Home Design Tips & Tricks

Our very best home design tips, tricks, and how-to guides. We tackle everything from layout struggles, to decor ideas to help you design your home with confidence.

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Layout Ideas: Deciding on a Sofa or Sectional For an Open Living Space

Often the trickiest part of designing a space is finding the right layout. In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. From the square-shaped to the narrow to the just plain awkward, this is your one-stop shop for layout ideas that work.

sofa or sectional layoutThe Homeowners: A couple with a two-year-old son.

The Space: A 22’ x 25’ open living space used everyday and for everything.

The Challenge: Designing a kid-friendly space that’s also stylish, and figuring out what couch/seating layout would work best for the space – a sofa or sectional.

sofa or sectionalIdea #1: The Conversation Ring Layout

Layout idea #1 opts for a sofa with extra chairs sprinkled all around. The space feels more decorated is perfect for entertaining and conversation. This layout also helps shift the focus away from the TV as the main feature of the room.

Why It Works:

  • The sofa is perfect for low-key family nights but it can still easily accommodate lots of guests when entertaining.
  • Pulling in standalone chairs makes for a flexible layout. Easily reconfigure your layout for game night or pull a chair to another room in your home as needed.
  • The sofa frees up a lot of walking room in and around the seating area.
  • A round table checks the box for a super kid-friendly centerpiece.

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This Is Great If You…

  • Enjoy having people over for drinks and conversation as opposed to movie marathons.
  • Prefer a living room that’s more open and has a slightly formal and designed look to it.
  • Want a living space that doesn’t revolve around TV-watching.

See the layout idea #1 in 360!


sofa or sectionalIdea #2: The Viewing Corner Layout

Layout idea #2 opts for a sectional. This helps to define the living area as a cozy corner where you can totally lounge out. the sectional also helps turn the space into a TV lounge area with a casual atmosphere.

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sofa or sectional

Why It Works:

  • The sectional helps clearly delineate the seating area from the rest of the space, making it feel like a room within a room.
  • A huge tiered coffee table provides practical storage space for you to stash remotes and other tech gadgets out of sight.
  • The bigger the sectional the more pillows you can have. Pile them on for lots of cushy support!
  • This layout factors in lots of extra lighting as well, which means you can set the mood as needed.

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This Is Great If You…

  • Want to have a clearly defined living space that doesn’t face the entry area.
  • Mainly use your living space for watching TV and movies with family and friends.
  • Enjoy a more laid-back and relaxed living room where you can lie down and stretch out your legs.

See the layout idea #2 in 360!


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Bring the Outside In: 5 Simple Ways to Decorate With Plants

decorate with plants ideasSpring is almost here! That means it’s time to peel back those layers (of blankets, pillows, and rugs) and refresh your home for spring.

The easiest way to kick off the new season and reboot your home? Bring in some (or lots) of greenery to liven up your spaces. Read on for some simple, fun, and totally refreshing ways to add greenery and decorate with plants in your home.

decorate with plants1. Liven Up Dead Corners

You know that one corner in your home where nothing else fits? Fill it up with a clusters of potted greenery, plants, and trees. Combine different greenery in varying heights to give the corner new life and depth. Then, take the cluster approach and apply it to groups of smaller plants on floating shelves and coffee table centerpieces. There’s power in numbers!

Stylist Tip: Opt for plants of different shapes and sizes to create some visual texture and keep your space feeling dynamic.

decorate with plants2. Try Hanging Plants to Save Floor Space

Hang a planter of leafy greenery in practical work spaces, like your office, to add a little life to your every day routine. It’s an easy way to bring a vibrant touch to a functional space. The same can be said for the kitchen, where a few hanging planters instantly lift the mood!

This is also a great way to work greenery in to small spaces where floor space is limited.

Stylist Tip: When it comes to hanging greenery, choose a leafy trailing one, like a philodendron. They’re relatively low-maintenance as long as they get enough sunlight by a window and they grow out and downward in a really pretty way.

decorate with plants3. Make Old Spaces Feel New

Adding greenery is the best way to refresh your living areas for spring and bring the outdoors in. It’s also a lot less expensive than buying new furnishings if you’re on a budget. Spread out a range of different plants and trees in your common areas to create a welcoming atmosphere and to ring in the new season.

Stylist Tip: Already have a few plants in your home? Just like other pieces of decor, plants can work in any room of your home, so why not mix up where you display them from time to time, for a free way to make your space feel renewed!

decorate with plants4. Bring in Fresh Air

Go for a plant or two (or three) in the bedroom as a way to freshen up the air and the space. Not to mention, it adds a little life and lushness also. Try a big leafy plant that requires little watering in the corner or couple of hanging planters by the window as lively touches to start.

Stylist Tip: A small lavender plant can be a great for the bedroom given its calming scent that inspires restful sleep.

decorate with plants5. Spruce Up Neutral Spaces

If you’re not a fan of brightly colored furniture and decor, try using greenery and decorate with plants to punch up neutral spaces. They’ll add a nice pop of green and a soothing vibe without feeling overwhelming.

Stylist Tip: If you’re looking for something super simple, consider starting with a few leafy branches of greenery in tall vase. Then when you’re ready bring in other smaller plants in matching vases.

Ready to refresh your space for spring?

Click here to get started, or if you’re already a Modsy customer, head to your studio and ring the assistance bell to see some new products in your space!

Small bedroom ideas

Small-Space Hacks: Simple Ways To Maximize A Tiny Bedroom

In our “Small-Space Hacks” series, you’ll find stylish solutions for tiny spaces as well as tricky areas that often get overlooked in the home. Not your typical DIY projects, these “hacks” involve simply rethinking furniture with a little ingenuity to create spaces that enhance your daily life.

This week we show you simple ways to make the most of a small bedroom. Read on for our favorite easy tricks to save lots of space, add major style, and rethink the possibilities in a pint-size bedroom.

If You’re Pressed For Storage Space…

Small bedroom ideasBulk Up Your Bedside.

If you don’t have a lot of room, make this spot by your bed work overtime. Nix the nightstand and go for a small dresser or a compact chest with drawers instead. They function just like a nightstand but offer more in storage for stashing away clothes, sheets, and other essentials. You can even pull in a set of baskets for storing small items, such as books, pillows, and even chunkier, winter clothes.

Small bedroom ideasThink Vertical Storage.

Swap in a bookcase to add more vertical storage space. If you’re have lots of books, accents, and small knick knacks, this is a great solve that takes up very little footprint beside your bed.

If You Have Very Little Walking Room…

Small bedroom ideasFloat Some Shelves.

If a small nightstand, chest, or bookshelf are all still taking up too much floor space, opt for a floating shelf or two (or three!), which leaves zero footprint and won’t clutter up a small bedroom that’s already tight on space. The best part is that these can go anywhere and also double as display surfaces for cool art, personal objects, and plants.

Small bedroom ideasHang Your Lights.

Rather than a table or floor lamps, hang pendants (or sconces) for bedside lighting instead to save on floor space. They’re a stylish solve for small bedrooms, particularly alongside the bed. They also work well with floating shelves beside the bed!

If You Think There’s No Room For Stylish Pieces…

Small bedroom ideasTry a Free-Form Rug.

Rugs come in several standard sizes, but these can often be too big or too small, which will accentuate the small size of your space rather than work with it. Consider a rug with an organic shape, like a cowhide, which will distract from the boxiness of your tiny bedroom while adding some nice color and warm, fuzzy texture underfoot.

Small bedroom ideasAdd Cool, Clear Furniture.

Furniture like an acrylic bench or set of clear nesting tables can open up your small bedroom visually and also act as storage without making the space feel cluttered. Similarly, mirrors can have the same effect, tricking the eye into thinking the room is larger than it seems. Try hanging one bedside or a large round one above the bed for a light, roomy effect.

Small bedroom ideasPack in Some Plants.

Even if you don’t have room for extra furniture, you can easily add a lively touch with some hanging greenery and plants. Find a corner for a hanging planter or two, or line up several plants along floating shelves for a cute display.

For more stylish and smart ideas for your small bedroom, check out these stories!

1 Boxy Bedroom, 2 Smart Ways to Maximize The Space

7 Ways to Incorporate Seating Into Your Bedroom

My Modsy Story: Redesigning a Bedroom And Not Knowing Where to Start


Ready to Hack Your Small Bedroom?


sofa buying guide

Sofa Buying Guide: Should You Skimp or Splurge on a New Sofa?

sofa buying guideFinding the right sofa for your living room is a little bit like dating. It can be a lot of work to find the one, but once you do, you get to enjoy a lifetime of happiness together.

The “perfect sofa” might look different for everyone, but we can probably all agree that it should be comfortable, fit in your living room, reflect your style, and hopefully last a few years (if not more).

Enjoying your perfect sofa is the easy part. Finding it takes work.

