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Stunning Bedroom Transformations from Modsy Customer

Who doesn’t love a good before and after home makeover story? It’s fun to see a space get transformed before your eyes—and it’s beneficial, too, if you’re looking for some interior design tips and tricks for your own home design project. In our Customer Before and After series, we round up our favorite customer spaces by room type to share key insights on how actual Modsy customers are using our service to solve their design challenges.

Bedroom design before and after stories can be particularly useful because bedrooms are arguably one of the most important rooms in the home. Think about it: where do you unwind at the end of the day, recharge with a good night’s rest, and spend the majority of your time relaxing? The bedroom! With this in mind, it can be so helpful to see how other people have solved their bedroom design woes and turned them into real interior design “wow” moments.

We’ve compiled some of our favorites before and after bedroom transformations of Modsy customers, so when and if it’s time for you to work on your own bedroom design project, you’ll have some Bedroom design ideas and real-world inspiration to get you started.

Ann’s Grown-Up Boho Glam Bedroom

The Design Dilemma:

When her daughter moved away to college, Ann decided it was time to revamp the space with a more grown-up vibe that her daughter would enjoy when she came home to visit. But Ann needed help finding new Bedroom furniture (especially a larger bed) for the space and a new layout that would accommodate it.

The Solution:

Ann’s designer selected a larger brass bed frame and centered it below the window. She brought additional brass accents into the room, like a floor lamp and hanging planter, to add warmth to the bold peacock blue walls. She paired the brass accents with natural fibers in the bedding, rug, and pouf, giving the space a bohemian glam quality which made it feel more grown-up and approachable. Finally, the designer kept most of the room accents light and bright in color to make the space feel more airy and open.

What Ann Had to Say:

“I wanted to feel confident that I was making good design choices for the space. Working with my Modsy designer gave me that confidence” – Ann G.

Deana’s Rustic and Traditional Bedroom

The Design Dilemma:

When Deana and her husband moved into a new home, they were starting from scratch. They had no furniture and needed several rooms designed at the same time. Working with Modsy, Deana chose to focus the majority of her budget on the other rooms in her home and needed to be more budget-conscious when it came to selecting decor for her bedroom. But she wanted to ensure that her bedroom design had the same cohesiveness as the rest of her house. 

The Solution:

Deana’s designer started by suggesting a moody blue color for the walls, which worked as an inexpensive way to give the room a refined quality. Next, he added a luxurious faux fur rug and upholstered foundational furniture to maintain the upscale traditional look Deana wanted, while staying within her budget. Finally, he brought in some natural textures, like a jute rug, to play off the traditional rustic look Deana had in the rest of her home.

What Deana Had to Say:

“Having a cozy and pampering space like my bedroom is incredibly wonderful. It really epitomizes how my whole house feels after using Modsy: like a home.” – Deana S. 

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Faith’s Bohemian Bedroom

The Design Dilemma:

When Faith and her husband bought their first home they wanted their bedroom design to reflect their shared love of travel. But they were both too busy with work and couldn’t find the time to shop for bedroom decor—leaving them to wonder if they’d ever achieve the eclectic and well-traveled look they wanted for the space.

The Solution:

Working with her designer, Faith was able to collaborate on a bedroom design that captured the bohemian vibe she and her husband wanted for the space. Pairing the woven textures in her headboard and wall art with rich velvet accents, such as the tufted bench and pillows, lent a curated feel to the room. The blue and green color scheme worked to tie the different styles and materials together, adding cohesion to the space.

What Faith Had to Say:

“Since working with our Modsy designer, our lives feel more organized and everything in our space just flows together better. The experience made us feel special because there was so much thought and care put into the design process. Our designer helped us make sense of our empty house—transforming it from a blank canvas into a work of art that we can call our home.” – Faith J.

Read Faith’s full story here.

Sandra’s Glam-Meets-Industrial Bedroom

The Design Dilemma:

Sandra and her husband are both in the military and have frequently relocated for work. When they moved into their current home, they decided they wanted to create a space that felt stylish and collected to help them feel grounded. But after years of relocating, they were left with decor that felt jumbled. They knew they needed some expert guidance to create a clean and modern design for their bedroom.

The Solution:

The couple’s designer mixed glam finishes, like gold and marble, with industrial elements,, like the metal chandelier to create a modern industrial glam look in their bedroom. Knowing that Sandra and her husband wanted to keep their upholstered bed in their new design, she selected a rug and pillows in a similar shade of gray and chose a moody deep green wall color that made all accents colors pop.

What Sandra Had to Say:

“Modsy knocked it out of the park with my bedroom design. I love it, it’s gorgeous, and the furniture items are amazing! I’m so glad I did this Modsy thing.” – Sandra V.

Zora’s Minimalist Studio Bedroom Space

The Design Dilemma:

When Zora moved into her new studio apartment, she was excited to create a tranquil space that would help energize her for her important work as an HIV health advocate. But the self-imposed pressure to make her space as relaxing as she needed it to be, prevented her from being able to design it on her own.

The Solution:

With the help of her Modsy designer, Zora was able to create a design that met her need for relaxation by choosing a minimalist style for her small studio space—making it feel open and airy. Zora’s designer selected graphic black and white wall art to create focal points in the bedroom area of the space and brought in some yellow accent pillows for a cheery touch. The room accessories were kept to a minimum, which makes cleaning a cinch, so Zora wouldn’t have to worry about tidying at the end of the day and could relax instead.

What Zora Had to Say:

“When I received my 3D designs it was such a relief—it took all my anxiety away! I felt that my designer really listened to what I wanted, helping me hone in on the right look for my apartment.” – Zora V.

Brooke’s Organized Teen Bedroom

The Design Dilemma:

When Brooke was making the transition from working mom to going back to school, she wanted to help ease her family into the transition of her busy new academic schedule by redesigning several rooms in their homemaking the entire house more organized and easier to tidy. It was particularly important to Brooke that her daughter received a fresh design to help her feel prepared for the change, keeping her room cheery and well-organized.

The Solution:

Knowing that the bedroom space was small, with a slanted ceiling on one side, Brooke’s designer opted to change three of the floor walls from blue to white, which opened up the space. She also chose white and gray foundational furniture with plenty of closed storage, keeping the room organized and feeling open. Finally, the designer placed curtains over the open closet so its contents could be easily concealed.

What Brooke Had to Say:

“I was especially impressed with the designs they did for one of my daughters, who has the smallest room. My designer added white furniture and a lighter wall color, which opens it up a lot. Like the rest of the designs in our house, her room design was perfect. Plus, each space has storage, which any parent or pet owner will tell you is a must for keeping your space tidy.” – Brooke S.

Read Brooke’s full story here.

Koula’s Luxurious Bedroom Oasis

The Design Dilemma:

Koula is a mother of two sets of twins under the age of two, so things can understandably feel a bit hectic at her house. When she and her husband came to Modsy, they wanted to create a bedroom design that felt restful so they could recharge after a long day of kid wrangling. 

The Solution: 

Knowing they wanted a pampering oasis where they could get away from it all, Koula’s designer filled the couple’s bedroom with upholstered foundational furniture with stately tufted detailing and inviting pink velvet. She also added glass and gold accents to further accentuate the luxurious feel of the room.

What Koula Had to Say:

“I love my master bedroom design. It is exactly the haven I need to escape from the madness of having two sets of twins under the age of two.” – Koula B.

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Everything You Need to Know About Choosing Your Perfect Dresser

If you’ve read our bedroom furniture checklist, you know clothing storage is one of the most important considerations in a bedroom after a bed. After all, without proper clothing storage, your bedroom could easily go from a tranquil retreat to a disaster zone.

One of the most common types of clothing storage (after a closet, of course) is a dresser. This practical piece of furniture will provide a home for your folded clothing, and a surface on which you can place decorative items, photo frames, and trays to hold items like your jewelry or perfume.

But when it comes to how to choose a dresser, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. There are so many different types of bedroom dressers, not to mention different styles! We often get Modsy customers asking, “What dresser should I get for my bedroom?” So, today we’re here to decode the dresser buying process!

How much do dressers cost?

But first: let’s talk about budgets. Because you don’t want to fall in love with a dresser you can’t afford! What exactly is a reasonable price for a dresser? Depending on the size, style, and material, bedroom dressers can range anywhere from $300 to $2,000. While that’s quite a range, that also means you can find a dresser on tight and limitless budgets alike!

Read on for some bedroom design ideas with our complete guide on how to choose the right dresser for your space!

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Consideration #1: Placement

It’s important to let dresser placement guide your decision-making process. So, consider where in your bedroom you want to place your dresser, as well as the overall size and constraints of your room.

Where can a dresser go? Against a wall is typical. But if you have a walk-in closet, you may want to stash it in there. In a small room, placing it next to your bed as a nightstand alternative might be the best option. Some people even opt to put a lower, wider dresser at the foot of the bed in lieu of a bench or trunk when they don’t have wall space to accommodate this piece of furniture. Others want to place their dresser beneath a window Identifying roughly where you’d like to place your dresser will help you determine what shape and size of bedroom dresser to buy.

