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The Dos and Don’ts of Picking a Coffee Table for your Living Room

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Coffee tables – just like snowflakes and people – come in all shapes, styles, and sizes. It’s great having so many to choose from. But all those options can also make picking a coffee table feel totally overwhelming.

But don’t stress over your coffee table conundrum just yetWe tried on 8 coffee tables in Modsy 3D to show you the dos and don’ts of pairing this living room duo.

Want to try on coffee tables in your living room? With a Modsy design package you can see how all kinds of furniture will look and fit in your exact space. Picking a coffee table has never been so easy!

The Coffee Table Don’ts

Picking a coffee table dos1. Don’t go too large

What makes sectional sofas extra tricky is finding a coffee table that fits nicely into that little nook of space in front.

This coffee table, as lovely as it is, is way out of proportion with our sofa, and we lose our ability to easily move around the space. Next please!

Picking a coffee table dos2. Don’t go too small

The opposite end of the spectrum, a coffee table that’s too small leaves much to be desired.

While the Delfia Coffee Table fits nicely into the space in front, it still feels out of proportion to our sofa and misses an opportunity to make the most out of that precious real estate. Where will everyone put their drinks?

Picking a coffee table dos3. Don’t go too tall

The height of your coffee table is also super important to consider. Too short and you’ll be stooping low to grab the remote. Too tall and you might find yourself constantly banging your knees!

A good – and simple – rule is look for coffee tables about 1 to 2 inches lower than the height of your sofa seat. A quick glance at this pairing, and we can easily see the Clairemont Coffee Table is too tall for our sofa. Next option!

Picking a coffee table dos4. Don’t go too wide

Another sectional-specific problem is finding a coffee table with the right length.

Ideally, you don’t want your coffee table to be wider than your sofa, so look for options with a width less than the distance between the chaise and armrest of your sofa. While we love the Go-Cart coffee table, it juts out past the arm of our sofa and feels awkward in the space.

 

The Coffee Table Dos

Picking a coffee table dos1. Do break up the angles

Round or rectangular aren’t your only options when it comes to coffee tables. Think outside the box and try grouping a few side tables together in front of your sofa.

This is a great way to break up all the straight lines of a sectional sofa.Have company over? Easily move the tables around when and where you need them. 

Read This Next: 7 Reasons Why You Don’t Need a Coffee Table

Picking a coffee table dos2. Do sneak in hidden storage

This coffee table has a secret. What could it be? Hidden storage!

A great pick for households with kiddos, coffee tables with hidden storage make for great hiding spaces to stash clutter in a pinch. Also a friend to small spaces, the wooden top on this coffee table is actually a lid that pops off to reveal gloriously inconspicuous storage.

Picking a coffee table dos3. Do open up small spaces

If you’re in a pinch for living room real estate, it’s a good idea to try an eliminate any extra visual clutter.

How do you do this? Choose pieces with elevated and open bases (like the Avery Coffee Table from West Elm). Mirrored or glass surfaces are another great hack, as they reflect light around your room and will help it feel more airy.

Read This Next: Small Space Hacks for Your Living Room

Picking a coffee table dos4. Do incorporate extra seating

Ok, this one is not really a coffee table per se, but there’s no rule that says you can’t use an ottoman, like this leather option, in place of your coffee table.

A great option for low sofas, simply plop a tray on top to hold remotes or books, and you’ve got yourself a coffee table. You can even use it as extra seating when you have guests over. 

Bonus: Ottomans as coffee tables are also great for homes with young kids or babies. No sharp corners mean no owies!

Need help finding the best coffee table for your sofa?

With Modsy, you can try out as many coffee tables as you like without purchasing a single one. See all your options in an exact 3D version of your room and then shop your favorite pieces knowing exactly how they’ll look and fit. Ready to get started?

4 Kid-Friendly Design Tips to Get Your Home Back-to-School Ready

Wow, another new school year is upon us! That means now is a great time to get your home organized so you and your little ones can sail smoothly into the year ahead.

But how can your home help make the back-to-school transition a breeze? You might be surprised, but a few small changes now can go along way once school starts and your schedules fill up.

Ready to get your home in back to school shape? Here are 4 of our favorite kids design ideas to help you start the year off right!

Kids Design Ideas1. Get Your Family Room In Shape

For many households, back-to-school time means an onslaught of school supplies, books, backpacks, lunch boxes, toys and more. And while a new school year is exciting, all that new clutter that comes with it might leave you feeling less than great.

To help keep clutter at bay, dedicate your family room as the central location for “stuff.” This will provide a space where both kids and parents can relax, unwind, play, watch TV.

It helps to have a lot of organization built into a room like this so incorporating furniture that doubles as storage is a great way to make the most of your space! Consider storage ottomans, coffee tables with built in storage or shelves, bookshelves, entertainment systems and other functional design items.

Read This Next: 8 Ways to Make Your Living Room a Playroom

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2. Consider Foot Traffic

This might seem like a simple detail, but the truth is that getting out of the home on time sometimes simply boils down to getting the kids out the door!

If you’re redesigning your living area, consider the flow of traffic through your house. Is there a relatively clear path from different rooms to the main door you use for entry and exit? Whether this is your front, back, or even garage door, a “drop zone” that’s easy to navigate and with lots of small storage can make all the difference.

Modsy can help you find the best layout idea for your space so you can create an attractive and functional design in your home.

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

Kids Design Ideas3. Tackle the Study Spots

Back-to-school season means your kids are getting back to their studies! To help them ace this school year, consider creating a dedicated area for homework, studying, and reading.

If a study space in their bedrooms doesn’t make sense, you can also decide on a shared study/desk area in the family room or another communal area. Just make sure that each person has enough storage space for their school supplies to keep the area tidy and functional.

Take a look at their rooms – do they each have a dedicated desk/workspace and ample shelf space for books, projects, etc? You might want to consider how you can fit these items into each of their rooms so that they can make their studies a main focus of the year.

Kids Design Ideas4. Refresh the Kids’ Rooms

As your kiddos grow up, sometimes their rooms need updating to keep up. The start of school is a great time to reorganize and refresh their rooms to get them excited for the year to come!

Maybe it’s time to repaint those hot pink walls. Or perhaps they’ve outgrown their old bunk bed. Just like getting a new outfit for their first day, refreshing their room can be a great way to start the school year. Modsy can help you plan a layout that feels great and also help with all the storage and organization so that it’s not only fun, but functional!

Read This Next: 8 Cool Kids Bedroom Ideas

These are just a few tips to help you head into the school year with renewed energy and a tidy, well-organized home! Check out Modsy’s 3D renderings that can help you get a feel for the layout and design options in your home!

Need help designing a kid-friendly room in your home?

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Nursery Design 101: 6 Things to Consider For Your Little One’s New Space

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Designing a nursery is no walk in the park. From safety measures to smart decor decisions, from finding a functional layout to pulling the room together, new parents have their work cut out for them. Not to mention, this all has to happen on a tight timeline.

At Modsy, we’ve worked with many expecting moms and dads to design their first nursery. As such, we know that safety, functionality, and timing are essential parts of the process. There are actually a lot of nursery design do’s and don’ts that you might not know about.

Here, we break down a few of the essential things to consider when designing a nursery. Read on for some nursery ideas for your space!

nursery ideas1. Take Your Time Finding the Right Chair

The ultimate nursery essential, gliders and rockers are a great spot to soothe, feed, and snuggle your baby. While these come in many styles, it’s important to find the right option for you.

The main factors to consider are comfort, durability, and safety. While the perfect option looks different for everyone, many parents appreciate options with an ottoman or footrest for easier rocking, a tall back to lean their heads against, and wide armrests for more comfortable nursing.