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While you probably have a good sense of what you’re looking for in a sofa, you might need a little help uncovering how much you should spend on one.

Sofas can be expensive, there’s no denying that. For some people it might make sense to invest in a quality piece that will last years. For others, buying something that works for right now is a better option. But where do you fall on the spectrum?

Because we’d rather you spend your time focusing on your real dating life (or with your family, pursuing that new hobby, or doing any other activity that brings you joy), we created a sofa buying guide to help you easily understand how much you should spend on a sofa.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a New Sofa

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Question 1: How much do you want to spend on a sofa?

It can be hard to wrap your head around how much you should spend on a sofa if you’re not even sure how much the average sofa costs. A good place to start is to get familiar with some average price ranges for sofas.

Numbers to know:

  • $1000 or less: The sub-thousand dollar range is what we’d consider an inexpensive sofa.
  • $1000 – $2000: A mid-range priced sofa generally falls in between one to two thousand dollars.
  • $2000 or more: Anything above two grand, we would consider to be an expensive sofa.

The Bottom Line: Survey the sofa landscape to help you get a sense of how much you might want to spend.

Question 2: How Nomadic are You?

Sofas are large, bulky, and not the easiest pieces of furniture to move. One that works perfectly in your current home, might not fit through the doorway at your next.

Your solve:

  • I move a lot or will be moving soon: If you plan to only live where you are for under a year, consider skimping on an inexpensive sofa that you won’t have to worry about lugging to a new location.
  • I’m relatively settled: Around five years? Maybe a slightly higher-quality option is the best fit for you. You want something that will last you that half decade or so, but won’t be missed if you can’t bring it with you.
  • I’m in it for the long haul: Finally, if you are relatively settled in your current home, it makes more sense to invest in a high quality sofa that will last.

The Bottom Line: Your overall timeline is important to consider before making a big-ticket purchase that isn’t easy to transport with you.

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Question 3: Are You into Trends?

A trendy sofa looks great right now, but you might find you’re sick of it after a short time.

Your solve:

  • I love trends: If you can’t say no to a sofa with a bold color or statement pattern, consider opting for a lower-cost option rather than investing in a more expensive one. Unlike decorative accents, you can’t as easily move a sofa from room to room when you get tired of it. Don’t sink your money into something you’ll be sick of in a year.
  • Trends don’t phase me: If you’re looking for a sofa that can transcend your current tastes, consider investing in a high-quality option. This can be a sofa with a neutral fabric, a quality leather option, or a even a sofa with a versatile shape, such as a chaise that can switch sides.

The Bottom Line: If you want to splurge on a quality sofa, it’s important to find one that works for both now and later.

Question 4: Do You Have Kids or Pets?

Although we love kids and we love pets, it’s a fact that they are the culprits behind a lot of our furniture’s wear and tear.

Your solve:

  • Don’t stress: One way around this is to choose a budget-friendly sofa that you don’t mind replacing as it gets worn out.
  • Call for reinforcements: The alternative is to invest in a higher quality option. Opt for a sofa that’s durable and can take whatever your kids/pets throw at it. Consider choosing a stain resistant fabric. Quality leather is also great for pets. You want something that won’t stain or rip easily and doesn’t attract fur like a magnet.

The Bottom Line: You know your kids and pets the best, so factor them into the picture when deciding what sofa makes sense for your family.

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Question 5: How Much Time Will You Spend on Your Sofa?

If you use it a lot, don’t make yourself miserable with something that’s uncomfortable.

Your solve:

  • My sofa is just for looks: If you’re always on the go and rarely spend time on your sofa, no need to invest in a high-quality, ultra-comfy option. Something inexpensive but stylish can suffice.
  • My sofa is my other half: If you’re a self-proclaimed couch potato, don’t skimp on a cheap sofa that makes you uncomfortable. You can find plenty of inexpensive sofas that are also comfortable and of high quality.

The Bottom Line: Invest in quality and comfort for the things you use daily, like your mattress and sofa.


Ready to find your perfect sofa?

Read our guide to buying this living room staple online to make shopping for a sofa as comfortable as lounging on one.

Or, if you want some insurance before splurging on a sofa, try on some options in your home before you make the investment. Modsy can help show you how real sofas will look in your actual home using our virtual design tools. Then, shop directly from your design plans and take advantage of our insider rewards program to save!

Click here to get started, or if you’re already a Modsy customer, head to your studio and ring the assistance bell to see some new products in your space!

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Layout Ideas: 1 Boxy Bedroom, 2 Smart Ways to Maximize The Space

Often the trickiest part of designing a space is finding the right layout. In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. From the square-shaped to the narrow to the just plain awkward, this is your one-stop shop for layout ideas that work.

The Space: A 150-square-foot bedroom that is square-shaped with seemingly limited furniture arrangement and design possibilities.

The Challenge: Creating a layout design for a boxy bedroom that can accommodate a queen-sized bed, dressing area, and work space with a custom desk. All while keeping the room from feeling overcrowded or dorm-like.

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Idea #1: The L-Shaped Layout

Layout idea #1 uses what we call the L-shaped arrangement where furniture is lined up along two walls of a square bedroom. This creates a cozy corner, opens up the rest of the room, and makes the space feel less boxy.

This approach is about maximizing storage and vertical space to balance the unfurnished half of the room.

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Why It Works:

  • The bed does not face face the door, which creates walking room and a nice flow. This layout follows the rules of good bedroom feng shui.
  • The desk by the door is the ultimate multipurpose piece. It functions as a catchall for keys and random little things, a work surface for sending emails, and a vanity for getting ready.
  • Mini dressers as nightstands give you lots of extra storage for books, sheets, and blankets.
  • Placing a bookcase in the corner makes use of vertical space for storage and takes up very little floor space.

bedroom layout ideasThis Is Great If You…

  • Are looking to design a guest room that’s more grown-up feeling. This arrangement gives the space a hotel-like look and feel.
  • Share this bedroom with another person. The layout provides enough storage and functions for two.

See the layout idea #1 in 360!


Idea #2: The Long Layout

Layout idea #2 is all about a sectioned approach that clearly defines sleep and work areas.

Add a sense of spaciousness to the room by lining up the bed and the desk in a row along the same wall. This also helps create good flow as soon as you walk in the door.

In this layout, there’s not a lot of storage space, but also a dedicated office area that makes the room feel like a functional live/work studio space.

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Why It Works:

  • The desk tucked away in the corner makes a stylish office corner. This placement also takes advantage of the natural light from the window right above.
  • There’s more room for a nice comfy chair. It can be pulled up as a desk chair or moved and used as a reading chair anywhere in the room.
  • You definitely get more open floor space in with this layout since it keeps one side open with lots of walking room.

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This Is Great If You…

  • Want a studio that has distinct spaces for all your activities, rather than feeling like one open room.
  • Don’t need a lot of space to host people in your studio apartment.
  • Live with a partner and want a space where you can cohabitate with a little more privacy and space to do your own thing.

See the layout idea #2 in 360!


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Living Room Ideas: 15 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Living Room

living room ideasDesigning your living room can be difficult, there’s no getting around that.

Picking a color scheme, settling on a budget, and finding furniture, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Your living room is also likely where you spend most of your time, so the stakes are high – you want this room to look nice!

Now that Spring is close, it’s the perfect time to turn your home into a space you love. To help, we rounded up 15 of our all time favorite living room ideas to help you find an easy place to start.


We rounded up 15 of our all-time favorite living room ideas to help you find an easy place to start.


Living Room Ideas

1. Try a Fresh Coat of Paint

Consider painting your walls with a new, inspiring color color to reinvigorate your living space. It may seem like a big commitment, but painting your walls is a simple and budget-friendly update that can totally transform the look and feel of any space.

Learn More: Paint Color Ideas to Transform Your Space


Living Room Ideas2. Dabble in a New Trend

The velvet trend has been going strong since last fall when it was deemed the “it” fabric for 2018. Even if you don’t follow trends, there are so many reasons to bring velvet into your space. Not only is it a timeless material, velvet also adds a lot of warmth and texture to any interior and works with any style.

Learn More: How To Make Velvet Work For Your Style


Living Room Ideas3. Tuck in a Play Nook for the Kids

Carve out a special, playroom nook by pulling your sofa away from the wall and using either the side or the back to divide the space. This gives the kids a designated area to play while grownups can watch over from nearby.

Learn More: 8 Ways To Make Your Living Room A Playroom


Living Room Ideas4. Stay in Budget by Refreshing Your Accents

When it comes to easy and budget-friendly living room ideas, we are all for switching up your accent pieces. Swap in some new throw pillows, hang a new piece of art, or unfurl a new rug.

All these little details have a big impact on how your space looks and feels.

