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My Modsy Story: Designing Multiple Rooms From Scratch

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Homeowner: Gina S.

Spaces: Multiple Rooms

My Style: Mod Enthusiast

The Design Dilemma

Gina and her husband had enjoyed living in a single-bedroom apartment in New York City for several years. But by early 2020, with two quickly growing toddlers, they knew they’d have to relocate their family to a larger space sooner rather than later. However, the couple couldn’t decide if they wanted to move to a larger apartment in the city or relocate to a home in the suburbs.

Little did they know that the onset of COVID-19 in March of that year would be the deciding factor in what kind of home they’d move to. “Our friend offered her vacation home to us to use until the situation in the city improved,” Gina says. “We quickly realized we loved living in a house together. So, that summer we decided to build a four-bedroom house”

Soon the house was being built and the entire family was excited to be entering a new phase of life together. But for Gina, the responsibility of finding the right layout and decor for several empty rooms went from fun to overwhelming in no time.

“After looking at tons of inspiration images on Pinterest, Instagram, Houzz, and Google, I became extremely overwhelmed with all of the choices. I reached a point of interior design paralysis,” she says.

In particular, Gina worried about creating cohesive designs for the family’s new great room and family room. “Our new house is very open-concept—the lower level and great room were very challenging for me to envision,” Gina says. “I desperately needed help figuring out what furniture to buy and how to lay it all out!”

 

The Modsy Moment

Once Gina began her design project with Modsy, her interior design anxiety and paralysis were transformed into a new set of feelings. “I experienced a mixture of relief and excitement as I started working with our designer,” Gina says. “I was relieved to utilize an expert’s guidance instead of piecing together the design myself. And it was so exciting to see the designs come to life in 3D. For a few days after I received the first 3D designs, I just pretended I was living inside of them—they looked so real, it was hardly a stretch.”

“Working with Modsy turned a stressful situation into an enjoyable experience,” says Gina. “I loved working with our designer, Caitlin, on three room designs: our open-concept lower level, our main floor great room, and our home office.”

The Real Results

Now that the family has moved into their new home, they are enjoying its designs together. Gina especially is reassured that she can always turn to Modsy for design visualization and expert guidance for whatever design project life throws her way.

“Modsy really helped me get a handle on how each room could be well laid out and functional for my family,” she says. “Everyone is so happy in our space, and friends and family that visit are impressed with the design.”

After such a good experience, Modsy is becoming an ongoing source of help. “We’re already using Modsy again to finish our master bedroom and then kids’ rooms next year!”

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Scandi Decor: 20 Ways to Bring this Trendy Style to Life in Your Home

Scandi-style decor continues to be a trendy style. And while Scandinavian style, in its purest form, is pretty iconic, there are so many ways to bring this look to life by mixing it with design elements from different design styles.

Today, we’re going to unpack what Scandinavian design is, where it came from, and all the ways you can bring the look to life today!

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What is Scandi Home Decor?

Scandinavian design is a branch of modernism that’s marked by a focus on clean, simple lines; minimalist furniture and styling; and a perfect blend of functionality and beauty. Scandi home decor differs from Mid-Century Modernism (which hit the scene around the same time) in that it steers away from fabricated materials in favor of natural materials.

Learn more about the history of mid-century modern design and the difference between that and Scandinavian home decor on our podcast, The Render!

Craftsmanship is a high priority in Scandinavian design. In a space that boasts Scandinavian-inspired design, you’ll find quality pieces made of natural materials that are built to last. You’ll see a lot of pale woods like ash and beech, wool and linen textiles, leather, sheepskin, pottery, and glass. Scandi style decor also uses a lot of soft hues, natural color schemes, and textures.

While Scandinavian interior design is the term you’ll hear most often, Swedish, Nordic, and Danish modernism are all forms of Scandinavian style.

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Different Types of Scandi Decor

There are so many different ways to use Scandinavian decor and bring Scandi style to life. You can take the basics of Scandinavian design and tailor a look for your own home and your own unique take on the style!

Below, you’ll find 20 Scandinavian design ideas, with different ways to get a Scandinavian-inspired look in your own home, no matter your style preferences.

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1. A Cozy Scandi Bedroom

This Scandi-style bedroom has an earthy, eclectic twist. It boasts the simplicity of Scandi style—but mixed with earthy, bohemian flair and minimalist undertones. With furniture made of natural materials and neutral upholstery, plus boasting some lovely woven textures, it hits on the best of Scandi and boho styles.

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2. Minimalist Scandi Living Room

This living room is an unexpected take on minimalist design. It has a super streamlined color palette and furniture forms that are sleek, with no frills and minimal ornamentation. But the pops of black in the decor, along with the cozy textures (that sheepskin rug!) and warm wood tones, speaks to the Scandi influences and makes it a truly comfortable space for a minimalist to enjoy.

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3. Scandi Farmhouse Entryway

This space has some cozy, welcoming vibes! Clean lines speak to modernist simplicity. But the earthy hues and mix of natural materials come from the farmhouse side of this style. Farmhouse-style furniture with thoughtful detailing—like this Jenny Lind dresser with spindle legs—balances out with the simplistic structure of the modern, clean-lined accent furniture around it. And a limited color palette (think: natural wood tones, grays, and warm whites) helps keep this space cohesive.

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4. Japandi Living Room

The Japandi design trend is a unique style that combines elements of both Japanese and Scandinavian decor styles. A trending look, it celebrates a minimalist, uncluttered aesthetic that’s typical of Japanese design with organic shapes and comfortable foundations. Low-profile furniture offers comfort and an inviting look, while warm woods, natural materials, and cozy layers of plush textiles help bring a sense of approachability to this style.

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5. A Modern-Meets-Rustic Take on Scandi

This is a contemporary Scandi style with mid-century influences. Clean lines and minimalist forms that are foundational in Scandinavian design mix with farmhouse touches—like woven texture, plush materials, and simple earth tones—for a space that feels cozy and comfortable. This space features simple decor that makes a statement. Ceramic vases and bowls add texture without overpowering the neutral space.

Designer Tip: Stick to lighter wood tones (common in Scandinavian decor) to elevate a traditional farmhouse aesthetic.

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6. Rustic Scandi Minimalism Dining Room

Rustic minimalism with a Scandi twist? Yes, please. The rustic nature of the materials in this dining room set the tone for the space, giving it some definite rustic vibes. But the softer, organic forms and less-is-more approach to the decor bring this into the Scandinavian camp. True to its minimalist nature, this dining room features functional and practical decor, like bowls and pitchers, that are pleasing to the eye but also functional in a dining space. In a minimalist room like this, the negative space is just as important as the furniture and decor, helping maintain balance and flow.

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7. Contemporary Modern Scandi Living Room

This living room is pure contemporary Scandi. (Think: IKEA, but elevated.) Functionality and comfort are key in this look. You won’t find any extra frills or ornamentation in contemporary modern Scandi spaces. It’s all about pieces that are functional but also look good. A clean-lined sofa in a neutral color grounds the space and helps set the tone. But plenty of natural materials—from woven jute to wood and leather—gives this modern space an organic and grounded sensibility.

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8. Industrial Scandi Bedroom

This bedroom takes the comfortable, organic elements of Scandinavian design and combines them with sharper, more industrial elements—like the metal pendant, a black and white palette, and unfinished woods. This bedroom is a slightly more masculine take on Scandi decor, but it blends in farmhouse touches for a look that’s approachable but rugged!

Designer Tip: Look for weathered pieces that will satisfy the industrial and farmhouse elements of this style—but keep the lines clean so it leans Scandi.

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9. Nordic Minimalism Home Office

This no-nonsense home office creates a space to focus on work without any extra clutter. The light wood furniture’s clean lines don’t have any frills or ornamentation—but the decor is strategically placed to make an impact and create the welcoming vibe that Scandi spaces are known for. The layout is practical and prioritizes natural lighting and minimal distractions.

Designer Tip: Open shelves and exposed surfaces should be styled minimally, with a mind toward functionally, with pieces that feel organic and sculptural.

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10. Cozy Contemporary Scandi Living Room

This is a warm, contemporary take on Scandi style with a cozy twist. This living room has a distinctly Scandinavian flavor, but it’s packaged up in a much more approachable design. The warm neutral palette makes it instantly cozy. And the clean lines in the furniture and pops of subtle natural texture takes the Scandi design principles but filters them through a contemporary lens. The result is a look that feels less tiedt o a specific style or era but rather feels more timeless than your average Scandi space. This living room is also a great reminder that streamlined furniture doesn’t have to mean cold, stark lines but just clean and simple forms.

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11. Moody Scandinavian Bedroom

This bedroom features a moodier take on Scandinavian design. There’s still a lot of neutrals, natural textures, and simple furniture forms—but they’re all renditions that we don’t normally see in a Scandi space. Rather than a light neutral color scheme, this room features saturated earth tones—which still feel “neutral” but set that moodier vibe. Darker wood tones and red-hued leather are two other twists on classic Scandi decor elements. Together, all of these elements come together to create a cozy, moody retreat.

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12. Serene Boho Scandi Nursery

Scandinavian decor isn’t just for grown-ups—it can make for an adorable nursery too! In this space, we mixed the simplicity of Scandi style with a bohemian, earthy flair for a nursery that’s cute and trendy. These two styles go hand-in-hand; all you need to do is add a bit of texture and layering to a Scandi base style. Rather than going totally neutral, we went with a gentle color palette with pops of earthy green, gold, and rust to give the baby’s room a little more depth while still keeping it soothing.