Designer Tip: Finding your perfect glider or rocker can often take some time, so consider getting a jump on this one earlier to be sure it arrives in time.

Read this next: Before & After: From Breakfast Nook to Charming Nursery

nursery ideas2. Fill in the Details Later

Unlike designing your own room, where you can take your sweet time, a baby on the way might leave you feeling the pressure to get the nursery done ASAP.

And while there are a few pieces that are more essential than others (think changing table), it’s ok if the whole space doesn’t come together by the time baby arrives. Instead of rushing to purchase pieces you’re not 100% in love with, focus on the most important parts first, and fill in the details later.

For example, the crib is one piece of furniture that some parents choose to forgo for the first few months. Instead, many parents choose to have their baby sleep in their bedroom either in a bassinet or co-sleeper at first. If this is you, rest a little easier knowing that your crib is one purchase that can come a tad later.

3. Create a Cozy Space

Once you’ve got all the essentials squared away, it’s time to focus on the fun part – decorating your nursery!

No matter if you go pink, blue, gender-neutral, or animal themed, finding the perfect decor scheme is one of the best parts about designing a nursery.

Consider fun wall art, sticker decals, mobiles, and all the small touches that make this the cutest and coziest room in your house.

Designer Tip: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents to avoid pillows and blankets in cribs. Instead, try placing a few throw pillows or blankets on your glider to give your space an extra cozy touch!

nursery ideas4. Skip The Changing Table

Rather than sinking your money into a changing table that will be obsolete after several years, consider purchasing a dresser with a changing table topper instead. This provides the same surface and function as a changing table but will have staying power as your nursery becomes a kid’s bedroom.

5. Invest In A Durable Rug

Just like a dresser, a soft and durable rug can prove to be a great investment. Find one that’s soft to the touch but stands up to lots of wear and tear so that you can keep using it as a foundation in the room (or any space) post toddler years.

As your nursery will likely be a space your baby spends a lot of time playing in, be sure to consider the composition of the rug you choose. An option that is not only durable but easy to clean will likely make you happy in the long run. Also consider that certain materials and dyes (especially synthetic ones) can potentially off-gas VOCs which are not great for avid crawlers.

nursery ideas6. Don’t Jump At Stain-Resistant Furniture

It’s tempting to go for an armchair or sofa that’s been treated with stain-resistant coating, but make sure to take time to do your research.

Just like rugs, many stain and water repellent sprays used on furniture may contain chemicals and toxins that can be harmful to newborns, so make sure to read the fine print and confirm your protected furniture is non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and baby-safe.

Need help finding nursery ideas for your space?

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How Modsy’s CEO Turned Her Breakfast Nook into a Charming Nursery Design

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In preparation for their first baby, Modsy CEO Shanna Tellerman and her husband, West, were in need of a nursery design. Like all expecting parents, they knew it would be a project that required time and attention. But, between life and busy work schedules, the project quickly began to feel overwhelming.

Enter our Modsy design team, who swooped in to help Shanna and her husband with the heavy-lifting. The challenge? Designing a space that worked for all their needs – from devising a layout inside what was previously their breakfast nook, to finding perfect-fit furniture.

Here, Shanna shares her nursery design journey as an expecting mom and a few lessons she learned along the way while working with the team to create a petite and charming nursery nook in her home.

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Given their home’s odd layout of rooms, Shanna and her husband decided to turn their breakfast nook into the nursery for their new baby.

Lesson 1: Every Space Has Design Potential

“We live in a San Francisco cottage-style home on a very steep hill, which means it has an unusual layout. Our bedroom is on the first floor and there are two more bedrooms one floor below. We definitely did not want to put the nursery downstairs as it would be too far from our bedroom. Of course, this left us with very few options for where it could go…

We have a breakfast nook next to our bedroom, but it is fairly small and has an awkward shape with tricky dimensions. Given that, we hadn’t considered it seriously as a possibility for the nursery, but after giving it some thought, we realized this nook was the perfect spot all along.

Not only was it right outside our bedroom, it also has great windows and gets beautiful light. So, despite the unusual shape and size, we decided to figure out the best way to make use of the space as our new nursery. It’s a good thing we didn’t rule it out from the start!”

“This felt like the perfect room for Modsy since we wanted to envision how an unusual space with tricky dimensions could go from a functioning kitchen seating area into a cozy nursery.”

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Above left: A Modsy rendering of the breakfast nook-turned-nursery with furnishings that combining Shanna’s rustic style and her husband’s more modern taste. Right: After photo of Shanna’s real-life nursery now, fully furnished.

Lesson 2: You Can Have a Vision And Still Struggle With It

“Like many new moms-to-be, I spent my fair share of time gathering inspiration on Pinterest. I found that I really liked all the gender-neutral nurseries with gray tones, but my husband and I also wanted some splashes of color to keep the space bright and lively.

That’s when I realized we didn’t actually have a strong vision for how we wanted the space to look. As much as I thought we knew what we wanted, it became clear to me that we needed help finding products and pulling the actual space together. After all, this is our first baby and first nursery!”

Struggling to design your nursery? Modsy designers can help you imagine the possibilities for your space. Click here to start your project.

nursery designsLesson 3: Trust (And Enjoy!) The Design Process

“When our Modsy team stepped in to help with the nursery design, I was reminded how designing a space is never an instant journey from zero to perfection. It’s not about everything being exactly the way I want, right from the start; it’s about being open to fresh perspectives and surprises. And as it was, I wanted all the input I could get.

The next thing I knew, the team surprised us with an initial 3D design that was so sweet and spot-on, that my husband and I immediately fell in love. In particular, we loved the baby animal prints on the back wall. These were not part of our plan, but seeing them in the space (virtually) helped us decide to give the nursery an animal theme.”

“[My husband] West was involved at every step. There were moments when I got really hung up deciding between the different options for our space, and he was always good at making a final call.”

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After seeing baby animal prints in their 3D design, Shanna and her husband decided to go with an animal theme in their nursery design.

Lesson 4: Finding The Right Furniture Is Worth Your Time

“I’m not going to lie, I did a TON of research on baby furniture because I wanted to ensure the pieces we chose would be safe and functional. But I was nonetheless amazed to learn that we really only needed to purchase three key pieces: A bassinet, a recliner, and a changing table. This actually made perfect sense for our small space and was really everything we needed.

One of the first things I learned as an expecting mom, which may be obvious to everyone else, was that babies don’t sleep in cribs until they’re six months or older. This was actually a relief given our tiny space. So instead, we purchased the Halo Swivel Sleeper bassinet that can easily be moved from our room to the nursery (we’ll hold off on tackling the crib until we set up the baby’s downstairs bedroom).

Recliners are very much a personal choice, and my research really helped me understand which features most people appreciate. We knew we wanted one with a footrest and a tall back that we could lean our heads against. I was able to pass this information on to the team, and they helped us find an option – the DaVinci Olive Swivel Glider – that perfectly fit our needs.

Knowing what furniture we needed really helped things come together quickly. Then, we were able to focus on the fun part – accessorizing the space!”

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“Safety and functionality concerns are a big part of the decision-making process for many new parents when designing a nursery. I realized that the more I was able to communicate my ideas and hesitations about the design along the way, the easier it became for my designer to understand what the perfect nursery was for me.”  

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nursery designs

Lesson 5: Personal Touches Make All The Difference

“Our parents sent us a big box of all the books they read us when we were young (some are even the original copies). We filled the bookshelves with them to make it a prominent part of the space.

We love that our nursery is filled with memories from our own childhoods. It’s the perfect special touch that helps personalize the space.”

nursery designsLesson 6: Always Leave Room to Grow (And Redesign!)

