DSLR camera like that used by us in our photos. If photography isn’t your thing, hire a professional photographer! Plush Services provides this service to all our clients.
Whatever your equipment of choice is, do make sure that your photos are of high resolution. Preferably, the photos should also be in landscape format. Airbnb’s software prefers these photos as they appear better on mobile. It also provides guests with a better visual and spatial sense of your property.
If you’re interested in getting the best out of your listing, call Plush Services at +603-2181 9399, or email us at [email protected] for assistance. You can also visit https://plush.services/homestay-services/ to find out more about our services!