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Design Tips to Make Working From Home More Productive

working from home As our community across the world is dealing with the impacts of COVID-19, many of us are facing a new reality of working and living completely at home. And while we know the ability to shelter in place and work remotely is a privilege not everyone has, we also know that working from home can be its own challenge.

This is especially true as many of us are also balancing homeschooling our kids, co-working with a partner, and trying to keep our sanity all at the same time. That’s why now, more than ever, we think it’s so important to have a home that is comfortable and inspiring.

Setting up a designated office space can go a long way in maximizing your productivity during these uncertain times. A physical place where you get down to business can help you make the mental transition to “work mode” and can make balancing life and work at home a bit easier.

To help you create a home office that works as hard as you do, we rounded up 10 of our best home office and working from home tips. We hope they can help you make the most out of your space and stay productive during this time at home.

office layout1. Find an Ergonomic Set-Up

Function and comfort are key to any good office. Set yourself up for success with a workspace where your monitor is at eye-level and you can sit upright in a comfortable chair.

2. Location, Location, Location

Your office doesn’t have to be a separate room, but a dedicated space to get in the zone is important. Try working from your dining table or even incorporate an office into your living room or even your bedroom.

home office in living room3. Utilize the “Cloffice”

Sometimes you need a quiet space to take a call or just have a moment alone to yourself. This can be difficult if you don’t have an extra room to escape to, but consider re-thinking spaces you might not have considered at first glance.

One of our favorites is using an awkward nook, an empty corner, or even a larger closet as an office space (aka the “cloffice”) to take a phone call or as a meditation spot. A few touches can really go along way to spruce up these spaces. Try adding a lamp and a floor pillows, and voila—an empty corner is now a cozy nook.

4. Switch Up Your Scenery

Get a change of scenery throughout the day, just like you would at the office. Consider taking calls and eating meals in another room or even outside. If you have a counter height bar utilize it as a standing desk. You can even make the switch from your office to the dining table half-way through the day for a change of pace.

office layout5. Invest in Good Lighting

A well-lit workspace is a must. Find a sturdy desk lamp to keep your space illuminated (you can borrow one from other areas of your home) and even consider setting up your desk in an area that gets lots of natural light.

6. Keep Clutter Contained

Working in a cluttered space can kill your productivity. Before you start your day take a moment to organize your space. We find loose papers are the number one culprit of disorganization, so consider using a notebook or investing in an organizer to keep things neat. Filing cabinets, baskets, and desk organizers are also great ways to help keep your space tidy!

working from home7. Add a Personal Touch

Invest in creating a space that you enjoy spending time in. This could mean hanging family photos or art that inspires you, adding decorative accents to personalize the space, or even adding a plant into the mix for a dose of relaxing vibes.

8. Structure Your Day

Get ready like you’re about to head into the office. Brush your teeth, comb your hair, put on clothes that aren’t your pajamas… This will put you in a working mindset and ensure your all-set for video calls! Try to take regular breaks throughout the day and even build in a fake “commute” to help you mentally transition between your workday and leisure time.

working from home9. Face-Time is Important

Social contact outside of work is a must! This might look like phone calls with your family, video chat “happy hours” with friends, or making time for family dinners and date night.

10. Give Yourself Compassion

This is a difficult time filled with a lot of stress and anxiety for many of us. Remember to give yourself compassion and recognize that you’re doing your best to get through this difficult moment. Take advantage of the many resources available to help cope with anxiety, keep yourself grounded by using this time to learn a new skill, and stay connected with your community. Most importantly, remember that we’re all in this together!

 

We here at Modsy want to be a source of inspiration and positivity during these difficult and unsettling times. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email (hello@modsy.com) or on social media to let us know what kind of content you’d like to see from us. 

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10 Ways to Make a Home Office in Your Living Room

home office in living room

What a time this is for us all. In light of current world events surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), many people are faced with the new reality of working from home. Working from home isn’t a new phenomenon, but with so many people taking measures to practice social distancing, it has definitely become a new part of many people’s lives.

And with many families also facing the new reality of homeschooling kids, our homes now need to function in many different ways, all at the same time.

And if you’re one of the many people able to work from home during these unprecedented times, you might find yourself in need of some home office ideas. But not everyone has a spare room that they can dedicate to a workspace. If you’ve been clocking in from your sofa, consider incorporating an office space of some sort into your living room.

To help inspire you, we’ve rounded up 10 clever ways to design a home office in your living room. Have another clever idea for creating an impromptu workspace? Tell us in the comments!

home office in living room1. Place Your Desk Behind The Sofa

Putting a desk behind your sofa is a great option if you have an open floor plan where your sofa “floats” in the middle of your room. Instead of using that space for a console table, bench, or nothing at all, have your sofa’s back and use that empty space as a home office set-up.

This is also an easy way to work in a homework station for kids, especially now that many families are working and schooling from home.

home office in living room2. Make the Most of an Unused Nook

Ever heard of the “Cloffice?” With whole households working from home, many people are turning to their closets as impromptu office spaces. You can use your closet as a quiet space to take a call, a place to take a few breaths, or even a full-fledged workspace if needed.

Here we transformed an unused nook area into a mini office set up. This is a clever hack that you can use in any awkward nook, corner, or closet in your home. Just add a desk or table, a chair, and ample lighting and you’ve got a simple office arrangement that will blend in seamlessly with your living room while taking up little space overall.

home office in living room3. Consider a Mini Work Desk

If you don’t need a large office set-up, consider tucking a small desk or even a cocktail table into an unused corner. This will give you an easy dedicated place to set up your laptop and get to work that isn’t the sofa.

This is a great option for busy living spaces or family rooms. You can use it as a designated homework zone for kids or set up close by to keep an eye on the action while still having a place to focus.

home office in living room4. Put Built-Ins to Work

If your living space has built-ins, consider incorporating a home office into that set-up. Consider skipping the cupboards in one of the units and install a desk instead. You could even place a desk in front of the built-ins in a pinch and use the shelving space above for extra office organization.

home office in living room5. Maximize Forgotten Spaces

Try designing a compact office in your living room’s forgotten spaces. This could be anything from an unused corner or the space next to your sofa. The areas, which often go unused, make great spots to sneak in a workspace.

If you have a side table there currently, consider swapping it out and using that space for a desk instead. This is a great hack because you can still use the desk as a table when you’re not working, so it won’t be as disruptive to your living room’s regular functions.

home office in living room6. Make an Office Work With Your Layout

Small space or apartment living often means making the most of your limited square footage. But this can also be true of any multi-purpose space—like a living room that doubles as a home office.

Consider incorporating an office into your main seating area by pulling a desk into your current layout to a seamless live/work space. Here we placed a desk between two bookcases (normally where the credenza or TV stand would go). This preserves the current layout, adds a home office, and can still function as a stand for TV viewing when you’re ready to clock out for the day.

home office in living room8. Sneak a Desk Into a Pass-Through Space

If you have an open living space, chances are there are walls or pass-through spaces that are going under-utilized. Put these passageways to work by placing a desk there!

Try one with wall-mounted bookcases to increase your storage space as well as adding a workstation. This is also a great way to get the function of built-ins if your space doesn’t have any.

home office in living room9. Optimize Shelving As a Working Spot

If you’re particularly tight on space, skip the hassle of making room for a full desk. A compact wall shelving unit works as both a laptop workstation, a side table, and a bookcase—a triple threat!

Pull up a chair and fill your shelves with books and office materials and you’ll have an organized space that’s stylish and functional both when it’s in-use and not.

home office in living room10. Put The Space Under Your Stairs to Work

Got an open staircase? Put that awkward wedge of space to use as a home office! This is a great way to increase your home’s functionality without taking up any extra square footage (as this is a space that would likely otherwise go unused).

Place your desk on the farthest side and work additional storage under the lower clearance. You can also use this as a semi-secluded study spot for kids who are schooling from home.

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8 Ways To Spruce Up Your Home For Spring

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It’s that time of year again! With spring in full spring, it’s time to spruce up your spaces at home for warmer weather and longer days ahead. No matter the size or style of your home—be it a large family house or a compact city apartment—here’s our checklist of easy (and essential!) spring decor updates and home refresh ideas to welcome the new season.

spring decor1. Do a deep spring clean

Your home deserves a deep clean, especially after the winter hibernation months. Trust us when we say you’ll feel 100% refreshed and accomplished if you tackle this list.

Wipe down baseboards

Wash all pillow covers (in the living room and bedroom)

Vacuum and rotating out rugs (roll-up winter ones to stow them away)

Dust off table surfaces and bookshelves

Clear things out of storage cabinets, your pantry, and the fridge (no excuses!)

spring decor2. Retire winter clutter

It doesn’t matter the size of your home, utilize all the spare space you can find to organize and put away winter accessories.

Stash away winter clothing you won’t need until later in the year.

Wash comforters, heavy blankets, and throws, and store them in airtight bins.

Put any big bulky storage, like space heaters and humidifiers, in the garage or in storage.

Make the most of under-bed storage organizers.

Corral things into woven baskets that can easily be stacked or tucked into corners.

spring decor3. Opt for lighter textures

Think natural textures and airier materials here that nod to the outdoors and soon-to-arrive summer days.

Seagrass, jute, linen, rattan, cane… these textures feel at home in warmer weather, so layer rugs made of these materials into your spaces with abandon!

Work in basketweave textures also to further play up the appeal of natural textures.

Try also adding in light woods and driftwood pieces to play up a summery beach house vibe, sure to bring in a hint of laid-back style.

spring decor4. Swap in new throw pillows

This is the easiest way to change up your look with more color and a fresh appeal that ushers a spring vibe into your rooms.

Replace cozy winter pillow covers with lighter, breezier ones made of linen and cotton.

Instead of faux fur pillows and knitted ones, try more solid colors and geometrics, which will add lots of instant spring energy.

Work in seasonal colors, such as greens, blues, pinks, and purples, which are sure to usher in major spring vibes.

spring decor5. Bring in breezier textiles

After you’ve changed up your pillow selection, do the same with your other textiles, which will further brighten and open up your rooms.

Swap in linen and cotton blankets and pack away chunky knits or fur throws.

Hang lighter curtains, like breezy linen and sheers, in lieu of heavy velvets.