“We definitely hope to keep several parts of the room throughout our baby’s childhood. And we specifically picked pieces that would have longevity beyond the nursery years.

The changing table is actually the Ever Simple Wide Dresser with a perfectly fitted changing table topper from Crate & Kids. We really liked this option because we can secure and remove the topper as needed, and even convert the whole thing into a regular dresser once we move beyond the diaper phase.

We chose the Denim Rag Rug from Dash & Albert because it’s especially durable (it can withstand traffic and is easy to clean) and it added the right color and warmth to the space. The side table, animal prints, and bookshelves are all super versatile and will also likely make the move into a toddler and, eventually, big kid room as well.

Ultimately, everything we chose for this room could be used again if we have a second child in a few years because we’ve kept it so gender neutral – and we love that.”

Shop Shanna’s Nursery Look

Need help finding the perfect nursery design for your space?

Starting at just $59, we can help you envision your little one’s nursery in an exact 3D version of your space. Modsy designers can show you how different layouts and products will look in your space, and you can shop your look all in one checkout, knowing exactly how everything will look and fit in your space.

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Make It Multipurpose – 5 Ways to Work a Bench in Your Space

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When you think bench you probably imagine something in a park or what you pull up to the kids table during holidays. And while many people think of a bench as just a bench – an afterthought to other staples of home decor – with a few clever bench decor ideas, a bench can easily become your favorite piece of furniture.

Benches are incredibly versatile and can be used in so many different ways. This makes them great investment pieces as you can repurpose them over and over when you move or get tired of seeing it in one spot.

Using one of our favorite multipurpose benches from Unison, we rounded up 5 of our favorite bench decor ideas to show you the many amazing ways to put a bench to work in your home.

Read on for 5 bench decor ideas and see if there’s a place for this versatile piece in your home.

bench decor ideas1. Seat in an Entryway

In busy households, there’s always a lot of traffic at the front door. A bench is a handy place to sit while taking off or putting on your shoes. They also have that handy area underneath the seat where you can put a basket to keep clutter tidy and out of the way, but still accessible when you need it.

We love the look of Unison’s Stippled Black Bench – it’s plush and comfy and the dark, textured fabric is great for kid-friendly households.

Need a little extra help containing the entryway clutter? Try a storage bench for a convenient place to stash winter boots, shoes, or umbrellas in a pinch!

bench decor ideas2. Coffee Table

Plot twist – You can even use a bench in place of a coffee table.

If that’s a puzzling notion, picture this: benches are ideal for small spaces where you need what little furniture you can fit, to pack an extra punch. By using a bench – like this Mesh Gray number from Unison – you get the same amount of surface area as a coffee table, but you can also use it as a foot rest or extra seating for guests.

Stylist tip: Place a tray on top of your bench to create a more sturdy surface to rest drinks and TV remotes.

bench decor ideas3. Tucked Behind the Sofa

If you’ve ever dabbled in the advanced art of “floating” a sofa – not a magic trick but a layout hack that can do wonders for your living room – then you may have asked yourself, what the heck do I do with the empty space in the back?

And – you guessed it – one way to have your sofa’s back is with a bench! This gives you another space for storage, a place for guests to put their purses or jackets, and can be easily pulled into the main living space as an extra seat for company.

Read this next: 4 Ways to Fill the Empty Space Behind Your Sofa

bench decor ideas4. Anchor at the Foot of the Bed

Every bedroom needs a place to sleep, but fully functional rooms also give you a place to sit while you get ready.

One of our favorite bench decor ideas is to place a bench at the foot of your bed. This gives you somewhere to sit and put on your shoes, plan your outfit, or plop your purse or bag at the end of the day (and keep your bed clear and clean!). A bench at the end of the bed is not only an attractive addition to your room, it’s practical as well.

Read this next: 7 Ways to Add Seating to Your Bedroom

bench decor ideas5. Room Divider

Open floor plans are great if you want a breezy space with great flow. However, they can cause a bit of a design conundrum if you struggle to separate the space into distinct zones.

If this sounds familiar, try using a bench to create a sense of division between the dining area and living areas, or the play space and entertaining room. Unlike a full wall, it won’t add any visual bulk to your space, and you can still appreciate the open layout while creating distinct zones or “rooms within rooms” in your space.

Explore Your 3D Home

Are you struggling to redesign your home? When you sign up for a Modsy design package, you’ll get expert design plans laid out in a 3D version of your home. Then you can shop your look, knowing exactly how all the pieces will look and fit in your home.

Ready for a design experience that’s guess-free and stress-free?

Moving Made Easy – 5 Home Design Tips to Simplify Your Summer Move

Moving Tips – Designing a new home You’re crazy excited to be moving, and crazy stressed out by just how much there is to do. Sound familiar? We’ve been there. In all the stress of relocating, it’s sometimes hard to remember that finding your new home can be fun and exciting. Cut down on stress and focus on having fun with these summer moving tips.

Read on for 5 moving tips that will make designing your new space a breeze!

1. Take Inventory

Before you spend all that time packing and lugging around things you don’t need, it’s time to hit pause and take inventory os all the furniture and decor you’ve already got.

  • Take stock of all things seen and unseen. Time to drag out the stuff hiding under the bed, in the attic, and other tucked-away places!
  • Divide and conquer. If you feel overwhelmed, call in reinforcements to help you decide what stays and what needs to go.
  • Sort your items into groups. Label boxes with sharpie or use a label-maker to help organize. For boxes of items you intend to take with you, this will help you and the movers sort everything out on moving day.

2. Make Room

Now that you know what you’ve got, it’s time to decide what stays and what goes.

While this task may seems stressful, it can be helpful to think of it as an opportunity to declutter and start fresh! Even though it can be hard to let go, the freedom that comes with clearing out is well worth the effort.

When in doubt about whether to keep something, ask yourself:

  • How often do you use it? That furniture that’s been stuck in the attic or garage for years? That artwork you didn’t even remember that you had until you found it shoved under your bed? If you haven’t used it or missed it, it might be time to let it go.

Consider a garage sale to put extra cash toward your move, or donate your items to clear out stuff fast and do some good.

Moving tips – plan your layout3. Consider Your New Home’s Layout

If you’ve ever moved before, you might know how stressful it can be to live out of boxes with all your possessions shoved into the middle of the room. Instead, consider putting one of our favorite moving tips to work – plan your layout before you even move in.

We know what you might be thinking – Moving is stressful enough, there’s no way I can get my act together and plan my layout! But what if we told you that you don’t have to? Just snap a few photos of your new space and send them to Modsy and we can help you design your space, long before you move in.

This way, you’ll know exactly where everything goes on move-in day.

Looking for layout help? Check out our Layout Guide series to see solves for rooms of all shapes and sizes.

Moving Tips– Envision the possibilities4. Have Fun Envisioning Your New Space

And while you’re planning a layout, you can also have fun envisioning your future space! A move can be a great opportunity to explore different design options and define (or redefine!) your style.

Consider your new space a blank canvas. The possibilities for it are endless! So go ahead and dream up the perfect space for your taste and lifestyle.

Short on creative energy after all that work? Modsy Designers are ready to help you bring the possibilities for your new space to life with 3D home design. See your new space designed with real furniture and know exactly how it will look and fit, all before you move in.

Read this next: How I Designed My Home Before My Move-In Date

5. Ship to Your Door, No Moving Truck Required

Transporting furniture is one of the most expensive, time-consuming and complicated parts of moving. Consider instead one of our favorite moving tips, and have your new furniture delivered straight to your new address, no moving truck needed.

When you shop through Modsy, our concierge shopping service can even help coordinate your deliveries based on your move-in date!

Got a trick or two up your sleeve? Share your moving tips in the comments below!

