Home Design Tips & Tricks

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

Bedroom Design Inspiration: 6 Ideas for the Wall Above Your Bed

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As with any focal point, the wall above your bed is a intimidating design challenge, and it is one that many of our customers have been asking about. We hear you!

Between deciding what you want to put there and imagining if it will work with the rest of your room, you’ve got your work cut out for you.

To help, we are using a little Modsy 3D to “try on” 6 of our favorite over the bed decorating ideas.

1. Wall Hangings

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Get knotty and add some texture above your bed. We love how these woven wall hangings keep it neutral and lend our bedroom some eclectic vibes.

Snag yourself this wallet-friendly option, or upgrade to this hand-woven wooly statement piece.

2. Print Trio

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Add a little rhythm with a series of three hung above your bed. We love these quilt-inspired prints, which look great framed or hung with washi tape (a bonus if you live in an earthquake zone)!

3. Vignette Style

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A spin off the standard art above the bed, we love the idea of 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.

Get our bedside tour of Iceland here and here.

4. Go Mobile

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Not just for your nursery, we love the idea of adding a little kinetic energy to your bedroom. Mobiles bring a note of whimsy to any space and are a great option for keeping small spaces open and airy.

Watch this antique brass mobile spin in circles above your bed. Or, if you’re a purist, grace your bedroom with this Alexander Calder-inspired mobile.

5. Juju Hats

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These spectacular, eye-catching plumes are the feather headdresses traditionally worn by Bamileke chiefs of Cameroon and are symbols of prosperity.

While we loving showing our appreciation of another culture’s art, we think it’s worth considering the implications behind turning these ceremonial objects into decor or DIY projects.

Instead, get the scoop on this pendant pair of authentic Juju hats here.

6. Quilt to Last

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Got a large space to fill? Hang an oversized quilt above your bed. These also work well as stand-in headboards if you’re bed doesn’t have one.

Flip the script and make your grandmother’s handmade quilt the star above the bed, or get your hands on this graphic quilted number.

Want to save your walls (and your wallet)? Try on your favorite over the bed decorating ideas in 3D!

Quiz: Pick your favorite glass of wine and we’ll show you the perfect sofa pairing

Nothing quite marks the arrival of summer like a glass of rosé. So get ready to pop the cork and enjoy a glass of that pretty pink nectar, because this Saturday is National Rosé Day!

However, nothing says “buzz kill” like a pink stain all over your clothes or, even worse, your furniture.

To help save your sofa (and your wallet) we came up with a simple, spill-proof solution: a sofa perfectly matched to camouflage any splashes or spills!

 

Pick your wine of choice below to find the perfect sofa to pair with your spill!

 

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Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with the Ms. Chesterfield
Have a seat on the Ms. Chesterfield sofa (Interior Define) where the old-school form (usually associated with men’s clubs), gets a modern and feminine facelift. It’s the perfect perch for a refreshingly crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

Ms. Chesterfield Sofa, Vanilla
Interior Define, $1400

Champagne pairs well with the Sydney Sofa
Pop the bubbly because you’ve found a sofa that sparkles just as much as you! A sleek and sculptural shape, West Elm’s Sydney sofa is exactly the place you want to sit and drink a glass (or two) of champagne.

Sydney Sofa, Champagne
West Elm, $500

Moscato pairs well with the Kensignton Sofa
Grand and classic, this chesterfield sofa from RH Teen is looking for its other half – you and a bottle of Moscato. The sweet, and slightly fizzy, drink will be sure to lighten the mood while this statement sofa takes itself a little less seriously when it’s all dressed in pink!

Kensington Sofa, Dusty Petal
RH Teen, $2079

Sparkling Rosé pairs well with the Matrix Sofa
A retro look remixed in pink velvet, the Matrix Sofa (Article) is a total show-stopper. Just imagine how great you’ll look lounging here with a glass of sparkling rosé in hand.

Matrix Sofa, Blush Pink
Article, $1299

Classic Rosé pairs well with the Antwerp Sofa
The Antwerp (West Elm) is a no-frills piece of furniture that unites comfort and style. It’s the perfect place to sit and have a refreshing glass of rosé all day.

Antwerp Sofa, Pink
West Elm, $1399

Dessert Rosé pairs well with the Willoughby Sofa
Its deep seat and reclining back make the Willoughby Sofa the perfect place to snuggle up with a glass of dessert rosé. And if you fall asleep, simply say the sofa was so comfortable you couldn’t help it.