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13. Mod Scandi Wonderland

This is a look that’s begging for winter to show up! (It’s what we imagine a space would look like if Scandi went to the mountains and made a cozy cabin!) Full of plush textures, sink-in furniture, and warm natural textures galore, this space has all the earthy, organic coziness of Scandi decor, but with furniture shapes that are decidedly more mod. Case in point: the streamlined sectional, the arched cabinet, and the modern take on a wingback chair! The high-contrast palette invigorates the space and helps drive home that modern edge.

Designer Tip: Don’t forget to add natural elements, like dried grass and plants, to add an organic and lively touch to the space.

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14. Cheery Boho Scandi Breakfast Nook

We love this light and sunny breakfast nook! The Scandinavian home decor seen here is all about function and doesn’t get in the way of the charming vibes of this space. Pops of texture in the chandelier, chair seats, and the sheepskin throw on the bench play up those boho vibes, while the streamlined forms and light wood tones give a nod to Scandi. With minimalist styling, there’s a lot of breathing room in this design, with sculptural forms that add visual intrigue but don’t take up a lot of space in this small dining nook.

Designer Tip: Keep layering minimal but make it impactful with pillows or textiles that are simple in form but have a boho pattern or pop of color.

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15. Scandi Minimalism Living Room

The furniture pieces in this room are minimalist in form—but they’re Scandinavian in material and essence. The rustic wood finishes, along with the caning details on those modern Jeanneret chairs (a mid-century classic!) celebrate the more organic, approachable brand of Scandinavian modernism that pairs so beautifully with a minimalist aesthetic. The decor is simple but impactful, with the simple muted hues and beautiful forms acting as the ornamentation in this space.

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16. Sleek Scandi Entryway

An entryway like this is the perfect way to set the tone for a Scandinavian-style home. There are no frills here—this entryway is all about function. All the entryway essentials are here—like a bench, mirror, and nooks, and baskets for storage. (And all in that organic, streamlined Scandi style!) The patterned geometric rug softens the look and makes this entryway feel super inviting—tying the look together while bringing pattern and texture to this sleek and functional space. Bonus: the busy design of the rug is great for high-traffic areas! This is a great design approach if you don’t have a formal entryway but need to hack one in a living space.

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17. Cozy Hygge Living Room

Hygge style is all about playing up the warmth and comfortable elements of Scandinavian decor. The idea is to create a sense of calm within the chaos of the world by embracing simplicity, creating spaces that are cozy and have some ambiance! Lots of layered textures and materials—from smooth ceramics and stone to chunky macrame, raw wood, and woven pillows—adds depth to this living room. Meanwhile, a limited, warm neutral color palette keeps this space zen, even though it has a lot going on.

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18. Less-is-More Scandi Dining Room

Feast your eyes on this less-is-more Scandi dining room! Forms and materials do the talking here, with sleek, streamlined designs that are almost sculptural works of art! Curved chair forms are molded to the shape of a body, making them more comfortable. And the minimalist table is subtle but still stunning in its construction; the round legs feel unexpected and don’t need any extra ornamentation to stand out.

Designer Tip: Keep this space clutter-free and let the furniture forms and architecture of the room do the talking instead of layering in decor.

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19. Serene Scandi Bedroom

This bedroom is Scandi in nature, with its sleek forms and blonde wood tones—but it’s even more pulled back and minimal than your average Scandi space. The idea is to create a serene sleeping space. That means embracing a clutter-free design with minimal surface styling, instead offering visual interest in the furniture and accents. The wood grain and textures are the decor of this space; they add pattern in a natural way, which feels organic and offers just enough ornamentation for a minimalist space. And a clean palette, with neutrals and pops of avocado green (an interesting color choice that feels very zen!), add to the minimalist and serene vibe of the space.

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20. Rustic Scandi Living Room

Rustic and Scandi are both warm and cozy styles—making it a perfect combination for a comfortable living space. In this room, the rustic design elements comin more with weathered and natural pieces, like the smaller accent furniture and art. And the Scandinavian influences fome in with the clean-lined foundational furniture and the organic shapes throughout. Natural woods and materials like stone, copper, and leather add to the organic feel and speak to both styles, while layers of textiles  bring a cozy warmth and depth to the space.

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7 Clever Ways To Zone Open Floor Plans With Examples

Over the past year, our homes became more than just a home. When the pandemic hit, we all had to quickly learn how to create functional multi-use spaces in our home. Our living and dining spaces needed to multitask as home office, classroom, gym, playspaces, you name it. And for people that have open concept designs, it meant making one large space work as a living room, dining room, and many of these other spaces.

With that in mind, we asked some of our designers for tips on how to divide a room up for multipurpose use. From floating furniture, such as a sofa or tall bookcase, to stand in as a room divider to devising open living/dining room layouts that can easily be changed up for remote work and homeschooling, we discovered endless ways to rearrange and reconfigure our homes to suit our lifestyles and needs.

Most importantly, we were able to zero in on the best multipurpose furniture that not only add function to our homes but also keeps our rooms feeling stylish and spacious. Because at the end of the day, a comfortable home should be both practical and in keeping with your design taste!

Scroll down to see some of our favorite solutions for how to divide an open floor plan in the home. And if you’re dealing with an awkward living room design, don’t forget to check out our layout guides for more clever ways to maximize your space for multipurpose use!living room midcentury modern

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1. A Long & Narrow Open Floor Plan

The Space: An open concept living, dining, and kitchen space.

The Challenge: Creating distinct living and dining areas within the long and narrow space where the kitchen anchors one end and a fireplace occupies the other—all while making sure there’s a good flow and enough walking room all around.

The Solution: Zoning out each section of the room is key. To do that, we arranged a sofa and credenza to function as a room divider between the living and dining spaces. Then we laid down a rug in the dining area to delineate it from the living space and kitchen.

The result is a living room with a spacious seating area facing the fireplace that’s grounded by a large rug and sofa. We also added a tall plant to further loosely mark the start and end of the living area. The dining space is arranged with a long communal table that provides lots of walking room all around without disrupting the flow to the kitchen.

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2. An Open Concept Living Room

The Space: A large family-friendly room with a distinct open doorway.

The Challenge: Delineating the dining and living areas so that each feel distinctly like their own space while keeping the overall look and feel of the room cohesive. Additionally, the goal is to find a way to maximize flow in the open plan.

The Solution: Orienting the layout so that the living and dining areas are perpendicular to each other. This setup offers the best flow in the open space, a sense of visual cohesion, and also an overarching cozy atmosphere.

By having the living room sofa and chairs parallel to the length of the room, we were able to create a direct flow from the seating area into the dining space. For a simple yet clever spatial marker, we added a small bench to bookend the seating area. From there, we arranged the dining table to be perpendicular to the living room and ground it with a rug. It was the perfect way to zone the space without creating any obvious visual barriers.

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3. An Open Plan Living & Dining Room

The Space: A rectangular living space with high ceilings but awkward window placements.

The Challenge: Sectioning the room into two areas that feel like actual enclosed living and dining rooms that don’t feel visually (or physically) cramped and cluttered.

The Solution: Taking advantage of the high ceilings in this space is the trick here. So we pulled in two matching tall bookcases to stand in as a room divider. This also helps visually minimize the awkwardly high placement of the windows in the room.

This works perfectly because the bookcases act as a ‘wall’ that physically divides the room into two spaces for living and dining, but the open shelves keep each area from feeling completely closed off. The open shelves also let light through and allow for shared storage across both spaces. An open bookcase is always a safe bet for a room divider. Just be sure to Be sure to keep your bookcases sturdy by either mounting them to the wall or to each other.

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4. A Spacious Multi-Section Living Room

The Space: An open floor plan where living, dining and entry all coincide in a compact space.

The Challenge: Carving out an entry that’s clearly defined and separate from the living area in the open-concept space. There also needs to be enough room for a dining area if needed.

The Solution: Propping up a folding screen makes for a bold and stylish room divider. It successfully creates a barrier between the front door and the living room, adding purpose and clear function to the entry and offering some privacy to the seating area.

A screen is always a great choice for a divider because it can be moved around easily, taken down when you need to, and also makes for a statement piece. If you’re not a fan of folding screens, stick to an open bookcase.

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5. A Seamless Living Room & Entry

The Space: A small room with a front door that opens directly into the living space.

The Challenge: Figuring out a space-saving approach to create a distinct entryway that is separate from the living area in this open concept room. Also, finding a furniture setup that doesn’t obstruct the windows.

The Solution: Lining up a low bookcase that strategically divides the room. This allows for a small entry landing area on one side and a full living area on the other.

The greatest advantage of the bookcase is that it serves as a room divider that takes up minimal floor space. At the same time, it also works as an entryway catchall space for setting things down when you come into the home. Similarly, the open shelves also provide plenty of storage space for living room essentials. If you’re living in a small apartment or home, this is an excellent solution for creating a foyer-like space where there isn’t one.

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6. A Compact Live & Sleep Space

The Space: A combined living and bedroom small open studio plan.

The Challenge: Dividing the small room into public and private spaces that don’t feel cramped. Meanwhile, the private bedroom area needs to feel comfy and enclosed while the living area requires a more open vibe.

The Solution: Opting for a high-style multifunctional folding screen with built-in shelves for a room divider. This effectively separates the living and bedroom spaces, with the height of the screen closing off the bedroom area. At the same time, the open design of the screen helps keep an airy look in the overall space.

This is a perfect solution for people living in studio apartments because it’s a versatile setup that’s practical, stylish, and space-saving. You can also easily change up your layout as needed.

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7. A Small Living & Home Office Space

The Space: A classic open space with a dedicated office area.

The Challenge: Figuring out how to divide a room up into a living space and an office that are both subject to heavy daily use. That means each area has to be furnished for individual comfort and function as totally separate ‘rooms’.

The Solution: Sliding a mid-height open shelving unit in between the living area and office creates an instant separation of the spaces.

