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Layout Guide: A Rectangular Living Room Done Two Ways

rectangular living room layoutIn our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of designing a rectangular living room layout with limited space. 

The Space: A tiny living room with a rectangular shape and one wall-to-wall window.

The Style: Industrial Minimal

The Challenge: Designing a rectangular living room layout with limited space that is stylish, fun, and functional.

One of the best ways to make a home feel both elegant and inviting is designing a living room layout that works for your space. If you have a rectangular living room, the right layout helps to create space to entertain guests, kick back with your family, or comfortably enjoy games and activities at home.

With two walls longer than the shorter walls, a rectangular living room can easily start to feel narrow and claustrophobic. But with a little strategic planning, you can overcome this challenge and make a rectangular living room layout feel warm, welcoming and friendly. Here’s our guide to designing a living room layout that makes the most of a rectangular space.

rectangular living room layoutLayout #1: TV-Viewing Living Room

Living Room Layout #1 is all about creating a casual, family-friendly spot where you can lounge, kick back and watch TV. The sectional sofa is placed directly across from the television for optimal viewing and extra seating. And the room feels open and airy with plenty of room to navigate around furniture.

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The Key Elements in This TV-Viewing Living Room Layout

Plenty of Seating: The large sectional sofa is a great choice for a rectangular living room layout because it offers enough space for your whole family to stretch out. The armchairs provide extra seating and can be easily moved for TV viewing or conversation. And the pouf acts as a footrest but can double as a chair when needed.

Prime TV Setup: In this design, the seating is geared toward watching TV so you won’t have to crane your neck or miss any of the action while you’re lounging! The sectional and chairs create a cozy space for chilling with a good movie or binge-watching your favorite show.

Extra Storage: The dresser against the back wall offers tons of extra storage to tuck away all your clutter. There’s also a stylish bookcase for vertical storage/display next to the TV. These storage options help make sure you can keep the room uncluttered but still have access to the things you need.

Warm and Livable: The industrial minimal style makes a great balance between fun and functional. The neutral palette with high-contrast accents is streamlined but not cold and the dark accent wall makes the space immediately cozy and inviting.

Will a TV-Viewing Layout Work in Your Space? Yes If You…

  • Need a cozy, family-friendly space to lounge.
  • Have a family that loves TV and movie time.
  • Like a sparse, stylish look that’s still warm and inviting.
  • Want extra seating on hand in case friends drop by.

rectangular living room layoutLayout #2: Conversational Living Room Layout

This rectangular living room layout makes the most of the space by creating two distinct areas in the same room. The main space set up for easy conversation and entertainment, with plenty of room to navigate around furniture and seating options you can move around as needed. This layout also leaves room for a full dining setup in the back with a dining table and four chairs.

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Why This Rectangular Living Room Layout Works

Ample Seating: The key to fostering conversation is proper seating that is centered around interaction! This layout features a cozy sofa placed on one of the long walls directly across from two comfortable armchairs along with a stylish bench in front of the window. There’s no TV in the room and the circular seating setup creates a warm conversation circle for guests.

Small Space Hacks: Every small room can use a few optical illusions! This layout features a large, circular mirror above the sofa that helps to make the room look much bigger. Likewise, the sconces on either side of the mirror are a great lighting alternative because they don’t take up floor space but still offer tons of light. And the bench and coffee table are open-base to avoid any visual heaviness in the room.

Sleek Style: Industrial minimal style is perfect for a small room because it is visually light and uncluttered. This room makes great use of clean lines and abstract art, neutral tones, and vibrant pops of color to create a super sleek and sophisticated look.

Dining Area: Not only does this living room layout create a cozy convo space, it also offers a cool dining area. The grey area rug helps to distinguish it as its own separate space and the metal chairs and white table create a visual lightness so it doesn’t feel too crammed with furniture.

Will a Conversational Layout Work in Your Space? Yes If You…

  • Are more into chatting and interaction than watching TV.
  • Prefer seating options you can move and shift around the room.
  • Love a minimalist, stylish space.
  • Want a dedicated dining area in your home but don’t have a separate dining room.

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Home Decor Tips from the Set of The Holiday – Are You an Iris or an Amanda?

Writer, director, and producer Nancy Meyers is known and beloved not only for her romantic comedies with strong female leads—but for the beautiful homes in which her characters live. From the Banks family home in Father of the Bride, to Erica Barry’s home in Something’s Gotta Give, along with so many others, America has long been obsessed with Meyers’ impeccable style and ability to create movie homes that are basically as important as the cast. Her spaces always have that special something that instantly makes us want to move in!

But this time of year, we’re particularly obsessed with her movie, The Holiday, which also happens to be one of our all-time favorite Meyers films. The film has two amazing females leads—Cameron Diaz as Amanda and Kate Winslet as Iris. But the real showstoppers of this film are their homes—Iris’ cottage in England and Amanda’s mansion in LA.

Love the decor and style in The Holiday as much as we do? Bring some of it into your own home! Our stylists broke down the elements of each leading lady’s style so you can figure out if you’re an Iris or an Amanda, and bring some of their iconic style to life in your own!

The Holiday Amanda's houseAmanda’s LA Mansion

The Style

Cameron Diaz’s character, Amanda, works in the film industry in LA, and her Spanish-style mansion is quite the showstopper. Flooded with natural light, the interior has a minimal, contemporary style, and we’d describe her taste as a modern spin on classic design. The furniture features classic shapes and streamlined forms; no frills here! It’s an elevated version of California cool—and we are here for it.

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the holiday styleThe Key Elements

For a modern-but-classic home, you want to keep the color palette more neutral. But it’s not all bright whites here. We love the contrast in Amanda’s home, where dark wood tones against light upholstery add depth to the space. Don’t forget the pops of burgundy and green that she (or more likely her interior decorator) has scattered throughout the house.

The house is also full of decorative elements and plants, but they’re chosen and styled in a way that feels polished and curated, never cluttered. Ultimately, this home is minimal but with some of those personalized items, along with a mix of natural textures, it still feels cozy and comfortable.

This Look Is For You If…

You like a contemporary style with classic underpinnings. Or if you want a space that looks as zen as you want to feel! This style embodies a sense of LA executive luxury, along with those serene southern California vibes.

The Holiday Iris' houseIris’ Rosehill Cottage

The Style

Kate Winslet’s character, Iris, is a journalist in London who lives in a little cottage in Surrey. From the outside, this quaint, rustic cottage is dreamy and it gets even better when you go inside. The small space is eclectic and cozy—pretty much the opposite of Amanda’s style and her expansive home. It’s the type of space that you want to curl up with a book and a steaming cup of tea. (Or pour some wine and belt out the lyrics to Mr. Brightside.)

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The Key Elements

Iris’ eclectic and cozy cottage style involves a lot of patterns and textures. Think: granny florals (the good kind), paisley, plaid, and even ruffles. Really, any cozy pattern with a sense of nostalgia will do. For furniture, opt for classic styles, like skirted or slipcovered sofas, rolled arms, and tufted ottomans—all with some sort of applied ornamentation.

To compliment the classic patterns and textures in this style, we love a color palette of yellows and blues, with pops of red. It creates a look that’s both cheery and cozy. When decorating in this style, you can take a “more is more” approach. Cover surfaces in decorative objects that tell a story, along with plenty of books. These could be decorative objects you’ve collected on your travels, found at antique stores, or even hand-me-downs from your grandmother!

the holiday interior designThis Look Is For You If…

You like cozy spaces that are full of personal touches. This is not a style for minimalists, because there’s a lot going on. But if you love getting cozy, surrounded by objects and books that you love, this look is for you!

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Great Layout Guide: 2 Layout Ideas for a Living Room in a Small Apartment

small living room layoutIn our Layout Guides series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of designing a small living room layout, with two multipurpose designs that save space and look good.

The Space: A small living room in a city apartment

The Style: Southwestern Chic

The Challenge: Creating a multipurpose living room layout that saves space and looks good.

When it comes to decorating a home, the blank space of a living room can feel like a very daunting challenge. Creating a space where you can chill out on your own or with family, entertain guests, watch TV, display art and photos, find room for storage, etc. takes some serious strategizing!

And if your living room is on the smaller side, then you have to be even craftier in your design work. A super tiny space, like a city apartment for instance, requires a small living room layout that checks all these boxes. Read on for our guide to designing a multi-purpose small living room layout that saves space and looks good.

small living room layoutLayout #1: Entertainment Layout

This small living room layout is all about entertaining. The design allows for open traffic flow into the room and leaves plenty of space to navigate around furniture. Instead of a coffee table, we used two poufs for the centerpiece of the room. They can double as a footrest, extra seating or a coffee table. The sofa has a clever built-in arm/side table so you don’t have to bother with an extra piece of furniture. And the wall-mounted desk/bookcase offers plenty of space-saving storage, leaving the floor free.