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Consideration #2: Dresser Shape and Size

There are a number of different general sizes when it comes to dressers. What you choose depends on how much bedroom storage space you need and the size of your bedroom. So, think about how much clothing and other items you’d like to store in your dresser. This will help guide to figure out how many drawers you’ll need—whether a three or six-drawer dresser, or something in between. If you live with a partner, you’ll also want to consider if you’ll be sharing the dresser or if you’ll have separate clothing storage.

Read next: How to choose the best storage furniture for your needs

Dresser Drawer Depth

Depth is another important consideration when thinking about shapes and sizes. And we’re talking about both the depth of the drawers and the overall depth of the dresser itself.

Whether or not you need deep drawers depends on what you plan to put inside of them. For example, if you like to fold and store your thick sweaters in a dresser, you’ll need deep and tall drawers. On the other hand, undergarments require less space and can be stored in shallow drawers.

But, beyond what you store inside them, you also need to go back to thinking about where in your room you’d like to place your dresser. A general rule of thumb is to have at least 42 inches of clearance between the front of your dresser and any other piece of furniture to give you ample walkway space, as well as the space to comfortably stand in front of your dresser, open drawers, and dig through them!

 

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Dresser Shapes

Once you have these answers nailed down, you can start considering dresser shapes. Below are the main dresser shapes and sizes to consider.

Standard Dressers

A standard horizontal dresser has six drawers and stands around waist height. Some have six equally sized drawers, while others have four deeper drawers that are the same size with two smaller drawers at the top. Sizes vary quite a bit, but on average, standard dressers are around 60-70 inches wide. For those who want ample surface space for displaying decor, this dresser shape will give you the most room to play with. (Is this you? Learn more about how to style a dresser!)

Chest of Drawers

A chest of drawers, or chest dresser, is a smaller dresser with three drawers which are usually equal in size. They tend to be around three feet tall and three feet wide. With this smaller footprint, they’re a great option for kid’s dressers, so your child can easily access all three drawers, or for a guest room where you don’t need as much storage. They also make great nightstand alternatives if you have a small bedroom and want a 2-in-1 piece of furniture, or if you want both a nightstand with tons of extra storage!

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Tallboy

A “tallboy” dresser is a vertical, chest-height dresser that often features four to six drawers. While they don’t offer as much surface area on top, this style is great for small spaces that are short on square footage but have room to spare vertically. If you’re sharing a room with a partner, opting for one standard dresser and one tallboy is a great way to fit two dressers into your bedroom!

Bureau

Similar to the standard dressers we mentioned above, bureaus are horizontal, six-drawer dressers, but also feature a mirror attached on top. They typically have six or more drawers and are larger in scale. In decades past, this was a very popular style in furniture sets for main bedrooms. However, some antique bureaus have a smaller footprint—still featuring six drawers and a mirror, but scaled down, closer to the width of a chest of drawers.

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Consideration #3: Dresser Style

Now for the fun part: style! You can find a bedroom dresser to suit just about any interior design style—from mid-century modern and minimal to glam, rustic, and just about anything in between! You can opt for a brand-new piece, but dressers are a great way to incorporate a vintage or antique piece into your space as well. These pieces of furniture tend to age well and there are tons of vintage and antique styles out there that are in great condition.

Typically, you’ll want your dresser’s style to mesh well with other items in your bedroom. If you have a bed that you love, use that as a jumping-off point for landing on a dresser style for your space. Since a dresser is both an investment and a large piece of furniture within your space, you want to make sure it’s a style that you love!

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Consideration #4: Dresser Finishes

Once you’ve nailed down a dresser style, consider finishes, which will lend a lot of personality to your piece and help drive home the overall style of your dresser.

Material

While wood (or wood composite)  is by far the most popular material used in dressers, you’ll also find dressers with metal frames, lacquer finishes, and even woven wicker drawer fronts. Material not only affects the look and feel of your dresser, but it also greatly influences the price. (For example, a solid wood piece will be more expensive than a composite dresser.)

Hardware

Beyond the basic material, you’ll want to think about the style of handles and drawer pulls (or lack thereof). Opting for a style without drawer hardware offers a more streamlined look. And if you do choose a dresser with drawer pulls and handles, the style of hardware can impact if a dresser has a more modern or traditional look. In a kid’s room or nursery, you may also want to consider a dresser with soft-closing drawers to avoid pinched fingers!

Legs

Finally: legs or no legs, that is the question! Choosing a dresser with legs means this piece of furniture is lifted off the floor. This means your dresser can be placed over a floor vent, you can put storage baskets underneath, and it will look more streamlined. Opting for a style without legs gives you a more solid-looking piece but limits where you can place it within your room.

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Final Considerations: If You Have a Small Space

If you have a small bedroom, you may be worried that you can’t fit all the furniture you need into your bedroom. But dressers are quite versatile, and there’s plenty of ways you can get multiple uses out of this one piece of furniture to help cut down on what you need in your space! Below are a few of our best small bedroom design tips.

  • If you live in a studio apartment, consider using your dresser as a TV stand, whether the TV sits on top or is mounted above it.
  • In a nursery, add a changing table topper to the top of a dresser rather than trying to squeeze both a dresser and changing table into the room.
  • Consider removing your closet doors and tucking a dresser inside of your closet to get it out of the main room area and save on some square footage.
  • Opt for 2-in-1 pieces. As we mentioned earlier, you could use a chest of drawers as a nightstand/dresser hybrid to save on furniture and space in a small bedroom. Secretary desks are another great hybrid option. With a smaller footprint than a typical dresser, this piece of furniture typically offers two or three dresser drawers, as well as a fold-down top for a desk workspace.
  • If you lack closet space and want a piece of furniture that lets you store both hanging and folded clothing, look into an armoire.
  • Use your bookcase for book and clothing storage by adding baskets on the bottom shelves, where you can stash folded clothing.
  • If you simply don’t have space for an extra piece of furniture in your space, consider a storage bed, which has drawers built into the base of your bed frame!

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Interior Design Therapy: The 5 Most Common Design Struggles for Couples and How to Overcome Them

A common conundrum among Modsy customers is how to combine design styles with a significant other. (Or roommate, for that matter!) When you decide to move in together, you’re bringing two different people’s design preferences to the table—and it can feel impossible to find common ground! But we promise you this: it’s not impossible. In fact, our interior designers are experts at combining different interior design styles for a look that feels cohesive and unique.

In fact, today we’re having our designers break down the most common design struggles couples face when trying to combine styles and spaces—from how to mix together elements from different interior design styles to how to make a space flow with seemingly competing styles. Plus, our designers will offer plenty of tips for how to overcome these challenges!
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The Struggle: Our Design Styles are Polar Opposites!

This is one of the most common struggles we see among Modsy customers who are moving in with a partner. It might feel impossible to design a home that merges seemingly opposite styles—but we promise you, it can be done!

The Solution: Find Common Ground

“Merging styles was actually a struggle my husband and I faced! The way we merged our styles was to find common core elements of design. With color, if we couldn’t find two or more colors we both liked, then we stuck with a neutral color palette and just added small elements that brought in one color that we each liked.  For the layout, we had to agree on what was the main focus or purpose of the room and we centered our furniture layout around that. Finally, for style, we both separately collected different images on Pinterest and then brought them together.” –Sarah M., Modsy Designer

“If you’re struggling with seemingly competing styles, start simply by determining the color palette and finishes you like. This might be easier than thinking so largely about overall design styles. You probably have more common interests than you think!” –Morgan P., Modsy Designer

“Understanding style is like discovering a new recipe. Imagine you want to cook something you’ve eaten before but are not quite sure of how to make it. You’ll probably start thinking, “What ingredients I will use here? How can I create this flavor? What brings this color or texture to my food?” My suggestion is to explore your design style recipe together, just like cooking. Together, ask: “What are the main design elements we like? What are the details we like? What color are we drawn to? Make a list of elements and materials you like and dislike, and let the design tell your story.” –Marina P., Modsy Designer

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The Struggle: I’m a Saver, They’re a Spender.

Budgets can be a point of contention for many couples—especially if one person is a saver and the other wants to splurge on interior design. Fortunately, our design packages are competitively priced for the budget-conscious, and we carry a multitude of brands at a variety of price points!

The Solution: Establish a Budget

“Discuss a realistic budget first—because one person might want to splurge on an item that the other doesn’t. Agreeing on a budget at the beginning of a project will save you from disagreements down the line. And it will help you figure out what pieces you’re both willing to splurge on and where you can save some money.” –Andrea S., Modsy Designer

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The Struggle: We Have Totally Different Opinions on How Our Space Should Look.

When opinions and preferences are clashing, it helps to bring in a neutral third party who can help you merge design styles, like we mentioned above. But our designers can also help you find the common ground you need to make your home design (and relationship) feel more harmonious.

The Solution: Flexibility and Compromise are Key

“One struggle I typically hear is that one person wants an uncluttered and industrial space while the other wants soft color and texture. Or that there’s a favorite chair that we have to work into a new design, which often presents an aesthetics challenge. I always like to remind couples that compromise is key! If you and your partner are both willing to give a little, then it makes the process of combining your unique looks a lot simpler and with less frustration. “ –Victoria M., Modsy Designer

Read This Next: An Unlikely Pairing of Industrial and Glam Style

“Allowing for some flexibility in either finish or silhouette can help meld two styles, as well as allowing each person to have a vignette that might be more tailored to their personal style.” –Brielle M., Modsy Designer

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The Struggle: We Can’t Agree on a Color Scheme!

