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The Best Rugs for Bedrooms, According to Modsy Designers

Want to create a cozy, calm, and serene bedroom? Space where you can relax at the end of the day? We’re here to help. While bed linens and pillows play a major role in this, an oft-overlooked element in a bedroom is an area rug. From our viewpoint, bedroom rugs are essential (here are six reasons why) so it’s important not to skimp on this decor piece!

But not all rugs are created equal. For high-traffic rooms, you’ll want something durable. But for a bedroom, which doesn’t see as much foot traffic as a hallway or living space, you might approach rug shopping differently. But don’t worry – you don’t have to go it alone! Keep reading for our designer’s five favorite bedroom rug ideas.

bedroom rug ideasBedroom Rug #1: Skye Rug, Bhawan Textiles

This beautiful, old-world-inspired design in vibrant colors adds lovely warmth and visual texture to any room. It’s made of polyester, so it’s a super affordable option, especially for this style of rug. Bonus: Polyester is also easy to maintain and is stain resistant. This is a great option if you want a bedroom rug that looks high-end, without the sky-high price tag.

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natural fiber bedroom rugBedroom Rug #2: Color-Bound Seagrass Rug, Pottery Barn

If you want to opt for natural fiber in your rug, seagrass is the way to go. Natural fibers have a whole host of benefits – including being durable, affordable, and allergen-free. And seagrass is softer underfoot than other natural fibers, making it more suitable for bedrooms.

This bedroom rug, in particular, was handcrafted by artisan rug makers, and with subtle color variations that are inherent to this natural fiber, each rug is unique. It’s also highly stain-resistant, which is a bonus for any room! This rug is best if you want a natural, allergen-free rug at a great price point.

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indigo rugBedroom Rug #3: Norma Indigo Wool Rug, Dash & Albert

Want a rug with a lavish feel? This might be the one for you. With a super plush, cozy texture, it’s perfect for bare feet in the morning. The plush pile is made of a wool/cotton blend – which makes it more expensive than its synthetic or natural fiber counterparts.

A durable material, wool will likely last longer, but it requires a bit more care to keep it looking its best. It’s also a very resilient material and can recover its pile after being “crushed” by heavy furniture – so you don’t have to worry if you like to rearrange! This rug is best for those in search of a luxurious feel and modern design.

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bedroom rug ideasBedroom Rug #4: Roland Cotton Rug, Crate & Barrel

We love the graphic pop this rug offers. The flat woven construction is made of 100% cotton – which is more affordable than wool and is a natural alternative to synthetic materials like polypropylene. However, cotton can be more prone to stains, which is why we like this rug in a darker color with a busy pattern for life’s inevitable spills.

Cotton rugs don’t wear as well over time, but they’re a practical option for many people. Specifically, they’re great for cat owners, as kitties will be less tempted to sink their claws into a flatweave rug (as opposed to a high-pile or shaggy wool rug), and for kids bedrooms, where it’s easy to vacuum and toys won’t get lost in the shag.

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eclectic bedroom rugBedroom Rug #5: Nomad Rug, Loloi

We just can’t get enough of this rug, which was featured in the bedroom of our lake house home tour. Made of hand-knotted jute and featuring a luxe, thick pile, this rug is as unique as it is stunningly beautiful. Jute is a durable and natural material, with a super soft texture, making it great for bare feet in bedrooms. The gorgeous colors and patterns will make a statement in any room. This rug is best if you want to make an investment in a beautiful statement rug.

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7 Design Tips You Need to Know If You Want An All White Bedroom

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We have three words for you: all-white bedroom. We’re guessing that thought either has you swooning or cringing. Either way, there’s no denying that all-white rooms are elegant and serene spaces that exude a sense of calm.

And when it comes to bedrooms, an all-white space might be a dream design for some, and it’s certainly a nightmare for others! If you’re in the “yes please” camp, read on to see what our designers have to say about all white bedrooms and get the scoop on their best tips for designing this intimate and welcoming space.

Textures, Textures, Textures

Textures are key to creating an all-white bedroom design that doesn’t look washed out and boring. Pieces like a woven rug, braided pillows, and rattan or wicker decor can help to create a dynamic, layered design. Even if all the pieces are white, layering textures in your all-white bedroom helps to bring the look to life and keeps it from falling flat.

white bedroomMix Up Your Materials

And while we’re talking about textures, an easy way to ensure you have lots of them in your space is to choose pieces made of a mix of materials. Instead of using just one or two basics, try incorporating materials like marble, wood, stone, ceramics, linens… the sky’s the limit when it comes to all-white bedroom designs.