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Key Elements in This Small Living Room Layout for Entertaining

Ample Seating: This layout features a large, cozy sofa and a deep armchair as the traditional seating options. But the two poufs centered as a coffee table can also be split apart and used as additional seats for when extra guests swing by.

Optical Illusions: Both the mirror and the open-base furniture are great small space hacks. The mirror makes the room look much bigger. And open, airy furniture creates a sense that space is larger because it’s not bulky or visually heavy.

Chic Style: The Southwest chic style is trendy and very small space savvy! White walls and a light wood floor help keep the space feeling minimal, clean and uncluttered. And the exposed brick, neutral accessories and natural materials give it a warm, welcoming quality.

Can an Entertaining Layout Work in Your Small Living Room? Yes if You…

  • Love to entertain and want to easily make room for more visitors
  • Prefer a conversational area over TV viewing
  • Enjoy a sparse, beautiful and clutter-free space
  • Want your space to feel cozy and warm

small living room layoutLayout #2: TV Viewing Layout

Design #2 is a multi-purpose small living room layout with an emphasis on TV viewing. The sofa fits perfectly against the back wall so it doesn’t take up extra floor space by jutting out. Having the TV mounted against the wall directly across from the TV is optimal for viewing and also saves space. This layout offers a cozy spot for you to kick back and see what’s new on Netflix.

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Key Elements in This Small Living Room Layout for TV Viewing

TV Viewing Space: In this small living room layout, the sofa is positioned so it faces the TV and offers prime viewing ability. You can stretch out on the sofa and use the tucked away pouf as extra seating when needed.

Smart Storage: The large credenza under the TV provides tons of extra storage inside the small living room. Because the TV is mounted on the wall, it leaves room for such a large furniture item below it so you can make sure all your excess clutter is hidden away.

Fun Furniture: The small coffee table is perfect for this room because it is big enough to hold decor, beverages, remotes, etc. but it also doesn’t take up a ton of floor space—something important in a small room! The credenza doubles up as storage and the stylish pouf can be used for extra seating but also tucks away under the coffee table when you’re not using it.

Can a TV Viewing Layout Work in Your Small Living Room? Yes if You…

  • Love a cozy space to watch TV
  • Live alone or don’t need a lot of extra seating
  • Need your space to be beautiful and clutter-free
  • Love a sparse, minimalist design with a cool and relaxing vibe

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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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My Modsy Story: The Quick and Easy Way I Designed My New Home

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When they moved to a new place, Kristen and her partner didn’t have time to shop for furniture. Here’s how they found a quick and easy way to design a home they both loved.

Homeowner: Kristen P, Sales Management

Location: Santa Barbara, CA

Room: Living Room and Guest-Turned-Master Bedroom

Her Style: Mod Visionary

The Backstory

Looking for a quick way to get their new home ready for a family visit

My partner and I recently bought a new home and wanted a quick way to design it before our families came to see it. Our previous space (a townhouse on the other side of the city) took us forever to decorate, and I knew we needed a quicker way to get it done this time around.

The Design Dilemma

When finding the time was their greatest design challenge

Unlike some couples, we typically can agree on one design style for our home. The problem for us is actually finding the time to get together and go shopping. We’re busy people, and this made decorating our first dwelling together painstakingly slow. This time around, I knew we needed a faster solution.

“We’re busy people, and this made decorating our first home painstakingly slow.”

To top it off, our new home was built in 1947 and has some odd nooks and crannies. Finding the right layout was a struggle and there were some dark areas we wanted to brighten up, but didn’t know how. All that to say, I was totally overwhelmed and had no clue where to start.

easy way to design my homeThe Modsy Moment

Taking a chance on a low-risk, high-reward solution

I’d never worked with a designer before because I figured it would be too expensive and would take a long time. So when I saw an ad for Modsy on Instagram, I immediately decided to try it.

I work in technology, so I felt very comfortable embracing the online design concept. I also loved the idea that with Modsy it would only take a few weeks to do a mock up of our place and that I could incorporate pieces I already owned and loved.

Not to mention, the cost compared to hiring a designer was so low that I figured I didn’t have much to lose.

How Modsy’s Designs Helped Kristen

It was really just that easy

When I got my designs back, my first thought was “Love, Love, Love!” They nailed my style and the color palette was exactly what I wanted.

My favorite part was the artwork! My designer picked modern and sleek pieces that worked perfectly in the design. They also suggested the best sofa that I have ever owned (of course, I bought it), and even incorporated our love of vinyl records into the design!

I also loved that Modsy utilized the entryway as a place to put a bench. It gives us an awesome area to take our shoes off and hang up our coats and hats as well, and we wouldn’t have thought of it on our own.

The Real Results

Coming back for more

Modsy helped us find the perfect layout for our space, discover awesome furniture that matched our style, and helped us feel confident in making big purchases.

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I’ve since purchased most of the items for our rooms! As a repeat customer, it was awesome to see how much the ordering process had improved since my first room. I’m excited to see where it goes from here!

My overall experience was truly a 10 out of 10 – I was blown away by my designs and will definitely be doing another room in the future.

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Year In Review: The 17 Best Living Room Designs of 2019

best living rooms 2019We can’t believe that 2019 is almost over. To celebrate the end of another amazing year, we’re looking back at some of our best living room design ideas, which are the most popular rooms among Modsy customers!

Take a peek at some of the best living room designs we’ve put together in 2019, and see why we just can’t get enough of these spaces!

The Look: Perfectly California Casual

We’re starting with THE living room of the year. This Cali Casual living room was one of the most-popular Modsy designs of the year, and we can see why. It’s comfortable yet trendy, has a good neutral mix of patterns, textures, and materials, and it feels laid-back California but still family-friendly.

Why We Love It: It gets the California coastal blend of chic and chill totally right.

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2019 best living roomsThe Look: Desert Minimal

This Desert Minimal living room was the perfect introduction to the organic modernist style. With its cool and bright eclectic furnishings, earthy accents and materials, and edgy mid-century designs, this space definitely ranks high on our list of super-chic looks. If you want color without going too bold, this living room design is for you.

Why We Love It: It’s our idea of the luxe eclectic look perfected.

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The Look: Contemporary & Formal

Speaking of organic modern style, this contemporary living room painted in Sherwin Williams’s 2020 color of the year, Naval, offers a slightly formal take on the look. It’s a space that plays with neutrals and dusty blues in an elegant way that we didn’t expect. The sophisticated furniture arrangement and unique pieces also all came together in a balanced way.

Why We Love It: Formal doesn’t always mean traditional and this proves it!

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best living rooms 2019The Look: Lake House Modern

While we love the cozy cabin look to no end, this modern lake house living room offered an updated take on the style that instantly captivated us. It’s modern farmhouse style with a twist in all the right ways—organic patterns, natural materials, comfy foundation pieces. And it’s all done in a way that feels thoroughly modern.

Why We Love It: A cool take on rustic that keeps up the cozy cabin vibe is always a plus!

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The Look: Tropical Boho

If we’re talking over-the-top winner, this tropical boho living room takes the prize. It’s the ultimate haven for color and pattern lovers and there are textures galore. Think of it as the upbeat, very opposite cousin of Desert Minimal. With all the layers of poppy prints, punchy hues, and tactile materials, this is for all the maximalists out there!

Why We Love It: If there’s a room that captures our love of 2019’s maximalism trend, this is it.

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The Look: Traditional With a Glam Edge

Chesterfield sofa in a citrine velvet? Yes, please! This living room with a tad of trad showed us how a major velvet piece can really dial up the glamour in a room. We (and many of our customers) were instant converts of the idea! And when it’s done in this palette of ochres, yellows, and mustards, it’s just perfection.

Why We Love It: Velvet used in a big way like we’ve never seen before—and we’re all about it!

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The Look: Classic Farmhouse Elegance

Inspired by the Waco, Texas, lifestyle of Chip and Jo Gaines, this sophisticated living room is basically all our farmhouse style dreams come true. It’s classic rustic beauty. There are refined furniture and accents but the room still feels comfy and inviting, and the rustic elements (woven accents, natural woods, white upholstery) are beautifully balanced. 

Why We Love It: This is master class farmhouse decorating! It’s an elevated style that’s made to feel none too precious for family living.

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The Look: Mid-Century Boho

This curated living room captured a new way we saw the mid-century trend play out in 2019. It consisted of more earthy, organic, and boho elements all mixed in with the streamlined simplicity of mid-century. Looking at it again now, we’re certain this is a look that’s here to stay.

Why We Love It: Mid-Century Modern style with just the right amount of boho and organic touches. What’s not to love?

