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The Best Modern Coffee Tables for Any Home

If you are creating a modern living room design, a good place to start is with a modern coffee table. Modern coffee tables are at the core of modern living room design. They tend to be the centerpiece of the room and can really set the tone for the entire space. But not all modern coffee tables are the same!

For example, maybe you need a furniture piece with storage…or one that’s kid-friendly…or one that compliments your unique style. For some people, being able to set beverages on a coffee table’s glass surface is key. Other people are less concerned with the table top material and more with how heavy or light the coffee table looks. If you’re feeling uncertain about which direction to take with your modern coffee table, don’t fret!

We polled our stylists to find out all about their favorite modern coffee tables for all kinds of styles and needs. Get to know their picks for every need and see if any are right for you!

modern coffee tablesMinimal Modern Coffee Tables

These modern coffee tables are perfect for those who love Modern style but want sleek furniture in their living room. Modern and minimal design go hand-in-hand and these tables will help bring the look together with finesse. Here are our picks for modern coffee tables with a minimalist vibe.

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Harrison Lift Top Coffee Table White, Scout Home

This versatile coffee table works with any color palette you choose. It has sleek and clean lines and drawers that close flush for a handsome profile. The style and materials play on proportions—it’s lifted, but visually heavy on top. The added hidden storage is perfect for a minimal, clutter-free aesthetic and the contrast of dark wood and lacquer white give a mid-century modern flair. The clean and crisp surface is ideal for styling! You can have one or two items “pop” on the table top – such as a sculptural object or artistic coasters.

This modern coffee table is perfect for someone who likes modern style but wants a piece that is functional as well.

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modern coffee tablesMoon Shot Coffee Table in Brown-Bronze-Rust, Cyan Designs

The rounded triangle shape of the Moon Shot Coffee Table adds interest to its minimal form. The natural wood finish also adds warmth and a feel of organic modernism while the black tapered metal legs add contrast and keep the table feeling classically mid-century modern in style.

This is a great coffee table for adding simple storage on the shelf below so the tabletop stays free of clutter. Not to mention, the rounded form and visual lightness of this furniture material piece make it perfect for a small space!

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modern coffee tablesParkin Coffee Table, Scout Home

This table is visually light with thin metal legs and crisp 90-degree angles. Its black and white look is versatile enough to match with different tastes in furniture, but we think it would pair perfectly with a design featuring leather and earth tones.

The attached magazine rack is a funky and unexpected addition, allowing you to incorporate a bit of personality to a minimally designed space. It also makes a subtle, tasteful storage solution! And the large surface area is perfect for entertaining (lots of room for guests to set down their drinks) or for the minimalist who is also a proud bookworm.

A sleek stone top adds dimension and contrast with black structure—plus, the marble table top material is super trendy right now! This is definitely a table that feels “avant-garde” and gives a nod to unconventional design. All in all, it’s perfect for someone who loves to entertain or wants to bring an unexpected element to their home with the funky, asymmetrical design.

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modern coffee tablesRustic Modern Coffee Tables

For those who want to balance out their taste for modern design with some more down-to-earth vibes, a rustic modern coffee table might be just the right thing. Modern rustic is a super trendy style right now and a great choice for satisfying all your style cravings. Here are our stylists’ 3 picks for modern rustic coffee tables!

modern coffee tablesFarmhouse Coffee Table, Jamie Young

This farmhouse style coffee table features a classic rectangle shape updated with unexpected modern legs. The metal legs also bring a masculine/raw element, making this table versatile in style—it could be beautiful in an industrial-style space. The sleek cut of wood brings an airiness to an otherwise heavy piece of furniture and it has a timeless honey tone that adds warmth to any space.

We love how versatile this piece is, and can easily imagine it pairing beautifully with a mix of styles or with saturated earth tones. We also like that it’s high off the ground, so you could add baskets underneath for layers and depth, blanket storage, etc.

This table is durable, perfect for a rustic style interior—especially a home with older kids or pets!

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modern coffee tablesHavana Coffee Table, Scout Home

This table has a cool, blocky form that nods to traditional rustic style. Knots and grain are visible in the weathered wood and add an organic element, perfect for pure rustic spaces, but it also works in more modern rustic homes. The natural wood and geometric form are a nice contrasting combo for those who like something unexpected.

Overall, this table is super versatile and the design compensates for the “bulky” wood with the contrast of open space underneath. The shelf adds a place for open storage/decor, and could even double as a place to rest your feet!

This table is perfect for long and narrow living spaces and the sturdy and durable construction means it can hold its own in high traffic areas.

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modern coffee tablesSilas Coffee Table, Uttermost

This table puts a beautiful spin on true rustic and raw material and makes for a show-stopping conversation piece. The lightweight iron frame visually balances the heaviness of the wood, while the two open levels allow for interesting styling options. You could layer on the surface of the wood like a shadow box or simply place styling elements to the glass surface.

There’s definitely an industrial era/factory feel to this furniture piece, but it is modernized with thin legs and the clear glass top. Try pairing it with a linen sofa for some beautiful soft/hard contrast.

This coffee table is a great furniture piece for those who like to display their prize belongings and decor. It would also fit perfectly in an open studio/loft with an industrial rustic vibe.

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modern coffee tablesTransitional Coffee Tables

If you don’t want to go pure modern, consider modern coffee tables with a transitional vibe. These tables have modern undertones with a contemporary edge and tend to be super versatile and easy to style.

Mesquite Coffee Table, Sunpan

This coffee table oozes simple, sophisticated elegance with a nod to modern design. The Acacia wood top and bottom shelves feature a subtle chevron pattern, complemented by an antique brass steel frame. The clean, timeless form and antique frame exude the sophistication of transitional style. You can dress the table up or down depending on how you use the bottom shelf and other elements you include in the room design.

This is perfect for those who want a standout piece with its eye-catching chevron pattern and combo of materials. It is also a perfect fit in a living room with a neutral color palette.

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Round Capiz Coffee Table, Ludlow Living

This Round Capiz Coffee Table is transitional in style with clean lines, a simple round form, and sophisticated sheen. Round coffee tables are perfect for conversational living rooms because you can pull furniture all around it. They’re also great for kids because there are no sharp corners!

We love how this table nods to the glam/chic look with lacquered sheen and capiz shell encrusted wood form. You can also push the look more transitional coastal in style. The dark wood base and the multidimensional off-white covering is a classic pairing and goes with multiple color palettes. Adding a simple piece of greenery would be a beautiful polishing touch to this table—keep your styling simple and let the table do the talking!

This table is great for busy families who want high style—it’s easy to clean up spills because of resin finish.

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Costa Coffee Table, Nuevo

The Costa Coffee Table has a modern look, but is very transitional in its use of simple materials and shapes. The glass top material allows the unique geometry of the base to shine through (literally) as the star of this piece. It also maintains a visually open space despite being a substantially sized coffee table. This look works best if you style the glass top with lighter items, like a tray layered with books, small vases, and small plants.

It’s a perfect table for someone who wants a statement piece in their modern or contemporary living room.

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Eclectic Coffee Tables

Eclectic coffee tables are a great way to show off your inner bohemian in your modern living room. These tables definitely have modern vibes but they also showcase a unique flair. Check out our stylists’ picks for eclectic coffee tables below!

Lincoln Nesting Coffee Tables, Hyde Park

These nesting coffee tables are edgy and fun for those who want a playful element to their living room design. They are perfect for eclectic spaces that lean towards rustic/industrial due to the metal hairpin legs and raw wood top.

The natural shape and live edge teak wood bright the outdoors inside. They are visually light and minimal, perfect for a versatile space because they can be moved/arranged easily. To make them pop even more, set them atop an eclectic and colorful area rug!

These tables act as a functioning art piece that can be used in indoor or outdoor spaces. Just make sure not to overdo it with decor on top—the unique style of the tables speaks for itself!

