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Dream Home Ideas: Mid-Century Boho Perfection

mid-century living room

For us, ‘mid-century Boho’, is a relaxed bohemian look inspired by the ease of west coast living. It’s rooted in comfort but has a slight mid-century design edge and subtle eclectic notes. There’s a mix of weathered woods, antiques, and artisanal accents that all add up to a balanced, sophisticated look.

This isn’t your traditional boho approach either. Instead, mid-century boho has a relaxed collector’s vibe, which translates to family-friendly foundational pieces, such as sofas and beds, that are accented with colorful accessories, like a side chair found at a flea market. The result is a clean-lined, artfully curated aesthetic that brings together the best of mid-century style and bohemian flair.

To bring this style to life, we envisioned the perfect mid-century boho dream home, where every room plays up this eclectic cool style. Take a room-by-room tour of the home below, and get inspired by our quick tips for working the mid-century boho look into your home.

mid-century entryThe Entry

The bright and spacious entry makes for the perfect introduction to our mid-century boho home. A mix of relaxed furnishings (warm walnut bench, woven planter, wiry pendant, large round mirror) contrasts with the crisp white walls, which lend an airy, open feel.

For hints of color, a faded traditional rug anchors the floor, greenery livens up the corners, and a navy bolster pillow lends a final stylish pop.

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mid-century entryThe Key Entry Elements

Let In More Light. Hanging a large-scale mirror in the entry guarantees to add statement style. But what we love most about the look is that it helps open up entry by reflecting more light and giving the illusion of the room being larger than it is.

Add Warm Anchor Pieces. A walnut mid-century-style bench makes for a great entryway staple. The warm wood tone lends a welcoming touch while the piece also serves as functional seating. Paired with a washed-out traditional rug, it captures our idea of an inviting mid-century boho vibe and sets the tone for the rest of the home.

Bring A Touch of Texture. Entries can often feel spare and cold or overly traditional and stuffy. A few tactile elements are essential to easing up this practical space for a more homey feel. Tall greenery can usher in a vibrant note while a pillow or two will cozy up a bench or chairs so that it doesn’t come off as just an in-between passageway.

mid-century living roomThe Living Room

Comfort is key in our mid-century boho living room. For an arrangement that amplifies comfort, we opted for two facing sofas that supply plenty of seating for family and guests. We chose darker fabrics for the sofas and bench to ensure the room is totally kid- and pet-friendly.

However, we then layered in bright pillows, art, accents, and the rug to give the space a spirited pop of boho color that balances out the more streamlined, neutral furnishings. Finally, it wouldn’t be mid-century boho without natural wood elements and a rattan moment.

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mid-century living roomThe Key Living Room Elements

Work The Boho Palette. At the heart of mid-century boho is a color palette that blends warm and cool tones, such as rustic reds with gray, and navy with light pinks. Start with big neutral foundations, such as sofas, then offset it with touches of color in the form of a red rug, ottoman, and piles of indigo, black-and-white, and pink pillows. Foolproof trick? You can’t go wrong here with a blue, gray, and pink color combo.

Think Mid-Century Materials. Boho furnishings tend to have a bit of color and flourish, so they look especially accentuated alongside the streamlined shapes and materials of mid-century designs. Juxtapose colorful pieces with clean-lined seating and tables in polished and light woods, as in the side chairs, perforated drum tables, and rattan stool in our living room.

Go For Multiples. Pairing up larger furnishings and pulling in pillows and art en masse is a great way to play up a bold mid-century look and the boho color palette. Lean into symmetry when arranging your larger pieces, then layer, layer, layer. Arrange pillows in a casual manner to give the sofas a lived-in look, then lean an array of art pieces on the mantel or hang them in a curated gallery wall display.

mid-century dining roomThe Dining Room

We designed the dining room to be a sleek and relaxed place to gather. A vintage-style dining table is paired with mid-century-inspired dining chairs to create the perfect balance of old and new, while metallic accents and lighting add a touch of polish. To tie the whole room together, we laid down a vintage-style rug with bursts of warm tones for a boho element.

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mid-century dining roomThe Key Dining Room Elements

Make For a Boho Foundation. More than any other space, the dining room is where you want to start with a bold boho anchor piece. Because the dining space is all about practicality and tailored designs, the rug is one way to ease up the strong mid-century shapes and materials. So when in doubt, start from the ground up.

Mix Old, New, and Sleek. Vintage-style dining chairs look best alongside a long, polished communal table. Atop a warm-hued rug, they’ll become focal points in as much as the dining table, which is the centerpiece of the room. To balance out these strong designs, pull in equally captivating lighting above and along the walls so that you’re adding stylish impact throughout the entire room, from wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling.

Think Vertical. And speaking of floor-to-ceiling, one way to layer in the mid-century boho look in the dining room is to alternate your art and lighting. Mix contemporary black-and-white photography with more painterly canvases that provide colorful contrast. Likewise, mix metallic lighting at various heights, such as a shiny brass sconce for the walls with a bronze sculptural ceiling fixture.

mid-century bedroomThe Bedroom

In the bedroom, we wanted to create a serene space, so we pared back on bold colors and materials here, combining softer mid-century and boho elements. We swapped in lots of textural pieces and neutral hues along with geometric accents and art to add visual interest that doesn’t overwhelm.

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The Key Bedroom Elements

Put Texture First. For our mid-century boho bedroom, plenty of texture is what makes it a restful and calming retreat. A natural-fiber rug grounds the room, while grainy wood bedside dressers provide another touch of natural texture. These organic touches have a way of cozying up a bedroom, so carry it through to the details, be it stone and ceramic lamps or extra-plush pillows.

Get Symmetrical. Organization underscores a serene bedroom. The easiest way to play up a streamlined look is to get symmetrical with your furniture layout. Think matching dressers, bookcases, tables lamps, framed art, and even right down to your pillows. Double up on everything and place mirror them in the room.

