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.

Modern decor ideas

Our Favorite Modern Rooms of The Month

Modern decor ideasWe’ve seen our fair share of modern designs here at Modsy, and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular with our customers. Our modern spaces often have clean lines, neutral tones, and graphic elements but are still incredibly comfortable. Or they can have a more mid-century feel to them, with cool chairs, streamlined wood pieces, and a minimal vibe.

And since there are so many ways to create a modern space that’s just right for you, we’ve rounded up our favorite designs of the month to help get you inspired. Read on for modern decor ideas you can easily incorporate into your own design.

Modern decor ideasEmbrace Clean Lines

If you like a modern room that has a more pristine look, keep to furnishings that have clean lines – think a smooth round coffee table, a rectangular sofa, an angular bookshelf, or a striped rug. It’s all about creating a space that doesn’t feel cluttered or jam-packed with little accents here and there.

A good place to start? Focus on choosing pieces that have strong streamlined silhouettes and simple shapes.

Modern decor ideasMake It Mid-Century

For those of you who love the look of mid-century-inspired designs (who doesn’t, right?), try bringing in a few statement pieces that pay homage to the look, like a wishbone-style chair and a long sideboard. Because these designs have such a distinct look to them, a few key pieces are all you need.

Another bonus with this approach? The designs already have a clean-lined look that lets you easily layer on cooler accent pieces. AKA the large round mirror and graphic art in this corner vignette.

Modern decor ideasMix Warm and Cool Elements

A modern room doesn’t always mean minimal. And part of what gives modern spaces a more well-rounded, collected feel is by mixing warm and cool furnishings.

Contrast a streamlined wood table and leather chairs with accents that have a graphic note, like a bold print and an abstract rug in the same color palette or a unique pendant light.

The idea is to bring in equally distinctive pieces that ultimately balance out the overall look.

Read This Next: Designer Picks – 5 Rugs We’re Loving Right Now

Modern decor ideasThink Abstract Accents

Layering in bold abstract art and accents is one of our favorite ways to modernize a room. It’s the easiest way to switch up the look in your space, even if it doesn’t have modern furnishings.

The trick is to group graphic accents in clusters, like how the black-and-white print is mixed in with a geometric painting and a cool floor lamp in this corner. To add create even more of a modern impact, try bringing in a trendy abstract rug.

Modern decor ideasPlay Up Polished Materials

Sleek materials like tan leather and polished wood are naturally complimentary of each other, and they’re a great combination for achieving a bolder modern space.

Look for leather and wood furnishings that show a little texture – spotted textures, wood graining – which will add a touch of warmth and provide a depth to your spaces. Not to mention, these materials also work perfectly alongside sleeker, more modern designs.

Read This Next: Meet the May New Arrivals to the Modsy Catalog

Modern decor ideasStay Minimal

On the opposite end of the spectrum, if a super-sleek contemporary look is what you’re after, keep the decorating and styling to a minimum.

Choose a few key pieces that you want to spotlight and forgo the gallery wall and the tables piled with small accents. The mantra less is more fully applies here.

Modern decor ideasTake a Retro Approach

For a modern look that has a funky element to it, consider taking a retro approach.

You can combine contemporary and midcentury-style pieces with quirky accents that nod to ’80s designs, like a mushroom lamp, a spindle clock, and a cool pendant. The trick is to keep to retro accents that have truly distinctive silhouettes and designs rather than old-school furniture pieces, which can appear overwhelming.

Modern decor ideasGo For High-Contrast

One way to instantly give your space a modern look and feel is to play up a black-and-white palette. Monochrome photographs and artwork make for the perfect modern backdrop in rooms because they give you the freedom to mix in furnishings in a range of style and materials or simply more linear modern pieces.

Bonus that the palette also makes it easy to work in greenery for a vibrant touch.

Read This Next: 5 Reasons We Love Fake Plants

Modern decor ideasOpt For an Open Concept Design

Many of our favorite modern rooms are defined by their open concept layout that combines living and dining within one large space. It’s one key design factor that sets a modern space apart from more traditional rooms as it allows you to take a more contemporary approach to furniture arrangements.

Try starting with a neutral color palette of black and white. Create a seating area with streamlined sofas and chairs then extend that aesthetic into a dining area with similarly clean-lined pieces and versatile hues for a look that’s cohesive and sleek.

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Poufs, Plants, & Pillows – Shop Our Favorite Easy Decor Updates for Spring

easy decor updates for springSay goodbye to the cold, dreary days of winter – spring is finally here! It’s time to get rid of the winter blahs by brightening up your surroundings to make way for the new season with confidence.

There’s no better way to fully embrace the season than by welcoming spring into your home. Combining your seasonal spring cleaning with a bit of home rejuvenation is a great way to refresh and shift your mindset toward the brighter days ahead. It’s time to swap out the chunky knit throws and cozy decorative touches that kept you tucked in all winter and usher in the colorful, lively and light looks.

If you can’t make a full room makeover happen, here are 3 easy decor updates to refresh your home for spring.

Shop our favorite pillows, plants, and poufs!

easy decor updates for springPillows

Want to get the biggest transformation with the least amount of effort? All you need are pillows! Throw pillows are a super easy decor item that you can switch out throughout the seasons to give any room a timely update.

Swap in some colorful, fun and patterned pillows to instantly spring-ify the look of your living room, bedroom, office, etc. Put dark, wintery pillows to rest for the moment and bring the more vibrant colors out to shine. Neutrals, primary colors and light and bright pastels will all fit wonderfully into a spring color palette.

Pro-tip: keep your pillow inserts and change the covers out seasonally for an extra budget-friendly home update.

easy decor updates for springPoufs

Poufs are just as magical as the pretty name makes them sound, and they are making a splash in spring decor this year. They are similar to ottomans, only more versatile and not as clunky – their lack of legs helps them look lighter and more playful than a traditional ottoman.

You can use poufs as footstools in front of a sofa or chair to prop up your feet while you’re relaxing. And, in a pinch, they can even be used as extra seating when guests show up or extra surface space in any room.

We love them because they add a pop of color, pattern, and texture that can transform your look without a hefty price tag. It’s a great way to dip your toe in a trend instead of committing to a pricey sofa or rug that might not stand the test of time.

easy decor updates for springPlants

Even though the calendar days are ticking on, it can sometimes feel like spring is still hibernating. That means it’s up to us to go out and get it!

Bring the outdoors inside with greenery galore. Plants are the epitome of spring – they bring life into a room in a way that other decorative accessories just can’t. Easy to manage houseplants placed throughout a room can magically make the space lighter and airier.

Try a potted plant in a corner, a group of succulents on your table, or a hanging plant if you are short on floor space. We also love faux plant options if you want something low-maintenance that looks happy all year-round!

Getting your house into shape for spring doesn’t have to be a costly commitment! With these quick and simple updates to your home decor, you can brighten up your space and bring the light of spring into any room of your home.

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

decorate with plantsSpring has sprung! That means it’s time to peel back those layers (of blankets, pillows, and rugs) and refresh your home for warmer weather.

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.

Take it one step further and arrange mini clusters of smaller plants on floating shelves and as 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 homes 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. Go ahead and mix up where you display them from time to time. It’s a free way to make your space feel fresh and new!

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.

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: Make your bedroom extra calming and add a small lavender plant.

decorate with plants5. Spruce Up Neutral Spaces

If you’re not a fan of brightly colored furniture and decor, 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.

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Celebrating Earth Day With Sustainable Design Choices

earth dayWe’re big fans of the earth here at Modsy. Our mission is to help people create better designed environments so that they can lead happier lives. And, as home to all of us, we are firm believers in keeping our planet healthy and happy.