Switch up your rugs in rooms from high-pile options to natural-fibers or flatweaves, which will bring a burst of color and texture as well as feel more in line with the warmer weather.

spring decor6. Play with color and patterns

Be sure to keep an eye out for fun and whimsical patterns that pay homage to spring. These are small updates that are sure to enliven your spaces.

Think stripes vibrant colors, pretty florals, chevron zigzags, and even elaborate animal motifs, all of which will add punch and intrigue.

If spring colors aren’t your thing, add energy and bring a room to life with a classic palette of crisp whites, black tones, and sharp blues.

spring decor7. Invite greenery indoors

It’s not a spring home refresh until you add some greenery and blooms in your home, naturally.

If you’re not a plant person, something simple can do the trick. Just add a potted succulent or two.

Or simply arrange a bouquet of spring blooms in a glass vase or unique vessel.

Don’t have a green thumb at all? Put a few stems of flowers in bud vases and arrange them however you want on a table or bookshelf.

spring decor8. Introduce fresh scents

Whether it’s fragrant blooms or a pristine scent of clean linens and plants, giving your rooms a scent update will set a bright mood and tone in your spaces.

Try out a new scented candle in the entry, your kitchen, or bathroom. We love placing one in a high-traffic area to bring in an uplifting mood.

For a stronger scent accessory update, you can go with something floral or a diffuser with essential oils that you can adjust to your liking.

 

 

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Not Sure What To Do With the Space Above Your Bed? No Problem.

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When it comes to affordable and stylish ideas for bedrooms, you can’t beat the colorful and instant impact of some thoughtfully curated wall art. We like to think of art, whether it’s above your bed frame or alongside it, as jewelry for the bedroom. It’s the decorative accessory that can truly brighten up your sleep space and add a pop of personality.

The big question with art, as with all home decor, is what should you hang in your bedroom? Are there art options other than paintings and photos that can work in the bedroom? And what’s the best way to fill an empty wall space?

To help you answer all those questions, we’ve rounded up 10 inspiring bedroom wall decor ideas that are stylish, budget-friendly, and easy to pull off. We’ve also included some quick tips for how to make wall art work in your space. Find it all below!

bedroom wall decor1. Hang A Statement Mirror

Among bedroom wall decor ideas, hanging an oversized mirror above your bed is guaranteed to add major bold appeal. It creates a dazzling focal point and it reflects light and will open up your space to make it feel larger and airier, no matter the style or size of your room.

We’re fans of this master bedroom that captures our idea of livable elegance, with its pops of pink and blue and it’s clean and cozy vibe. Try this light, pastel approach at home by keeping to a soft color palette and offsetting it with crisp whites.

Combine it all with a uniquely shaped mirror that’s visually interesting and has a bit of sculptural flair. It will serve as an eye-catching, functional piece of wall art that works nicely with the soft hues.

bedroom wall decor2. Show Off Your Collections

In small bedrooms where floor space is limited, think vertical. The wall area above and around your bed is the perfect spot for hanging art and a shelf that showcases your favorite objects, whether it’s a set of art prints or photographs and memorabilia from your travels.

Take a cue from this rustic-industrial modern bedroom, where wall shelving and matching mini gallery wall add function and warmth to the bed corner. It’s probably one of the coziest bedroom wall decor ideas we’ve seen. (Fair warning: It’s probably best for those of you who don’t live in earthquake zones!) It all goes perfectly with the room’s clean-lined yet earthy mid-century vibe.

If you’re looking to bring this look home, make sure to choose a streamlined shelving piece and keep to neutral art and warm wood tones that are in line with the modern look.

bedroom wall decor3. Get Bold With Color

Take an out-the-box approach to your bedroom wall decor by painting your walls a bold color to stand in as your main visual focus. Use negative space and captivating wall color to add impact and create a backdrop that lets your furniture pieces shine.

In this minimal-industrial master bedroom, the monochromatic blue walls give the room a bold and clean look. The color also helps set off the dark-metal canopy bed and sculptural light fixture, making them showpieces.

To reimagine this look in your own space, consider bold yet soothing wall colors, such as shades of green or neutrals, and pull in furnishings with strong lines that contrast with your walls. It’s a simple way to recreate this cool yet industrial look while still maintaining a cozy and comfy vibe.

bedroom wall decor4. Play Up A Decorative Headboard

Another way to work wall art into your bedroom without going the traditional route? Opt for a large, intricately designed headboard. It’s one of our favorite functional decor ideas for any bedrooms that have high ceilings and not that many wide empty walls for art. It’s also perfect if you want to make a statement without relying on tons of art and wall decor that could look visually cluttered in narrow wall spaces.

When it comes to bedroom ideas that involve headboards, you can go wrong with a decorative boho glam design. There are endless options, from carved styles to ones upholstered with bright global patterns. But all are guaranteed to add artful color and flair to any bedroom.

If you love this glam, boho look above, start by looking for a stylish headboard that has a global aesthetic to it and pair it with a similar palette of light blues, pinks, greens, and reds. Finish with some pretty art and textiles in the same palette, and you’re all set.

bedroom wall decor5. Build Up Bedside Art Moments

If you’re more of a contemporary minimalist but not one that’s all about spare, empty spaces, this one’s for you. Instead of going for big moments above your bed or painting your walls, turn your bedside tables into artful displays. Within our endless bedroom wall decor ideas list, this one is the most practical and affordable for any bedroom, as it makes the most of a space you’ll interact with on a daily basis.

Try hanging abstract art on both sides of your bed to create a symmetrical look and install matching wall lights to add further balance. Sconces can also relieve you from needing table lamps if you want more space on your nightstand to display art or use it to hold books, your phone, jewelry, and other small objects.

We love the clean-lined contemporary look of this bedroom, which is easy to translate into your own home. Just start with neutral pieces that have simple lines but are big on comfort, like a white tufted headboard or a black dresser with gold hardware. Then just layer on your bedside with art and accents that have aspects of those designs and details.

bedroom wall decor6. Make It Easy With a Decorative Tapestry

Among our designers’ favorite wall decor ideas for the bedroom is hanging a distinct textile hanging piece above the bed. This is an easy alternative to bedroom wall art that instantly gives a space a modern boho vibe.

Look for one with a geometric design and minimal colors if you’re going for a more casual but cozy feel, or take it all the way eclectic with a bright tapestry piece that adds impact with color. The idea here is to let your wall hanging be the main focus amid your other furnishings, so try to keep to neutral pieces and light wood tones.

Stylist tip: This is a great hack if your bed frame doesn’t have a headboard. Hanging an oversized tapestry in its place can help visually define the area and give your room a pop of personality!

bedroom wall decor7. Set A Scenic Backdrop

Wallpaper is, without a doubt, the most statement-making approach to wall art in the bedroom. It’s also one of those bedroom wall decor ideas that never goes out of style. If you’re ready to take a bold leap in the wallpaper direction, try starting with a nature-themed covering and using it on the wall behind your bed to create an accent wall that tells a visual story. We especially love it as a dramatic focal point in a small bedroom.

The key to making wallpaper work is lean into its style roots by going for a more eclectic and glam look with your furnishings. Think natural materials, like wood, brass, and marble, along with pieces that have bold dramatic silhouettes and details to them. Finish it all off with plants and greenery that tie back to your nature-themed wallpaper.

bedroom wall decor8. Frame Your Windows

If you have large windows in your bedroom, you might not even need wall art. Instead, place your bed in front of your windows and hang curtains behind to create an illuminated focal point. When it comes to unconventional bedroom wall decor ideas, this is by far our favorite since it’s simple but feels incredibly sophisticated and elevated.

With this layout, you’ll want to keep to a modern classic approach with furnishings, which means tried-and-true pieces that have clean lines and are which are functional, comfortable, and easy to mix-and-match. To really set off your windows, surround it with dark neutrals and earth tones, be it through curtains, an upholstered headboard, a pair of black nightstands, or a mix of dark and light-hued pillows.

9. Consider A Piece of Sculpture

For art that adds depth and shape to your bedroom, hang a big sculpture piece above your bed to make a true statement. It’s one of those bedroom wall decor ideas that’s often overlooked since many people tend to gravitate toward paintings and photographs by default. But an oversized sculpture is great if you’re looking to bring in an unexpected touch.

Look for a large sculptural piece with a captivating design that has bold lines, which will play up the organic modernist look we’ve been seeing all over and loving. But really there are no rules when it comes to picking a wall sculpture for your room, except that it should be big and eye-catching. The idea is that with one big sculptural piece, there’s no need to hang lots of other smaller art pieces.

bedroom wall decor10. Try a Simple Pair of Pendant Art Pieces

Simple and chic, you can’t beat the curated look of a set of art prints from one series. Hang a pair (or a trio or an entire collection of six or eight) over your bed to create a gallery wall focal point that draws attention no matter where you are in the room.

Among our favorite picks are a series of squiggly line drawings or abstract shapes in straightforward primary colors. They’re sure to add a mod and fresh look that’s impactful without overwhelming your space. Be sure you opt for matching frames for your pieces from the same art series. Simple black or wood frames will help continue the understated look. If you’re at a loss for bedroom wall decor ideas, this is one of the easiest ways to work art that looks stylish and purposeful into your space.

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9 Awkward Living Room Design Challenges and Their Solutions

At Modsy, we love helping our customers take on the many challenges of interior design. The most common room our customers struggle with? The living room. Since they’re usually at the top of the list in terms of rooms to decorate, we’ve encountered our fair share of awkward living room designs and helped our customers find solutions for them.

Awkward living rooms come in all shapes and sizes—from slanted walls to tiny spaces, we’ve designed it all. The living room is the hub of the house, but when it’s oddly shaped or has quirky features, it can feel impossible to make it work with the furniture and style you want. That’s why we’re rounding up some of the most common awkward living room design challenges right here in one place. Read on for some great awkward living room design solutions!

awkward living room design1. An Attic Loft Living Space

This attic loft is a funky, cool space with a ton of low-key hangout potential. The A-frame shape creates an immediately cozy vibe and the big window at the back of the room lets in a lot of natural light for sunny afternoon reading and naps.

However, sloped ceilings do tend to make for pretty awkward living room designs. Finding furniture that will accommodate the short and slanted walls is difficult, and it can be equally tough to fit everything in without making the room feel too cluttered and cramped.