Use Storage As Showcases. In a clean-lined bedroom like this one, the best way to introduce personality and character is through personal objects and accents. Use your bedside surfaces, bookcases, and even a bench at the foot of the bed as showcases for interesting items. Whether it’s a mix of ceramics and trinkets or a pretty throw blanket, they’ll add an eclectic boho touch in the most subtle (and stylish) way possible.

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Zen Out: 6 Ways To Create a Calming Home

zen home designFor many Modsy customers, a zen home design with minimal furnishings, colors, and objects is the ultimate modern haven. Rooms that 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 to help you build a calm, quiet retreat with style to boot.

Get Comfy With Clean Lines

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

zen living room ideasOpt For a Soothing Palette

Neutrals, pastels, and light, warm 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.

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. Or invest in hidden storage pieces to limit the number of things you have on display.

Simplify Your Styling

This 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.

Invite Greenery Inside

Plants inspire calm and happiness, and rooms with greenery can also add a bit of life to your spaces. We love using plants and greenery as a way to add color to minimalist spaces, not to mention they are natural air purifiers. Try bringing in a few tall plants to liven up empty corners.

zen bedroom ideasLet In Lots Of Natural Light

A dark, cave-like interior doesn’t exactly inspire a zen feel. If you have big windows, 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. 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.

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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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Why This Awkward Bedroom Layout Works

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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Take Your Bedroom to the Next Level with These 5 Blue Bedroom Ideas

When it comes to using blue in your home, it’s possible that no room is more well-suited than the bedroom. Blue is soothing, serene, and the perfect backdrop for the most restful, intimate room in your home. It’s no wonder then, that blue bedroom designs are one of our most requested rooms. Out of all the possibilities for blue bedroom designs, our stylists have a few they like best. Take a peek at our 5 favorite blue bedroom ideas!

charcoal blue bedroom ideas1. Dark Blue Bedroom Ideas

Nothing is as calming as a dark blue bedroom balanced out with soft neutral furniture and decor. The whitewashed woods, upholstered furniture, natural materials, and subtle patterns make the space warm and inviting, just like a bedroom should feel.

The Hue

We chose Charcoal Blue by Sherwin Williams for our cozy bedroom. The hue delivers a serene vibe that is perfect for the room where you want to wind down at the end of the day.

This is Perfect if…

You love neutrals but don’t want a space that’s all white. The rustic contemporary vibe is serene and peaceful but also super stylish. And if you want to create more of a modern farmhouse look, just add a few industrial light features to add an extra pop of contrast.

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navy blue bedroom ideas2. Bold Blue Bedroom Ideas

To ensure your blue bedroom doesn’t start to feel too monotone (unless that’s the vibe you’re after) be sure to introduce some complementary colors. The opposite of blue on the color wheel is orange, so for this bedroom, we incorporated subtle pops of orange in the art, accent furniture, and decor.

But instead of an aggressive traffic cone orange, we opted for more natural oranges, like terracotta, rust and even saffron, helps to keep the look feeling calm and soothing – aka perfect for a bedroom.

The Hue

This pure, bold Downpour Blue color by Benjamin Moore is the perfect backdrop for a bold, eclectic look.

This is Perfect if…

You’re looking for a blue bedroom that’s still a bit bold and eclectic. This idea also plays with natural woods, which have a warmth that nicely compliments the orange hues. The neutrals and natural textures like velvet and ceramic also tone down the bold and create a warm and welcoming vibe, perfect for letting yourself unwind and relax.

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light blue bedroom ideas3. Light Blue Bedroom Ideas

This is one of our favorite blue bedroom ideas to create an inspiring and bright vibe that will energize you in the morning and soothe you to sleep at night. Full of natural textures, this blue bedroom has a beach house vibe that also feels slightly eclectic.

The Hue

We chose the light blue paint, Frozen Canal, by Benjamin Moore. It evokes the soothing waters of the sea and is the perfect, cheery complement to natural materials like linen, jute, and rattan.

This is Perfect if…

You love beachy vibes and a preppy-meets-eclectic style! Add a bit more contrast with a few dark blue pillows or decorative accents to give the look more depth.

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royal blue bedroom ideas4. Royal Blue Bedroom Ideas

Nothing feels more regal than a deep, velvety blue wall color paired with gold accents. Dark walls create calm and comfort and the white and gold accents pop against the cobalt blue backdrop. The look perfectly balances warm and cool notes.

Be sure to incorporate a few blue accents into the space to tie the wall color in with the rest of the design. We used an end-of-the-bed bench and blue accent pillow to do the trick. Use symmetry to add to the polished, refined look but keep it not so matchy-matchy by varying decor on each side.

The Hue

Using this Loyal Blue color by Sherwin-Williams as the focal point for this blue bedroom idea offers a more sophisticated, formal take on the bedroom.

This is Perfect if…

You love a look that’s elegant and sophisticated but also retains warmth.

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teal blue bedroom ideas5. Teal Blue Bedroom Ideas

This look is not for the faint of heart but can instantly turn a bedroom into a cozy retreat. Teal walls set the stage for a bold, eclectic look and then you can balance out the green notes with natural wood furniture.

Feeling extra bold? Add an over-dyed red rug. This helps anchor space and offers a lovely pop of color that compliments the green tone in the walls.

The Hue

We chose Dark Teal by Benjamin Moore to make a bold statement in our teal blue bedroom.

This is Perfect if…

You love a design with a mid-century modern style. This look is the perfect counterpart to the teal color because natural woods are a key element of the design style. It’s also perfect if you love a bold and trendy bedroom that shows some personality and feels like your own private enclave.

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My Modsy Story: So Many Rooms, Not Enough Furniture

After moving from the city to the suburbs, Michelle realized that none of her old furniture worked in her new house. She was overwhelmed and needed a design fix, stat.

Homeowner: Michelle L, Business Operations & Strategy Consultant

Location: Fairhope, AL

Room: Multiple Rooms

Her Style: Refined Rustic

The Backstory

My family and I had just moved from the city-center in Atlanta to Fairhope, a small town by the water.