Color in interior design is a major form of self-expression. So, it can be challenging when two people have two very different viewpoints on how to express themselves through color. But that doesn’t mean that one person has to give up all their preferences while the other person gets everything they want.

The Solution: Go Neutral With Your Foundational Pieces

“Pick more neutral bases (sofas, bed frames, tables, etc.) and play around with different styles when it comes to decor and accessories. It can be really fun to mix and match styles to create an eclectic space, but using smaller decorative allows you to be more flexible and stops you from committing strongly to one style or the other. Plus, this helps make sure both partners’ styles are represented in the space.” –Mina K., Modsy Designer

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The Struggle: I Have Strong Opinions on Design—But I Want to Make Sure My Partner Still Feels Represented.

When one partner has all the opinions, it would be easy to design a space that solely relies on their design preferences. But including small pieces of your partner’s interests—even if they haven’t asked to be included—is a great way to create a home, you both love.

The Solution: Pull Inspiration from Outside of Your Home

“I’ll often ask if they have a favorite restaurant or boutique hotel that they both really like, and take inspiration from the interior design of those spaces, so they both feel represented. Or I’ll ask if each partner has a hobby or favorite sports team that we can incorporate into the design. That way, even even if there’s more color than one person would like, it’s the color of their favorite team. Or, if one partner loves to sail or go hiking, we can find artwork and decor that’s representative of those interests. It’s a way for each partner to feel represented.” –Hope C., Modsy Designer

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Furniture Shopping Guide: When’s The Best Time to Buy Furniture?

If 2020 caused you to take stock of what’s working in your home and what it’s lacking, 2021 may be the right time to pull the trigger on some new furniture to help your home be more stylish and functional. But it’s no secret that good furniture can be quite the investment. However, it’s not impossible to find furniture that suits both your style and your budget!

If budget is a factor when shopping for new furniture, it’s worth strategically planning your purchases throughout the year. Because different types of furniture and decor tend to go on sale at different times of the year, so there are better times to purchase certain items.

Shopping for a specific piece of furniture? Be sure to check out our interior design buying guides for the full scoop on sofas to side chairs!

In general, the furniture industry operates on a spring and fall schedule, with their biggest collections launching biannually. So, if you want to save some money, shop right before new styles hit retailers—in January/February and August/September. These are the months that retailers tend to discount their stock to make room for new collections. President’s Day and Labor Day sales tend to coincide with these seasonal patterns, which means these are some of the best across-the-board sales of the year.

If budget is less of a concern, you may want to consider shopping in March and September, when new collections launch, so that you can choose from the broadest (and newest) assortment of furniture and decor.

Today, we’ll walk you through the best time of the year to buy furniture—from being mindful of annual sales to knowing when new collections typically launch. Keep reading for our month-by-month breakdown!

Best time of year to buy furniture

January

After the rush of the holidays, when many households buy new furniture for hosting guests, January tends to be a slower month for furniture sales. Because of this, retailers often put furniture on sale in January. This is also a time of year when they’re clearing out inventory before their spring collections launch.

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Notable Sales

Keep an eye out for New Year’s sales at the very beginning of the month. Many brands also run big sales around MLK Day.

It’s a great time to buy…

Bedding: Bedroom furniture, as well as sheets, linens, and other bedding tend to be a focus in January and February.

Office Items: Some retailers also put office items on sale in January to coincide with New Year’s Resolutions involving organization and productivity. So, you’ll see a lot of organizational and storage items on sale this time of year.

Holiday Decor: In early January, you’ll see holiday-themed decor go on major sales. Retailers are looking to clear out their holiday inventory. So, plan ahead for next year and stock up on lights and decor at your favorite big-box retailer or department store so you’re ready with a fresh look next holiday season! And if you’re in the market for some post-holiday winter decor ideas, we can help you there as well!

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February

February is the month that many furniture retailers are clearing out inventory before spring collections launch. So, you’ll see plenty of furniture sales, especially around President’s Day. Sometimes retailers will even start to preview their spring collections or pre-launch certain items. So, if you want to jump on a new collection, keep your eyes peeled in February.

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Notable Sales

You won’t want to forget about President’s Day sales, which tend to be fairly robust!

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Textiles: Retailers often focus on bedding and other home textiles in the month of February, with smaller sales accompanying this focus.

March

March is when new spring collections launch—so you’ll see a lot of fresh furniture and decor hitting stores this month. If you’re not as concerned about shopping sales, this is a great time to get in on fresh, new merchandise.

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Seasonal decor: Whether you simply want to refresh your home with some new spring decor or are in need of some kitchen items for hosting Easter or Passover meals, March is a good time to make these purchases.

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April

Outdoor furniture collections often launch around April, making it a great time to get your outdoor spaces ready for the summer. It’s also a great time of year to do some spring cleaning and give your home a little refresh with some new greenery, window treatments, and lightweight fabrics!

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Lightweight textiles: Strip away those heavy winter wools and knits and make space for linens and other lightweight and gauzy materials. April is the perfect time to switch out winter blankets, drapes, and bedding for fabrics that are light and airy, and more suited to the warmer months.

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May

May is a big sale month, with most mainstream retailers hosting robust sales around Memorial Day. This is a time of year when many people pull the trigger on new sofas and other large furniture items. With the school year ending around this time, this is also when “moving season” is in full-swing. So, it’s also a great time shop secondhand.

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Notable Sales

Memorial Day sales start in late May—and they tend to offer huge discounts.

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Big-ticket items: With Memorial Day sales, it’s a good time to buy big pieces of furniture like sofas, beds, and furniture sets. Memorial Day sales generally include all types of furniture!

Second-hand furniture: Since this is a time of year when many people move, many people donate or sell old furniture around this time of year. So, if you’re looking for budget-friendly second-hand items, this is a great time to snag some great used items.

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June

June means that school’s out for the summer! So, it’s a great time of year to dive into summer decor and take advantage of sales on outdoor furniture and rugs.

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Notable Sales

Some retailers will start big Fourth of July pre-sales in late June, so keep your eyes peeled.

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Summer decor: Not everyone switches out their decor seasonally—but if you do, June is the time to bring in the summer decor. While furniture retailers generally have larger spring and fall collections, they’ll often release smaller collections of summer decor in May or June.

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July

The Fourth of July is—of course—only four days into the month, but that’s when the biggest sales of the month occur. And, although July is when summer is at its peak, it tends to be the time when early Fall decor and back-to-school items start hitting stores. So, it’s a good time to start assessing your home office needs for the fall.

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Notable Sales

Retailers generally host sales the days leading up to the Fourth of July, as well as the weekend (or weekends) surrounding the holiday.

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Outdoor furniture: With retailers wanting to clear out their outdoor furniture inventory by the end of the summer, the Fourth of July tends to be when they start putting outdoor items on sale. The 4th of July through Labor Day is the best time to get good deals on outdoor furniture. (And sometimes some indoor furniture as well!)

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August

By August, back to school “season” is in full swing. This means figuring out what office furniture and organizational pieces you may need for the new school year. It’s also when new fall decor collections officially launch, so you can get inspired by seasonal trends.

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Notable Sales

Many retailers have smaller End-of-Summer sales, a time when they really clearance outdoor furniture. Depending on when Labor Day falls, you may also start seeing pre-Labor Day sales start in late August.

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Office furniture: With the new school year looming, you may realize your child needs a desk for a dedicated homework space, or that you’re in need of additional organization in your home office. Some retailers have office-specific sales in their end-of-season sales, otherwise you can generally find good discounts on office furniture during Labor Day sales, so August is a good time to assess your needs.

Fall decor: Want to refresh your decor for fall? Start shopping in August so that fall decor isn’t picked over or sold out by the time you actually want to decorate for fall!

Outdoor furniture: If you didn’t pull the trigger in July, but still want to purchase some outdoor furniture, make sure to shop for it in August, before inventory is cleared out. This is when you’ll find the best discounts on outdoor items, making it one of the best times to buy these pieces.

Best time of year to buy furniture

September

September is when everyone is getting back into their school-year routines—and realizing what furniture pieces they need for a productive work-from-home or homework space. Some retailers start releasing holiday products as early as September. And speaking of the holidays—this is a good time to look ahead and assess your needs and holiday and hosting season looms closer.

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Notable Sales

Labor Day sales—like Memorial Day sales—tend to feature big discounts on almost all furniture categories.

It’s a great time to buy…

Large furniture: Anticipating hosting for the holidays? With production and shipping lead times, the discounts you’ll find during Labor Day sales makes this one of the best times of the year to purchase any big furniture items you’ll need in time for the holidays. This could be anything from storage furniture or a new guest bed to a dining table and extra seating.

Best time of year to buy furniture

October

October is when retailers tend to launch their holiday decor collections—and it’s also the perfect time to start thinking about your holiday hosting needs. Whether you need new furniture or want to refresh your decor before guests arrive, plan ahead so you’re not left scrambling at the last minute.

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Tabletop decor: With the holidays approaching, it’s a great time to purchase anything you may need for holiday hosting. From new dinnerware and serving dishes to candle holders and centerpieces, now’s the time to prep for holiday hosting!