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Bone Inlay Coffee Table, Baylin

This eclectic oval coffee table is just right for lovers of truly unique “functional art” pieces. Intricately cut and inlaid bone, along with stunning blue resin, line the entire coffee table and the slightly curved cross base make the oval shape more unique. It is definitely a statement coffee table that will pop out in any room you place it in!

To make it stand out even further, consider styling it with minimal, eclectic touches—think small plants, brass coasters, simple trinkets, or a functional bowl. You could even lean into coastal vibes or even go all out with Morrocan/global flair!

The blue is so striking, this table works best in a more neutral space so it is sure to stand out as the shining star.

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Lexa Rattan Bunching Table, Scout Home

We love this fun and whimsical dome-shaped coffee table! It’s super light and airy with a nod to bohemian–70’s eclectic style and can be used alone or in a pair of two. The natural, organic color and shape give any space an earthy vibe. Light styling with plants or a tray would polish the look of this coffee table—though the intricate cage-like weaving requires no further decoration.

This table would look perfect in a casual living room or sunroom lounge or more mid-century style living spaces.

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Storage Coffee Tables

Any good modern living room is as stylish as it is functional—and one of the most important parts of function is plenty of storage! A coffee table that doubles as a secret storage solution is a huge win as far as we’re concerned. Here are our picks for modern coffee tables with inner storage.

Miriam Table, Euro Style

This Euro Style coffee table is perfect for living rooms where you don’t want to compromise on sleek style but also need the extra storage. The two-toned woods and gold plated legs bring added dimension and a touch of chic. The 47” length offers plenty of surface area and the combo of open and closed storage is perfect for both displaying decor and stashing items you want to keep out of eyesight.

Try a minimal approach to styling by adding a small stack of coffee table books in the open shelf, hiding items like remotes/electronics in the drawer and keeping the top bare. This table would be great in any contemporary, mid-century modern, or even minimal living room. And to top it off, the size makes it perfect for entertaining!

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Maynard Lift Top Coffee Table, C2C Home

This lift top coffee table offers an updated take on a classic storage trunk. It’s a substantial form with durable with wood and metal construction—great for living rooms that get lots of use. The lift top and drawers are great for storage and the honey finish adds warmth to any room. It might come in handy in playrooms/basement living rooms where you can store bulkier items like toys, blankets, games, etc. Style it with simple items like your favorite candle, coffee table book, or decorative bowl for a simple and classic look.

This table works well with modern furnishing for a modern rustic vibe or you can even go completely traditional for a cozy, homey feeling.

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Fulton Storage Coffee Table, Ludlow Living

This is the storage coffee table for living rooms where you want to keep the extra storage a total secret. It’s a dimensional, cylindrical table with teak mosaic pieces covering the entire body. The white coloring is versatile and looks like an art piece in any living room! The top lifts off directly to expose storage and the base is wide so it can fit a good amount of stuff. Style the top with a round tray to make moving accessories easy when you need to access the storage inside.

This coffee table is super versatile and would be perfect in coastal, eclectic and classic glam spaces.

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Kid-Friendly Coffee Tables

Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you have to give up your modern style! You might just have to give up sharp corners and glass tops to keep your kiddos safe. Check out these 3 picks for modern coffee tables that are great for family-friendly living rooms.

Bern Large Coffee Table Gray, Hyde Park

This table is made of reclaimed elmwood, which goes well with any color scheme and adds a soft, cozy warmth. The beautifully carved wood drum base is sophisticated and sturdy—meaning it can handle a home with older kids. The smooth round shape makes it great for preventing owies (no sharp corners here!). And it’s large enough for the family to gather around, do homework, or play games.

This is a great coffee table for parents who want high style without sacrificing durability. It’s very versatile and works great for classic, rustic, transitional, and even coastal styles!

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Bates Upholstered Square Coffee Table, Scout Home

This table features a modern take on rustic and timeless style while being 100% practical. The soft base top is perfect for little ones and adds warmth to any living room. The open bottom is ideal for storage—stash away your board games, toys, and kid stuff in easy reach. You can opt to set trays on top of the upholstered top for functionality. And its substantial size makes it great for large living rooms and large families.

This coffee table is perfect for refined, rustic living rooms and for those who want a stylish coffee table but need something that is uber-functional and kid-friendly.

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Barrett Storage Ottoman, Crate & Barrel

This classic coffee table features a versatile dark grey fabric that can pair with multiple color schemes—it would look great with a linen slipcovered sofa or a leather option for a modern yet cozy living space. It’s also soft to the touch and can stand up to both kids and pets with its spill- and stain-resistant fabric.

This coffee table/ottoman is perfect for young kids because it has no sharp corners and is padded all around. It’s also an excellent blend of form and function—the top hinges up to expose storage interior.

This coffee table is just right for the total carefree family home!

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Layout Guide: Ideas For a Large Open Living-Dining Room

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 open dining and living room layout, where the possibilities seem endless—and overwhelming.

The Space: A large open living-dining room with big windows and an amazing fireplace

The Style: Inviting Industrial

The Challenge: Designing an open living room layout that is functional, comfortable, and has a cohesive style across the different areas.

More space, more design opportunities, right? True, but that’s also part of the challenge when it comes to designing an open living-dining room. While you have more space to work with, it’s also easy to suddenly get caught up with all sorts of design and decor ideas.

What if I placed my sofa away from the fireplace? Is that weird or just impractical? A sectional and two chairs make the most sense, but what if I just stick to a sofa and go for a bigger communal dining table?

These are common questions that come up when you’re working with a spacious open living room. To provide some guidance and inspire your open living room design, we explore two different layout ideas for open concept spaces that offer style, function, and big comfort all at once. Read on to see the layouts and get our tips for setting up your space.

Layout Idea #1: The Relaxed Gathering Living Room Layout

Equal parts modern, industrial, and livable, this layout is the perfect setup for a casual family home today. The emphasis is on laid-back comfort and simple style, and the boldly neutral palette adds warmth and an approachable vibe to the large open room.

 

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Why This Relaxed Layout Works

Family-Friendly Seating. If you’re working with an open living-dining room and want to keep a casual vibe, a large sectional sofa is a perfect choice. It’s family-friendly since it gives everyone tons of room to kick back and stretch out, and it also acts as a divider for your living and dining areas. Pull up a pair of armchairs and you’ve got a layout that’s big on comfort with good flow.

Casual Dining Area. With a smaller round table, you’ll have a relaxed dining area that’s simple and perfect for easy sit-down dinners. It’s great for a family of four with grown-up kids, or for those who prefer more free-flowing meal gatherings, like potlucks and pre-dinner snacks.

Good TV Placement. The TV mounted above the fireplace makes this an ideal layout if you love hosting movie nights or enjoy spending time keeping up with all the latest shows. The best part about this placement is that it makes watching TV easy from anywhere in the room, but it’s not the main focus in the space.

Modern and Comfy. Streamlined furnishings often can feel overly sleek and spare, but the pieces here are minimalist without feeling cold, thanks to the restrained color palette. The hint of brown in the dining chairs, the solid blues, and the subtle patterns all help to balance out the clean lines of the furnishings with touches of warmth.

Will This Open Living Room Layout Work In Your Space? Yes If You…

  • Enjoy casual gatherings that are laid-back and relaxed.
  • Love to host friends with kids for movie nights where everyone gets a seat.
  • Prefer having people over for no-fuss pre-dinner drinks instead of long dinners at the table.
  • Are all about a family-friendly space that can stand up to busy daily lives.

Layout Idea #2: The Formal Entertaining Living Room Layout

Elegant and contemporary in style, this layout leans formal and is thoughtfully arranged for conversation. It has a high-contrast palette of dark grays, white tones, and light woods, all of which give it a polished and considered look and feel. The mix of luxurious materials helps tie together the different areas and adds to the elevated appeal of the open room.

 

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Why This Formal Layout Works

Symmetrical Seating. By placing two facing sofas in the living area, this layout instantly takes on a more formal look while keeping the flow of the room open. It’s an arrangement that’s great for conversations but is equally inviting and comfy for leaning back and putting up your feet.