You can even mix in natural materials like rattan and jute for an additional pop! These aren’t technically white, but as long as you stick with neutral colors, they won’t feel out of place in your all-white bedroom.

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bedroomThink about Wood Tones

Wood tones are also a fantastic addition to an all-white bedroom. Our only rule here is to pick a lane for your woods and keep the tones, be they light, natural, or dark, consistent.

Our vote? Natural or dark wood accents because they provide a lovely pop of warmth and contrast that all-white rooms usually lack. On the flip side, washed-out or blonde woods can fall flat or get lost in an all-white bedroom. But no matter which tone you pick, having wood in your space is a great way to add warmth, natural texture, and contrast to your bedroom.

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bedroomLayer On The Textiles

Layering textiles, such as rugs, pillows, curtains, etc. helps add depth, texture, and lots of contrast. Plus, lots of layers will help instill a cozy note to your white bedroom and make your space feel more dynamic and well-thought-out.

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white bedroomGo Big With Greenery

Greenery adds a welcome pop of color to an all-white bedroom without overpowering the look. A floor plant, hanging plant, or small succulent on your nightstand will also add texture and dimension to your space without interrupting the serenity. Plus, we all know that plants just make you happy! All in all, there is a lovely addition to a bedroom sanctuary, no matter your color scheme.

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Play with Fun Shapes

When you don’t have color, you have to find other creative ways to add visual intrigue to your space. One of our favorite ways to do this is to consider the forms of your furniture and decor. Playful and funky shapes will help spice up the look of an all-white bedroom. Think round forms, square forms, or even squiggles! Wall art, poufs, and patterned benches are also easy ways to add a little fun and flair.

white bedroomAdd Contrast Through Your Wall Color

Here’s a great little secret – it’s okay for your white bedroom not to have white walls! There are plenty of off-white and neutral shades that still create the look of an all-white bedroom design without being so stark and harsh. A shade of cream, off-white, or light grey can really help warm-up, cool down, or add contrast to your room while still maintaining the clean, crisp and calming look of an all-white bedroom.

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Style Spotlight: How to Get the Rustic Minimalist Look

You heard it here first: Rustic minimalism is a trend on the rise. What is rustic minimalism? Well, as its name indicates, this look combines elements of both rustic and minimal design styles and merges them into one space. What results are cool, spare rooms warmed up with bold but neutral colors and natural materials. You’ll also notice this look has a touch of rustic charm and a hint of industrial flair. Ultimately, this style combines pared-down vintage elements in a calm, monochromatic palette for a look that’s gender-neutral and inviting.

Ready to move in? We’ve got you covered! Read on to get the scoop on our stylists’ seven best tips to help you get the look in your own home.

rustic minimalist bedroom1. Go With Natural Materials

To really nail the rustic side of rustic minimalism, opt for furniture and decor accents that show off what they’re made of. Natural materials like unfinished wood, ceramics, metals, stone, jute, and linen are all great places to start.

Art that showcases the natural world is another way to pull the rustic vibe into your space – like this photograph of the Icelandic landscape.

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rustic minimalist living room2. Prioritize Comfort

Rustic minimalism is a style that’s meant to be lived in. That means it should be full of cozy, comfortable elements that make your room an inviting gathering space. For your base furniture, pick pieces that put comfort front and center – like this oversized sectional sofa. But don’t snooze on the fact that this sofa still has clean lines, which plays into the minimal side of this style. Layers of plush textiles and pillows will help up the comfort factor.

But to keep your room from feeling too weighty, you’ll want to balance out heavy and airy furniture, striking the right balance and contrast. For example, you can balance out the more substantial sofa with a minimal coffee table. Or, consider this accent chair: while still comfortable, it has a more modern frame that keeps the look lighter.

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office3. Add Warmth with Wood and Leather

We love the way that textiles can transform and warm up a whole space. Without the leather of the chairs, this office would feel very cool and industrial. But the addition of these chairs – along with the wicker baskets on the bookshelf and the palm leaf plant basket in the corner – changes the vibe in the best possible way.

Natural wood and leather tones add warmth throughout a room and will keep your rustic minimalist space from feeling cold or sterile, but they also won’t detract from the overall style! (Curtains and rugs are another great way to add warmth and texture.) And speaking of warmth, we love the way plants warm up a room and add a pop of color.

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office4. Stick to Frill-Free Furniture

To get this look, you’ll want to stay away from ornate decor and more traditionally shaped pieces, instead favoring sleek, clean lines. What results is a look that feels both current and gender-neutral. We love the wood and upholstery in this room, which together strikes the perfect balance of minimal and warm.