The work area is curated with a desk, chair, and area rug with a distinct aesthetic that sets it apart. It has the room divider shelving that provides storage, which also turns it into a practical place for doing homeschooling or WFH for extended periods of time.

Meanwhile, the living area is given its own aesthetic, with a caramel leather sofa and a colorful rug that feel visually distinct while also inspiring a sense of warmth and relaxation. This setup is conducive to a couple’s apartment, where one person can be lounging while another person is working.

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Our Modsy Story: Using Design to Make Our Short-Term Space Feel Like Home

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Homeowners: Carmen and Kika

Space: Living Room

Their Style: Rustic Traveler

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The Design Dilemma

Carmen and Kika live together in a small apartment in Bayside, New York. They love their neighborhood and community, but when Kika first moved in—doubling the couple’s belongings—the small space felt overcrowded and left them wanting more room.

“Our first instinct was to move to a larger space,” Carmen says. “But we’d miss the neighborhood, and we didn’t want to spend more money on a larger apartment when we could put savings toward buying a home—which we planned to do in a year or so.”

“We wanted to reconfigure our apartment so that it would give us the style that we wanted and the space that we needed,” Carmen explains. But the couple had no idea how to make that happen.

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The Modsy Moment

“One day, while surfing the web, we found Modsy. At first, we were a little hesitant,” Carmen explains. But the couple was fed up with their cramped apartment and decided to purchase a design package.

As soon as they had their design consultation, they “immediately felt comfortable,” says Carmen.  “Our designer understood what we wanted and beautifully reimagined our space.”

Carmen says that she and Kika “didn’t know how to create a stylish design for a small apartment.” Their designer helped them understand how the different colors and patterns intertwined within the space, helping it appear larger.

The couple loved the designs, and Carmen says, “We could not have done that by ourselves.”

 

The Real Results

Now that their living room design journey is complete, the couple has embarked on another project. “We really enjoy our living room now, and our designer inspired us to redo the dining room area, too,” says Carmen.

She says these updates assure them that they’ll continue to love their current residence until they’re ready to move into their own house.

“Knowing that this design was specifically created for our home makes us feel like we have settled into the space,” she adds. “And that has given us peace of mind.”


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Game Room Decor: Our Best Tips for Designing This Entertaining Space

Do you love gathering friends or family together for a game night? Or just love the idea of having a space in your home that’s solely dedicated to having fun? Then it might be time to consider adding a game room design to your home!

Game rooms or recreation rooms are fun, secondary spaces in your home devoted to playing games—whether that’s board games, cards, billiards, video games, or even watching sporting events! These spaces are all about hanging out with friends or family, relaxing, and having fun.

But when creating gaming areas in your home, it’s important to consider the design of the space. It’s a fun space, so you don’t want it to feel bland, but you also don’t want it to be cheesy. You also want it to be a practical and comfortable space that’s large enough for the groups you like to host.

Ready for some game room decor ideas? Keep reading for our designers’ best tips for creating a game room ready for entertainment and fun!

How Will You Use Your Game Room?

Before you start designing your game room, you’ll want to consider how you’ll use the space. What kind of games and activities do you want to design for? Are you a tabletop game or cards person? Or does your preferred gaming involve billiards, foosball, or table tennis which requires at least one larger piece of furniture? And we can’t forget about the video gamers, who need a place for their game consoles and a large screen for individual and group games!

Identifying how you’ll use your game room helps you assess the furniture pieces you need to include—ensuring your game room is both functional and stylish. Perhaps your game room is also a rec room for your kids. Or maybe it doubles as a home gym. Is this also the space where you want to have friends over to watch the big game? These secondary purposes will help you further hone in on what you might need to include in this space.

Now that you’ve thought through how you want to use your game room, you can get to the fun part: designing your space! We’re sharing some of our best tips and game room decor ideas to help you bring a rec room to life. (And if you don’t have a full game room, don’t worry! We’ve got tips for you, too!) We’ve broken down the tips by the 3 core types of game rooms, which will help you find the game room ideas that are most relevant to your needs.

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The Grown-Up Game Room

We love the idea of creating a sophisticated lounge space, either in a finished basement or a large bonus room toward the back of your house. The idea of this space is to give you room for several different activities, making it a bit more multipurpose (but still with gaming at the heart of it).

Here, we have space to watch the TV from a comfortable and casual sectional sofa. This is perfect for watching sporting events or hosting a movie night! And the coffee table is large enough to play board games and cards. A foosball table allows for more active competition within this space. And bar seating means snacks and drinks can always be close at hand!

The design of this space is perfect for having friends over to watch games or movies, hosting a casual game night, or just hanging out!

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1. Prioritize Comfortable Seating

If you’re watching sports, hanging with friends, or playing tabletop games, you definitely want somewhere comfortable to sit. So, choose furniture that’s plus and that you can sink into, in an upholstery that’s durable and easy to clean. (We love leather for these reasons—plus it adds to that lounge-like vibe.) And make sure the sectional you choose has a good seat height for playing board games.

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2. Add a Bar Area

Having snacks and drinks readily available is a must in a game room setting. Adding a narrow bar-height table offers a practical surface for a spread of snacks, and tucking a beverage fridge underneath means a cold drink is always on-hand (while conveniently saving on floor space.) Bar seating adds to the fun, casual atmosphere while also creating a few more seats for game day TV viewing.

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3. Make it Sophisticated Rather Than Themed

Just because you’re designing a game room doesn’t mean it needs to feel like a dark basement or bachelor pad. (Translation: it doesn’t have to be a sports-themed room, even if it’s where you watch sports.) You can elevate the room with sophisticated yet casual decor and furniture. Here, we designed the space with a mix of modern industrial and desert southwest styles, with the clean-lined leather sectional anchoring the space and setting the tone. Finishing touches like wall art, layered lighting, rugs, and decor will give personality and style to your game room while making it feel like a more intentional space within your home.

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The Family Playroom-Game Room

A space like this is intended to cater to the whole family. There’s a space for younger kids to play with simple games and toys, a pool table for teens and adults, and accessible storage for all.

This space has a fun and bright design, but it still feels elevated and stylish enough to make everyone feel welcome and at home. Just make sure you use our kid-friendly design tips when creating your family game room!

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4. Cater to Your Hobbies

Game rooms are personal spaces, and how you design and use them depends on what you like to do! If you love playing pool with your teenager, include a pool table. Or if ping pong is more your speed, swap out the billiards for table tennis. If your family is constantly playing board games, maybe you want to prioritize a full-size game table over a coffee table set-up. Does your kid love hosting video game tournaments? Make the TV the central focus, with storage for game consoles. The idea is to personalize the space to the needs of your family members, then focus on finding the right tables and seating to meet your needs!

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5. Opt for Flexible Seating

In a family game room like this, we love the idea of having seating that can easily be moved around the space—like a modular sofa, chairs on casters, or even low-profile bean chairs. This allows you to use the space for multiple purposes, and adjust seating depending on the activity at hand and the number of people using the space. Here, we opted for modular and comfy bean chairs gathered around a low coffee table, which creates a space for your family to play board games. But the chairs can also be pulled back and pushed together for movie nights!

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6. Have Some Fun With the Decor

This isn’t a serious space—especially if it’s a place for kids to play or the whole family to play. So, keep the design light and playful! Add bold or unique design elements that you perhaps wouldn’t include in other spaces of your home, like graphic wallpaper, colorful poufs, or a whimsical chandelier.

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The Board Game Nook

You don’t always have a full room to dedicate to gaming. If this is the case, you can still carve out a small corner of your home for a gaming area! Your gaming nook could be a corner of your living room, family room, or three-season porch; your day-to-day breakfast nook that transforms into a gaming space on special occasions; or the far end of a multi-use space within your home.

This is the perfect spot for hosting weekly card games, working on a puzzle, or gathering friends for a tabletop role-playing game (we see you, Dungeons and Dragons fans!) where all you need is a flat surface to get rolling. Generally, a round table is best for tabletop gaming. And even if you opt for a round dining room table, upgrade from dining room chairs to something a bit more comfortable—especially if you plan on being around the table for hours!

7. Create a Design That Fits Your Space

This gaming nook proves that you can still have a game room, even if it shares the space with another room in your home. As long as the essentials are there, you can make it work. But don’t try to fit more into this space than you have room for. Keep the game table proportionate to the nook, while keeping in mind that you’ll also want a bit of room for nearby storage.

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8. Choose the Right Storage Pieces

When it comes to storage furniture, what you need depends on what types of games you tend to play. If you’re more of a cards and dominoes person, you don’t need as much storage space. But board games can be bulky, so you’ll want to buy storage that comfortably fits the boxes. In any game room—but especially in a shared space—concealed storage is great, as it keeps the space tidy and less visually cluttered. (Though, this design proves you can make open storage work, too!)

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9. Align the Design With the Rest of Your Home—But Also Have Some Fun

Unlike a sporty lounge or a playful family game room, you don’t want to be as bold with the design of a gaming nook, since it’s a shared space. Use similar furniture styles and colors as you do in the rest of your home to create a cohesive space. But have some fun with a bit of cheeky accent decor that gives a nod to the game theme and adds a note of playfulness.

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How to Choose Art: Your Need-to-Know Guide to Buying Art

When decorating your home, it’s safe to assume that the furniture and color scheme you choose will have the greatest impact on the design of your space. However, it’s the finishing touches like art and decor that really bring your space to life.

If you’re in the middle of designing your space from scratch or redesigning your home, you might be feeling fatigued by the time you get to choosing art for your walls. At this point, a lot of people either leave their walls blank until inspiration strikes, or they buy random artwork just to fill large blank walls. But art should never be an afterthought.

Art is such an important part of decorating. It helps bring your space to life, adds personality, creates focal points, and sets the mood for the space. But there are so many things to consider when choosing art. At Modsy, we actually get a surprisingly large number of questions about how to choose art for your home.