Dining furniture: Didn’t order furniture during Labor Day sales? If you still need a dining table or chairs for holiday hosting, don’t wait past October. Order this month to make sure your items arrive before your guests.

Holiday decor: If you want new holiday decor this year and don’t mind paying full-price, now is the time to buy, before holiday collections are picked over and start to sell out.

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November

For many retailers, Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren’t just two days of big sales—they’re sales that now start before Thanksgiving and often bleed into December. These sales can be a bit overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for. So, spend early November doing some planning ahead so that you know exactly what you’re looking for when the sales begin!

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Notable Sales

When it comes to November sales, it’s all about Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

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Large furniture: Not concerned about getting new furniture in time for the holidays? Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are a great time to make larger furniture purchases.

Fall and Halloween decor: After Halloween, retailers dive head-first into the holidays. So, if you want a good deal on Fall or Halloween decor for next year, hit up your favorite stores in the first week of November, when retailers will be clearing out their Fall and Halloween inventory.

Holiday decor: Take advantage of Black Friday sales to get some good deals on new holiday decor!

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December

In December, many retailers have sales going on throughout the month. With a focus on gifting, these sales are often on smaller items like decor and art. But, after the holidays, the focus tends to shift toward organization and storage furniture as people make resolutions for the new year.

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Notable Sales

While there are often sales going on throughout the month, many retailers have large end-of-season sales post-Christmas.

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Holiday decor: After Christmas, retailers put holiday decor on clearance—so it’s a great time to scoop things up for next year.

A Quick Recap

If you’re looking for indoor furniture, shop President’s Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day sales. Specifically, February and August tend to be when retailers are discounting inventory to make space for their new spring and fall collections. Specifically, living room and dining room furniture tend to be on their best sales in the winter months, and office furniture is often discounted at the end of the summer for back-to-school sales.

For outdoor furniture, it’s all about that time between the Fourth of July and Labor Day.

Of course, if you can’t wait for a big sale, many retailers have smaller sales going on each month so you can get at least a bit of a discount! Pro tip: If you start a Modsy design project, you’ll have access to a diverse array of brands, and we guarantee that you’ll find the best price if you shop through us! Affordable interior design and access to great sales year-round? Now that’s a win-win.

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Year In Review: Best Bedroom Designs of 2020

It’s time for our annual Year in Review! While 2020 didn’t turn out how any of us expected, here’s one thing that did go well: home design. At Modsy, we designed countless rooms this year—and today we want to share some of our favorite designs.

This year, our bedrooms shifted from merely the place we start and end each day to a place of rest and retreat. We needed a space in our homes that was a calm in the midst of the storm of this year—especially for those of you juggling working from home and managing distance learning and keeping everyone in the house fed and relatively happy.

To celebrate this room that gives us a little privacy and some room to breathe—we’ve rounded up our favorite bedroom designs of 2020! Keep reading for some inspiring bedroom design ideas.

1. Modern Farmhouse

This Modern Farmhouse bedroom is cozy but refined. Rustic accent furniture helps drive home the Farmhouse vibe—but the tufted linen bed makes this bedroom a true retreat. The warm, earthy color palette supports the relaxing vibe of this space.

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Why We Love It

It feels indulgently relaxing—just what we all need after the year we’ve had.

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2. Earthy Boho

A stunning example of bohemian design, this bedroom brings in layers of textures, patterns, and colors to create a bedroom that’s playful, inviting, and a little bit trendy!

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Why We Love It

The muted green walls add an earthy element to this boho bedroom, while the pops of orange (an unexpected color pairing) brings in a trendy element that keeps this space feeling fresh!

3. New Traditional

This bedroom has its roots in American Traditional design—but it manages to have a slightly modern edge. Take the bed frame for example. It’s a celebration of the classic spindle bed, but the shape and finish give it a decidedly modern air.

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Why We Love It

New Traditional design gives us all the comfort of Traditional interior design, but with more streamlined and unfussy design elements.

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4. Discerning Collector

This eclectic bedroom is all about those high-contrast neutrals. A mix of black and white patterns give this space a dynamic, energized feel. But the simple mid-century-inspired furniture helps ground the look, and sticking with this simple color palette keeps the eclectic mix of patterns feeling cohesive.

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Why We Love It

We’re so inspired by the fun mix of black and white patterns throughout this space!

5. Industrial Glam

This Industrial Glam bedroom has a bold look that not everyone can pull off. But for those who love to make a statement with interior design, this bedroom does just that. With a minimalist edge, the furniture and light fixtures do most of the talking in this space and help celebrate the architecture of the room.

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Why We Love It

This bedroom is absolutely striking, and we love that this canopy bed is the visual centerpiece of the space.

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6. California Modern

California Modern style is all about relaxed comfort—and this bedroom pulls off that vibe beautifully. An upholstered bed, cozy bed linens, and a plush, textural rug lay a comfortable foundation, while the wood and leather tones in the accent furniture add visual warmth.

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Why We Love It

The laid-back-but-pulled-together look of this bedroom makes us want to turn on our out-of-office replies and stay for a while.

7. Victorian Farmhouse

This Victorian Farmhouse bedroom has a sense of opulence to it. But the high-contrast black and white color palette and simplicity in the styling helps balance out the more ornate moments and ground it in the Farmhouse camp. The result? A bedroom that feels both refined but comfortable.

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Why We Love It

This bedroom has an old-world feel with modern sensibilities—perfect for those Victorian-loving people out there!

8. Organic Modern in Color

This monochrome bedroom infuses some color into the Organic Modernism trend. In terms of style, geometric and curved forms set the tone. But its spectrum of oranges and browns—autumnal shades of warm earth tones—that make this bedroom feel both calm and energized.

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Why We Love It

There’s a laid-back 70s vibe to this bedroom, thanks to both the color palette and furniture shapes—and we’re here for it.

9. Tropical Boho

The mix of pink and a variety of natural materials gives some really fun energy to this eclectic boho pink bedroom. The curved rattan bed brings some big boho energy to this space, while the mix of materials, colors, and patterns play up the eclectic nature of this style. Meanwhile, the gold side table brings in just a touch of glam!

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Why We Love It

This bedroom feels so fun and feminine. It’s a great look for teenagers and grown-ups alike!

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10. Scandinavian Modern

This Scandinavian Modern bedroom is all about embracing those cozy vibes. Soft fabrics and plush textures gives this room a refined and relaxed vibe. Natural materials—like cane, jute, rattan, and rustic tones—mix together to create an inviting warmth in this bedroom.

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Why We Love It

The minimal styling but textural feel of this bedroom is giving us all the cozy vibes!

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11. Mod Collector

A fun take on a kids’ bedroom, this space packs a lot of personality with the fun use of colors and decor. But the mid-century furniture helps ground the look—and gives kids furniture pieces that can grow up with them.

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Why We Love It

This bedroom feels so joyful. We love the bold color palette, which feels youthful but not at all childish.

12. Modern Coastal

This cozy and approachable Modern Coastal bedroom has a casual but pulled-together vibe. The modern lines of the furniture and the beachy color scheme makes the space feel light and airy and oh-so-inviting.

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Why We Love It

The color scheme of this bedroom gives us those beach house vibes, but the mid-century lines of the furnishings help the look feel really relevant.

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13. Rustic Warmth

With an approachable mix of rustic and transitional style, this bedroom feels both refined and relaxed. The foundational furniture features simple transitional silhouettes, which contrast with but complement the rustic, organic natural wood and woven textures throughout the space. The result? A bedroom that’s elegant yet approachable.

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Why We Love It

There’s a simplicity to this bedroom that we can’t get enough of. The neutral color palette with natural textures, wood tones, and pops of blue makes it feel very relaxing indeed.

14. Modern Farmhouse

Modern design elements mix with rustic materials and natural textures in this Modern Farmhouse bedroom. This bedroom features traditional elements—like the spindle bed and bench at the end of the bed—but each piece is given modern updates. Overall, this bedroom has a relaxed but stylish aesthetic.

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Why We Love It

This bedroom looks so pulled together and stylish. But we love that comfort is at its core!

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15. Crisp Contemporary

Natural light makes this small bedroom feel much larger than it actually is. The styling is simple in this smaller space to keep it from feeling over-crowded—but the pops of fun colors and patterns gives the space some dynamic personality.

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Why We Love It

The rug and wall art bring in some lively pattern and color to this space. We love how they play together and make the whole room come alive!

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16. Modern Art Deco

Art Deco design has been around for more than a century—but we’re loving this modern take on this age-old style. The bold pop of color in this decadent curved headboard makes this room feel very fresh and trendy. And the burl wood side table uses material as decor—a decorative approach Art Deco design is known for.

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Why We Love It

We love the modern way this room pulls together Art Deco elements—the luxurious colors and textures, the sculptural decor, and the geometric patterns.

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17. Rustic Traveller

A mix of textures throughout this space gives this rustic bedroom a ton of depth. That, and the lovely use of saturated earth tones in the rug, pillows, and wall decor. This color palette was one of our favorite fall color schemes this year—but it’s a combination that holds its own year-round.

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Why We Love It

The combination of colors and textures in this space feels both trendy and timeless—and also very cozy!