Serious Dining Area. With a larger dining table that accommodates six people, the dining area is more primed for hosting long dinner parties. Combined with the formal seating area, it makes the overall room perfect for all sorts of entertaining, be it intimate book clubs or big fancy soirees. The fully stocked bar cart in the living room corner adds the finishing touch!

Lots of Vertical Storage. To keep the airy look and feel in this formal layout, the bookcases flanking the fireplace provide convenient vertical storage that opens up the floor space. It also acts as a showcase for accessories, photos, and objects while drawing focus to the fireplace.

Elegant and Cozy. This layout proves that you can have both formal style and comfort in an open space. The neutral color palette of varying gray and wood tones plays up a contemporary look that also feels warm and welcoming. Materials like velvet and sisal paired alongside wood graining add to that cozy feel.

Will This Living Room Layout Work In Your Space? Yes If You…

  • Enjoy a little formality in your living and dining space that’s still inviting.
  • Love hosting a good game night as much as you love a cocktail party.
  • Are a big home cook who likes hosting long sitdown dinners with family and friends regularly.
  • Appreciate a space that feels curated and collected when you come home each day.

 

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Ace Eclectic Style: 7 Living Rooms That do It Right

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Ever feel like your interior design preferences include a mash-up of styles? Maybe you like the clean lines of mid-century modern, but you also like the natural materials of rustic style. Or you love the causal nature of boho style but still like to keep things minimal. Perhaps you love over-the-top glam but also more reserved traditional elements. Don’t worry: these seemingly at-odds styles don’t make you crazy. They just mean there’s an eclectic nature to your preferred interior design style.

What is Eclectic Interior Design?

But wait. Let’s back up a minute. What exactly is an eclectic style? Eclectic interior design is a style that artfully mixes elements of multiple design styles into one space. It involves an informal mix of furnishings and decor and pulls from a wide variety of styles. Often, eclectic decor combines bright colors and patterns and mixes in unexpected elements.

What are the Key Elements of Eclectic Decor?

Some key elements of eclectic style? Mixing patterns and colors and materials and textures, with a nod to vintage pieces and global-inspired patterns. This look definitely tends to be more maximalist than minimal. But this mash-up of styles isn’t random—to really nail the eclectic look, you still want your space to feel cohesive. While there’s no one way to do eclectic—as you’ll see below—it tends to be a style that feels very organic and like it came together over a period of time.

7 Ways to Style an Eclectic Space

Ready to create an eclectic look in your home? From modern to classic, we’ve got looks that combine all sorts of styles in different eclectic ways. Read on to get inspired by these seven ways to embrace eclectic style in your space!

1. Modern Rustic Style

Modern Rustic is an eclectic style that mixes mid-century modern, rustic, and boho styles. The result is a look that’s very chic and approachable. This space has a clean and fresh vibe, while still offering plenty of personality.

Key Elements:

To get this modern rustic look, you’ll want to start with mid-century modern furniture and mix it with rustic materials and natural textures. While there are a lot of different colors and patterns mixed together in this space, you’ll notice that the patterns have a more organic approach—no geometric shapes or sharp lines here.

Design Tip: Layer Textiles

To really nail this look, you want to focus on layered textiles. Layers are key to eclectic style. So, pile on the pillows, layer propped art on the mantle, and even consider pulling multiple rugs into the same space and layering them! All of these layers create dimension and contrast while maintaining livability. Because livability is also key to acing eclectic style.

2. Boho Minimal Style

As the name suggests, boho minimal style is on the more minimal side of eclectic style. But, as you can see, it’s a masterful blend of casual and elevated, for a space that feels both curated and serene.

Key Elements:

With boho minimalism, you’ll notice the muted color palette, featuring a wide range of neutrals, with pops of earthy desert hues. This style also features a lot of natural materials and finishes. While this space features a good deal of patterns, the muted color palette keeps it from feeling overwhelming. So, you can layer patterns on patterns, between rugs, pillows, and wall art. With this style, much of the wall art should lean geometric or abstract.

Style Tip: Opt for a Casual Layout

To drive home this look, consider a casual layout. Eclectic style is all about the unexpected, but formal layouts feel at odds with casual style. Going for an off-center arrangement, using poufs instead of chairs, or pairing two side tables in place of a coffee table are a few creative approaches to making this space a little more casual and relaxed.

3. Glam Eclectic Style

Glam eclectic mixes all sorts of furniture styles—traditional, modern, minimal, and glam. This look is bold, even for an eclectic space. It’s just the right amount of over-the-top while staying rooted in its traditional influences.

Key Elements:

One of the keys to this look is texture. Lots of it. Think leather, velvet, marble, jute, and so much more. This mix of textures and materials gives a high-low contrast that is key to this look. You’ll also see a lot of patterns on patterns—in this space, they’re mostly found in the wide-ranging mix of throw pillows and the heavily patterned rug. The furniture shapes and materials found in this space give it a vintage feel, but the key to this look is presenting it in a fresh way—whether that’s in the colors you choose, the mix of patterns, or the wall art and decorative accents.

Style Tip: Design a Gallery Wall

A must for this look? A gallery wall. Gallery walls are a staple of eclectic style, but there are many ways to approach them. For this style, we like pushing the look with mismatched frames and approaching it with a more eclectic layout. But to keep it from feeling too random, consider unifying it around a color palette or themed subject-matter for a note of consistency and order.

4. Tropical Boho Style

Tropical boho style is vibrant and unique, and it certainly lands on the more maximalist end of eclectic. As you can see, there’s a lot going on in this look, with its loud mix of furniture styles, materials, colors, and patterns.

Key Elements:

A key element to tropical boho style is bold color. Specifically, rich jewel tones bring this style to life. And we’re not talking one accent chair in a jewel tone. We’re talking about the walls, furniture, pillows, and rugs. This look does not shy away from color! Also, key to this look is quirky accents that give the space personality—like the hanging chair or the tiger rug. It’s pieces like these that make this look so unique!

Style Tip: Load Up on Plants

To take this look to the next level, load up on the plants. A heavy dose of plants, in varying shapes, sizes, and varieties, gives a major boho vibe. Plants, along with some of the natural materials in the space, balance out some of the more glam pieces in this style.

5. Mod Collector Style

When you combine mid-century modern and eclectic, you get a style we call mod collector. Because of the eclectic edge, this style tends to be more playful and a little edgier than traditional mid-century interiors. It’s the perfect style for those who love those MCM vibes but want a space that feels a little more personal, unique, and approachable.

Key Elements:

With this style, you want to stick to the clean, timeless lines of Mid-Century Modern design. But don’t stop there. This style is all about unexpected design elements that offer pops of retro drama—like an eye-catching green sofa, that bookshelf with slanted shelf dividers, or opting for two side-by-side tables in place of a single coffee table. We also designed the space with coordinating (but not matching) chairs. Both side chairs have wood bases and black upholstery—but the completely different styles plays up the eclectic vibe, which adds a playful edge to this space.

Style Tip: Mix + Match Materials

Eclectic style is all about mixing and matching. And the mod collector style really embraces mixing materials, specifically. From velvet and marble to metal, wood, leather, and linen, combining multiple materials into one space will keep the mod vibe alive while giving it that eclectic flair.

6. California Casual Style

Classic meets modern with a decidedly eclectic twist with California casual style. This chic style captures the relaxed vibes of coastal California—featuring comfy furnishings, natural textures and materials, and bright, neutral hues.

Key Elements:

You’ll notice a classic flair to many of the decorative accents—like the mirror, sconces, and the bust on the mantel. But the mix of geometric patterns throughout the space roots this look as something more casual. A neutral color palette keeps this space from feeling too bold, and furniture with a focus on comfort keeps it approachable.

Style Tip: Add Texture

A wide mix of natural textures and materials bring this space to life and give it an eclectic vibe. From the mix of woven baskets to the woven pendant light and natural wood coffee table, the natural textures ground the style and give it some added personality.