Willoughby Sofa, Petal
Anthropologie, $1898

Pinot Noir pairs well with the Ronan Wine Sofa
A modern sofa designed for lounging is the perfect place for you and a pinot noir. Tapered legs, a sleek form, and rounded edges set the mood for a little romance, which pairs well with any pinot.

Ronan Wine Sofa
CB2, $1099

Merlot pairs well with the Chester Sofa
Nothing like a little button tufting to pair with your Merlot. The luxurious velvet and sleek silhouette of the Chester Sofa create an elegant place to drink an equally elegant wine.

Chester Sofa, Claret Red
Article, $1399

Bordeaux pairs well with the Holloway Settee
A shape echoing that of lounges found in traditional cocktail clubs, the Holloway Settee might just be your perfect place to enjoy a glass of Bordeaux. The dark color will conceal any spills that you happen to drop, making it the perfect incognito camouflage.

Holloway Settee, Bordeaux
Anthropologie, $1898

Love your sofa result and want to “try it on” in your own space? Get started today!

 

 

Our Favorite Ways to Style Indoor Plants

One of our favorite tools in our Modsy interior design bag-of-tricks are plants! A true triple-threat, plants bring shades of green, lush textures, and clean air into our homes. We can’t think of a better way to liven up any interior than with a splash of leafy foliage! To celebrate our photosynthesizing friends on Earth Day, we took this opportunity to roundup up our favorite ways to style indoor plants.

 

Our favorite ways to dress your greens to impress!

 

Style Indoor Plants

The Modernica Case Study Planter

  • A great way to accessorize plants in modern interiors, or just bring a little flair to a more neutral space, the Modernica is a tried and true option. One of our most-loved products, this bad boy has quite the social media following and truly has the power to make any plant look red carpet-worthy. Seriously, try it with cacti, fiddle leaf trees, or even wear one yourself (just kidding maybe don’t try that).

 

Air Plants and Hanging Planters

  • Mini hanging planters are the perfect place for our little air plant friends to recline. Super low maintenance, air plants literally eat your dust and are great for small spaces where counter and floor space are lacking.

 

Try Some Boxwood Topiary

  • Don’t think you’re up to the task of keeping plants alive? No judgment, we have an option for you less-than-green thumbs too! Bring a more formal vibe to your indoor plant party with options like this petit gem, the boxwood topiary. The triple topiary is perfectly groomed and will bring a dash of elegance to any interior. We say go for two for extra symmetry!

 

While these are just a few of our favorite greens, we’ve got a whole lot more where that came from. Peruse our full roundup of indoor planters below!

 

Style Indoor Plants:

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Urban Outfitters

 

Design Dilemma: Choosing the right Rug Size and Style

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One of the most notorious design dilemmas our customers face is choosing the right rug for their space. Rugs are an amazing warm and fluffy way to add visual intrigue to any space. They are also expensive and large, and it’s easy to imagine yourself shelling out hundreds (if not thousands!) of dollars only to find you’ve purchased something that turns your room from “hot” to “not.”

A solution for this could be to go out and buy all the rugs you’ve got your eye on, bring them home, and try them out one-by-one in your living room. But if you’re like us and you don’t have endless amounts of money, a pickup truck, and all that time/muscle at your disposal, this isn’t a realistic option.

So here’s the good part. At Modsy we’ve created some amazing technology that lets you try on all the rugs you want, in your living room, without any of that hassle. Along with that, we’ve created this handy-dandy visual guide to help you learn how to pick the right rug for your space.

 

…The Blank Canvas

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Design Dilemma #1: Rug Style

Our eclectic minimal living room is looking a little bare without a rug underfoot. We picked three options that we love and they all seemed to match our style. Here’s what happened when we took them for a test drive:

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Moral of the story:

  • With a more eclectic styled living room, all that pattern from Rug #1 feels overwhelming and busy.
  • At the opposite end of the spectrum, Rug #2 didn’t have enough going on and it made the space feel sparse.
  • Rug #3 is our “Goldilocks” – that sweet spot in between that is simple enough not make the space feel overwhelming but also adds enough texture to spice up our living room.

 

Design Dilemma #2: Rug Size

Ok now that we know what rug we like, let’s try on some different sizes:

Choosing the right rug

Moral of the story:

  • A larger rug (we used a 9’x12’) bleeds out past the furniture and overwhelms the space. Having the sofa all the way on the rug, while the chairs dance on and off makes the space visually cluttered and confusing.
  • The small rug (we used a 3’x5’) gives us a tiny focal point in the middle of the room, and leaves the rest of the space feeling bare.
  • The middle size (for us, a 8’x10’) is just right. The front two legs of all the furniture are on the rug, creating an intimate “zoned” area in the middle of the room.