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The Look: Dreamy Rustic Warmth

We can probably talk about rustic living rooms painted in cozy neutral and white all day long. But we’ll always come back to this warm and bright living room that has everything we can’t get enough of. There are plenty of natural materials (the baskets and rugs), cool eclectic and boho details (the trunk), and the perfect comfy furnishings (sofa and pillows). You can find us here all winter!

Why We Love It: You can rarely go wrong with white on white on white in a rustic space.

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best living rooms 2019The Look: Laid-Back Industrial

Calling out city lofters! This industrial living room duplex design is urban apartment living goals. It’s livable and bright and the eclectic furniture mix warms up the sleek interior architecture in all the right ways. The minimal leather sofa instantly cozies up the room while the tribal patterned rug, graphic pillows, and black-and-white art add a cool edge.

Why We Love It: Cool, colorful, and collected, this is what city living dreams are made of!

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The Look: Global Chic

There’s no denying the simple-chic look of velvet in pastel shades. In this well-curated living room, a pink velvet sofa takes center stage amid a global mix of furniture and graphic contemporary art, which proves that big bursts of pastels can actually have gorgeous neutral appeal.

Why We Love It: The channeled back on the sofa is an elegant detail that truly shines here and we’re predicting it will be a huge trend in 2020!

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The Look: High-Contrast Cool

As much as we love a welcoming city loft, we’re all about this edgy, high-contrast space that gets the modern black, white, and grey palette right. The sectional arranged with the super-slender coffee table and black-leather armchairs make for a seating area that’s cool and comfy. And there are plenty of patterns and textures that add warmth and make this open, airy space feel incredibly cozy and livable.

Why We Love It: A modern space with a modern palette made warm. We’re there!

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The Look: Eclectic Rustic Comfort

Rustic with an eclectic furniture mix that adds tons of warmth, this cozy living room look scored high marks among our Modsy customers. It has all the right comfy foundational furniture pieces along with woven accents and farmhouse details that truly make a house a home.

Why We Love It: Relaxed but colorfully curated, this is family-friendly style upgraded!

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The Look: Nashville Bohemian

When we looked to Nashville for style inspiration, we happily found interiors with lots of eclectic art and classic furnishings. It’s also a classic yet boho look that showcases traditional furniture in shapes and colors that are totally unexpected. All to say, it’s a bright and bold look that we still find endlessly inspiring.

Why We Love It: A room with a colorful gallery wall always wins our approval for best living room.

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best living roomsThe Look: Bold Classic Elegance

One of our most-loved rooms from the year, this classic living room shows how layering texture on texture can make for a super bold and inviting look. Even though the large room is outfitted in mostly neutral and white, the natural materials and the playful pops of patterns help keep it feeling full and cozy.

Why We Love It: There’s just no arguing when pattern and texture add impact like this.

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The Look: Monochrome Chic

One room, one color can go in any direction, really. But this glamorous monochrome living room in shades of saturated green is far from one-note. The luxe furnishings manage to feel at once minimal yet bold. Also, green isn’t an easy color to decorate with, but here it’s layered in a way that feels chic and comfortable.

Why We Love It: Emerald green is a jewel tone with timeless appeal, so this is monochrome brilliance if you ask us!

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best living rooms 2019The Look: Curated Modern Farmhouse

The bright and curated modern farmhouse look was one of our top styles of 2019, and it’s obvious why. The look mixes all the best trends together in one room, from layers of natural textures to a mix of industrial and mid-century furniture to clean lines and cozy neutrals. This light-filled modern farmhouse living room sums it all up beautifully.

Why We Love It: The window panes, the round mirror above the stone fireplace, the perfect display cabinet. This is our modern farmhouse dreams come true!

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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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Deck The Halls With These 5 Holiday Mantel Decor Ideas

holiday mantel decor ideasNow that Thanksgiving is over, we’re officially setting aside fall decor and jumping right into holiday decorating! From Christmas trees and twinkle lights to wreaths and mistletoe, we’re ready to deck the halls for all kinds of celebrations and styles.

One area in your home that’s always ready to be spruced up for the holidays? Your mantel. It’s the classic place to hang stockings—but there are also so many other ways you can add to the festive look of it.

Keep reading for five holiday mantel decor ideas for different styles, including our favorite tips on how to achieve these looks!

minimal mantel decorThe Look: Minimal Modern

A minimal modern mantel is all about restrained design and curated objects. With this look, take a minimal approach to styling, only displaying pieces you really love.

The Key Elements

When choosing decorative objects for your holiday mantel, keep them simple and in muted colors. Why? Because a minimal modern look relies on a curated color palette — in this case, neutrals with pops of green. But where the colors are more neutral, you’ll want to rely heavily on textures. Both the knit stockings and the wreath offer plenty of texture to keep this mantel festive.

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Have a home that leans modern and you want touches of holiday cheer without going overboard.

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glam holiday mantel decorThe Look: Glam Chic

Love a look with glitz and glam? Then this holiday mantel decor idea is for you. This is not your typical holiday setup—it’s here to create some major visual impact. The stockings, garland, and sculptural trees keep it grounded in a holiday look, but it certainly is unexpected.

The Key Elements

When picking decor for your glam mantel, opt for pieces that sparkle and shine. We went with a gold and pink color palette here, but choose whatever colors speak to you! We also recommend pairing your mantel with modern, sleek decor. (If you celebrate Christmas, this is the perfect style to try a white or tinsel tree to really nail the look!)

It’s Perfect If You…

Love a little drama. There are so many ways to approach glam holiday decor. So, however you bring this look to life, be bold and embrace your inner drama queen!

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traditional holiday mantel decorThe Look: Traditional

Pine. Plaid. Reds and greens. Who doesn’t love that traditional holiday look? It brings to mind all those cozy, nostalgic feelings and feels like it’s right off the set of our favorite holiday movies.

The Key Elements

A traditional holiday mantel decor look relies on a red and green color palette and lots of greenery. We tripled up on greenery for this mantel, combining a wreath, garland, and vase of branches. You can never have too much pine at this time of year!

Plaid is also emblematic of the season and can’t be skipped. Because really, is there anything as classic as red plaid stockings? To drive home that traditional vibe, embrace symmetry with your decor pieces, balancing out a vase of greenery with taller candlesticks on the other side of the mantel.

It’s Perfect If You…

Can’t get enough of that classic Christmas spirit. Time to turn on the holiday tunes, make some hot cocoa, and get decorating!

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eclectic holiday decorThe Look: Whimsical Eclectic

Do you love a holiday look that’s a bit quirky and whimsical? Then this eclectic mantel is all you. It’s full of playful and unexpected elements; we can’t help but smile when we look at this set-up.

The Key Elements

An eclectic-style mantel takes a non-traditional approach to color—mixing pinks, light greens, and even yellows together. Skip the symmetry and mix together a few unexpected elements, like those stocking holders and that woven vase. With this look, you’ll also want to gravitate toward playful patterns and pops of texture for a mantel that’s cheerful and sweet!

It’s Perfect If You…

Love the joyful, whimsical side of the holidays.

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The Look: Refined Rustic

Rustic style feels especially appropriate around the holidays. It’s cozy and homey—and a giant Christmas tree full of twinkling lights and ornaments fits in perfectly with the neutral color palette and natural materials found in most rustic spaces! When decorating your mantel with a rustic style, you’ll want to lean into those cozy, homey vibes.

The Key Elements

Rustic decor relies on natural textures and natural, weathered wood—and a rustic mantel is no different! Knit stockings give a good dose of cozy texture. You can also layer on natural elements like a snow-dusted pine garland wooden trees, and a photo of an oxen in the snow to bring this look to life.

It’s Perfect If You…

Love the coziness of a log cabin with a dash of refinement!

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Get Your Living Room Ready for Fall With These Mantel Decor Ideas

fireplace mantel ideasIf you don’t like the idea of doing a total decor overhaul for each season and holiday remember this: there are small ways to make seasonal changes that can make a big impact. One of our favorite areas to focus on for seasonal changes is your mantel decor.

A fireplace is a focal point in a living room — so what happens on your mantel impacts the vibe of your whole space. This small area is the perfect place to show off your personality and set the tone for the space all season long. Keep reading for some easy tips and fall mantel decor ideas that work for any style!

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1. Crown Your Mantel

As the focal point of your room, reserve the space above your mantel for something special. Think a piece you love and want to highlight. (AKA: if your home were the Louvre, this is where you’d hang the Mona Lisa.)

All that to say, choosing the right piece to crown your mantel is important. A statement mirror, painting or art print, or a TV are classic options for mantel decor. But you can also think outside the box and hang a sculpture, a grouping of smaller paintings, or even leave it bare for a dramatic effect. The only rule? Pick something you love as this will be the piece that sets the tone for the rest of the room.