Because of this, we’re breaking down all the core considerations about how to choose art for your home and giving you tips on how to know what type of wall art is right for you.

Here’s a quick list of the considerations we’ll cover in detail:

  • Size
  • Shape and Orientation
  • Medium
  • Subject Matter

Read on to get the full scoop and become an expert at choosing art for your home!

Looking for help choosing other furniture and decor? Check out our Interior design buying guides for expert advice on finding the perfect pieces for your home. Or start a project to work one-on-one with a professional interior designer!

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Consideration #1: Artwork Size

When it comes to wall art, size is incredibly important. Art pieces of different sizes will have completely different effects on your space. So, how do you decide what size of art to buy? This could be dictated by the size of your walls or the space you’re trying to fill—for example, a large blank wall might need a large piece of art.

If you’re shopping more generally for art rather than trying to fill an existing space, considering size also helps you understand the effect that various sizes of art will have on your room. Below, we’ll touch on the four basic sizes of wall art.

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Small Art

Small art tends to be the most affordable. Similar to rug pricing, art typically goes up in price as the size goes up. Small art is also the most flexible, as you can hang these pieces almost anywhere.

Size: Small art typically includes pieces that are between 4 and 16 inches in length or width.

What it’s good for: Small art is perfect for creating small, intimate moments on your walls or tabletops, since you have to get up close to see them. This makes this size ideal for hanging in more intimate spaces.

Where to hang small art: These pieces are perfect as accent pieces above nightstands, propped on a shelf, or hung in the bathroom. They work great in gallery walls as well, as you can group small art together to create a larger wall of art.

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Medium Art

When you think of the “average” wall art size, this is it. You’ll find medium-sized art at a middle-of-the-road price range, where you can get a beautiful, impactful piece for a reasonable price.

Size: Medium-sized art is generally 25 to 32 inches in size.

What it’s good for: This is a great size for framed art prints and photography. It’s also a great size for pieces that are a little trendy and that you may not hang up forever. They aren’t a complete investment, but they’re large enough to make a visual impact.

Where to hang medium art: Wall art that’s medium-sized is perfect in hallways and over accent furniture. They’re also good for grouping with small art pieces for creating a focal point in an eclectic gallery wall.

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Large Art

Large art is the type of piece that makes a statement in a room. This is the typical size of art to choose when you want to hang or lean just one piece somewhere (rather than grouping it with other pieces). Large wall art tends to be more expensive due to the larger dimensions.

Size: Large art is typically 33 to 42 inches in size, whether in length or width.

What it’s good for: Large art is perfect for making a stand-alone statement. Anywhere a large piece of art is hung becomes a focal point!

Where to hang large art: You might see a large art piece hung over a fireplace, bed, or sofa, or on a large wall in a dining room or entryway.

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Extra Large Art

Extra large art makes for a bold impact in your room! If you’re a fan of modern art, this is the scale you’ll find for a lot of original pieces. The idea is to almost overwhelm the viewer and create a striking impact.

Size: Extra large art is pieces that are 43 inches or larger in length or width.

What it’s good for: Extra large art is perfect for creating a dramatic focal point. It’s also a great size for custom art that you really want to show off!

Where to hang extra large art: Pieces of this magnitude usually hang alone on a wall, in a space with tall ceilings or lots of space like a foyer, stairwell, or large fireplace wall.

 

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Consideration #2: Shape and Orientation

Why think about shape and orientation when choosing wall art? Well, the configuration you choose will largely be based on the wall space you want to fill, and different shapes and orientations are better for different spaces.

In this section, we’ll unpack the four basic shapes and orientations of wall art.

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Square Art

Ok, we probably all know the math on this one—but for posterity’s sake we’ll spell it out: square art is pieces that are the exact same height and width. Because of the symmetrical nature of this shape, square art is very versatile and will look good in most spaces.

A square shape is best for… 

Smaller art, as stand-alone pieces or within a gallery wall. (Large square pieces can be difficult to fit on specific walls—though, that’s not always the case, as the room design above proves!)

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Landscape Rectangle Art

A piece of wall art that’s a landscape rectangle shape has a horizontal orientation—meaning it’s wider than it is tall. This is the shape and orientation you’ll typically find for landscape paintings (hence the name).

A landscape orientation is best for… 

Hanging over longer pieces of furniture, like a sofa, credenza, or bed. This shape also works well for pieces hung above fireplace mantles, if the space tends towards the wider side.

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Portrait Rectangle Art

Wall art that has a portrait rectangle shape is taller than it is wide. This orientation takes its name from classical art that featured portraits of people.

A portrait orientation is best for… 

Rooms with tall ceilings, as the orientation will draw the eye up. It’s also great for art hung in entryways and hallways for more of a visual impact in these pass-through spaces.

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Freeform or Round Art

Freeform art, as the name suggests, has no real form. Rather, it boasts a more organic shape. Because of its curves and more organic nature, we’re also grouping round art pieces with this category. Freeform art can be a multitude of shapes and can be hung individually for more of a statement or in a grouping of organically shaped pieces like in the room above.

Freeform or round art is best for… 

Larger, open swaths of wall where you want to make a statement or in small, awkward spaces where fitting a standard piece of art could be a challenge.

Consideration #3: The Medium

An art piece’s medium is what the piece of art is made of and/or the method used to make the art. This is the biggest factor in choosing art, as it has the greatest effect on what the art looks like and the mood it creates. You’ll likely find you gravitate toward certain mediums more than others.

Below, we’re breaking down the most common art mediums, general pricing considerations, and what design styles they work well with!

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Oil and Acrylic Painting

This is the medium that many famous, iconic paintings are made with. (Think: da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, van Gogh’s Starry Night, and Monet’s Water Lilies.) Oil and acrylic paintings are perfect for creating a focal point due to their vibrant colors and ability to show incredible detail and beautiful brush stroke textures—so hang them where they will be seen, like in your living room, dining room, or bedroom.

General Price Point: These pieces tend to be more expensive due to the skill it takes to use this medium. This is especially true for one-of-a kind, original pieces. Love the look but not the price tag? You can find reproductions or digital prints that mimic the look and feel of a real painting but are much more affordable. (We’ll talk more about this later!)

Special Considerations: Be sure to position these paintings where they’re safe from UV rays and moisture, both of which can damage acrylic and oil paintings. So, no bathrooms, kitchens, or in front of large, sunny windows!

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Watercolor

Watercolor is a water-based paint that is applied to textured paper. Because of the way the water mixes with the paints, the colors featured in watercolor paintings are intrinsically less bold and more subdued. There’s less precision in watercolor paintings vs those made with oils or acrylics, giving this medium a more relaxed and casual vibe.

General Price Point: Watercolors are an easier paint to work with than oils or acrylics, so watercolor art is generally less expensive. However, as an original piece of art, This is a great option if you want an original work of art without the high price tag.

Special Considerations: These pieces are best hung in dry spaces like living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. That may seem strange, but watercolor paintings must be kept safe from moisture, as the paint can still bleed and smear if it gets wet.

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Photography

Photographic wall art is simply printed photos that were taken with a camera! Photos can be from a digital or film camera and come in either color or black and white. This medium can feel the most personal, as it features real life. Photography can commemorate or feature family members, life events, or travels. But it can also be professional shots of nature, people, objects, or events in history. This is a very versatile medium, and photography can go anywhere in a good frame—though photo prints will fade in direct sunlight, so be mindful of hanging photos in bright, sunny areas.

General Price Point: If you’re framing your own photos, this can be one of the most cost-effective ways to fill your walls with art. Professional photography will naturally be more expensive but still tends to be one of the more affordable mediums of original art.

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Printmaking

There are many different kinds of printing methods, which all create what are known as prints. Some of the popular methods include woodcuts, lithographs, engravings, etchings, and screen prints. As an art form, this is known as printmaking. This medium is not to be confused with digital art prints, which we’ll cover later.

General Price Point: The price point of these types of prints depends on the maker and if a work of art is mass-produced. Art prints are often produced in a larger batch, where one design can be printed infinite times once the original image template is created. However, some artists do limited runs or special-edition prints. So, they may only print 200 of a particular piece and never sell it again, making each print more rare and valuable. Ultimately, the number of prints available will contribute to the final cost. Regardless, prints tend to be more affordable than paintings, making them quality investments and a great way for a person to play around with their preferred art style.

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Drawings and Sketches

A drawing or sketch is another common form of original art, usually done on high-quality paper using materials like ink, graphite, or even pastels. This medium can be quite striking due to the monochrome coloring. Drawings and sketches make great accent pieces and art within gallery walls, as they tend to be created on smaller pieces of paper.

General Price Point: Similar to prints, drawings and sketches can be more affordable, since they typically take less time to create than paintings.

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Mixed Media and Collage

Art created from a multitude of different mediums is considered mixed-media or collage art. These pieces usually feature different paper cut-outs or found objects, grouped together into an artful arrangement. Because of the layering and mix of textures, we love the idea of hanging a collage somewhere where viewers can stand up close and get a good look at the intricate details.

General Price Point: The price point of a collage is completely dependent on the size of the piece, the artist creating it, and the materials used within the collage. Smaller colleges tend to be quite affordable.

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Digital Prints

All of the mediums above can be reproduced digitally for mass production and wider availability. Whereas an artist generally only makes one original painting, drawing, or collage, digital reproductions can be printed innumerable times. However, not all digital art is a reproduction of an original. These days, many artists only create digital artwork. Some modern artists start with a painting or drawing and digitally finish it, while others create artwork exclusively on their computer or tablet.

General Price Point: This is the most affordable way to build an art collection. While original artwork isn’t in the budget for many people, digital prints allow people to purchase art from specific artists or brands at a more approachable price point. You can get beautiful small and medium-sized prints for under $50.