7. Minimal Eclectic Style

Minimal eclectic style, also known as “minimalist maximalist,” plays with a minimalist’s design principles (think: “less is more”) and a maximalist’s love of patterns, luxe materials, and bold colors (AKA, “more is more”). The result? A look that is somehow both bold and subdued.

Key Elements:

This style relies on bold designs. Because of that, it also uses fewer pieces. So, while this look doesn’t have many furniture pieces or decorative objects, each piece in this space is bold, unique, and intentional. This look focuses less on a specific color palette and more on bold shapes and a luxe mix of materials.

Style Tip: Mix Furniture Styles

Since this look is focused more on shape and material than a specific design style, you can mix furniture styles to play up the eclectic nature. This space features pieces that are mod, industrial, glam, traditional, mid-century. The result? Très chic.

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Everything You Need To Know About Modern versus Industrial Interior Design

modern versus industrial designWhen it comes to decorating your home, there are tons of different design styles to choose from. Which one is right for you? Well, that question can sometimes be more difficult to answer than it might seem. Because when it comes to interior design styles there are so many options to choose from and many of them can be difficult to distinguish between. What’s the difference between modern, contemporary, minimal industrial… It can be a little dizzying! To help sort through some of the noise, we’re taking a closer look at two very popular styles—mid-century modern versus industrial design—and how you can blend the two together to create a space you love.

industrial designWhat is Industrial Interior Design?

When you hear the term “industrial interior design” you might picture spaces with distinct architecture. Think unfinished concrete, exposed brick, steel/metal beams, exposed ductwork, and factory windows. And in fact, industrial interior design is a style that looks a lot like how it sounds. At its core, it’s a warehouse look that celebrates a rugged, industrial past. It’s also often associated with artist studios, loft spaces, and converted warehouses.

Outside of architecture, industrial interior design is characterized by vintage decorative objects that feel at home in factory settings (think: old fans, steel stools, drafting desks, etc.) and new objects inspired by vintage industry. You’ll find a lot of materials that show off what they are including raw and untreated materials or ones that show signs of aging. Steel, brick, concrete, leather, and stone all feel at home in industrial spaces.

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The furniture is often constructed with industrial methods and features a distressed feel. Likewise, reclaimed wood furniture is a great choice for this style. The palettes tend to be neutral and the use of color is sparse.

This look is perfect for those who like an upscale but unfinished look that is effortlessly cool and low-maintenance with lots of open space.

modern interior designWhat is Mid-Century Modern Interior Design?

A design movement that began in the mid-twentieth-century, Mid-Century Modern interior design is a super popular style that is easily recognizable today. These spaces are full of natural woods, bold primary colors, organic and whimsical shapes, and geometric patterns. The furniture of this style is often designed to cradle the body and features little ornamentation. The edges are often rounded, eliminating hard angles, and lines are tapered for a smooth and cohesive look.

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Mid-Century Modern interior design is comfortable—it encourages lounging or relaxation and conversation. The decor often includes vintage materials like blonde wood, teak, chrome, walnut, tweed, leather and vinyl. This style also incorporates graphic patterns with geometric (asymmetrical and symmetrical) and organic designs. Think of shapes like diamonds, starbursts, boomerangs, half-circles, and line drawings.

This style is perfect if you love a mod look with extra character and want a stylish living space that’s warm and inviting.

atomic industrial interior designMeet Atomic Industrial Interior Design (AKA Mid-Century Modern + Industrial)

If you’re having trouble deciding on mid-century modern versus industrial interior design, Atomic Industrial might be the perfect compromise. This style incorporates the materials and colors of mid-century design but sticks to a minimal color palette to keep the industrial vibe going. It also blends in the shapes and features of mid-century modern, like pieces with retro shapes rendered in industrial materials.

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Atomic Industrial is extra funky because it features a blend of elements from the two different styles all in one space. It’s an eclectic combo of weathered, vintage, reclaimed, atomic, retro and modern/industrial materials and furniture. If the industrial look is too harsh for your tastes but you like its rugged vibes, soften it with a pop of patterns, warm woods, and curved/organic MCM shapes! Plants help add life to the space as well.

This is a great option if you like more than one style or if you are merging tastes with a partner and have a diverse array of furniture to choose from!

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9 Awkward Living Room Design Challenges and Their Solutions

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

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

awkward living room design1. An Attic Loft Living Space

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

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

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

awkward living room design2. Long and Narrow Living Room

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

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

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

3. Split-Level Living and Dining Room

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

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

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

small living room design4. Super Small Apartment Living Room Design

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

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

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

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

5. Large, Open Living Room Layout

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

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

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

6. Long, Open Living and Dining Room

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

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

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

awkward living room design7. Awkward Living Room With Angled Walls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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8 Ways to Bring a Mid-Century Modern Look to Your Living Room

modern living room ideasThe Mid-Century Modern interior design style may have begun in the 1950s but this timeless look is more popular today than ever! Defined by simple forms, organic influences, and minimal ornamentation, the look is so versatile that it can blend in with a variety of different interior design styles. It’s the perfect choice if you’re merging tastes with a partner/roommate or if you want to showcase multiple styles in one design! And if you’re looking for modern living room ideas, this post will walk you through 8 rooms that show just how many ways you can bring a mid-century modern living room to life!

modern living room ideasThe Pure Mid-Century Modern Living Room

Up first is a room that showcases pure, undiluted Mid-Century Modern style at its best. Think of this style as the look popularized by shows like “Mad Men” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” It’s all about the classic, retro look.

The key mid-century elements in this space are the use of primary and secondary colors and the perfect blend of organic shapes and abstract patterns that really polish off that Mod, 1950s look. Also don’t miss all the tapered legs, which are another notable staple of iconic Mid-Century Modern style.

minimal modern living roomThe Minimal Mid-Century Living Room

If you like mid-century style but don’t want to go overboard with it, take a cue from this minimalist-inspired look. This living room mixes mid-century with minimal design elements for a space that feels crisp and clean.

The muted, neutral palette is minimal but the use of natural woods adds just the right amount of warmth to the space. Sculptural forms, like the light fixtures and coffee table, help keep the design clean and refined and there is no additional ornament on any of the furniture items. While mid-century styles love patterns, if you’re going for this look try only incorporating them into your decor. This will help preserve a minimal vibe in your modern living room design.

The Transitional Mid-Century Modern Living Room

For a more approachable take on modern living room ideas, try mixing mid-century with transitional design. The key elements of the Mid-Century Modern style are at the core of this look, but we mixed them in with more contemporary vibes for a fresh look where comfort is on par with style.

Need an example? Look to the gold/marble coffee table, wall art, lamps, patterned pillows, and sofa to see what we’re talking about. This style is a great choice if you like to dabble in trends but don’t want to go all-out with any mid-century modern living room ideas.

modern living room ideasThe Eclectic Mid-Century Modern Living Room

If you want to amp up the already bright personality of mid-century style, add in a little eclectic flair. This is a look that shows off your individual taste with a unique approach to art, layouts, and decor. You can see all the essential mid-century forms and design principles topped off with a twist. Think bold colors, pops of pattern, and tons of texture for a more vibrant and eclectic look.

The Industrial Modern Living Room

Elevate modern living room ideas with the edgy, raw elements of industrial design. This room, for example, features industrial materials, like metal, raw woods, and leather which give it a more rugged appeal. This is a perfect complement to the clean, modern sophistication of mid-century style and a great way to merge two seemingly distinct looks together.

modern living room ideasThe Bohemian Mid-Century Living Room

For those who want a fun, trendy modern living room design, try this bohemian approach. Sometimes called “modern rustic,” this look is a mix of eclectic, rustic, and mid-century styles all combined into one cohesive design.

Check out the bold colors, patterns, natural materials, and textures galore. All of these pieces combine to make the room feel cozy, approachable, and very on-trend.

This Chic Mid-Century Living Room

This modern living room idea offers a chic, upscale take on the mid-century aesthetic. Glamorous touches are woven throughout the room—from streamlined silhouettes to playful geometry on the pillows and art. The room has a super refined and serene feel thanks to the neutral decor. Don’t miss the pops of pink and blue which bring it to life in color.