To make the most of this awkward living room design, we went with a double sofa layout. The seating is super comfy and geared toward chatting and lounging, but the design also makes it easy to watch TV. We added a small desk in the back corner and propped artwork against the wall to make the most of the limited wall space.

awkward living room design2. Long and Narrow Living Room

If you have a long and narrow space like this one, you might be struggling to find the right layout and furniture for your awkward living room design. But don’t fret, it really doesn’t get much more awkward than this room, which stretches lengthwise with two full walls of windows and one side open to the rest of the home.

This layout is awkward because a long, narrow space doesn’t leave you with a ton of layout options. You want a comfortable and functional room with plenty of seating for watching TV, but the catch is that the TV only fits on one wall.

If you don’t need TV to be the focal point, use the awkward living room design to your advantage and create a cozy space to read, cuddle up, and relax—TV watching optional. We found a large comfy sectional that fits perfectly against two walls for an extra cozy feel. And instead of a traditional coffee table, we used two poufs that can double as extra seating/footrests. They take up the same amount of space, but provide so much more in the way of function—a must-have for all awkward living room designs!

3. Split-Level Living and Dining Room

This split-level living and dining space is awesome because you get a living room and dining space with an open, airy flow. It’s an awesome set-up for those who love entertaining but can also be an awkward room to design. The space is super unusual, but unlike some of the other awkward layouts that leave you with limited options, this one has endless possibilities!

A split-level room means you are left with a quirky half-wall, and this is the greatest design challenge to contend with. Consider placing shorter furniture against this wall, so as to not draw attention to it. Here we opted for a bench but you could also try a credenza for extra storage.

We opted for a conversational layout in this awkward living room design, with a tailored look that’s equally great for both casual hangs and more formal dinner parties. The polished color palette ties both rooms together for a cohesive look. And the sofa and facing chairs make for easy conversation while the bench against the partition wall maximizes that tricky wall space.

small living room design4. Super Small Apartment Living Room Design

Small room designs are one of the most well-known design challenges. And if you live in a city apartment, you’ll likely have to face this challenge sooner rather than later. But don’t let a small living room get you down! With the right tricks, even the smallest, most awkward living room designs can be perfectly livable and amazingly stylish.

This southwestern chic living room is perfect for entertaining, with plenty of seating and a style that is small space-savvy.

The main issue here is, of course, size. We needed to maximize the space to make room for chilling out, entertaining, watching TV, functional storage, etc. And we also wanted it to look good!

This design works because it allows for open traffic flow into the room and leaves plenty of space to navigate around furniture. The sofa has a built-in side table so you can skip the extra piece of furniture and the wall-mounted desk/bookcase offers plenty of convenient storage to free up more floor space.

5. Large, Open Living Room Layout

We talk a lot about clever ways to design small spaces, but it can also be tough to have the opposite problem! This living room is HUGE, with a beautiful fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows on every wall—design features that are highly sought after but also present their own challenges.

A big space can easily translate into an awkward living room design because the large room tends to make furniture, rugs, and decor look super tiny! In addition to the mondo size, this room also has the unique design challenge of having windows on every wall, which makes layout out furniture extra difficult.

We addressed this conundrum by floating a huge sectional sofa right in the middle of the room. This helps fill the space and also makes for killer TV viewing. Pulling the sofa away from the walls is a great interior design solution for the windows, too. And, the room is big enough to add a cozy convo circle around the fireplace and a tucked-away space for kids to play!

6. Long, Open Living and Dining Room

This awkward living room design features a refined rustic take on an open-flow living/dining room set up. We wanted to make sure the space had a distinct dining zone, adequate seating, and functional traffic flow to get the most use out of the space.

An open-flow space can be a challenge to design—there’s so much space you might not know where to start. It can be especially tricky to create distinct spaces for lounging and dining in such a long, airy room.

This room features a relaxed and inviting home space with a formal dining room and a loungey living space. The sectional sofa offers plenty of seating and the back of the sofa acts as a partition between the two “zones” of the room. This design also works because it offers plenty of extra storage space so you can easily declutter.

awkward living room design7. Awkward Living Room With Angled Walls

We’re really digging this modern and edgy space! Despite the awkward living room design, which features walls set at less-than-right angles, it still offers a comfortable space for lounging, working, playing and watching TV.

This room is full of design oddities, including one of the most difficult layout challenges: slanted walls! The quirky, awkward room shape creates lots of hard-to-handle nooks and crannies that can be difficult to fill without the space looking hodge-podge.

We opted for a conversational layout in this space with a sofa and armchair for more seating versatility. The design uses one awkward corner as a sunny home for plants, which helps brighten the space and detract from the weird angle. We also included a desk/workspace to maximize the functionality of the room.

awkward living room design8. Small Living Room with a Fireplace and Five Walls

If you ask us, small rooms can make for some of the coziest living areas of all. This modern living room design makes great use of a small, square space with tons of hangout room and lots of comfy seating.

Not having a lot of space doesn’t have to be a buzzkill, but it does mean you might have to get creative with your design choices. Not to mention that the room is nearly square but with an extra fifth wall, which can be an imposing shape to work with, and has lots of doors and windows to work around.

This design works because it features a cozy sofa and extra comfortable chairs that optimize TV viewing but also make for easy conversation. Small space solutions help fill out awkward spots, like the mini cabinet in the blank space between the two doors. Bookcases add vertical storage along a narrow wall and the two poufs add seating options without taking up a bunch of floor space.

awkward living room design9. Small Living Dining Room With a Slanted Wall

We love the cool, contemporary vibes of this laid back lounge. The layout centers around entertaining while the stylish decor and furnishings help create a cozy, welcoming feel.

The awkward living room design challenge here was working with a funky, narrow room. Maximizing a small, narrow space can be tough—especially when you want both a living room area and a separate dining space.

This layout works because it features lots of versatile, small-space seating options instead of overwhelming the room with a giant sofa. The dining area is also compact and great for low-key entertaining. The small furniture pieces and cool tones help create multiple “zones” in the room to maximize space!

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Moving in Together? 5 Decorating Tips for Cohabitating Couples

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So, you and your partner are finally taking the plunge and moving in together. Congratulations! Cohabitating with your SO is a major milestone in any relationship and, as such, comes with a host of exciting new changes and challenges.

And while the hardest part of moving in with your significant other might seem like sharing a bathroom, for many couples the greatest (and most unanticipated) challenge is actually designing their new shared space.

Moving in with a significant other is a big life event, so it’s understandable that it might stir up some anxiety. Couple that with the stress of purchasing furniture that meets both of your styles and budgets, and you really have a recipe for potential conflict.

Before you spend a miserable afternoon fighting over a rug in IKEA, read these 5 design tips for couples from Modsy’s VP of Style, Alessandra Wood. We’re talking about ways to combine design styles peacefully and create a space you both love.

1. Plan to Purge Equally

Once you move in together, you’ll likely discover you have double the furniture you need. That means you’ll need to decide what to keep and what to toss. And while you might have better taste than your partner, they might think the same things about your choice of furniture as well.

Instead of hashing out whose stuff moves into the new place and whose gets posted on Craigslist, one of our favorite design tips for couples is to agree to purge equally.

This can mean going through items piece-by-piece and deciding whose is in better condition or will work better in your new place. Take a critical look at knick-knacks as well, and consider only displaying the ones that are meaningful to both of you. Or, consider scrapping it all and only taking what you absolutely need to furnish your new place for the short-term.

This is your opportunity for a fresh start, so the goal of your purge should be to take what works, and leave the rest behind so you can begin to design a space that both of you love.

2. Align on Your Shared Vision

Before you get caught up in the design details, have a conversation with your partner about what each of you values in your home.

What do you want to use the space for? What are your must-haves and your hard-nos? And where are you willing to compromise?

Hash out these big-picture ideas before you talk specifics, and find the points that you both agree on. Starting from a place of mutual understanding can be super helpful before you begin to make style and purchasing decisions.

3. Explore Your Styles

Once you’ve cleared away your old furniture, you can begin to explore what interior design styles you want for your new home together.

Take a tour of your Pinterest boards and explore the possibilities for your space together. We also recommend to couples is that they take our Modsy Style Quiz. This will help give you an understanding of each other’s tastes and can help you think about how to merge them together into one look (yes, we promise it is possible!).

4. Find Ways to Merge Your Tastes

You like mid-century modern but your partner likes industrial? Try looking for pieces with a modern shape but in raw materials, like leather and metals, to satisfy you both. Their style is glamorous but yours is minimal? Maybe stick to a neutral color palette but incorporate chic materials like velvet and gold.

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

5. Show off Your Ideas

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

Create a visual representation of your ideas to show your partner, be that a Modsy 3D design of your actual home, a moodboard, or ordering fabric samples and paint swatches.

So many of our customers tell us that they were able to get their partner on-board with their vision after showing them exactly how their idea would look before committing. So whether you want to try a bold wall color, velvet sofa, or a totally new layout idea, we can help you see it come to life before it comes to life.

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

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8 Foolproof Design Tips For Studio Apartments

studio apartment designThere’s no question that crafting the perfect studio apartment design can be a serious challenge. You’re working with a small space that needs to serve multiple needs, from sleeping to lounging to sometimes even doing actual work.

Additionally, you still want to show off your personal style while creating a functional, livable space. From bringing in space-saving furniture to sneaking in storage, we’ve rounded up our best tips for making the most out of your studio apartment. Read on for our expert ideas and see how to bring them home.

1. Use the Vertical Space

Don’t have square footage to spare? Make the most of your vertical wall space! Specifically, sneaking in additional storage is a great way to maximize your vertical space, be it a tall open bookcase or a system of mounted shelves and wall hooks. The trick is to add as much storage as you can while taking up as little floor space as possible.

You’ll also want to look for ways to replace what you already have, such as subbing a nightstand for a bookcase, which provides the same function but gives you four times the storage space. A win-win for any studio apartment design!

2. Embrace Clear Furniture and Mirrors

Because studios are small by nature, it helps to have a few tricks to make them seem more open. One way to do that is to work in mirrors and clear furniture, which will minimize the overall visual clutter.

