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Style Spotlight: 9 Easy Ways To Nail The Rustic Warmth Look

rustic styleDo you love the look of spaces with a rustic style paired with trendy touches? Would you count Chris Loves Julia among your favorite home design blogs? And do you still have a soft spot in your heart for shiplap, along with everything else Chip and Joanna Gaines style? If so, your style might be what Modsy calls Rustic Warmth.

Rustic Warmth is our second most popular style at Modsy (right behind its more modern and minimal counterpart, Mod Visionary). Our take on a rustic style starts with a foundation of comfortable furnishings to create a warm and inviting space. Then, we say tweak your accessories to make the style yours. Some people lean more industrial, while others prefer modern. Sometimes rustic can be cozy, and other times it can push more trendy.

Here, we’ve pulled together some spaces that showcase our 2018 take on the Rustic Warmth style. Get inspired by these rustic spaces and pick up ideas for bringing a cozy, rustic style into your own home. Not sure what your style is? Take our Modsy Style Quiz to find out.

rustic style1. Mix Rustic & Modern

Rustic furnishings are more versatile than you think, meaning they work great with a range of different design styles. Try mixing a chesterfield sofa with updated armchairs and a contemporary natural fiber rug for a totally welcoming rustic style living room.

rustic style2. Mix Rustic & Industrial

Similarly, rustic furnishings can work great with industrial pieces. Try pairing yours with a steamer trunk, a stone-top carved table, or even a steel pendant. This combination results in a rustic-style living space that makes a statement but still feels inviting.

rustic style3. Make Rustic Kid and Pet-Friendly

A style that’s all about comfiness, the Rustic Warmth look is an easy style for kid- and pet-friendly homes. Swap the coffee table for a plush leather ottoman. Mix function and style by layering a cowhide over an indoor/outdoor rug. And throw in some fun accent pieces like cute baskets and kid’s chairs to make the space more family-friendly.

rustic style4. Make Rustic Feel Relaxed

You can’t go wrong combining rustic style with beachy vibes. Furnishings like a woven chair, a light-wood coffee table, and blue and white pillows are a surefire way to give any living space that relaxed-rustic, beach house look.

rustic style5. Try a Formal Rustic Look

You can also veer towards darker tones with rustic furnishings if you want a look that’s a tad more formal. The farmhouse-style bed mixed with black nightstands and an armoire, give this rustic style bedroom a more elevated atmosphere.

rustic style6. Try a Streamlined Rustic Look

Sometimes all you need are a few rough-hewn rustic touches to ground a space. It’s also the approach you want to take if you’re looking to mix in a few contemporary pieces. Here, the woven chair and basket and the wood-and-steel bookcase help to balance out the streamlined desk and rug for a charming yet cool work space.

rustic style7. Take a Bright Approach With Rustic

Most rustic furnishings come in natural and neutral shades – think back to the open leather armchairs, the woven poufs and sisal rugs, the gray and white pillows. Rustic furnishings go great with bold patterns and color. Not sure where to start? Try using blue and white with rustic pieces to brighten up a living space with rustic furnishings.

rustic style8. Take a Layered Approach With Rustic Style

Try layering different textures and materials to create a rustic look. Think cowhide rug and a jute rug, leather armchair and a carved wood-and-stone-table, a neutral sofa with pops of yellow. Mixing these different materials, colors, and elements will help create a warm rustic atmosphere in a room.

rustic style9. Go For Classic Rustic Warmth

If you’re looking to create that classic rustic style in your living room, pull in a mix of modern, industrial, and formal elements. This living room combines a modern rug and art, an industrial floor lamp, and a formal coffee table and armchair, which are all mixed together with a neutral sofa and a leather pouf. The result is a perfect cozy rustic living space that’s warm and inviting.

 

Not sure if that’s the style for you? Take our Modsy Style Quiz to discover your decor style.

Want to see your home outfitted in our Rustic Warmth look?

9 Easy Ways To Nail The Rustic Warmth Look

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Wall Art Ideas: 5 Creative Ways To Fill Blank Walls

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Blank walls are full of possibilities. It’s easy to dream up a million ways to fill them, but oftentimes it’s difficult to pick an idea that works for your style and your space.