The Organic Modern Living Room

This is one of our favorite modern living room ideas because it incorporates the natural, organic trend we’re loving so much right now. The look mixes up industrial elements with an eclectic arrangement of different styles and shapes. Create this bold look with a blend of organic and curved shapes and a neutral color scheme with lots of contrast. Earthy materials and textures are also a perfect complement to the mid-century shapes and design elements!

 

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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

If 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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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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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.

It’s Perfect If You…

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.

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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.

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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.

Stylist Tip: Industrial accents, like the sconces and coffee table, add contrast and a cool note to this blue living room design.

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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 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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Our Stylists’ 4 Favorite Ways to Design a 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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5 Looks Inspired By Our Top Summer Destinations

This summer, we took a virtual Modsy road trip across the country and explored the design styles that underscore some of our favorite cities along the way.

From the rustic charms of California’s Sonoma wine region to the coastal island beauty of Nantucket, Massachusetts, we drew from five summer destinations and imagined what our dream home would look like in each place. In the end, we came out deeply inspired by the varying design aesthetics of each location and can’t wait to work them into our own spaces.

If you’ve been following along, you’ve probably caught on that we just can’t get enough of these inspired looks. If not, here’s a start-to-finish recap of all five cities and their signature styles, along with some quick tips to help you bring the looks into your home.

Modsy road tripSonoma, California

The Style: Rustic Wine Country Comfort

How To Get the Look: Simplicity and a casual, open layout are keys to mastering this cool, California look.

The furniture: White slipcovered sofas mixed with earthy wood tables and stools, plus plenty of rich textures and woven details. The palette: Crisp, soothing whites with warm neutrals that come from natural materials. The finishing touches: Traditional patterns in subtle earth tones and lots of woven accents, like natural fiber rugs, wicker storage, and basketweaves.

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modsy road tripSanta Fe, New Mexico

The Style: Earthy Southwestern Cool

How To Get the Look: It’s all about rich hues and organic materials when it comes to nailing the Southwestern vibe.

The furniture: A few big modern design pieces (leather sofa and cool lounge chairs) layered with geometric patterns and boho elements. The palette: Rich, warm colors that draw from Santa Fe’s desert landscape. So think burnt oranges, rusty reds, deep browns, and all shades of earth tones. The finishing touches: Organic shapes throughout, from abstract art to cowhide rugs, global prints, and a vibrant layering of greenery big and small.

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modsy road tripWaco, Texas

The Style: Polished Farmhouse Elegance

How To Get the Look: Sophisticated furnishings and gorgeous materials are at the heart of this Texas farmhouse look inspired by Chip and Joanna Gaines.

The furniture: Deep sofas in classic shapes balanced with rustic-industrial designs, like a heavy-weight bookcase and metal pendant lights. The palette: A soothing take on blue and white (and off whites) supported by light wood tones and natural materials. The finishing touches: Beautiful textures everywhere. Think pillows with delicate ribbing, woven ottomans, grainy wood, and tarnished metal vessels.

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modsy road tripNashville, Tennessee

The Style: Colorful Southern Eclecticism

How To Get the Look: Eclectic glamour sums up our idea of bright and bold Nashville style.

The furniture: Classic furnishings updated with modern hues. Think pink armchairs, along with chic tables and lighting made with sleek materials. The palette: Vibrant colors from eclectic art and textiles that playfully clash. Rosy florals with blue geometrics, hide rugs on vintage carpets check all the boxes. The finishing touches: Vintage accents and details complete this eclectic-chic style, from busts to acrylic bar carts topped with memorabilia along with salvaged artworks and prints.

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modsy road tripNantucket, Massachusetts

The Style: Classic Coastal Charm

How To Get the Look: Nantucket’s graceful island charm is exemplified by its furnishings that balance elegance and ease.

The furniture: Lean into the power of pairs, from over-sized, clean-lined sofas with slipcovers and rattan side tables to matching woven armchairs. The palette: Blue and white all the way. And make it bold and crisp, meaning stick to navy and deep ocean blues for your patterned pillows and rug. The finishing touches: There’s no shortage of nautical motifs and nods to the ocean here. So pile on the shells, coral, seahorses, and, of course, stripes!

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Layout Guide: Two Ways to Fill a Large Open Living Room

large open living room layout ideasIn our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of designing a space, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. This week we’re looking at a large open living room and finding two layouts that make use of the open space.

The Space: A 20×25 large open living room

Style: Rustic Warmth

The Challenge: Designing a large open living room with a fireplace and floor to ceiling windows on every wall.

We talk a lot about the trials of designing small spaces – but large, open rooms can be just as tricky! Filling a big space requires some smart planning to make sure that the space feels functional, has flow, and doesn’t feel like a large empty room. In addition to having the right furniture for a large, open living room, you also want to find a layout that makes the best use of the space. Check out the following ideas for outfitting this huge living room with a layout that works.

large open living roomIdea #1: The TV Viewing Layout

Layout #1 for our large open living room, centers around a 4-piece sectional sofa – the perfect solution for a room of this size. Instead of pushing it against the wall (which might be your first instinct), we floated the sectional in the middle of the room. This not only helps fill up the space, but it also better accommodates TV viewing by moving the seating closer to the TV.

In addition to the large size, all the walls in this room have windows, which is a real design challenge. Pulling the sofa away from the walls is a great solve for this conundrum. Plus, you can use the space behind the sofa for a kids’ play area that’s part of the main living room action but doesn’t take over the space.

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Why This Large Open Living Room Layout Works

We chose an L-shaped sectional because it creates the ideal layout where both the TV and fireplace are focal points of the room. To make use of the open space diagonal from the sofa, we included an intimate conversation corner. This makes use of the open space next to the fireplace and provides extra seating.

Additionally, the swivel chairs offer flexibility to the design. They chairs can face each other, turn toward the fireplace, or swivel toward the center of the room. It’s the perfect living room layout for creating flow and functionality in a large living room.

large open living roomThis Is Great If You…

  • Want a living room with plenty of seating options.
  • Like an ideal setup for TV viewing and cozying around the fireplace.
  • Need a tucked away space for kids to play.
  • Love maintaining the wide, open flow of the space.

large open living roomIdea #2 – The Entertaining Layout

If you love entertaining at home, this is a great setup for you. The design makes use of two sofas and two armchairs for plenty of comfy seating. The twin sofas feel more formal than a sectional, but provide just as many seats.

This layout for our large open living room directs the focus to the center of the room so that the fireplace and view outside are on full display. A great multi-purpose space hack, the backs of the sofas also help divide the room and create a distinct “living zone” even while the room is completely open.

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Why This Large Open Living Room Layout Works

A bench behind the sofa adds extra storage and helps create distinction between the living room and the space behind it. And you can always pull the bench into the main living area for extra seating in a pinch! The two poufs can be used as footrests for the armchairs or as additional seating as well.

Potted plants on opposite sides of the room help to fill the empty corners and add a pop of color to the space. The layered rugs are a great choice for a large room because the smaller rug on top adds pattern and color, while the jute rug underneath helps add coverage and texture. Plus, jute is much more affordable, especially in sizes as large as this room calls for.

large open living room layoutThis Is Great If You…

  • Need a room with tons of seating.
  • Love to entertain at home.
  • Don’t want a TV to be the center of attention in your living room.
  • Like a clean, uncluttered look with neutral tones.
  • Want a more formal vibe than a casual sectional sofa provides.

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Destination Style: Get Nantucket’s Classic Coastal Look

coastal styleTo celebrate summer, we’re taking inspiration from the all-American tradition of a cross-country road trip. We’ll be making our way across the USA and exploring some of our favorite cities and their signature design styles along the way. Buckle up and get ready for some major destination design inspo. Final stop: Nantucket, Massachusetts!