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dining room5. Go High-Contrast With Wall Color

Rustic minimalist design can feel spare. To keep it minimal but add a bold note, try painting a wall in a dark neutral. This could be an accent wall or the whole space. Either way, it will add a cozy vibe that’s right at home in rustic spaces but also strikes a bold note. It also creates the perfect backdrop for your art and decor to do the talking!

Bonus: a dark wall also makes wood and brass elements pop! Afraid of the room feeling too dark? You can add some life and color with a bright patterned rug.

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rustic minimalist living room6. Add Pops of Pattern and Eclectic Art

Rustic styles tend to feel more traditional – but to achieve the modern side of rustic minimalism, mix in fresh and contemporary elements to make it of-the-moment. We love an eclectic mix of organic patterns and playful art! A gallery wall is a great way to push your look more modern and trendy, and it gives you the opportunity to mix and match art styles to create a look that is all your own.

But don’t stop at wall art! Use textiles like throw pillows and blankets – but opt for patterns in the same color scheme to keep with the minimal vibe. We brought this to life in this room through using pops of black, white, and grey in the pillows, rug, and art.

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rustic minimalist bedroom7. Go Industrial With Your Lighting Fixtures

Remember how we said the rustic minimalist style has a slight industrial element to it? Well, you can usually spot this in the light fixtures.

Pieces made of metal, with a factory vibe, are key to this style. These matte black sconces are the perfect mix of rustic and industrial chic – but with a modern shape, they also add to the minimal vibe.

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5 Green Bedroom Ideas for the Perfect Relaxing Retreat

Much like the color blue, green gives off calm and relaxing vibes, making it the perfect hue for a bedroom design! The color green reminds us of nature and helps to bring the outdoors indoors with its fresh vibrancy. We love green bedrooms because they have the tranquility of a neutral space but all the excitement and personality of a colorful room design. Not to mention, green color schemes are versatile palettes that add harmony to any master bedroom. If you’re looking for ideas on adding some green to your bedroom walls, here are 6 great design ideas for green bedrooms.

green bedroom designCharming Light Green Bedroom Retreat

If you’re looking for an easy way to incorporate green in the bedroom, look no further than this charming mint green room. This green and white design scheme feels crisp and bright and creates a relaxing and rustic, cottage-meets-beach house vibe.

To get the look start with an apple or mint green coat of paint and layer in darker hues in your art, accent decor, and throw pillows. Then temper out the green walls with natural materials like a natural fiber rug, linen skirted furniture, weathered wood storage pieces, and charming botanical prints. It’s peaceful, inspiring, and cheery, all at once.

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The Hue: Valspar Swan Dance

We chose Valspar Swan Dance for our bright and cheery bedroom. It’s a super subtle shade of green that helps highlight the natural textures and weathered wood pieces in the room.

This is perfect if…

You want a relaxing cottage look that’s almost neutral but super stylish at the same time. The pale colors blend together to create a super calm and refreshing oasis.

sage green bedroomSage Green Bedroom Idea

This bedroom has a modern and eclectic look that uses bold colors to both energize and soothe. It’s full of natural decor and textures, like leather, natural woods, simple metal accents, and a jute rug. It’s minimal, but the asymmetrical design and the prints and patterns give it an eclectic feel. And the muted green and neutral accents add a calming earthiness to the space.

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The Hue: Valspar Quaking Bog

We chose Valspar’s Quaking Bog, a gorgeous sage green paint. It has a deep earthiness to it, without being overbearing, and helps a bedroom feel like more of an intimate, personal retreat.

This is perfect if…

You love natural textures and want them to pop in an eclectic setting. Sage green doesn’t add a lot of bold color, but helps to add more depth and energy to a totally neutral space. It’s a great wall color for green bedrooms that have a more earthy feel.

green bedroom wallsSerene Green Bedroom Escape

Set the tone for a traditional, shabby chic bedroom with soft grey-green walls and traditional art, furniture, and accents. The vibe is super cozy and laid-back with extra comfy furniture, lots of beautiful antiques and quaint, down-home energy.

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The Hue: Wild Grass by Vista Paints

We chose Wild Grass by Vista Paints for more of a neutral take on green. This hue goes with almost anything and adds a slightly cool tint to your space. It helps set the tone for easy relaxation and winding down and is great if you like neutral paint colors but want a bit more saturation in your space.