To help, we rounded up 5 of our all time favorite wall art ideas to inspire you.

We rounded up 5 of our all-time favorite wall art ideas to inspire you and your home.

 

Over-Sized Wall Art Ideas

1. Opt for Over-Sized Wall Art

Large-scale paper wall murals are one of our favorite wall art ideas. They are easy to hang, easy to move, and easier on the wallet as they don’t require framing (which, when it comes to large wall art, can cost more than the art itself!).

Learn More: 5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Try the Over-Sized Wall Art Trend

 

Wall Art Ideas for the Bedroom2. See It Side-By-Side

Looking for wall art ideas for the bedroom? Try hanging two pendant pieces above your nightstands. This option works well if you have a tall headboard or if you crave a little negative space.

Learn More: 6 Over the Bed Decorating Ideas

 

Wall Art Ideas – Animal Portrait3. Add a Little Whimsy

Animal art doesn’t have to mean that horse poster you had in your bedroom growing up. A fun and approachable way to make your space feel unique, try adding an animal portrait to your home. This portrait of a highland cow named Gertrude is one of our current favorites.

Learn More: 7 Ways To Try The Animal Portrait Trend In Your Home

 

Wall Art Ideas for the Living Room

4. Crown Your Sofa

The best seat in the house, as far as your art is concerned, might be the blank wall above your sofa. Give this living room focal point the royal treatment by crowning it with something special. Be it a mirror, gallery wall, or a bold piece of art, it’s your space so make it something you love to look at daily!

Learn More: 3 Ideas for the Wall Above Your Sofa

 

Wall Art Ideas – Gallery Wall5. Try a Gallery Wall With a Twist

Who doesn’t love a good gallery wall? Rather than going with the standard grouping, try propping a few of your favorite pieces on a shelf above your sofa. This is a especially great if you like to switch up your artwork or move pieces around on the regular.

Learn More: 6 Fresh Takes on the Gallery Wall

 

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Rug Guide: Your Cheat Sheet to Natural Fiber Rugs

If you’ve ever tried to shop for an area rug, you know it can be a struggle. You want something that looks good but can also stand up to any pets, kids, and general foot-traffic (because let’s face it, not everyone is getting on board with your no-shoes household idea). One of our favorite interior design solutions? Natural fiber rugs.

There’s a reason natural-fiber rugs are popular in homes all over. These babies have long been designer favorites as they are the triple-threat of durable, affordable, and versatile. Additionally, they come in a range of styles, are a great way to add natural texture to your home, and they work in practically any type of room.

Read This Next: How to Arrange an Area Rug

Read on to learn why natural fiber rugs might be the stylish and functional answer to your area rug struggles.

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4 Reasons to Love Natural Fiber Rugs

1. Natural Fiber Rugs Are Durable

Like indoor-outdoor rugs, natural fiber rugs go the distance with extra durability and some types are even stain-repellant. Your high-traffic rooms have met their match.

2. Natural Fiber Rugs Can be more Affordable

If you’ve ever wondered why are rugs so expensive, you’ll be happy to learn that natural fiber rugs are some of the most affordable options on the market. No need to compromise on quality or size when shopping for natural fiber rugs. Unlike other rugs, you can find affordable, well-made options in even the largest of sizes.

Read This Next: How to Choose the Right Rug Size for Any Room

3. Natural Fiber Rugs are Highly Versatile

Natural fiber rugs make great neutral bases that can work with any style furniture. It’s perfect if you like bold furniture and decor or bright colors and patterns. And if you like to switch up your decor seasonally (or frequently!) then natural fiber rugs can be the ideal foundation for you to swap in new pillows and art, layer another rug on top, or add a punchy accent chair.

4. Natural Fiber Rugs are Great Kid- and Pet-Friendly Options

If you have younger children or pets at home, natural-fiber rugs are great choices. Especially because styles like seagrass are super durable and can stand up to lots of foot traffic and wear. Further, a lot of other rug options at lower price-points are treated with chemical dyes and contain VOCs that can be potentially toxic. If your little one is an avid crawler, natural fiber rugs are a great way to go!

