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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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My Modsy Story: How I Designed the Grown-Up Apartment Of My Dreams

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After moving cross-country, Omar was ready to trade in his big box store furniture for a grown-up apartment design.

Homeowner: Omar M, Marketing & Business Development

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Room: Entire Apartment

His Style: Modern Minimalist

The Backstory

I was ready for a new start in Los Angeles after spending 5 years in NYC. My new space is a lot larger than my old apartment so not only did I need more furniture, I also wanted to update my style to create a space that was welcoming, mature, and great for hosting. On top of that, I also wanted to make sure that the apartment design maximized my space and highlighted my new view.

The Design Dilemma

I really hate shopping and can’t visualize ideas in my home so all the furniture I had came from the same store. It looked like something out of a catalog – but in a bad way.

So when I moved it all into my new space, the rooms felt so bland. They were functional but didn’t have a lot of personality. I was totally overwhelmed with no clue how or where to start with a design I’d actually enjoy.

apartment design modsyThe Modsy Moment

I knew I needed help but I’d never worked with an interior designer or online design service before. So when I saw an ad for Modsy on Instagram I’ll admit, at first I was skeptical. I wasn’t sure that a complete stranger could bring my “vision” to life. And how could they when I didn’t even know what my vision was myself?

I was also nervous because the apartment was new to both me and the designer so I wasn’t convinced that everything would fit and/or look like how it did in the 3D designs.

apartment design modsyHow Modsy’s Designs Helped Omar

All of my worries were completely put to rest when I saw my Modsy designs for the first time. I was amazed! The 3D designs really impressed me, especially the living room/home office and dining room.

I loved all of the options presented! And my designer was patient, flexible, and honest and I really liked working with her.

apartment design modsyThe Real Results

My apartment looks amazing now. All of the rooms look great and they mirror my final designs to a tee. I ended up purchasing pretty much everything through Modsy, and the process was super seamless and efficient.apartment design modsy

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Moving across the country is stressful but Modsy made the ordering and delivery process really easy. I didn’t have to take any extra steps and I also checked a few items and confirmed that Modsy definitely gave me the best price on all of them.

My new rooms feel so comfortable and mature and it’s a perfect space for hosting – it’s finally the grown-up space I’ve been wanting!

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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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The Industrial Lighting Trend Your Rooms Need for 2020

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Like to be on the cutting edge of design trends? Then you’ll want to keep reading. Because we see a major lighting trend on the horizon! You may have spotted them on Pinterest and Instagram: sleek, minimal, and sculptural industrial light fixtures. They’re everywhere, and we’re loving them. Usually made of matte black metal – or occasionally a brushed steel or brass – these pieces show off sculptural, minimal designs with no frills or ornamentation.

We’re predicting this trend will carry us through 2019 and well into 2020. So, you may want to jump on board! Because, while good lighting may seem like a small detail, it can make or break a room! Not sure how to chase down this style? We’re shedding some light (we had to) on this trend and giving you some bright ideas on how to make it your own!

industrial lightingMix and Match Styles

One of the reasons we love the industrial lighting trend is that you rarely see these pieces in purely industrial design. More often than not, these fixtures are the crowning jewels in minimal, modern, and even rustic spaces. They easily fit into multiple design styles, and can even help blend different styles together, like Rustic Minimalism.

We love how these pieces offer a note of edgy, minimal contrast that can be a lovely counterbalance to large, plush furniture or rooms with a more feminine design aesthetic. This lighting style is all about grounding a room and helps keeps it from becoming too much of one thing.

industrial lightingPlay With Proportion

The industrial lighting trend is all about the push and pulls between minimalism and boldness. While the fixtures themselves are minimal and sleek, you can amp up the scale to make a bold statement.

Take this oversized floor lamp, for example. It has a simple and streamlined design – but its large scale adds serious drama. Arching designs like this are also a great way to add a sense of overhead lighting if your room doesn’t have a built-in ceiling fixture.

industrial lightingGo Sculptural and Geometric

While industrial lamps and light fixtures are minimal in design, many are also incredibly sculptural. With that, they add a lot more than just light to the room – almost serving as works of art within your space. The floor lamp in this room features an interesting angular design that’s perfect for adding bold style and flooding a larger room with plenty of light!

industrial lightingScore with Sconces

You’ve probably noticed that many fixtures in the industrial lighting trend are wall-mounted sconces. These pieces are both beautiful and practical; they add sculptural style to a room but are also able to swivel, extend, and pivot, so you can shed light exactly where you need it. They’re perfect in a bedroom if you want to free up the surface area on your nightstand – all the more room for books, flowers, drinks, or midnight snacks! They’re also great above your sofa, in a dining room, or nestled in a reading nook.