Unfortunately, it remains a sad fact that the furniture industry is a large contributor to pollution. Each year over 9.7 million tons of furniture will go to the landfill and is responsible for producing 32.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

So what’s an earth-loving person to do? Here are 3 ways to help reduce waste from furniture this Earth day, and every day!

Shop with sustainability in mind

A lot of furniture companies are aware of the impact their products have on the environment and are making strides to reduce their carbon footprint and offer more sustainable products.

At Modsy, we’re excited to continue partnering with companies that value sustainability as much as we do. We work with brands like West Elm, which is committed to using sustainably sourced materials, and our own Minna Home, where we use recycled materials in all of our products.

Invest in longevity

Instead of the buy-replace-repeat approach to home decor, if you have the cash consider investing in fewer pieces that will last.

This not only helps keep more furniture out of landfills, it’s also great for your wallet! Instead of shelling out money for a new coffee table or rug every six months, you can invest in a piece that will last you years (decades, even!) from the get-go.

Investing in quality is also great even if you plan to only use it for a short time. Unlike cheaper furniture, these pieces will retain their value over time and you can recoup a significant portion of the original price later.

The great part of shopping higher quality furniture is that you don’t have to assemble it when it arrives. A lot of less expensive options ship in a flat pack, meaning you get to enjoy the task of assembling it at home. This is such a notoriously painful process that most people end up outsourcing it to third parties, which can quickly add up, both in money and cost to your sanity.

Don’t be afraid of used furniture

If you can’t afford to invest in a new sofa, no matter how sustainable it is, consider shopping second hand! You can get awesome one-of-a-kind vintage pieces and even find name brand items for a fraction of their original price.

Check out your local flea market, estate sales, or second hand stores. There are also a myriad of marketplace apps designed to make buying and selling used items easy and convenient.

Not sure how to make a second-hand piece work in your design? We can help! Send your Modsy designer a few photos and the dimensions of your piece and we’ll build a 3D model of it and include it in your design.

 

Our goal is to make shopping for your home and practicing sustainability as mutually inclusive as possible. Together, we can all take steps to lessening our impact on the environment and create beautiful homes we love. Happy Earth Day!

dining room ideas for entertaining

6 Ways To Prep Your Dining Room for Entertaining

Whether you’re entertaining for the holidays or just hosting a morning brunch with friends, your dining room is at the center of it all. With all the work that goes into planning a meal for multiple people, the last thing you want is to stress about your decor.

To help you avoid any pre-hosting stress, we rounded up our favorite tips to get your dining room ready to go before guests descend. Here are the dining room ideas we love and are sure to help you get fully prepped for a revolving door of dinner parties, brunches, and whatever else comes your way.

Read on for a few dining room ideas that will help you shine as the hostess with the mostest!

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining1. Always Have Extra (and Comfy) Seating

Comfortable chairs can make long dinners much more enjoyable. If you like a little extra cushion, consider matching sets that are fully upholstered or have nice plush seats.

If you have room to spare, extra chairs are always great to have on hand in case of unexpected, or last-minute guests.

Short on space? Dining chairs are versatile so try placing extras in your entryway or home office. They won’t use up square footage unnecessarily, and you can easily pull them into your dining space in a pinch.

Shop This Look: A comfy dining room, featuring our Rustic Warmth Collection

dining room ideas for entertaining2. Be Realistic About Headcount

Big dinners are a holiday given, so be cognizant of how many people your dining room can accommodate comfortably.

If you have the space to entertain a big crowd, make sure everyone has a spacious spot at the table. A table with extendable leaves is a great solve for hosting large groups in smaller spaces.

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining3. Take Time to Outfit Your Table

Whether you’re hosting a Thanksgiving feast for 12 or an intimate valentines day dinner for two, a thoughtfully set table is always memorable.

Channel the colors of the season and pick a combination of your favorite three to guide the palette for your table scape.

If you’ve been thinking about new dishes, silverware or glassware, now is the time to go for it as you gear up to entertain.

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining4. Prepare a Serving Station

Half the challenge of entertaining is being present with your guests.

Setting up a sideboard or a buffet where you can create a bar and a serving station for food, appetizers and dessert means you won’t have to dash back and forth from the kitchen.

In a smaller dining room, try a simple bar cart topped with drinks and light nibbles.

Shop This Look: A Polished yet casual dining room in our Contemporary Connoisseur Collection

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining5. Add Good Mood Lighting

Beyond candlelight, make sure your dining room is well-lit all around – overhead, along the walls, or a table lamp or two placed strategically on a buffet or a small table.

The idea is to have enough lighting around your dining room so that you can easily switch off a few to create a moody ambience.

If you have a single pendant above the dining table, consider hanging a chandelier for a show-stopping light source that adds more sparkle.

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining6. Warm Up Your Floors

A captivating rug is sure to set a cozy, festive note. Choose a low-pile option (one that’s not shaggy) in a color or pattern that draws focus to your dining table.

Or opt for a natural-fiber rug with a large-scale design that’s easy on the eyes and stands up to foot traffic. (These can also handle the occasional spill, because let’s face it – it happens).

Shop This Look: A dining room in our Refined Rustic look is always set to impress

Get your dining room ready for hosting!

Guest Room Tips

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

Guest Room Tips

Hosting season never seems to end! If you’re celebrating Easter, Passover, or just having a family brunch, being the host with the most extra bedrooms is no easy feat.

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

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

guest room tips1. Set up a place to unpack

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

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

2. Keep guests feeling cozy

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

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

guest room tips3. Dress to impress

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

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

guest room tips4. Start a conversation with art

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

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

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

5. Make storage easy

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

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

guest room tips6. Ensure ample lighting

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

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

7. Make room for personal space

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

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

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

 

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5 Tips For a Dining Room That Encourages Family Meals

mid-century dining room ideas

You know those especially long days where, by the time you’re finally home the last thing you want to do is cook a meal? You know there are groceries in the fridge but ordering takeout is so much easier. Us too. Making dinner at home is one of those things that we say we’ll do but we always seem to find an excuse to get out of it.

It’s not surprising then that sit-down family dinners are becoming a rarity in American homes.

On the flip side, many studies have shown that eating together is a great way for parents and children to deepen their bonds in today’s fast-paced world. But what gives when it comes to making more time to eat together at home?

A well-designed family dining room might just be your answer to making it all happen. Make your dining room a place that is comfortable and inviting so that it encourages family dinners. A dining room that’s dedicated to meals and family time can also reset old routines and inspire a new way of eating together.

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry. We’ve rounded up five tips to help you create a dining room that’s sure to get everyone around the table at dinner time.

Read on for 5 tips to create your perfect family dining room.

rustic family dining room1. Invest In A Dining Table (That Works For You)

First things first: If you want a dining room that encourages more family meals, a nice table can make all the difference. Think of your table as the centerpiece that everything else will be built on.

Choose one that fits your space and suits your family’s dining style. A long communal table is great for dinner parties if you like to have friends and family over. A shorter table or a round one is ideal for casual everyday meals and if you have a small family dining room.  A wood table can be especially kid-friendly and easy to clean. And, finally, a glass top option is great for small spaces.

contemporary dining room2. Find Comfy Chairs

The key to any great family dining room is comfortable seating. If you want a space that’s all about getting people to gather and dine together, it’s got to be comfortable.

Find chairs that not only speak to your style, but are comfortable enough that people won’t think twice about lingering for dessert or to finish that bottle of wine.

Don’t worry if all your chairs don’t match—embrace a more eclectic look as you add chairs to your space over time.

For kid-friendly seating, opt for chairs in leather (it’s easy to clean) or wood (upholstered ones are prone to stains). Or add a bench on one side for a seat that’s spacious with lots of room to move around.

dining room storage3. Incorporate Everyday Storage

Want your dining room to feel less utilitarian and more like a true family gathering spot? Take full advantage of the space by rounding it out with a credenza or buffet that can be used daily.