I love playing around with interior design, but with so many new rooms and not enough furniture, I had no idea where to start! The rooms in our new space had completely different layouts and nothing from our previous house worked with the new space. We were starting from square one and it felt like an enormous job.

Michelle’s spaces before

The Design Dilemma

Finding the right layout for each room and coordinating the color schemes was really important to me. I knew I needed the guidance of a designer to feel confident that I was investing in the right items.

“We were starting from square one and it felt like an enormous job.”

To top it off, I was having a really hard time visualizing how everything would come together. I had to think about the master bedroom, dining room, breakfast nook, playroom, AND guest bedroom! I just couldn’t imagine how to fill all of these spaces and get the house to start looking like a home.

The Modsy Moment

I had worked with a few designers before and they were all very different experiences. One provided a book of ideas but then I was left to source the actual items myself, which was really time-consuming. Another designer came to our home but I found them hard to work with and was uncomfortable brainstorming ideas together.

These experiences left me feeling exasperated! So when I saw an ad for Modsy on Instagram I decided to give it a try. I’ll admit I was a little wary of paying for designs without any guarantees. What if I hated them? After the previous unsatisfying experiences with designers I definitely had my guard up but was willing to take a chance on something new.

personal designerHow Modsy’s Designs Helped Michelle

Overall, I was super impressed with Modsy’s service. My first two master bedroom designs were awesome and got me excited for what else they’d come up with. After collaborating so well on that project, I had my personal designer, Isabela, tackle our dining room with her own choices. I was blown away by my first design! With that, Modsy put all my worries to rest.

Working with Isabela was wonderful – she was so helpful and never got frustrated with me. It was the perfect blend of me being hands-on and making suggestions while also getting the professional advice of an expert designer.

“It was the perfect blend of me being hands-on and making suggestions while also getting the professional advice of an expert designer.”

Isabela shared ideas I would never have thought of on my own. For example, the gallery wall and use of black in my master bedroom came from her, and I think this turned out wonderfully. And when I found a different bed frame, she still helped me pick out the perfect fabric color that would work with the overall design.

Modsy personal designerThe Real Results

My dining room looks exactly like the design Isabela created. I’m still working on acquiring unique decor items to finalize the room, but all of the big pieces are there!

I’m also proud of how my master bedroom turned out. It was truly a collaborative effort between Isabela and myself. Her initial design ideas inspired me and got my creativity flowing. From there I was able to play around with my own ideas for the space.

Modsy personal designer

Once pieces were chosen, I loved how easy and seamless the purchasing experience was with Modsy. It was so convenient to do everything online, and I found that they offered great prices and discounts.

“The value Modsy adds through the collaboration with a personal designer far surpasses the cost. Well worth it!”

In the end, working with Modsy helped me feel confident in my decisions – which for me is a major issue when decorating my own home! Isabela was open to any question and always patient. The value Modsy adds through the collaboration with a personal designer far surpasses the cost. Well worth it!

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These 7 Rooms Inspired by The Wizard of Oz Prove There’s No Place Like Home

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There’s no place like home, right? Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz said it best 80 years ago and we’re celebrating by putting our design chops to the test and creating spaces based off our favorite characters from the film.

That’s right! In the latest installment of our pop culture inspired rooms, we’re exploring rooms inspired by Dorothy, Glinda, Oz, and a few more of our favorite characters. Keep scrolling to explore these Wizard of Oz style rooms and shop the designs of your favorite characters!

dorothy's style wizard of ozDorothy’s Style

Dorothy was a young, gumptious gal. And while she lived a quiet life on her family’s farm in Kansas, at heart she was a dreamer who craved adventure and wanted to explore the world. So when it came to designing her room, we thought that Dorothy’s modern Wizard of Oz style would be a reflection of her roots with an adventurous twist.

What’s in Her Look

“Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” That’s right, Dorothy. We designed her bedroom with lots of traditional elements that would remind her of home in Kansas but also feel fresh and trendy.

A nod to Dorothy’s iconic blue gingham dress, we – of course – had to incorporate her signature pattern into her home. But Dorothy’s grown up now, so we imagined she’d trade in her dress for something a bit more subtle. We found her the perfect gingham bedspread that she can cozy up under at night and watch the Wizard of Oz in bed.

At the same time, we wanted to reflect Dorothy’s adventurous and feisty spirit (she did save the Munchkins from the Wicked Witch, after all). So we incorporated some modern and trendy moments in her room that pull the space out of the 1930s and into the present. Check out her wishbone desk chair, rattan accents, minimal color palette, and eclectic approach to styling, for starters.

dorothy's style wizard of oz

dorothy's style wizard of oz

Keep an Eye Out For…

The Ruby Slippers. There’s no way Dorothy would give up a pair of shoes that fabulous. We like to imagine she’d wear them out on special occasions or even as her power heel for job interviews in the big city.

Toto Too. Before Paris Hilton carried her dog around in a purse, Dorothy had Toto in her basket, which we of course included in her room. And like any good dog owner, we knew Dorothy would have a portrait of her faithful pup hanging in her room. Bonus points if you can spot Toto’s doggie bed (you know Dorothy would want him to match her blue and white style).

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the scarecrow's style wizard of ozThe Scarecrow’s Style

Dorothy’s first and favorite companion, the Scarecrow always wanted a brain. As such, we knew he’d want to while away the hours in a space that made him feel (and look) smart. To design his room we started with a rustic foundation and pulled in elements reminiscent of an old-world library to give him extra scholarly chops.

the scarecrow's style wizard of oz

the scarecrow's style wizard of oz

What’s in His Look

Since Scarecrow, like Dorothy, was from the countryside, we wanted his bedroom to reflect his pastoral roots. We started with a rustic farmhouse base full of weathered woods, natural textures, and traditional silhouettes. Then, to round out the look, we gave Scarecrow a few more contemporary pieces of art (check out the woven tapestry and cow portraits), that elevate his Wizard of Oz style for 2019.