2. Pick a Color Palette

To make this area feel more curated, stick to a cohesive color palette. With this traditional look, we opted for a bouquet of earthy, fall colors like reds, yellows, and oranges, with a white base to keep it from feeling too loud.

3. Embrace Symmetry

One of the keys to a traditional mantel decor scheme is symmetry. Here, we hung a mirror above the center of the mantel, and bookended it with taller decor. But that doesn’t mean you have to get too matchy-matchy. Instead of identical objects on either side, we played with symmetry in terms of height and size, which gives the look a more inviting feel.

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4. Layer On the Decor

Add visual intrigue to your mantel by layering your decorative touches. This creates a more dynamic, curated look and will add depth to your mantel style. We used natural materials for this eclectic mantel, mixing and matching woven baskets, a wooden bowl, and a stoneware vase. The layers and texture of this look are especially nice for fall when you want to embrace those cozy vibes!

5. Prop Your Art

Rather than hanging a statement art piece above the mantel, consider leaving it unhung and leaning it against the wall instead. This gives your mantel a more casual feel, which is perfect for eclectic rooms or adding a note of whimsy (whereas hung art can feel more formal).

6. Group in Threes

When decorating a mantel (or any surface, really), stick to the “rule of thirds.” This design principle boils down to the idea that objects grouped in trios are more pleasing to the human eye. Use this trick to make your fall mantel look expertly curated no matter the season or style.

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7. Incorporate Texture

The secret ingredient to any space is to incorporate texture. For a rustic look, we love natural options like live edge wood, plants, and carved designs. The mix of textures adds dynamism to this cozy, layered look, which is the perfect mantel idea for fall.

8. Vary Your Heights

To add to the dynamic look, mix tall and short objects on your mantel. This keeps your eye from focusing on any one item, making the mantel feel thoughtfully designed but not overly done.

9. Add Plants

Greenery brings any look to life and adds some beautiful natural texture (see tip #7). We love the idea of incorporating greenery that’s in season for the fall — like the eucalyptus in this rustic mantel idea. Then, as winter approaches, you can switch in a boxwood or pine garland and something with florals for spring. Simply changing the greenery and a few objects will make your mantel feel fresh each season.

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Layout Guide: Designing a Living Room with Slanted Walls

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In our Layout Guides series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of designing an oddly-shaped living room with slanted walls.

The Space: A 10×15 living room with a quirky, awkward shape with slanted walls that create lots of hard-to-handle nooks and crannies.

The Style: Modern and edgy

The Challenge: Designing an oddly shaped living room with slanted walls to make a comfortable space for lounging, working, playing and watching TV.

living roomIdea #1: Conversational Layout

Living room layout #1 is all about creating a space with flexible seating. Using a sofa + armchair combo gives you more versatility in your seating arrangement. It incorporates the TV with the sofa facing it for easy viewing, but it isn’t the main focus of the layout. Overall, the seating flexibility creates a cozy space that allows for an optional work area and room to entertain.

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officeHere’s Why This Living Room Layout Works

Ample Seating

Having both a sofa and an armchair means there is lots of cozy lounge space for getting comfy and watching TV. The two poufs offer even more flexible seating or easy footstools for kicking back and relaxing.

Space to Work

Instead of a side table next to the sofa, this design features a mini desk set up for a super sweet home office working space. The desk has casters so you can easily wheel it in and out of the room if you need more open space for entertaining.

nooksFills Out Nooks

This design uses one awkward corner as a place for plants to sunbathe. This not only brightens up the space, but also helps fill out the oddly shaped nook without drawing attention to the awkward angle. Having the armchair pulled out from the wall at a slant helps to better define and fill the space.

Clutter-Free

The wall-mounted bookcase adds extra vertical storage so you can stow various items without cluttering up the room. Open base furniture on tapered legs helps the room feel more open and airy, too.

This Is Great If You…

  • Want a comfy living room with plenty of extra seating.
  • Enjoy the option to watch TV, but don’t want it as the focal point.
  • Love to entertain guests and want a space that can easily make room for more visitors.
  • Like having a desk / workspace in the living room.
  • Love a clean, edgy and clutter-free space.

sofaIdea #2: Family-Friendly Layout

Layout Idea #2 puts the emphasis more on creating a casual, family-friendly place to lounge, play, and watch TV. The sectional allows for more room to sit in front of the TV and the remaining space makes a perfect play area for kids.

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sectionalHere’s Why This Living Room Layout Works

TV Viewing Space

In this design, the seating is super comfy and geared toward watching TV and lounging. The sectional sofa offers plenty of room in front of the television and the chaise part of the sectional helps divide the room and almost acts like a partition between two spaces.

Perfect Play Area

With the back of the chaise sectional facing a slanted wall, it creates a perfect play space for little ones! The triangular space makes a super cozy nook with a bookcase for easy toy storage. A playful elephant rug helps define and round out the space and also works well with the awkward shape caused by the slanted wall.

sectionalFunctional and Fun

The round coffee tables are a more kid-friendly option as there are no sharp corners to navigate. Your whole family also has plenty of room to stretch out on the sofa and space to move around. Plus, the arching floor lamp is a sleek way to add overhead lighting to the room if you don’t have a built-in fixture.

This Is Great If You…

  • Need cozy seating for TV viewing.
  • Want a fun play area for little ones.
  • Prefer a family-friendly space over an entertaining area.
  • Hate clutter and want a space that’s streamlined and easy to tidy up.

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How To Master The All White Living Room

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There’s no denying the crisp, cool, and calming beauty of an all white living room. And we’ll be the first to admit that it’s a fine line between our worst design nightmare (a completely washed-out white room) and a perfect dream come true (a soft and sophisticated space).

Of course, there are serious challenges when it comes to a living room in head-to-toe white. Most importantly, a white room doesn’t seem practical. Well, we’re here to tell you it can be and it can also be beautiful, gorgeous, and incredibly comfortable. To prove that, we picked our designers’ brains on the best tips for designing an all-white living room—and how to keep it looking pristine year-round.

living roomConsider A Sofa Carefully

We’re all thinking it. One of the scariest parts of an all-white living room is a white sofa. The chances of spills and stains in a busy space like your living room are pretty much high to extremely high.

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But the good thing to know is that there are plenty of stain- and spill-resistant options. Our pick would be to go with a leather sofa. It provides a clean-lined look and a nice dose of texture. Not to mention leather cleans up much easier and will develop a lovely patina over time.

If you really want to go for the all-white living room, a white or even neutral sofa can make a great subtle statement. The slight tonal variation will be a nice contrast amid other white furnishings.

living roomThink About Wood Tones

White furnishings mixed with wood tones are a foolproof way to play up an all-white living room that still feels warm and inviting. Wood pieces act as neutrals that don’t add color so they make for perfect complementary decor.

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Just be sure to pick a lane with your woods to keep the look cohesive. We vote for warm and dark wood tones, as lighter hues will appear washed out in an all-white room.

living roomMix Cool Materials

Besides wood, make sure to bring in a selection of accents in different light-hued materials, such as marble, stone, ceramics, and linen. This is an easy way to ensure you have lots of textures that add depth to your white room. You can even mix in natural materials like rattan and jute for an additional pop. They’re technically not white, but alongside natural materials and wood pieces, they won’t feel out of place.

Play Up Fun Shapes

When you don’t have color in a room, you have to find creative ways to add visual intrigue. Think fun shapes, like round forms, curvy furniture frames, or sinuous silhouettes. These will make for interesting focal points and elements that warm up your all-white room.

living roomLayer Your Textiles

Pillows, rugs, curtains, and other fabric accents are key to adding a cozy note in a white living room. A mix of pillows will warm up a sofa, a fluffy rug can add welcoming texture to your floors, and white sheers have a way of letting in pretty natural light.

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Together, these finishing touches will make your space feel dynamic and considered while also playing up a sense of comfort that’s often lacking in white spaces.

Go Big With Textures

The key to making an all-white living room design work is to create subtle variations in texture, which will lend a dynamic and layered look to your space. Think textured pillows and a rug or even a sheepskin bench. These pieces will bring the look to life and keep your room from looking or feeling flat.

living roomPattern Up Your Decor

Your white living room can benefit from a subtle mix of patterns. The key to working in patterns into your white space is to opt for accents in off-white and soft gray shades. Whether it’s in your rugs, pillows or art, these visual motifs will help liven up your living room.

Accent With Greenery

Add a lush and vibrant pop of color with greenery. Much like textured textiles, plants have a way of bringing in a touch of texture to an all-white space. Not to mention plants are key to any happy home!

living roomAdd A Contrasting Wall Color

It’s okay to not have white walls in your all-white living room. In fact, a slightly warmer shade of off-white, ivory, or even gray will help warm up, cool down, or bring contrast to your room.