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How to design an industrial space that you actually want to live in

eclectic industrial styleWe love the industrial loft look. But, let’s be honest, no one really wants to live in a cold concrete box, no matter how trendy it might look. A chilly, grey warehouse featuring exposed brick and steel might sound great for a showroom or auto repair shop – but who wants that kind of chilly aesthetic in their home? The good news is that there are plenty of ways to incorporate your favorite design elements of industrial style into a living space that feels warm and cozy too!

What is Industrial Style?

First things first, let’s talk about what really makes the industrial look tick. Industrial style is a distinctive blend of ultra-modern sleekness and old-world charm. Picture big, open spaces with stripped back architectural details, neutral colors, and raw materials to the max!

The style is modeled after industrial structures, which have a clean, but very moody and harsh aesthetic. It’s a no-frills look that emphasizes exposing the inner workings of things like hardwood floors, exposed brick and concrete, raw metal elements, and a blend of salvaged and reclaimed materials.

When done right, industrial style creates just the right blend of factory-chic and turn-of-the-century warmth. Here are 10 of our best design tips for bringing an Industrial style home in a cozy and livable way.

comfy industrial style1. Start with Comfy Foundations

When you think of industrial interiors, you probably don’t imagine soft beds, plush sofas, or fluffy blankets. But that doesn’t have to be the case! To design a space that is both industrial and comfortable, start your room off with foundational furniture that prioritizes comfort. A plush sofa with sleek lines adds comfort but still feels on-brand with the industrial vibe.

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eclectic industrial style2. Mix Materials and Textures

Industrial style means only using stone, steel, and concrete, right? Absolutely not! You don’t have to use all harsh metals and hardworking materials all of the time. Industrial style loves a variety of raw and distressed elements, so feel free to experiment. For example, a mix of distressed leather furniture and jute accessories adds visual warmth and depth to help make your space feel more liveable (think more “my house” and less “warehouse”). Just stick to a limited color palette so your look doesn’t feel too busy.

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organic industrial style3. Soften the Look with Organic Shapes

While we love it, there’s no denying that industrial style can get a little carried away with the hard lines and sharp edges. One way to soften it up? Add in some organic and/or abstract art and accessories to help break up the austerity. Artwork featuring soft, organic designS or abstract shapes works great as a centerpiece above a sofa or mantle.

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plush rug ideas4. Cozy Up with a Plush Rug

You might not equate soft, plush items with industrial style, but it’s important to add cozy touches to rooms that feel chilly and severe. A soft, fluffy wool rug underfoot instantly cozies up even the most serious of spaces. This option (one of our designers’ favorites) has a minimal, geometric pattern and neutral color to maintain the industrial look while adding warmth.

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industrial chic style5. Be Brazen with Brass and Gold Accents

Metal is a huge player in the industrial look. This can quickly start to make a space look pretty foreboding, but an easy swap is to look for warm metals like brass and gold. As opposed to harsh steels and silvers, these elements add warmth without detracting from the industrial look.

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vintage industrial6. Warm it up with Leather

Most people don’t associate industrial with warm, cozy spaces. But remember, this style works best if you take inspiration from factory design as opposed to designing an actual factory! A handsome leather sofa adds texture and softer tones for visual warmth. And antique leather with a patina, helps to tone down the chilliness while keeping the vintage, industrial feel alive and well.

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7. Play with Pattern

Industrial design is all about straightforward, minimalist style – that means sticking with solid combinations of neutral colors. But avoiding patterns altogether can make a space end up looking flat and dreary!  Don’t be afraid to add a touch of organic playfulness with patterned accents, like rugs and pillows. If you make sure to keep your patterns in a soft, neutral color palette, they’ll look perfect in your stylish industrial enclave.

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inviting industrial style8. Accent with Geometry

While industrial design is heavily reliant on sharp lines and right angles, there are ways to bring in these elements without going overboard on the factory look. Bringing in pops of geometry can add industrial flavor without going full steam on the steampunk vibes. The geometric forms in the table lamp and the patterns in the coffee table surface also add industrial flavor without going over the top.

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9. Layer on the Textiles

Another way to soften up an industrial look and make it suitable for comfy living, is to layer on the textiles. Layers add more texture and depth, and this makes the look feel more welcoming and less foreboding. Here we paired a cowhide and jute rug along with plenty of pillows to soften the minimal industrial vibe. Chunky knits, like the throw blanket and woven wall hanging, are also easy adds that will warm up your look.

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industrial style10. Add Color with Plants

While industrial design is often associated with the absence of color, all that grey can start to feel frigid in an open space. An easy way to infuse color into industrial spaces is by adding plants! Plants will bring both greenery and a sense of life to your space but won’t overtake the room with color – it’s the best of both worlds. This is a great way to liven up an industrial space while still keeping the integrity of the style intact.

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