18. Mod Collector

This bedroom combines pink and navy in a very sophisticated but fun manner. The transitional bed frame has an understated quality which lets the color take center stage in this bedroom!

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Why We Love It

The saturated pink rug is a really fun way to incorporate pink into your bedroom. It contrasts beautifully with the navy walls and white accents.

19. Bohemian Elegance

This playful-but-polished Bohemian Elegance bedroom is the perfect place to crash at the end of a long day. The tailored bed, traditional nightstands, and classic bench contrast with the boho pillows and colorful rug for a space that feels charming and elegant.

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Why We Love It

The rug brings a lot of personality to this bedroom and gives a playful pop of color to a space that’s otherwise fairly straightforward.

20. Organic Modern

Making use of the 2021 Sherwin-Williams Paint Color of the Year, Urbane Bronze, this minimal bedroom feels almost hotel-like in its simplicity. The natural and organic nature of this color seem to inspire the organic shapes and decor of this space, while all of the natural textures bring depth to an otherwise neutral space.

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Why We Love It

The earthy undertones of the paint color go beautifully with the natural elements incorporated throughout the space.

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Decorating on a Budget: Affordable Ways to Upgrade Your Space

Summer is a time of year where many of us want to freshen up our homes. And that desire has never been more true than it is right now, as we spend so much extra time at home. But it’s no secret that decorating can be expensive. So, how do you balance the desire to freshen up your home with the necessity of not breaking the bank?

Well, let’s start with some good news: It is possible to decorate on a budget. Some simple DIY projects and home decor additions can have a huge impact on your space. Little interior design ideas, like added color, texture, and organization can give your space a whole new vibe and really freshen things up.

But what are these cheap room decor ideas that will help you upgrade your space? Keep reading, because we rounded up our favorite ideas for affordable room decorating projects!

Change Up Your Paint Colors

One way to make a huge impact in your space without blowing your budget is to paint the walls in your room. It’s one of our favorite summer decor ideas, because a fresh color can seriously change the mood and style of your space, without having to change anything else!

Generally, a couple gallons of paint will be relatively inexpensive—but if you want to save even more, you could also just paint one accent wall, which will still have a big impact on your space. A fresh coat of paint is a great DIY home decor project that will elevate the style of your room, creating a fresh and clean look and feel.

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Add Decorative Shelving

Decorative shelving is an inexpensive way to add a bit of style to your space. It’s easy to install and simple to decorate—providing a perfect surface for knick-knacks and decor. With a couple shelves, you could create a stunning stand-alone display along a big wall, or just in a small nook. But you could also install them above furniture, like we did in the design above, for a lovely little vignette.

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Restyle Your Bookcase

If you want to keep your redecorating costs low, take existing shelving and just restyle your bookcase! You could change the bookcase’s function to give it a fresh look; if it’s currently just for books, pare back and then add some new themed decor. Or, cut back on books entirely and use it as a display case for personalized decor like vases, plants, baskets, trinkets and photo frames! Even the addition of some baskets for storage on the bottom one or two shelves, along with a few decorative objects mixed in with books, will give your bookcase a whole new vibe. It’s simple DIY projects like this that can really breathe new life into your home!

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Add Flowers to a Side Table or Nightstand

Fresh flowers give any room a lively touch and a dose of joy. We love the idea of simply adding flowers to your nightstand, a side table in your living room, or a console in your entryway to add some color and life to your home decor! You could go for faux flowers for a low-maintenance option—no need to change water or continue replacing them! Or you could go for real flowers and just work it into your budget to change them out weekly. Either way, faux or real, this is a perfect way to bring the outdoors in, in a polished way, adding color and texture to your room.

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Hang a Wall Poster

New wall art can be pretty expensive. But hanging wall posters? It’s a pretty budget-friendly alternative. Home decor projects like this are a great, cheap way to add color and pattern in a large format, high-impact way. We love the idea of layering a framed poster behind other art for a casual take on a gallery wall. Framed wall posters are great for hanging over furniture and beds, since they’re much more lightweight than traditional wall art—so you don’t have to worry about them falling on you while you’re sleeping or watching a movie!

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Fill in Empty Space With Plants

Do you have an empty space that you’re not sure how to fill? Here’s one of our favorite interior design ideas to solve your conundrum: Instead of buying a bunch of expensive decor, decorate with indoor plants! Plants are a relatively inexpensive addition to your home and they help fill in empty space in a cool, organic way. They also add color and texture—and you can mix and match planters and stands for extra style and personality!

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Declutter With Baskets

Are you in need of some decluttering and organization to take your home’s look to the next level? Clean up your space with some baskets! Baskets are an affordable way to organize and add storage in any room. We love using baskets as storage solutions—whether it’s one large basket for blankets or shoes, a trio of baskets in a corner for kid’s toys, or lining the bottom shelves of a console or bookcase for added organization. They give a new look to your space by visually decluttering and cleaning up your bookcase!

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Swap in New Throw Pillows

Spruce up your chairs and sofa—or your bed—with new throw pillows! It’s one of our favorite decorating ideas to give a fresh look to your space. Throw pillows are one of those finishing touches that makes your space look more considered and polished. And getting a few new ones gives new life and a fresh look to existing furniture! You can either move pillows from one room to another to simply change things up and reuse what you already have, get new pillow covers to refresh the pillows you already have, or simply get a few new throw pillows to add fresh color, patterns, and textures to your space without breaking the bank!

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Style Your Coffee Table

Restyling your coffee table is a simple way to elevate the look of your living room. Adding a mix of objects—like a tray, books, a candle, plants, and small decor—to your coffee table will give it a fresh look. It’s one of those fun and simple decor projects that will add some color and personality to your space. And it’s easy to switch out seasonally or when you’re just in need of a stylistic change! That’s DIY home decor at it’s finest (and easiest).

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Add Lighting

Lighting can change up the whole vibe of a room. That’s why we love layering light in a room, giving you the option of having brighter lighting, along with natural light, during the day, and softer lighting at night. But if you don’t yet have layered lighting in your space, consider adding additional lighting with a new table or floor lamp! This will add ambiance to your space and is a great addition to existing furniture! Depending on the style and material, a lamp can be an inexpensive piece or quite an investment. So, narrow down by your style and budget and you’re sure to find a lamp that’s right for you that will add fresh nuance and style to your space.

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23 Things You Can Hang on the Wall Above Your Bed

Coming up with bedroom design ideas is one of our favorite ways to spruce up a living space—especially when we are spending more time than usual at home! One of the easiest and most impactful ways to revamp your bedroom is to make use of the empty wall above your bed. You can have tons of fun with bedroom wall decor by making use of the space above your bed—it is valuable real estate! You can put art there, come up with a gallery wall design, or find other creative ways to fill blank walls! To help you get inspired, here are 24 decor ideas for the wall space above your bed!

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Great lighting is one of the most important bedroom essentials. You can use the wall above bed to hang lighting and create a focal point for the room. It’s also great for both direct reading light and ambient lighting. It’s one of our favorite small bedroom design tips because it doesn’t take up any floor space and leaves the nightstands open for decor, etc. It’s a good look for almost all design styles—you can use sconces or lighting fixtures depending on the style of the space!

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Tapestry

We’re based in San Francisco—an earthquake-prone area, so we’re sensitive about hanging heavy objects above the bed! If you have similar concerns in your location, consider hanging a woven tapestry over the bed. They are lightweight and soft, so there’s no worries about them falling. They also add color and texture and come in plenty of different styles, including rustic, boho, eclectic, and mid-century modern.

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Hanging Plant

If you love a jungle feel or earthy-inspired interiors, hang a plant above the bed! It can be a singular hanging plant or several plants bunched together. You can balance them with art as well, like above, and they can be real or faux plants depending on what you like! This look is perfect for boho and coastal style bedrooms.

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Picture Ledge

Hang a picture ledge over the bed where you can display leaning art, photos, plants and decor!

dds depth, ability to change up decor. This creates a focal point and you can also switch out items on the ledge. It’s a great look for eclectic, boho, modern and contemporary styles.

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Basket Wall

Woven basket decor on wall is a great way to create a gallery wall effect. You can hang it off center for a unique look. It’s also lighter than framed art and good for safety zones. Vary the sizes and patterns of the baskets for a cool look that’s perfect for eclectic, coastal and boho styles.

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String lights and Unframed Art

String lights make a good alternative to traditional lamps and light and also feel casual and youthful. You can add a fun touch, and they are lightweight, inexpensive and easy to add and remove as needed. Unframed poster art is inexpensive and great for earthquake zones. We also love this idea if you’re wondering what to hang above bed in teenagers’ bedroom designs!

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Tall Plant

Another option is to have nothing above the bed, but place a tall plant behind the headboard.  This adds texture, color and decor and is great for angled beds with space behind them. It also adds privacy in open studio space and purifies the air, too! This look works well with eclectic, boho and minimalist bedroom styles.

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Decorative Headboard

A carved wood headboard that’s tall enough to feel like art makes a beautiful decorative touch and almost doubles as accent wall design! Tall headboards add visual texture above the bed and are great for tall ceilings and minimalist styling.