Keep It Pristine Year-Round!

We know. While all of the above sounds great, keeping everything clean and perfectly white is the ultimate challenge. The best way to maintain the crisp look? Keep a Tide To-Go stick handy to start. You can also make sure your sofa has a removable cover that you can toss into the wash or dry clean as needed!

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Layout Guide: 1 Split-Level Living Space, 2 Open Layout Solutions

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Some rooms are a headache to furnish because nothing looks or fits right. And then there are some rooms where the overall space is unusual but you know the design possibilities are endless. This split-level, open layout living space is the latter.

Here, we dreamed up two ideas for this split-level open layout living space that serve very different needs but are both thoughtfully designed to accommodate different lifestyles. See how we bring it all together in this bi-level room layout.

The Space: A split-level living and dining space with an open layout

The Style: Mod Visionary

The Challenge: Designing a cohesive look in a split-level room

living roomIdea #1: The Chill-Out Entertaining Layout

Layout #1 is a functional entertaining space with an emphasis on family-friendly design. A large sectional anchors the lower level living space where the layout caters towards all things TV viewing. It’s a layout that allows a lot of room for adults and kids to lounge and move around in.

There’s also a designated kids zone, where a mini chairs-and-table setup provides room for both homework and fun and games. In contrast, the upper level is organized to be a relaxed dining area that’s all about unfussy family dinners.

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There are clearly defined areas for entertaining on all levels. From the kids’ zone to the main living space to the elevated dining area, they all maintain a casual, relaxed vibe.

The floating sectional offers ample seating, and also works to divide the living space from the walkway. We added a console to help maximize storage in what would’ve been dead space. Likewise, the coffee table has hidden storage, which makes for an extra family-friendly addition to the living space. Not to mention, the round shape helps encourage traffic flow and is a more kid-friendly option (no sharp corners here).

The wall-mounted bookcase adds vertical storage and a tall overarching floor lamp is a great solve for a room without ceiling lights. Meanwhile, on the higher level, the dark blue accent wall helps draw the eye up toward the dining area, where there’s plenty of storage (credenza, bar cart) thanks to the round table that optimizes floor space. It all adds up to an open layout design that allows for a lot of comfortable family-friendly lounging, practical storage, and easy entertaining.

living roomThis Is Great If You…

  • Have a big family with lots of busybodies that find themselves doing many different things in the same space.
  • Love to host movie nights and entertain lots of friends on the regular.
  • Like a laid-back living space for simply kicking back and putting up your feet.
  • Are keen on a space that is highly functional for daily living and provides lots of room to move around in.

open layout split-level living roomIdea #2: The Conversing and Dining Layout

Layout #2 takes on a more tailored look and feel and is designed as more of a conversation space. It has a more formal look but is equally great for casual hangouts. Although there’s less of a kid-friendly focus here.

Rather than a space that’s designed around a media stand and TV, the sofa and armchairs in the main living area here are arranged to facilitate conversation. Likewise, the dining area is set up with a long table and stylish seating that accommodates a party of six for long sit-down dinners.

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dining chairWhy It Works

It’s a polished look from top to bottom and is tied together by an elevated color palette, starting from the dining room art and rug to the living room armchairs and sofa. The sofa and chairs are conducive to easy conversation, while the bench against the partition wall adds extra seating that maximizes that tricky wall space. Bonus points: you can even pull it up into the dining room for an extra seat if you have lots of people over!

The rectangular coffee table has an open airy base that balances out the heavier seating, and the credenza offers serious storage. In the dining area, the rectangular table makes the most of square footage in the space and the black dining chairs tie in the darkness of the tall cabinet and the living room bench. Altogether, this layout is about a unified entertaining space with a polished look and feel.

open layout living roomThis Is Great If You…

  • Are a couple with no children who love the idea of a space that’s perfect for conversation and intimate entertaining.
  • Enjoy having friends over for more formal affairs, like cocktails, wine-and-cheese nights, and sit-down meals.
  • Consider your style to be more modern and minimal and prefer a more streamlined look with a few key pieces in two open spaces with distinct functions.
  • Are looking to graduate your style and this is your first grown-up space that you’re furnishings for yourself.

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How 3 Designers Would Use Sherwin-Williams’ 2020 Color of the Year

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It’s that time of year again! We’re referring to that time when paint companies are casting their color trends for the upcoming year. And, of course, we’re here for all of it.

The latest major color forecast is from Sherwin-Williams, which recently announced its 2020 color of the year as Naval—a rich navy hue that has a layered backstory. The blue shade touches on our collective need to pursue wellness and our interest in biophilia (aka wanting to be close to nature). It also pays homage to the opulence and richness of the Art Deco era. All to say, Naval is all about stepping outside of the comfort zones of the classic navy.

To put the new hue to test right away, we tapped three of our designers to envision their take of Naval blue in the home. The result is three rooms that are stylistically different but equally captivating. Read on to see the spaces and get their tips for bringing this 2020 color of the year into your own home.

sherwin-williams navalLook #1: Coastal & Chic

Modsy Designer: Yoan W

Yoan’s Inspirations: Inspired by Naval’s relation to the natural world, Yoan drew from the color of the sea and the midnight sky. He also pulled in coral motifs and mother-of-pearl-like texture, such as on the front of a credenza.

How Yoan Used Naval: To play up the color’s story of reconnecting with nature, Yoan worked in a mix of natural textures, slightly formal furnishings, and white and beige tones. All together, these pieces contrast with the two accent walls that are painted in Naval.

For furnishings, Yoan kept to mostly slightly traditional pieces in neutral hues but played with contrast, such as juxtaposing a white sofa with a black coffee table. Similarly, he painted two accent walls in Naval as a way to create contrast with the white and beige tones throughout the room. Yoan also wove the hue into the space in other ways, incorporating an accent chair and a rug that has notes of blue to keep the space feeling balanced.

Finally, to play up the color’s story of reconnecting with nature, he also worked in a mix of natural textures, such as the coral and woven accents.

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sherwin-williams naval color of the yearLook #2: Modern & Minimal

Modsy Designer: Aimee M

Aimee’s Inspirations: Aimee was specifically inspired by the monochrome room trend but she also wanted to explore the idea of Naval as a neutral in a room.

How Aimee Used Naval: Taking a monochrome approach doesn’t mean Aimee’s room is one note. In fact, the resulting space is deeply layered. A room steeped in the hue can have major soothing vibes, like a cocoon, according to Aimee. To achieve that she made sure there was a layering of textures that appeal to all the senses.

That’s where the curated furnishing mix comes in. The velvet sofa brings a luxurious touch (and a bit of shine), the dark warm wood tones lend an organic beauty, and the streamlined mid-century forms add a lightness to the room. It all balances out the cool richness of the Naval walls. The result? A space that is simple, soothing, and super sophisticated.

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sherwin-williams naval ideaLook #3: Contemporary & Cutting Edge

Modsy Designer: Logan R

Logan’s Inspirations: The idea was for the room to feel like a moody beach house with a contemporary edge. Logan also wanted to tap into the organic modernism look in doing so.

How Logan Used Naval: This take on Naval is all about the contrast, starting with the overall muted palette of neutrals set against the blue backdrop. The Naval blue is pushed almost to a chalky-gray by way of contrast with the camel-brown sofa and warm-wood accents, which all provide lots of tactile and visual textures in the space.

For more subtle references to elements of nature, Logan played with shapes and patterns, from the coffee table and bookcase cutouts to the vases and urns to the fish motifs and abstract art. The result is a cool nod to organic notes without appearing theme-y.

The bold furnishings and contemporary designs also end up contrasting with Naval and bringing out the softer, more serene side of the blue shade.

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Designing a Blue Living Room? Start With These 5 Ideas

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The color blue immediately instills a peaceful, tranquil vibe within a space – so it makes sense that blue living rooms are one design trend that has withstood the test of time. After all, when you’re hosting guests or just relaxing in your own home, you want everyone to feel at ease.

Blue evokes the sea and skies and brings comfort and style that’s clean, calm and collected. It’s no wonder that blue is our most-requested color for all room types! It adds contrast and color but can also cool things down like a neutral. We asked our stylists how they’d design a blue living room, and here are the top 5 answers.

blue living roomClassic Beach House Blue Living Room

A classic white and blue living room is the quintessential beach house color palette. White and blue feel sophisticated, yet approachable and relaxed. They’re a combo that instantly ups the classiness factor while also creating a breezy, beach-style retreat in your home. Adding in natural textures helps to soften and warm the high-contrast color combination, making the space more relaxed and casual.

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We kept the walls and base furniture bright white but added bold pops of navy and cerulean blue in the pillows, art, rug, and accent decor. Natural textures like jute and rattan will amp up the beach style while warm woods lend a rustic vibe. Pops of brass is also a great way to warm up space!