 

Of course, this guide doesn’t cover every possible rug dilemma out there. But don’t panic, Modsy is always here to help you move through your design paralysis and help you create a home you love.

Want to Try a Rug in Your 3D Home?

 

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

With game day and the Oscars just around the corner, you might be thinking about hosting a viewing party. A great viewing party (of any kind) means there are enough seats for everyone to sit and watch. But say you live in a one bedroom apartment? We know hosting in small spaces can be a challenge, so to help we created the ultimate TV viewing party layout guide.

So while you focus on fine-tuning your guest list and preparing Pinterest-worthy snacks, we will make sure your living room layout is looking red carpet-ready before your guests arrive. Read on to learn how to create your ultimate TV viewing party layout.

Before Layout

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After Layout

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Step 1: Maximize Seating

While “standing room only” might be great for a concert, having enough seats for guests is important. Here’s how we get the most booties in chairs and avoid cluttering your living room at the same time.

Backless Seating:

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

  • Benches look great in a hallway or at the foot of your bed, and can easily be moved into the living room for extra seating when you need it.
  • You can also use two ottomans to make a bench. Break them up into two smaller seats when you need. The mid-century modern Soto Ottoman (Joybird) is one of our favorites.

Create movie theater rows:

Shorter people in the front, taller people in the back. This goes for seats as well. Place lower seats in the front and taller in the back so everyone has a great view of the TV.

  • Use bar stools to make a back row for your viewing party. In tight spaces we like to reduce the visual clutter by choosing clear options, like the Vapor Acrylic Counter Stools from CB2.

Before Layout

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After Layout

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Step 2: Maximize Surface Area

Now that you have all that seating, you will likely want some surfaces to go with it. We say don’t buy extra tables, but repurpose a few pieces you already have.

Two coffee tables are better than one:

In small spaces, having the flexibility to move your furniture is important. We say opt for two smaller coffee tables instead of one large one.

  • We used two of the Haptic 28” Coffee Tables (EQ3). Keep them together for daily use and separate them when you host to accommodate more people reaching for popcorn.

Pouf-perfect:

We love poufs because they are super versatile. Use them as a footrest or a stool, or even a side table.

  • We like the Braided Hemp Pouf (CB2) because it is substantial enough to support a tray with drinks and snacks.

Snack station:

A sneaky way to add storage behind your sofa, move your console table against an open wall when guests arrive for an impromptu buffet table.

Open bar (cart):

We always love a good bar cart. Chose one on wheels for a mobile drink station and wheel it out of the way when guests are over. We chose the Terrace Bar Cart from West Elm for its sleek design and small footprint.

Before Layout

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After Layout

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Step 3: Final Tricks

A few finishing touches to make your small space work for you.

Throw it on the floor:

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

Mirror-mirror:

Nothing like a large reflective surface to make things look larger! Not so great for pores, but perfect for your living room. You can hang one like the Infinity Wall Mirror (CB2) above your sofa to help visually tie the room together.

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

 

Need a hand finding the best layout for your small space?

 

Wallpaper Round-Up: Our February Favorites

Finding a wallpaper you love is easy, visualizing how it will look in your home, is hard. You probably wouldn’t buy a car without taking it for a test drive, so why shouldn’t you be able to try on wallpaper before installing it?

A little Modsy Magic to the rescue: we’ve rounded up 6 wallpapers we are loving this month and installed them in a living room so you can see the end result – before committing your walls and your wallet.

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Your February Wallpaper Round-Up:

Favorite Wallpaper Vizualized

  • Carved Ogee, Gray (Hygge & West): Go bold with this metallic gold ogee pattern on a charcoal grey background. We recommend this wallpaper for anyone craving a sophisticated look with an organic twist.

 

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  • Tourbillon (Farrow & Ball): These graphic brushstrokes will bring a touch of liveliness to any space. We love this pattern for anyone wanting to jazz up a contemporary interior.

 

Favorite Wallpaper Vizualized

  • Leaping Lemurs (Anthropologie): We love this playful pattern featuring our favorite Madagascan primates. Make your lemurs pop by pairing them with solid, bold colored furniture.

 

Favorite Wallpaper Vizualized

  • Peonies, Yellow (Hygge & West): Give your home a dash of countryside tranquility with this wallpaper. The sunshine yellow hue is sure to brighten up any entryway, bedroom, or even bathroom.