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Textiles

Not all wall art is framable. Case in point: textile art. This medium uses plant-based or synthetic fibers that are woven into a decorative object. These pieces are traditionally woven by hand or on a loom and therefore have a handmade quality and uniqueness to them. Textile wall art—like woven wall baskets and tapestries—is a beautiful way to add color, texture, and patterns to your walls, plus introduce more freeform shapes to a room.

General Price Point: Handmade textile art tends to be around a medium price range because of the skill and time required to create each piece. However, today, some companies machine weave textile art, which makes it more affordable.

Consideration #4: The Subject Matter

A piece of art’s subject matter is simply what the piece portrays! This is another huge factor in determining which type of art you choose for your home. Do you like antique-inspired portraits of people? Abstract paintings? Drawings of animals? These are all different subject matters.

Below, we’re unpacking the most common subject matter categories and what styles they go best with!

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Landscapes

Landscape art showcases scenery from the world’s natural landscape. These pieces usually have a very serene vibe—nature tends to be quite relaxing and restorative, after all! The typical mediums for landscape art are paintings and photography, though you’ll definitely still see them in prints and drawings.

Everyone has a different idea of what types of landscapes speak to them and what they find most beautiful. So, consider choosing a landscape that depicts a place that is personal to you—something that reminds you of your favorite city, your childhood home, or a favorite vacation spot, perhaps?

Landscapes are a great choice for… 

Homes of almost all styles! However, they’re seen most often in rustic and traditional spaces. They’re also used widely in homes that practice feng shui design.

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Still Lifes

Still lifes (yes, that’s the plural form!) are a genre of art that depict a grouping of inanimate objects. A common motif for a still life is a table setting with food and tableware, flowers in a vase, or a bowl of fruit. Still lifes can be created in a variety of different mediums, and each one changes the look and feel of the still life. For example, an oil painting still life might feel super realistic and conjure up paintings you’ve seen in a classical museum, while a watercolor still life might feel more playful.

Still lifes are a great choice for… 

Traditional, rustic, and transitional styles. But if you have a different design style, you don’t have to miss out on this subject matter! Simply find one with a cute theme or humorous, playful slant—like a beachy still life for a coastal space or fast food and melted ice cream still lifes for an eclectic one!

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Abstract

Abstract (or non-objective) art is a style of art that became popular in the 1900s, especially post-World War II. This is a very modern style that doesn’t showcase any object or attempt to portray a visual reality. (In stark contrast with representational art, like still lifes or landscapes, which represent real life.) Rather, you’ll see shapes, colors, lines, and movements that are intended to be an expression that evokes a feeling or revelation. Ultimately, this style is all about exploring forms and colors.

Abstract pieces are a great choice for… 

Contemporary and modern styles. You’ll often see large-scale abstract art in these styles! Typically colorful and full of movement, abstract expressionist pieces work well in a high-energy space of the home like the dining room or even kitchen, making for show-stopping focal points in those spaces.

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Portraits and Figures

Portraits and figure drawings are art pieces featuring people, where the intention is to represent a specific human subject. As a result, they tend to be very expressive and personal. You’ll find portraits of people both famous and unknown (in photos, drawings, and paintings). Whether super literal or slightly more abstract, these pieces always focus on the human figure. Because of the personal nature of this type of art, portraits tend to be hung up in more intimate spaces, like bathrooms, home offices, and bedrooms. But a small or medium portrait would be a great addition to an eclectic gallery wall!

Portraits and figure art is a great choice for… 

Almost any style. Historically, you’d see formal portraits in very classic and traditional spaces. However, today portraits and figure drawings are created in modern, humorous, and even super minimal styles. So, this is really a subject matter that spans across styles.

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Animals

Animal art is wall art that features animals. Sometimes it’s literal, in a more landscape approach like the painting above. Other times you’ll see a stunning black and white photograph of a single animal that shows off its beauty and majesty. And sometimes you’ll see animal art featuring animals dressed up in human clothing and accessories. Animal art really runs the style gamut. However the animals are portrayed, these subjects add a whimsical and more casual feel to a home. They work great in living rooms and other casual living spaces where you want to add a little life.

Animal art is a great choice for… 

Rustic spaces and kids rooms. Animal art is typically more rustic in style, but animals are seen a lot in traditional and classic art too. But on the more playful end of the animal art spectrum, you’ll find a lot of pieces that bring a whimsical quality to a kid’s room.

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Botanicals

Botanical art features—you guessed it—botanicals! This can be anything from flowers (arranged or wild) to trees or plants. Similar to landscapes, botanical art has a very serene feel. Because flowers and plants are naturally colorful, botanical art is a great way to add color to any space.

Botanical art is a great choice for… 

Rustic, traditional, and classic spaces. Botanical art is most often rustic in style, but it can lean classic or modern, too, depending on the specific subject matter and medium used. These pieces can be used in virtually any room of the house, including bathrooms and kitchens.

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Maps and Posters

Not many of us use paper maps today as a form of navigation. We have phones, after all! However, in the past, printed maps helped people navigate during travels and exploration. Today, maps make for beautiful wall art when framed. You could hunt down a vintage map to give your space a more antique vibe. Or you can find a more modern interpretation that was never used as a literal map but is merely a nod to navigators from the past!

Maps and posters are a great choice for… 

Homes with an eclectic and collected worldly vibe. However, they can also look great in both traditional and modern spaces, depending on the style of the map.

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Architecture and Cityscapes

Architecture and cityscape wall art are pieces featuring buildings, cityscapes, and other architectural structures. This type of art is a great way to commemorate a favorite place you’ve visited or even the city you reside in. Often, they have a more graphic or vintage-inspired quality to them.

Architecture and cityscapes are a great choice for… 

Industrial and modern styles, as it’s a subject matter that’s a bit more utilitarian. Art like the pieces shown above can also be fun in a kid or teen bedroom!

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Reproductions

Reproductions are just reprints or remakes of original pieces that are typically well known. Reproduction pieces have been made of many famous works of art throughout history. This simply makes iconic pieces more accessible to more people, since the originals are typically in private collections or museums. A true reproduction will be in the same medium as the original (vs. a digital print of the original).

Reproductions are a great choice for… 

Classic and mid-century styles, since a lot of reproductions will be more classical or mod in style. This is also a great option for those who love a specific classical or iconic art piece or who have a passion for certain historic artists.

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Other Considerations When Choosing Art

Your Budget

When starting or adding to your art collection, it’s important to determine how much you want to spend on art, first and foremost. Art, especially original pieces, can be quite expensive! But it’s also a great investment that you’ll have for years to come.

Replicas vs Original Works

We’ve already touched on this—but original works of art are one-of-a-kind, so you’ll get something way more unique than you could find at a big-box store or art retailer. But you will typically pay way more for it. Replicas and digital prints, on the other hand, are way more affordable. But these pieces are also more common, so they don’t hold their value in the same way as an original piece of art. What you choose simply depends on if price point or uniqueness is more important to you. There is no right or wrong answer here!

Color Scheme

Art and overall color scheme choices go hand-in-hand! Whether you opt for colors, black and white, or neutrals in your wall art drastically depends on the other colors in your space and the style you art you’re going for. You can revolve your whole design around a specific piece of art, or you can choose art as a finishing touch which reinforces the existing color scheme.

Frame Style

Frame styles can add another dimension to your art—so it’s important to carefully consider the color and style of your frame. A minimal wood frame will have a very different vibe from an ornate gold one!

Where You’ll Display Your Art

Where the art will be in your home is super important. This impacts the size and shape of art you choose. But you also have to consider the natural elements the art will endure in any given space, like heat, sunlight, and moisture. And, of course, you’ll want to think about how to hang your art. For large, heavy pieces, make sure you find a stud!

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20 Bohemian Bedroom Designs to Inspire Your Unique Bedroom Look

Bohemian style always makes for a great look in bedrooms. It’s colorful and fun, and it has an eclectic mix of decor, so it never feels boring. This also means it’s easy to personalize your bohemian bedroom decor with pretty much anything you love, be it bold patterns, bright bedding or your favorite artwork. Still, it’s a look that treads that fine line between collected and chaotic, so getting your bohemian bedroom design just right can be tricky.

To help you find the perfect balance, we’ve rounded up 20 boho bedroom ideas that bring this style to life in unique ways. Keep reading to get our tips!

Not sure if bohemian style is for you? Before you rule it out, get to know what is boho design to see if there are elements that work for you. Or get inspired with our bedroom design ideas!

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1. Classic Boho

If you love the curated and collected boho look, try this worldly approach to bohemian bedroom decor. It’s equal parts eclectic, funky, and colorful with a mix of unique pieces that all tell a story.

How To Make It Work: Opt for different bold colors that mesh well and tie your room together, like the rug, pouf, pillows, and artwork here. Remember, boho is not about being matchy-matchy, so it looks best when there are lots of different elements mixed together.

It’s perfect for… someone who isn’t afraid to mix and match and loves the idea of a bedroom that looks as if each piece was gathered over time from many places.

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2. Boho Chic

You can never go wrong with a boho chic bedroom, which mixes furniture and decor with a global feel, glam finishes, like velvet, brass, and metallics, and bold doses of jewel tones.

How To Make It Work: Go for highly saturated colors in big ways, such as with wallpaper or paint, to create a bold and glam backdrop. Then balance it out with natural textures and sculptural designs that bring in a boho vibe. Here, the cane headboard contrasts with the wallpaper and keeps the room from feeling too over-the-top.

It’s perfect if you… are a fan of bright colors and patterns and love a boho bedroom that makes a statement.

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3. Eclectic Boho

For a more unexpected boho bedroom, consider this a layered look that puts emphasis on shapes, forms, and varying design styles. It all adds up to a space that’s eclectic yet elevated.