This is perfect if…

You don’t want to fully commit to a green bedroom but also want a neutral non-white paint. The muted grey-green color is instantly serene and peaceful but also helps the room feel warmer and more put-together than white or neutral walls.

dark green bedroomEmerald Green Bedroom Haven

This dark green bedroom look is bold and daring but can instantly turn a bedroom into an alluring retreat. The emerald walls set the stage for a look that is glam to the max and also gives the room an art deco vibe. The furniture is chic yet comfortable, but the wall color definitely takes the look over the top. If you’re nervous about the dark green wall color is too bold, consider an accent wall instead! This will give you the same pop of color but won’t be such a commitment.

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The Hue: Black Emerald by Sherwin Williams

We chose Black Emerald by Sherwin Williams to make a statement in our emerald green bedroom. It’s incredibly bold but not aggressively green so you can have fun with the versatility.

This is perfect if…

You like bold wall color and want to show off your personality with your design choices. It’s a great way to make your natural decor pop instead of blending into the background.

teal bedroomTeal Green Bedroom Oasis

Go forth and conquer with this super bold mid-century bedroom design! The eclectic decor makes the room feel cozy and high-contrast. It’s all about natural woods, which are a staple of this style and pair beautifully with this vibrant teal green. Having a dark color like this on bedroom walls can give it a very cozy, retreat feeling.

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The Hue: Dark Teal by Benjamin Moore

We chose Dark Teal by Benjamin Moore to strike the perfect balance of blue and green. It adds personality and complements the natural wood tones of this design style.

This is perfect if…

You love the mid-century modern style and are seeking a bold and trendy aesthetic. The look helps create a cozy bedroom design that feels like your own private enclave. It’s also a perfect compromise if you can’t decide between blue or green bedroom design!

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Stress-Free Hosting: 7 Things Every Great Guest Room Needs

guest room essentialsHosting season never seems to end! Whether you’re hosting for Thanksgiving or the holidays, this time of year it seems like guests are always around the corner. Whether you’re hosting an intimate get together or the whole family, being the host with the most extra bedrooms is no easy feat.

But fret not, the secret to stress-free hosting isn’t skipping town for the weekend, it’s a well-prepped guest room that’s sure to impress.

Since you probably already are familiar with the guest room basics like a bed frame, comfy mattress, and clean linens, here are 7 of our favorite ways to whip your guest room into shape, all before your in-laws arrive.

1. Set Up a Place to Unpack

After they lug their suitcase up the stairs, your guests will appreciate having a place to park their luggage and unpack.

Try placing a bench or a pair of poufs at the foot of the bed. This also doubles as a great place for them to take shoes off or get ready for the day.

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2. Keep Guests Feeling Cozy

No matter the season, give your guests the hotel treatment by readying your guest room with a basket stocked with extra linens, pillows, and blankets.

Think cozy cashmere throws, cable-knit blankets, and fluffy pillows for winter, or linen sheets and cotton throws for the warmer seasons.

3. Dress to Impress

Sometimes it’s those finishing touches that truly round out the guest room ambiance.

A full-length mirror is just the accent piece that brings a luxe look and feel to the space. Place one against a wall for your guests to use while they get dressed for breakfast or dinner.

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4. Start a Conversation With Art

Tell your story to visitors through the art and objects you display in your home.

While this might not seem like an essential, showcasing unique art and accessories is a great way to make your guests’ stay more memorable.

Not sure what to pick? Think about choosing pieces that will spark a conversation – photographs from your trip to Iceland? Perfect. A woven plate that looks better on the wall than in the kitchen? Yes please!

5. Make Storage Easy

Set your guests up for success with a handy place to stash clothes, toiletries, and even surprise hostess gifts (wishful thinking?).

A stylish dresser and pair of nightstands is a great place to start! Also consider pulling in a woven hamper for your guests to easily toss used towels and linens. This simple addition majorly ups the hospitality factor.

6. Ensure Ample Lighting

Place a pair of reading lamps on the nightstands, but don’t forget to think about lighting for the rest of your guest room as well.

Sconces above a dresser or on the wall opposite the bed can be a light-touch way to add more sources of illumination, while a floor lamp by a window will cast a warm glow that can help cozy up the ambiance for your guests.

7. Make Room for Personal Space

Give your guests a place to relax and unwind with a cozy reading nook or desk area. This is a great, no-pressure way for them (and you) to enjoy some personal space during their visit.

Add a bookcase with old and new tomes for guests to peruse, and even include a tray stocked full of goodies like coffee, tea, and snacks.

It’s these finishing elements that can truly make a space feel homey for visitors.