You’re probably familiar with our love of California coastal style by now. But right now we’re equally smitten by the crisp and breezy look of Nantucket’s charming cottages. The island has long been a quiet escape for East Coasters during late summer and a peek inside its homes shows us why it makes for the perfect getaway. Rooms exude a sense of serenity and ease with their laid-back white upholstered pieces, natural-fiber rugs and artisanal accents, and classic stripes and nautical nods. All of which are set amid a coastal blue-and-white palette. For us, these elements add up to a feeling of pure barefoot bliss.

Nantucket itself is also known for its artisanal spirit. It’s home to textile makers and weavers who still work on traditional looms, ceramists putting out hand-thrown pottery, and painters and artists capturing the island’s gorgeous landscape and quiet beauty. All to say, Nantucket, with its distinct blend of island and coastal charm, has a design aesthetic that we find simply irresistible and endlessly inviting.

To provide you with some quick inspiration, we dreamed up our idea of the perfect Nantucket home with a few stylish tips to help you translate the look into your space. Read on to find out the simple elements that make up Nantucket’s classic coastal style.

Start With a Cozy Layout

Nantucket homes are first and foremost guided by comfort and warmth, and their furniture arrangements often play that up with a sense of coziness. The easiest way to capture this vibe in your space is by opting for furnishings and accents in pairs. Yes, you heard that right: Twos of pretty much everything. The idea is to establish a symmetrical layout which instantly creates a cohesive look that also instills charm and coziness.

Begin with your biggest pieces. Place sofas to face each other and then do the same with your other side furnishings, such as armchairs, side tables, and lamps. All of this will transform your space into an intimate conversation spot that appears layered but also elegant.

The only exceptions? You’ll want to choose a blue-and-white area rug that functions as a neutral anchor to the space, and the same applies for an airy looking coffee table as well as a light fixture that will draw the eye up. They’ll also serve as focus pieces that will help to balance out the one-to-one symmetrical look.

Nantucket StyleKeep To Classic, Clean Lines

The trick is to keep your furnishings simple and classic. That means nothing too modern or sleek. But look for sofas and armchairs that have clean-lined appeal, such as a standard boxy framed piece and high-back armchairs. Nantucket style leans more traditional but it’s not overly formal or fussy, so you’ll want to match these pieces with pristine white upholstery and slipcovers to give larger furnishings an airy, relaxed look.

Bring In The Perfect Coastal Palette

Like any other coastal home, there’s no going wrong with a blue and white color scheme. What gives the palette an East Coast feel, however, is the different shades of blues that are used. Think specifically navy, cerulean, and ocean blues, all layered on to a consistent bright white – meaning skip the off-whites and beiges. The effect is an elevated blue-and-white coastal look that looks polished but feels none too precious.

Nantucket StyleStripe Out

And speaking of what really sets the Nantucket palette apart, try to incorporate a wide range of blue-and-white stripes in impactful ways. Pile on pillows featuring stripes in different sizes and styles (wide, narrow, multi) and make sure to work the motif into some of your upholstery as well. Nothing says Nantucket nautical like a mix of pillows in navy and sky-blue stripes!

Add a Consistent Pop of Color

While we love the crisp look and unifying effect of blue and white, we believe that every space needs a bright burst of color that provides a playful punch. With blue and white, one of our favorite contrast colors is yellow. Whereas a touch of pink can give the palette a boho vibe and a dose of red offers a lakehouse feel, mixing in a sunny yellow hue is in keeping with Nantucket’s charming aesthetic. Reason being yellow maintains the sea and sky theme, and it also lends a decorator-like element of fun to the sophisticated approach to blue and white here.

Nantucket StyleNod to Nautical

Last but not least, Nantucket’s coastal style brings the outdoors and its ocean surroundings in through various nautical motifs. We’re talking everything from starfish and shell patterned pillows, to jute door mats and seagrass rugs, to rope lamps and glass floats as accents. These are the finishing touches that will bring together the whole Nantucket look, which combines elegance and whimsy. With nautical accents, don’t be afraid to go big – the more nautical the motif and accents, the more cozy and charming your space will end up feeling.

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Destination Style: Get Bold With Eclectic Nashville Style

Nashville Style To celebrate summer, we’re taking inspiration from the all-American tradition of a cross-country road trip. We’ll be making our way across the USA and exploring some of our favorite cities and their signature design styles along the way. Buckle up and get ready for some major destination design inspo. Next up: Nashville, Tennessee!

Home to country music and inventive southern food, Nashville has come up as a must-visit destination that’s equal parts charming and unexpected. The same can be said of the city’s style and interior design aesthetic, as model Lily Aldridge’s bright boho home proves. Full of color and every bit eclectic and glamorous, Aldridge’s home epitomizes our idea of Nashville style.

These spaces are just the right amount of over-the-top but still maintain lots of classic southern influences. Here you’ll find a blend of traditional furnishings, vintage-style designs, and lots of art and glamorous design notes. There’s no shortage of punchy prints and colorful upholstery and accents here. These rooms are just as eclectic as they are havens for lounging and entertaining.

Inspired by Aldridge’s electrically colorful abode as well as the many bold interiors across the city that we’ve spotted all over Instagram and Pinterest, we dreamed up this bold, art-filled space that captures Nashville’s distinct design style. Read on to get our tips for working the Nashville look into your home.

Establish a Flexible Layout

First things first. If you’re looking to bring a bit of southern style into your home, start with a spacious and versatile layout that’s all about easy lounging and entertaining.

For Nashville style, that means seating areas and spaces that are flexible and easy to rearrange. You can do this by pulling armchairs a little farther out from a sofa, adding poufs and ottomans, or simply leaving room to pull in extra seating as needed.

While your furnishings can range from relaxed to formal, a casual approach to your layout will play up a sense of southern hospitality. After all, Nashville style is about interiors that feel vibrant and always inviting, no matter the guest or the occasion.

Nashville StyleChoose Some New Classics

Nashville interiors embrace old and new in vibrant ways. You’ll often find traditional furnishings rendered in contemporary materials, such as pink and green velvet or pillows made with old textiles and kilim rugs. It’s a chic play on classics that we can’t get enough of.

Look for armchairs and sofas that have classic silhouettes but opt for a colorful fabric or modern leg instead. This will be in keeping with the overall eclectic Nashville look while adding a glam touch.

Play With Colorful Clashes

With the Nashville look, there’s definitely no holding back when it comes to mixing color, pattern, and materials. It’s a bolder approach to eclectic style, unlike the more subdued look of Santa Fe. We call it power clashing. AKA piling floral pattern on geometric pattern, layering hide rug on vintage rug, and using unexpected color pairings and combinations.

If you’re not one for bold colors, start with softer tones, such as pale blue, sea foam green, and lavender, which are easier to contrast with darker neutrals. The best place to start? Paint an accent wall in a moody hue that can serve as a focal point and backdrop. Then, layer in those lighter tones through furnishings and accents.

Set a Stage for Vintage

To play up an eclectic vibe, pull in a mix of vintage and vintage-inspired designs and group them together to create vignettes that are filled with quirky character and whimsy. Think lots of cheeky decorative touches, funky artwork, and furniture from different periods. We love the look of these antique chairs mixed with a Hollywood Regency-style bar cart.

Mix in Glamorous Elements

And speaking of Hollywood Regency style, Nashville’s eclectic charm is balanced with just the right amount of glamorous details. These are the eye-catching accent touches that truly captivate amid the mix of color and pattern.

It can be the brass detailing of a picture frame, lampshade, or bar cart; it might be the leopard print cushions on a pair of chairs; or it can be the nailhead trim the lines a sofa. The idea is to work in these moments of glimmer and shine as a way to complement the overall colorful decor mix.

Go for the Gallery Wall (Always)

The best way to infuse color, especially if you’re reluctant to go bold with your furniture, is to create a punchy gallery wall that mixes all kinds of art. Alongside a mix of patterned pillows, a curated mix of art will add a playful, whimsical look to your space.