Stylist Tip: Try a more symmetrical layout to polish it up and get that signature relaxed yet formal vibe.

blue living roomEclectic Minimal Blue Living Room

For a more dramatic look, go for dark walls paired with neutral furniture. The high-contrast look of the textured neutrals against a bold blue backdrop creates a cool, eclectic vibe. We chose a darker shade of navy blue for a hue that has a slightly neutral vibe to it.

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Textured furniture and decor are key here, like leathers, linens, woods, metals and natural materials. This look is a great choice if you don’t love a lot of color, but still want a bold blue living room that’s trendy and eclectic. Plus, the dark blue walls have a cozy vibe that will make your living feel like a stylish cocoon – the best place for unwinding at the end of a long week.

blue living roomRustic Blue Living Room

This room features a blue sofa along with neutral-colored decor for an effortless, rustic style. This is a great look if blue walls seem a little too intense for you. You can easily flip the color combo and go for a neutral room with a bold blue sofa as the centerpiece.

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This look prioritizes comfort and we love it because it’s equally cozy and family-friendly. The sectional turns up the warmth and rustic accents, like a leather armchair, industrial coffee table, and a chunky jute rug, add to the cozy vibe. There’s not a lot of colors here, but the blue sofa adds a loud enough “POP” to set a colorful focal point!

Stylist Tip: Dark blue is a great color for sofas in family-friendly homes because the darker fabric hides spill easier so you can really relax.

blue wall gold sofaBold, High-Contrast Blue Living Room

Want to really go bold with your blue living room design? Try pairing a blue accent wall with bright colors for a living room that’s bold and full of personality. A velvet yellow sofa is the perfect statement piece to contrast a dark blue accent wall if you like a glamorous or boho look!

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Adding in elements like a patterned rug, eclectic gallery wall, and playing with a mix of furniture styles helps create a look that’s unique and playful. The graphic black and white patterned accents bring a pop of contrast and visual texture to the room. This is a great style if you love collecting pieces over time or mixing different furniture styles together in one room!

Stylist Tip: Pick one or two accent colors to offset the blue walls – then keep the rest of the palette black and white to keep the balance.

blue living roomBreezy Boho Blue Living Room

The calming colors of the sea and sunset are perfect for Bohemian-style rooms. This pastel-hued living room incorporates soft pinks and reds to balance out the blue sofa.

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The room is anchored by the dark blue sofa, but there’s a mix of warm-colored and neutral decor along with blue accents throughout the space for a perfectly balanced look. Patterns and natural materials add warmth and texture to space for a collected and casual look with a spirit of easy, breezy California cool.

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Here’s How the ‘Gilmore Girls’ House Would Look in 2019

Where you lead, I will follow… This month marks the 19th year since Gilmore Girls premiered and put Stars Hollow on the map. To celebrate the almost two decades since we met the fast-talking, coffee-loving Rory and Lorelai, we had to revisit the iconic Gilmore Girls home and give it a 2019 makeover.

Although it got an upgrade for Netflix’s 2016 reboot, we wanted to go one step further for our this much-loved space. In classic Modsy fashion, we couldn’t resist imagining what it would have looked like if a few more of our favorite characters were in charge.

Ready to find out what the Gilmore Girls house would look like in 2019? Keep scrolling to see how Lorelai, Rory, Emily, Luke, Sookie, and even Paris would design Lorelai’s house today!

Gilmore Girls House 2019Lorelai Gilmore’s Style

Lorelai always had a quirky, playful personality (and wardrobe) that really shows in her home! In her original space, she wasn’t afraid to mix traditional furniture with unconventional decor for a look that felt eccentric and a bit funky – a style only Lorelai can pull off!

For her 2019 update, we wanted to make Lorelai’s space feel loud and energetic without the compromise of comfort. The velvet sofa with a deep seat, and rolled arms, makes for the perfect spot to kick back and binge watch old movies and binge takeout from Luke’s diner or Al’s Pancake World. Quirky trinkets are scattered throughout the space, a result of her impulsive habits that lead her to buy whatever she loves in an instant.

Keep an eye out for some Easter eggs stashed throughout the space, including Doose’s Market shopping bag and portrait of Paul Anka!

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Gilmore Girls house 2019Rory Gilmore’s Style

Rory’s space is serene and welcoming. She’s the epitome of east coast charm and her space is meant to reflect that. Her style is the perfect mix of coastal and classic, combined in a relaxed and almost effortless way. The space radiates sophistication and order – basically the design equivalent of a perfectly balanced pro-con list.

Rory’s design is packed with books and includes a cozy reading nook where she can curl up with a book. And don’t forget the framed photo of her leaping off a ledge with Logan and other members of the Life and Death Brigade. In Omnia Paratus!

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Gilmore Girls House 2019Emily Gilmore’s Style

If Emily Gilmore ever got the opportunity to redesign Lorelai’s house, it would look nothing like the comfortable, cozy home from the original series. Always at odds with her daughter, Emily has a very different style that epitomizes East Coast elegance at its finest.

Emily’s style is formal and classic, but we added a slightly modern twist in the serpentine wallpaper, which we thought her eccentric daughter would appreciate. Call it an interior design olive branch between the two.

We knew Emily would insist on a more formal layout for Lorelai’s house, and so instead of a set-up geared towards movie nights, we thought Emily would opt for two sofas facing one another. This immediately creates a space that is fit for conversation, small gatherings, and sipping martinis before (and after) dinner.

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Gilmore Girls House 2019Luke Danes’ Style

Luke’s space, just like him, is all about simplicity and comfort. His look was inspired by the interior of his apartment above the diner (aka his dad’s office), which was full of wood, plaid, and plenty of fishing-themed decor.

As such, his take on Lorelai’s home is masculine and full of industrial materials. Luke didn’t care too much about how his home looked, but definitely appreciated a well-made piece of furniture. As such, his design is full of hand crafted pieces that are built to last. Look for weathered wood, leather, metal, and – of course – plenty of plaid.

All in all, his design is a cozy living space where he and Lorelai can pass the time re-enacting their first date (can you spot the playing cards on the coffee table?) and not talk on their cell phones.

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Gilmore Girls House 2019Sookie St. James’ Style

Sookie, the head chef at the Dragonfly Inn and Lorelai’s best friend, was a fun and wildly creative character. If she were in charge of the decor, it would be all things bold, colorful, and quirky – just like her.

Her design mixes floral and geometric patterns, which speak to the controlled chaos she creates in the kitchen. We thought a palette raspberry, lemon, kiwi and aqua hues would satisfy her wild side and create a space as warm and inviting as her personality.

Of course, we knew if Sookie was designing Lorelai’s place, Jackson couldn’t help but weigh in. We thought Sookie might add a few “manly” touches, like the antler chandelier, to help him feel included.

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Gilmore Girls House 2019Paris Geller’s Style

There’s no one like Paris Geller… And say Rory’s best friend (sometime enemy) from her school days got another degree in interior design. We’re pretty sure Lorelai would be one of the first client she’d gift her services to. So for Paris’ take on the home, we wanted to bring her intense personality through in the design.

The color and whimsy of Lorelai’s decor are replaced by sleek lines and contemporary forms. The space captures the intensity of Paris and her personality, which is intense, different and cold. We translated that into the space with minimalist decor and streamlined furniture in a monochrome color scheme.

Catch her Yale and Harvard diplomas hanging above her desk, some “light reading” in the corner, and – of course – her copy of The Iliad.

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5 Ways to Put the Awkward Nook Under the Stairs to Use

Awkward nook ideasMost homes have one. And most of us don’t know what to do about them. It’s those awkward spaces that feel too small to decorate or be useful, but feel like a waste of space if they’re not utilized. So, what can you do with a corner of the room that has weird features or an awkward nook other than ignore it?

Well, we’re big believers in embracing what you’ve got and getting creative. So today, our designers are helping us address one of the repeat offenders in the awkward spaces category: the awkward nook under the stairs. We’ll show you five clever ways to put this space to work and make it functional!

1. Entryway Storage

If your awkward space under the stairs is near your front door, try turning the nook into entryway storage. Designating this nook for shoes, coats, umbrellas, and bags will not only give function to this little corner – it will give all that entryway clutter a designated home. Now that’s a win-win!

Other than coat hooks, we love the idea of adding shelving for more functionality and utilizing baskets for an easy, beautiful catchall for extra clutter and kids stuff. You could even tuck your pet’s food and water dishes under the lowest slope of the stairs for maximum utilization of the space!