Mirrors have the added advantage of bouncing light around and they’ll play up the illusion that your studio is more spacious than it seems. Whereas clear furnishings will add to the spacious vibe by making your studio feel lighter and more open.

studio apartment design3. Put Your Walls to Work

Just like vertical storage, use your walls for other functions like lighting. Mounted lights as well as swivel sconces not only provide ample lighting, they also free up floor space and they have a chic and stylish look that really elevates any small studio apartment design.

Another trick we love for our vertical wall space? Hanging plants from the ceiling, which adds instant color and life to a small space.

studio apartment design4. Opt for Leggy Furniture

Bulky furniture that sits low to the ground will make an already small space feel even smaller and more cramped. Instead, pick furniture perched on tall, skinny legs that provide a more open and uncluttered look in your studio apartment. Case in point: This chair, bed frame, and nightstand all have open bases that lend an airy look to tiny space.

studio apartment design5. Break Up the Space

Finding the right layout for a studio is probably THE major struggle for most small-space dwellers. And it’s easy to see why. You’re trying to fit so many functions into one room, and it can be hard to break up your space to serve multiple purposes.

To solve this conundrum, start by doing what you can to “zone” your studio space and create distinct living and sleeping areas. For instance, using a dresser or a piece of furniture to physically divide the space is one way to delineate different areas. Or try laying down rugs, which can really help create visual distinctions.

studio apartment design6. Sneak In Storage

You already know that storage is at a premium in studios. Work with what you’ve got and sneak it in where you can instead of adding more bulky pieces into your furniture mix.

One of our favorite smart storage solutions is stowing things away in baskets under the bed. It’s the best way to make the most of an area that would otherwise be dead space. Also look for two-in-one storage furniture, like a coffee table with secret compartments, a desk with cubbies, and a nightstand with drawers, all of which will let you stow away a lot more than you think!

studio apartment design7. Think Multi-Purpose Everything

In addition to sneaking in extra storage, go for multi-purpose pieces in your design. A bookcase that doubles as a room divider? Yes, please! It’s all about getting creative with your furnishings.

Think poufs that can double for side tables, a desk that also functions as a nightstand, or a dresser that’s also your TV stand. You want to get more function out of the few pieces you have in your apartment, so wherever you can double dip, do it!

8. Make the Most of Every Space

Finally, if you already have your furniture but just need to figure out a better way to use your space, find clever uses for your nooks and crannies. There’s not a square foot to lose!

Make use of every space, including underneath other things—tuck baskets under a console table, poufs under a bench or coffee table. The idea is to push things together in a way that’s smart and stylish and leaves you with more room for additional practical accent furniture and walking space throughout.

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6 Entryway Design Tips to Help Your Home Make a Stylish First Impression

Entryways are the perfect place to establish welcoming vibes in your home. Whether it’s a big foyer or a barely-there space in front of the door, this area is the first room you see when you walk into the house. A good entryway design makes sure this room helps keep you organized on your way in and out and makes an excellent first impression on guests.

Setting up an entryway you love coming home to is a great way to kick off 2020 in style! The great news is because these spaces are usually on the smaller side, entryway redesign doesn’t take nearly as much work as other rooms. Check it off your to-do list and make 2020 the year you love coming home!

entryway design1. Create a Functional Entryway Checkpoint

The entryway is the first place you set foot into when you come home and the last place you see when you leave. Adding a few thoughtful touches can have a big impact on your entire day. Additions like drawers for mail, a tray for essentials like your keys and wallet, and hooks to hang your bags will help organize the space—and your life!

Think about the things you grab on your way out the door and create an entryway design that helps remind you to take them with you. This will help ensure you’re always be prepared to face the day.

entryway decor2. Stay Organized with Storage

Storage is the ultimate key to functional entryway design. Because entryways are usually the first and last room you pass through in your house, clutter has a way of piling up quickly. From kids’ school bags and toys to packages and purses, your entryway sees a lot of action. To keep clutter at bay, we say get organized with smart storage.

Our favorite entryway storage idea? Enclosed storage pieces, like this woven-front credenza. These make an easy place to stash mail, gloves, keys, etc… perfect for on-the-go lifestyles. And since they’re enclosed, you can quickly tidy up and stash away clutter without the need to constantly organize your entryway design.

3. Think Off the Walls

Your entryway furniture doesn’t always have to be pushed against the walls. If you have a larger or open “foyer” entryway, consider “floating” a round table in the middle of the space. A floating table is a great entryway design option if you have a lot of square footage by the door and aren’t quite sure what to do with it.

This not only opens up the functional possibilities for your entryway layout, it also gives the area a slightly more formal vibe and polished look. With the extra wall space you can add additional storage (think a credenza or bookcases) or prop a full-length mirror for easy last-minute outfit checks on your way out the door.

entryway design4. Display The Entryway Essentials

After a long, potentially stressful day at the office, it is so nice to come home and be greeted by a space you love. Take a little extra care to curate decor and art in your entryway design so you are welcomed home by things you love from the moment you step through the door.

Consider adding in a few photos of your family, sculptures from a trip, or fun decor that showcases your personal style. A few of these personal touches in an entryway can instantly make your home feel like your perfect oasis.

5. Create a Jaw-Dropping Focal Point

Entryways might be small, but they don’t have to be an afterthought. With the right interior design attention, your entryway can rival any other room in the house. And, considering this room gets so much traffic, it probably should. Need proof? This entryway design from our Modern Rustic lake house design proves just how stylish these rooms can be!

It doesn’t take much to create a gorgeous look here either—pick a console table you love, hang a show-stopping work of art, and cover the floors with a gorgeous rug (just make sure it has a durable weave and can stand up to extra foot traffic). You can even tuck in a few baskets for a stylish pop of storage—these are especially great for kid-friendly entryways where all the clutter can be hard to contain.

entryway design6. Keep Your Entryway Design Simple and Stylish

Sometimes the best entryway designs are the simplest ones. All you really need in is a piece of art or a stylish mirror, a console or bench, and a few pops of decor.

We love a bench for an easy place to put on/take off shoes. And a mirror is key for last-minute outfit checks and can help make smaller entryway designs feel more spacious! Finally, some potted plants and decorative pillows pack a delightfully stylish punch in any entryway, making them our must-have pieces to complete this space.

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Inspire Productivity With These 8 Home Office Designs

home office ideasWelcome to the new year! And with another trip around the sun comes a myriad of goals we’d like to accomplish, both big and small! Whether you’re resolving to write a novel, get your taxes done early, learn how to code, or just pick up a fun hobby, you need a space that will help you reach those goals. Enter: 2020-ready home office designs!

Your home office interior design plays a big role in your productivity and energy—all things we need in spades to tackle 2020. Having a dedicated workspace will help get you in the right mindset to get things done. Because, while interior design can’t accomplish your goals for you, it can certainly help inspire you to take steps to get there!

But one of the greatest home office design myths is that you need an extra room in your house. Not true! You can create beautiful home office designs in any space and without a lot of square footage. While some homes have a dedicated room for you to create a home office, you can definitely create a workspace no matter the size of your home. Keep reading for eight home office designs and tips that will help inspire productivity in 2020!

home office designs1. Pick a Serene Color Palette

Color impacts our mindset and emotions in major ways. We especially like using color to our advantage when it comes to inspiring productivity in a home office! Consider which colors speak to you most and create a palette based on that. We love serene neutrals, which feel both cozy and uplifting. But dark shades can also create a cozy, enveloping vibe that may help you concentrate! Pick whatever makes you feel inspired and motivated. (And if you really like the color scheme and design featured here, check out the full Organic Modernism home tour!)

2. Max Out Storage

A calm and clean space leads to a calm and productive mind. Conversely, the easiest way to kill your productivity is by working in a room full of clutter! Set yourself up for success with some creative storage solutions in your home office design. Some of our favorites? Bookshelves with baskets and magazine holders for organization, cabinets and credenzas to hide clutter and organize files, and even floor baskets to keep cords and other larger items tucked away!

home office designs3. Make Use of Awkward Spaces

Don’t have a full room to dedicate to a home office? No problem. Simply make use of other spaces in your home! This office set-up is in a passthrough space between living and bedroom areas—a space that would otherwise go unused. A simple desk and chair, and a beautiful piece of wall art are all you need to transform this unused nook into a beautiful home office design. You could also consider tucking an office in your living room, a bedroom, or that awkward nook under the stairs.

4. Make it Multi-Purpose

Living in a small apartment? You don’t have to give up on the idea of a home office. Simply make your workspace serve multiple functions! This desk set-up in a studio apartment does just that—serving as an entryway, a small home office, and a vanity!

5. Get Creative With Your Layout

New layouts can unlock new ways of thinking, even in an old space! So, opt for a layout that will help get your creative juices flowing. For some, that’s creating a cozy, tucked away space. For others, it’s going for an executive-suite styled of office! If that’s your jam, consider floating your desk in the middle of the room. It will give you a new perspective on work and can help create energetic flow in the space. With this home office layout, we’re getting the best of both worlds—the ability to look out the window while you work and save wall space for some built-in storage!

Pro tip: This layout is particularly great if you work from a laptop, host meetings, or go old-school with pen and paper. It’s not great for large monitor set-ups, as the cords will be fully on display.

6. Tuck in a Study Spot

Even kids and teens need an office space sometimes! Set your kiddo up for scholastic success in 2020 with a home office space all their own! Tuck a desk at the foot of their bed, and pair it with a fun office chair. Or, if space is a bit tight, you could swap a nightstand for a desk and get both functions in one piece of furniture! Whichever office layout you go for, just remember to pick out desk accessories in their favorite colors and hang a bulletin board or fun artwork above their desk to personalize the space. This will keep them inspired and help encourage them to reach for their goals!

7. Work With What You’ve Got

Have some awkward architectural details in your home? We say, embrace what you’ve got. This office has both an awkward nook and built-in shelves. But we think it’s the perfect place to sneak in a desk and take advantage of built-in storage! Tucked next to a daybed, it also makes for the perfect multi-purpose space—a home office most days, and a guest bedroom when you need it!

home office designs8. Embrace a Bold Design for Bold Ideas

Do you work from home? Don’t work an eight-hour day in a sad office that lacks inspiration! Instead, turn your home office into a space you actually want to spend time in! This bold, chic office design is both cozy and cool — the perfect place to get productive. The sleek furniture balances out the bold, patterned rug and the simple design of the space will help minimize distractions. What results is a home office that offers some personality and is ripe for productivity!