Different Types of Natural Fiber Rugs

You might be wondering which type of natural fiber rug is the softest? Do natural fiber rugs shed a lot? Which are better for high-traffic rooms? Read on for our breakdown of the most common types of natural fiber rugs and learn which is right for you and your home!

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Jute Rugs

If you want something that’s big on texture, softness and has a nice earthy look, jute rugs are a great option. Explore all our favorite jute rug design ideas!

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Jute Rug Pros

They have a lovely chunky texture that gives them a more substantial look and feel in your home. Jute is also super soft (a lot like wool), so these rugs are relatively soft underfoot! Made from the same fiber as burlap, jute has a natural brown color, but you can can also find options dyed in other colors.

Jute Rug Cons

They’re the softest out of all natural-fiber rugs, which also means they’re the least durable. Jute rugs also tend to shed when they’re brand new. Pro tip – skip the rolling brush when vacuuming your jute rug to help prevent excess shedding!

Jute Rugs are Best for… Medium- or low-traffic areas, like the bedroom, formal dining or living room, home office, or guest room.

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Sisal Rugs

Need a rug that’s tough to ruin? Sisal rugs are your best bet here. As a material, sisal is often what’s used for rope and twine, so you know it can stand up to some serious wear and tear.

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Sisal Rug Pros

They are super durable, making them great options for high-traffic areas. And, like jute, you can find sisal rugs in some stylish colors, like earth tones.

Sisal Rug Cons

The coarse fibers result in a tightly woven but rough texture that’s not as soft for your feet. Sisal is also an absorbent material, so be wary of stains, which can be hard to remove.

Sisal Rugs are Best for… High-traffic spaces, like the entry, hallway,  and family room (but beware of spills—and spaghetti sauce!).

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Seagrass Rugs

For something super durable, look no further than seagrass rugs. They’re have strength and are water-resistant, making them practically magic workers in any space.

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Seagrass Rug Pros

The fibers of seagrass are non-porous and naturally repel water, so these rugs are incredibly durable and stain-resistant. They are also particularly popular because of their soft fibers (which are kinder on your feet than those of sisal).

Seagrass Rug Cons

Since they’re non-absorbent, dyes don’t work well with seagrass so you’ll find limited color options. You’ll also often find options with a latex backing, which means seagrass rugs won’t be reversible.

Seagrass Rugs are Best for… Anywhere! But they’re great choices for kitchens and bathrooms in particular.

Convinced a natural fiber rug is for you?

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This post was updated on February 16, 2021

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My Modsy Story: Our Living Room Had 3 Major Problems – And We Solved Them All!

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This newlywed couple didn’t know where to begin with their awkward living room. Here’s how they found a plan they could both agree on.


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Homeowner: Ashley S, Computer Technician

Location: Waco, TX

Room: Awkward Living Room

Her Style: Modern Rustic

The Backstory

When a couple’s new awkward living room just didn’t work for either of them

My husband and I had just moved from Houston into our new home in Waco, Texas. He is a native Texan, and I’m from Miami – two very different places that sort of reflect our two very distinct styles! And while we both agree that we like a rustic style, my version of rustic is a bit less traditional. I tend to be drawn towards more clean lines and symmetry than you might typically associate with a “rustic” style.

When we moved in, I had every intention of repainting the grey walls in the living room (which I was not looking forward to!) only to find out my husband loved the color. To me, the dark grey paired with the espresso floors made the room feel heavy. In an effort to compromise, I began searching for ways to brighten and warm up the space, while keeping the original wall color.

When it came to the layout for our space, we both agreed that we wanted a natural flow from the front door into the living area, and onto the adjoining rooms. I did not want to block the fireplace in our living room, but we have a return grate for our A/C on the opposite wall that would have to work very hard if it was covered.