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the Tin Man's style wizard of ozThe Tin Man’s Style

It’s not until the end of the film that the Tin Man, who always wanted a heart, finds out he had one all along. We wanted to translate this character’s hard exterior (and equally soft interior) to his modern day bedroom, and imagined him living in bold industrial style. His 2019 Wizard of Oz style space is a converted garage that combines industrial design with bold pops of color and is where his heart truly shines.

What’s in His Look

The aluminum paneling and industrial elements set the industrial tone while modern, pop art pieces strike a fun and playful vibe. We imagined that our 2019 Tin Man wouldn’t be afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve or show off his inner designer through loud art and bold patterns.

the Tin Man's style wizard of ozKeep an Eye Out For…

The Oil Can. Because even the Tin Man needs to practice self care and keep his joints in working order.

His Ticking Heart Clock. A gift from the Wizard of Oz, we didn’t think the Tin Man would get rid of his prized possession any time soon.

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cowardly lion's style wizard of ozThe Cowardly Lion’s Style

The Cowardly Lion joined Dorothy’s journey to Oz in the hopes of gaining some nerve. Fast forward to now and we think his design tastes would be anything but cowardly. Bold, eclectic, and high-contrast, oh my! Those are all words we’d use to describe Lion’s new den, where he isn’t afraid to put his design tastes on full display.

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cowardly lion's style wizard of oz

What’s in His Look

We were inspired by the color palette of the sub-saharan African landscape (because Lions are definitely not native to Oz) and incorporated natural textures and materials galore. From his knit seagrass headboard, to the (faux) animal hide rug, and the woven raffia decorative bowls, Lion’s room is all about bringing the outdoors indoors in big, bold ways.

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Glinda the good witch's style wizard of ozGlinda The Good Witch’s Style

If our favorite bubble-traveling Good Witch came to Modsy for help designing her bedroom, we’re pretty sure the result would be all things dreamy, feminine, and ephemeral. For Glinda’s space, we were majorly inspired by her pink tulle gown and wanted to infuse her space with a royal vibe (note the throne-like chair). If we only had a wand, we’d be conjuring up Glinda’s Wizard of Oz style at home asap.

What’s in Her Look

Glinda’s modern day Wizard of Oz style bedroom has a slight bohemian vibe, featuring an eclectic mix of furniture, lots of layers, and a rule-breaking layout. The overall color palette is sophisticated and balanced, and you’ll find rich pinks, neutrals, and gold accents galore. We balanced the feminine decor with pops of marble and natural materials because Glinda wasn’t all glitz and glam.

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Bubble-Inspired Decor. While some people might like cars, Glinda’s preferred mode of transportation was by bubble. We wanted to pay homage to that element of her character by incorporating globe-like light fixtures into her room.

Her Crown. Because even a good witch can have a bad hair day.

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Wizard of Oz styleThe Wizard of Oz’s Style

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain… But definitely do check out the lovely green velvet ones in this Oz-tastic bedroom. Instead of his own personal bedroom, we imagined the great and powerful Wizard of Oz would have designed his own brand of luxury hotels in the capital city, which inspired this room.

What’s in His Look

The design of the city of Oz screamed Art Deco, so we brought that same design aesthetic to life in the Wizard’s space. From the patterned wallpaper, geometric forms, and curvilinear furniture, the Wizard’s room is a modern take on the 1930’s Oz set design.

Of course, the Emerald City’s best hotel would have to pay homage to its colorful namesake. So we designed the Wizard’s room around an emerald green palette. There’s the curtains, the bed frame, and the accent chair… All of which add up to a room that’s dripping in luxury. It’s truly a horse of a different color!

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The Yellow Brick Road. Ok, it’s really terrazzo. But we thought that would be a design trend the great and powerful Oz would get behind. When subway tile finally felt overdone, we think he would have updated his hotel to feature the new trendy material.

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the Wicked Witch's style wizard of ozThe Wicked Witch of the West’s Style

You might say she’s evil, or you might say she’s just misunderstood (we’ve seen Wicked once or twice). Either way, it’s hard not to love a villain with style, and the Wicked Witch has plenty of it. Dark and mysterious, we wanted her room to be a place where she could retreat from the world. Sometimes we all need a little alone time.

What’s in Her Look

Her look was inspired by her signature color palette of black and green and embodies a traditional yet chic style. To bring it to life, we paired traditional foundation pieces with luxe materials, like green velvet and black lacquer.

We’re definitely melting – er, drooling – over her four-poster bed frame, and we imagined the apothecary-inspired work area would be her go-to spot for stalking Dorothy in her crystal ball.

the Wicked Witch's style wizard of ozKeep an Eye Out For…

The Flying Monkeys. Her evil cronies would never be far away. See if you can spot a few outside her window enjoying a midnight flight.

Her Striped Bedspread. A nod to her deceased sister, the Wicked Witch of the East, we incorporated the pattern of her signature tights into her space. We think it looks much better as a bedspread than crushed under a house.

The Ruby Slippers. Because we thought it was time to end this age-old feud and share the ruby slipper love. There are enough awesome shoes to go around, ok?

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Best Multi-Purpose Design Hacks – When Two Rooms Are Actually One

multi-purpose space hacksIf you live in a small space or need to make one room serve multiple functions, sometimes you need to get clever with your design. That’s where a few multi-purpose design hacks come in! We’re all about utilizing some creative design solutions to create distinct areas within a room, making it feel like two spaces in one.

Carving out distinct areas can be tricky, but it’s important to help the flow of the room when you need one space to have multiple functions. Here are our best hacks for dividing a multi-purpose space.

multi-purpose studio1. Use an Open Bookcase as a Room Divider

We love to create distinct spaces in an open room by using a bookcase as a room divider. This is a perfect solution for a studio apartment, where breaking up living and sleeping spaces is a common conundrum.

Using an open bookcase as a divider creates visual distinction without making your space feel smaller or blocking much-needed natural light. Bookcases are more substantial and have more visual impact than curtains, but they also provides function. Because in a small space, storage is at a premium – so this gives you added shelving and a visually pleasing divider. A win-win solution!