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9 Ways to Make the Most of Your Small Living Room

small living room designIf you feel like your living room is always cramped and cluttered, you aren’t alone. Let’s face it—small living room design can be a struggle. Especially in light of the fact that it’s the room you likely spend the most time in and also needs to be super functional. But don’t let your small living room cramp your style!

Some people say the only way to make a small living room work is by avoiding dark wall colors or certain types of furniture. But we disagree. You don’t have to sacrifice your personal style to make the most of your small living room. Here are a few tried and true tips from our designers that are sure to help you ace your small living room design for a space that’s big on style and functionality.

small living room tips1. Use Your Walls

If your living room is short on floor space, it’s time to get creative by using your walls! Wall-mounted storage options are amazing and they give you all the same functionality without taking up floor space. Think about using a bookcase to double as a side table or even try one with a built-in desk option. It reduces clutter, maximizes storage, and means you have one less piece of furniture to buy.

small space hack2. Go for Clear Furniture

One small living room design trick that often goes unnoticed is to use clear furniture. Clear, or even mirrored, furniture helps to reduce visual clutter which is a must-have in a small space. The optical illusion creates a more open and airy look instead of dense, heavy pieces that sit directly on the floor. You can get the same effect using furniture that sits on tall, tapered legs, as well. (Ever wondered why Mid-Century Modern design is so popular in urban spaces? Because it’s a great style for small rooms!)

small living room design3. Use an Organic Shaped Rug

Sometimes it can be a struggle to find a rug that fits into your small living room design. They often seem way too big or awkwardly small for tight spaces. Rather than drawing attention to the small size of your room with a rug that doesn’t fit, try using one with an organic shape. We love options like this cowhide rug. It has the same function and doesn’t need to follow any rules as far as room shape and size.

4. Hang Your Curtains High

One easy trick for making your small living room seem larger, is to hang your curtains up high! This gives the impression that your ceilings are extra tall and will draw the eye up rather than down. It’s a clever optical illusion that will make your space seem much larger than it is.

small living room design5. Skip the Coffee Table

In a room that’s already packed to the max, skipping out on unessential furniture items is the way to go. So we say get a little crazy and skip the coffee table. If you’re short on space, you can benefit from the open area to use in other ways, like this living room that uses two poufs to double as footrests and a makeshift coffee table. And they can be used as extra seats in a pinch!

6. Use Your Sofa to Divide the Space

If you’re doubling down on your space to create both a living and dining area, use your sofa to divide up the room. The back of a sofa creates a “zone” by partitioning the space into different areas. Having a makeshift wall like this helps to create a sense of rooms within rooms.

small living room design7. Make It Multi-Purpose

Having limited living room space means you need to get the most bang for your buck. Opt for furniture pieces that serve multiple functions—such as using a bench as a coffee table, or a bookcase as a room divider.

8. Maximize Every Square Inch

Another way to make your small living room look great is to make sure you’re using every square inch of space. Tuck in storage where you can, like these baskets hiding behind the open door in space that would have otherwise gone unused. Think about ways to work in extra storage, tuck in a desk, or even extra seating.

small living room design9. Add Sneaky Storage

You’d never guess that this coffee table has interior storage, would you?! Pieces like this are a great hack for small living room design. Instead of adding more clutter with bulky storage pieces, add furniture items that serve multiple functions. Enclosed storage is also great because it’s super low-maintenance—no one knows what kind of mess you’re hiding in there.

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Holiday Hosting Tips From Our VP Of Style, Alessandra Wood

holiday hosting tips ModsyWith the holidays approaching fast, we’re feeling festive and looking forward to all the cozy gatherings with family and friends to come.

Naturally, our very own VP of Style, Alessandra Wood, is way ahead of us and already has her home decked to the nines for the holidays. We snuck a peek inside her holiday set-up and got the chance to pick her brain on the best ways to design, prep, and decorate for the holidays. Read on for some inspiration and get her best holiday hosting tips for easy entertaining!

cozy decorDecorating for the Season

’Tis the season to get festive! Here’s how I style and prep my home for holiday hosting.

holiday mantel decorStyle Your Mantel

If you have a mantel, this is a great place to get your festive decor on! You can make your home look (and smell) amazing simply with a garland of fresh greenery. I like a blend of eucalyptus and anise. Unlike other plants and greenery, these varieties will dry out (rather than rot) over the next few months. Translation: they have major staying power and you can keep them on display all season long!

cozy decorGet Cozied Up

For me, it’s all about the layers of textiles. My favorites are chunky knit blankets, fluffy pillows, and sheepskin throws. I love to drape them over an armchair or pile them on my sofa to really warm up my home with cozy touches.

Add Mood Lighting

Flameless candles are the best! They create that magical, glowing effect without threat of burning your house down!

holiday hosting tipsSetting a Holiday Table

Hosting a dinner party? Here are my best holiday hosting tips for a dining room that’s set to impress.

Arrange Fresh Florals

I love using fresh flowers in the colors of the season as my centerpiece. For the greenery, I like to use the same blend of eucalyptus and anise to keep the holiday scent consistent throughout.

holiday tablescapeServe It Up Vintage Style

I always borrow my mom’s vintage Lenox china set, which creates a tablescape that’s as lovely as it is festive. And if you don’t have vintage dishware, regular dinnerware arranged with semi-fancy napkins and wine glass are equally wonderful. It’s all about creating an intimate atmosphere!

Prepare for Extra Headcount

I have an expandable dining table, which is great if you only host large gatherings a few times per year. It’s also always good to keep extra seats on hand. I always have a bench or a pair of stools handy for easy extra seats when unexpected guests arrive.

Create a Festive Scent

One of the easiest (and least expensive) ways I like to prep for hosting is by boiling a pot of water full of lemons, cloves, and cinnamon. It makes my home smell amazing and really sets a nostalgic, festive tone.

charcuterie board prepEncourage Noshing

Make snacking (and mingling) easy with a charcuterie board. I always pre-cut the cheese for mine, which makes it so much easier for guests to snack. It also relieves them of having to do the awkward hover and struggle with the cheese knife, which is a win for everyone.

holiday hosting tips for the barPrepping The Bar

A great party starts with a great bar, and I’m all about making mine stylish and functional. Here are a few of my favorite bar-prep tips.

Skip the Bottles

Instead of displaying bottles of alcohol, I like to pour my favorite spirits into decanters. No matter what the liquor is, it makes for an instantly more expensive look. Think bottom-shelf liquor in a top-shelf disguise.

holiday hosting punch bowlPunch It Up

Not that I need an excuse to break out a vintage punch bowl, but it also happens to be one of my favorite holiday hosting tips. I love this because it means guests can self-serve their drinks. AKA no one has to play bartender and everyone can help themselves to as many as they like.

You can even leave the alcohol out of your punch and keep it in a decanter to let your guests self-moderate how boozy they want their drinks. This is also great if you have friends who are on a cleanse or don’t drink, kids on the guest list, or want to help out that friend who is secretly pregnant.

eggnog punch bowlStir Up a Seasonal Cocktail

I love serving a signature cocktail in a punch bowl. It really sets the mood for the party! For the holidays I whip up eggnog. I love Martha Stewart’s classic eggnog recipe because it has bourbon, rum, and cognac—a triple threat!

Get Organized

I prefer a bar cabinet over a bar cart because you can stash away any clutter behind closed doors. It’s a super low-maintenance way to get everything in order, especially if you’re often running short on time!

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15 Holiday Decorating Tips from Modsy Designers

holiday decorating tipsIt’s that time of year again! After we’ve had our full of turkey (and only then) we’re diving into full-on festive mode and getting our homes set for the holidays. No matter if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Festivus, or nothing at all, it can still be fun to add a few seasonal or festive touches to your home decor.

And when it comes to holiday decorating, some people love to follow tradition while others prefer to shake it up with something new and unexpected each year. If you’re looking for some holiday decorating tips and inspiration, we’ve got you covered. We polled our team of Modsy designers to see how they decorate for the holidays.

Scroll on to get inspired with some designer-approved holiday decorating tips and ideas!

holiday decorating TipsDeck Out a Holiday Focal Point

“Pro tip: if you have a fireplace mantel, take advantage of it! You can string garland and lights on it with some of your favorite holiday decor. A fireplace/mantel is a statement for any home, so why not make it grand?”

– Miranda W, Modsy Designer

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“If you celebrate Christmas, go all out on the tree! I like to use ribbon, a set variety pack of ornaments, select specialty ornaments and some of the decorative sticks and BAM.. awesome tree.”

– Leah W

“I love a real tree. I take the clipping from the bottom and use them in vases all over the house. My daughters decorate our tree with the ornaments they received growing up and then—if there’s room—my husband and I will try and hang up some of ours too.”

– Janna C

Make It Uniquely Yours

“I enjoy picking a new, unique theme for my tree each year. A few of my favorites have been poinsettias, hats, ski lodge, and even childhood memories.”

– Julia G

“Each year I try to choose a new, out-of-the-box material to decorate my mantle. One year it was cork, the next it was tinsel. I pick a new theme and run with it but always strive to keep the overall look classic and timeless.”

– Erin K

It’s All About the Lights

“I love using string lights everywhere. They make any room feel more magical!”

– Tais K

“Lights are always a must! A strand of white and red lights can make any space feel warm and cozy.”

– Silver H

“I love white lights and garland, it makes my entire space so cozy! I always chose white lights over colored, they just add warmth to the whole room.”

– Morgan V

small space holiday decor tipsWork With What You’ve Got

“I live in a tiny apartment with my boyfriend and puppy, so space is limited! Instead of a tree, we like to hang some ornaments in our big living room window using different length ribbons. It looks so pretty and festive!”

– Mackenzie R

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“I live in a condo with limited floor/shelving space and a curious toddler, so what really gets me excited for any holiday or season is a decorative wreath on the front door. It provides the wow-factor that I want and it really makes a difference to have a nice wreath greet me, my guests, and neighbors during this time of year!”