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Ashley’s Living Room Before

The Design Dilemma

Limited layout options, a wall color she wasn’t sold on, and furniture they couldn’t agree on

We felt extremely limited in how we could set up our new living room. We tried couches on opposite walls but the front door has a large glass window that lets people see right in… But placing a couch on a perpendicular wall meant covering the A/C return or blocking the fireplace, which I wanted to keep as a focal point.

To make our layout struggles more complex, none of the walls in the room are the same length and they each have various attributes that make designing difficult (like French doors to the back yard or a small recessed area). It was just a huge challenge trying to figure out how to arrange our furniture.

“It was just a huge challenge trying to figure out how to arrange our furniture.”

My husband and I had run out of ideas on how to arrange our living room, and I was skeptical about all that grey… But, since he liked the color I really wanted to keep it. I just could not imagine how to incorporate it into a design that worked for both of us.

Ultimately we wanted a space that reflected both of our styles. And I wanted a design that would make me fall in love with our grey walls.

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Ashley’s Living Room Before

The Modsy Moment

Finding inspiration (and a solution) from a favorite blogger

I first heard about Modsy through Kate Bryan of The Small Things blog. She was having a hard time designing an awkwardly shaped office and that was exactly how I felt about my living room.

We got started with Modsy almost immediately. It was so simple to use – I did most of it on my phone.

Since our living room has a bit of an odd shape, I actually ignored the recessed corner next to the fireplace when measuring the room. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Modsy had factored in that space into my designs anyway!

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How Modsy’s Renderings Helped Ashley:

Solving all three challenges in one design plan

Being a computer technician, I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of Modsy’s 3D renderings. I noticed they included so many fine details, like our wall color, location of outlets and switches, and the recessed area I had originally left out!

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Bird’s eye view of Ashley’s designs

Our first Modsy design plan had a very interesting layout and we initially wanted to arrange our space this way. We liked how it put the space to use and it seemed to be a good arrangement for entertaining. We also had not considered getting rid of one of our bigger couches in favor of two accent armchairs. That was a new idea Modsy gave us.

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Ashley’s Modsy design #1

We liked the furniture arrangement in this design. Modsy’s idea to put a valet table along the back wall was also great, since our entryway is small and unable to accommodate one. It felt like Modsy was able to create two rooms in one.

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We ended up going with Modsy’s second design plan since it made the room feel more open. I liked the abundance of light-colored accents Modsy chose, which really helped offset the dark walls and floors. The soft-colored rug made the room feel so open and light – it really balanced out all the dark colors.

modsy customer reviewAshley’s Modsy design #2

My husband and I both loved the industrial and natural elements of the bookshelf and the coffee table. The bookshelf became the piece we were most excited about adding to the room. We are both avid readers but we never thought of showcasing that since we didn’t feel like there was enough space.

modsy customer reviewAshley’s Modsy design #2

I loved how open and warm all of our design plans looked, and how Modsy really was able to blend our styles and design wants together. It was such a relief, after taking the style quiz and then seeing the renderings to finally having both of us agree on a layout and design. As newlyweds, it was great to have help creating a look that expressed both our styles but still felt cohesive.

As newlyweds, it was great to have help creating a look that expressed both our styles but still felt cohesive.

Our plan is to replicate the second design as closely as we can. We’ve already added the rug to our home! Soon we’ll be adding the coffee table and bookshelf, which we actually are planning on building ourselves.

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Bedroom Design Ideas: 8 Unique Nightstand Alternatives To Try Now

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Your nightstand might be one of the most personal pieces of furniture. Not only do you spend a third of your life sleeping next to it, most of us also use our nightstands as a home for an intimate collection of our most personal objects.

A typical nightstand might display everything from a pile of books you’re reading (or intend to read, or want people to think you’re reading), a collection of half-finished beverages, photos of your travels and loved ones, or simply your nighttime essentials like reading glasses or the retainer you never wear.

But aside from being a highly personal piece of furniture, your nightstand should also be functional. And sometimes, the most functional nightstand is actually no nightstand at all.

This may sound crazy, but this simple swap can instantly pack your space with multi-purpose power. Read on to see some of our favorite nightstand alternatives that add extra function without skimping on style.