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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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Destination Style: Bring Home Eclectic Santa Fe Style

southwest styleTo celebrate summer, we’re taking inspiration from the all-American tradition of a cross-country road trip. We’ll be making our way across the USA and exploring some of our favorite cities and their signature design styles along the way. Buckle up and get ready for some major destination design inspo. Next up: The Southwestern style of Santa Fe, New Mexico!

Adobe homes. Rustic hues. Sumptuous natural materials. These elements combined are what we love about southwestern style. Santa Fe itself has long held irresistible allure for artists and design lovers looking to venture outside of the creative hubs of bigger metropolitan cities. Georgia O’Keeffe famously took up residence in Santa Fe many decades ago, and today her home and art studio are considered one of the country’s most beloved museums.

And when it comes to design, you’ll definitely recognize interiors that celebrate the region’s colorful rustic look that is popular across Instagram and Pinterest: rooms decorated in earthy desert hues, mid-century furnishings, pieces made with natural materials, and pops of tribal and navajo-inspired patterns.

Read on to see how you can bring the layered southwestern look to your own home.

santa fe styleWelcoming Foundations

Not to be confused with the modern farmhouse style of Sonoma, Santa Fe style is rooted in a sense of earthy comfort that is inspired by its history, desert surroundings, and Native American and Spanish design influences. We like to think of it as cozy, modern, and a little funky all at once. To conjure the look in your own home, here are the key foundational elements to keep in mind.

Work with a warm palette

Rather than crisp whites, light neutrals and blue tones, southwestern-style interiors are made up of a richly warm color palette that includes burnt oranges, rusty reds, deep browns, and shades of natural and earth tones. Collectively, the colors add up to a welcoming palette that recalls the arid desert landscape of the Southwest.

Lay out focus areas

Modern southwestern-style spaces are carefully laid out. Rooms often consist of smaller focused areas within a larger living space, such as cozy conversation spots and corners-turned-reading-nooks. To start, try strategically placing your rugs as a way to delineate different spaces and use greenery to create visual distinction between areas.

For instance, a cowhide layered on top of a traditional rug can have the effect of extending your seating area, while a tall cactus or fiddle-leaf ficus tree can inadvertently work as a room divider.

southwest styleEclectic Appeal

Southwestern-style interiors often incorporate a stylish mix of modern design, navajo patterns, and boho touches that result in their colorful and eclectic appeal. And the overall vibe is comfy and inviting but also packed with plenty luxurious textures. Here’s how to blend all these elements into your space

southwest stylePile on the patterns

Because these are the real pops of color, pattern, and texture in Santa Fe-style interiors, you’ll want to make sure you bring in pieces you absolutely love and can picture yourself living with. Where to begin? Navajo-inspired pillows, blankets in whimsical motifs, or a geometric kilim rug are all great foundations that you can pull colors from for accents throughout the room.

And you also can’t go wrong with a cowhide rug, which adds instant warmth. (If you can’t tell, we love the look of a hide layered on a bold patterned rug!) And when it comes to choosing art, opt for landscapes or even take an abstract route with graphic paintings and prints; just make sure they stay within the earthy desert color palette.

Think modern, not sleek

For your anchor pieces, opt for mid-century silhouettes and furniture with modern frameworks. Think chairs with tapered legs, streamlined woven leather armchairs, and even a metal bar cart. The clean-lined appeal of these pieces provides cool contrast to the bright colors and patterns of the accents. Just remember that you want to keep to rustic materials and even seek pieces that show a little patina. Weathered woods, aged leather, or a lightly faded rug are great places to start!

santa fe styleKeep it organic

Opt for natural materials as much as possible in your furnishings and accents. Then extend that ethos to your smaller furniture pieces. Designs with curvy silhouettes and organic shapes are nods to adobe architecture that can help emphasize the southwestern style.

Get your greenery on

Probably the most essential piece of the southwestern style puzzle, no room really says “Santa Fe” without plenty of cacti. So be sure to add plenty of plants that reference the region’s uniquely lush and arid landscape. A large potted cactus alongside mini cacti and other leafy plants add vibrant notes that are essential for rounding out the look.

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Destination Style: Get the Sonoma Wine Country Look

sonoma styleTo celebrate summer, we’re taking inspiration from the all-American tradition of a cross-country road trip. We’ll be traveling across the USA and exploring some of our favorite cities and their signature design styles along the way. Buckle up and get ready for some major destination design inspo. First stop: Sonoma, California!

When you think of Sonoma, California, you can’t help but picture wine country perfection, with its miles of incredible vineyards and farmhouses along the way. Located just north of San Francisco, Sonoma has long been a favorite weekend escape and a wine region that has come to epitomize relaxed-rustic, California style. You know what we’re talking about: Those rustic interiors that are charming, casual, and coolly California.

And if you know us, you know we’re big fans of this modern farmhouse aesthetic. There’s something simple and irresistibly cozy about Sonoma-style spaces that we just can’t get enough of, so we’re endlessly inspired to bring the look home. Read on to see how you can infuse a bit of Sonoma’s rustic charm into your space!

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sonoma styleStart With An Easy Foundation

The rustic-chic Sonoma look is all about the crisp, blank canvas backdrop. And by that we’re referring to the soothing color palette and the open layout and flow that characterizes these spaces. It’s what sets up the space for its cozy but airy look. So, consider these key design elements when establishing the groundwork in your space.

Earth tones only

Before diving into the full-on design and furnishings of a space, when it comes to Sonoma style getting the color palette right is key. Here, earth tones are at the core of the soft rustic palette. Keep to natural hues and light neutrals, like tans, beiges, browns, light woods, which will give your space a visual cohesiveness once you start layering in furnishings and accents.

A casual, edited layout

It’s all about comfort versus formality when it comes to the Sonoma look. Don’t feel like you need to fill out a room completely; what’s important is having a few big inviting pieces. This is one instance where furnishings don’t have to perfectly arranged. An asymmetrical layout, where a sofa is grouped with a chair, is a great way to open up a space and keep things from feeling too formal or thought out. After all, the idea is that your space should feel casual enough that you can move things around easily if needed.

sonoma styleSimple Says It All With Sonoma Style

It goes without saying that the Sonoma-style farmhouse look is one of the most popular looks around, not only here at Modsy, but everywhere, from blogs, to Pinterest, to Instagram. How to think about all the pieces that make up the look in an actual space, though? We know it’s not always as straightforward. Here’s how to furnish for the Sonoma look.

Go easy, breezy on furnishings

Big, comfy white slipcovered sofas and chairs are the anchors in these spaces. Not only are they comfortable and easy to maintain (just toss those covers in the wash when they’re dirty), they also give you a simple base on which you can easily layer tactile accents. In addition to white furnishings, you’ll want to make sure any other big pieces keep to a simple look, so opt for light woods and accents, like a cabinet with woven doors, an ottoman with a vintage-style fabric, or a rattan bar cart.

Pile on accents with textures

A mix of raw woods and accents made with natural materials and simple textures is the way to go. Think small wood stools and side tables (or a wooden wine rack for a subtle nod to wine country!), leather poufs and linen pillows, and lots of woven pieces, like a rope tray and wicker baskets. You want these details to really pop, so the bolder the texture, the better. Our favorite accent to play up? Pottery. Think white ceramics mixed with artisanal vases and vessels and terracotta planters.

Get vintage, baby

It wouldn’t be a Sonoma-inspired space without a few vintage-style pieces layered in. You’ll want to make sure these finds don’t overpower the airy look in a room, so choose a few statement pieces, like a salvaged light fixture or antique mirror. If you’re not one for vintage, newer designs that have vintage appeal can work too. The idea is that you want to create a lived-in and collected feel in your space.

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9 Ways to Design a Rustic Living Room

modern rustic design ideasSo, you think your style is rustic… Designers throw around the term, but it actually can describe a number of different styles. There’s coastal, shabby chic, modern farmhouse, rustic traditional… the list goes on! To help break down the different ways to work the style, we’re serving up 9 rustic design ideas for this small living room.