How To Make It Work: Focus on a more tailored mix of bohemian bedroom decor and modern pieces (the kilim rug and wood side table with the four-poster bed and Danish-style armchair). Make sure to also work in a range of materials (natural fibers and industrial metals). You can then easily unify all these elements with one overarching color, like the bold green walls here.

It’s perfect if you… love Kelly Wearstler’s designs and are aiming for a boho bedroom that’s a tad more formal and elegant.

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4. Boho With Pastels

Take a cue from this softer, feminine approach to bohemian style. Rather than layering colors and details, this bedroom look puts the spotlight on bold furniture pieces with a boho vibe.

How To Make It Work: Start with a few statement boho pieces, like the rattan bed, light-color patterned rug, and campaign chest in this room. Be sure to keep the restrained color palette consistent throughout all your furniture and accents. This will help bring focus to the bed as the boho centerpiece in your room.

It’s perfect if you… want to tiptoe into the boho look, or if you’re after a space you can easily transition into another style eventually. Just replace your boho-style bed!

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5. Global Boho

Think of this as the boho chic bedroom with more global touches and fewer glam moments. While the color scheme is bold, it’s the boho patterns and natural textures that truly shine.

How To Make It Work: Mix together global touches, eclectic patterns, tried-and-true bohemian bedroom decor. Think a rattan bed, woven wall art, a handmade tapestry, and boho chandelier. Play up natural textures and greenery to balance out the rich colors and bring in a casual vibe.

It’s perfect if you… love a bold bedroom look and lots of layers, textures, and tactile details.

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6. Boho With Jewel Tones

Jewel tones are always perfect in a boho chic bedroom. The color scheme is a great backdrop for a bohemian design look that’s big on modern furniture, eclectic art, and lots of textures.

How To Make It Work: Balance bold jewel tones with neutral boho furniture, like a white pouf, woven baskets, and a natural-wood tone canopy bed. For colorful touches, try a simple but eclectic gallery wall to add personality along with layers of bright pillows, bedding and patterned rug to play up a global look. Don’t be afraid of patterns—try mixing up different motifs!

It’s perfect if you… love a layered and collected look that’s curated yet casual and colorful without feeling overwhelming.

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7. Boho In Neutral

Equal parts zen and minimal, this serene boho bedroom offers a soft take on the normally bright and bold style. keeps to simple patterns, streamlined designs, and few decor and accent pieces.

How To Make It Work: With neutral bohemian bedroom decor, embrace rich textures and pieces made with natural materials. They’re key to adding comfort and depth in a neutral bedroom. If you need a pop of color, add plants and a soft-hued pillow. And lastly, only display your favorite objects to keep decor at a minimum. Our bedroom checklist can help you get started on what’s absolutely essential.

It’s perfect if you… are someone who loves boho design but isn’t big on color.

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8. Farmhouse Boho

One of our most popular Modsy looks is a rustic boho bedroom. It’s easy to see why given it’s stylish mix of rustic elements, bohemian decor touches, and chic textures and details.

How To Make It Work: The farmhouse boho look is rooted in weathered furnishings, boho accents, and relaxed textiles. A carved headboard adds instant eclectic flair, and linen bedding, woven accents, and macrame elements round out the boho feel. Just keep to a high-contrast color scheme, with a bold wall paint color or different tonal accents.

It’s perfect if you… want a bedroom that has a comfy, rustic vibe but still has a touch of drama.

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9. Scandi Meets Boho

Give any boho bedroom look a Danish-inspired spin with mid-century style furnishings in neutral colors, which will create a perfectly curated and pared-down look.

How To Make It Work: Be purposeful with the pieces you bring into your bedroom. Start with a mid century-style nightstands, a clean-lined headboard, and a curated bohemian bedroom decor, like rattan lighting, pom-pom pillows, and small plants.

It’s perfect if you… have a preference for Scandinavian minimalism and Danish mid-century design, or if you love the idea of a bold boho look that doesn’t rely on lots of colors and patterns.

 

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10. 70s Boho Glam

It’s a perfect blend of true ’70s bohemian style with colorful notes of glamour, especially in the textiles. Expect jewel tones and earthy undertones, all working harmoniously together.

How To Make It Work: Similar to the boho chic bedroom, bright textiles and accents are at the heart of this look, whether it’s a mustard bedspread, a turquoise chair, or a patterned rug with warm reds and pinks. Pair these accents with bold patterns and sculptural furniture, like a rattan bed and a beaded chandelier, which will add visual appeal without taking away from the textiles.

It’s perfect if you… want a bedroom with a retro vibe but still feels fashionably chic and eclectic.

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11. Boho Meets Minimal

For an edited approach, try this boho bedroom with a minimalist, pared down look. It combines a pared-down palette with light decorating around distinct bohemian bedroom decor.

How To Make It Work: With a minimalist boho design, your bed will be the main star of your space. Choose one with a sculptural headboard design. Anchor your with an oversize ottoman at the end for an extra statement piece, then keep your other furnishings light and minimal. Ground it all with a patterned rug and opt for neutral accents to keep an airy feel.

It’s perfect if you… love a boho look that’s not overwhelming with lots of colors, patterns, and accents.

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12. Earthy Boho

Think rustic finishes and colors, boho decor and styling. Those are the foundation for an earthy boho bedroom, which is a comfy mix of relaxed furnishings, rich textures, and artisanal accents.

How To Make It Work: Start with an earth-tone color palette, which works with both rustic and bohemian design styles. Bring in foundational rustic furniture, like a natural wood bed, carved wood nightstands, and a woven pouf. Balance them out with boho accessories, like nature art, hide rugs, and pops of greenery. It all adds up to a down-to-earth look that’s cozy and chic.

It’s perfect if you… are all about rustic design but also have a soft spot for boho decor with pretty details and charming motifs.

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13. Tropical Boho

Mixing island design, resort style, and ’80s motifs, the tropical boho look is at once relaxed and glamorous. It’s bohemian style with a soft, feminine palette mixed with elegant vintage finds.

How To Make It Work: Lean into bold bohemian bedroom decor and vintage designs, like a sculptural rattan bed, a palm frond chandelier, and materials like gold leaf, brass, acrylic, and marble. Keep to lighter, pastel hues, such as rose pink and mint green, which are colors that play up tropical and boho vibes. Round everything out with iconic patterns, like palm leaf pillows and vintage kilim motifs.

It’s perfect if you… are after a boho look that’s casual yet sophisticated. (And if Blanche Deveraux is your style icon.)

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14. Beachy Boho

A coastal meets boho blend that never gets old, you can play up this beachy look in any bedroom with a blue and white palette, woven furnishings, and crisp white linens and pillows.

How To Make It Work: Set a coastal foundation with classic beachy furnishings, like a whitewashed seagrass nightstand, a woven bed, light bedding, and blue-and-white art. Balance those out with a few boho patterns, such as an ikat rug, beaded chandelier, and a block-printed pillow. Together, your coastal and bohemian bedroom decor will ground the room with a casual, beach-house vibe.

It’s perfect if you… like coastal preppy style but want it to feel a bit more charming and cool.

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15. Mid-Century Modern Boho

Mid-century pieces and bohemian decor together provide endless design possibilities in the bedroom. You can play up a colorful look or pare it down, so it feels more curated. It’s up to you!

How To Make It Work: The best part about this design mix is that it can work with any mid-century furniture for the base, from Danish dressers to a tapered-leg walnut bench. The clean-lined forms of mid-century designs are perfect for layering, so go for bohemian bedroom decor, such as patterned pillows and art, a bold rug, and lots of greenery and artisanal objects.

It’s perfect if you… like the simplicity of mid-century furniture but also want your bedroom to feel cozy, bright, and inviting.

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16. Traditional with a Boho Flair

If you didn’t think a refined boho bedroom can be done, it can! Traditional furniture and decor mixed with bohemian decor results in a boho look that’s formal and elevated but still full of flair.

How To Make It Work: Keep the wall decor, small accessories and bedding boho. Because traditional furniture have a distinct presence, they’re best balanced through contrast versus more matchy matchy pieces. Try mixing dark wood furnishings ornate details, a cascading chandelier, modern nature-inspired art, even a few antiques, and other eclectic boho accents.

It’s perfect if you… collect antiques or heirloom pieces that are tricky to style into your bedroom, or if you love a boho look that’s still sophisticated.

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17. Contempo Boho

Streamlined furniture with contemporary forms are the centerpieces to this boho bedroom look. Think no frills, minimal styling, and boho textiles in bright hues for finishing touches.

How To Make It Work: Sleek furniture can always be layered with bohemian bedroom decor that are richly textured, such as a natural-fiber rug, fringed pillows, tapestries, and wall hangings. Round them out with sculptural pieces, like a woven lighting and a leather stool for added pops of shape and texture that blend seamlessly.

It’s perfect if you… live in a small space or a modern home where clean-lined furniture and eclectic boho elements provide contrast and go a long way to liven up rooms.

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18. Minimal and Lush Boho

A simple and classic boho look, this pares down the style to its key decor elements—furniture made with natural materials, colorful patterned pillows, lots of greenery, and fun textural rugs.

How To Make It Work: It’s all about keeping to a blend of classic bohemian bedroom decor here. Anchor your space with global-inspired pieces to start, like a rattan daybed, then surround it with natural elements that nod to it’s organic appeal—lush plants, outdoor art, floral pillows, and a soft sheepskin rug. It all adds the perfect balance of airy, casual, and laid-back boho style.

It’s perfect if you… want to play up a classic boho look without lots of bells and whistles, or if you’re working with a small space.

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19. Just Peachy Boho

For a light tropical boho bedroom look, try working in a welcoming palette of pastel pinks, corals, and peachy hues! Mix it all with accents in brass and natural fibers.