Learn More: Easy, Budget-Friendly Ways To Refresh Your Home


Living Room Ideas5. Expand Your Small Space with Flexible Furnishings

Furnishings that are flexible are great options for making the most out of small spaces.

Try a coffee table with interior storage or use a bookcase as a room divider. Ottomans or stools also double as side tables, and poufs can work double-time as foot rests or extra seating.

Learn More: Living Room Ideas to Help You Live Large in Your Small Space


Living Room Ideas

Living Room Ideas

6. Mix Vintage with Modern

Vintage pieces are a great way to infuse your space with some old-world charm and texture, and make your home feel unique and full or character. Try repurposing something like this old, vintage steamer trunk as a coffee table.

Learn More: How To Mix Vintage Pieces Into Modern Spaces


Living Room Ideas7. Find the Best Media Stand for Your TV Size

It’s a simple fact that you really just can’t enjoy a good TV binge session with a sub-par setup. That means finding the right media unit for your sized TV is super important.

Our rule of thumb is that your media stand should be at least a few inches wider that the base of your TV, so that there are a few inches of breathing room on either side then the TV is placed on top.

Learn More: How To Find The Best TV Stand For Your TV Size


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8. Add some Whimsy with an Animal Portrait

Looking to add a little humor into your home? This portrait of a highland cow named Gertrude, might do the trick. Between her shaggy mop of hair and her slightly tilted head, you can’t help but fall in love with this bombshell blonde.

Learn More: 7 Ways To Try The Animal Portrait Trend In Your Home

Living Room Ideas

Living Room Ideas

9. Turn an Awkward Nook into a Something Useful

To make the most out of a small nook, look to maximize the space, vertically. Compact furnishings that don’t take up too much floor space are key; a wall-mounted fold-out desk with a slender chair easily turned this empty spot into a petite yet practical workspace.

Learn More: Clever Design Ideas For Awkward Spaces

Living Room Ideas10. Find the Perfect Place for Your Piano

One of the most challenging living room ideas can be finding the right spot for your piano. Try placing the piano opposite your sofa and adding chairs on both side, it immediately feels like a natural component in the room. We especially love how this also opens up room for a work desk. Talk about multipurpose!

Learn More: 9 Ways To Arrange A Piano In Your Living Room


Living Room Ideas11. Tuck a Desk Behind Your Sofa

This is a nice solution if you don’t have an extra room to transform into a home office, but still need a place to focus. You can also use it as a homework station for the kiddos or a place to pay your bills online while watching the game.

Learn More: 9 Places To Put An Office In Your Living Room


Living Room Ideas12. Amp Up Your Neutrals with Pops of Color

For a versatile color that’s not a neutral, blue is your next best bet. Try layering every shade of it into your neutral living room for an exciting new look.

Consider pairing blue and gold, a metallic, for a stylish and sharp alternative to classic blue and white. The result is a pairing that’s always elegant and modern.

Learn More: How To Make Neutral Spaces More Exciting

Living Room Ideas

13. Restyle Your Storage

Whether you call it a credenza, sideboard, or even a buffet, these enclosed storage pieces are great for stashing clutter and can be an amazing focal point.

For an elegant look, start with a pair of matching lamps placed on each end, and arrange a few accessories in the middle. Center a large artwork above to create the pyramidal composition that draws the eye skyward.

Learn More: 7 Ideas For Styling Your Credenza


Living Room ideas14. Take the Plunge, Buy a Sofa Online

Would you believe us if we told you that you can determine if a sofa is comfy online?

Do you want a sofa where you can sit cross-legged and enjoy all the poor-posture slouching you want? Look for an option with a greater seat depth. Do you like to lean back against your sofa’s armrest and stretch out? Be sure to pay attention to the arm height to ensure maximum comfort.

Think about how you really use your sofa and look for the factors that will make it most comfortable for you.

Learn More: Read These 5 Tips Before Buying A Sofa Online


Living Room ideas15. Prop Up Some Oversized Wall Art

For an eclectic approach to decorating with oversized wall art, prop a large piece on the floor against a wall.

Propping wall art lends a sculptural feel to any space. Art hung on the wall just can’t match that.

Learn More: 5 Budget-Friendly Ways To Try The Oversized Wall Art Trend


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bedroom design tips

7 Bedroom Design Tips to Help You Sleep Better

You don’t need us to tell you how important a good night’s sleep is to your health.

And while we all know catching our full 8 hours of uninterrupted Z’s is important, it can be hard for many of us to actually make that happen.

Because while it would be great if our habits simply guided by our intentions, they more often are triggered by our environments. A well-designed bedroom can be a key ingredient in a bedtime routine that makes sleep a priority.

Here are 7 bedroom design tips to help you get better sleep.

bedroom design tips

1. Find the Right Spot

The placement of your bed can have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep.

Consider where the sources of natural light are in your bedroom and where your bed is in relation to things like doors and walkways. Bedroom Feng Shui principles suggest that you avoid placing your bed directly in line with the door and, if possible, try and place your headboard against a solid wall.

Ultimately what matters most is that you find the layout that is most comfortable for you. If you need help, Modsy can show you optimal layouts for your space in a 3D model of your room.

Bedroom design tips2. Park Your Screens

We all know it’s good sleep hygiene to put down our screens at least 30 minutes before going to bed.

Bake this habit into your bedtime routine by carving out a designated place to park your electronics so they don’t detract from a good night’s rest. Try placing a charging station on the other side of the room, or consider adding a tray to your nightstand to hold your phone at night.

By creating a designated place to hold your electronics you can get into the habit of eliminating pre-bedtime distractions and get a better night’s rest.

3. Keep It Climatized

Outfitting your bedroom to keep you comfortable is super important.

If you run cold, consider adding extra blankets and fluffy pillows to your bed. If you run hot, look for sheets that will help keep you cool at night.

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4. Layer Your Lighting

Having only one, bright overhead light in your bedroom is the opposite of relaxing. Try adding different light sources in your bedroom to create a layered and relaxing vibe.

This will give you more control over how bright your space is. Turn it up bright in the morning when you’re getting ready and opt for softer light in the evening when you’re winding down.

5. Ban Clutter

There’s nothing like a big pile of dirty laundry staring you in the face to make going to bed less relaxing.

Kick clutter to the curb by designing a bedroom with ample storage. When everything has a place, keeping your bedroom tidy will be much easier.

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6. Designate Areas for Different Activities

For many of us, our pre-bedtime routine might involve as many things as laying in bed, watching TV, and working on our laptops all at once. This jumble of activities can confuse our brains and make it hard to focus on getting a good night’s sleep.

Try creating a designated space for different activities in your bedroom. Maybe you have a desk by your bed where you attend to some late-night paperwork. A comfy armchair in the corner can provide a great reading nook.

This can help create environmental cues that tell your brain when it’s time to do what. So at the end of a long day, when you finally do tuck yourself into bed, your brain knows it’s time to sleep.

bedroom design tips7. Make It Yours

Your bedroom, like the rest of your home, should be a reflection of you!

There’s no greater deterrent to good sleep than a bedroom that you hate spending time in.

Pick furniture and decor that speaks to you and turn your bedroom into a place you want to go to bed early in. So even if you can’t – because you know, life – it’ll still feel like a treat when you finally get there.

Need a hand designing your bedroom?

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Rest Assured: A Guide to Finding the Perfect Bedside Table

bedside table

When it comes to the bedroom, tracking down a good bedside table is a common hurdle many of our homeowners face.

If this sounds like a familiar struggle, don’t stress. We’ve totally been there and we feel your pain. Nightstands and beds come in all sizes, shapes, and styles, which makes finding the perfect pairing a bit difficult, not to mention time-consuming. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We’re here to help!

To start, here’s an easy rule of thumb: When choosing any nightstand, find one that’s around the same height as the top of your mattress.

Read on for more on how to find the perfect nightstand to go with your bed, no matter the size.

If you have a low bed…

The top of your mattress usually will measure around 18”–22” off the ground. You’ll want to look for a nightstand that’s similarly low-profile at around 16”–18” tall. You can even try some bedside table alternatives, like a stool, a short side table, or even a mini ottoman.

For a perfect pairing, we opted for CB2’s Alchemy Bronze Bed with the Hans End Table from Lumens.

bedside tableIf you have a medium-height bed…

It’s probably about 22.5”–25.5” from the ground to the top of the mattress (25” for most standard beds) Choose a nightstand that’s approximately 23.5” high for the perfect fit.

For a stylish combo, we recommend pairing together West Elm’s Andes Deco Upholstered Bed and Penelope Nightstand, which has an open base that can help to keep the bedside feeling open and spacious.

bedside tableIf you have a tall bed…

You’re looking at a mattress that’s 30”–33.5” off the ground. This means you’ll want a nightstand that’s at least 28” or taller to ensure that it’s easy to reach.