 

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5 Designer-Approved Ways to Design a Red Bedroom

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Red is a daring and vivacious color that can instantly transform your bedroom. However, the color has long been known to evoke aggression, passion and energy that, in overwhelming amounts, can make your room feel really intense and hard to relax in. If you’re thinking up red bedroom ideas, it’s important to use it in a way that doesn’t interfere with your ability to chill out and retreat in your personal sanctuary. Here are our best tips for red bedroom design – try one or multiple in your red bedroom!

red headboard1. Ground Your Room With a Red Bed Frame

A plush red bed frame is a perfect way to incorporate a vibrant red into your bedroom. It will make a bold statement without overwhelming the space. And if you want extra flair, you can kick it up a notch with a few more red accents around the room.

Stylist Tip: Cool off your red bed frame with blue accents. This classic color combo will steer your red bedroom away from aggressive and into more balance.

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red bedroom paint2. Add a Red Wall Color

For the extra daring designer, a red wall color might be just the dramatic look you’re after. But it’s important to choose the right hue! We opted for a shade of clay red, which still achieves the bold look you want but feels sophisticated at the same time. A more muted red hue like this also pairs better with other colors in the space, unlike a super flashy firetruck red.

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red bedding3. Add Pops of Red with Bedding and Pillows

Red bedding and pillows are an easy, low-cost way to incorporate red. The patterned duvet here adds a pop of red but doesn’t feel too bold or become the only thing your eye can see in the space. And the red pillows help bring the look together with added layers of coziness.

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red prints4. Sprinkle in Red Decor

You don’t need to go overboard on red to infuse your bedroom with the brilliance and energy of the color. Try adding a few pops of red with your lamps, art, and a bench. That way the room feels balanced but not overwhelming. You can always flex up or down later by adding more or swapping out.

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bed rug5. Try a Red Rug

Another easy way to incorporate a bold red touch is to add a red rug. More than a furniture piece or room decor, this really grounds your room in the color red. And a traditional pattern feels sophisticated and instantly warms up any space. And unlike red walls, you can easily move the rug to another room later if you decide the red bedroom look is no longer your cup of tea!

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6 Reasons Your Bedroom Needs a Rug

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Pretty much any room in your home can benefit from a rug, but they are especially nice in a bedroom. Your bedroom is the most intimate, cozy room in the house, after all! Bedroom rug ideas take many forms to be it as wall-to-wall coverings, layered on top of carpet, or large area rugs, and they can instantly add excitement to an otherwise simple space. That’s why the list of basic bedroom essentials pretty much always includes a bed, dresser, nightstand, and a rug!

In case you’re not totally sold on the idea yet, here are 6 reasons why your bedroom needs a rug.

bedroom with nightstand1. They Keep Your Feet Cozy

It’s no secret that carpeted floors are a lot softer than hardwood or tile – not to mention more comfortable to walk and stand on. Rugs feel warm and cozy on your feet and the softness gives your floors the flexibility to absorb the weight of your footsteps. This makes for a gentler surface to tip-top across with bare feet. Plus, we can all agree that it’s much more pleasant to step out of bed onto something plush instead of hardwood.

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2. They Reduce Noise

Another main benefit of a rug is that it will significantly dampen the noise in your space. It’s quieter inside your house without the sounds of footsteps clicking back and forth across the bedroom and it also makes your room less echoey. Hard surfaces don’t absorb sound in the same way that carpet does, so you’ll notice the volume in your bedroom will be softer. Plus, those noisy neighbors downstairs won’t sound as loud when you’re trying to snooze.

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3. They Add Personality

Maybe the most obvious reason why you need a rug in your bedroom is to show off your style! A rug adds color, pattern, and texture to a space to give it a more polished and personal look. It’s also a super-easy way to refresh your space without breaking the bank! A new rug can totally change the look and feel of your room in a flash.

 

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4. They Help Define the Space

You can use bedroom rugs to define or separate your space. This is especially useful in studio apartments where you might want the bedroom section to feel separate from your living area. And if your bedroom is on the larger side, a rug under the bed can help “zone” and define the space. If you already have carpet, this can also be a great way to add contrast and create further definition between particular areas.

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5. They Protect Your Floors

If you have beautiful floors it might seem counterintuitive to cover them up with a rug. But, as you can see, there are lots of reasons why a bedroom needs a rug and you can rest assured knowing that it is actually helping to keep your floors safe and scuff-free! A bedroom rug is the easiest way to protect floors, especially in high-traffic areas, from scratches and scuffs.