How To Make It Work: With a peach color scheme, textured details and global-inspired patterns can instantly set apart the space. Try adding bohemian decor with organic appeal, like pillows with tassels, a vintage patterned rug, woven baskets and planters, and a statement bed with a sculptural design.

It’s perfect if you… love a warm and youthful look or a space that feels playful and casual but still style-forward.

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20. Collected Global Boho

Think of this style as a boho chic bedroom with a worldly approach to curated furniture and global textiles. It all adds up to a laid-back, casual space that’s no frills but luxuriously layered.

How To Make It Work: Set a versatile foundation in your space with neutral bohemian bedroom decor, like a carved wood bed, a natural fiber rug, and a leather bench. Then layer in lush textures and an array of warm colors, such as yellow, reds, and pinks, which will make for vibrant pops that also usher in an inviting and cozy feel.

It’s perfect if you… like keeping to a pure boho look that’s equal parts bold, relaxed, and modern but versatile enough that you can change it up whenever you need to.

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Our Modsy Story: Using Online Design to Find the Perfect Layout in Our Home

 

Homeowners: Isaac and Steph

Spaces: Living Room and Guest Room/Office

Our Style: Rustic Warmth

The Design Dilemma

When Isaac and Steph moved into their house together, they were excited to enter into a new phase of life and a home where they could build new memories together. But they quickly discovered that their recently combined furniture and decor didn’t add up to a cohesive design that reflected the harmony they felt as a couple.  In particular, they struggled on deciding what furniture should go in which room.

“Our living room and guest room were just tragic,” says Isaac. “We knew we wanted one room to have a work area but couldn’t decide which of the two rooms should have our desk in it.”

“We tried putting it in the living room, but our desire to make the space multifunctional had forced items into the room without a plan for integrating them into the rest of the space,” Isaac explained. “Both rooms felt ill-conceived and jumbled with a random hodgepodge of furniture and decor and no overarching vision.”

 

The Modsy Moment

Feeling frustrated by not knowing how to design their two rooms, the couple turned to Modsy for some expert guidance. Working with an interior designer helped them determine the right layout for each space, and seeing each room in 3D helped them finally decide which room would be the best spot for their at-home work area.

“The combination of working with a designer and seeing a 3D version of our room was great,” says Isaac. “We could discuss our ideas with our designer, get her expert opinion, and then see each concept professionally executed in our design. Knowing that she was there guiding us through our design decision reassured us both that we wouldn’t make any big mistakes. It was a total game-changer for us!”

The Real Results

Now that the designs for both rooms are complete, the couple is blown away by how easily each space came together once they decided to try online design.

“We thought we had such a difficult-to-design living room and guest room—until we saw each room in Modsy 3D!” Isaac says. Using online design changed their perspective on their space and future interior design projects. “Instead of seeing obstacles when it comes to design, we now know we have access to a design expert. We love that our designers’ great ideas, combined with the amazing 3D technology, can show us exactly how those ideas can be executed in our home!”

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8 Dorm Room Layout Ideas for Single, Double, and Triple Dorms

For many college students, it has been a year of navigating non-stop changes and learning how to learn at home with family members around. Now finally, they can slowly and safely head back on to their university campuses. And for many students, that also means returning to college dorm life, where they’ll be sharing rooms with friends and classmates.

As much as dorm living is a rite of passage, so is decorating a dorm room. It’s about finding a dorm room layout that works for everyone in a small space. While most dorms come with the usual suspects of college furnishings (desk, twin XL bed, dresser, and a bookcase or dresser), there are endless ways to personalize and arrange the space so that it’s comfy to live, relax, study, and sleep in.

For some inspiration and guidance, in this special edition of our Layout Guides series, we’re breaking down the best dorm room layout ideas that do it all while making the most of a compact shared space with roommates. Read on to get our tips for designing a stylish and functional college dorm room for one, two, and three people.

Can’t decide on your dorm room furniture? Check out our roundup of dorm room decor ideas. Also see our studio apartment layout ideas for the best small-space tricks, along with our design tips for small apartments for more inspiration.

Single Dorm Room Layouts

If you manage to score a dorm room all to yourself, lucky you! While it’s all yours, these rooms are usually smaller so it’s just as important to maximize the space. Here are two layouts ideas to do just that!

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Single Layout #1: Classic Dorm Room For One

This typical college dorm room layout divides the space into two optimized sides: One with the bed and the other with a desk and dresser for function. It’s a setup that allows for maximum floor space while still leaving room for underbed storage and a nightstand that provides extra room for essentials.

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The Key Decor Elements

  • Storage boxes and lidded containers that can be neatly stowed away underbed is essential since you can’t hang or add any additional bookshelves.
  • A fuzzy rug is great for bringing in a touch of color, texture, and comfort. It will also help unify the separate sleep and work areas.
  • Draperies are often overlooked in college dorms, so hang some up yourself to add privacy and control the amount of daylight you get in the space—especially after those all-nighters!
  • For a single dorm room, personal touches, like plants and artwork you love, can make it feel more like your own studio apartment.

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Single Layout #2: A Live-Work Dorm Room for One

For a college dorm room with a slightly more grown-up feel, consider this layout, which has double the floor space and incorporates a small living corner. The lofted bed opens up the space in two ways: It allows for a desk and “study zone” to be created underneath the bed; and it frees up the rest of the room, making it possible to add a small seating area.

The Key Decor Elements

  • A lofted bed definitely has its pros and cons, but in a dorm room, it’s definitely worth the climb into bed every night if it means more overall space. Place it in a corner (versus floating it) to make your sleep space feel cozier up top.
  • Consider a sleeper loveseat instead of a sofa. It will come in handy when friends from study groups need to sleep over during midterms and finals.
  • Round out your seating area with moveable pieces: A small pouf, floor cushions, and a low table. They’ll complete the corner as a place for relaxing, studying, and hanging out.
  • Decorate your walls with art, garlands, and other hanging decor that reflect your personal style.

Double Dorm Room Layouts

These are the most common dorm room configurations. A dorm room for two people means double the furniture with almost the same space as a single room. Depending on how you and your roomy plan to use the space, here are some stylish and practical layouts to choose from.

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Double Layout #1: A Symmetrical Dorm Room Setup

The most popular (and practical) layout, this is the standard university dorm room for two people. It’s the perfect layout for dividing a space up evenly, so both roommates have their own sleep and work areas.

The Key Decor Elements

  • A patterned rug that extends across both beds not only adds comfort but it also helps define the sleep zone from the rest of the room.
  • Layering in luxurious accents, like a pouf and a cowhide rug can help make the space feel less like a college dorm room and more like a studio apartment.
  • Make existing furniture do double-duty, such as using a dresser for a shared nightstand between the beds and footing the beds with the desks to maximize space.
  • From paintings to colorful pillows, balance out the cookie-cutter college dorm room setup with small personal touches from each roommate to make it feel more homey.

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Double Layout #2: A Zoned Dorm Room For Two

For a more focused dorm room setup for two, try this layout that sections off each side of the room for a purpose. A bunk bed along one wall delineates the sleep zone, desks against the window serve as the study and work area, and the dressers lining another wall function as both storage and a display area. The result is a room with good flow that also still has lots of space.

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The Key Decor Elements

  • If provided the option by your college, a bunk bed can be a great space-saver that lets you and the roomie add a lounge corner dressing area, or a bookcase.A floor mirror can change the look in a dorm room instantly and give you a changing zone. Choose one with an eye-catching frame or design to offset the dormitory furniture.
  • Two dressers placed side-by-side makes for practical clothing storage while also providing a wide surface that’s perfect for all those college textbooks or setting up a TV.
  • An easy way to set apart each roomie’s space is to bring in distinctive pieces to your respective spaces, like different table lamps that reflect their respective styles.

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Double Layout #3: A Study-Optimized Shared Space

This approach is similar to the typical college dorm room layout for two, except this has lofted beds that provide more floor space. Now each roommate has a dedicated study nook under their beds, which they can use for storage or lounging—it’s up to them! This layout also makes the most use of every wall and corner, and every piece of furniture fits neatly into a spot while serving a function.

The Key Decor Elements

  • The lofted beds are arranged to face opposite directions, which helps to differentiate the two sides of the room. This setup brings a bit of visual interest to the layout.
  • A rattan hanging chair can make for a statement piece that introduces a new focus to the standard dorm room setup and it will also help even out all the wood furniture.
  • A pair of poufs and two layered rugs offer both visual balance and added comfort to both sides of the room. They ground the room and draw the eye to the center.
  • The nearly facing dressers at the end of the beds lets each roommate have their own storage area that can also double as a changing corner with two floor mirrors.

 

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Triple Dorm Room Layouts

For most university dorm arrangements, three is usually the max number of people in one room. It’s also the tightest use of space, so you have to really be considerate with your layout and furniture arrangements. Here are three layouts to help you set-up a three-person dorm room!

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Triple Dorm Layout #1: A Highly Personalized Setup

For the most space-saving approach, this lofted bed approach gives everyone their own study, storage, and sleep space. The lofted beds are placed in three corners of the room, freeing up the entire room for use. Here, the open space is turned into a seating area for everyone—or you float the sofa and set up a TV against the wall for a full entertainment area.

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The Key Decor Elements

  • With all the open floor space, there’s plenty of room to add in an extra storage cabinet or armoire where the sofa is to hold college sports equipment, laundry detergent for all, and other living supplies.
  • There’s lots of room between beds, which is perfect for adding a bookcase or, in this case, a cabinet with a coffee bar that makes for a mini kitchen counter.
  • The common area helps define the entire room, with the rug, futon sofa, and poufs being the central focus. This makes for an easy flow both visually and physically.