Ready to get moving on your new space?

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5 Storage Ideas To Ready Your Entry For Summer

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With summer in full swing (finally!) it’s time to step outside and soak up all that the season has to offer. No doubt you’ve been heading in and out of the house a lot more for beach days, picnics in the park, and summer evenings out with friends.

Read this next: 15 Easy Updates to Summer-ize Your Space 

So, make sure your entry is prepped for your on-the-go summer lifestyle by keeping it organized and functional. We’re offering up 5 easy entryway storage ideas that will turn it into the perfect hub and a practical yet stylish checkpoint for summer.

Ready to get your entryway into summer-shape? Read on for 5 of our best entryway storage ideas!

entryway storage ideas1. Add Breezy Catchalls

If you’re looking for easy, good-looking storage that doesn’t crowd up your entry, woven baskets are a great way to go. They’re an easy addition that’s guaranteed to add both function and a summery vibe to your entry.

They’re great for holding everything from your daily yoga mat to umbrellas and beach towels, or they make perfect hampers for dirty shoes and sandals that you don’t want to drag into the house.

Stylist Tip: Squeeze a few baskets into tight corners, line them up side by side, or even stack several small lidded ones on top of each other.

entryway storage ideas2. Hang It All Up

Work in some wall hooks and hanging shelves with coat racks in your entry to give yourself easy access to all your summer totes, beach towels, bike bags, backpacks, and light jackets. This not only helps you save on floor space but it also provides a place for all your summer essentials.

Stylist Tip: Make the most of your entryway by thinking vertically. Line up a row of hooks along one wall then add shelves above for even more storage space.

entryway storage ideas3. Ready Kid-Friendly Storage

Need your entry to be functional and family-friendly? Add a storage bench (or tuck a few baskets under a regular bench) so that your kids have their own designated space for stashing sandals, beach toys, and even swimming trunks. With a bench, you also have the added bonus of a seat in the entry for little ones to put on and take off their shoes.

Stylist Tip: For maximum functionality, incorporate wall hooks above your storage bench, which will turn your entry into a mini mudroom that has enough storage for the whole family.

entryway storage ideas4. Make For a Double-Duty Vanity

Add a console table and hang a mirror above it to give yourself a makeshift vanity where you can do a last-minute wardrobe checks before you dash out to all your summer parties. Use the surface for trays, bowls, and catchalls that can hold sunglasses, jewelry, and keys that you’ll need whenever you head out.

Stylist Tip: Choose an open-base console that allows you to squirrel away two ottomans underneath it for moveable seating. No need for perches? Bring in baskets instead for additional storage that’s also attractive.

entryway storage ideas5. Create a Convenient Storage Station

If you have a spacious entry, anchor it with a dresser or a storage chest that conceals all your everyday on-the-go essentials — be it extra chargers, notebooks, or blankets that you can fold and tuck away.

The best part about a storage chest is that you can also use it as a seasonal extension of your bedroom closet. Sneak in extra storage by using your entryway to hold extra summer scarves, sarongs, and light cardigans.

Stylist Tip: A storage chest alone is all function, but you can dress it up to be a focal point by bookending it with two chairs and adding a mirror or pretty art. To add durability, lay down a natural-fiber runner or rug to give your entry a relaxed summer vibe.

 

Need some entryway storage ideas for your space?

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15 Ways to Refresh Your Home For Summer

decor ideas for summerNow that summer is here, it’s time to swap out those heavy layers at home to make way for brighter, airier rooms. Many people actually switch up their home decor with every new season—from adding more colorful pillows to even switching up their furnishings. But if you’re looking for decor ideas for summer that won’t require a full home makeover we’ve got you covered.

Ready for some simple ways to turn your interiors from cozy and cuddly to breezy and oh-so relaxing? We’ve rounded up 15 of our favorite decor ideas for summer that are sure to do the trick!

5 Simple Ways to Freshen Up Your Spaces

1. Bring in plants and blooms

Nothing beats a healthy dose of leafy greenery and fresh flowers for giving your home an airy look and feel. Spread them across rooms on counters, windowsills, and side tables for a pop of color that also brings the outdoors in.

2. Pull back those curtains

One of the easiest (and cheapest)decor ideas for summer, open your windows and let in the sunlight! This is an easy way to lighten and brighten your rooms and make them appear more spacious and open.

3. Array scented candles

Just as you would during the winter, add candles that have a light, fresh scent throughout your home—think kitchen counter, bathroom, bedside table, and even your fireplace mantel.

4. Hang art with summer vibes

Be it an ocean landscape painting or beach photographs, adding art that’s evocative of the season will create a relaxed focal point that eases up a space and expands the view in a room.

5. Make mirror magic

Add a large mirror to any room to help reflect more light and create an illusion of more space. On a smaller scale, mirrored pieces (like side tables or decorative objects) can also help spread light and add a touch of glimmer to your space.

5 Great Textures To Bring In for Summer

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1. Go for Natural Fiber

There’s no arguing that a natural fiber option is the top choice for a summer rug that’s both durable and stylish. The tight texture gives it an overall relaxed look and feel. Find the right one for your space with our natural fiber rug guide.

2. Work in woven accents

Opt for furnishings and accents that embrace classic summer textures, such as rattan and wicker. Traditionally used in indoor-outdoor verandas, these materials have a way of conjuring up a home in the tropics. One of our favorite wicker and rattan-rocking spaces? Blanche’s bedroom from Golden Girls.

3. Lean into linen

There’s a reason this is the fabric of choice for summer. Linen is light and breathable and it gets softer with use, which makes it ideal for hot summer days. One of our favorite decor ideas for summer, swap in linen pillows, throws, bedding, and even slipcovers for seats as you shed those heavier winter layers.

4. Opt for light woods

Whitewashed or weathered woods have major beach-house appeal. Try a distressed wood side table or a white-painted bench or cabinet, which will balance out spaces with a laid-back vibe.

5. Look for clear pieces

Okay, it’s not exactly a texture but transparent materials like glass and acrylic are great especially if you want to make a small space feel more open. Try adding an acrylic coffee table or a glass dining table. Even in a large room, these pieces can minimize visual clutter while also adding a modern edge.

5 Color Ideas to Brighten Your Rooms

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1. Play up blue and white

This classic color combo is both timeless and relaxed and will instantly infuse your rooms with a nautical vibe. Go big with an area rug or keep to small updates like pillows for a nice, crisp pop.

2. Max out with pastels

Love color but aren’t sure about turning up the brightness? Try layering in easy pastel hues, from soothing blues to pale pinks and soft greens. Whether in your pillows, a rug, or small accents, these delicate hues may be subtle but when combined they can pack a visual punch that’s just right.

3. Keep to natural wood tones

Wood pieces that reveal natural graining capture that perfect rustic summer look. Make sure to keep an eye out for natural woods and nubby details for a touch of rich texture.

4. Pops of yellow

Bright colors like yellow can easily feel like a visual overload in a room, so use it strategically in small accents for a nice punch. A sunny-hued sofa, pillows, or even a simple vase can go along way to brighten up any neutral space.

5. Seek out multicolor stripes

It’s a pattern that never goes out of style—and is always one of the winning decor ideas for summer. Look for pieces with stripes in lots of different colors, such as the upholstery or cushion of an armchair, a rug, throw pillows, or a pouf, which will usher in the lively colors of summer.

 

Ready to try some decor ideas for summer in your space?

 

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4 Ways to Escape Inspiration Overload With 3D Home Design

3D Home Design

It’s daunting, isn’t it? You see all the beautifully designed rooms in magazines and on TV and Pinterest, but you just can’t seem to get it right when you tackle your own home.