Read on to explore 9 different rustic spaces and shop the looks for your home!

rustic design ideasRustic Traditional

For the traditional take on rustic, we focused on wooden furniture pieces with traditional shapes and design elements. It’s all about celebrating natural textures and comfy designs in this living room. If you aren’t ready to buy new furniture, you can add a rustic flavor by buying earth-toned drapes and throw pillows.

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rustic design ideasFarmhouse Chic

Lighten up your rustic look with a more feminine take on the style. This look combines traditional shapes and materials with weathered and vintage finishes. Layer on plush textiles and fresh patterns for a more chic, and light look.

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rustic design ideasRustic Warmth

Rustic does not have to mean vintage. Rustic warmth is a contemporary take on the style that is visually striking but physically comfy and cozy. The furniture is sleeker and more modern but is still made out of natural materials.

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modern farmhouse design ideasModern Farmhouse

Modern farmhouse is a take on rustic that has mid-century flair and industrial twist that so many people are drawn to. The styling leans towards minimal with a neutral color palette and raw materials.

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modern rustic design ideasModern Rustic

This variation is a feminine take on the rustic style, which means you can play with color and include pops of warm materials such as gold and brass. Also, go ahead and add hints of modern design while staying true to rustic basics. Take a look at one of our selections: a satin brass rectangular cocktail table. Metals take it to the next level.

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rustic design ideasReclaimed Visionary

This forward-thinking incarnation combines the rustic aesthetic with traditional design. You can enjoy lots of leather and raw materials with minimal color notes and traditional design elements like wrought-iron details and weathered woods.

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rustic design ideasRefined Rustic

Refined rustic is a classic and elegant take on the style that gives off a feminine, cottage vibe. To capture it, you should stick to lighter woods and materials to create a space where fresh flowers can be displayed on the daily. You will enjoy these blooms as you sit in your elegant oatmeal wing chair with solid birch legs – the very definition of refined rustic style.

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modern rustic design ideasVintage Farmhouse

This one is our version of shabby chic. Consider it a feminine, vintage take on rustic style. Feel free to use whimsical design elements against a background of unfinished woods. This is definitely a style where quirk and comfort live in harmony!

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rustic design ideasRustic Traveler

This one is for you rustic lovers with a boho side. Embrace eclectic elements that represent your unique world view. Approach your design with a curatorial lens that reflects your personality.

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Follow our design lead and create a rustic mix specialized to you. Natural materials and colors work with everything. Tune into the earth and bring those comforting vibes into your home. Rustic can be for everyone!

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Layout Guide: 1 Small, Square Living Room, 2 Functional Solutions

Square Living RoomIn our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of designing a space, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. This week we’re diving into two solutions for a small, square living room layout.

The Space: 13×18 small, square living room with lots of doors and windows

The Style: Mod Visionary

The Challenge: Turning the small, square living space into a comfortable and functional hangout space with plenty of seating

Square Living RoomIdea #1: The Conversational Layout

Layout idea #1 emphasizes using the small room as a space for conversation. This is a space meant for people to relax, mingle, chat and lounge together. There’s no TV in the room because it is geared toward having people interact. The cozy sectional sofa is also perfect for reading and snuggling. If you enjoy having friends over to hang out and talk or play games, try this layout in your space.

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Here’s why this small, square living room layout idea works.

Square Living RoomRoom to Chat

The sectional fits right into the square shape of the room, making it extra cozy, and ensuring there is plenty of seating for family and guests. The fireplace, while incorporated into seating area, is not the main focus of the room. There is easy flow into and through the room and storage tucked to the side against the unused wall keeps clutter out of sight!

This Is Great If You…

  • Love entertaining and prefer chatting and relaxing with guests over watching TV.
  • Want a cozy place for you and your family to gather and read, snuggle, or just kick back.
  • Love a neat and tidy home that’s comfy but uncluttered.
  • Want a space with a more grown-up aesthetic.

Square Living RoomIdea #2 – The TV Viewing Layout

This layout idea is all about optimizing the small space for TV viewing and comfortable lounging. Because the room is small, we swapped out the sectional for a cozy sofa that faces the TV to make it the focal point. There is a lot of flexibility to move stuff around and create extra seating so you’re never short on chairs when friends drop by.

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Here’s why this small, square living room layout idea works.

Optimal Functionality

If you like to watch TV, but don’t want that to be the only focus of the space, this layout gives you the best of both worlds. With a sofa placed directly across from the TV, but next to the fireplace, there are seats that work for whichever focal point you want to highlight. This layout is great if you like to watch Netflix but also host gatherings.

Square Living RoomSmall Space Solutions

In small spaces, sometimes you have to work with what you’ve got. In this room, we optimized the small, blank space between two doors with a mini cabinet for a TV set-up. The two poufs also add additional seating that doesn’t clutter up the room (and can even double as a footrest). Finally, the bookcases add vertical storage that makes the most out of a narrow wall space.

This Is Great If You…

  • Have a fireplace and a TV and want a layout that works for both.
  • Enjoy entertaining small groups and want extra seating.
  • Need a space that is compact but flexible with furnishings that are easy to move around.
  • Love a space that is clean and stylish with no clutter in sight.

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

Chic living room decor ideas

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

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

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1. Hang One Bold Artwork

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

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

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2. Create a Gallery Wall

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

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

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

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3. Make a Statement with a Mirror

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

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

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My Modsy Story: Making the Move from City to Suburban Home

modsy storyWhen her IKEA furniture no longer served her family and new home, this New Yorker took matters into her own hands with Modsy.

Homeowner: Marybeth B, City-Dweller turned Suburban Homeowner

Location: New York

Room: Living and Dining Rooms

Her Style: Modern Rustic

The Backstory

Taking the leap into suburban living

I bought a new home two years ago when we moved from the city to a more suburban area. My family and I were living in a modern high-rise apartment and our new home is a 1931 Tudor house that has been lovingly restored.

The Design Dilemma

Figuring out out-of-place furniture

Like most people, the IKEA furniture we had was good for apartment living, but it didn’t work in our new home.

For starters, we now had 3,000 square feet of space to fill and all of our furniture from the old apartment could fit in the living room in the new house. We were ready to invest in good furniture, but didn’t want to buy the wrong pieces and make a costly mistake.

Adding to that, our new house’s architecture is very formal, but we’re not formal people. It was hard to find furniture that both agreed with the interior of the home and our personalities—not to mention visualize it actually in our space! I was completely overwhelmed.

“I didn’t want to settle with a set of matching furniture but I was ready for the house just to be done.”

The Modsy Moment

Nothing was working—not even hiring an interior designer

We had been in interior design paralysis for a year; after one year living in the house, I had 100 Pinterest boards and spent countless hours (days) curating them to no avail. So I finally decided to hire an interior designer to help move the design process along. They gave me layout ideas, some furniture recommendations, and I even bought two rugs, but I still had a hard time imagining these pieces arranged in my actual home.

I read about Modsy on People.com and decided to try it. I took some photos, filled out the Style Quiz, and picked out furniture recommended to me based on my style. A week later, I got the first 3D designs of my living room back and I was blown away by how real they looked. It was awesome! Modsy allowed me to see designs staged in our actual space, and it made all the difference.

“We had been in interior design paralysis for a year… Modsy allowed me to see designs staged in our actual space, and it made all the difference.”

The Final Deciding Factors

Adding those personal touches

After playing around with a few Modsy designs, I came up with more ideas that I wanted to try. I have a three year-old daughter, who loves to climb on things, and Modsy helped me create a play area for her. I also had my eye on a statement sofa, but was unsure if it would work with my formal space. Finally, I was struggling to decide if I should hang curtains above my beautiful stained glass windows or not.

With the Modsy 3D rendering I could literally see these ideas come to life in my home. This gave me the confidence to buy pieces I will love. Now there are a few more things I need to get my husband to agree on, which, for the first time might be easy since he can see how amazing they would look.

Now I use the hours I spent curating Pinterest boards to do things I actually enjoy, like spending time with my family, cooking, and traveling. I am thankful to Modsy for helping me pull the trigger and get on with my life.

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