– Andrea S

“For years I did an abundance of fresh garland and a real tree. It’s still my favorite because it doesn’t take much to make a big impact. However, this year I’m in a third floor walk-up so I’ve had to get creative. I have a small white on white flocked tree, pampas grass garland, and lots of paper snowflakes.”

–Logan R

colorful holiday decorating ideasPlay With Color in Your Holiday Decor

“I recently started investing in seasonal pillows, they’re a fun way to introduce more colors that I wouldn’t normally decorate with. Think muted reds and oranges around fall and forest greens with icy blues for winter.”

–Lauren H

“Stick to a color palette, and let that flow throughout your home! Currently, mine is white, silver, gold, and rose gold.

–Diana K

“The easiest way is with pillows and throws in my opinion, but there are also lots of fun ways to bring in some holiday decor unexpectedly. I have a few built-ins and shelves were there are everyday baskets and bins, and I like swapping them in with more festive pieces, either with cozy textures or fun holiday colors and patterns.

– Lauren M

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7 Creative Ways to Design an Impromptu Bar

creative bar ideasThe holidays have arrived, which means the season of festive drinking is upon us! This time of year is all about gathering friends and family at home to celebrate and imbibe tasty holiday concoctions—and we all know that the secret to a good party is a well-stocked (and styled) bar. If you don’t have a bar cart or cabinet to use at home, fear not! Here are 7 creative bar ideas that give you all the functionality without having to purchase something new.

creative bar ideas1. Build a Bar in a Bookcase

A bookcase is an awesome solution when you’re in need of a home bar. Just clear the books off a shelf or two and voila! It’s an easy way to work an impromptu bar into a living space without taking over the room.

This works best for a mini bar where all you need is easy access to a few essentials, like glassware, mixers, ice, garnishes, etc. For an upcoming soiree, you can even work in a few different creative bar ideas around your place!

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2. Top Off Your Credenza

Another super simple way to rig up a handsome bar in your home is to use a credenza to double as a cocktail crafting station. It’s kind of like a bar cabinet already so it makes sense to stash your bottles in the cabinets and add a tray on top with glasses and other barware. This is a great way to make use of this key storage piece that you likely already have at home.

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small space bar idea3. Sneak One in a Built-in Alcove

If you live in a small apartment or are otherwise really short on space, a built-in alcove can make an excellent spot for a mini bar. It also works if you have a built-in cubby or awkward feature that you don’t know what to do with. You can save money by foregoing a bar cart—and you aren’t sacrificing any square footage so you save on space too.

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creative bar ideas4. Add One to a Side Table

A side table can be an ideal space for an impromptu bar when you’re hosting friends this holiday season. Just clear off a table and turn it into a self-serve drink station! Try a signature cocktail with fun ingredients that guests can mix up themselves—this also makes a great ice breaker. If the table has a lower shelf, you can use that for additional bottle/bar storage.

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creative bar ideas5. Double Up On Your Dresser

If you live in a studio apartment and your living/sleeping spaces are shared, consider using the top of a dresser as a bar area. Studios likely have limited options when it comes to setting up a home bar, but using your dresser can work just as well as a credenza.

Use a tray to section off one area of the surface for bottles, garnishes, etc. And add flowers and a few decorative touches to give it a little extra personality! It’s the perfect fix for a small space.

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6. Make Use of Your Fireplace Mantel

An oft-overlooked place to set up a bar is your fireplace mantel! This long, narrow surface is a great place for a cocktail center and it can be a fun way to encourage guests to mingle throughout the space. It works both if you’re really tight on space or if you just want a creative way to display your cocktails!

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creative bar ideas7. Make It Work on a Desk

Our final suggestion is to put your desk to work at your next holiday party! If you have a workspace in the living room, consider turning your desk into a makeshift bar. Use a large tray on top to corral the barware into a tidy area—it’s a nice way to visually rope it off from the rest of the styling. Then you have the remaining desk surface to use for cutting fruit, pouring drinks and serving up fancy and festive cocktails galore.

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7 Pretty & Practical Entryway Ideas

entryway ideasMore than any other room in the home, your entryway should be a space that’s both stylish and functional. It’s the first room you and others will see, so it should make a lasting impression.

At the same time, it’s also a busy space that gets a lot of everyday use. As such, it needs to be practical and functional, designed with pieces that work with your lifestyle. Additionally, if you live in a small space and have a tiny entryway, it’s all the more important to make sure it’s styled and furnished just right.

All to say, the entryway is one space in the home that deserves lots of smart design attention. Read on for some of our favorite entryway ideas and tips for creating a perfect welcome spot in your own home.

modern entryway ideas1. Make a Stylish First Impression

Because it’s the first space guests will see, put your style on full display in your entry. This way you’ll set the tone and overall vibe for the rest of the home.

We love this minimal-Deco space with a rounded mirror and console. The accent chairs provide a pop of natural texture and a place to sit. The curved shapes on repeat give this entryway a curated and streamlined look that’s sure to captivate.

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rustic entryway decor2. Say Yes to Statement Storage

No closet space? No problem! Bring in a large storage console or sideboard to add major function to your entryway. Choosing a captivating storage piece will help to define your space by setting it off from the rest of your home.

Consider starting with a large enclosed piece that has elaborate carved detailing on the facade. This will add tons of visual texture, a must for any space. You can even opt for one in a lighter wood tone, as in this sideboard, will make for an especially show-stopping focal point in the entryway.

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small entryway decor3. Carve Out an Entryway Corner

If you don’t have the square footage for a full-on entryway, you can create a makeshift one in a corner.

To start, you can’t go wrong with this tried-and-true entryway furniture formula. A console paired with an art piece or a mirror, a stool and a tall plant. Then if you have the room, take a cue from this corner entryway and layer in a basket for some extra easy storage that’s perfect for shoes and kids items.

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4. Define the Space With a Rug

Just like a statement cabinet, another way to set off your entryway is to add bold style from the ground up with a rug. This is a great way to visually define your space and is one of our favorite entryway ideas.

For a durable rug option in the entry, lay down a natural-fiber rug, which can stand up to lots of foot traffic. Flatweave rugs are also good choices as they often come in a range of neutral and vibrant colors that can enliven your space. You can also use your rug as the jumping-off point for the rest of your entryway, as in this space, where the colors and patterns of the rug tie in with the warm wood of the credenza and the green walls.

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entryway ideas5. Pull In Pretty Seating

Needless to say, your entryway furniture isn’t just limited to consoles and credenzas. An elegant bench or settee is another way you can put the space to work while giving it a high-style look.

Pull in a chic settee, as in this classic one, to create a place for putting on and taking off shoes on the way in and out of your home. This is a great idea if your entry is part of a long hallways or pass-through space. Then round out your seating with equally pretty accents such as matching side tables, lamps, and a pillow or two. A captivating art piece will also help bring focus to the spot.

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bold entryway ideas6. Punch It Up With Wallpaper

There’s no better place than the entryway for impactful wallpaper. It’s an out-of-the-box option that’s guaranteed to leave a fun first impression for guests and also add a bit of whimsy and personality to your home.

You’ll also be less likely to get tired of a bold wallpaper in the entry since it’s mostly a pass-through space. Opt for a wallpaper pattern that’s a little unexpected, like this striated geometric motif, and try a color you normally wouldn’t go for in your living spaces. This is one of our favorite entryway ideas because it lets you experiment with new designs and expand and your decor boundaries. Don’t be afraid to go very bold. Offset your wallpaper with streamlined pieces to strike good visual balance.

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7. Tuck in Extra Seating

Finally, open consoles look great in the entryway but they lack the extra storage you’d get from a credenza. Nonetheless, you can put that open space to work by stowing stools and storage ottomans in there.

This is a great way to add extra seating to your entryway without taking up more floor space. Opt for a matching pair of ottomans and stools to create a cohesive overall look. If you’re not sure ottomans will fit underneath your slender open-base console, try pulling in a few baskets for easy storage instead. It will provide you the same compact and collected look.

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Floating Furniture 101: The Ultimate Layout Hack You Can Use in Every Room

floating furnitureSometimes, it feels impossible to land on a layout for your space. The furniture doesn’t seem to fit. There’s not enough wall space. What’s the focal point? But for all of these problems, there’s one secret weapon that (more often than not) always works: floating furniture.

What does it mean to “float” your furniture? We don’t mean a sofa that levitates off the ground but rather the act of pulling your furniture away from the walls and letting it “float” in the middle of the room. And while this may feel strange at first, but it can be the best thing that’s ever happened to your space.

Floating furniture is a great way to optimize your room, especially if it has an untraditional layout. It’s also a great trick if you’re lacking wall space. It can even help create more intentional pathways and traffic flow in your room, and establish “zones” in open spaces.

Ready to learn more about designing a space with floating furniture? Keep reading for our guide to on how and when to let your furniture float in every room.

floating furniture sofaIn the Living Room

Great for larger spaces, a floating sofa in your living room can help define a focal point and create better flow through the space. Some people do this because they lack wall space to create seating areas if furniture is up against the wall. Others prefer this method because it creates an intimate seating area geared toward conversation.

Whatever your motivation, a floating sofa creatively divides up your room and established walkways that help direct traffic flow. This is a perfect option if you have an open floor plan and want to create distinct living room and dining room areas. Just remember to anchor the seating area with a rug!

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floating entryway table ideaFor an Intentional Entryway

Have a large foyer space? Install a floating entryway table (grounded by a rug, of course)! This will help define an open entryway space and offers a quick and easy place to drop keys and mail when you arrive back at home. With this approach, a round table is best so there are no hard edges to bump into.

To keep it from becoming a cluttered catchall, give it a designed look. Consider adding a vase with branches, some coffee table books, or even a small group of decorative objects. Adding a mail organizer and a bowl for keys will keep this table purposeful and beautiful.

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floating office deskIn the Home Office

There’s no reason your home office desk has to be pushed up against the wall. Opt for a floating desk for a more “executive suite” style in your space. Yes, it gives your office a more formal air. But perhaps that will just inspire you to take on your projects with the confidence of a seasoned CEO?

This is also a great design option if you have other features in your office that don’t allow you to place a desk against the wall, such as a fireplace or built-ins.

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floating furniture studio apartmentIn a Multi-Purpose Space

If you have a studio or other multi-purpose space, consider floating a bookcase as a functional room divider. This helps partition your space into zones—creating more distinct bedroom and living room spaces. And as an added bonus? It adds storage to your space—which for most studio apartments is at a premium!