Not everyone is blessed with the ability to visualize a paint color or a piece of furniture in their space, but that shouldn’t keep you from having your very own perfect space to come home to. New mashups between interior decorating and 3D home design are making it easier for anyone to escape inspiration overload and get the room they really want. Design doesn’t have to be daunting; now it can be easy and fun for anyone.

Thinking about designing your space but not sure where to start? Read on to learn 4 ways 3D home design can make designing your space so much easier.

1. See Everything to Scale

It used to be that two-dimensional mood boards were an interior designer’s standard way of showing off their vision. 3D home design

The problem is that, while it all looks great on the mood board, there’s no sense of scale between the pieces in your space and you still don’t really know how they will all look together in real life.

For example, what may look like a nice little side table in your mood board, could turn out to be way too big for the chair next to it. Or the fabric you picked for the new sofa, which looked great as a swatch, might clash with the rug you chose.

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With 3D home design, you see your exact chair paired with the exact lamp and exact side table, no guessing required.

2. Know How It Looks in Your Space

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could try on sofas like you try on clothes? Unfortunately, instead of just taking a few items into a dressing room, you’d have to rent a moving van, max out all your credit cards to buy all the sofas you’re considering, and then spend all day moving them in and out of your home. Yikes!

With Modsy, a designer can help you try them on in your home in 3D – no heavy lifting required.
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Kevin used Modsy to see how a leather sofa would look in his living room. Check out Kevin’s full story, and learn how he designed his awkward living room using Modsy’s 3D home design services!

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Not only do you see the sofa you want (in your chosen color, size, and shape, of course!), but you can see how it will look and fit in your exact room. Does the upholstery color clash a bit with your wall color? You can find out before you spend a penny on paint and hours applying it to your walls.

3. Shop Directly From Your Designs

You know that moment when you fall in love with a rug or credenza on Pinterest and try to buy it, but it’s nowhere to be found? Or you buy what you think is the perfect piece, take it home and realize it just doesn’t work?

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All that trauma can be avoided when you design and shop your home in 3D with Modsy. No more wondering where that perfect lamp came from, you can buy any piece in your design on the spot!

4. Get Your Room Exactly How You Want It

Probably the most exciting benefit of Modsy’s 3D home design service, is that you don’t have to play it safe because you’re not sure something will look in your space.

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When you can see furniture in your home, you can feel confident in your choices because you know EXACTLY what they look like before you spend a small fortune. That gives you the freedom to try styles and piece you might not otherwise have thought you’d like. Get crazy with a green velvet sofa, try a new wall color just because, and even see how a totally new layout can transform your space – all without lifting a finger.

Ready to try 3D home design for yourself?

With 3D home design, you can take the time and guesswork out of designing a space you love. With Modsy, you can come back to your designs a month or even a year later. No matter if you’re turning a home office into a nursery or simply want to upgrade your sofa – Modsy’s here to help you see the changes.

 

Want to see more of Modsy in the wild? Check out these celebrity spaces

Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment from Sex and the City

Monica’s apartment from Friends

Sonja Morgan’s townhouse from the Real Housewives of New York

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Space-Savvy Solutions For 5 Tiny (and Tricky) Spaces

small room ideasDesigning and furnishing a small space is no walk in the park. Your space may be small, but the number of things to consider is countless! How do I arrange the space? What furniture should I buy? Can I even fit a sofa? Where am I going to store all my stuff? Any and all small room ideas welcome…

Let’s not forget that many small spaces are not only small, but can be kind of awkward. This means you’ve got a tricky layout to crack, making these pint-sized rooms even more of a design dilemma

Every small space comes with it’s own slew of challenges. But with a few clever and creative tricks up your sleeve, you can design a functional and stylish space.

We’ve rounded up 5 of the tiniest (and trickiest) spaces we’ve seen, and break down how our designers tackled them. Take a peek below for some inspo and small room ideas from our designers.

Ready for a crash course in our best small room ideas? Keep scrolling to see how these 5 tiny spaces met their match.

 

1. A Recessed Living Room Nook

small room ideasThe Challenge:

More like a nook than an actual room, this tiny living space needed furniture that fit with a precision worthy of NASA engineers. Luckily for these homeowners, trying out sofas in 3D saved them lots of time and backaches. The priority was to find the right-size pieces and make the most of every square inch of floor space.

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The Solutions:

  • Find a sofa that perfectly fits the small space. Consider your options, like which side you want the chaise to be on.
  • One of our best small room ideas, try a rug with an organic shape, like a cowhide. This creates a sense of flow in the space and draw attention away from the size of the room.
  • Choose a coffee table with storage, which is great for small spaces. Even better? Tables with hidden storage.
  • Pull in a chair with an open, airy frame that won’t add visual weight to the room. It also helps to break up the boxiness of the space.

Struggling with a small living room? Try these 5 essential design tips.

See This Room in 360!

 

2. A Small Office for Two

small room ideas – officeThe Challenge:

This small spare room needed to work as an office for two with space-saving storage options. It also needed to have some sort of relaxed seating.

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The Solutions:

  • The L-shape arrangement of the desks uses the corner and wall space too it’s full potential. All without cluttering up the room.
  • Don’t be afraid to try two different desks—one with plenty of storage and the other with a slim base for fit.
  • Add a petite, armless sofa makes for ideal seating that isn’t bulky.
  • Opt for a C-shape side table that can function like a lap desk for working on the sofa. You can also easily move it next to your desk for a place to put your coffee or drink (no more desk spills!).
  • Hang up wall shelves to take advantage of vertical wall space for storage.

See This Room in 360!

3. A Compact Bedroom

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The Challenge:

The good: this tiny bedroom gets lots of natural light (insert prayer hand emoji). The space needed some design help to keep it cozy but uncluttered. The bad: There’s not a lot of closet space to speak of, so finding ways to incorporate extra storage is essential.

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The Solutions:

  • Fill out the space at the foot of the bed with comfy and functional accents, like a bench and/or a pouf. They’ll also make the space feel less utilitarian. Because your bedroom can be more than “just a place to sleep.”
  • Lean a floor-length mirror to make the space feel bigger and more open. Have limited floor space? Try a series of mirrors for the same effect.
  • Pick narrow storage pieces. They can snuggle into corners and along walls without feeling bulky.
  • Layer rugs, like a colorful one paired with a cowhide or fluffy shag rug, to add lots of cozy texture in any small bedroom.

Trying to design a pint-sized bedroom? Here are 7 more small room ideas to try.

See This Room in 360!

 

4. A Narrow Nursery

small room ideas nurseryThe Challenge:

Given this room’s narrow shape, the furniture needed to be arranged in a line along one side of the room. The crib had to be in clear sight at all times and there needed to be space for a changing table.

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The Solutions:

  • Stagger the crib and changing table down the narrow hallway to preserve the walkway. This also centers the crib in the center of the room between two windows.
  • Have a dresser do double-duty by adding a changing table topper. This is also a great way to design for now and later!
  • Add sconces rather than table and floor lamps. They’re a great way to add lighting without taking up floor space—not to mention they’ll be out of baby’s reach!
  • Tuck in a daybed that provides an adult nap spot that can also easily make for a guest bed in a pinch. Choose one that has an open base and comes without arms or a back so that it doesn’t add visual bulk.

Need some nursery style inspiration? Here are 4 stylish nursery designs from Modsy customers.

See This Room in 360!