Triple Dorm Layout #2: A Sectioned Sleep-Work Space

This dorm room layout is all about smart division of space. The bunk bed functions as a room divider that also separates different desks and study areas. Similarly the single bed is separated from the entrance by the desk being used as a divider. This configuration also allows for the common seating area to get tucked away into a corner for a cozy hangout spot.

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The Key Decor Elements 

  • The mix of a single bed and a bunk bed means it’s actually trickier to make the space work. Using them as anchors along walls and as room dividers is the best way to make the most of these functional pieces in a room for three.
  • Make each dresser surface work, as a catchall, as a display area, and even as a coffee bar. It will make their freestanding arrangement feel less random and more purposeful.
  • With the space divided up into many zones, each area offers more privacy for each person, even the common area, where the futon can easily flip into a bed for friends!

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Triple Dorm Layout #3: A Free-Flow Arrangement

This one breaks out of the standard college dorm room the most. With a layout that feels more aesthetically and spatially balanced, this configuration has a more open concept living space vibe to it. Still, it does factor in all the college needs, with a stylish work area, a tucked away seating corner, and smartly positioned beds for comfortable TV watching.


The Key Decor Elements

  • The double desks flanking a dresser with the coffee bar is an efficient use of wall space that also creates a productive and functional office area.
  • With two lofted beds, a tall floor lamp, large painting, and other wall decor will help even out the focus of the room, drawing the eye up. It also balances out the height of the TV on top of a tall dresser.
  • More like the living room in a home shared by three good friends, the shared use of all the furniture, from the dressers to the desks, and the sofa, makes this a great layout for best friends or people who want to invest in a slightly more grown-up dorm room setup.

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Best Home Organization Hacks According To Designers

Organization is essential to a comfortable home. While we’re not saying we all need to commit to the life-changing magic of tidying up, there’s no denying the calming feeling of a well-organized home with little to no clutter in sight.

Good home organization can feel like a daunting task. We’ve all been there: Closets never seem to stay neat; there are too many books, paper, and mail in random places; there’s ‘stuff’ that doesn’t fit inside any storage pieces. Yep, we’ve alllll been there.

So for guidance, we polled our designers for their organizing tips for every room in the home. Keep reading for some of their favorite home organization hacks.

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But first… Why is organizing your home important?

It comes down to functionality. The truth is, home organization can often feel like a huge undertaking, no matter how small the task. But the truth is, a little tidying up and organizing in the home goes a long way to make your space more functional. And more functionality means less time looking for things and sorting through piles and drawers, which leads to less stress.

It makes you more relaxed. Speaking of less stress… it’s easy to see how visual clutter and a disorganized home can be stressful. Psychologically, when we’re looking at more “things” (say a messy desk or an overflowing pantry) there’s more for our brains to digest. This can lead to a “cognitive load” which can cause mental stress (think the mental health equivalent of having too many tabs open on your computer). So in turn, staying organized and keeping rooms looking neat can have major positive effects on our stress levels!

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It saves you time AND money. Having well-organized spaces not only saves you time when looking for things, it can also help you save on unnecessary (and accidental) spendings. If you’re like us, you’ve probably gone to the grocery store for pasta only to come home and find that there were unopened boxes hidden in the kitchen pantry. Whether that’s happened to you or not, a bit of organizing can help you take stock of what you have at any given time and not buy things you don’t need.

We know that can feel like a lot, but we’re here to help! Organizing your home doesn’t have to feel like a chore once you find a system that works for you and is easy to keep going. Get started with some of our designers’ best home organization hacks and smart organizing tips below.

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Home Organization for Your Entryway

The foyer is the first stop in the home, so it should make a tidy impression that sets the tone for the rest of your space. Try these easy home organization hacks that our designers swear by. Need more help? Check out more entryway design tips.

  • Create a drop zone. Make it a breeze to move in and out through your entry with easy-to-maintain storage pieces. The goal is to have a place where you can quickly grab keys, sunglasses or pet leashes as well as set down a jacket or bag.
  • A console as a catchall. One that’s narrow with drawers is great for keys and everyday items you can grab on the go. It’s also a good place for a system of bowls and trays to sort mail to minimize paper clutter slipping into the home.
  • Designate some shoe storage. Whether it’s a storage bench, shoe bin or a lined mat, they will help keep dirty pairs from getting into other rooms. If you have kids, try adding a bookcase with cubbies labeled for each child’s shoes and backpacks.
  • Go all out on wall hooks. A hanging coat rack, open shelving, and key hooks always make for stylish organization in an entry, especially if you’re pressed for space!

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Home Organization for Your Bedroom

Clutter in the bedroom can disrupt your daily well-being. After all, it’s where you rest and start and end each day. These organizing tips will keep it feeling calm rather than chaotic.

  • Streamline your nightstand. Organize your bedside table with essentials that don’t include technology, like a book for bedtime and a tray filled with a carafe of water and a dish for rings and jewelry. A nightstand with a drawer is a good place to tuck away your phone each night so that you can truly rest.
  • Better looking clothing storage. Organized clothing storage changes the whole mood in a bedroom. Whether you store your clothing in a walk-in closet or a dresser, make it a point to give everything a home. Try rolling clothing and putting them in drawers or containers for the closet, and keep seasonal pieces in underbed storage bins. This will minimize your closet and dresser clutter.
  • Add closet door storage. One of our designers’ favorite home organization hacks is hanging a shoe holder on the back of closet doors. Besides shoes, it’s also perfect for scarves, makeup, and anything that doesn’t have a place.
  • Away with your hamper. Put your dirty laundry hamper in a corner that’s easy to access—or even better, your closet. No one (not even you) wants to see your dirty laundry, and your bedroom will thank you for it.

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Home Organization for You Home Office

With WFH becoming the norm, an organized home office is key. Here are a few home organization hacks for a more inspiring and productive workspace.

  • Add a pegboard. It’s the perfect mood board and tool board rolled into one. Use it to put up notes, postcards, inspiration photos, and even hang stationery that you can mix and move around as needed.
  • Hack a bar cart. Sure, you use a bar cart in the office like an actual bar a la Don Draper from Mad Men, but you can also use it as storage for office supplies, papers, books, and even a printer. Think of it as a chic office caddy that corrals everything in your space neatly and stylishly.
  • Your desk should have storage. It’s a must. A practical desk is always the way to go, meaning drawers for papers, files, and extra pencils and pens. If you don’t need a monitor, try adding small bowls for binder clips or vases and thrifted mugs for pens on your desk surface.

 

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Home Organization for a Clutter-Free Kitchen

Nothing says a welcoming home like a tidy kitchen where people feel invited to gather around. You can instantly bring that vibe home with these simple storage and organizing tips.

  • Get your spices in order. Displaying cooking spices is stylish as long as they’re neatly organized on your counter, in a tiered rack, or on a round spicer holder. Or take it one step further and organize them in alphabetical order—so you can find that paprika in a pinch!
  • Do pantry bins. Stack and line up clear containers for pasta, flour, sugar, and other food ingredients are a great way to streamline the look in your cabinets. Use low bins and holders to keep things easily accessible and visible. Knowing that everything has a place is 90% of great kitchen organization systems.
  • Line those cabinets and drawers. The easiest of any home organization hacks is dividing up your kitchen drawers with utensil containers or even just cardboard boxes that keep everything in place.

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Home Organization for a Pristine Bathroom

A clean and beautifully organized bathroom has a way of soothing the mind and our senses. And it all starts with keeping things neat with these easy organizing tips.

  • Make towels look luxurious. One of the simplest and chicest home organization hacks is to roll your towels up and put them in a basket on the floor in your bathroom. No matter your space, it instantly adds a spa-like feeling to your bath. Bonus hack: You can continue the spa theme by putting small items like cotton balls and q-tips in jars on the counter to keep things visible yet clutter free.
  • Organize the medicine cabinet. Use small clear bins labeled with what’s inside each one and line them up in your medicine cabinet. If you have a small cabinet, skip the containers and arrange items in categories row by row—aka. Skincare products on the bottom, medicine at the top, etc. It will help keep your daily routines a breeze.
  • Hook it up. Wall hooks are essentials in a bath. They’re perfect for towels and robes that you use every day. Plus, they come in a wide range of styles and designs, so you’re sure to find ones that match your space.

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Home Organization for Your Living Room

It’s the busiest space in the home and the one most prone to mess and clutter. Which means having clever storage pieces and systems are key. Consider these foolproof organizing tips.

  • Contain your electronics. Keep TV remotes on trays, extra phone chargers and cords in pretty boxes, and (if you can) hide modems and routers inside your media stand or sideboard. Fewer tangled wires are one of the most common visual clutters in homes!
  • Bring in sneaky storage. As far as home organization hacks go, it doesn’t get simpler than furniture with hidden storage for anything and everything. Keep extra blankets folded and away in a storage coffee table or stow away board games inside a storage bench. Take a look at our home furniture checklist for more essential storage pieces.
  • Tray up the small things. Use trays with abandon to organize all the pretty things you keep on your coffee table and consoles, like candles, vases, books, and favorite objects. This helps make everything look curated and not cluttered.

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Home Organization for Your Electronics

Wires, cords, and bulky electronics are a hassle to store and make look neat in any room. To keep them within reach but out of sight, try these home organization hacks for electronics.

  • Go with storage bins. For all the different wires, headphones, and cords you don’t use everyday, either toss them or store them coiled up and labeled in a bin. There are usually more cords than we think, so take the time to sort through them. Bonus hack: If you have a free drawer to spare, embrace the cord drawer and store all your bins in there.
  • Basket your media. For all your bulky electronics like your TV system, try storing them in a basket near your sofa or coffee table. If you have game consoles and speakers, conceal them behind cabinet doors or stash them away when they’re not being used.

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