This is a great place to stash everyday dinnerware that you can pull out at meal time as well as for excess kitchen equipment (or any clutter you just don’t have room for). And you can dress it up as a self-service bar, food station, or just a simple decorative focal point during dinner parties.

dining room ideas4. Make A Statement

Warm up your dining decor so that it feels inviting. And don’t hesitate to take some interior design risks.

You likely won’t want to change up your dining room decor frequently. This makes it the perfect place to try a statement wallpaper or bold chandelier that makes it feel extra welcoming. This will also give it that one-of-a kind WOW factor that guests won’t be able to stop ogling over.

family dining room5. Set The Mood

What’s the one thing trendy restaurants have in common? Ambience! And that’s just as important in your dining room. An experience involving all your senses, striking the right mood with your lighting is key to a great dining space.

If you can, opt for a dimmable pendant 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. It all adds up to setting a cozy and inviting mood that gets everyone excited for time spent together around the table.

 

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5 Essential Tips to Ready Your Living Room for Guests

living room tipsMajor family gathering time is just around the corner! Whether you celebrate Easter, Passover, or just like to host a big family brunch, hosting guests (even if you love them) can be stressful. So if the thought of your in-laws seeing the current state of your living room makes you cringe, don’t panic, there’s still time to whip it into shape.

But just like a great meal, designing your home takes a lot of time and planning. To help lighten the load, we rounded up 5 of our designers’ best living room tips to get you started.

Whether you need a total design overhaul or just help with the finishing touches, Modsy designers can help spruce up your space in a jiff. Start your project today and see your exact room re-designed with new furniture in decor in 3D.

living room tips1. Ensure You Have Ample Seating

The first order of business when prepping your living room for guests? Making sure everyone has a comfortable place to sit and relax!

Consider weather a sofa or a sectional is right for you, and if you need additional side chairs to go with it. If you’re tight on space try incorporating flexible seating options, like poufs or a coffee table that doubles as an ottoman.

Read This Next: Deciding on a Sofa or a Sectional for an Open Living Room

living room tips2. Find the Right Layout

One of the best living room tips doesn’t require purchasing a thing. Finding the right layout for your space is just as important as picking a sofa or rug to fill it up. Think about the ways you enjoy spending time with loved ones and then optimize your living room layout to make that happen.

Does your family like to watch movies together? Be sure your sofa is oriented so that everyone gets a great view. And consider an option with an extra deep seat for extra comfort!

Or maybe playing board games around the coffee table is more your hosting style. Opt for a large coffee table and a layout that puts everyone in reach.

Read This Next: Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Sofa Online

living room tips3. Get Sneaky With Your Storage

We’re all about living room furniture that goes the extra mile. Opt for pieces that incorporate hidden storage to help make cleaning easier and faster.

For example, a coffee table with interior storage is great for stowing away big books, board games, and even kids’ toys. A bench behind the sofa adds extra seating and can also double as a hiding spot for extra blankets and pillows.

Read This Next: 7 Ways to Sneak More Storage Into Any Space

living room tips4. Carve out Designated Zones

A great way to navigate weekends hosting guests and extended family is to make space for different activities within the same room.

Try incorporating a play area for the kids, or reserve a reading nook by the fireplace for grandparents to relax. A cocktail area is also a great way to stay close to the action of the main gathering space, but give yourself a bit of reprieve.

Read This Next: 5 Tips for Designing a Kid-Friendly Living Room

living room tips5. Refresh Your Decor

The easiest way to give your living room guest-ready facelift? Refresh your art and accessories! Mix up your art for an instant change, or swap in new accent pieces to put your home in a more festive mood.

Feel like a more major change is in order? Try a new rug to totally change the look of your space.

Shop The Look: New Trends – Warm Hues For Fall

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Spring Refresh Checklist: 17 Easy Home Updates

spring refreshSpring is finally here! Ring in the new season at home by getting your spaces into warm-weather shape with a seasonal spring refresh.

To help you give your rooms a thorough spring refresh, we’ve compiled this checklist to help (and inspire) you to ready your spaces for the season. From decluttering common areas to adding new colorful pillows and art to rethinking furniture and layouts, consider this your comprehensive guide for preparing your home for spring.

spring refresh5 Simple Spring Cleaning Tips to Start

They don’t call it “spring cleaning” for nothing. Almost like a second chance at the new year, the start of spring is a great time to re-motivate yourself with small tasks to whip your home into shape. Here are the most-essential cleaning tips for a spring refresh.

1. Clear Out Clutter

It’s time to toss out those piles of mail, papers, and takeout menus in high-traffic areas, like your entry, kitchen, or family room. This will free up space in ways that might surprise you. Need some clever storage ideas? Check out these tips.

2. Organize Your Pantry

An easily forgotten space in the home, you might find some things in there that need to get chucked. Take time to give this spot a thorough sweep.

3. Put Away Winter Essentials

Wash your big blankets, comforters and quilts, and get your chunky sweaters and winter coats dry cleaned. Then stash them all away until it’s bundle-up season again. While you’re at it, consider editing your closet! No need to go full-on Marie Kondo-style (you can if you want to), but commit to donating at least a few trash bags worth of clothing for a fresh start.

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spring refresh

4. Restyle Your Surfaces

Swap in new decor, accents, and books for your coffee table, console, and shelves to give them an eye-catching but low-touch spring refresh.

5. Refresh Your Bathroom

Sounds simple enough, but switching out the shower curtain, adding some small plants and a scented candle, and swapping in new light bulbs can do wonders to open up this often neglected space. Not to mention, spring is the best excuse for giving your bath a good deep scrub.

spring refresh5 Small Decor Updates to Ring in Spring

If you’re getting sick of your hygge-inspired living room, a few simple decor updates are the perfect way to make a big impact with minimal effort (and cash). Give your space an easy spring refresh with these 5 easy-to-tackle decor updates.

1. Bring in Greenery

There’s no better way to welcome spring than with leafy plants and pretty flowers. A few well-placed plants can help liven up empty corners and brighten surfaces. Need some inspo? Check out these easy ways to decorate with greenery.

2. Brighten Your Walls

Sometimes all it takes is a fresh coat of paint or some new art on the walls to bring new perspective to your rooms. Try rethinking the traditional gallery wall or adding some oversized art for an easy spring refresh.

3. Swap in New Pillows

It’s the easiest way to give your living room and bedroom a fresh boost of color and pattern. This spring refresh is also super affordable. Also check out these spring refresh ideas that cost less than $100!

4. Add a Natural Fiber Rug

Roll up those heavy wool rugs and lay down a natural-fiber rug instead to open up your rooms and usher in a relaxed vibe. Not to mention, these rugs are super durable and are perfect for busy spaces. Find the best one (there’s lots to consider!) for your home with our natural-fiber rug guide—and make sure you’re getting the right size rug!

5. Hang Some Mirrors

One way to spread more light around your rooms is to make space for mirrors. Any piece with reflective a surface will help bounce light around your room and make it feel open and airy! To open up your living room, try a large mirror above your sofa.

spring refresh5 Stylish Furniture Upgrades Perfect for Spring

Turn your spring refresh into an overhaul by swapping out larger pieces of furniture. If you’ve been looking to finally upgrade your sofa, or tackle that new year’s resolution (better late than never!), look to spring as the perfect time to make it happen.

1. Go For That New Sofa

If you’ve been sitting on the idea of a new sofa, spring is the perfect time to pull the trigger. Read our buying guide if you need help deciding whether you should skimp or splurge on one, and make sure you check out these key tips for shopping for a sofa online.