 

5. A Shoebox-Sized Studio

Small room ideas – studio apartmentThe Challenge:

This long studio had the trifecta of tiny apartment challenges. It had to function as a living space and bedroom and also provide a little area for dining and small gatherings.

small room ideas – studio apartmentThe Solutions:

  • A floor mirror helps open up the space while making use of a tricky corner by the window.
  • In tight apartment spaces, clever use of corner spaces can be a space (and life) -saver. Think hanging shelves, sconces, and tall, slender bookcases that maximizes vertical wall space.
  • Add comfy and moveable seating, like one or two poufs. They can also double as foot rests and side tables if needed.
  • A chair can take advantage of the unused space at the foot of the bed, making for a comfy place to watch TV, read a book, or wind down with a drink at the end of the day.
  • For easy-to-stow dining seating, bring in bar stools with open, airy frames.

Looking for more studio apartment layout ideas? Here are 2 clever arrangements for one tricky space.

See This Room in 360!

 

Struggling to design a small space in your home?

In case you missed it, all of our designs are done virtually, by real designers, in an accurate 3D model of your exact room. If you’re struggling with a tricky, tiny, or just plain awkward space, we can help find design solutions tailored to your exact space.

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5 Tips For a Dining Room That Encourages Family Meals

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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.

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.

family 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 another course or 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.

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3. 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.

family dining room4. 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.

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.

 

Need help upgrading your family dining room?

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No Coffee Table, No Problem – 7 Things You Can Use Instead

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If you give a living room a sofa, it’ll want a coffee table to go with it. Or at least that’s what those traditional interior design rules say. And it’s true that coffee tables are generally the focal point of your living room. But as these creative coffee table ideas prove, they don’t have to be!

Whether you’re struggling to design a small space, or if you want your living room to be a bit more kid-proof, here are 7 coffee table alternatives that will work in any space.

coffee table ideas – ottomanAlternative #1 – A Plush Ottoman

Ottomans are an awesome coffee table alternative because they can act as a table but are kid-proof! Plus they double as extra seating options so your kids and guests have space to sit!

coffee table ideas - 2 poufsAlternative #2 – A Pair of Poufs

Poufs are another kid-friendly favorite for living room areas. Two poufs can make a perfect replacement for a coffee table and are just right for smaller spaces and for people who like to entertain. They can double as a foot rest, side table, extra seat and more!

coffee table ideas - benchAlternative #3 – Bench

Not a fan of using a large table as your centerpiece? One of our favorite coffee table ideas is to use a bench instead. An attractive wooden or plush bench can add surface space, seating, and even extra storage. Talk about a triple-threat!

coffee table ideas - cluster of side tablesAlternative #4 – Cluster of Side Tables

A coffee table doesn’t always have to be one large table. You can add a cluster of side tables that you can easily move when you are entertaining in order to give your guests an easy place to set their drinks.

coffee table ideas Alternative #5 – Side Tables With Varying Heights

Two small side tables can also be a good alternative for smaller spaces that don’t have room for one large table. Make your space feel less cramped by opting for one short and one taller table. This is one of our favorite coffee table ideas for people who want to make their space feel more dynamic.

coffee table ideas - storage ottomanAlternative #6 – Storage Ottoman

A storage ottoman acts as a seat that can open up in order to store things underneath a lid. It’s great for storing blankets, books, magazines or other things you want to keep handy.

coffee table ideas - c-side tableAlternative #7 – C-Side Table

If you have no room at all you can try a C-side table in order to maximize space in a small room. These are small and easy to move and snuggle up close to your sofa so they don’t take up much floor space. You can also use them as an impromptu desk when you don’t want to leave the sofa to work.

These are just a few suggestions for you to use other pieces of furniture in lieu of a coffee table! What are your favorite coffee table ideas?

 

Want to see some coffee table ideas in your space?

Small-Space Hacks: 5 Ideas for Small Entryways

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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 great small entryway ideas that can make the most of a pint-sized space. Here are our 5 of our favorite tricks to turn your entryway into a welcoming checkpoint and functional storage spot.

Optimize Your Space With These 5 Small Entryway Ideas

small entryway ideas1. If you need extra storage…

Center your entry with a dresser with deep drawers for increased storage options. This is a great way to deal with storage overflow from other areas in your home where square footage is at a premium. Stash winter coats, extra pillows and big throws in the lower compartments and use the dresser’s upper storage for more practical daily items, such as books, scarves, hats, and even takeout menus.

You can easily round out the look of the overall space by adding personal art and objects along with a stylish table lamp on the dresser surface. And don’t underestimate the beauty of umbrella stands, which can double as sculptural accents in an otherwise utilitarian space.

Another idea? If you’re really pressed for space, consider the storage possibilities of a nightstand. One with drawers can provide the perfect mini catchall spot.

small entryway ideas2. If you’re (always) on the go…

A space-saving console makes for a convenient catchall for holding your wallet, car keys, and mail. Choose a console with drawers and cubbies specifically for mail that’s important; junk mail can go into baskets squirreled away underneath the console. In a small space, this can keep paper clutter from trickling into the rest of your home.

Treat the surface of the console as a vanity with a mirror and table lamp, and keep frequently worn jewelry and other accessories (phone chargers, headphones) neatly stowed away. This will create a functional spot that gathers all your everyday essentials as you dash out (or in) the door.

small entryway ideas3. If you have guests over often…

Your small entry should combine both function and style for an instantly welcoming spot. And just because you’re tight on space doesn’t mean you can’t go big with multiple pieces of stylish furnishings.

Look for storage pieces that have slim silhouettes as well as open-shelving constructions. A tall bookshelf can provide vertical storage that also helps to draw attention away from the small size of your entry, while a slim glass console will further lend a spacious look and feel.

small entryway ideas4. If you have high-energy kids…

There’s no furniture piece more practical than a storage bench for containing all the little things that can easily pile up in a small home, be it shoes, jackets, or toys.

Opt for a storage bench with a lid or one with cubbies, and arrange the space to mimic a mudroom; even in a small entry, you can set up hooks and baskets that give everything a place. The best part about a storage bench is that it’s also the perfect perch for your little ones to put on their shoes.

small entryway ideas5. If you have (very) little space…

Keep your entry minimal by pulling in a pair of dining chairs. They make for a much simpler alternative to storage pieces if you just need a place to put down your bag or to slip on shoes before you run out the door.

The best part is that chairs are versatile and movable, you can pull them into other areas of your home if needed. Consider using chairs that match those in your dining area so that they can easily pinch-hit as extra seating for guests.

Need help bringing your small entryway ideas to life?

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7 Sneaky Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

storage ideas for small spacesWhether you live in a tiny apartment or a big family house, storage ideas for small spaces can always come in handy. Adding storage doesn’t have to mean adding an entire new shelving system or purchasing a big ticket item, like a credenza; all it takes is rethinking your spaces with the right pieces.

Read on for 7 of our favorite storage ideas for small spaces.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces1. Work Storage Into Your Entry

Use a desk in your entry as a functional console and catchall. One with drawers provides holding places for mail and on-the-go accessories, like sunglasses, hats, and totes.

The surface can hold a tray for keys, a table lamp, and a mirror for those last-minute outfit checks before you dash out the door.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces2. Choose a Multipurpose Coffee Table

For a busy space like your living room, consider working storage into your coffee table.

For instance, a two-tiered table allows you to stash trays, magazines, and coasters on the lower shelves. A repurposed trunk or a coffee table with a lid is great for stowing away big books, board games, and even kids’ toys. And a coffee table with drawers are stylish design details that can also keep remotes, wine openers, and other small items out of sight.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces3. Find New Use for Nightstands

No need to relegate a nightstand to just your bedroom. Pull one into your living room to use as a side table. One of our favorite storage ideas for small spaces, nightstands are a great way to pack in extra storage without adding clutter.

Most nightstands come with two or three drawers, so you’ll have extra storage space for everything from additional cords and candles to throw blankets. On top, you’ll have room for a lamp as well as a place to put down a drink.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces4. Add Seating with Storage

Super-functional storage benches and ottomans are perfect in any living room, but especially if you’re short on space.