 

Favorite Wallpaper Vizualized

  • Tall Grass Wallpaper (Anthropologie): A moody twist on a floral motif, this wallpaper is as lovely as it is timeless. The dark background gives your space an edge while the wispy grass and butterflies keep it feeling sweet.

 

Favorite Wallpaper Vizualized

  • Procuratie e Scimmie (Cole & Son): Transform your walls into fine art with Italian designer, Piero Fornasetti’s “Procuratie e Scimmie” wallpaper. Featuring monkeys wandering through the ruins of classical architecture, this wallpaper brings a touch of humor design sophistication to your home.

 

Did we miss your favorite wallpaper? Tell us in the comments and we will show it to you in our living room!

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Shop Your New Favorite Wallpapers

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Anthropologie

 

Design the Perfect Reading (Or Napping, Or Daydreaming) Nook

Corners can be awkward dead spaces at the fringes of your living room, or with a little TLC they can be transformed into adorable nooks. These are great spaces to cozy up with a book, your beverage of choice, or simply quiet spaces to get away from whatever the kids are watching on TV. 

If you’re like us, and all the pictures of adorable reading nooks are giving you major nook-envy, it’s time to take action and design the nook of your dreams.

We want your nook to be as unique as you, so we put together a few different designs all showcasing nooks in different interior styles. Curl up with your blanket and get ready to fall in love with your perfect nook look!

Our favorite nooks…

6477_d41. Organic Sophisticate

A calming palette of moody pastels gives an edge to this organic space. Accented with glamorous touches, like that jaw-dropping porcupine quill mirror, we imagine this space being called home by someone like Gwyneth Paltrow. We love how the natural materials interact with the subdued glam finishes for a chic and organic nook.

 

collection_6477_design02_comp01_watermarked2. Mid-Century Minimalist

A nook for those who love Mid-Century Modern design and all the good things that come with it. A neutral color palette, organic shapes, and geometric forms envelope you as curl up in the Womb Chair. This iconic piece of Mid-Century Modern design was the result of a challenge to designer Eero Saarinen to make a chair Florence Knoll could curl up in. Even Modernist designers want to get cozy.

 

space_6477_design_01_modcam_005-copy3. Contemporary Californian

While you don’t have to be from the Golden Coast to enjoy this one, we just couldn’t help thinking of California with this reading nook. The palette of blues and neutrals along side organic elements evokes a particularly beachy vibe, while the clean lines add a contemporary flair. We love the pairing of our clean, white lounge chair with the organic textures of the jute rug and driftwood side table.

 

r6477_d5_wm4. Modern Rococo

If you find yourself drawn to classic formal pieces but don’t think you could live with all that ornamentation, our Modern Rococo nook is the dreamy corner you’ve been searching for. Old school forms meet modern accents in this Provincial-esque reading nook. We paired pieces that suggest a luxurious past, like the antiqued gold, oversized mirror, with contemporary accents, such as the white cowhide rug, for a look that feels both timeless and current.

 

6477_d65. Eclectic Urbanite

A warm and inviting nook for our urban dwellers. This space is a little smaller to accommodate tighter spaces (apartments need nooks too!), and features contemporary pieces with a slightly mid-century vibe. We think this nook came together over time, giving it a slightly eclectic look. We especially like the white wool pouf as an impromptu footrest for our leather swivel chair.

Need help creating your “Nook Look?”

 

Dining Room Design on a Budget

Redesigning your space should be fun and exciting, leaving you with your dream room. But we can all agree that it isn’t as easy as we hope. We pin photo after photo, creating the perfect Pinterest boards, yet often stop short from committing. One of the biggest reasons? You’re on a tight budget!

Buying furniture can add up quickly, and before you know it you’re unable to attain what you considered to be the perfect design for your space. So we go back to the internet and continue hoarding all of these beautiful ideas, yet never really getting anywhere. However, you can bring your dream space to life on a budget, and we’re here to show you how. It isn’t about settling or being cheap – it’s about making informed decisions that will help you  attain that space you’re so excited about.

We recently tested our Modsy Style team and gave them a budget of $3,000 to design what they consider to be beautiful dining rooms. They came up with lust-worthy spaces and also managed not to break the bank:

Design 1) Mod Visionary – Total Price $2,436

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California Seascape

Minted $178

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Stormy Seas

Minted $178

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Desert Lake

Minted $178

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Ocean Avenue

Minted $165

Design 2) Modern Rustic – Total Price $2,886

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Design 3) Mod Collector – Total Price $2,925

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Threshold Bar Cart

Target $129.99

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Framed Poster – Lands End

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy $90

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Eames Plastic Armchair

Design Within Reach $539


So – want to create some wallet-friendly spaces in your own home? Just follow these tips:

Create a design wish list

      • Being prepared with a range of brands, favorite furniture, and different styles will help you get your creativity flowing and understand the possibilities. Start with Pinterest boards (here!) and prioritize your favorite styles and brands so that you have a wide range of options.