Just be sure that you opt for an open-back bookcase so that your shelving looks beautiful and is functional from both sides.

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floating furniture ideasFor a Few Extra Seats

Looking for some creative seating in your space? Try a floating bench. Place one in front of a fireplace or use it to break up a large living room into multiple zones.

We love this as bonus seating, especially in front of a fireplace, because it doesn’t block the view of whatever it’s sitting in front of so it won’t feel like it’s taking over the space. If benches aren’t your style, you could also try a pair of poufs or stools for the same effect!

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6 Fall Updates to Instantly Cozy-ify Your Home

cozy decorNow that we’re fully settled into the chillier months, it’s the perfect time to make some cozy fall decor updates that instantly warm up every room in the home. And there’s no need for a complete overhaul. All you need are a few simple refreshes that will get your rooms ready for sweater weather and the colder months to come. Think a nice layering of natural textures, inviting hues, and, of course, a pop of warmth. Read on for our stylish tips for a quick autumn refresh that’s bound to keep you snug all through fall and the winter months.

cozy bedroom decor1. Warm Up With Natural Textures

When it comes to easy cozy decor updates that lend huge comfort to your spaces, natural textures are a no-brainer.

Consider working in rustic woods accents and decor, such as a side table or a pair of chairs, adding a plush wool rug, hanging linen drapers, or even filling a vase with dried pampas grass. These tactile elements have a cozy feel that, when layered all together as in this inviting bedroom, can play up a majorly welcoming vibe.

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cozy office2. Get Bold With Brass Accents

A great way to add warmth is through metallic accents that exude a cozy shine, such as brass and gold accessories.

Consider switching out your vases for ones in brass and gold or adding in a few decorative objects to your table surfaces. Another easy and stylish way to work these warm touches? We love swapping out old hardware for these cozy metals. Whether it’s updating the drawer pulls on a side table or the kitchen cabinets or pulling in an accent chair that has leg caps, these metals will instantly warm up your space.

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cozy decor living room3. Pile on the Luxe Layers

We don’t have to tell you that fall and winter call for lots of layering! The more tactile accents you pile and layer together, the more luxurious and cozy your home will feel. Plus, they’ll give you the perfect place to snuggle on all those fall and winter nights.

Consider layering a sheepskin on top of a warm-hued traditional rug and piling velvet, hide, and furry pillows along with plush throw blankets on your sofa. And speaking of sofa, if you’re ready for a major fall update, a leather sofa will help to play up an extra rustic cabin vibe. Or if your style leans luxe, go for a velvet sofa, which has a way of retaining heat while still giving off a super chic look.

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cozy decor ideas4. Opt for a Warm Palette

When you’re switching up your furnishings and accents, keep the palette in mind. With fall, you can’t go wrong with autumnal hues that naturally play up a super cozy and inviting mood.

Consider mixing reds, oranges, and browns alongside your brass and gold accents for a warm and lavish palette. If you prefer a more soothing, grounded feel for your rooms, go with earth tones that are a warm visual contrast to the crisp coolness of the weather outdoors. It will help make you feel especially snuggly in your home.

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cozy decor5. Add Plush Bedroom Accents

Your bedroom is probably one of the most important spaces to curl up during fall and winter. Make sure your bed is cozy and warm by switching up your bedding for colder weather.

Consider piling on plush pillows and blankets. Sateen sheets can feel luxurious and are incredibly warm, perfect for chilly nights. Meanwhile, a few supremely soft and cloud-like pillows can truly transform your sleep for the better during the seasons.

Beyond the bed, make sure to warm up the rest of your bedroom with equally cozy layers. Add a rug under your bed to make sure you have a warm foundation, pull in pillows and throws for a reading chair, and add a nice brass bedside lamp, all of which will round out your bedroom and make it feel fuller and all the more cozy.

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cozy fall updates6. Create Moody Contrasts

Try a new coat of paint in a darker, moodier hue. A deep color can turn any room into a cozy retreat instantly, whether you paint the whole room or one accent wall.

Consider painting your living spaces a moody gray or charcoal to play up an intimate vibe. It’ll turn these spaces into rooms you’ll want to hibernate in all winter long. Another way to add coziness is to contrast your dark walls with warm woods and brass tones. Not ready for dark walls? Opt for a statement piece in dark wood and mix it with lighter hues for the same effect.

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4 Ways To Design a Black-And-White Bedroom

bedroomYou don’t need us to tell you that black and white is a classic color combo. And we can’t get enough of it. They’re perfect for any modernist who loves clean lines, high-contrast spaces, and contemporary designs. Even if you’re not a modern design fan, there are ways to work black-and-white that feel light, warm, and perfectly balanced—especially in your bedroom. The bold color combo can actually look and feel calm, crisp, and comforting when used carefully and thoughtfully in bedrooms.

Even so, working black and white into your decor can be tricky in the most private room in the home. You risk going either super minimalist or overly sleek and spare, ending up with a space that feels anything but cozy and relaxing.

So for some guidance, we’ve rounded up our favorite black and white bedroom ideas here to help you rethink the palette for your home. Read on to get our tips for nailing each look and shop the rooms.

bedroomIdea #1: Light and Neutral

A neutral base is the foundation of this look, which is layered with pops of black and gray. It’s the easiest way to play with the black-and-white color scheme in the bedroom since it won’t feel too intense or visually bold. If you want a way to ease into the look or like the idea of a bedroom that’s crisp but feels cozy and comfy, this one’s for you.

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The Essentials:

An upholstered bed. Try one in a neutral or dark grey. This will contribute to the overall color scheme while adding a touch of softness to the room.

Organic, patterned rug. Lay one down in black and white to add a pop of pattern and texture. We went with a plush wool number for an extra soft look.

Crisp white curtains. The more textiles you layer the more you’ll bring this look to life. Beautiful white curtains will balance out bold black shades and sharp lines from your furniture.

Plush neutral bedding. This is the simplest and best way to work in black and white. Choose throw patterned throw pillows and solid shams for a look that will feel plush and layered.

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A space you can easily change up later on if you decide that black and white isn’t your year-round thing.

bedroomIdea #2: Balanced and Boho

This take on the palette brings together a perfect light and dark mix of wood, leather, art, and accents. It’s equal parts eclectic and boho but doesn’t feel overly decorated or bright. It’s all about contrasting and playing with the right pieces and patterns.

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The Essentials:

A farmhouse bed. You’ll want to start here with a sculptural bed frame. It will set the eclectic tone for your room and work as the anchoring piece around which you’ll layer other wood, leather, and black and white accents.

Leather accent pieces. Whether it’s your pillows, an armchair, a bench, or a pair of poufs at the end of your bed, a semi-substantial leather piece is key to adding visual texture.

Textured textiles. When it’s all about the materials, plush textured bedding and pillows is one of the details that really shine in black and white bedrooms. Think pom pom pillows, ribbed bedding, and knit throws galore!

Quirky graphic art. For a pop of personality that brings the look to life, these whimsical pieces will serve as unexpected patterns and accents that offset the material mix and high-contrast palette.

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A more rustic-boho leaning feel and a black-and-white bedroom that feels bold but warm.

bedroomIdea #3: Warm and Cool

If black and white is really what you’re after, this look strikes the perfect balance of black and white decor in your space. The key to this look is to add warmth with wood and gold accents that are offset it with crisp, white elements throughout.

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The Essentials:

A natural wood bed. You’ll want to start here with a big wood piece that offers the warmth of natural wood. It will set the tone for your room and work as the overarching neutral to the black and white tones.

Gold accents. For polish and warmth, you’ll want to layer in gold and brass accents. We added a lamp, nightstand, and bed frame with hints of gold in the hardware, which are small details that really shine in a black and white bedroom.

Black accent wall. This will push your look further into black and white territory, and it will bring a dramatic note to the room. Balance it out with white rug and snowy linens to keep a 50/50 black and white decor ratio.

Plenty of patterns. It’s all about mixing together different black-and-white and high-contrast patterns—think stripes, zigzags, geometrics, and funky graphic motifs!

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A room that’s contemporary, cool, but also supremely comfy. The perfect balance!

bedroomIdea #4: Dark and Moody

A look that pushes more black with pops of white, this isn’t a style for the faint of heart. It’s a bold look that works great in industrial, minimal, or loft-style spaces. If you’re wanting to bring that urban vibe to your bedroom, this approach is for you.

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The Essentials:

All black walls. As we mentioned, this is the boldest black and white bedroom look, so if you’re taking this route, it’s all about taking black shades to the max. We chose charcoal gray for all the walls to play up a moody note that doesn’t come off as too intense or cave-like.

Metal bed frame. To really nail that sleek industrial-minimal vibe, select a sleek metal bed frame. One in gold adds a pop of warmth, but you can go silver or black if you like!

Play with soft layers. From pillows to rugs to bedding, add layers to soften this otherwise super high-contrast look.

Pops of white. It goes without saying that a black-and-white bedroom needs white! Go for white in your base furniture, decor, and art to really balance out the dark walls!

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A moody take on a black and white bedroom that’s totally modern and still feels inviting.

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The Only Dining Table Guide You’ll Ever Need

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Your dining table is one of the most crucial pieces of furniture (especially during the upcoming holiday season!) in your home. A person’s gotta eat, after all! Not only is it the place you and your family dine on the regular, but it’s also the focal point of your kitchen or dining room and the place where family and friends gather for everything from formal dinners to casual gatherings to the occasional crafts session and everything in between.