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awkward nook2. Kids Corner

When you think of a nook under the stairs, you might immediately think of Harry Potter. But we’re making a space that’s way cheerier than Harry’s cupboard under the stairs! You can easily turn your nook under the stairs into a cozy play corner for your little ones. Just add a cushy bean bag chair, a few baskets and bins to store their toys, and perhaps an easel for drawing or painting or a small table for crafts. With that, this little nook may become their favorite corner of the house! (Just make sure to block off the lower space to ensure no one bonks their head!)

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awkward nook office3. Office Nook

Want a home office but don’t have an extra room to designate for it? We’ve got your fix. Just tuck a desk and chair into this alcove, and voila! You officially have a home office. Add a favorite piece of art for inspiration and make sure you find a good desk lamp. If you have a little extra space, you can even add file storage like we did here for added functionality.

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4. Extra Storage

One of our most-requested room features is extra storage. If that’s you, why not turn this awkward nook into just that—a space for extra storage! If it’s a smaller space, try tucking a trio of baskets in the corner. You could also go for a storage bench, or even a full-fledged credenza if you have the room!

We added a petite dresser to ours to give this nook a little splash of style, as well as three drawers full of storage space. We also had room to sneak in an extra stool alongside it, which can easily be pulled into the living space when you have guests over need another seat on the fly!

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5. Reading Nook

Does any design idea sound as cozy and exciting as a reading nook? If this is the living room feature of your dreams, consider turning the awkward space under your stairs into just that!

The key ingredients to a reading nook? Well, it begins with a comfy chair. Add a footstool or pouf, a side table for coffee or tea, and top it off with a bookcase full of your favorite reads.

Does your pooch like to stay nearby when you curl up with a book? Tuck their bed in the corner and get ready for a cozy night in!

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5 Red Living Room Ideas that are Hotter than Hot

When it comes to color psychology, red is considered the hue of aggression, passion, and intensity. Whether it’s a shade of crimson, ruby, cherry, or apple, with that in mind, you might not think of red as the go-to color for decorating your home. In fact, red is known as a powerful, energizing color that many people shy away from in their homes. But if red is your favorite color and you want to bring it into your living room, it can be impactful, elegant, and  – when it’s done right. Here are our designer’s best tips for doing a red living room design right. Take a look at these 5 designs and see why they work.

red living roomRed Living Room #1 – The Classic Color Palette

This red living room features a class look, with a traditional color palette of red, white, and blue. Red is incorporated evenly throughout the space – in walls, base furniture, and decorative accents – to achieve a well-balanced look. The blue and white accents balance out the bold red on the walls and in the decor for a color palette that feels classically east coast and not overly aggressive.

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Stylist Tip: If you’re going all out with red walls, lean toward a classic design scheme with a rounded red, white and blue color palette. It will help bring a cohesive look to the room and tone down the aggression.

red chairRed Living Room #2 – The Accents In Red

In this red living room design, red is relegated to the accent furniture. It’s easy to incorporate bold reds with an armchair, sofa, or even a rug for a pop of the hot hue without going in full steam with red walls, etc. These dark red chairs are the perfect counterpoint to the zebra print rug and gold accents. The room looks polished and formal without feeling over-the-top.

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Stylist Tip: Balance out your red accents with pops of greenery. Red sits directly across from green on the color wheel, so a few splashes of green will help temper the red accents. The palette tones down the look but doesn’t detract from the overall impact.

red chairRed Living Room #3 – The Neutral Take

For a modern take on a red living room, this design features a washed-out shade of brick red on the walls balanced by white and black decor. The red walls and single red accent chair provide the only color in the room, so the look doesn’t feel too busy. Incorporating black and white patterns throughout the room also helps to temper the red and provide equally bold focal points in the space so that the walls don’t go unbalanced.

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Stylist Tip: Not all reds are the same! Be thoughtful about the shades you choose. Something on the darker side will feel more elegant and sophisticated. A bright, fire truck red could make your room too shocking or intense. We love this shade of clay red, which feels a little unexpected and is the perfect backdrop for our neutral decor scheme.

red chairRed Living Room #4 – The Subtle Pop

A more subtle approach to a red living room, this design incorporates the color into the decor. The rug, curtain piping, pillows, and art all feature a pop of red, but in a way that doesn’t overwhelm the space. This is great if you want to bring some of this fiery hue home in a less obtrusive way. The multiple red accents help enhance and highlight one another while not feeling too intense.

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red living roomRed Living Room #5 – The Bold Approach

The boldest of our red living rooms, this design features a red sofa paired with a red wall. The decor leans toward the traditional side, and the rich red hue plays up the vintage library vibe. The sofa and walls are the same shade of red, which actually makes the pairing feel less in your face.

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Stylist Tip: Balance out the red with neutral accents and natural materials to keep the look from feeling too aggressive. The jute rug and traditional art are the perfect counterpoints to all the moody red.

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Dream Home Ideas: Mid-Century Boho Perfection

mid-century living room

For us, ‘mid-century Boho’, is a relaxed bohemian look inspired by the ease of west coast living. It’s rooted in comfort but has a slight mid-century design edge and subtle eclectic notes. There’s a mix of weathered woods, antiques, and artisanal accents that all add up to a balanced, sophisticated look.

This isn’t your traditional boho approach either. Instead, mid-century boho has a relaxed collector’s vibe, which translates to family-friendly foundational pieces, such as sofas and beds, that are accented with colorful accessories, like a side chair found at a flea market. The result is a clean-lined, artfully curated aesthetic that brings together the best of mid-century style and bohemian flair.

To bring this style to life, we envisioned the perfect mid-century boho dream home, where every room plays up this eclectic cool style. Take a room-by-room tour of the home below, and get inspired by our quick tips for working the mid-century boho look into your home.

mid-century entryThe Entry

The bright and spacious entry makes for the perfect introduction to our mid-century boho home. A mix of relaxed furnishings (warm walnut bench, woven planter, wiry pendant, large round mirror) contrasts with the crisp white walls, which lend an airy, open feel.

For hints of color, a faded traditional rug anchors the floor, greenery livens up the corners, and a navy bolster pillow lends a final stylish pop.

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mid-century entryThe Key Entry Elements

Let In More Light. Hanging a large-scale mirror in the entry guarantees to add statement style. But what we love most about the look is that it helps open up entry by reflecting more light and giving the illusion of the room being larger than it is.

Add Warm Anchor Pieces. A walnut mid-century-style bench makes for a great entryway staple. The warm wood tone lends a welcoming touch while the piece also serves as functional seating. Paired with a washed-out traditional rug, it captures our idea of an inviting mid-century boho vibe and sets the tone for the rest of the home.

Bring A Touch of Texture. Entries can often feel spare and cold or overly traditional and stuffy. A few tactile elements are essential to easing up this practical space for a more homey feel. Tall greenery can usher in a vibrant note while a pillow or two will cozy up a bench or chairs so that it doesn’t come off as just an in-between passageway.

mid-century living roomThe Living Room

Comfort is key in our mid-century boho living room. For an arrangement that amplifies comfort, we opted for two facing sofas that supply plenty of seating for family and guests. We chose darker fabrics for the sofas and bench to ensure the room is totally kid- and pet-friendly.

However, we then layered in bright pillows, art, accents, and the rug to give the space a spirited pop of boho color that balances out the more streamlined, neutral furnishings. Finally, it wouldn’t be mid-century boho without natural wood elements and a rattan moment.

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mid-century living roomThe Key Living Room Elements

Work The Boho Palette. At the heart of mid-century boho is a color palette that blends warm and cool tones, such as rustic reds with gray, and navy with light pinks. Start with big neutral foundations, such as sofas, then offset it with touches of color in the form of a red rug, ottoman, and piles of indigo, black-and-white, and pink pillows. Foolproof trick? You can’t go wrong here with a blue, gray, and pink color combo.

Think Mid-Century Materials. Boho furnishings tend to have a bit of color and flourish, so they look especially accentuated alongside the streamlined shapes and materials of mid-century designs. Juxtapose colorful pieces with clean-lined seating and tables in polished and light woods, as in the side chairs, perforated drum tables, and rattan stool in our living room.

Go For Multiples. Pairing up larger furnishings and pulling in pillows and art en masse is a great way to play up a bold mid-century look and the boho color palette. Lean into symmetry when arranging your larger pieces, then layer, layer, layer. Arrange pillows in a casual manner to give the sofas a lived-in look, then lean an array of art pieces on the mantel or hang them in a curated gallery wall display.

mid-century dining roomThe Dining Room

We designed the dining room to be a sleek and relaxed place to gather. A vintage-style dining table is paired with mid-century-inspired dining chairs to create the perfect balance of old and new, while metallic accents and lighting add a touch of polish. To tie the whole room together, we laid down a vintage-style rug with bursts of warm tones for a boho element.