Giving you both style and storage, these benches serve as pretty and comfortable seating when you have guests over and also as hiding spots for anything and everything. Try using a storage bench under a living room window to create a reading spot, or tuck it behind your sofa.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces5. Go Big with Baskets

Easy to tote around, baskets are storage catchalls. They’re the easiest of our small space storage ideas to implement and they can be easily brought to a larger space if you move!

They’re especially handy if you have kids that lay out their toys; keeping them in baskets will help conceal what can be a mess on the floor. Plus, baskets tuck nicely into cubbies or can be set on the floor by a chair to hold blankets and books.

Try multiple baskets spread out in one room on the floor for a few storage touch points.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces6. Make Your Bed Do Double Duty

If you’re working with small square footage, a platform bed with drawers or one with storage underneath can help you make the most of an otherwise unused space in your bedroom.

It’s a great small-space solution for stowing away winter bedding, clothes, and extra sheets, linens, and pillows.  

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces7. Rethink a Bookshelf

Try an open bookcase beside your bed instead of a nightstand or table. This ups your storage (literally) by making use of wall space that’s often left empty next to your bed.

Essentials—like an alarm clock, your iPhone, bedtime reading—can go on the lower shelves, while books, jewelry boxes, and even clothes can be stored on the upper ones. And since most open bookshelves are narrow, you’ll also be saving floor space.

Need to rethink storage in your small space?

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Keep Changing Your Mind About Your Decor? Try These Tips!

rental decorating ideasNo situation exasperates design commitment issues like living in a rental. When it comes to decorating, renters have more hurdles to overcome than folks who own their own place. For starters, you’ve got the tricky task of covering 80% of your floors in carpet, and every piece of art you hang is just another hole you’ll need to patch in a few years’ time. And let’s not even talk about getting that sofa up three flights of stairs and down that narrow hallway…

Needless to say, the task of decorating a rental can be daunting and might leave you asking “why even bother?”

But there are easy and affordable rental decorating ideas that can easily (and temporarily) make any place feel like yours. Whether you just like updating your home on the regular or just need temporary decor ideas, the trick is to find flexible design solutions that let you add and subtract to your heart’s desire.

We’ve rounded up 6 rental decorating ideas that can help you create a home you love, without the commitment.

rental decorating ideasStart With Great Foundations

1. Invest in Quality Basics

Spaces that are easy to update at any time generally rely on strong foundational pieces. This means furniture that is neutral, versatile, and can go with anything.

Think of these as basics that you can build on, like a leather sofa, a quality dining set, or a classic wood storage piece. If you’re looking for pieces that can move with you, make sure they’re high-quality and can work with a range of styles over time.

Not sure how much to spend on a sofa? Our guide can help.

rental decorating ideas2. Opt for a Natural Fiber Rug

Just like your foundational furniture, a natural-fiber rug makes for a great neutral base that you can easily design on top of. Not only does it go with any decor, a natural fiber rug is also durable and can last for years. You can always swap out your smaller decor pieces, be it bright-colored pillows, graphic black-and-white art, or a traditional leather armchair.

Learn more: Find The Right Natural-Fiber Rug For Your Home

rental decorating ideas3. Consider Modular Designs

One of our favorite rental decorating ideas are easy-to-assemble (and disassemble) modular pieces. Flexible by nature, these are great foundational pieces that you can tailor to fit your current space and your next one. If you’re all about rearranging parts and pieces frequently in one room, a modular sofa or sectional can be a great option that lets you take apart the seat and put it back together as needed.

Our Modular Pick: Sofa by Burrow, which ships in a box and can be easily expanded from a loveseat to a sofa to a sectional.

Rethink Versatile Designs

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4. Try the One Piece, Any Room Approach

For designs that are easy to swap in and out of rooms, aim for pieces that can live in multiple spaces in your home. Think about pairing that can travel from the living room and bedroom, or the family room to the office.

Accents such as plants, ottomans and benches, and art are perfect pieces that you can rotate from room to room. This is an easy way to give your spaces a completely new look and feel, no money spent. One of our favorites are rugs, which can be easily moved from room to room.

rental decorating ideas5. Swap Your Pillow Covers

Swapping in pillows might be the quickest way to switch up the look in any room. Buy one set of inserts and rotate covers seasonally. You can cycle through neutral options, bright colors, and patterns for a fresh look.

Learn More: 5 Ways to Update Your Home for Spring

rental decorating ideas6. Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest (and inexpensive) rental decorating ideas. Another option is to try peel-and-stick wallpaper, which is easy to apply and adds major visual impact. Opt for a bright solid color or go with a patterned one to add a whimsical look that you can switch out at any time.

 

Ready to Try Some Rental Decorating Ideas in Your Space?

 

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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.

spring refresh

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.

 

Need a total spring refresh for your space?

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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)!

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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. 

spring decor ideas

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 ($59) to try on new layouts virtually before you rearrange them IRL.

…After

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5 Tips for Designing a Kid Friendly Living Room

kid friendly living room

As a parent, designing a beautiful home can feel like a real struggle. You want a space that is safe and welcoming for kids, but you also don’t want to feel like you live in PeeWee’s Playhouse (no offense to PeeWee). The struggle is especially real for high-traffic rooms, like your living space, that see a lot of daily use by both adults and kids alike. If you’re looking to design a kid friendly living room with style and function, you’ve come to the right place.

If we know anything, it’s that beautiful design and a home full of children are not mutually exclusive. We’re here to arm you with a few practical and stylish design tips that will turn your family’s space into the ultimate kid friendly (and adult approved) living space.

Keep scrolling for 5 of our favorite kid friendly living room design tips!

kid friendly living room1. Find a Forgiving Rug

First things first: When designing a kid friendly living room, a forgiving rug is a must.

Keep your little one and your rug happy by choosing a rug that’s durable, easy to clean, and free of toxic chemicals. Skip silk and synthetic fibers, which stain easily and can be expensive to clean, and opt for a wool or natural fiber rug instead.

We love natural fiber rugs because they come in large sizes at affordable prices, but if you’re not a fan, consider an indoor/outdoor rug instead. Available in a range of colors, patterns, and sizes, these rugs are made to withstand heavy wear. A great option for households with furry friends too!

kid friendly living room2. Choose Fabrics That Do More

When it comes to a kid friendly living room, your sofa, chairs, and pillows will all be subject to climbing, jumping, spills, and various arts and crafts projects. Be sure to pick fabric options that balance comfort and practicality.

What to look for:

  • Fabrics with tight weaves and high rub counts. These are sure signs of durability!
  • Leather! If you’re willing to spend a bit more, leather is a great option because you can easily wipe away spills. No need to worry about scratches, which blend right in as your leather sofa’s patina develops over time.
  • Slipcovers are another great choice. When spills happen, simply peel off the cover and toss it into the wash.
  • Pieces with busy patterns or multi-tonal fabrics will also help to disguise blemishes. So, don’t be afraid to choose a chair, rug, or even pillows sporting a bold and graphic print!

kid friendly living room3. Cut Corners

Create an “owie-free” zone by avoiding any furniture or decor with sharp corners and edges.

This is especially important if your kids are just learning to walk. Consider nixing pieces with sharp corners or anything made of glass.

Instead of a coffee table, try swapping in a large ottoman – or even two poufs – to keep your seating area totally void of sharp edges. Some options also offer interior storage and double as a comfy footrest.