The best part about a tall bed is that it’s pretty substantial in scale so you can even pair it with a small dresser that adds storage instead of the table—just as we did here with a wrought-iron Mason Bed from Crate & Barrel and Washed Wood Nightstand from Anthropologie.


Ready to test out nightstands in your own bedroom?

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Couples Design Tips – 5 Tips for Styling a Shared Space

Whether you’re moving into a new space together, or simply refreshing the one you already share, designing a space as a couple isn’t always easy. Maybe you and boo have completely different styles, cleaning habits, or even ideas about budget.

To help you avoid spending a miserable afternoon in IKEA (aka a “relationship death-trap”), read these 5 couples design tips to help you combine styles peacefully and create a space you both love.

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1. Hash out the Details

A great place to start designing a shared space with your significant other is with a conversation.

And before you get to talking about your design tastes, a more helpful place to start is with a general chat about what you value in your home. Consider addressing questions like:

  • What do you want to use the space for?
  • What are your must-haves and your hard-nos?
  • Where are you willing to compromise?
  • What is your design budget and how will you divvy up costs?

The point is to establish some common ground on the big-picture questions before you start making purchases. Once you have a shared vision for your space, it will be much easier to layer style choices on top of that, and create a space you both love.

2. Talk Style

Once again, we find it can be helpful to talk about the bigger picture before getting lost in the details. Have a more style-focused conversation where you zero in on what you like, don’t like, and want to see in your space. Some helpful questions might be:

  • What styles of furniture do you gravitate towards?
  • What colors do you like (and want to live with)?
  • Are there any materials you love?

Your answers should be somewhat influenced by what you established as your shared goal for your space. For example, you want to be able to eat meals in the living room? Maybe skip the white sofa.

3. Find Ways to Merge Your Tastes

The first thing we recommend to couples is that they take the Modsy Style Quiz together. Understanding each other’s tastes can help you think about how to merge them together into one look.

She likes mid-century modern but he likes industrial? Try looking for pieces with a modern shape but in raw materials, like leather and metals, to satisfy you both. His style is glamorous but his is minimal? Maybe stick to a minimal color palette but play with more glam materials like velvet and gold.

There are so many ways to mix and match even the most opposite of styles. Find what you both like and where you can start to merge your tastes together.

4. Ask Who Cares More?

It might not come as a surprise that, more often than not, one person in the relationship takes on the “lead designer” role. And while this might not be the case for every couple, there certainly is something to be said about the divide-and-conquer method.

Consider taking a piece-by-piece approach, and looking at the individual items you need to purchase, and ask “Who cares more?” While this might seem silly, it can be a great way to conserve your energy for the things you care more about and not sweat the little stuff.

For example, your sofa or bed frame are fairly high-stake pieces, so both of you will likely be more invested in finding the right ones. For things one of you cares less about, consider making your S.O. happy and letting them make the call. Sounds like a win-win situation.

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5. Show, Don’t Tell

Sometimes the best way to convince your partner that a certain style or piece of furniture will look good in your space, is to show them.

Many Modsy customers gush about finally being able to try something new in their homes after showing their partner a Modsy design plan of how a new coffee table, bold sofa, or different layout would look in their space.

Visualizing your ideas can help you both feel more confident about your design choices, which in turn helps relieve the stress of making big-ticket purchases.

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resolution bedroom

How Good Design Can Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

ResolutionIn case you missed it 80% of people give up on their New Year’s Resolution by February. Why? Because change is really, really hard. Once the glitter is swept up and the optimism of a new year has faded, it’s easy to slip back into old, unhealthy habits.

This is because habits can be incredibly hard to break, especially when you live in an environment that reinforces them.

So what’s the best way to make a resolution stick? Research tells us that it might be as simple as making a few changes to your home.

To help you stay on track for your 2018 goals, we plucked four of the nine most-popular resolutions (sorry diet and exercise, we still haven’t cracked the code on you) and took a look at how good design can help make or break them.

Read on to learn how a few changes to your home can help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions.

resolution bedroomResolution #1: Get More Sleep

You don’t need us to tell you how important a good night’s sleep is to your health. And while we all know catching your 8 hours of Z’s is super important, it can be hard for many of us to actually make that happen.

Set yourself up for success with a bedroom that makes you want to go to bed early. We know life is busy and stressful, but that makes it all the more important to have a dedicated space for you to relax and unwind in. A well-designed bedroom can help motivate you to carve out space to take care of yourself, and make sleep a priority.

Try This:

  • Find the right spot: Where you place your bed can have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep. Consider where the sources of natural light are in your bedroom and where your bed is in relation to things like doors and walkways. Bedroom Feng Shui principles suggest that you avoid placing your bed directly in line with the door and, if possible, try and place your headboard against a solid wall. Ultimately what matters most is that you find the layout that is most comfortable for you. If you need help, Modsy can show you optimal layouts for your space in a 3D model of your room.
  • Keep it climatized: Outfitting your bedroom to keep you comfortable is super important. If you run cold, consider adding extra blankets and fluffy pillows to your bed. If you run hot, look for sheets that will help keep you cool at night.
  • Ban clutter: There’s nothing like a big pile of dirty laundry staring you in the face to make going to bed and waking up less relaxing. Kick clutter out by designing a bedroom with ample storage. When everything has a place, keeping your bedroom tidy will be much easier.
  • Park your screens: We all know it’s good sleep hygiene to put down our screens at least 30 minutes before going to bed. Bake this habit into your bedtime routine by carving out a designated place to park your electronics so they don’t detract from a good night’s rest.

If getting more sleep is your 2018 resolution, a well-designed bedroom could be the secret sauce that helps you turn your resolution into a reality.

resolution dining roomResolution #2 and #3: Save More Money or Eat Healthier

Two resolutions that always top the list are saving more money and eating healthier. One of the best ways to achieve both of these resolutions is to eat more meals at home.

But eating at home requires time, effort, and planning, so it’s no wonder that many of us opt to dine out instead. Our favorite trick? Upgrade your dining room to a Pinterest-worthy place you’ll want to gather with friends and family in for every meal.

Try This:

  • Find the right (number of) chairs: The first ingredient of any great dining room is comfortable seating. Find chairs that not only speak to your style, but are comfortable enough that people won’t think twice about lingering for another course or bottle of wine. We love leather because it’s easy to clean. Don’t worry if all your chairs don’t match – embrace a more eclectic look as you add chairs to your space over time.
  • Set the mood: What’s the one thing trendy restaurants have in common? Ambience! An experience involving all your senses, striking the right mood with your lighting is key to a great dining space. Opt for a pendant that can be dimmed or add an extra table lamp to your credenza. And don’t forget to light a candle or two (or a dozen) to add that final touch.
  • Incorporate storage: If you’re lucky enough to have a separate dining room in your home, take full advantage of the space by incorporating a credenza or buffet for extra storage. This can be a great place to stash excess kitchen equipment (or any clutter you just don’t have room for), and you can dress it up as a decorative focal point during dinner parties.
  • Make a statement: Another great thing about dining rooms is that they are a great place to take an interior design risk. You likely won’t want to change up your dining room decor frequently, making it the perfect place to try a statement wallpaper or bold chandelier. Not to mention, this will also give it that one-of-a kind WOW factor that guests won’t be able to stop ogling over.

Research has shown that there are substantial benefits to eating at home. Not only does cooking your own meals save you money (as opposed to frequently dining out) it also is a much healthier alternative. Give yourself the dining room you deserve to help you break the habit of eating out, and knock two resolutions out of the park.

resolution living roomResolution #4: Spend More Time with Friends and Family

Nurturing our relationships with those we love is a super important part of being a happy, healthy human. If spending more time with loved ones is at the top of your 2018 to-do list, design might be of some help to you too.

Upgrade your living room to a space people want to hang out in.

Try this:

  • Keep it low-maintenance: Unless you’re someone who doesn’t mind putting a lot of energy into caring for your furniture, opt for low-maintenance materials in your family living space. This room, if done right, will often be full of people and even pets, so you’ll relax easier if you know it can withstand a good amount of wear and tear.
  • Include ample seating: A sofa big enough for the whole family is always a good place to start. If you’re tight on space try incorporating flexible seating options, like poufs or a coffee table that doubles as an ottoman. Ensure everyone has a comfortable place to sit and relax, and watch your living become the designated hangout space.
  • Find the right layout: Think about the ways you enjoy spending time with loved ones and then optimize your living space to make that happen. Does your family love to play board games? Opt for a large coffee table and a layout that puts everyone in reach. Loving hosting friends to watch Sunday night football games? Be sure your sofa is oriented so that everyone can see – no one wants to crane their neck to get a glimpse of the action.
  • Carve out designated areas: A great way to wrangle a busy family together is to make sure there is a dedicated space for all their activities in your family room. Try incorporating a study spot or play area for the kids, or reserve a reading nook by the fireplace for parents to relax (close to the action, but not too close).