8 Nightstand Alternatives for the Multi-Purpose Bedroom

nightstand alternatives1. Go Vertical With a Bookcase

Why not save space with a bookcase that doubles as your nightstand? Just clear off a shelf that’s easy to reach and stash all your bedside essentials there. You can use the other shelves for extra storage, which is great if you’re tight on space. It’s a win win if you ask us!

nightstand alternatives2. Pull Up a Chair

If all you need is a place to set down a bedtime book, an alarm clock, or your phone to charge overnight, a lightweight chair is an easy nightstand alternative.

Want to get multipurpose? Try pulling in an extra dining chair. This works well if you don’t use all your dining chairs daily, but like having them on-call for when guests come over.

nightstand alternatives3. Consider a Console

Is your big, bulky nightstand making your bedroom feel cramped and cluttered? Try a console with an open base instead.

Console tables are designed to be used in (often narrow) entryways, making them one of the best nightstand alternatives for small spaces. Their long and slender shape won’t clutter up floor space, but you still get a decent amount of surface area to prop bedside essentials, art, and decor.

Looking to optimize a small entryway? Here are 5 ideas.

nightstand alternatives4. Work It With a Desk

Need to fit in a mini office in your bedroom? Skip the nightstand and go for a desk instead. Not only are these stylish nightstand alternatives, a desk also gives you both lots of surface space and storage if you pick one with a drawer.

nightstand alternatives5. Do Double-Duty With a Dresser

When it comes to making the most of a storage piece, try using a dresser as your nightstand. This 2-for-1 approach helps you save space in the room (let’s face it: dressers are big!) but gives you tons of extra storage. Not to mention, they’re sure to bring bold style to your bedside.

nightstand alternatives6. Float a Shelf

This is both a clever and cost-effective option for super small spaces. You can count on a floating shelf to hold all your nighttime essentials, all the while saving you lots of floor space.

If one is not enough, we suggest stacking two floating shelves.

nightstand alternatives7. Move a Stool Over

For another low-cost alternative to a nightstand, try a small stool, bench, or ottoman. This is an easy, portable option that also doubles as a convenient spot to put your shoes on in the morning.

Plus, you can easily pull the stool into your living room when you need an extra seats.

nightstand alternatives8. Trunk It!

Looking to add a little vintage style or rustic charm to your bedroom? Try an industrial trunk. It provides great storage and it’s got style to boot, making it one of our favorite nightstand alternatives.

If you get a trunk as a hand-me-down piece that you don’t quite know what to do with, swap it in for your nightstand.

Or check out 5 more ideas how to mix vintage pieces in to modern interiors.

 

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8 Unique Nightstand Alternatives To Try Now

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

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

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

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1. Hang One Bold Artwork

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

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

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2. Create a Gallery Wall

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

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

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

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3. Make a Statement with a Mirror

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

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

Ready to crown your living room with something worth looking at?

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8 Cool Kids Bedroom Ideas From Modsy Customer Spaces

Designing a bedroom for your little one is not an easy task. There’s a long checklist of things to consider: Is there enough storage? What’s the right size bed? Do I invest in quality now or wait to replace everything once they get older?

So it’s no surprise that many homeowners come to Modsy for help with designing their kids rooms. Here, we’ve rounded up a few of our coolest kids bedroom ideas, which were designed by our Modsy stylists to help out a few homeowners with their real-life kids room challenges. Read on for more and get inspired!

For a Room That Will Grow Up With Them

“Dear Modsy: We just moved into our first home and have an empty room that we want to turn into our son’s first bedroom. Right now it’s empty and we have no idea where to start.”

—Son’s bedroom from scratch

What the space needs: A bed that can last and smart storage solutions. All while feeling kid-friendly and colorful.

Design Solution #1: Furnishing For Function First

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Looking for furniture that can last? Rather than replacing pieces every few years as your child grows up, a few basics will do the job now and later. One of our favorite kids bedroom ideas is to invest in quality pieces with a simple shape yet sturdy construction.

Items like the bed, dresser, and storage bench are all kid-friendly options that can work in a teen’s room as well. Dress them up with easy-to-change accent pieces. Fun and colorful decor pieces are an easy, budget-friendly way to make the space feel more personal and kid-friendly.