Familiarize yourself with price tags

      • Hit the stores, read catalogs, and browse the internet to research how much the items on your wishlist will typically go for. Sometimes having a sense of how much each will realistically cost can help you decide on your budget.
      • For example, a typical mid-range dining table will cost between $800 and $1200, and chairs will average around $100-$300. If you feel strongly about a certain piece, it’s important to plan your budget accordingly.
      • Going into the process armed with this information will help give you a sense of what your budget should actually be, as well as what the piece-by-piece breakdown will look like. Be reasonable, not cheap.

Prioritize

      • Start with the base furniture: if it’s a dining room then this entails a table and chairs, for example. These are the pieces that you should invest most of your budget on – after all, they are the backbone of the room.
      • Then, the fun part — accessories! These are pieces that should compliment your base, but are a great way to introduce more personal style. Wall art, lighting, plants, and table props all personalize the space. Accessories are available at a range of prices, and you can often find great, unique pieces for inexpensive costs.

Phase in

      • Unless you have an unlimited budget or are starting with a blank slate, don’t be afraid to buy your pieces over a longer period of time. Home design is often not immediate, and it’s easier to phase pieces in than to revamp it all at once. Go at your own pace.

Modsy can help you see your entire floor plan and design. It’s extremely helpful knowing what your space could look like in advance, so you don’t have to imagine how the pieces will come together. Edit and replace your design as you go, leaving you with the perfect plan for your budget-friendly new space. Get started today!

5 Trends to “Fall” For


As the leaves begin to change and the days grow more brisk, we find ourselves turning in earlier and retreating to find solace and comfort indoors this season. With this inward motion, fall is a great time for rejuvenation. Organization becomes a priority as we begin to see our homes in a different light (quite literally). Update your style with a few of the simplest yet most impactful trends we’re seeing this fall.

1) Bring in the Branches

Bring the outdoors indoors this season with a beautiful bundle of branches. Add some character to a simple vase atop a table, or even brighten up a small corner or entryway with a larger arrangement.

2) Modern “Prairie” Art

We’re seeing a lot of these pastoral pieces hanging in some of the most stylish spaces this fall. Characterized by deep earth tones and sprawling western landscapes, Prairie Art will add a calming and serene quality to any space.

3) Layered Rugs


Layering rugs is one of the quickest ways to add a layer of texture and depth to your space. Don’t be afraid to combine different textures, patterns or colors.

4) Mix Up Textures

Sheepskins are a great way to add both a warm texture and feel to the back of a chair or sofa. Add a large-knit throw to a side chair or the end of a bed.

5) Bring on the Baskets

Add a few baskets to your entryway for easy access and storage of things like scarves, gloves and hats.

1 Vibrant Rug, 4 Revived Rooms

Fear not, you minimalists, lovers of the understated and color-phobes! A vibrant rug won’t be the attention hog you might assume. In fact, it has the opposite effect – showing off your beautiful decor in a way that no other design element can achieve.

Let us introduce you to one beautiful rug, the Mykonos Area Rug by Surya, and four rooms it brought to life.

TIPTo get a real sense of this rug’s impact on these spaces, use your hand to briefly block, then reveal the rug in each image. What a difference some color makes!


Invigorated elegance: A neutral rug in this refined room would lend a masculine feel, emphasizing the distinction between the dark tones and crisp whites. This colorful rug softens the contrast, making the navy velvet sofa feel even more luxurious and creating unity among all the pieces.

Inviting minimalism: Without warmth and color on the floor, this minimal space would be downright monastic. The rug’s deep hue balances the room’s grays and browns. The subtle, rounded pattern adds depth to otherwise solid elements and moderates the sharp edges of the Mid-Century pieces. 

Energized transitional: Beige is timeless. It goes with everything and works with every style. But too much of a good thing is, well, too much. With the addition of one thing – our featured rug – this handsome space goes from humdrum to hallelujah!

Vitalized glamour: There’s graceful and there’s glacial. Everyone’s got their own taste, but we know which we’d prefer for our bedrooms. The monochromatic scheme of this polished room gets boosted to stardom with a base of our vibrantly supportive rug.

 

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