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Mirror Grouping

Two mirrors grouped together above the bed create an awesome visual impact! This look works with a low headboard so the mirrors feel like center stage over bed. It opens up space visually and is great for chic and glam spaces. It’s also good for small rooms because the mirrors help them feel much larger!

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Storage Shelving

Another great way to make use of above-the-bed-wall space is to hang several storage shelving options. Open cubby shelving can display decor, books, nightstand items and is both practical and decorative! It’s great for small spaces that need extra storage and works well with modern style.

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Shiplap Wall Texture

This shiplap wall texture is one of our most favorite accent wall designs! It covers the whole wall and adds subtle texture behind and above bed, but remains neutral so it doesn’t overpower the room. It’s great for spaces where you want a  less-is-more approach to wall decor as it has plenty of texture and visual interest. This bedroom is a blend of rustic and mid-century modern, but this look works for a variety of styles!

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Wallpaper

For a stunning and dramatic look, add wallpaper on wall behind the bed. This acts as a large art piece/mural and is great for large spaces—or bedrooms where you can hang anything over bed for safety. It’s a good look for minimalist and eclectic bedroom designs. You can use any variety of wallpaper depending on your tastes and the overall decor style of the room!

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Sculptural Shelving

Shelving that is more sculptural than practical can make an awesome splash above your bed. This can be great for small items like candles, trinkets, plants and more. The shelves themselves act as art and it’s a good look for casual bedrooms, modern styles, and even kids’ rooms.

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Single Art piece

For a simple but impactful look, hang a single piece of art over the bed. This works great for symmetrical and formal spaces—and is also a beautiful touch in bedrooms with a minimalist look.

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Gallery Wall

A gallery wall of art over bed is perfect for showcasing style! It works for both casual and formal spaces, depending on the grid of gallery wall and content of art. You can vary sixes and colors and it adds lots of personality and color to space. However—don’t use this look if safety is a concern—it’s not the best for kids rooms or earthquake zones. But if your location allows, this design looks great in midcentury modern, eclectic, rustic and glam styles.

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Sculptural Piece/Mirror

A single sculptural mirror, like a piece of art, is great for adding dimensional and shape w/o being too style-specific.It works with both formal and symmetrical bedrooms and is good for glam, modern and midcentury modern spaces.

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Curtains

If your bed is under a window, you can hang curtains that create a pattern behind the bed when closed. It’s great for a soft look, and the material can be solid or patterned fabric. This look is super striking and works in any style of space!

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Woodwork

Another of our favorite bedroom decor ideas is wood paneling behind the bed. Varying tones of wood create a dimensional look, and it’s great for adding warmth. This wall doesn’t need art hung on it or added decor—it’s all good on its own. It’s an awesome look for rustic style!

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Diptych Art

A diptych is a pair of paintings meant to be hung together like this hanging this above the bed! It’s great for a simple and symmetrical look or also as a statement piece. You can even pair different styles together—just keep in mind they are usually small in size.

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Garland

A simple idea that’s great for kids’ rooms and nurseries as well as adult rooms is to hang garland above bed! Swag the garland for a casual look that’s super fun and eclectic. It’s also super easy to change out and use in rentals.

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Room divider/folding screen

For a funky headboard idea, try using a folding screen behind the bed. It’s a great idea for open spaces like a loft or studio and it immediately adds dimension and color to a space. It’s super easy to move so you can easily rearrange the room anytime you like. And it feels casual, laid-back and artsy—the perfect addition to a variety of bedroom styles.

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Canopy

We love the look of a canopy over and behind the bed! A canopy can be part of the bed or hanging independently. It adds a soft look that’s very feminine and airy and is great for formal spaces. It’s a gorgeous look for kids’ spaces and adult space alike!

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Sculpture

For a dramatic look that works great in a small space, try something like this metal sculptural plate over the bed! It adds a bold effect that is unique and totally unexpected. This is a large plate with carving and is a heavy addition—so make sure it’s securely attached to the wall.

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Design 101: How to Decorate a Room in 10 Easy Steps

Whether it’s for a living room in your new home or for a small bedroom you’ve been meaning to decorate, gathering inspiration and dreaming up ideas for how to decorate a room in your home is always fun and exciting. When it comes to the actual designing part, though, it can quickly feel daunting and overwhelming. Where do you even begin?

For many people, the challenge often involves trying to do everything at once. You know you have to pick a paint color but should the furniture come first? In that case, should I start with a furniture layout for the space? But what about the art piece that I really want to hang up in the room? Maybe that will help me figure out where to put everything else? And so the cycle goes.

Not sure tackling a full design project is for you? Consider giving online interior design a try and have an expert Modsy designer show you how real furniture and decor will look and fit in your exact room!

We like to think that designing a room is like decorating a cake—you can’t think about the frosting when you don’t even have your batter. Take the time to figure out the foundational details—floor plan, layout—before you get to any decorating.

Still not sure how to design a room from start to finish? Check out our step-by-step guide below that breaks down the process of decorating a room, from planning the setup to adding the final finishing touch. Trust us, you’ll want to pocket this for all your design projects from here on out.

Easy Decor Tips1. Assess Your Space

The most important first step with any home design project is to ask yourself the basic questions about the room you are designing.

Is it a public or private space?

How much time do you spend here?

How do you want the space to work for your life?

Your needs for your master bedroom are different from those for your living room and dining space, which are gathering spots for lounging and entertaining. But maybe you want a seating area in your bedroom. If so, do you see yourself using it alot? How will it play into your everyday life?

Taking the time to assess these general questions will help you determine what you need for a specific space and thus inform all the decisions to come, from your budget to the right furniture.

Easy Decor Tips2. Consider Your Needs

You know what kind of room you want, now think about how you’ll use it. Being clear about your needs is crucial, as it will help determine the furniture you need for your space. You don’t want to make purchases that are hard to walk back on later.

With more people working from home and families homeschooling, we’re also asking a lot more of our spaces these days. So keep that in mind along with who shares the space with you and their needs as well.

Do you need to work in a small play area for young kids in your living room?

Turn a spare bedroom into a TV room?

Have a cat that claws at anything upholstered?

Add an office in your bedroom?

Knowing how you want to use the space for will guide the pieces you put in it!

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Easy Decor Tips3. Decide On Your Style

If you know us, you knew this was coming! Bringing your personal style into your space is one of the most important parts in designing a room. But it can also feel challenging if you’re not sure what your style is.

Start by getting yourself inspired. Spend time browsing Pinterest, Instagram, and some design blogs, saving all the things you like. If you’re designing a bedroom, archive any paint color ideas, cool furniture shapes, and even bedroom storage pieces that stand out to you. This is all about information (and inspiration) gathering, so make it fun and leisurely for yourself.

Once you’ve gathered a handful of images and design ideas, look over everything you’ve saved and then edit your findings down to your favorites and the ideas that make the most sense for your space. For instance, if you love minimalism but have young messy kids, you know that the sleek all-white look won’t fly, but you can still consider white furniture that’s kid-friendly.

What you’ll end up with is a clearer sense of your personal style and aesthetic for the room you’re designing. If you don’t know where to start, browse all our Design Ideas or take our Style Quiz!

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Easy Decor Tips4. Come Up With Your Layout

Many people skip this step, but finding the right layout is incredibly important. Whether you’re working with a small bedroom or a spacious living room, planning out where furniture will go will make everything that comes after a million times easier.

Consider the architectural features of your room that could limit how you use the space. For example, you might have a big bedroom that can fit a full-size seating area but there’s only one wall where you can actually place a sofa. Or maybe your dining room has no windows, which means you’ll likely have to take advantage of the vertical wall space and invest more in light fixtures. You might also be at the mercy of outlets where you’ll have to put your TV.

Spend the time to plan out what you want and where you want to place things. And don’t be afraid of layout hacks, like floating your furniture. Getting creative with a solid layout is guaranteed to completely change how you think about and use your space in the end.

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cheap room decor5. Plan Your Budget

Now we move into the necessary not-so-fun part: Money planning. In simple terms, furniture is expensive, so deciding on a budget for your room and being firm about how much you want to spend is essential. If you’re not one for hard and fast numbers, give yourself a budget range.

A good jumping-off point is to think about what are your investment pieces and what are things you can skimp on. If you’re designing a small bedroom with limited storage space, do you want to budget money for a dresser? If you want to paint the bedroom, will it be one wall or the entire room? Can you measure and calculate how much paint you’ll need?

Use this step to come up with a rough outline of furniture, decor, and accent pieces and how much you want to spend on each.

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Easy Decor Tips6. Pick Your Color Palette

The last step in the planning process is to come up with the color scheme for your space. Whether you paint your walls or not, having a focused color palette is what will set your room apart.

Look back to some of the inspiration you pulled and see if there’s a common color theme. If not, do you prefer a more neutral home? Or do you like to have a few pops of color in any given room? Or are you all for color and ready to go full-steam with a bold technicolor bedroom?

There’s no right or wrong way to approach color, but if you’re a design beginner, we suggest sticking to a considered palette of two to three light neutral shades.

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Easy Decor Tips7. Lay The Foundational Furniture

O.K. Now things start to pick up. Using your room layout as a guide and following the rough outline of what you need, you can finally start shopping.