A living room that is welcoming and well-designed might be the best way to encourage your family and friends to gather and spend more quality time together this year.


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Living Room Ideas

How to Find the Best TV Stand For Your TV Size

TV Stand SizeWould you believe that the average American watches around five hours of TV per day? We’ll be the first to admit that we love TV – here at Modsy HQ we talk about our favorite shows over lunch and we even design rooms for our favorite TV characters.

So when it comes to designing around TVs in our living rooms, we know finding the right setup isn’t always easy. From finding the best layout for your space, to what to do with the blank space around your TV, all those design questions can be overwhelming.

But with events like the big game and Oscars just around the corner, coupled with the fact that you really just can’t enjoy a good TV binge session with a sub-par setup, we’re taking a moment to tackle one of our biggest TV questions: What is the right sized TV stand for your TV’s size?

And because the answer to this question actually relies heavily on seeing the end result, were skipping the numbers, charts, and imagination, and serving up a visual guide instead.

Are you wondering what the best sized TV stand is for you? Keep scrolling to find out!

The Basics

Our rule of thumb is that your media stand should be at least a few inches wider that the base of your TV, so that there are a few inches of breathing room on either side then the TV is placed on top. This will help keep your setup from feeling too “top heavy” and unbalanced.

If you want to place decorative items on the sides, like vases or books, be sure to leave extra room and opt for a wider stand to hold your TV. If this isn’t a concern of yours (“don’t block the TV!”), no need to budget the extra space.

If you have a 65” TV

TV stand size

We recommend a media stand that’s at least 57” wide. We opted for the large version of West Elm’s Mid-Century Media console.

TV stand size

For a little extra breathing room, and more interior storage, you can try an option that’s at least 80” wide. This is also a great way to take up a bit more space if you have a large, empty wall to fill.

If you have a 55” TV

TV stand size

Both the middle and large options of the media stand work for our 55” TV, but you can see that even a slightly smaller option could work!

TV stand size

The large media unit leaves ample room to display a few decorative accents!

If you have a 43” TV

TV stand size

The mid-sized media unit is the perfect fit. Weighing in at 57” wide, this option feels perfectly balanced, and leaves plenty of clearance on either side of the TV.

TV stand size

An even smaller option, the 40” version of the Acorn Mid-Century media console also works perfectly. This is a great option for smaller homes where space might be tight!

And if you have a 32” TV

TV stand size

These little nuggets can fit almost anywhere. You’ll have plenty of space with the small version of this credenza.


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Glam Velvet Interior

2018 Trends: How To Make Velvet Work For Your Style

Glam Velvet Interior

The velvet trend has been going strong since last fall when it was deemed the “it” fabric for 2018. Even if you don’t follow trends, there are so many reasons to bring velvet into your space.

Not only is velvet a timeless material, it also adds a lot of warmth and texture to any interior. And if you think velvet won’t work with your style, think again! Take a peek below for tips, tricks, and chic ways to make velvet work for your style.

The Look: Bold and Modern

Modern Velvet

If your style veers modern, stick to mid-century shapes with clean lines and no frills or ornamentation. Remember that mid-century modern is about texture and material so try pairing a velvet sofa with leather chairs or a velvet armchair against a bold-color wall or a graphic wallpaper.

You’ll also want to opt for velvet in strong, saturated tones, like warm reds, browns, earthy greens, and mustard yellows.

Where to velvet: One key piece, like a sofa or a chair.

The Look: Rich and Glamorous

Glam Velvet

This style is about a chic aesthetic infused with rich textures, so velvet is the perfect fabric to layer all over any glam living room. Try a tufted sofa in velvet or take an editorial approach and go with furniture sporting simple and sculptural shapes all upholstered in velvet. Anyone else feeling the India Mahdavi vibes?

Glam Velvet

And when it comes to colorful velvets, bold jewel tones are your BFF in a glam setting; mix ruby, sapphire, emerald, and amethyst velvet accents and pillows for uber posh finishing touches.

Where to velvet: Anywhere and everywhere! The more velvet layers, the more lavish, luxe, and inviting it will feel.

The Look: Layered and Eclectic

Eclectic Velvet

When you’re going for an eclectic look that still feels welcoming, the most important thing to remember is to mix lots of different textures and materials together.

Eclectic Velvet

Try working velvet into your home this year alongside your macramé, rattan, marbles, and mixed metals. Keep an eye out for colors that collaborate with your current palette, rather than clash with it.

Where to velvet: One statement piece in velvet, such as a sofa, or several accent pieces, like a chair in a bold color or some velvet pillows.

The Look: Warm and Traditional

Traditional Velvet

You might not think there’s room for velvet in a traditional-style space since it’s a look that’s more timeless than trendy. But it’s still possible to make 2018’s it fabric work in your home.

Traditional VelvetLayer in velvet accents in neutral or muted colors, like forest green pillows or a soft gray sofa, to complement a leather chair or rich oriental rug.

Where to velvet: Accent pieces in neutral colors. Try also finding velvets with a more crushed and textured look to bring in some old-world charm.

The Look: Sleek and Industrial

Industrial Velvet

All about the raw materials, industrial enthusiasts might not think velvet has a place inside the clean-lined loft look.

But contrary to what you might think, velvet can actually bring an unexpected pop of warmth without straying too far from industrial roots. Not to mention velvet can also help break up the strong lines and angular shapes in industrial spaces.

Industrial VelvetStick to velvets in a cool neutral palette, such as slate, graphite, and blue, to maintain the pared-down industrial appeal.

Where to velvet: Try a pop of velvet with pillows or dining chairs for something unexpected that also adds warmth.

The Look: Elegant and Classic

Classic Velvet

If chic, sophisticated style and classic furnishings are what you gravitate towards, your options for velvet are endless.

Classic VelvetEnhance the elegance of this look with designs that have classic silhouettes rendered in velvet – we’re talking about chesterfield sofas, wingback chairs, x-benches and even pillows, but all in a soft, subtle palette of pastels and neutrals. The overall look will be a little more understated than glam, but just as polished and alluring.

Where to velvet: Keep to classic shapes for your furniture and give them a modern update with velvet upholstery. Think tufted velvet sofas alongside velvet drapes for a swoon-worthy interior.

The Look: Cozy and Rustic

Rustic Velvet Interior

For a room that’s all about coziness and warmth, velvet can play up your rustic space when it’s incorporated in the right way.

Rustic Velvet InteriorSteer clear of shiny velvets in bright hues and opt for crushed velvets with lots of texture and in warmer earth tones instead. Think warm yellows, burnt oranges, or rich browns. The focus should be on sumptuous velvets that’s more about texture and less about sheen.

Where to velvet: Start with accent pieces, like a chair or pillows, and if you’re feeling like you need a big dose of comfort to anchor the space, go with a relaxed-style sofa that doesn’t have any tufting or traditional detailing.

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Gallery Wall Ideas

6 Fresh Takes on the Gallery Wall

Gallery Wall Ideas

Who doesn’t love a good gallery wall? And while oversized wall art may be trending for 2018, sometimes you just need a way to display your fabulous collection of art all on one wall.  To give you a few fresh ideas on this look, we’re exploring a few different takes on the gallery wall game that are just as inspiring and impactful.

Read on for some ideas and tips for creating your own new and improved version of a gallery wall at home.


Gallery Wall Ideas

Try Some Shelfies

Rather than hanging your art, try propping a few of your favorite pieces on a shelf or two, which gives your wall an eclectic, layered look. This is a especially great if you like to switch up your artwork or move pieces around on the regular.

Stylist Tip: If you’re doing this over a sofa or your bed, be sure to anchor the art pieces to the wall with little nails and hooks in the back to secure them in place.


Gallery Wall IdeasDeck Out a Corner

Double the coverage with a gallery wall that fills out a complete corner. Try creating a display with graphic photos, paintings, and prints that hang on both walls of the corner as way to anchor a reading nook or a seating area just below. This take on the gallery wall is perfect for small and awkward corner spaces or even the base of a staircase.

Stylist Tip: Don’t be afraid to go vertical and hang art high up towards the ceiling. It will add intrigue and give the illusion of height. Mix in 3D objects or sculptures for a more eclectic vibe.


Gallery Wall IdeasGo Simple Grid Style

For a slightly more traditional take, create a grid-style gallery wall with pieces in all the same size and shape. Be it three artworks in a row or four in a grid, this is low-lift approach that guarantees a clean-lined arrangement.

Stylist Tip: Pick one style frame for all your pieces to create a more consistent and cohesive look.


Gallery Wall IdeasGive It the Midas Touch

Try using gold picture frames for all your pieces to bring unity to a gallery wall where artworks vary in sizes and subject matter. An array of gold frames will act as a common thread that ties the pieces together while also adding a little polish and shine to the overall look.