 

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6. They Tie the Room Together

A rug is absolutely one of our bedroom must-haves because, without it, a room can look unfinished. If you’ve ever walked into a bedroom with bare floors, you know the feeling. It can appear stark and scattered, as though the furniture is floating in the room. A rug is a perfect one-step formula for making any bedroom (or any room, really) look pulled together and calm, perfect for getting a good night’s sleep.

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Zen Out: 8 Ways To Design a Calming Home

For many Modsy customers, a zen home design with minimal furnishings, colors, and objects is the ultimate modern haven. Creating a zen resting place is a way to escape the chaos of the outside world and create a home space that’s grounding—helping you reclaim your inner peace.

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What Is Zen Interior Design?

When you think of zen interior design, you might think of a spa, where water features, plants, and ambient music abound. But there’s a lot more to it than that. Zen interior design originated in Japan and is deeply connected to the practice of meditation. In the world of interior design, it’s all about using a minimalist approach to create an environment that is balanced, harmonious, and relaxing.

Zen style draws inspiration from the actual practices of Zen, as well as the incorporation of nature into your decor. (Biophilic interior design, anyone??)

So, what does this look like in action? Organic modern design and Japandi interior design are both great examples. This involves rooms that use natural materials throughout and feel serene at every turn; calming hues that soothe the senses; and simple, streamlined furniture that play up the ‘less is more’ aesthetic. All of these elements come together for a home that inspires rest and relaxation from the moment you step inside.

But even though the look is minimal, sometimes finding the right pieces to get this look at home can be a challenge. So, for some quick inspiration and guidance, we’re breaking down the zen home look here, offering some zen design ideas to help you build a calm, quiet retreat filled with style.

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1. Get Comfy With Clean Lines

A calm home is a comfortable home. So when it comes to furniture for a zen room, choose pieces that have simple forms but are big on comfort. A large sectional with clean lines is a great foundation for a zen living room, while a sleek sofa works perfectly in a smaller space. Carry this approach over to minimalist ottomans and accent tables as well!

Bonus points for using natural textiles like linen, cotton, and wool in your fabrics and upholstery, which will help you strike the perfect balance of smooth and soft in your space.

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2. Opt For a Soothing Palette

Warm neutral colors, pastels, and earth tones all have a way of instilling calm in a home, so lean into those shades and explore the entire spectrum. Think foggy grays with seafoam green, lavender with sherbert orange, and light wood tones with off-white upholstery. Keeping to soft, dreamy hues will create a soothing vibe throughout your zen room.

Want to learn more about color theory and why some colors are more soothing than others? Check out our podcast episode on environmental psychology!

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3. Minimize Clutter

A cluttered space is the antithesis of calm. And a zen home is all about stripping things away and being thoughtful about what you do bring into your space. You don’t have to Marie Kondo your rooms, but try to edit down your belongings and furnishings. Use this zen bedroom storage furniture as inspiration. Or invest in hidden storage pieces to limit the number of things you have on display.

Reducing clutter, along with the next few tips, is where you’ll start seeing a lot of overlap with zen design and the principles of feng shui.

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4. Simplify Your Styling

Minimal styling goes hand-in-hand with banishing clutter. With the objects and furnishings that you do keep and showcase, try not to over-style. That means displaying only a few select objects on tables and shelving, adding just a few pillows to your sofa, and not overcrowding your walls with art. It’s a minimalist approach that will create breathing room within your spaces.

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5. Invite Greenery Inside

Plants inspire calm and happiness, and rooms with greenery can also add a bit of life to your spaces. We love decorating with plants and greenery as a way to add color to minimalist spaces. Not to mention they are natural air purifiers! Not sure where to start? Check out our houseplant guide. Or take inspiration from this room and try bringing in a few tall plants to liven up empty corners in a modern zen bedroom!

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6. Let In Lots Of Natural Light

A dark, cave-like interior doesn’t exactly inspire a zen feel. If you have big windows, choose your window coverings wisely. Skip the heavy drapes or opt for sheers to let in lots of natural light. Don’t have a ton of windows? Spread some dim lighting throughout your rooms. If you’re trying to figure out how to choose lighting for your space, we like the three-tier approach: A lamp on a table or console, a floor lamp in a corner, and sconces on your walls. Or, layer lots of candlelight, which always lend a sense of calm to spaces.

zen living room design in neutral color scheme, lots of natural materials, and a symmetrical layout

7. Find Balance and Harmony

Creating balance and harmony in the way you lay out your space is a simple way to make your home feel more zen. A symmetrical layout is a great way to achieve this. Symmetry helps visually organize your space and creates a sense of stability in the room. If you’re not sure where to start, think in pairs: two chairs, two poufs, matching accent tables, you name it!