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multi-purpose space hacks2. Separate Your Living and Dining Spaces with a Floating Sofa

An open concept design is wonderful for so many reasons. The flow from room to room, more natural light, great for entertaining… just to name a few! But when you live in an open concept house, you probably want some sense of definition between your spaces.

One way to do this is by using a floating sofa to diving your living and dining space. The back of your sofa acts like a wall to help visually “zone” the room and create separation. Just make sure when using a floating sofa that there’s enough room to walk behind it without bumping into walls or other furniture.

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open layout design3. Create Zones with Rugs

Another way to create zones within an open concept space is to utilize rugs. Rugs can help visually distinguish between a living room and dining room, an office and a living space, or even a bedroom and a living space in a studio. Each rug creates a zone that helps make each “room” feel distinct. Bonus: Rugs are also a great way to add color, texture, and pattern to your space!

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studio apartment design hacks4. Use One Piece of Furniture for Multiple Functions

In a small space like a studio, it’s important to find furniture that can serve multiple functions – in this case, using a dresser as a nightstand! For super small spaces, this is an easy way to create division between spaces.

In this room, the dresser breaks up the sleeping and living spaces, creating the sense of two rooms that are distinct. This also provides significantly more storage than a nightstand while cutting down on the pieces of furniture you need to fill your space.

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10 Essentials Your Bedroom Needs Right Now

bedroom essentialsThere’s no fixed formula when it comes to designing the perfect bedroom. But, there is such a thing as the perfect bedroom. At least the perfect bedroom for you. Regardless of your personal style or budget, it simply comes down to the bedroom essentials. From plenty of good lighting to a plush rug and soft bedding, we’ve rounded up the top 10 must-haves for a vibrant and thoughtful bedroom design. Read on to get inspired and get our tips for bringing each bedroom essential into your own space.

1. Layered Bedding

No magic formula here. You can always count on good, comfy bedding as a surefire way to brighten your bedroom and make it look thoughtfully pulled together. A bed with just two standard pillows can look a bit sparse and empty, so pile on lots of colorful and textured pillows, make sure you have soft sheets and a fluffy duvet, and top it all off with a throw blanket.

2. A Stylish Headboard

If there’s a piece of furniture that signifies a grown-up bedroom, it’s a stylish headboard. Just like nice bedding, a solid bed frame with a fun headboard adds instant personality and polish. Plus, it provides added support for leaning back with a good book in bed.

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3. A Comfy Rug

A bedroom without a rug can feel cold and uninviting. Make sure to choose a rug that adds color, texture, or pattern to your bedroom from the ground up. This will help tie the room together and muffle sounds and the pitter-patter of footsteps. The best part? You’ll always step out of bed on to something soft and cozy.

4. Good Curtains

While we love a bedroom that gets lots of natural light, we appreciate the privacy that curtains provide for our most intimate space in the home. Find curtains that have subtle texture and can filter in sunlight when you need an afternoon nap. For a more vibrant approach, pick curtains that pull in colors from your rug, pillows, and other furnishings.

bedroom essentials5. Ample Lighting

All rooms benefit from having ample, layered lighting, but in a bedroom it’s especially important. Ensure there’s more than one light source in your space. Think an overhead lamp, a floor lamp in a corner, table lamps on your bedside tables, and even an extra task light on the dresser. This bedroom essential will create a layered lighting effect that will elevate as well as cozy up your space.

6. A Bench For the Foot of the Bed

Tuck in an extra place to sit beyond your bed to increase the function of your bedroom. A bench at the end of your bed offers a stylish place to plop bags, take off/put on shoes, and –if you’re a germaphobe – also helps keep street clothes away from your sleeping space. The end-of-bed bench can also serve as a luggage rack if you’re often on the go. If you’re tight on storage, opt for a bench with cubbies or one with a seat top that flips open with a big compartment for holding extra pillows and blankets.

rustic bedroom essentials7. Storage Dresser and Nightstands

And speaking of storage, it might seem like a no-brainer, but plenty of enclosed storage is a bedroom must. Not only does this help minimize clutter, dressers and nightstands make for additional surfaces for corralling everyday items, such as keys, wallets, sunglasses, books and knick knacks.

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8. A Statement Mirror

Let’s face it: a mirror, be it a full-length version or a large one that hangs above a dresser, is a practical and stylish addition to any bedroom. It establishes your bedroom as a place to get ready. It also adds a touch of glamour and makes your room feel more open and airy by bouncing light around the space.

9. Personal Decor

Make the space feel truly you by showcasing bold accents and items that carry meaning for you. This is a fun way to add more personality to your room and warm up with a sense of familiar comfort. Think favorite books and perfume bottles, pretty ceramics you love and vases with fresh flowers, beautiful trays and jewelry holders. These are all perfect objects you can display on your dresser to play up a cozy, lived-in vibe.

10. Playful and Graphic Art

Just like how all the little objects are an intimate expression of your personal style, so is some eye-catching art. Hanging a favorite painting or colorful abstract print in the bedroom is a great way to add depth and inject color into your personal haven. Hang a few pieces to instantly bring your bedroom walls to life.

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5 Ways to Master A Rustic Bedroom Design

rustic bedroom ideasA common misconception about rustic style is that it’s always just some variation of the log cabin look. But if you’ve seen some of our favorite rustic bedroom designs, you know the style is far from one note – and it can work beautifully in a number of different ways.

For instance, there’s the refined rustic look, which is all about comfort, soft neutrals, and elegant furnishings with a classic bent. Then you have rustic farmhouse style, a mix of traditional and industrial design elements. And finally, a rustic minimal look strips out all ornamentation in favor of clean-lined pieces and very little styling.

All to say, nailing a rustic look in your bedroom isn’t exactly a simple formula – but it’s also not as difficult as you think. To get you inspired (and started) on your own rustic bedroom design, we’ve rounded up five of our most popular rustic looks. Read on to get our tips for bringing each bedroom look home.

rustic bedroom designThe Look: Rustic Warmth

Warm and inviting, this look is anchored by contemporary furniture with rustic notes. It’s one of our most popular design styles as it brings together modern designs that feel cozy rather than sleek and spare.

