Did you know that the right kind of decor in your home can increase your well-being? Most people will probably think of Feng Shui, or Chinese geomancy when it comes to relating wellbeing to your home. Many may not know it, but there are other ancient and even modern design styles known to boost well-being.

When creating a guest space, it is important to consider these different styles just as you would with your own space.

Ancient Design Styles

Feng Shui

This is probably the most well-known design style in the world. Feng Shui focuses on creating balance by allowing positive energy to flow through your home. Color is also symbolic in Feng Shui, with each corresponding to the five elements and different areas of your life.

The key things to remember here are: balance, eliminate clutter, make use of light, and incorporate elements of nature.


Unlike Feng Shui, Wabi-Sabi focuses on unbalanced things. This ancient Japanese tradition emphasizes the art of imperfection, with interiors that include rough and worn textures and objects.

Contemporary Design Styles


The art of Hygge is a Danish style that highlights comfort and nature and became popular in the late 20th Century. This style is highly focused on the natural, incorporating things like plants and sunlight into the space. This comes as no surprise, as plants and the sun are known to be beneficial to our health.

The other side of Hygge is all about coziness. With this type of style, you’ll want your space to encourage lounging by providing soft textures.

The Importance of Design Styles

In your own home, you want to feel comfort and peace. You will also want to feel this in every place you stay as well. If you own a vacation rental property or rent out your space with services like Airbnb, then you should know that like you, others are looking for this same comfort when searching for a place to stay.

The way you design a space can not only increase your well-being but can also increase your rental revenue by 20% or more! You will want your space to stand out from the other listings available, since hosting guests is how you make money. Of course, rates are different in every country and even in every U.S. state. It’s best to use an Airbnb Revenue Estimator to determine the most accurate average annual earnings for where your rental property is located— especially if you have multiple properties in different places.

How to Incorporate Different Styles

It’s hard to figure out which guests will be big on Feng Shui and which ones prefer Hygge. The good news is that you can incorporate elements of both into your space. Both lean towards nature and light to help the flow of energy and increase well-being.

It might seem impossible to blend Feng Shui with Wabi-Sabi, as the two are almost opposite. Ideas to blend the two can include a color palette that resembles nature (Wabi-Sabi), since these colors (browns, yellows, and oranges) represent health in Feng Shui.

Adding a Hygge touch is simple since your focus would be on comfort and nature. Some elements of Feng Shui focus on the Earth, and Wabi-Sabi is all about the way things naturally are. Just be sure that the rough textures of Wabi-Sabi aren’t placed in areas that are usually designated for comfort, like beds or chairs. Think of them more as accent pieces.

Whether you focus on one style or blend others, remember that presentation is key. If a space looks cluttered, then it will most certainly feel cluttered too. Also, remember that while you may prefer your space one way, guests you host may prefer something entirely different. It’s okay to blend different styles that have elements that complement each other but don’t go overboard on the decor.

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