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8. Explore Sound and Smell

Zen practice involves incorporating the sounds of nature and other soothing sounds to your home. Consider adding wind chimes outside your front door, or playing meditation music inside if the noise outside your window isn’t soothing.

Smell is another huge factor in creating a zen home. You want your space to reflect natural and calming smells. A simple way to incorporate these scents is through diffusing oils or burning candles or incense.

Designer Tip: If you have pets, keep their beds and possessions clean and put away to minimize any animal smells in your home.

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Layout Guide: 2 Stylish Ideas For An Attic Bedroom

Attic bedroom layoutIn our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of designing a space, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. This week we’re looking at two layout ideas for optimizing an awkwardly shaped attic bedroom.

If you know us, you know we love a good attic loft challenge. Attics are exciting to design is that they force you to get creative with every square inch of space. This is especially true when it’s an awkwardly shaped room. And once you start exploring your design possibilities, you’ll find that the sky’s the limit when it comes to attics. This week, we’re looking at layout ideas for creating an attic master bedroom functional, comfortable, and, of course, stylish.

The Space: A 20 x 17 attic bedroom

The Style: Rustic Warmth

The Challenge: Designing an attic bedroom with all sorts of weird angles, a slanted ceiling, radiators, and weird nooks to contend with.

Idea #1: The Elevated Multipurpose Layout

Layout #1 for our attic bedroom plays up an elegant all-in-one space, where the bedroom also provides office space as well as plenty of storage. The idea is to transform an area of the home that’s often considered dark and drab into a room that feels elevated and inviting. The furnishings speak to that, from classic table lamps and an upholstered headboard to lots of tailored foundation pieces.

In this layout, the sloped ceiling makes the room feel cozy rather than cramped, and awkward nooks and corners are cleverly optimized or daily life – including a corner that’s dedicated to pets.

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Attic bedroomWhy This Attic Bedroom Layout Works

There’s only place to fit a bed in this attic bedroom, and the king-sized option fills it out nicely. To combat the sloped ceiling, we pulled the headboard slightly away from the wall. This allow for a bit more clearance and means table lamps and nightstands fit perfectly. It also gives you a bit more space to comfortably sit up at night to read without bumping your head on the sloped ceiling.

We added a storage bench against the staircase wall to provide extra hidden storage as well as catchall spot for placing bags and jackets or putting on shoes.

In the awkward nook, we pulled in a desk to create a little home office corner and left enough room around the space so that it doesn’t feel cramped. Along the far side of the room, we optimized the space with a storage dresser for function and a dog bed for a devoted pet nook.

This Is Great If You…

  • Like the idea of a private bedroom escape that feels quiet and treehouse-like.
  • Are a couple living in a home where you want a clear separation between public and private spaces.
  • Have a big family but limited space for everyone, so your attic needs to function as a bedroom, workspace, and pet hangout spot.
  • Prefer a dimmer bedroom where the amount of natural light you get is just enough and not overpowering during the day.

Attic bedroomIdea #2 – The Contemporary-Casual Open Layout

With layout #2, the bedroom has a more laid-back appeal that prioritizes space and comfort. Pieces such as wall sconces, a big armchair, and a soft cowhide rug help set the tone. The clean-lined, light-wood bed sets a modern tone and keeps the room feeling airy, while a blue accent wall and greenery add a touch of bold color and contrast.

The furnishings are all about maintaining a sense of openness in the space, and pieces with open bases, simple forms, and soft finishes help add to that feeling. This layout ultimately comes conveys a nothing is too precious and lived-in vibe that gives is a clean-lined coziness we love.

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Attic bedroomWhy This Attic Bedroom Layout Works

Sconces optimize the limited vertical space beside the bed – a great solve for the sloped ceiling. The portable streamlined bench at the foot of the bed makes for stylish seating that doesn’t take up lots of floor space.

Instead of an office, we swapped in an armchair and a cowhide rug to create a cozy reading nook in the awkward corner. We also kept the far corner empty to create a dressing area with a floor-length mirror, which also helps open up the room.

This Is Great If You…

  • Are a modern minimalist who prefers streamlined furnishing and a calming bedroom atmosphere.
  • Prefer simple, uncluttered spaces with foundational furnishings that can be easily rearranged or accented with more colorful finds down the line.
  • Want your bedroom to function purely as a space for resting and relaxing
  • Need an extra bedroom in your home that can accommodate guests. The attic can make for especially chic spaces for overnight visitors.