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The Key Elements

Rustic Warmth is all about streamlined furnishings that are welcoming. Think dressers and nightstands in darker wood tones, a hefty wood bed frame, a classic rug in updated colors, and accents that lend a livable vibe.

It’s Perfect If You…

Love a house that feels like home, meaning your spaces are guided by comfort and function first. This look might also appeal to you if you love the rustic look but still want your bedroom furniture to be modern and of-the-moment. Also, if you’re not one for lots of color and pattern, Rustic Warmth’s muted palette will feel just right.

coastal bedroom designThe Look: Rustic Coastal

In a nutshell, the rustic coastal look evokes a breezy beach cottage by the ocean. It’s casual and layered and the vibe is welcoming, lived-in, and down-to-earth.

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The Key Elements

This look is defined by a stylish mix of natural materials that add texture. Think natural-fibers, like sisal and jute, rattan, light weathered driftwood, relaxed linen upholstery and lightweight throw blankets. It also pulls in coastal elements, such as a palette of blues and whites that plays up a sense of serenity and recalls the ocean, as well as ocean-inspired accents and shell art.

It’s Perfect If You…

Are drawn to California’s rustic coastal homes or simply enjoy the laid-back vibe of those spaces. This look will also likely resonate with you if you love a room that feels relaxed but still chicly put-together.

rustic farmhouse bedroomThe Look: Rustic Farmhouse

This is probably the look that’s most like what you might traditionally imagine rustic style spaces to be. It has classic and industrial elements that recall farmhouse interiors and more than a hint of vintage.

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The Key Elements

The Rustic Farmhouse mix is comprised of handcrafted designs (metal sconces and wooden bench), vintage-style finds (candelabra chandelier, weathered-wood round mirror), and barn-like furnishings (spindle bed, rocking chair, weathered armoire). Carved details and small accents that give off an antiqued sensibility also add to the overall farmhouse feeling.

It’s Perfect If You…

Appreciate the perfectly imperfect, old-meets-new look, where traditional-looking pieces are arranged in a fresh, contemporary way. This might also be the look for you if you find beauty in well-crafted designs and spaces that convey a sense of history.

rustic minimal bedroomThe Look: Rustic Minimal

Think of this as the perfect blend of cool and warm, where pared-down vintage elements are combined with a calm, monochromatic palette. This is also the place where clean-lined design meets a touch of rustic charm.

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The Key Elements

Rustic minimal style is exactly what it sounds like: Streamlined furniture in rustic materials that lend depth and warmth to the room. There’s also an organic approach to furnishings and accents that are highly curated – think a perfectly slender metal console, a round wood mirror, mid-century-style stools in a distinct fabric, sparkling porcelain table lamps. Every detail and material is carefully chosen to have both simple and cozy appeal.

It’s Perfect If You…

Mostly prefer minimally styled spaces that still feel warm and inviting. If you don’t like having a lot of “stuff” but appreciate well-designed furniture and objects, this curated approach might appeal to you.

rustic bedroom designThe Look: Refined Rustic

Formal and elegant, this look presents rustic in a slightly more feminine and elevated light. With a bedroom, the refined rustic approach conjures up the feeling of a serene and sophisticated hotel in the countryside.

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The Key Elements

Keep to rustic furnishings that have a classic, formal twist. Design details, such as natural textures like linen, rattan, and weathered woods, help to play up the look. Look for pieces that have traditional silhouettes, like a nightstand with drawers and decorative pulls or a bench with turned legs. Finally, add accents that have vintage appeal, such as botanical art and ticking-stripe pillows. Just be sure to stick to soft hues for your palette.

It’s Perfect If You…

Like classic formal spaces but want them to feel slightly more approachable. This look is pure elegance with perfect ease to match, and it’s ideal for someone who prefers a space where rustic notes appear in more delicate and subtle ways.

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Find Your Modern Bedroom Design Style

Modern bedroom designSo many of our Modsy customers gravitate toward modern spaces. In particular, modern bedroom designs are among our most popular looks. At the same time, you might be wondering: ‘What does a modern style bedroom really even mean?’

We get it. Even within modern bedroom designs, there can be so many different ‘style’ approaches and variations to the look and feel. For instance, some of you might love the clean-lined look of mid-century furniture all over in your bedroom. Others may prefer a minimalist space that helps inspire better sleep. Or perhaps you’re one for a modern sleep space that’s layered with lots of color and boho touches.

No matter your modern style leanings, we’re here to help you figure out how to create a modern bedroom design that’s tailored to you. And if you don’t consider yourself a modernist, don’t hop off just yet. Our tips for mixing in other stylish design elements in the bedroom, such as rustic accents and graphic art, might just convince you otherwise.

Keep reading for five popular takes on a modern style bedroom and find out if the look is for you! Find something you love? Each of our modern bedroom designs are ready to shop!

Modern bedroom designThe Look: Pure Mid-Century Modern Warmth

If you’re drawn to mid-century style, take an all-in approach with your bedroom furnishings. Bring in a matching bed, nightstand, and bench ensemble that plays up the warm wood tones, tapered legs, and streamlined proportions that underscore mid-century designs.

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To round out the warm woods, offset your key pieces with graphic pops of soft colors, simple geometric shapes, and frill-free silhouettes, like brass-based table lamps and a sputnik pendant light.

Perfect for…

Design lovers who are after a simple and cozy bedroom design that has a cohesive look and retains some classic notes. Also if you’re want to dabble in modern designs and need a look that’s easy to pull together.

The Look: Modern Industrial

If you want a modern bedroom design that feels warm but still has a bit of edge, this layered look is for you. Think of it as the perfect mix of rustic, industrial, and mid-century styles, with its assemblage of sleek furnishings, cozy woods, and graphic patterned textiles.

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To keep the modern industrial vibe, keep your palette to gray tones in varying shades and only one or two bright hits of color. The result is a space that feels cool, collected, and purposefully contrasted.