2. Get a New Coffee Table

If you’re looking for a smaller way to make a spring refresh, a new coffee table can be a great place to start. The centerpiece of any living room, a new coffee table can give your space a completely new look for a fraction of the price of a new sofa. And there are so many stylish options you can choose from. Here’s how to find a coffee table that’s right for your space.

3. Consider a New TV Stand

This is the focal point in many living rooms, so don’t let the need for function force you to sacrifice style. There are actually a lot of cool TV stand choices out there now, and spring is the perfect time to switch it up. But the key is finding a TV stand that’s the right size for your space—so we broke it all down for you in this guide.

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spring refresh

4. Look for a New Bed

Most of us tend to buy a bed and then stick with it for much longer than we ought to. Spring is the opportune time to change up your snooze spot with a new bed. And there are lots of affordable styles out there. Check out our bed frames buying guide to learn the pros and cons of the most popular types.

5. Replace Your Nightstand

Not ready to pull in a big-ticket item like a new bed? Give your bedroom a mini update with major style with a new nightstand that’s just right. Remember these tips for finding the right size bedside table. or check out these ideas for nightstand alternatives.

spring refreshBudget-Friendly Layout Ideas For Spring

Sometimes the best way to make a space feel new is with a simple layout change. Don’t want to spend your weekend pushing furniture around your room? Save your floors and your lower back and try out some new layouts virtually with Modsy. Already have a Modsy studio? Try playing with our Editor or ring the Assistance Bell in your studio for help from one of our Modsy stylists.

Rearrange Your Living Room

It might just be time to start fresh in your living room. You can opt for a new sofa or sectional, make way for some new chairs, replace the rug, or just work with what you already have. Get some inspo from our living room layout tips. Then, also check out ways to round out your newly arranged living room.

Redo Your Bedroom

If you’re not looking to add new bedroom furniture, a new layout can make for a great spring refresh. Get inspired with some new ways to arrange your bedroom with these layout ideas. Or if you’re looking for a new layout without shuffling too much furniture, check out these stylish tips for bringing in seating that can dramatically change how your bedroom looks and feels.

 

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5 Ways to Refresh Your Space for Spring On A Budget

Tips from Alessandra Wood, PhD & Director of Style at Modsy

Meet Alessandra Wood, the Director of Style at Modsy. With a PhD in Design History and an M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts and Design, she is a bona fide design expert, taught by the best of the best curators and historians. We picked her brain on the best ways to update your home for spring without breaking the bank. Read on for some of her tips!

Looking for some spring decor ideas to refresh your space, but not flush with cash to spend? Not to worry! Here are 5 easy changes you can make to your home for less (less than $100 to be exact)!

Before…

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Ready to see the after? Scroll on for 5 of our favorite budget-friendly spring decor ideas and this complete room transformation.

spring decor ideas1. Change Up Your Pillows

The Swap

One of our favorite spring decor ideas is to swap your throw pillows. This is an easy and affordable way to add a pop of color and a bit more style to your space. You can save a bit more by buying new throw covers and reusing your existing inserts.

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spring decor ideas

The Cost

Depending on fabric, you can easily score 2-3 new pillows for under $100 or 3-4 pillow covers, if you already have the inserts!

Spring decor ideas2. Restyle Your Bookshelf

The Swap

Knock out two Eames birds with one decor move. Take a moment to get rid of clutter and reorganize your surfaces. This is especially important for open shelving, which can start to feel a little stale (not to mention dusty) after sporting the same old tchotchkes for too long.

Try swapping in small pieces of art or decorative objects and sculptures. Pick up new pieces while you stroll the flea market or in your favorite little boutiques. Not sure where to begin? Sign up for a Modsy design package and our stylists can suggest decor and accessories that match your style and budget.

The Cost

$0-$50, depending on where and how many pieces you buy.

spring decor ideas3. Add Plants Galore

The Swap

One of our favorite spring decor ideas is to add life to your space by, literally, adding life! We love decorating with plants because they never go out of style and they clean your air while they’re at it.

The Cost

Small cacti and succulents usually run less than $5 a pop at hardware stores. Plant them in budget-friendly mini planters or even a few hanging options. If you’re looking for a larger statement, add a tall indoor plant to the mix.

4. Try on a New Paint Color

The Swap

Sometimes the best way to make your space feel new is a fresh coat of paint! If you’re up for a DIY moment, pick up a gallon of paint and create some drama via wall color. Paint just one accent wall, or go for all four if you’re looking to take this spring decor idea to the next level.

The Cost

Depending on the brand you choose and if your walls need primer, painting an accent wall yourself can cost as little as $25 and up to $75.

spring decor ideas5. Rearrange Your Layout

The Swap

If you’re saving your pennies for a summer vacation you can still make your living room feel new again by rearranging your furniture. A new layout creates a new flow in the space, which will change the way you think about that room!

The Cost

Free! Or sign up for Modsy (starting at $69) to try on new layouts virtually before you rearrange them IRL.

…After

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6 Ways to Add Storage to Your Living Room

living room storage ideasSpring has almost sprung, and if you’re like us, that means it’s time to hit refresh on your home and dive into some much-needed cleaning and organization projects. But if you’re not up for a full KonMari purge, don’t worry – there’s still hope! Adding more storage to your living room can be a great way to get organized and de-clutter your space.

Whether you have a small space or an open floor plan – or even something in between – there are plenty of ways to organize with clever living room storage in all kinds of styles and color schemes. With a few smart solutions, you can make sure your living room always feels tidy, airy and light.

To help, we’re rounding up 6 of our favorite living room storage ideas. Spring cleaning, here we come!

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living room storage ideasStorage Coffee Table

Let’s face it – we all somehow end up with a lot of stuff. And while a lot of it might be things you use daily, that doesn’t always mean you want to keep it on display. That’s why one of our favorite living room storage ideas is rethinking your coffee table.

The right coffee table can be the perfect furniture piece for extra living room storage! Instead of choosing one just for surface area, consider a storage option that opens up to reveal space for all your stuff!

You don’t have to skimp on style either – you can find plenty of options that offer storage space inside and look great on the outside. Coffee tables with drawers and lift-top coffee tables also make excellent storage options. Tuck away odds and ends that don’t display well, coasters, remotes, magazines and other items that you don’t want overtaking the surface space.

living room storage ideasCabinet

If you’re tight on space in your living room, you don’t want to add more bulky furniture that will clutter it up even further. Instead, a great solve is to look for options – like a cabinet – that have a small footprint yet still offer plenty of interior storage space.

With a living room storage cabinet, you can keep blankets, books, games and toys neatly organized and out of the way. These also make a great choice for alcoves and corners that might otherwise go unused. Another option is using a decorative cabinet with glass windows. Here you can display fragile items, photos, heirlooms, books… it’s all up to you!

living room storage ideasStorage Bench

A storage bench combines all the things you need: hidden storage, extra seating, and a display space all in one. It is one of the most functional and practical ways to declutter a home and keep a space organized.

Benches with hidden storage can help make your space look neat and stylish and also provide some extra seating. Use them to stash bulkier items out of sight, like blankets, seasonal decor and more of that “stuff” that always seems to pile up!

All you have to do is choose a bench that fits your space and style (if that feels daunting, let us help)! You can find wooden options, ones with cubbies, or upholstered options like the white one styled here.

Credenza

A credenza is one of the most traditional dining room staples. They are often used to serve food and display dish ware, but they can also be used as a handy living room storage piece! They also offer ample surface space to display decorative items that show off your style. Also known as a sideboard or buffet, no matter whether you call it, it’s an awesome way to bulk up your storage potential in any room.

Because they come in so many different styles, you can usually find a place for one in any living room, whether it’s against a wall, as a stand for your television, or set against the backside of the sofa. Credenzas have so many uses – put it to work as a bookshelf, entertainment center, buffet, or curio cabinet – making them a pieces with some major staying power!

living room storage ideasSide Tables With Drawers

Most living rooms benefit from side tables placed at the end of your sofa or next to your armchairs. But don’t think of them as just a place to set your drink!