A great dining area means you have a place to enjoy bountiful meals, laughter, shared stories, and memories with family and friends. No wonder choosing a dining table can be hard! There are many factors to consider to make sure you have an attractive and practical setting that fits your space, offers adequate seating and fits in with your own personal style. If you’re ready to invest in a new table, this dining table guide will walk you through everything you need to know to make sure you furnish your dining room with functionality and style.

dining roomConsider Your Dining Table Shape

When choosing a dining table, one of the first things to consider is the shape – this helps to narrow your search a bit, too. You can choose from the whole array of selections based on your personal taste, but there are some general guidelines to follow when it comes to the shape of a dining table. It usually boils down to the size and shape of your dining room.

dining roomRectangle/Square

This is the most common shape for a dining table. This is largely because these shapes work best in rectangular rooms and most dining rooms are – you guessed it – rectangular! It’s a good shape to seat more than 4 people, so keep this in mind if you have a big family or love entertaining. But keep in mind, it’s not awesome for super large gatherings because there’s not as much room on the tabletop to fit place settings on both sides and food in the middle.

oval tableRound/Oval

Round tables are great because they can accommodate the most people. It’s easy to squeeze in an extra table setting or two where there aren’t any corners! They’re better for small rooms or rooms that aren’t square, as their rounded edges help create easy flow through the room. Circular tables are perfect for small gatherings and make an intimate and cozy setting for conversation. Oval tables help fill out longer, more narrow rooms.

dining roomFind the Right Dining Table Length

The size of your dining room table will depend on the size of your room and how many people you want to accommodate.

In order to make sure each diner has enough elbow room while chatting, follow these standard seats to size ratios:

  • A 48” long table seats 4 people
  • A 60” long table seats 6 people
  • A 72” long table seats 8 people

Of course, if you don’t mind a more intimate setting or have little ones at the table with you, you might be able to squeeze in an extra seat.

Expandable dining tables are also a great option! If you don’t need as much table space on the day-to-day, but want to have the flexibility for an occasional dinner party or holiday gathering, consider a table with leaves that can be dropped or inserted at the center of the table.

tall chairsGo For The Right Dining Table Height

Dining tables generally come in 3 height variations. Most standard dining tables fall between 28-30” to allow for comfortable legroom underneath. Counter height tables are closer to 36”. And pub-style tables are the tallest, falling in the range of 40-42”.

If you’re not married to the idea of a traditional dining table, counter and pub tables are worth considering! They’re convenient because they can double as a place to serve food or extra space for food prep and work especially well in small spaces with open kitchens.

dining roomPick Your Dining Table Material

Dining tables come in a wide range of materials. So when choosing a dining table, this factor mainly boils down to your own personal aesthetics and how much wear and tear your dining table will need to withstand. Here are some of the most popular material options for dining tables.

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Wood

Wood is the most common choice for dining tables because it’s super durable and stands up to everyday butchering! It’s also easy to maintain or refinish with paint or stain as needed.

Natural wood offers a beautiful color and texture in a dining space and there are plenty of different types and shades of wood to choose from. Weathered or reclaimed wood looks great in a variety of styles and can also hide nicks or scratches – great for families! Solid wood is more expensive and can be damaged more easily, so it’s more of an investment.

Veneer

Veneer or laminate options can mimic the look of wood but are usually a much more affordable alternative. It is a non-porous material so it’s easy to clean and holds up to stains better than many other materials. However, if the veneer chips, stains, or get scratched, it can’t be refinished, unlike solid wood.

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Glass

Glass dining tables provide a sleek look for modern or contemporary spaces. They are great for small dining area because they don’t add any clunky visual weight to a room.

Glass is also super low maintenance and easy to clean. However, these tables might not be very family-friendly as they easily show finger smudges and their sharp edges can pose a threat to rambunctious little ones!

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Marble

Many people consider marble to be one of the best dining table materials. It’s luxurious and sophisticated and puts the natural beauty of the stone on full display. However, marble is a porous material meaning it can stain easily and quickly. While it’s great for elegant, traditional settings, it might not be the best choice if you have a family of young kiddos or like to entertain often.

Metal

A metal dining table can add a cool, industrial feel to any room. It’s also super durable and easy to clean up. Some metals can be prone to corrosion, however, so make sure to choose a cleaning product that won’t damage it.

dining chairsExplore Dining Table Styles

Finally, choosing the best dining table means finding the right style for your space. There are so many styles to consider, from modern to rustic, contemporary to traditional, and each style has plenty of variation within it! In addition to being functional, you want your dining table to reflect your personal style and complement the decor in the rest of your home.

Take our style quiz or check out our dining table style guide to learn all about the pros and cons of different dining tables!

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7 Design Tips You Need to Know If You Want An All White Bedroom

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We have three words for you: all-white bedroom. We’re guessing that thought either has you swooning or cringing. Either way, there’s no denying that all-white rooms are elegant and serene spaces that exude a sense of calm.

And when it comes to bedrooms, an all-white space might be a dream design for some, and it’s certainly a nightmare for others! If you’re in the “yes please” camp, read on to see what our designers have to say about all white bedrooms and get the scoop on their best tips for designing this intimate and welcoming space.

Textures, Textures, Textures

Textures are key to creating an all-white bedroom design that doesn’t look washed out and boring. Pieces like a woven rug, braided pillows, and rattan or wicker decor can help to create a dynamic, layered design. Even if all the pieces are white, layering textures in your all-white bedroom helps to bring the look to life and keeps it from falling flat.

white bedroomMix Up Your Materials

And while we’re talking about textures, an easy way to ensure you have lots of them in your space is to choose pieces made of a mix of materials. Instead of using just one or two basics, try incorporating materials like marble, wood, stone, ceramics, linens… the sky’s the limit when it comes to all-white bedroom designs.

You can even mix in natural materials like rattan and jute for an additional pop! These aren’t technically white, but as long as you stick with neutral colors, they won’t feel out of place in your all-white bedroom.

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bedroomThink about Wood Tones

Wood tones are also a fantastic addition to an all-white bedroom. Our only rule here is to pick a lane for your woods and keep the tones, be they light, natural, or dark, consistent.

Our vote? Natural or dark wood accents because they provide a lovely pop of warmth and contrast that all-white rooms usually lack. On the flip side, washed-out or blonde woods can fall flat or get lost in an all-white bedroom. But no matter which tone you pick, having wood in your space is a great way to add warmth, natural texture, and contrast to your bedroom.

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bedroomLayer On The Textiles

Layering textiles, such as rugs, pillows, curtains, etc. helps add depth, texture, and lots of contrast. Plus, lots of layers will help instill a cozy note to your white bedroom and make your space feel more dynamic and well-thought-out.

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white bedroomGo Big With Greenery

Greenery adds a welcome pop of color to an all-white bedroom without overpowering the look. A floor plant, hanging plant, or small succulent on your nightstand will also add texture and dimension to your space without interrupting the serenity. Plus, we all know that plants just make you happy! All in all, there is a lovely addition to a bedroom sanctuary, no matter your color scheme.

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Play with Fun Shapes

When you don’t have color, you have to find other creative ways to add visual intrigue to your space. One of our favorite ways to do this is to consider the forms of your furniture and decor. Playful and funky shapes will help spice up the look of an all-white bedroom. Think round forms, square forms, or even squiggles! Wall art, poufs, and patterned benches are also easy ways to add a little fun and flair.

white bedroomAdd Contrast Through Your Wall Color

Here’s a great little secret – it’s okay for your white bedroom not to have white walls! There are plenty of off-white and neutral shades that still create the look of an all-white bedroom design without being so stark and harsh. A shade of cream, off-white, or light grey can really help warm-up, cool down, or add contrast to your room while still maintaining the clean, crisp and calming look of an all-white bedroom.

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Autumn Checklist: Easy Ways to Get Your Home Set for Fall

Can you smell it? Fall is in the air! That might mean mornings spent indoors by the fire with a book, evenings entertaining family and friends, or just a lot of pumpkin spice lattes. And as the seasons shift, that means it’s also time to update your home with some fall decor ideas!

With that in mind, there are simple ways you can change up your rooms to get set for all the cozier days ahead. From making simple decor swaps to preparing party-ready spaces, here’s our checklist of easy fall decor updates that will ensure your home is warm, inviting, and PSL ready.

fall decor updates1. Swap in Seasonal Hues

Embrace a fall color palette in large and small ways. Out are the cool hues and neon colors of summer, and in are warm reds, tans, ochers, and jewel tones that scream fall!

But you don’t have to repaint your space or make any big purchases to bring these colors into your rooms. Make some simple fall decor updates by swapping your pillow covers, layering in touches of gold and brass accents, or simply bringing in seasonal flowers in shades of reds and oranges.

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2. Settle Into Cozy Textures

Swap out your summer linens for cozier throws, pillows, and textures. Think velvet and leather cushions, chunky cable knit blankets, a warm duvet, and fluffy sheepskin rugs. It’s all about embracing snug fabrics, such as wool and cashmere, in lots of small ways.

And no need to stop there – woven textiles and warm, grainy wood accents are textures that can enrich rooms as well. Try pulling in a small bench with a woven seat or simply adding baskets and wooden bowls as accents in your living space or bedroom.

fall decor textures3. Go Heavy on the Layers

You can never have too many pillows or throw blankets, right? Pile these on in all rooms of your home, from the bedroom to the living space. This is an easy way to imbue your home with a cozy vibe.

And when it comes to readying your bed for fall, if you’re up for a big change, we have two words for you: upholstered bed.

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4. Get Set for Cocktail Hours

Fall always signals the beginning of party season. Make sure you’re ready to host happy hour gatherings and cocktail parties by checking to see you have enough extra seating in your living room, a bar cart for drinks, or even just trays to make serving simple.

Thinking about hosting movie marathons and game nights? Be sure you pile some extra pillows onto your sofa for added comfort; now’s the time to get a few small ottomans or poufs that you can easily move around for additional seating or use as impromptu side tables.

fall decor ideas5. Start Prepping for Holiday Gatherings

There are cocktail parties and then there are holiday parties and family gatherings. Year-end festivities have a way of always sneaking up on all of us so autumn is the best time to ready your space and start making fall decor updates.

Start by making sure you have lots of seating spread across your living and dining rooms. And if you need a new dining table or a buffet to host big dinners, now’s the time to get those pieces!

And if you’re expecting overnight guests at some point during the season, make sure your guest room has all the essentials.

The key is to start now, because the holidays will be here before you know it!

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6. Spread Some Ambient Light

Whether it’s moving a floor lamp over to a reading corner or hanging plug-in sconces next to a bookcase, good lighting will bring a romantic and moody glow to your fall evenings.

The right lighting will also add to the season’s overall festive mood! So consider adding a table lamp to your entry or some new pendants to brighten up your dining room.

And of course, don’t forget to fill your rooms with candlelight as finishing touches that add elegant glimmer.

 

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