Begin with your foundation furniture, which are your investment pieces and the main designs that will take up the most room and set the tone in your space. In a living room, these are usually the sofa or sectional, TV stand, and armchairs. In a bedroom, it’s likely the bed and any bedroom storage pieces, like a dresser or armoire.

While shopping, be sure to stay true to your style, which you should now have a good idea about. Once you nail down the general foundational pieces, you’ll have a much easier time decorating the rest of your room.

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Easy Decor Tips8. Add Accent Pieces

Move on to your accent furniture, which are things like your bedroom nightstands, living room coffee table, office bookcases, etc.

Be sure to consider your space and the function of these pieces in the room. What’s the best floor lamp height for your living room? How many levels do you need your bookshelf to be? Would your bedroom feel cramped with two bedside tables actually? Or do you need to add a bench for a catchall that also rounds out the look in your bedroom?

Accent pieces are great for creating contrast in a room. Think wood nightstands if you have an upholstered bed, or go for a slim coffee table if you have an overstuffed sofa.

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Easy Decor Tips9. Mix Materials & Textures

Speaking of contrast, you’ll want to also keep an eye out for accent furniture featuring interesting materials and textures.

Think of them as the secret ingredients that ties a room together, be it natural-fiber accents, leather pieces and cowhide touches, or grainy rough-hewn wood furniture. Like your color palette, these details will help make your space appear more layered and give a room that “wow” factor.

Textiles are an easy way to bring in a diverse mix of materials and textures. For instance, you can combine plush velvet and light linen designs in a bedroom for a chic and airy pairing. Or you can lean into metals and mix brass with iron and steel designs for an industrial edge in the living room or bedroom. The key is to experiment with a wide mix of textures and materials.

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Easy Decor Tips10. Decorate With Finishing Touches

The last step is also the one most of us look forward to: Adding in the finishing touches. If your furniture is mostly neutral, you can easily bring color and texture to your space by curating thoughtful finishing touches. These usually consist of small decor touches like art, pillows, baskets, trays, rugs, and unique items that will light up a room.

No matter your space, be it your home office or a guest bedroom, opt for finishing touches that can easily be swapped out over time or seasonally. For example, you can liven up an all-white bedroom in the spring with bright patterned pillows and wall art, but you can also just as easily warm up the room in the winter with a few silver throws and graphic black-and-white pillows that don’t veer away from your palette.

Most importantly, remember to stay true to your style. Your completed room should reflect your personal style and design aesthetic!

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Clutter-Free Dreams: 11 of Our Best Bedroom Storage Ideas

Clutter in the bedroom is a major design no in our book. When there’s too much stuff in the bedroom, it turns what’s supposed to be the most relaxing and restful place in your home into a stressful space. As the saying goes: “A cluttered room is a cluttered mind.”

Now more than ever with so much going on in our lives, a clutter-free bedroom is even more important for our sanity’s sake. This is where good bedroom design ideas come in, and on the top of that list is smart storage. And no, you don’t need a full built-in closet to maximize storage in your bedroom. Whether you have a large master bedroom or live in a small studio apartment, you just need the right bedroom storage furniture for your space. It can range from a hefty wardrobe armoire to underbed storage or a mix of pretty storage baskets that you can easily tuck under tables and into corners.

To provide you with some guidance for streamlined organization in the bedroom, we’ve rounded up our favorite ways to add more storage space with smart furnishings. Read on for our picks and design tips!

Floating Shelves

With any small bedroom design, beyond closet space and a dresser, vertical storage such as floating shelves are key. Ones with cubbies are even better for corralling small everyday items.

Why It Works: Whether you hang them above your bed or along an empty wall, floating shelves give you open storage that doubles as attractive displays. They can disguise random decor, like books, plants, candles, and art, as curated and organized vignettes.

Great for… Small bedrooms with little to no floor space. If you have things that you just can’t let go of, floating shelves also lets you arrange them into displays that don’t look or feel like clutter.

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Elevated Nightstand

Maximizing bedroom storage is as simple as choosing a raised nightstand. They not only let you squirrel away things like a basket or bin underneath it, but they also have an airy look to them.

Why It Works: First of all, nightstands with open bases are compact so they can work in any space. Many of them have drawers, giving you three-times the storage (on the surface, inside, and underneath) for everything from books to phone chargers to slippers, all within easy reach.

Great for… those looking for an affordable, stylish, and versatile bedside table option. You can’t go wrong with a streamlined and elevated nightstand as long as it suits your style and space.

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Wardrobe Armoire

No closet? No problem. Invest in a wardrobe armoire with tons of closed storage for clothes and more. The best part is that it’s a big piece that takes up vertical rather than floor space.

Why It Works: Think of the wardrobe as the all-in-one storage piece. It’s a dresser and a closet that lets you hide everything, from clothing and shoes to bed linens and towels. It has deep compartments so you can also create your own storage system inside with baskets and bins.

Great for… those who have zero closet space in the bedroom or even those who need more clothing storage. This is also perfect for keeping messes hidden behind closed doors.

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Underbed Bins

The space below our beds is often underutilized. It’s prime storage space for baskets and bins that are easy to access. If you’re out of ideas for bedroom storage, make the most of this area.

Why It Works: Whether you use pretty decorative baskets or add in a glide system of plastic bins under your bed, it’s the perfect place for stashing away seasonal clothes, shoes, blankets, comforters, books, and other bulky items. Consider lidded containers, which help keep out dust.

Great for… kids bedrooms where there are items they’ll grow out of with age but need to be stored for the time being. Underbed storage is also great in dorm rooms and shared bedrooms.

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Platform Storage Bed

On the other hand, you can also opt for a platform bed with deep storage drawers instead. It’s the perfect clean-lined investment piece that also gives you tons of functional bedroom storage.

Why It Works: This two-in-one bed and storage piece can easily replace your dresser or closet space. These platform beds often come with spacious drawers that can hold comforters and pillows as well as big coats. Just make sure you have space all around to pull out the drawers.

Great for… studio apartments where your bedroom and living area are one and you’re probably pressed for closet space.

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Mid-Century Dresser

When it comes to bedroom storage furniture that has both good looks and tons of space inside, consider a large Mid-Century dresser. It’s an investment piece that will be functional for years.

Why It Works: If you have the floor space, a Mid-Century dresser will provide you with storage for clothing, books, files, and anything else you want to keep stylishly out of sight. Not to mention, you can also use the surface for storage as a vanity or style your dresser top with decor and art.

Great for… typical spacious bedrooms and guest rooms where you can add bigger furniture pieces and stress less about floor space because it’s not a space you interact with daily.

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Bedside Chest Of Drawers

Enlist a pair of chest of drawers instead of standard-size nightstands to increase storage all around. Typically designed with three drawers, these chests are best in big bedrooms.

Why It Works: Doubling as nightstands and dressers, chests of drawers can hold clothing, extra linens, and other personal items while keeping it conveniently bedside. This approach works well in couples’ bedrooms as it gives each person their own separate storage space.

Great for… any couple’s large master bedroom where practical storage is needed beyond the closet. The double-dresser look also works beautifully with any style bedroom furniture.

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Storage Bench

One of our favorite bedroom storage ideas is pulling in a pretty and practical storage bench. It provides comfort as a seat while also allowing you to hide clutter in plain sight. It’s a win win.

Why It Works: The deep compartment under the upholstered seat top is great for extra blankets, linens, and pillows. Meanwhile, it also blends seamlessly into any room as a seat. This is our idea of sneaky storage that’s simple and stylish, and it’s the easiest way to contain clutter.

Great for… master bedrooms, kids rooms, and guest rooms alike. A storage bench works in any room given its versatile nature. Try lining up two under a bedroom window for a chic setup.

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bedroom storage furnitureLidded Baskets

If you already have your key storage pieces in place and are looking for smaller containers to corral things, baskets are always our go-to. They often come in sets and work in any setting.

Why It Works: Lidded baskets can easily be styled into any space, no matter the size of the room or the style of furniture. Whether you use just one or a cluster in various sizes that are spread out, they always give you a chic and clean look and can hold more than you think inside.

Great for… all bedrooms. You can tuck one under a nightstand or a few under the bed. There are endless basket storage ideas, and how you use them is up to you. Plus, they’re affordable!

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Bookcase With Open Shelving

For an alternative to nightstands and dressers, consider an open bookcase for bedside storage instead. It utilizes vertical wall space while the shelves also become a sort of curated focal point.

Why It Works: It’s a creative approach to a nightstand and bedroom storage that saves you a ton of floor space, so you can’t beat that. You can use a shelf for nightstand essentials, books, art, and other small decor that you want to display rather than hide as well. Make it a point to curate the objects on the shelves to appear purposeful, which will help minimize visual clutter.

Great for… those looking for stylish but clever home storage solutions for their bedroom. Also, if your bedroom has high ceilings or if you want to show off your style without hanging up art.

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Modern Closet Rack

For a thoroughly modern approach to storage in your bedroom, try setting up a streamlined open clothes rack and closet system. It’s a chic way to turn your wardrobe into a showcase that also saves space.

Why It Works: An open storage rack provides you with easy access to all your everyday clothing and accessories. Even if you have closet space, you can still use one as an extension for the fashion pieces you wear the most. Hang a mirror on the rack to make it a feel like its own dressing area and a centerpiece in your room.