Instead of using delicate side tables with only a bit of surface space, try an option with drawers that do double-duty as living room storage. There are a lot of small items, like remote controls, coasters, pens/pencils, notepads, a pair of glasses, etc., that you might want easy access to in your living room, but don’t want to busy up the space.

With a storage-infused side table, you can easily tuck these items away in the drawers for additional living room organization. That way you can save the surface area for lamps, photos or other objects you’d prefer to display.

living room storage ideasBaskets

Baskets are one of our favorite living room storage ideas, especially for kid-friendly spaces!

If you have a full house, you know that you need plenty of places to stash the clutter. It’s totally possible to have kids and a clean home, and having some smart and sneaky storage solutions on your side certainly helps!

These wicker baskets easily tuck into the room below the side tables. They also make an awesome place to corral kids’ stuff, like toys, books and art supplies, or pet accessories, or even regular old clutter! Baskets can hide it all.

You can choose from a variety of sizes, shapes and styles and they can fit into open nooks on bookshelves, built-in shelving, under coffee tables and more.

With these living room storage ideas, it’s easy to keep your space feeling neat and tidy so you can enjoy it with family and never have to worry about inviting guests over to a messy house! Want to find out what your space would look like with new furniture and decor? Sign up for a design package with Modsy today!

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Designing a Rustic Bedroom? Start With These Tips!

rustic bedroomMove over Mid-Century Modern, rustic is taking over as the trendiest style in your Pinterest feed. From the Fixer-Upper look, to Chris Loves Julia’s cozy minimal style, rustic interiors are truly having a moment.

But how to bring the rustic look to life in your home can sometimes be a challenge. With so many rustic styles out there, where do you even start? To help, we’re cracking open our designers’ playbook and dishing our best rustic design tips.

Keep scrolling for 10 ways to bring the rustic bedroom of your dreams to life!

rustic bedroom1. Look for Traditional Shapes

Foundation pieces with a more classic or traditional shape will help steer your room to a decidedly rustic look. Don’t you love how this wrought-iron bed brings a timeless quality to the room?

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2. Embrace an Industrial Aesthetic

Industrial design is all about incorporating raw materials that show off their age and history. Bring this idea to your rustic bedroom by seeking pieces that display their age and even feel a bit unfinished.

This will help add texture and dimension to your room, and give it that distinctly weathered vibe that rustic spaces are so well known for.

rustic bedroom3. Keep to a Neutral Palette

Rustic interiors tend to shy away from bold colors and embrace a more muted aesthetic. This helps the materials and textures shine, and also creates a cozy feeling.

To keep your space from feeling too eclectic and modern, look for neutral tones when styling your rustic bedroom. Check out how this refined bedroom works a neutral palette that still feels full and never flat!

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4. Play With Pattern

Pattern is an amazing way to add personality to any space. Rustic rooms in particular can use pattern to easily create a sense of cozy, homeyness.

When picking your patterns, go either for something classic, like these medallion patterned pillows, or traditionally rustic, like this plaid rug.

rustic bedroom5. Add Organic Textures and Materials

What really brings a rustic bedroom to life is the layering of textures. Specifically, go for pieces that have an organic look and are made of natural materials to give your rustic bedroom dimension.

Think natural fiber rugs, reclaimed woods, metals, woven wicker and rattan, as well as leathers and sheepskins. Then layer them all together for a rustic bedroom look that’s as cozy as can be!

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6. Try a Hand-Made Look

Unlike more contemporary styles, rustic interiors embrace a less sleek and overly-polished aesthetic. To bring this idea to your space, look for pieces that have a hand-made feel, like this leather bench and chunky knit blankets.

rustic bedroom7. Go Vintage

Just like hand-made pieces, if you have any family heirlooms or antiques, your rustic bedroom is a great place to let them shine. This trunk-turned-nightstand adds a unique flair to this bedroom and gives it a slightly retro vibe.

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8. Pile on the Pillows

Nothing makes a bedroom more inviting than a pile of pillows on the bed! Not only do they make for a comfortable place to watch TV or read a book, lots of pillows give your room that full, lived-in look that is so crucial to rustic interiors!

rustic bedroom9. Stay Symmetrical

If you want a more traditional rustic vibe, embrace a symmetrical layout in your bedroom. This will create a sense of balance and give your bedroom an air of formality that will keep it from feeling too modern or edgy.

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10. Keep It Cozy

The most important thing tip to remember when designing a rustic bedroom, is to always keep it cozy. Coziness is probably the thing above all else that sets rustic interiors apart. They’re always warm, inviting places you want to snuggle up in and never leave.

So add some chunky throw blankets, light a few candles, and get ready to snuggle up inside your cozy, rustic bedroom!

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Surface Styling 101 – Tips for Decorating All the Surfaces in Your Home

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Surface styling is key in creating a homey, lived-in look! From your coffee table to your nightstand, it’s those final touches that turn a room into an Instagram-worthy interior. But surprisingly enough, it’s these small decorative moments that can be the trickiest things to master.

To help demystify the surface styling process, we’re cracking open our Modsy designers’ playbook and giving you the inside scoop on our best decor ideas.

Ready to give your surfaces the style treatment they deserve? Read on for our best surface decor ideas!

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1. Nightstand

Function is the number one rule to keep in mind when styling your nightstands.

Start with a table lamp – the main event – and then layer on your accessories. Consider a bedside clock (a great alternative to smartphones) alongside other smaller accents like candles, a small plant, vases, and framed photos.

decor ideas2. Dresser

When it comes to decor ideas for your dresser, always start with taller pieces on the outside edges of the dresser. A collection of vases in varying heights, potted plants, or table lamps are great options here.

One you have these “bookends” established, layer in your smaller accent pieces alongside the larger decorative accessories – books, a jewelry box, or candles are all great options!

As far as crowning your dresser, if you need a mirror the place above your dresser is the perfect place. If not, a piece of art you love makes a great focal point.

decor ideas3. Pillows

Pillows are a great way to highlight a sofa, accent chair, or bed and introduce different colors, patterns and textures into your space. Layer your sofa with pillows to create dimension in your room and make your sofa look extra cozy for lounging!

Bonus idea – pillows can be an inexpensive way to change up your decor from season to season. When you get tired of the ones you have, swap in some new ones to totally mix up your look.

decor ideas4. Coffee Table

Books, candles and small decorative objects are the perfect decor ideas for dressing up an empty coffee table.

Keep scale in mind when choosing your accessories. Pieces that are too small will feel insubstantial and make your coffee table seem scattered. Accents that are too large will overwhelm the table and can make your space feel cluttered.

decor ideas5. Fireplace Mantel

If you have a fireplace, odd are it’s the focal point of your living room. This is a great opportunity to make your space shine!

Keep it simple with one large art piece or a mirror, or spice it up with an odd number of decor pieces on each end for a balanced look.

decor ideas6. Bookcase

Built-ins and bookcases don’t have to be packed to the brim with stuff! Styling each shelf with 2-3 decor pieces will help bring the room to life, without adding clutter.

Depending on how wide your shelves are, follow the 3-5 piece rule. The key is to group an odd amount of pieces together and switch up placement on each shelf. Be wary of too much symmetry, which can be distracting and often feel sterile.

Adding smaller pieces of artwork, books, and greenery are an easy way to fill up space and create that amazing, layered look.

decor ideas7. Credenza

Similar to mantels, a grouping of an odd number amount of decor on each end of a credenza or in the middle helps create a balanced look. The trick is to incorporate pieces of varying heights and shapes to keep the look visually interesting.