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Layout Guide: Smart Ideas For An Awkward Shaped Bedroom

awkward shaped bedroomA small, awkward shaped bedroom can be a serious design challenge for many people, including us. The tricky thing about these bedrooms is that there’s usually only one spot where you can fit your bed. After that, you’re pretty much left with little to no space for anything else. It’s tough, especially when you want your bedroom to feel serene and relaxing, not limited and lackluster.

With that in mind, we decided to explore ways we can tackle the awkward bedroom layout. Get some of our layout solutions for an oddly shaped bedroom we designed below. And even if your bedroom isn’t oddly shaped, we promise these tips will inspire you to rethink your own space.

The Space: An 11’ x 18’ awkwardly shaped bedroom

The Style: Modern Rustic

The Challenge: Maximizing space and style in a small, oddly shaped bedroom that has slanted walls, lots of doors and windows, and only one place to fit a bed. Plus, there’s a radiator in a corner nook that further limits what can go in one area.

awkward shaped bedroomIdea #1: The Big Function Layout

The main goal in our awkward bedroom layout #1 is to pack in as much function as possible into the space. But we wanted to do it in a way that doesn’t feel like it’s all about function. It’s a bedroom after all, so the primary purpose should be a space where you can kick back and rest.

To nail that balance, we chose furnishings that have a small footprint and can be used in more ways than one. Of course, the key to finding the right pieces was to measure every wall and corner before committing to anything.

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Why This Awkward Bedroom Layout Works

Pack In Functionality

Instead of matching nightstands, we opted for a dresser and small desk combo. The small dresser with deep drawers functions like a nightstand but has storage as well as a big surface that lets you display art.

On the other side, the slender desk doubles as a vanity and also catchall. The desk is paired with a moveable sling stool that tucks away easily and also works as an extra seat or footrest.

Make Use of All Space

We worked with the vertical space and the different sizes of the walls via a few small space hacks. For example, hanging a sconce (for lighting), mirror (for an airy feel), and hooks (for storage), all add function without taking up floor space.

Along the awkward slanted wall by the radiator, we incorporated a bench to add more seating that also provides a great place to get ready in the morning.

Keep It Cozy

Common design knowledge says that you should paint small rooms light colors to help them feel more open. While this is true, we say small rooms can also benefit from darker shades, which give them a cozy feel. Here we painted our awkward bedroom a shade of dark blue to add contrast and create an extra serene vibe.

Rug Struggles

Rug placement is the greatest struggle in this room. A standard placement would mean you could only fit a smaller size due to the slanted walls. To combat this, we rotated a larger size rug under the bed as a way to cover more floor space. We then balanced out the awkward placement by layering a cowhide to soften the hard angles.

This Is Great If You…

  • Live solo and want to get the most function out of an awkward room.
  • Work from home a lot and don’t have room for an actual workspace elsewhere.
  • Like a cozy space where everything you need is within easy reach.

awkward shaped bedroomIdea #2 – The Expanded Space Layout

For layout #2, we took a bright, crisp approach with white walls that helped to make the room feel and appear larger and less awkwardly shaped. To further open up the space we opted for designs that played up an airy note. The idea here is to create a light-filled, calming haven that is all about rest and relaxation.

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Create Visual Space

Like we mentioned before, white walls help open up the room and make it feel more spacious and cheery. This is a great option if you want a more airy vibe in your room. We also added small, low-profile matching bedside tables help maintain an open look. Round and minimalist table lamps help to keep the nightstand surfaces appear balanced and uncluttered.

Be Smart With Space

A large floor mirror adds function, reflects light, and gives the illusion that the room is larger than it seems and not as awkwardly shaped. By the odd wall near the door, we swapped in a wall-mounted bookcase, one of our favorite small-space hacks, which adds vertical storage and increases the usable storage space by four times. An armchair, pouf, and C-shaped side table turn a corner into a cozy reading nook that’s comfy and compact.

Layer Your Rugs

Layered rugs are another solve for the awkward room shape: The top blue and white patterned wool rug adds personality and plush texture to the space—perfect for bare feet in the morning. Meanwhile the jute rug underneath helps extend coverage across a larger surface area (which will help reduce noise/echoes in your room). A fluffy sheepskin helps cozy up the reading nook.

This Is Great If You…

  • Need a space for two that feels like a dedicated retreat.
  • Prefer a bedroom that is more comfort and style-driven versus for multi-purpose use.
  • Are more of a modern minimalist who loves a simple palette and clean-lined designs.

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