Perfect for…

A couple in seek of a bedroom design that’s versatile and gender neutral. This is a great look that’s also easy to build on, so you can add and rearrange as seasons and needs change – that’s what makes this style feel truly modern.

Modern bedroom designThe Look: Modern Bohemian

Another way to describe this style is modern eclectic – and it’s all about the colorful and playful accents. If you like modern but not when it feels too staid or spare, the modern bohemian look might just be your perfect solution. Rather than going fully streamlined, bright pillows, rugs, and accents take center stage to offset the midcentury-inspired foundation pieces.

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The key is starting with a strong palette (we chose blues and pinks here), but let it guide you as you layer textiles and art that emphasize your color story. It all lends a retro and global look that complements the modern furniture staple pieces.

Perfect for…

Collectors and vintage lovers who want to bring a little character and quirkiness to their bedroom space without it feeling too frenzied to sleep in. If you’re after a modern yet curated look, this style will check all your boxes.

Modern industrial bedroom designThe Look: Modern Minimal

Less is more is your motto when it comes to your bedroom style. While this look may seem pretty straightforward, the trick is to make sure your space doesn’t feel flat and cold. The solve? Bring in lots of yummy textures, such as plush geometric pillows, a fringed rug, graphic black-and-white art to bring depth to an otherwise strictly functional-feeling space.

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One way to instantly liven up the modern minimal bedroom? Layer in lush greenery big and small. All that plant life will add vibrant texture and serve as bright focal points.

Perfect for…

Staunch minimalists who like a sleek, simple space as much as they love a cozy one. This is ideal if you’re focused on function first but still want to add warmth without adding lots of color and wood pieces.

Modern bedroom designThe Look: Modern Rustic

Probably our most popular style, the modern rustic look strikes that perfect balance of comfort and elegance. There’s an organic element to the look and feel of modern rustic bedroom, where furniture with mid-century undertones and accents with casual appeal are layered with welcoming effect.

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A good place to start is an upholstered headboard, a soft neutral rug, and a comfortable bench. Matching wooden nightstands and cozy pillow sets will help to complete the clean-lined, rustic vibe.

Perfect for…

Fans of the casual California look. It’s all about big comfort and ease without sacrificing elevated style when it comes to a modern rustic bedroom.

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7 Design Hacks for When Your Bedroom is also Your Home Office

bedroom office designWouldn’t it be nice if your morning commute consisted of simply waking up and walking a few steps across the room? With the work-from-home trend on the rise, that dream is becoming a reality for many people! And whether you’re working full-time from home, need a place to study, or just want a dedicated space that isn’t your sofa to answer emails, a home office is a great solution to limit distractions and get your brain into work-mode.

Unfortunately, not everyone has an extra room they can dedicate to a home office. But, with a little creativity, you can create an office space in your bedroom! Surprising as that may sound, your bedroom can be that peaceful spot you need, away from the distractions of the main living area. Ready to get to work? Here are 7 ways to create a bedroom that also doubles as a comfortable and stylish office.

bedroom office designMaster Bedroom Office Design

If you have a spacious master bedroom, consider incorporating a full desk set-up for your workday. You can make use of an open wall or, even better, a wall with windows because who doesn’t love working with a view?

But don’t let your workspace cramp your bedroom style. Make sure you have enough space to walk around and pick furniture that won’t be an eyesore. Look for a chair that tucks under the desk to create more space when you’re not working. And a desk with plenty of storage to tuck away supplies will help you strike the perfect work-life balance, visually.

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bedroom office designSmall Bedroom With a Desk Space

If you’ve got only a small bedroom to work with, try swapping out your nightstand for a desk. This gives you all the functionality of both a desk and nightstand in one and it also means you have one less furniture piece to purchase! If you go for this set-up, be sure to place your reading lamp on the inside edge of the desk to keep it accessible for both working and reading in bed.

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bedroom office designHome Office With a Sofa Bed

Guest rooms are great, but they can feel like a waste of space the other 350 days of the year when you don’t have visitors. If this sounds familiar, make your guest room work year-round as your home office!

You can either go the route of a full-sized bed with a desk set-up, or – if you plan to use this office on the regular – try designing a space with a sofa bed to create a fully-functional office that can quickly convert to a guest room when needed.

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bedroom office designOffice With a Daybed

If you have a room that’s super tight on space, consider an office with a daybed. Without a full-size bed, you can incorporate a larger desk, a bookshelf, and a comfortable chair without feeling too cramped. The daybed has a smaller footprint and offers a place to relax during working hours and the flexibility of a sleeping space for the occasional couch-surfing guest.

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bedroom office designBookcase With a Desk

If you think you absolutely don’t have room for a workspace, think again! This design sneaks an office space into even the smallest bedrooms or living rooms, and it can even fit into an entryway or pass-through space. What is this magical solution? A wall-mounted bookcase!

Many bookcase models come with an option that features a desk in place of lower shelves. This makes for a handy workspace that won’t take up extra floor space. This is also a great way to combine functional storage with a workspace. Now all you need it to find a comfortable chair (or steal one from your dining room table) and voila! Your very own home office.

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bedroom office designWorkstation in a Kid’s Room

Kids rooms can quickly get cluttered up with all kinds of stuff – but there’s no arguing that your budding scholar needs a proper workspace, too! If your kiddo doesn’t need a huge desk, you can try tucking a simple and sleek option into the corner. Even take a cue from small spaces and make it double as a nightstand. This way, they have a designated place to tackle homework or get creative with some arts and crafts.

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bedroom office designDesk Under a Loft Bed

Got a teenager who wants their space to feel grown-up and trendy? This cool, loft bedroom office design might do the trick. The empty space below the top bunk is the perfect spot for a cozy desk set-up that will also save floor space. This is also a great way to extend the life of the bunk bed you just bought a few years ago!

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Guest Room Essentials to Help You Prep For Summer Visitors In Style

guest room essentialsSummer is here and finally in full swing. We’ll be the first to admit that we’ve already made all our summer travel plans and blocked off all the weekends we’ll be hosting guests from out of town. Because we all know it’s the time of year when everyone is trying to squeeze in mini weekend trips here and there to see and hang out with friends in other cities, and vice versa.