Credenzas are a great place to hang a large mirror, a statement artwork, or even create a gallery wall moment. Think about topping your credenza with bowls, vases, candles, greenery, books, and mini sculptures.

decor ideas8. Dining Table

No matter the size, all dining tables need some decor love! Consider one statement item, an odd grouping of smaller decorative pieces, or a few candles as quick and easy ways to complete the look.

Some of our favorite centerpiece ideas include bowls, candles and candle holders, vases, and flowers and greens!

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Make the Most out of Your Small Space: Ultimate TV Viewing Party Layout Guide

small living room layout with a TVWith game day and the Oscars just around the corner, you might be thinking about hosting a viewing party. A great viewing party (of any kind) requires a TV (duh), enough places to sit, a spread of delicious snacks, and great company. But what if you live in a small space? Finding a small living room layout with a TV can be a challenge.

So while you focus on fine-tuning your guest list and adorning your space with Pinterest-worthy decorations, we’re rounding up some of our favorite TV viewing layout hacks. No matter if your space is large or tiny, these small living room layout ideas will make sure space is red carpet-ready before your guests arrive.

Read on to learn how to create your ultimate TV viewing party layout.

small living room layout with a TV1. Maximize Seating

While “standing room only” might be great for a concert, ample seating is fundamental to any great TV viewing party. These tips will help you get the most booties in chairs without adding clutter.

Backless seating:

Benches and ottomans are great ways to add extra seating to your small space without over-stuffing it with bulky furniture.

  • Benches look great in a hallway or at the foot of your bed, and can easily be moved into the living room for extra seating when you need it.
  • You can also use two ottomans to make a bench. Break them up into two smaller seats when you need.

Create movie theater rows:

Just like group photos, place lower seats in the front and taller ones in the back. This will help ensure everyone has a great view of the TV.

  • Use bar stools to make a back row for your viewing party. Clear stools are especially great in small spaces, as they help reduce visual clutter.

small living room layout with a TV2. Maximize Surface Area

Now that you have seating aplenty, you’ll likely want some surfaces to go with it. Instead of buying more tables, repurpose what you already have.

Two coffee tables are better than one:

In small spaces, having the flexibility to move your furniture is important.

Try two smaller coffee tables in your space instead of one large one (or consider if you need a coffee table at all). Keep them together for daily use and separate them when you host to accommodate more people reaching for popcorn.

Pouf-perfect:

We love poufs because they are super versatile. Use them as a footrest or a stool, or even a side table. Ensure your pouf can go the extra mile, and look for one that’s substantial enough to support a tray with drinks and snacks.

Snack station:

A console table hidden behind your sofa is a sneaky way to add extra storage to a small space. But for special TV viewing occasions, try relocating your console table to an open wall. You can use it as an impromptu buffet table where guests can help themselves to snacks and drinks.

Open bar (cart):

Who doesn’t love a good bar cart? If you’re in the market, consider one on wheels which you can use as a mobile drink station. Easily wheel it out of the kitchen to serve drinks, and slide it away when you need the extra space.

small living room layout with a TV3. Final Tricks

A few finishing touches to make your small living room layout with a TV work for you.

Throw it on the floor:

Even your floor can be a nice seat if you add a little cushion. Floor pillows are a simple way to add seating and can be conveniently stashed away when you don’t need it.

Mirror-mirror:

Nothing like a large, reflective surface to make things look larger! Not great for your pores, but perfect for your living room.

Try hanging a large mirror above your sofa to help open up your room. Or embrace a more glam style with mirrored furniture, like a side or coffee table.

 

Need a hand finding the right small living room layout for you?

You don’t have to cram a bunch of furniture into your home only to find you rarely use it. Our layout guide is for both before and after the party, because the size of your home shouldn’t dictate your design choices.

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1 Bookcase 3 Ways – Tips for Styling this Storage Essential

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Picture this – you decide to design your living room and all your furniture has finally arrived. You get it set up just how you want it and are ready to congratulate yourself (or take a well-deserved nap on your new sofa), when you realize something is missing – all of your decor!

From your coffee table, to your bookcases, finding the right decorative pieces to fill up the empty surfaces in your new room can be a challenge. To help, our designers are sharing their best styling tips for every surface in your home. Today, we’re dishing our best tips for filling up your bookcase.

Read on for some new bookcase styling ideas and shop the looks in our bookcase styling studio!

bookcase stylingClean and Contemporary

If you need a bookcase that balances style with function, this approach might be your perfect solution.

Start with the essentials and use your bookcase as a main hub for books, baskets, and little places to stash odds and ends. This gives you a nice mix of open and enclosed shelving, so you won’t have to stress about keeping your bookcase neat and tidy 24/7. Be sure not to overstuff your shelves with items, as that can make your bookcase feel more cluttered than curated.

Then, sprinkle in a few decorative accents like a few succulents, some small art pieces, or a few unique decorative objects for that final polish.

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Minimal and Modern

If you’re looking for a bookcase styling idea that embraces form alongside function, then this might be the perfect look.

With a modern and minimal design, your bookcase will be decorative but never crowded. This pared-down approach means treating your bookcase more as a vehicle for displaying a few well-curated artworks and objects. Of course you can still use it to house, you know, books, but consider a smaller number of carefully chosen volumes.

Bonus tip: Try placing large and bulkier items on the bottom shelves so that the eye is drawn up, up, up! This will help create balance and direct attention to your more delicate and striking items on the top.

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Artful and Eclectic

If you are a design rule-breaker, try dabbling in a more eclectic bookcase styling option. Play with mixing up unique items to make a statement, such as bowls, vases, or your favorite decorative objects. This look is all about making unexpected design choices, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box and display a few pieces that you wouldn’t traditionally think to put on a bookcase!

Eclectic doesn’t mean sloppy or random, so be sure to keep your bookcase design feeling balanced. A great way to do this is to pick a theme or color palette that will help guide your approach to styling and ensure the results feel cohesive.

Another great tip is to choose items of different heights and shapes and stagger them along your shelves. This will keep your bookcase from feeling too matchy-matchy and create a lovely layered effect.

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From finding a layout to picking furniture, Modsy Designers are experts at helping you bring your design vision to life. No matter if you just want to see it in 3D or need help from start to finish, there’s a Modsy Design Package that’s just right for you. Start a project today and bring the room of your dreams to life.

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Storage Solutions – 7 Ways to Organize With Baskets

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We are officially over halfway through the first month of 2019. Wow time flies! The new year is the perfect time to get organized and clear your home (and mind) of clutter. And there’s no better way to get your space organized than our favorite storage solution – baskets! These little cuties are not only stylish, they also add warmth and texture to any room, and make corralling clutter a breeze. Talk about a win-win-win!

If your home needs more than a few baskets to get organized, we can help there too! Start a Modsy design project today and work with a designer to reimagine your exact room in 3D. Never wonder how new furniture could look, see it and shop it with confidence (and awesome discounts) through Modsy.

Ready for some easy ways to incorporate baskets into your home? Even better! Read on to learn our favorite ways to add basket storage in every room of your home.

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Basket Storage Ideas for the Living Room

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Organize Your Decor

The cutest living rooms on Instagram and Pinterest all seem to have one thing in common – they pile on the pillows and throws like there is no tomorrow. This layered look is oh-so chic, but does beg one question… where does all that stuff go when you’re actually, you know, sitting on your sofa?

Enter basket storage idea #1! Gather a few of these babies around your living space for an easy place to tuck pillows, throw blankets, and even coffee table books when you need the space. It’s a better alternative to simply tossing them on the floor and is also a great long-term solution for keeping extra blankets handy.

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Add Bins to an Open Bookcase

We love open shelving as much as the next design blog, but admittedly it can be a high-maintenance storage system. When all your shelves are exposed, so is your clutter! That means frequent dusting and organizing to make sure everything is looking great and in it’s place.