Stylist Tip: The best part about an eclectic mix of frames is that you can’t go wrong. If you can’t find a consistent frame for all your art, just mix and match with gold frames in various styles. Your gallery wall will look just as bold.


Gallery Wall IdeasHang From a Baseline

Usually when hanging artwork, the rule is to pick a midpoint and arrange all your art centered on that line. Break the rule: Try instead to determine a baseline and then hang all your different sized pieces in a row above that line.

Stylist Tip: Place taller art in the center and then taper outwards with smaller pieces; this will help the overall composition feel more balanced.


Gallery Wall IdeasKeep It Classic

The traditional gallery wall is all about the mix, so if make sure you play around with a diverse range of artworks in all mediums. This is one instance where the more mismatched your art, the more eclectic and personal the grouping will look above your sofa, bed, or a credenza.

Stylist Tip: With a gallery wall, always start with a hanging game plan. Consider the overall shape you want the pieces to form and work your way from the inside out. Next, lay your pieces out on the floor and decide where each artwork will go. If that sounds intimidating or you just want an extra set of eyes, Modsy can help create a 3D design plan for you to tweak until its right (don’t nail it until you nail it!).


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Small Space Ideas: 1 Studio Apartment, 2 Clever Layouts

In 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. We will feature a variety of rooms – from the square, to the narrow, to the just plain awkward – outfitted with two different layouts that work.


If you’ve ever lived in a studio apartment, you know that while space may be limited, your design possibilities are not. This week we tackle two layouts for a square-shaped studio with an open floor plan.

Explore the two layout ideas below and steal a few ideas for your own studio apartment!

studio apartment layout guide

The space: A 450 square foot studio apartment with a corner kitchen and two walls of windows.

The Challenge: Designing a layout that included a desk, space for TV viewing, and dining area, all while maximizing the usability of the space to make it feel open and uncluttered.

Idea #1: The Open Layout

Layout idea #1 is all about creating flow inside our studio apartment, making the space feel open, airy, and uncluttered. This setup is great for those who like to entertain and have people over often.

studio apartment layout guide

Why It Works:

  • The furniture hugs the walls, maximizing open space to create a layout that emphasizes good flow.
  • The bistro table for two in the kitchen separates the dining area from the rest of the space. This is also a great way to combat a lack of counter space (a not uncommon problem in small spaces), as the table can double as a kitchen island.
  • The bench stands in for a coffee table, but can also double as extra seating when guests come over.
  • Poufs tuck neatly away under the bench, and also work as footrests, side tables, or perches for guests or pets.
  • A triple threat, the bookcase provides extra storage, acts as a room divider, and gives privacy to the bed area.

studio apartment layout

This Is Great If You…

  • Love to entertain and host small and large gatherings in your space.
  • Live alone or don’t need a studio apartment layout that maximizes privacy.
  • Hate clutter – there’s nowhere to stash a mess in this layout.
  • Want to take advantage of a layout that maximizes extra space – for yoga, dancing, or any other activity that requires a little extra breathing room.

studio apartment layout guide

See the layout idea #1 in 360!


Idea #2: The Zoned Layout

By using furniture to section off – or “zone” – spaces, this layout makes each distinct area feel like its own room. The best part is that the bed is totally tucked away in a cozy corner that feels secluded from the rest of the space.

studio apartment layout guide

Why It Works:

  • “Floating” the sofa in the middle of the room helps divide the space into distinct areas, like living/dining, bedroom and office.
  • Place the dining area by the windows to create a sunny breakfast nook vibe.
  • Tuck the bed away behind the desk area, to create a separate space with more privacy.
  • Plop the sofa directly across from the wall-mounted TV to make Netflix binges more convenient and comfortable.

studio apartment layout guide

This Is Great If You…

  • Want a studio that has distinct spaces for all your activities, rather than feeling like one open room.
  • Don’t need a lot of space to host people in your studio apartment.
  • Live with a partner and want a space where you can cohabitate with a little more privacy and space to do your own thing.

studio apartment layout guide

See the layout idea #2 in 360!


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Everything you need to know about buying a sofa online

How to buy a sofa online

We live in a world where we can buy anything and everything online. From clothing to groceries, furniture is now a category we can add to the list.

But while purchasing a pair of shoes is easy, ordering a large piece of furniture via the internet can feel stressful and overwhelming. After all, you can’t just drop a sofa in the mail if it doesn’t fit or look the way you hoped.

While buying a sofa online might seem terribly risky, it can actually be a simple and easy – even great – experience! Here are five tried and true tips – gleaned from our real-life experience – to help make buying a sofa online as comfortable as lounging on one.


1. Shop for What Makes You Comfortable

Are you inclined to recline? Find a sofa that supports the way you like to lounge.

Would you believe us if we told you that you can determine if a sofa is comfy online? Although nothing quite compares to the real life test drive, there are key factors that can help you to gauge a sofa’s comfiness via cyberspace.

Do you want a sofa where you can sit cross-legged and enjoy all the poor-posture slouching you want? Look for an option with a greater seat depth. Do you like to lean back against your sofa’s armrest and stretch out? Be sure to pay attention to the arm height to ensure maximum comfort.

Think about how you really use your sofa and look for the factors that will make it most comfortable for you. Check out this helpful video for a break-down of all your need-to-know sofa stats.


2. Read the Reviews

You are not blazing this trail alone!

The next best thing to sitting on a sofa is reading reviews by other people who have sat on that sofa. Just a few of the many things you can learn from the reviews are the quality of the piece, how comfortable it is, and if it looks the same in real life as it’s pictured online. 

There’s no telling how much time, money, and energy you can save by reading product reviews.


3. Get Acquainted With the Return & Exchange Policies

Your last line of defense when buying furniture, online or in-store.

Before buying a sofa online, make sure you can answer the question “If I hate it, how easily can I return it?

Many furniture retailers have strict return and exchange policies, so it’s important to do your research. For big-ticket items, like a sofa, some retailers require you to ship the piece back yourself and then pour salt in the wound with a hefty restocking fee.

It’s no surprise then that many people keep furniture they don’t even like simply to avoid the hassle of returning it.

Here’s the good news – many retailers have super generous return policies so you can avoid this sofa-sized headache. Do your research first, then shop confidently.

4. But First, Swatches

Test drive the material before you commit.

Many retailers offer to send you fabric swatches for a small charge or even for free! This is a great way to test drive the fabric you’ll be lounging on, so take full advantage.

Don’t be afraid to get handsy with your swatches and see how they hold up to everyday wear and tear. Spill some wine on them to gauge how easily they stain. Wipe down the fabric to see how easy it is to clean. Even rub them on your pets to see if their fur clings to the fabric.

5. Visualize It

Make sure it looks good and fits in your space.

We recently came across an article online that recommended reconstructing your potential new sofa out of cardboard boxes in order to “get a sense for how it will look and feel in the space.”

Our first thought was, who has that many spare boxes lying around? And our second thought was, It’s 2018 – surely there must be a better way.

All jokes aside, before you buy a sofa online or at all, make sure you know how it will look and fit in your space. You can use the magical 3D visualization powers of Modsy to try your sofa on in a digital version of your actual room, or you can bust out the measuring tape and compare the dimensions of your new sofa against another piece of furniture.

Whichever method works for you, avoid having to return your new sofa (even though you thoroughly researched the return policy like a pro) because it doesn’t fit or look good with your wall color/rug/coffee table…

Can cardboard boxes do that?


Are you in the market for a new sofa? Snag yourself a Modsy design package and try on all your favorite options in a life-like version of your living room. Not sure where to even start looking? Our designers can help recommend sofas based on your style and budget. 

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Bed Frame Pros and Cons: How to Find Your Perfect Snooze Spot

bed frame

When it comes to finding your perfect bed frame, picking the right size is the easy part. There are so many factors to consider – like the color, material, and style – that you can easily feel overwhelmed.

Do I need a box spring? Is a canopy bed too much? What’s a sleigh bed and is it exclusive to log cabins?

If searching for the perfect bed frame has you ready to take a nap, this bed frame guide is here to help.

We tried on six of the most popular bed frame styles and break down the pros and cons of each. Read on to find out which is right for you.

platform bed frameThe Platform Bed

One of the most popular bed frame types, platform beds come in a wide range of styles and offer a sleek, low profile look. You can easily spot a platform bed frame by its flat base – no box spring needed!

The Pros:

  • Cost-Effective: Platform beds are generally more affordable as you don’t need to purchase a box spring to go with them.
  • Use Any Mattress: You can use any type of mattress with your platform bed. They’re especially perfect for memory foam mattresses.  
  • Small Space Friendly: If you’re tight on space in your bedroom, the sleek design of platform beds will take up less floor space and help you minimize clutter.