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Design Solution #2: Going With a Good Bed

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kids bedroom ideasModsy Room to Grow Up With Design #2

Another design where quality foundation pieces mingle with colorful accents. If you can only invest in one or two quality pieces, we say make the bed count. It’s the one piece most families end up replacing as the kids grow up. Storage pieces and rugs are also great places to invest for the long-run.

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For a Girl’s Bedroom

“Hello Modsy: This is a bedroom redesign for my 8-year-old daughter. We would like this design to take her into her preteen years, so nothing too immature.”

—Getaway for my girl

What the space needs: A modern and clean base with pops of blues, greens, and purples. Plenty of storage to maximize the small space and a desk/reading nook set up.

Design Solution #1: Making It Her Hangout Spotkids bedroom ideas

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Modsy Girl’s Bedroom Design #1

In this design, we opted for a twin bed to maximize the open floor space around the room. This let us fit in a two-in-one desk/bookshelf, a big dresser, and a cool reading chair in a corner. We added her favorite colors in small art and accents for some pops of color. This ultimately gives her a space that feels like her own private hideaway.

 

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Design Solution #2: Making It Her Live/Work Space

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The focus here was on a bigger, comfier bed and no reading corner for a more grown-up look and feel. This setup turns the room into a kind of mini studio, where an office area is clearly defined from the storage area and the bed. The upside of this is that even with a large bed, this layout has more floor space and functional storage.

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For a Boy’s Bedroom

“Hi Modsy: Our son just turned 3 and we want to make the transition from a nursery to a big boy room.”

—Ready to graduate my son’s bedroom

What the space needs: Plenty of storage and a teepee play area. The wall decals are keepers as well.

Design Solution #1: A Cool Bedroom For Any Age

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Modsy Boy’s Bedroom Design #1

From the distinctive bed frame to the campaign-style dresser to the farmhouse sconce, this room is all about cool design that’s built to last. The classic blue, white, and gray color scheme makes for a palette that’s easy on the eyes and easy to grow into for any kid.

Also, there’s plenty of storage in this layout, including floating shelves on the walls. And there’s even room for a teepee—take a peek below!

 

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Design Solution #2: A Very Versatile Bedroom

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Modsy Boy’s Bedroom Design #2

This design sports a clean-lined, mid-century look that lends the bedroom an feeling of openness. There’s plenty of storage, but the white tones add to the light and airy vibe of the room. The simple palette of black, white, and red also makes it easy to mix in new art, accents, and even furniture eventually.

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For a Kid’s Bedroom and Playroom

“Hi there: We are a couple with two kids and we’re looking to redesign our four-year-old’s room.”

—Couple on a mini-makeover mission

What the space needs: A queen-sized bed and space for reading and playing.

Design Solution #1: Dedicating Space for Play

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Modsy Kid’s Bedroom and Playroom Design #1

This bedroom is all about making space to play. One of our favorite kids bedroom ideas is to carve out a corner that’s entirely devoted to playtime activities. Here we have a mini desk and tent set up for reading, crafting, and playing. Besides the queen-sized bed, the rest of the room is filled with substantial storage pieces that make this space super functional but still bright and fun.

 

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Design Solution #2: Working In Space for Play

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Modsy Kid’s Bedroom and Playroom Design #2

This layout focuses more on the space being a practical kids bedroom. The larger bed is a great option that your youngster can grow into. Another one of our favorite kids bedroom ideas is to sprinkle baskets and hampers all around to keep toy clutter at bay. While there’s not a dedicated kids table, we brought in a beanbag chair to create a cozy reading corner and an easel for some crafting fun (see the full room below!)

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Layout Ideas: Deciding on a Sofa or Sectional For an Open Living Space

Often the trickiest part of designing a space is finding the right layout. In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. From the square-shaped to the narrow to the just plain awkward, this is your one-stop shop for layout ideas that work.

sofa or sectional layoutThe Homeowners: A couple with a two-year-old son.