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mid-century dining roomThe Key Dining Room Elements

Make For a Boho Foundation. More than any other space, the dining room is where you want to start with a bold boho anchor piece. Because the dining space is all about practicality and tailored designs, the rug is one way to ease up the strong mid-century shapes and materials. So when in doubt, start from the ground up.

Mix Old, New, and Sleek. Vintage-style dining chairs look best alongside a long, polished communal table. Atop a warm-hued rug, they’ll become focal points in as much as the dining table, which is the centerpiece of the room. To balance out these strong designs, pull in equally captivating lighting above and along the walls so that you’re adding stylish impact throughout the entire room, from wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling.

Think Vertical. And speaking of floor-to-ceiling, one way to layer in the mid-century boho look in the dining room is to alternate your art and lighting. Mix contemporary black-and-white photography with more painterly canvases that provide colorful contrast. Likewise, mix metallic lighting at various heights, such as a shiny brass sconce for the walls with a bronze sculptural ceiling fixture.

mid-century bedroomThe Bedroom

In the bedroom, we wanted to create a serene space, so we pared back on bold colors and materials here, combining softer mid-century and boho elements. We swapped in lots of textural pieces and neutral hues along with geometric accents and art to add visual interest that doesn’t overwhelm.

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The Key Bedroom Elements

Put Texture First. For our mid-century boho bedroom, plenty of texture is what makes it a restful and calming retreat. A natural-fiber rug grounds the room, while grainy wood bedside dressers provide another touch of natural texture. These organic touches have a way of cozying up a bedroom, so carry it through to the details, be it stone and ceramic lamps or extra-plush pillows.

Get Symmetrical. Organization underscores a serene bedroom. The easiest way to play up a streamlined look is to get symmetrical with your furniture layout. Think matching dressers, bookcases, tables lamps, framed art, and even right down to your pillows. Double up on everything and place mirror them in the room.

Use Storage As Showcases. In a clean-lined bedroom like this one, the best way to introduce personality and character is through personal objects and accents. Use your bedside surfaces, bookcases, and even a bench at the foot of the bed as showcases for interesting items. Whether it’s a mix of ceramics and trinkets or a pretty throw blanket, they’ll add an eclectic boho touch in the most subtle (and stylish) way possible.

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Our Stylists’ 4 Favorite Ways to Design a Black and White Living Room

black and white living room

Black and white. It’s a classic, timeless combo. From film noir to salt and pepper, lots of amazing things come in black and white. So it’s no surprise that black and white living room ideas are one of our most researched and requested styles. But there are so many different ways to get the look – from traditional to totally glam, and everything in between. So today we’re breaking down four stylist-approved black and white living room ideas, with each room featuring different styles and intensities of the color combo.

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black and white living roomThe Look: Modern Industrial

If you’re looking for an urban, trendy black and white living room, look no further. This modern-inspired living room proves that a black and white palette doesn’t have to look stark. This room blends black and white into a rich grayscale that is endlessly refined.

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The Key Elements

A modern look relies on sleek lines, minimalist shapes, and little ornamentation. It has a spare Scandinavian quality to it while still being very livable. For this look, you’ll want to pick furniture and accessories that feature materials that keep to the color scheme. Think: black matte metals, white marbles, and black leather. Geometric shapes are big with this style, so opt for graphic and bold art and decor.

It’s Perfect if You…

Love a room that makes a bold statement but still feels approachable. While this look is more on the austere side, it has a sleek vibe that draws you in. What results is a look that you want to show off.

eclectic boho living roomThe Look: Eclectic Boho

This eclectic-style space offers a softer approach to a black and white living room look that’s still free of color in the traditional sense. However, the neutrals branch out from just black and white to include natural hues as well. The result is a softer mix that gives a bit more warmth to the black and white look.

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The Key Elements

Leathers, woods, and natural materials are not only welcome in this look, but they’re also essential to warm and soften it. Black and white rugs, art, pillows, and other decorative accents keep the integrity of the black and white living room style, but in a way that’s much warmer. Choose patterns that are more organic and abstract, and mix textures and materials to keep the look feeling dynamic and well thought-out.

It’s Perfect If You…

Love a neutral color palette but don’t want a look that’s too bold. If that’s the case, this more neutral, eclectic take might be your cup of tea. The natural elements – from the coffee table and bench to baskets and the mirror – give off a relaxed feeling. And speaking of relaxed, this couch gives you something to sink into while still offering clean lines. Top of this look and compliment the natural elements of this room with some pops of greenery.

traditional rustic living roomThe Look: Traditional Rustic

This traditional rustic look is another grayscale version of the black and white living room, but with a more family-friendly vibe. This look is less high-contrast black and white and more comfortable and cozy. Relying on a neutral base but including softer shades of grey and black details to add a bit of contrast.

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The Key Elements

Weathered woods are key here. They won’t distract from the black and white vibes and they add a lot of texture and dimension. We love using it in a coffee table that ties the whole room together, with added weathered accents in the side table and chairs.

Textured black and white throw pillows also help solidify the color palette while giving the living space a cozy, relaxed feeling. Pops of gold in the accents warm up the look even more. You could also consider painting your walls white to really make furniture pop.

It’s Perfect If You…

Like a more rustic or traditional style that’s family-friendly. This look is rooted in comfortable, approachable furniture and soft neutrals. If you want a space that’s a nod toward the traditional but with the down-to-earth nature of rustic style, this is definitely the look for you.

glam chic living roomThe Look: Glam Chic

This look is the queen of all black and white looks. It’s a chic, glamorous take on a black and white living room in a bold yet eclectic look. This style is all about mixing bold patterns and shapes – like the soft curves of the chandelier and bookshelf, mixed with the strong lines of the side chairs and floor lamp.

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The Key Elements

Gold accents are in full force with this look. We’re talking end tables, bar carts, chairs, bookshelves, and decor galore. Add shades of neutrals and browns to warm of the look, and add accents of luxe fabrics, like velvet or sheepskin. Top it off with lots of bold, geometric patterns – even if they clash at first glance. As long as you decorate with confidence, the look will work!

It’s Perfect if You…

Have a fun, quirky sense of style that still has a heavy dose of sophistication. Let all of that personality show when decorating your space. Layer patterns and shapes and materials with pops of non-black-and-white neutrals and you’ll end up with a space that’s glamorous and completely your own.

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Zen Out: 6 Ways To Create a Calming Home

zen home designFor many Modsy customers, a zen home design with minimal furnishings, colors, and objects is the ultimate modern haven. Rooms that feel serene at every turn; calming hues that soothe the senses; and simple, streamlined furniture that play up the ‘less is more’ aesthetic. All of these elements come together for a home that inspires rest and relaxation from the moment you step inside.

But even though the look is minimal, sometimes finding the right pieces to get this look at home can be a challenge. So for some quick inspiration and guidance, we’re breaking down the zen home look here to help you build a calm, quiet retreat with style to boot.

Get Comfy With Clean Lines

A calm home is a comfortable home. So when it comes to furniture, choose pieces that have simple forms but are big on comfort. A large sectional with clean lines is a great foundation for the living room, while a sleek sofa works perfectly in a smaller space. Carry this approach over to minimalist ottomans and tables as well!

zen living room ideasOpt For a Soothing Palette

Neutrals, pastels, and light, warm tones all have a way of instilling calm in a home, so lean into those shades and explore the entire spectrum. Think foggy grays with seafoam green, lavender with sherbert orange, and light wood tones with off-white upholstery. Keeping to soft, dreamy hues will create a soothing vibe throughout.

Minimize Clutter

A cluttered space is the antithesis of calm. And a zen home is all about stripping things away and being thoughtful about what you do bring into your space. You don’t have to Marie Kondo your rooms, but try to edit down your belongings and furnishings. Or invest in hidden storage pieces to limit the number of things you have on display.

Simplify Your Styling

This goes hand-in-hand with banishing clutter. With the objects and furnishings that you do keep and showcase, try not to over-style. That means displaying only a few select objects on tables and shelving, adding just a few pillows to your sofa, and not overcrowding your walls with art. It’s a minimalist approach that will create breathing room within your spaces.

Invite Greenery Inside

Plants inspire calm and happiness, and rooms with greenery can also add a bit of life to your spaces. We love using plants and greenery as a way to add color to minimalist spaces, not to mention they are natural air purifiers. Try bringing in a few tall plants to liven up empty corners.

zen bedroom ideasLet In Lots Of Natural Light

A dark, cave-like interior doesn’t exactly inspire a zen feel. If you have big windows, skip the heavy drapes or opt for sheers to let in lots of natural light. Don’t have a ton of windows? Spread some dim lighting throughout your rooms. We like the three-tier approach: A lamp on a table or console, a floor lamp in a corner, and sconces on your walls. Or, layer lots of candlelight, which always lend a sense of calm to spaces.

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