If you’re exhausted just reading this, don’t fret! Add a few baskets to your open shelving unit and voila! You’ve got an instant way to make your bookcase look organized. And unless your guests have x-ray vision, they’ll never see the mess that might be hiding inside those baskets.

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Keep Your Coffee Table Clutter-Free

You can even use a basket as storage for your coffee table. Find one with low sides, similar to a tray, and use it to corral remotes, matchbooks, candles, and any other coffee table knick-knacks you have lying around. This will instantly make your coffee table seem more organized and also doubles as an easy way to clear it off for family game night or cocktail hour!

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Corral Kids’ Toys in a Pinch

If you’ve got young kids, you may know that more often than not your living room functions as a playroom. To help make clean up quick and easy, consider adding some big baskets into your decor scheme. Tucked in the corner, these guys are out of the way but easily accessible for play time.

Read This Next: 7 Sneaky Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

Basket Storage Ideas for the Entryway

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Easy Shoe Storage

Probably the most obvious place to add a basket is in your entryway! The space in your home that sees the most foot traffic, a few well-placed baskets can help keep this space a clutter-free zone.

Try tucking a few under a bench for an easy place to stash shoes. A taller basket can be a perfect place to store umbrellas or anything else you might like to keep handy in your entryway.

Read This Next: Small-Space Hacks – 5 Ideas for Your Small Entryway

Basket Storage Ideas for the Bedroom

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A Place to Throw Your Pillows

Throw pillows on your bed are cute, but when it comes time to go to sleep, they have to move somewhere. Instead of tossing your throw pillows on the floor, add a basket to the foot of your bed for an easy place to stash them at night.

More bedroom basket storage ideas? Tuck one on the bottom shelf of your nightstand and use it to hold half-read magazines, midnight snacks, or anything else you don’t have room for in your drawers.

Finally, the classic bedroom basket standby, give your laundry bin a stylish upgrade by swapping it out for a cute basket. You can find ones with handles for easy transportation, or even a lid to keep the dirties out of sight.

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Add Under-the-Bed Storage

If you have a smaller bedroom, or just need some extra space to stash clothes, shoes, or your collection of action figures, try a few storage baskets under your bed! Get ones with handles to make sliding them in and out extra easy.

This is a great way to make the most of an unused area of your bedroom. It’s also a great solve if a proper storage bed frame is out of your budget (as these can be on the pricier side).

Read This Next: The Pros and Cons of 7 Popular Bed Frame Styles

Basket Storage Ideas for the Home Office

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Organize Office Supplies

The final room we love to incorporate basket storage into is the home office. Another obvious space, your home office should be a productivity zone, and that usually means clutter-free and highly organized.

Add a basket under your desk as a waste can (or recycle bin), or try a few on a bookcase to organize documents, office supplies, and other bits and bobbles. We really should be asking where you can’t use baskets in a home office!

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7 Tips for Designing a Mid-Century Modern Bedroom

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Ideas

Even if you’re not obsessed with Mid-Century Modern furniture, chances are you know what it is. A style popularized in the 1940s and 60s, the Mid-Century Modern design movement was born out of the romantic idea that “good design could change lives.” It was a style that was all about functionality, accessibility, and modern simplicity.

Still an incredibly popular style today, the Mid-Century Modern look is great for anyone living in a smaller space; who likes a clean, modern aesthetic; or if you just want to embrace that Mad Men look in your home. And while this is a style that you can bring to life in any room, today we’re offering up some tips for designing a Mid-Century Modern bedroom.

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Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Ideas

Tapered Legs

Not sure how to spot Mid-Century Modern furniture in a lineup? Check out the legs.

Round and slender, the tapered leg is a signature of Mid-Century Modern furniture. Distinctive and sleek, these legs give the sense that your furniture is floating. This is great for small spaces, as it won’t clutter up the visual plane, and helps your room look more open and airy.

If you’re looking for Mid Century Modern bedroom ideas, a dresser, nightstand, or bed frame atop tapered legs is the perfect place to start.

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Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Ideas

Natural Woods

The 60s, in particular, were all about going natural, and the furniture of this period reflected that philosophy. Natural and unstained woods are a huge part of Mid-Century Modern design, so look for pieces that aren’t painted and unafraid to show off their grain.

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Ideas

Organic Forms

Curved lines, rounded shapes and asymmetry, were another defining trait of Mid-Century Modern design. Designers embraced curved, clean, and sculptural forms that evoked the natural world and even the human body.

One of our favorite Mid-Century Modern bedroom ideas, bring organic forms to your space through lamps, chairs, and artwork that are sleek and free of frilly ornamentation.

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Ideas

Graphic Patterns

Hand-in-hand with organic forms, geometric shapes and patterns were just as important to the designers of the Mid-Century Modern era. Nothing spelled groovy more than graphic patterns – imagine wild curves, boomerangs, kidneys, and spiky starbursts.

For your bedroom, don’t be afraid to experiment with pattern. Invite geometry into your space through your art, pillows, or even wallpaper.

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Mix Materials

The mid-century was all about shattering norms. No one wanted their mother’s matching bedroom set anymore. Designers were embracing new materials like plywood, metal, glass, and even molded plastics. These materials were often mixed together and juxtaposed in the same room or even same piece of furniture.

Mixing materials and even different kinds of furniture are great Mid-Century Modern bedroom ideas. Incorporate pieces made of wood, metal, leather and even fabrics that appeal to you. Don’t be afraid to use pieces in creative ways, like a chair as a nightstand, or a bench as an accent table.

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Ideas

Earth Tones and Primary Colors

When bringing Mid-Century Modern bedroom ideas to life, be sure to play with color. If you want a more authentic take on a Mid-Century bedroom, skip the pastels or jewel tones. Instead, embrace the colors of choice of the Mid-Century era.

Mid-Century designers loved earth tones like brown, rust, and green combined with the primary colors of red, blue, and yellow. Play with these hues in your accents (like pillows and art) or even invite them in bolder ways (like wall color or a statement rug).

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Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Ideas

Retro-inspired Accents

Create your special Mid-Century Modern signature by infusing retro-inspired accents into your space. It isn’t difficult to find contemporary pieces with a Mid-Century edge, items like a Sputnik chandelier or an Eames-style side chair are sure to do the trick.

 

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3 Ways to Hang Art Above Your Bed

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When it comes to designing your home, the space most people look to first is the living room. No surprise there. Your living room is likely the space you spend the most time in – it’s where you host guests, hang out with your family, or curl up with a book or TV show at the end of the day.

But, let’s talk for a minute about bedrooms. We’re already knee-deep in 2019, and if you resolved to give your home a little design-love, don’t write off your bedroom just yet. After all, this is your space to relax and unwind from a hectic day – it deserves a little extra special design treatment.

If a full bedroom makeover isn’t in the cards for you right now, that’s ok! One of our favorite (and the easiest) places to give your bedroom some love, is with that big, blank wall above your bed frame. Give your space a mini upgrade by crowning that space with a piece of art. This will not only give your room a design pick-me-up, it will also set the tone for the rest of the space.

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Fresh out of bedroom wall art ideas? Don’t worry, just like your cozy duvet, we’ve got you covered. Read on for three quick ideas on how to hang art above and around your bed!

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1. Statement Art

One of the easiest bedroom wall art ideas is to hang one amazing piece of art in the center of that empty space above your bed.

This simple approach works in most bedrooms, but be sure to take several factors into consideration. The piece you choose will set the tone for the rest of your space, so make sure it’s something you like and won’t wind up clashing with other elements of your space. It can help to start by thinking about the colors, subject matter, and scale you want for the piece.