And while we love a super charming Airbnb for our friends when they visit, we also love playing host and having friends stay over in our home. For one, it saves them from spending money on lodging; but we also love that it’s more intimate and gives us more time to kick back and catch up.

But we’ve also learned that to ensure your guests have a relaxing visit, you’ll need to prepare a guest room that’s comfortable and inviting. From making sure you have plenty of storage for clothes and a place to unpack, to adding greenery and small personal touches like books and a bedside carafe, having the right guest room essentials will make all the difference for your visiting friends.

Read on to get our hosting prep tips for setting up a guest room that will instantly make all your visitors feel right at home.

guest room essentialsFocus On Function First

A functional guest room is a comfortable one. That means start by making sure there’s a good flow and setup, where the bed is positioned away from the door and there’s enough room to walk around. Matching bedside tables with drawers will help frame your bed and establish a more composed look.

Add a bench at the foot of the bed to give your guests a place to unpack their luggage but also to pile on extra pillows when they go to bed at night. If you have room beyond the bed, a dresser can be just the piece that pulls together your space with a more thoughtful, designed look. All in all, focus on making sure you have the essential furniture pieces first, as they will be the key to a bedroom that is cozy and welcoming versus just another spare room where hosting guests feels like an afterthought.

guest room essentialsCarve Out A Dressing Area

There’s something so simple yet lovely about a guest room that features a designated space for getting dressed, whether it’s a walk-in closet (a dream!) or just a corner that’s set up with a dresser and full-length mirror. This is an easy way to elevate the look and feel in a guest room and bring in a hugely welcoming vibe.

A bonus touch? Ready a laundry basket in the corner so that they can easily toss in dirty towels and bed sheets without the awkward hand-off when they leave your home!

guest room essentialsMake Room For Lounging

Our idea of a relaxing guest room is one that actually inspires lounging and kicking back. A cozy chair by the window or even just a reading armchair in a corner of the room will do the trick.

To play up a laid-back atmosphere, round out the space with a small side table that’s ready with books or a vase of fresh flowers, and make room for some vibrant greenery. You want to build out a mini seating area that feels like an oasis within the guest room, so take the time to select pieces that have comfy cushioning and soft, inviting textures, like woven accents and polished stone and wooden finishes.

guest room essentialsCozy Up Your Bed

At the end of the day, it all comes down to a well-made and comfy bed for your guests. So pile on the best pillows and shams and layer in homey touches like cool art above the bed and a pretty bedside lamp. These thoughtful details are what separate a stylish guest room from a cookie-cutter hotel space completely void of character.

Our favorite hostess touches? A water carafe and glass set for the bedside and a pamper basket that’s ready with towels, bathrobes, slippers, and toiletries like nice soaps and toothpaste. It’s just the personal touch that’s sure to instantly put your guests at ease.

 

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Is an Upholstered Bed Right for You?

upholstered bedWhen it comes to investment pieces for your home, few get as personal as your bed. Finding a bed that suits your style and needs is important, given it’s where you start and end your days.

If you are looking for a new place to catch some z’s, you might be considering an upholstered bed. And while some people love how they provide major comfort and style, others find them to be high-maintenance and difficult to keep clean and dust-free.

So, is an upholstered bed right for you? Read on to learn more about this luxurious piece and why it may or may not be right for you.

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Upholstered Bed Pros and Cons

Does it fit into your sleep routine?

Do you watch TV or read in bed at night? If so, upholstered beds with a tall headboard are perfectly designed to provide you with a cushioned support and cultivate a cozy feeling in your bedroom.

Conversely, if your bedroom tends to get warm and humid in the evenings, a frame covered in absorbent fabric may not be the best option. Your bed is meant to add comfort to your daily life, so make sure it suits your sleep routine and lifestyle.

Are you up for the upkeep?

Because an upholstered bed is covered in fabric, dents and impressions can develop overtime with use. It’s recommended that you clean an upholstered bed with a handheld vacuum once a week to keep dust at bay.

If you’re one to read in bed and lean against your headboard daily, you may also have to deal with potential grease spots. One solution is to spot clean on a regular basis, but if that sounds like too much maintenance for you, consider opting for a wood or metal bed frame instead.

Do you have cats or dogs or both?

An upholstered bed may not be the best option for you pet owners out there. Hair from your furry friends will likely get stuck on the fabric, which may also tear from clawing. If you’re a proud pet owner set on an upholstered bed, pick a microfiber option as it’s easiest to clean.

Upholstered bedAre you allergic to dust?

You may want to consider the upholstered bed more carefully. While the standard fabric options are usually more cost-effective, if left unattended they are susceptible to dust mites, which can irritate adults and children with allergies. Keep this in mind especially if you’re considering an upholstered bed for a child’s room.

If you’re set on one, consider other materials such as leather, a tightly woven textile, or a “performance” fabric option. These will help keep dust from penetrating into the frame, while also giving you the look you want.

Do you have a small space?

While upholstered beds come in a range of sizes, their thick padding tends to take up more square footage than a slender wood or metal frame. For a small bedroom, an upholstered bed could result in a tight space with narrow walkways. If you must, choose one in white or soft gray to minimize the visual impact.

Are you looking for some color?

Upholstered beds come in hues that are highly versatile, such as gray, cream, or blue. These colors pair beautifully with a wide range of accents, metals, and finishes. These palettes are also ideal if you’re going for a calming bedroom atmosphere that’s not void of color.

Of course, upholstered beds are offered in more vibrant fabric colors as well if you’re one for a bold look. Either way, these can ultimately function like a piece of art that can help add color to your walls as well as soften the linear angles of your space.

Do you want to make a statement?

Without a doubt, an upholstered bed is guaranteed to be the most captivating centerpiece in any bedroom. From platform styles, to swooping sleigh beds, to winged headboards, an upholstered bed in any bed frame style is guaranteed to make your room feel tailored and sophisticated.

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