If you don’t want to forgo a coffee table completely, a round option can also be a great way to eliminate sharp corners. If you go this route, opt for wood surfaces, which hold up to scuffs and scratches and are less sharp than glass, metal, or stone tops.

kid friendly living room4. Get Strategic With Your Storage

There’s no denying that kids have a lot of stuff. From toys, to art supplies, to books, a kid-friendly space should always incorporate plenty of low-maintenance storage.

We say, opt for enclosed storage which easily conceals clutter and helps keep your space looking neat with minimal effort.

A credenza is great for storing toys and small knickknacks and can do double-duty as a TV stand. An ottoman or bench with interior storage is another great option. A few pretty baskets are also great for stashing toys and clutter in a pinch (and look much cuter than plastic bins).

Stylist Tip: While open shelving and storage options are lovely, they do require constant upkeep to keep them looking great. If you don’t want to commit to high maintenance storage a great alternative is to opt for closed storage pieces.

kid friendly living room5. Make Room for Play

All practicality aside, kid-friendly spaces should feel welcoming for your entire family. Mix in some fun, colorful artwork on your walls to give your space a less serious note that your kids will appreciate.

Consider also incorporating a play corner in your living space. This way, adults can supervise from a distance while kids have fun nearby.

Stylist Tip: Choose a few nice frames and put up artwork by your kids next to your decorative pieces. Sometimes it’s these small personal touches that make gathering spaces feel perfectly relaxed for everyone in the family.

 

Need help designing your ultimate kid friendly living room?

Try on all these products, and 100s more, in a 3D version of your actual living room! Our Modsy stylists can help you create the space of your dreams and suggest kid friendly living room products that match your style, budget, and needs.

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Wall Art Ideas: 5 Creative Ways To Fill Blank Walls

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Blank walls are full of possibilities. It’s easy to dream up a million ways to fill them, but oftentimes it’s difficult to pick an idea that works for your style and your space.

To help, we rounded up 5 of our all time favorite wall art ideas to inspire you.

We rounded up 5 of our all-time favorite wall art ideas to inspire you and your home.

 

Over-Sized Wall Art Ideas

1. Opt for Over-Sized Wall Art

Large-scale paper wall murals are one of our favorite wall art ideas. 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!).

Learn More: 5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Try the Over-Sized Wall Art Trend

 

Wall Art Ideas for the Bedroom2. See It Side-By-Side

Looking for wall art ideas for the bedroom? Try hanging two pendant pieces above your nightstands. This option works well if you have a tall headboard or if you crave a little negative space.

Learn More: 6 Over the Bed Decorating Ideas

 

Wall Art Ideas – Animal Portrait3. Add a Little Whimsy

Animal art doesn’t have to mean that horse poster you had in your bedroom growing up. A fun and approachable way to make your space feel unique, try adding an animal portrait to your home. This portrait of a highland cow named Gertrude is one of our current favorites.

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

 

Wall Art Ideas for the Living Room

4. Crown Your Sofa

The best seat in the house, as far as your art is concerned, might be the blank wall above your sofa. Give this living room focal point the royal treatment by crowning it with something special. Be it a mirror, gallery wall, or a bold piece of art, it’s your space so make it something you love to look at daily!

Learn More: 3 Ideas for the Wall Above Your Sofa

 

Wall Art Ideas – Gallery Wall5. Try a Gallery Wall With a Twist

Who doesn’t love a good gallery wall? Rather than going with the standard grouping, try propping a few of your favorite pieces on a shelf above your sofa. This is a especially great if you like to switch up your artwork or move pieces around on the regular.

Learn More: 6 Fresh Takes on the Gallery Wall

 

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Rug Guide: Your Cheat Sheet to Natural Fiber Rugs

natural fiber rugsIf you’ve ever tried to shop for an area rug, you know it can be a struggle. You want something that looks good but can also stand up to any pets, kids, and general foot traffic (because, let’s face it, not everyone is getting on board with your no-shoes household idea).

The answer? Natural fiber rugs.

There’s a reason natural-fiber rugs are popular in homes all over. These babies have long been designer favorites as they are the triple-threat of durable, affordable, and versatile. Additionally, they come in a range of styles, are a great way to add natural texture to your home, and they work in practically any type of room.

Read on to learn why natural fiber rugs might be the stylish and functional answer to your area rug struggles.

natural fiber rugs4 Reasons to Love Natural Fiber Rugs

1. Durability

Natural fiber rugs go the distance with extra durability and some types are even stain-repellant. Your high-traffic rooms have met their match.

2. Affordability

No need to compromise on quality or size when shopping for natural fiber rugs. Unlike other rugs, you can find affordable, well-made options in even the largest of sizes.

natural fiber rugs

natural fiber rugs

3. Versatility

Natural fiber rugs make great neutral bases that can work with any style furniture. It’s perfect if you like bold furniture and decor or bright colors and patterns. And if you like to switch up your decor seasonally (or frequently!) then natural fiber rugs can be the ideal foundation for you to swap in new pillows and art, layer a cowhide on top, or add a punchy accent chair.

4. Kid- and Pet-Friendly

If you have younger children or pets at home, natural-fiber rugs are great choices. Especially because styles like seagrass are super durable and can stand up to lots of foot traffic and wear. Further, a lot of other rug options at lower price-points are treated with chemical dyes and contain VOCs that can be potentially toxic. If your little one is an avid crawler, natural fiber rugs are a great way to go!

Different Varieties of Natural Fiber Rugs

Jute natural fiber rugJute Rugs

If you want something that’s big on texture, softness and has a nice earthy look, jute rugs, like the one above,  are a great option.

Jute Rug Pros:

  • Chunky texture that gives them a substantial look and feel
  • Super soft (a lot like wool)
  • It’s made from the same fiber as burlap so it has a natural brown color. You can also find them dyed in other colors

Jute Rug Cons:

  • They’re the softest out of all natural-fiber rugs, which also means they’re the least durable
    • Jute rugs tend to shed a bit more when they’re brand new. Stylist Tip: Skip the rolling brush when vacuuming your jute rug to help prevent shedding!

Jute rugs are best for: Medium- or low-traffic areas, like the bedroom, formal dining or living room, home office, or guest room

natural fiber rugsSisal Rugs

Need a rug that’s tough to ruin? Sisal rugs are your best bet here. As a material, sisal is often what’s used for rope and twine, so you know it can stand up to some serious wear and tear.

Sisal Rug Pros:

  • Super durable, making it a great option for high-traffic areas
  • Can be dyed, like jute, and comes in some stylish earth tones

Sisal Rug Cons:

  • Its coarse fibers result in a tightly woven but rough texture that’s not as soft for your feet
  • Sisal is an absorbent material, so tough stains can be hard to get out

Sisal rugs are best for: High-traffic spaces, like the entry, hallway,  and family room (but beware of spills—and spaghetti sauce!)

Seagrass natural fiber rugSeagrass Rugs

For something super durable, look no further than seagrass rugs. They’re have strength and are water-resistant, making them practically magic workers in any space.

Seagrass Rug Pros:

  • The fibers of seagrass are non-porous and naturally repel water, so these rugs are incredibly durable and stain-resistant
  • Softer than sisal, seagrass is a popular natural-fiber rug choice

Seagrass Rug Cons:

  • Since they’re non-absorbent, dyes don’t work well with seagrass so there are limited color options
  • You’ll often find them with a latex backing, which means they’re not reversible

Seagrass rugs are best for: Anywhere! But they’re great choices for kitchens and bathrooms in particular

For more natural fiber rug inspiration, check out these stories:

Skimp or Splurge: 4 Things to Consider When Shopping for a Rug

Design Dilemma: Choosing the Right Rug Size

3 Ways to Layer Cowhide Rugs

Ready to try a natural fiber rug in your home?

Your Cheat Sheet To Natural Fiber Rugs