And while you might love a number of artworks, it’s also important to make sure it will fit and feel balanced in your space. Do you have a tall headboard? Is your bed wide or narrow? Consider a piece that’s about two-thirds the width of your headboard with a landscape orientation for a more balanced look.

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2. Flanking Art

Perhaps you have an impressively high headboard or you simply fear being bonked on the head by a falling picture. If that’s the case, a pair of artworks flanking your nightstands is a great alternative.

One of our favorite bedroom wall art ideas, try this approach if your bed has room to host a nightstand on either side. Give it a go by centering your art above your nightstands. Try to make sure you hang them at the same heigh for maximum symmetry.

For a more petite room, try artworks that are narrower than your nightstand. If you’ve got a lot of space, or just like a bit of drama, go for two oversized pendant pieces. If you want a more classic look, try picking two pieces from a matching set with the same frame and dimensions. Feeling more eclectic? Consider two pieces united only by their color palette or with different frames.

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Regular bedroom wall art ideas not your jam? Here are 6 other things you can hang above your bed.

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3. Ascending Gallery Wall

If you prefer something less matchy-matchy, embrace the ascending gallery wall. Create yours from multiple pieces of art and group them around your favorite side of the bed.

This approach will draw your eye upward and make a low-ceiling room look taller. It’s also a great way to create visual balance if your bed is pushed up against a wall on one side.

When you choose your pieces, make certain that they are united by a theme, color palette or both. Need help? Modsy designers can curate a look for you. All you have to do is bring it to life!

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Year in Review: Our 30 Best Home Design Ideas of 2018

design ideasAnother year is almost up and here’s hoping we all have something to show for it. Maybe you finally broke a bad habit (binge watching hours of Netflix?) or started a good one (you’re never too old to start flossing!), or maybe you’re excited to start 2019 fresh with a new resolution to tackle.

As the year wraps up, these last few days of 2018 are a great time to reflect on all that we accomplished (or would still like to, as the case may be). To celebrate the end of another year, we’re looking back at our favorite design ideas of 2018 and compiling the best into one place. So, if you’re heading into next year with out a plan of attack, here are 30 bite-sized home design ideas to help you get the ball rolling.

From creative ways to fill blank walls, to the best small space hacks, here are 30 of our best home design ideas of 2018. Read on to get inspired and find an idea (or two) worth adding to your 2019 resolution list.

Top Home Design Ideas of 2018:

  1. Stop making these coffee table mistakes
  2. Or consider if you really need a coffee table at all 
  3. If you can’t give up binge watching, at least do this 
  4. Cure your fear of buying furniture online
  5. But ask these 4 questions first 
  6. Stop making your small space look smaller 
  7. Make 2019 the year of no clutter
  8. Stop forgetting about this room
  9. Don’t follow trends. Set them
  10. Just say no to boring, blank walls
  11. Quit living vicariously through your Pinterest boards
  12. Hate your rug? Try one of these
  13. Embrace your decorating decidophobia
  14. Instead of collecting shot glasses, bring your vacation home with you this way
  15. Give your gallery wall an upgrade
  16. When it comes to this bedroom essential, know that size does matter
  17. Think outside the box for this bedroom must-have
  18. Find a new use for this do-it-all piece of furniture 
  19. Actually get 8 hours of sleep with these tips
  20. Moving? Here’s how to make it easy
  21. Go green with your decor
  22. On a budget? Don’t settle for an ugly rug 
  23. Let your kids help you design your living room 
  24. Designing your home? Explore all your options the easy way
  25. Is this kind of bed frame right for you?
  26. Find the right layout for your room
  27. Don’t let your tiny bedroom hold you back
  28. Can’t be bothered with a full redesign? Make small updates instead 
  29. Go big with wall art or go home 
  30. Finally discover your home design style

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Our Designers’ Best Interior Design Tips For Small Apartments

apartment design ideasTrying to make a new apartment feel like home can be hard, especially when the space you have to work with is small. It doesn’t help that you (usually) can’t make permanent changes. And to top it off, your place might have strange dimensions or awkward features that you have no clue what to do with… Ugh!

Fortunately, Modsy Designers have seen it all. We’re sharing the following small apartment design ideas from our home design playbook to help you tackle your space in style.

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1. Light It Up With Wall Sconces

If you’re looking for small apartment design ideas involving lighting, wall sconces are the way to go. These babies light up your home without wasting valuable floor space or table surface area (unlike a chunkier table lamp).

What’s even better? Many wall sconce options can be plugged into the wall so you don’t have to worry about the whole wiring issue. Some even swivel, giving you extra flexibility with your lighting.

Read This Next: 6 Temporary Decorating Ideas for Renters

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2. Keep Furniture Off the Floor

Kind of like how your mom used to say “keep your feet off the sofa,” one of the best apartment design ideas involves keeping your furniture off the floor.

Why? Because nothing makes a small space look even smaller like a bulky sofa plopped right on the floor. Instead, try using furniture that sits high up off the floor to make your small space look roomier. Pieces with long tapered legs, like this sofa, are a perfect choice. (Psst! This is also a reason why the Mid-Century Modern trend is so popular in urban cities where homes are a lot smaller.)

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3. Layer a Rug Over Your Carpet

One of the best small apartment design ideas is to cover the unattractive floor with a pretty rug. This works whether you have hardwood, tile or carpet that’s just not doing it for you.

Not only does a rug add style, but it also helps define zones in your layout. Plus, rugs are easy to roll up and transport, meaning you can invest knowing you’ll be able to your next place.

Read This Next: How much should you spend on a rug?

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4. Divide Your Space With Your Furniture

Many small apartments don’t have separate dining and living rooms (or even separate bedrooms if you’re living the studio life). But you can still create different “zones” using your furniture to divide the space.

Among the best small apartment design ideas is using the back of your sofa to act like a wall that divides one large living/dining room into two separate areas. Another of our favorite tricks is to use a bookcase as a divider between your bedroom and living spaces. Voila – your studio apartment is now a one bedroom!

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5. Try an Irregular Rug

Sometimes it’s best to skip a rectangular rug and embrace an irregular option instead. After all, a rug that is clearly too big or too small will just draw attention to the size of your room.

Instead, try an irregularly shaped rug, such as a cowhide or even a round rug. This will create a sense of flow and fill most of the floor space without drawing attention to the small size of your room.

apartment design ideas6. Opt for Clear Furniture

When you can’t make more space, you can always employ some apartment design ideas that make it look like you have more space. The oldest trick in the interior designer’s handbook? Clear furniture!

Opting for pieces made of glass or acrylic is a great way to trick the eye into thinking your space is larger than it is. So skip the bulky wooden coffee table in favor of a glass or acrylic option. It’ll make your space look more open and airy – which in turn will help it feel larger!

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7. Prop Up Artwork

Renting an apartment often means you can’t put holes in the walls. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the chance to display beautiful art in your home! Instead, just put the artwork on a dresser or shelf and lean it against the wall.

This is also a great trick to create a slightly more eclectic vibe in your space. Not worried about making holes? Try leaning one piece of art against another hung on the wall for a layered look.

Read This Next: 5 Creative Ways to fill Blank Walls

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8. Use Your Space Vertically

You may not have a lot of square footage in your apartment, but you can make the absolute most of it by going vertical. For instance, one of tour favorite small apartment design ideas is using bookcases in creative ways!

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apartment design ideas

Bookcases make use of your space vertically so you can maximize storage while minimizing use of floor space. Want to take it a step further? Try swapping your nightstand or side table for a bookcase. Even consider finding a bookcase with a built in desk option!

If you’re having trouble visualizing these small apartment ideas in your own home, let Modsy help! We use 3d renderings to show you how new furniture and décor will look in your exact room, ensuring you don’t waste time and money buying items that won’t fit or look good in your home.

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