Great for… city apartments where you have small closets or in a bedroom where you want to infuse a more loft-life look and feel. The open closet rack definitely has a high-style fashion vibe to it while giving you plenty of extra storage.

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Dresser Styling: 10 Ways to Decorate This Bedroom Essential

It’s safe to say that most bedrooms have a dresser. But it’s important to remember that a dresser is not only a piece of furniture for clothing storage—but it also offers surface space to your room! And it’s important to consider this element in bedroom design if you want a space that feels polished and considered.

dresser decorating ideasBut what do you put on a dresser? And how do you style it in a way that looks polished and not cluttered? First, there are many ways to style a bedroom dresser, so there’s not one right or wrong answer! It all depends on your needs—Is the dresser in a kids room? Is there a TV on top of it? Do you need extra space for storage and organization?—your personal style, and what else is happening in your space. (Aka the room shape, size, and window placement.)

But there are some universal tips that you can use to style your dresser. And we’re not just talking tips for on top of your dresser, but also for around it. Keep reading for our 10 best dresser decorating ideas and tips on how to style your dresser in a way that complements your design style!

For the Contemporary TV Viewer

When you have a TV on or hung above your dresser, we recommend adding low-profile decor on the dresser top. Think: short vases and plants or a small stack of books. You want to make sure you don’t obscure the view of the TV. But using these elements on your dresser top helps incorporate the TV into the design so that it doesn’t feel like an eyesore.

We also love the idea of having a full-length mirror next to your dresser for getting dressed and having a tall basket nearby for laundry or extra storage. A taller plant on the other side of the dresser helps visually balance out the overall set-up.

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Refined Rustic Lover

Going for a symmetrical design is a more formal approach to dresser styling—but one that certainly looks beautiful. Top your dresser with a mix of sentimental objects, photos of loved ones or favorite vacations, and a plant for a vase of flowers. (And maybe even a tray for your morning coffee!) But don’t overdo it—keep your dresser top decor simple and refined.

With this approach, we like the idea of centering a mirror over the dresser—just make sure it’s no more than two-thirds the width of the dresser. Because then you can hang sconces or pendants on either side, saving surface space on your dresser while still giving you cozy layered lighting. However, this lighting approach is definitely more permanent—so it’s not great for renters or if you like to rearrange your layout often!

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Contemporary Collector

Love an eclectic bedroom design? We have some bedroom dresser decor ideas for that. Hanging a tapestry above your dresser adds soft texture and an interesting decorative element. Pair that with a large lamp to add light and give an eclectic flair to the set-up. We also love the idea of using a hat as a decorative element in your dresser styling—which also allows you to keep it close-at-hand for sunny days!

Add a practical element with a hanging clothing rack for jackets, hats, and bags, as well as a nearby mirror for getting ready. And a record player atop your dresser lets you enjoy your favorite music while beginning and ending each day.

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Discerning Collector

Hanging a mixed media gallery wall above your dresser is a perfect way to incorporate a small TV, a mirror, and some favorite artwork. With a busier wall design, keep the surface of your dresser minimal but personal—with personal touches like a jewelry box, picture frames, and fresh flowers. A neutral color palette creates a cohesive look and keeps it from feeling too eclectic. Meanwhile, large plants add texture.

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For the Mod Enthusiast

Bedroom decorating can be challenging when you have to work around doors and windows. If you have a window above your dresser, keep dresser top decor simple below the window and don’t block the view. Above, you’ll see a great example of how to style a dresser under a window, with just a lamp, vases, and a box for trinkets or jewelry. Since the dresser top design is more simple, we added a practical element to the side, with a wall mirror, stool, and storage basket—along with some cheery pops of yellow!

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Classic Collector

Just because you have a smaller dresser doesn’t mean you can’t utilize large decor. In fact, we recommend it! It’s a fun, unexpected way to play with scale. And, as long as you’re embracing the drama, consider some dramatic contrast with colors as well—like dark walls with pink, orange, and gold decorative accents.

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Rustic Traveler

Add some personality and color to your dresser set-up with a large piece of art hung above your dresser. Pair it with layered decor like baskets, plants, and an interesting lamp. Small baskets atop your dresser are perfect for jewelry, scrunchies, or makeup.

Next to the dresser, add extra storage with woven laundry hampers and other baskets—which coordinate with the baskets on the top of the dresser. A large mirror makes getting dressed and checking your outfit a breeze, plus helps make your room appear larger—a great hack for small bedroom designs!

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Contemporary Minimalist

Are you a minimalist? Go for a clean and clutter-free dresser top. Include just what you need—a small, practical lamp, and perhaps your journal and current book to keep them nearby. Opting for a larger mirror gives you a more bold, contemporary look. (And we love how the shape of this mirror echoes the shape of the dresser.) A simple, muted color palette keeps the look calm and clean.

A hamper next to the dresser is really the only other thing you need. Just make sure you opt for one with a lid if you don’t like seeing dirty socks and want to have a more streamlined look!

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Rustic Bohemian

A trunk-style dresser is a bold and unique bedroom furniture piece—not to mention very sturdy. Layering decor on and near your dresser promotes an eclectic vibe. The tapestry, mirror, and basket all add some wonderful texture. (And the basket offers both storage and an aesthetically pleasing way to fill out the empty space next to your dresser.) On top of your dresser, play with different heights of objects—like taller vases and a simple tray, perfect for placing your morning cup of tea in a way that keeps the look classy and helps ensure you don’t spill on your dresser! But, with all these layers and textures, you may want to ground the look in an earthy color palette, which gives this space a soothing vibe.

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dresser decorating ideasFor the Kids Bedroom

There are many approaches you can take to styling the dresser in your child’s bedroom—but we love taking the practical approach. In a nursery, you may want to simply go for a dresser with a changing table topper. But once you’re past the diaper-changing phase, you can leave the changing table topper on there and use it to help corral clutter and keep things organized! Here, we’re using it for layered storage of toys, blankets, and other necessities—great for small rooms that don’t have a ton of storage. We love baskets as an easy and low-maintenance way to stash kids toys. And, during the day, you can just set the basket on the floor and let your kids dig in!

To balance out the practicality of layered storage, we went with a colorful and youthful approach—with bright walls, fun poms on the basket covers, and a lovely lamp.

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7 Bedroom Design Tips to Help You Sleep Better

You don’t need us to tell you how important a good night’s sleep is to your health.

And while we all know catching our full 8 hours of uninterrupted Z’s is important, it can be hard for many of us to actually make that happen.

Because while it would be great if our habits simply guided by our intentions, they more often are triggered by our environments. A well-designed bedroom can be a key ingredient in a bedtime routine that makes sleep a priority.

Here are 7 bedroom design tips to help you get better sleep.

bedroom design tips1. Find the Right Spot

The placement of your bed can have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep.

Consider where the sources of natural light are in your bedroom and where your bed is in relation to things like doors and walkways. Bedroom Feng Shui principles suggest that you avoid placing your bed directly in line with the door and, if possible, try and place your headboard against a solid wall.

Ultimately what matters most is that you find the layout that is most comfortable for you. If you need help, Modsy can show you optimal layouts for your space in a 3D model of your room.

Bedroom design tips2. Park Your Screens

We all know it’s good sleep hygiene to put down our screens at least 30 minutes before going to bed.

Bake this habit into your bedtime routine by carving out a designated place to park your electronics so they don’t detract from a good night’s rest. Try placing a charging station on the other side of the room, or consider adding a tray to your nightstand to hold your phone at night.

By creating a designated place to hold your electronics you can get into the habit of eliminating pre-bedtime distractions and get a better night’s rest.

3. Keep It Climatized

Outfitting your bedroom to keep you comfortable is super important.

If you run cold, consider adding extra blankets and fluffy pillows to your bed. If you run hot, look for sheets that will help keep you cool at night.

bedroom design tips4. Layer Your Lighting

Having only one, bright overhead light in your bedroom is the opposite of relaxing. Try adding different light sources in your bedroom to create a layered and relaxing vibe.

This will give you more control over how bright your space is. Turn it up bright in the morning when you’re getting ready and opt for softer light in the evening when you’re winding down.

5. Ban Clutter

There’s nothing like a big pile of dirty laundry staring you in the face to make going to bed less relaxing.

Kick clutter to the curb by designing a bedroom with ample storage. When everything has a place, keeping your bedroom tidy will be much easier.

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6. Designate Areas for Different Activities

For many of us, our pre-bedtime routine might involve as many things as laying in bed, watching TV, and working on our laptops all at once. This jumble of activities can confuse our brains and make it hard to focus on getting a good night’s sleep.

Try creating a designated space for different activities in your bedroom. Maybe you have a desk by your bed where you attend to some late-night paperwork. A comfy armchair in the corner can provide a great reading nook.

This can help create environmental cues that tell your brain when it’s time to do what. So at the end of a long day, when you finally do tuck yourself into bed, your brain knows it’s time to sleep.

bedroom design tips7. Make It Yours

Your bedroom, like the rest of your home, should be a reflection of you!

There’s no greater deterrent to good sleep than a bedroom that you hate spending time in.

Pick furniture and decor that speaks to you and turn your bedroom into a place you want to go to bed early in. So even if you can’t – because you know, life – it’ll still feel like a treat when you finally get there.

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