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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

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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.

3D home design

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?

3D home design

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Struggling to design a small space in your home?

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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.

 

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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?

 

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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.

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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 exacerbates 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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5 Tips for Designing a Kid Friendly Living Room

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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.

Need help designing a kid-friendly room in your home? Start a project today and get expert design ideas styled in a 3D model of your exact room.

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.

 

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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

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nightstand alternatives

Bedroom Design Ideas: 8 Unique Nightstand Alternatives To Try Now

nightstand alternatives

Your nightstand might be one of the most personal pieces of furniture. Not only do you spend a third of your life sleeping next to it, most of us also use our nightstands as a home for an intimate collection of our most personal objects.

A typical nightstand might display everything from a pile of books you’re reading (or intend to read, or want people to think you’re reading), a collection of half-finished beverages, photos of your travels and loved ones, or simply your nighttime essentials like reading glasses or the retainer you never wear.

But aside from being a highly personal piece of furniture, your nightstand should also be functional. And sometimes, the most functional nightstand is actually no nightstand at all.

This may sound crazy, but this simple swap can instantly pack your space with multi-purpose power. Read on to see some of our favorite nightstand alternatives that add extra function without skimping on style.

8 Nightstand Alternatives for the Multi-Purpose Bedroom

nightstand alternatives1. Go Vertical With a Bookcase

Why not save space with a bookcase that doubles as your nightstand? Just clear off a shelf that’s easy to reach and stash all your bedside essentials there. You can use the other shelves for extra storage, which is great if you’re tight on space. It’s a win win if you ask us!

nightstand alternatives2. Pull Up a Chair

If all you need is a place to set down a bedtime book, an alarm clock, or your phone to charge overnight, a lightweight chair is an easy nightstand alternative.

Want to get multipurpose? Try pulling in an extra dining chair. This works well if you don’t use all your dining chairs daily, but like having them on-call for when guests come over.

nightstand alternatives3. Consider a Console

Is your big, bulky nightstand making your bedroom feel cramped and cluttered? Try a console with an open base instead.

Console tables are designed to be used in (often narrow) entryways, making them one of the best nightstand alternatives for small spaces. Their long and slender shape won’t clutter up floor space, but you still get a decent amount of surface area to prop bedside essentials, art, and decor.

Looking to optimize a small entryway? Here are 5 ideas.

nightstand alternatives4. Work It With a Desk

Need to fit in a mini office in your bedroom? Skip the nightstand and go for a desk instead. Not only are these stylish nightstand alternatives, a desk also gives you both lots of surface space and storage if you pick one with a drawer.

nightstand alternatives5. Do Double-Duty With a Dresser

When it comes to making the most of a storage piece, try using a dresser as your nightstand. This 2-for-1 approach helps you save space in the room (let’s face it: dressers are big!) but gives you tons of extra storage. Not to mention, they’re sure to bring bold style to your bedside.

nightstand alternatives6. Float a Shelf

This is both a clever and cost-effective option for super small spaces. You can count on a floating shelf to hold all your nighttime essentials, all the while saving you lots of floor space.

If one is not enough, we suggest stacking two floating shelves.

nightstand alternatives7. Move a Stool Over

For another low-cost alternative to a nightstand, try a small stool, bench, or ottoman. This is an easy, portable option that also doubles as a convenient spot to put your shoes on in the morning.

Plus, you can easily pull the stool into your living room when you need an extra seats.

nightstand alternatives8. Trunk It!

Looking to add a little vintage style or rustic charm to your bedroom? Try an industrial trunk. It provides great storage and it’s got style to boot, making it one of our favorite nightstand alternatives.

If you get a trunk as a hand-me-down piece that you don’t quite know what to do with, swap it in for your nightstand.

Or check out 5 more ideas how to mix vintage pieces in to modern interiors.

 

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Chic living room decor ideas

Crown Your Living Room: 3 Ideas for the Wall Above Your Sofa

Chic living room decor ideas

When designing your living room, as with life, there are very few things you can be sure of. Will the colors match? Will my bookcase fit through the door? The only thing you can really be sure of is that your living room will likely include a sofa and a blank wall.

What to do with this blank wall above your sofa can be a challenge. This is the focal point of the whole room, so you might be feeling like the pressure is on to get it just right. To help you feel inspired we rounded up three living room decor ideas for the wall above your sofa.

living room decor ideas

1. Hang One Bold Artwork

Give the “best seat in the house” to a big and bold artwork. This is a great way to add some drama to your space or showcase one fantastic piece of art.

  • We chose a dramatic, non-objective painting, Meditative Concentration 1 (Restoration Hardware). We love how the black and white pops against the gold Velvet Mina Sofa (Athropologie) and the square format draws your eye up, up, up!

living room decor ideas

2. Create a Gallery Wall

We love gallery walls. You can easily tailor them to fit your style, show off multiple pieces of art at once, and add to them as you grow your collection over time.

That said, a successful gallery wall should feel balanced. A good tip is to think about the overall composition first before you break out the hammer. Don’t feel like busting out the blue tape? Modsy can help you design your gallery wall before you pick up the hammer and nails.

  • Try mixing different frames and artwork sizes for a more eclectic look. Or, arrange your gallery wall as a grid or a more traditional and designed feel. Check out these 6 fresh ways to gallery wall.
  • We opted for a variety of black and white artworks to give our gallery wall cohesion, while the different sizes and subjects keep your eye moving.

living room decor ideas

3. Make a Statement with a Mirror

Aside from your furniture, the most beautiful thing in your living room is going to be you. Ensure you (and everyone else) can catch a glimpse by hanging a large mirror above your sofa. This is especially great for small spaces, as the mirror will bounce light around and make your room feel open and airy.

  • Add some drama with an oversized mirror. We chose the Gleaming Primrose Mirror (Anthropologie).
  • You can even place the mirror on the floor and lean it against the wall behind your sofa. This will add visual depth to your room and saves your walls from holes (a great option for all you renters out there).

A happy home means a happy you. Ready to crown your living room with something worth looking at?

decorate with plants

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

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

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

decorate with plants1. Liven Up Dead Corners

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

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

decorate with plants2. Try Hanging Plants to Save Floor Space

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

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

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

decorate with plants3. Make Old Spaces Feel New

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

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

decorate with plants4. Bring in Fresh Air

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

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

decorate with plants5. Spruce Up Neutral Spaces

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

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

Ready to refresh your space for spring?

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

5 Simple Ways To Decorate With Plants

Small bedroom ideas

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

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

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

If You’re Pressed For Storage Space…

Small bedroom ideasBulk Up Your Bedside.

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

Small bedroom ideasThink Vertical Storage.

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

If You Have Very Little Walking Room…

Small bedroom ideasFloat Some Shelves.

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

Small bedroom ideasHang Your Lights.

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

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

Small bedroom ideasTry a Free-Form Rug.

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

Small bedroom ideasAdd Cool, Clear Furniture.

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

Small bedroom ideasPack in Some Plants.

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

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

8 Nightstand Alternatives for a Multi-Purpose Bedroom

1 Boxy Bedroom, 2 Smart Ways to Maximize The Space

7 Ways to Incorporate Seating Into Your Bedroom

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

 

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