The Cons:

  • Climbing In and Out: Platform beds tend to be low to the ground, so climbing in and out of bed takes getting used to. If you have back or knee problems, consider if this is something you want to daily!
  • A Note for Side-Sleepers: Because the mattress sits directly on top of a solid platform or wooden slats, platform beds tend to be firmer. For side-sleepers, a firm mattress can create too much pressure and might become uncomfortable.

What to Look For:

Platform beds are made for comfort across the board, so find a design or style that appeals to you. Many styles also feature interior storage – an added bonus for small-space dwellers!

Perfect For…

Small spaces, such as urban lofts or apartments. They also work well for open floor plans, as platform beds have an industrial look and feel that won’t add visual clutter.

upholstered bed frameThe Upholstered Bed

If it’s luxury you’re looking for, upholstered beds have you covered. These beds are super comfy, bold, and can easily fit into a wide range of spaces.

The Pros:

  • Ultra-Comfy: Cushioned support and a soft headboard means you can read and watch TV in bed comfortably.
  • Variety: There are tons of pretty fabric, color, and pattern choices, so you’re bound to find a design that works with the rest of your bedroom

The Cons:

  • Maintenance: Keep your upholstered bed in tip-top shape with frequent and light vacuuming to keep dust and pet hair at bay. If you’re allergic to dust, an upholstered bed might not be for you.
  • Wear and Tear: Because fabric is simply less durable than wood or metal, dents, impressions, and grease spots can develop over time.

What to Look For:

Make sure the bed frames are made of sturdy hardwoods and choose a fabric and color that can stand up to a little wear over time, such as a deep purple, navy, or gray. Check out our guide to upholstered beds for more helpful tips.

Perfect For…

Classic and traditional-style bedrooms. A large master bedroom that needs an infusion of cozy vibes. Guest rooms – even better if you can fit two twin size upholstered beds.

storage bed frameThe Storage Bed

Designed to help you maximize storage in the bedroom, the storage bed is the most multipurpose and space-efficient bed frame option.

The Pros:

  • Storage (Duh): Storage is designed and built directly into the bed frame, so you’ve got a bed frame that is one cohesive unit stocked with everything you need!
  • Sturdy: Many storage beds are made with beautiful woods that give them good looks as well as a sturdy and solid construction.

The Cons:

  • Difficult to Move: Because they have all those extra parts and pieces, storage beds are heavy. And since they’re often built as one large piece, they tend to be difficult to move.
  • More Expensive: Equally hefty is the price tag on storage beds; they’re more expensive than other beds.
  • Maintenance: It’s hard to maintain the hardware and track rollers that are built into the storage units underneath the bed. Over time, these can fall off or become loose and require repair.

What to Look For:

Opt for a platform bed with storage built into the base. This approach guarantees your bed will have firm mattress support given the flat surface, deep storage units, and a stylish streamlined look.

Perfect For…

Modern and eclectic style rooms. A city apartment bedroom where storage is limited; just make sure there’s enough space to fully pull out the underbed compartments. Kids bedrooms where extra and easy storage is always welcome.

sleigh bed frameThe Sleigh Bed

Simply put, the sleigh bed is exactly what it sounds like – a bed that’s shaped like a sleigh with a high back and raised foot board. This type of bed has serious style and works in any setting.

The Pros:

  • Slay With Style: Instant statement piece that’s sure to become the focal point in your bedroom. Sleigh beds come in styles ranging from solid wood designs to upholstered versions with more streamlined appeal, so you’ll have endless options to choose from.
  • Cozy Vibes: The raised foot base gives the bed an extra cocooning feel and keeps your feet warmly tucked in at night.

The Cons:

  • Limited Leg Room: If you’re tall, a sleigh bed with a footboard might not be the best option for you.
  • Difficult to Move: Traditional sleigh beds are made entirely from high-quality solid woods so they tend to be heavy. Modern upholstered versions are lighter, but can still be unwieldy to move.  
  • More Expensive: Sleigh beds are generally quite expensive given their design and construction.

What to Look For:

If you’re considering an upholstered sleigh bed, make sure the bed frame is made of wood and not metal for durability.

Perfect For…

Grand classic-style rooms and modern, open bedrooms alike. Spaces with distinctive interior architecture, like exposed wood beams or ornate molding.

bed frameThe Headboard

For a bed that is simple and has classic good looks, a clean-lined headboard is a great choice.  

The Pros:

  • Ultra-Comfy: Their solid, cushioned construction gives you added back support, which is great if you like to watch TV or read in bed.
  • Cost-Effective: You have the option of getting the headboard alone, which is less of a commitment and more cost-effective. In which case, the standalone headboard works with a range of setups, like a box spring or a metal mattress stand, and still looks super stylish from afar.
  • Easy to Move: Freestanding headboards can be easily attached and detached from a bed frame, making them easy to move.

The Cons:

  • Maintenance: Stand-alone headboards generally come upholstered in fabric, so you’ll have to follow specific care instructions to maintain them.

What to Look For:

Frames that are made with solid or kiln-dried hardwoods.

Perfect For…

Traditional-style rooms. If you’re looking to upgrade from your IKEA furniture. Guest rooms and kids rooms because they’re simple, clean-lined, cozy, and versatile.

canopy bed frameThe Canopy Bed

Also known as a four poster, the canopy bed has been gaining popularity in recent years with more streamlined and modern designs cropping up in the marketplace.

The Pros:

  • Stylish Statement: It’s difficult for other bed frames to compete against the ultimate stylishness of a canopy bed frame.
  • Cozy Vibes: Canopy beds make a room feel immediately cozy thanks to its enveloping design.

The Cons:

  • Maintenance: Dust tends to collect at the top, so you’ll want to clean it regularly.
  • Size Restrictions: Many of today’s canopy bed designs are built to fit into spaces both large and small, but you’ll still need tall ceilings in order for a canopy bed to work in a room.
  • Difficult to Move: Because of their size and construction, canopy beds will require a good amount of assembly to move in and out of your bedroom.

What to Look For:

Consider a modern canopy bed with a built in headboard for a piece that can evolve with your interiors over time – meaning you can redecorate and it will still blend nicely with your decor.

Perfect For…

Classic and modern bedrooms alike. Lofty spaces with lots of space and high ceilings. A master bedroom that gets a lot of light.

bed frame pros and consThe Wrought-Iron Bed

When it comes to longevity, a wrought-iron bed outshines all other bed designs given its strong metal construction. These beds also come in a wide array of styles.

The Pros:

  • Low-Maintenance: They’re extra durable since metal doesn’t warp or fade over time. Wrought-iron beds don’t require the same amount of cleaning and care that wood and upholstered bed frames do.
  • Durable: Wrought-iron beds can hold a lot of weight, making them great investments since they stay durable for many many years.
  • Easier to Move: They’re not as heavy as you might think. In fact, they’re often lighter than other solid wood and platform beds.

The Cons:

  • Limited Styles: While there are lots of wrought-iron bed shapes to choose from, these beds have a very distinct look that can be difficult to decorate around if you’re looking to change up your bedroom design in the future.
  • More Expensive: Price points vary greatly and wrought-iron beds, in particular, can get super expensive. But that’s because they’re better constructed, meaning the joints are welded perfectly.

What to Look For:

Try wrought-iron beds that have a painted finish to them for a more versatile option, such as bright, antiqued white.

Perfect For…

Elegant and boho spaces alike. Starter apartment bedrooms where you want a bed that lasts. Guest bedrooms and kids rooms where you want a bed that’s durable and low-maintenance.


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Easy, Budget-Friendly Ways to Refresh Your Home for the New Year

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Right behind losing weight and quitting a bad habit, one of the most popular New Year resolutions is to save more money. Sounds easy, right? 

Not so fast – ICYMI only around 8% of people in the US manage to keep their resolutions every year. Yikes! 

So what’s a design-savvy, money-conscious person supposed to do? While we aren’t much help with diets and exercise, we can clue you in on some of our favorite, easy, and affordable (even free) ways to refresh your home for 2018.

Ready to hit refresh? Keep scrolling for some of our quick-win ideas for rethinking your spaces for the new year.

refresh your homeRefresh Your Accents

When it comes to easy and budget-friendly decor updates, we are all for switching up your accent pieces. Focus on updating accents and accessories will keep your budget low, while still giving your space a completely new look.

Swap in some new throw pillows, hang a new piece of art, or unfurl a new rug. All these little details have a big impact on how your space looks and feels.

The best part is that this approach can be as involved or low-lift as you want it to be! You can decide to only replace one or two pieces and leave everything else as is, or you can go all out. And if you change your mind half-way through, you don’t have to worry about living with a half-baked living room redesign for the next 365-or-so days.