The Space: A 22’ x 25’ open living space used everyday and for everything.

The Challenge: Designing a kid-friendly space that’s also stylish, and figuring out what couch/seating layout would work best for the space – a sofa or sectional.

sofa or sectionalIdea #1: The Conversation Ring Layout

Layout idea #1 opts for a sofa with extra chairs sprinkled all around. The space feels more decorated is perfect for entertaining and conversation. This layout also helps shift the focus away from the TV as the main feature of the room.

Why It Works:

  • The sofa is perfect for low-key family nights but it can still easily accommodate lots of guests when entertaining.
  • Pulling in standalone chairs makes for a flexible layout. Easily reconfigure your layout for game night or pull a chair to another room in your home as needed.
  • The sofa frees up a lot of walking room in and around the seating area.
  • A round table checks the box for a super kid-friendly centerpiece.

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This Is Great If You…

  • Enjoy having people over for drinks and conversation as opposed to movie marathons.
  • Prefer a living room that’s more open and has a slightly formal and designed look to it.
  • Want a living space that doesn’t revolve around TV-watching.

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sofa or sectionalIdea #2: The Viewing Corner Layout

Layout idea #2 opts for a sectional. This helps to define the living area as a cozy corner where you can totally lounge out. the sectional also helps turn the space into a TV lounge area with a casual atmosphere.

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Why It Works:

  • The sectional helps clearly delineate the seating area from the rest of the space, making it feel like a room within a room.
  • A huge tiered coffee table provides practical storage space for you to stash remotes and other tech gadgets out of sight.
  • The bigger the sectional the more pillows you can have. Pile them on for lots of cushy support!
  • This layout factors in lots of extra lighting as well, which means you can set the mood as needed.

sofa or sectional

This Is Great If You…

  • Want to have a clearly defined living space that doesn’t face the entry area.
  • Mainly use your living space for watching TV and movies with family and friends.
  • Enjoy a more laid-back and relaxed living room where you can lie down and stretch out your legs.

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My Modsy Story: How this tech-savvy dad transformed his son’s nursery into the ultimate “big kid” room

Avesh was no stranger to 3D technology and knew there had to be a way it could make designing his son’s first big kid room easy and fun.


Homeowner: Avesh, software developer and tech-savvy dad of two

Location: Princeton, NJ

Room: 3 year-old’s bedroom

His Style: Mod Visionary

The Backstory

Transforming a nursery into a big kid room

This year, our 3 year-old son was ready move into a room of his own. My wife and I were eager to use this opportunity to redo his space. Our plan was to ditch the old nursery furniture we’d used for our two kids, and start fresh!

We knew we wanted the space to be bright, modern, and fun. We envisioned splashes of color and a stylish chair for reading bedtime stories.

My son is really into cars right now. So, while we also wanted to incorporate that into the space, we wanted to do it in a creative and subtle way. Something he wouldn’t grow out of in a few years.


Avesh’s Room Before

The Design Dilemma

Visualizing the results without wasting time

As a software developer, I’ve worked with 3D tools before, so I know how they can make designing a space from scratch easier.

I’ve previously tried creating some 3D renderings of my own for a previous home improvement project. I ended up spending all my nights gathering ideas,working on the designs, or searching for products.

The process was so time-consuming and things always just seemed to look “off…”

For my son’s room we decided to try an interior designer. Unfortunately, the designers in our area were more experienced with a traditional style, and none could create the type of visualizations I was looking for. I remember wishing there was an online service with experienced professionals that could help.

“None of the interior designers in our area could create the type of visualizations I was looking for… I remember wishing there was an online service that could help.”

Avesh’s Modsy design #1

The Modsy Moment

Letting technology do the heavy lifting

When I learned about Modsy through TechCrunch, I immediately thought they read my mind. My wife and I had started gathering ideas for our son’s bedroom on Houzz and Pinterest, but when we saw the stunning Modsy renders we knew this would be the perfect time to try the service!

big kid roomAvesh’s Modsy design #1

At first, I wasn’t sure if our renderings would look as great as the marketing material… it seemed too good to be true, especially at the price! I was also not sure if they would have kid-friendly furniture options available. We were pleasantly surprised!