A Good Home Design Resolution: If you’re not looking to spend on new accents, an easy and completely free update is to rotate your rug 180 degrees. When a rug stays in one place too long, it can become subject to uneven foot-traffic and sun exposure. Ensure your rug has even color and pile with this little design update!

refresh your homeRepurpose What You Already Have

Think new year, new perspectives. That means looking at all your furnishings in all your rooms with fresh eyes and seeing if any of your existing pieces can work in different areas in your home.

Maybe it’s time for the rug in your bedroom to switch places with the one in your living room. Or perhaps the shelves you used as a bookcase can be turned into a TV stand.

Take a moment to assess what you already have and reinvest in the possibilities of those pieces.

A Good Home Design Resolution: Let in more light by pulling back your curtains and blinds. While it may be winter, your rooms can still benefit from getting lots of natural light whenever possible.

refresh your homeReconfigure Your Layout

If moving furniture from one room to another is too much for you, simply change how pieces are laid out in your spaces.

For instance, rather than having your sofa against a wall, try floating it in your living room; instead of having your dining table in the middle of a space, consider moving it closer to the wall.

The idea is to find new ways to revel in your space by shifting your own perception of it. Take some time and enjoy seeing where and how your pieces can fit.

A Good Home Design Resolution: Sometimes it’s about paring down your furnishings to give it a new look and feel. Do a little furniture edit to see if there are pieces that no longer serve a purpose or resonate with you. This helps open up your space (so long, clutter!) and make room for new pieces.

refresh your homeRestyle Your Mix

Commit yourself to a fresh start by re-exploring design styles and furnishings that might not have appealed to you previously. Instead of going for a full furniture set or a matching look, try finding and mixing pieces in different styles that are within your budget.

It’s never easy pushing your own aesthetic boundaries, but you might just discover a few things that you didn’t think you’d love and which mix nicely with some of your other pieces.

A Good Home Design Resolution: Infuse your room with a new scent with a the addition of a candle or diffuser. This is a subtle and affordable way to enhance the atmosphere in a space instantly.

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5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Try the Oversized Wall Art Trend

Usually the phrase “go big or go home” isn’t one of our go-to design philosophies. But 2018 seems to have other plans. Large wall art is the new trend we’ll be hanging on our walls this year. Pinterest even gave the look a shout-out on their Top 100 Trends of 2018 report.

If you’re not quite ready to say “buh-bye” to your gallery wall infatuation, don’t worry. We are confident that gallery walls will be back (they never really left). Or, maybe you’re worried that large wall art will come with an even larger price tag. Fret not, because we’ve got you covered with our best budget-friendly tips to get the look.

Warm up to the large wall art trend with these five rooms that to do it right.

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Go Wide With Eye-Catching Art

Usually our rule of thumb for hanging art is that it should be less than ⅔ the width of whatever it’s hanging above. The large wall art trend invites us to break through this rules, and embrace proportions in a new way.

Create a focal point above your sofa by hanging an oversized art piece that’s of equal width. If you’re feeling extra bold, try a piece that’s even wider than your sofa. This is a sure way to make a statement in any space.

Designer Tip: For a budget-friendly alternative to original artworks, which can fetch a hefty price tag, opt for framed prints instead.

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Keep It Seismically Safe With a Quilt

You can display so much more than just framed drawings or paintings on your walls. For a show-stopping alternative, try hanging a handcrafted quilt instead. This geometric number makes a bold statement in a modern conversation corner.

Live in an earthquake zone? Hanging a quilt is a safer alternative to heavy, framed art that doesn’t sacrifice on style.

Designer Tip: If your family has an heirloom quilt that’s been stashed away, try seeing if it works in your space. Try quilt hangers for a low-cost alternative to custom framing.

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Break the Moulding

If your walls have intricate moulding details, finding the best way to hang art can be a challenge. And while you might think the large wall art trend won’t work in your space, it can actually be the perfect cure to inside-the-lines thinking.

Try breaking the mold (see what we did there?) by hanging a piece of large wall art so that it spills out over the moulding. This not only creates some unique visual interest, it brings the effortless, modern Parisian chic vibe (which is a really good thing).

Designer Tip: If a large-scale painting is out of your budget, consider a set of two or three smaller pieces, for a more affordable alternative.

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Lean It or Prop It

For an eclectic approach to decorating with oversized wall art, prop a large piece on the floor against a wall. Propping wall art lends a sculptural feel to any space. Art hung on the wall just can’t match that.

Choose a piece in black and white to add high-contrast drama in a space.

Designer Tip: While homes with young kids and dogs might not fare well, this is a great option for renters who don’t want to deal with patching up nail holes in their walls.

Pin Up a Paper Wall Mural

Sitting at the crossroads between wallpaper and wall art, a large-scale paper mural can be the trendy sweet spot you’ve been looking for.

They are easy to hang, easy to move, and easier on the wallet as they don’t require framing (which, when it comes to large wall art, can cost more than the art itself!).

Try the large wall art trend in your space!

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Picture Pouf-ect: 6 Ways to Use a Pouf in Your Home

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The numbers are in, and there is no denying Modsy customers love poufs. The number one most-purchased item this year, poufs made some serious waves in 2017. But even if you have a pouf, or if you’re just now hearing about this funny-sounding piece of furniture, you might be wondering “How do I even use a pouf in my home?”

One of the most versatile pieces of furniture, and our go-to accessory, take a peek at these six ways to use your pouf.

use a pouf1. Use it as a Footrest

No chaise on your sofa? No problem. Pick up a pouf for your living room and use it as a footrest for any seat. They’re lightweight and easy to move, so you can easily scoot it around your living space, or even move it from room to room as needed.

Try a pouf in your nursery as a footrest for your rocking chair or glider.

use a pouf2. Extra Seating, Anyone?

If you have company coming, or just need an extra chair, turn your pouf into that last seat so no one is ever left standing. Or try a pair of poufs at the foot of your bed for an easy place to sit while putting on or taking off shoes.

use a pouf3. Improv it as a Side Table


A great trick for parties with lots of snacks, put a tray on top of your pouf and presto! You have an extra side table.

use a pouf4. Make a Kid-Proof Coffee Table

If you have little ones, consider skipping the sharp corners of a coffee table and try a group of poufs instead. Poufs are, as their name suggests, poofy and won’t be the cause of any owies for little ones learning to walk!

They can also be easily repurposed as fun seating in a kid’s room later.

use a pouf5. Add a Pop of Personality

Poufs are a great way to add an extra bit of you to a room. They’re versatile, easy to move from room to room, and come in a range of budget-friendly options. Poufs are easy to switch up as your tastes change.

Be it in the form of color, pattern, texture, or sparkles everywhere, find a pouf that shows off your style and put it to work in any space.

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use a pouf

6. Create a Perch for Pets

Have a pet who you just can’t keep off the sofa? Channel their enthusiasm for human furniture with a designated pouf that’s all theirs.


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Year in Review: Our 35 Best Home Design Ideas of 2017

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From simple ways to refresh your space, to all the things you need to know about buying a sofa, here are 35 of our best home design ideas from the year. Read on to get inspired and find a thing (or two) worth adding to your 2018 resolution list.

Resolution-Worthy Home Design Ideas:

  1. Solutions for when your home office doubles as a guest room.
  2. Or put an office in your living room instead.
  3. And then don’t forget these 7 guest room essentials.
  4. Ask yourself these 4 questions before making this big-ticket purchase for your living room.
  5. Carve out a space for kids to play.
  6. This is the best coffee table for your sofa.
  7. Why you should consider pulling your sofa away from the wall.
  8. And some ideas for how to use that empty space behind it.
  9. You can live large in small spaces – no magic tricks required.
  10. What’s cooler than eating dinner on your sofa? Finally doing something with your dining room.
  11. Don’t underestimate neutrals.
  12. Is this kind of bed frame right for you?
  13. If you’re short on storage, consider getting sneaky.
  14. Give your console table a makeover three ways.
  15. Ask these 4 questions before you buy a rug.
  16. But make sure you get the right size.
  17. And if you ever wondered why rugs are so expensive, now you know.
  18. Why wall color changes everything.
  19. Small space living got you stuck? Make every square inch count.
  20. Break away from all rectangles everywhere with this layering trick.
  21. Hate your uber-neutral space? Spice it up
  22. Live in an earthquake zone? Hang these above your bed.
  23. A better way to bring your vacation home with you.
  24. Or, turn your home into a vacation.
  25. Another way to use your grandma’s vintage trunk.
  26. Take a walk down memory lane.
  27. This is the best spot for your TV.
  28. If you’re overwhelmed by your design project, just breathe. These things take time.
  29. If you hate the 2018 Pantone color of the Year.
  30. The answer to your Pinterest board dreams (or nightmares).
  31. How to embrace awkward corners.
  32. Don’t let this struggle stop you from moving in with your SO.
  33. Wall art for the animal lover in your life.
  34. If Blanche Devereaux’s home was your bedroom goals.
  35. Remember this Danish trend that took over the internet?