When we got our renderings back I was blown away by the quality. The lighting, textures, materials, and layout looked fantastic. There were also many ideas in the designs that hadn’t occurred to us before.


360 spin through Avesh’s Modsy design #1

big kid roomAvesh’s Modsy design #2

What Modsy’s Renderings Showed Avesh

The Modsy renderings helped us completely visualize what the room would look like with a twin compared to a full size bed. This was one of the decisions we were going back and forth on, and seeing the two options made the decision easy.

Our first Modsy design showed us how the space would look with a twin bed. We loved this layout, which we hadn’t originally thought of, because it would give the boys room to play and be silly before going to bed.

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Bird’s eye view of Avesh’s Modsy designs

Modsy suggested a dresser with shelves above for books and other items. The kids don’t need a dresser with a mirror right now, so this was a nice use of that space, which again we hadn’t thought of before. We also liked the idea of the pouf next to the reading chair, because we could use it both for seating and as a place to set books for storytime.

We plan to buy a few of the pieces Modsy showed us, but we’ll most importantly use the layout they suggested. Turns out we already own the little red car they included for us in our design!


360 spin through Avesh’s Modsy design #2

We just wanted a modern space that would delight our son, express his personality, and that we could enjoy at night when putting him to bed, without spending night after night designing it ourselves.

The fact that these renderings are so photo-realistic made it much easier to make purchase decisions and give us the confidence that we’re all going to be happy with the selections.

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Layout Ideas: 1 Boxy Bedroom, 2 Smart Ways to Maximize The Space

Often the trickiest part of designing a space is finding the right layout. In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. From the square-shaped to the narrow to the just plain awkward, this is your one-stop shop for layout ideas that work.

The Space: A 150-square-foot bedroom that is square-shaped with seemingly limited furniture arrangement and design possibilities.

The Challenge: Creating a layout design for a boxy bedroom that can accommodate a queen-sized bed, dressing area, and work space with a custom desk. All while keeping the room from feeling overcrowded or dorm-like.

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Idea #1: The L-Shaped Layout

Layout idea #1 uses what we call the L-shaped arrangement where furniture is lined up along two walls of a square bedroom. This creates a cozy corner, opens up the rest of the room, and makes the space feel less boxy.

This approach is about maximizing storage and vertical space to balance the unfurnished half of the room.

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Why It Works:

  • The bed does not face face the door, which creates walking room and a nice flow. This layout follows the rules of good bedroom feng shui.
  • The desk by the door is the ultimate multipurpose piece. It functions as a catchall for keys and random little things, a work surface for sending emails, and a vanity for getting ready.
  • Mini dressers as nightstands give you lots of extra storage for books, sheets, and blankets.
  • Placing a bookcase in the corner makes use of vertical space for storage and takes up very little floor space.

bedroom layout ideasThis Is Great If You…

  • Are looking to design a guest room that’s more grown-up feeling. This arrangement gives the space a hotel-like look and feel.
  • Share this bedroom with another person. The layout provides enough storage and functions for two.

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Idea #2: The Long Layout

Layout idea #2 is all about a sectioned approach that clearly defines sleep and work areas.

Add a sense of spaciousness to the room by lining up the bed and the desk in a row along the same wall. This also helps create good flow as soon as you walk in the door.

In this layout, there’s not a lot of storage space, but also a dedicated office area that makes the room feel like a functional live/work studio space.

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Why It Works:

  • The desk tucked away in the corner makes a stylish office corner. This placement also takes advantage of the natural light from the window right above.
  • There’s more room for a nice comfy chair. It can be pulled up as a desk chair or moved and used as a reading chair anywhere in the room.
  • You definitely get more open floor space in with this layout since it keeps one side open with lots of walking room.

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This Is Great If You…

  • Want a studio that has distinct spaces for all your activities, rather than feeling like one open room.
  • Don’t need a lot of space to host people in your studio apartment.
  • Live with a partner and want a space where you can cohabitate with a little more privacy and space to do your own thing.

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