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6 Examples of How to Design a Living Room With 2 Entrances

We’ve covered off on many different types of living room layouts—from awkward living room designs to large open rooms that maximize space by floating furniture. Now we’re tackling living rooms with a uniquely awkward conundrum: The living room with 2 entrances.

A common design feature in homes, a living room with two entrances can be a tricky floor plan to furnish. In addition to figuring out the right living Room furniture, you also have to consider the traffic flow in the space room based on the doorways and where they lead.

To inspire you and provide some guidance, we’ve broken down six rooms with double entrances to show you different ways to make it work.

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1. An L-Shaped Living Room With Two Entrances

The Layout: An L-shaped living room with two entrances. One entrance is an opening that leads to a dining room; the other is a door that connects to the outdoor patio off the living room.

Additionally, the room also features a fireplace that’s directly in between the two entry points. The L-shape design of the space also provides a small nook that acts like a separate room.

overview of living room that has a fireplace and seating area with a home office off to the side

How To Make It Work:

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Arrange conversational seating. A conversational seating area set-up works best in this room. The two chairs face a sofa, and the arrangement is centered in front of the fireplace, which creates a more balanced look and flow throughout the space.

living room with white modern sofa and sculptural black side table

Zone it with a rug. The seating area is also set off as a focal point with a rug. All of the furniture is on the rug, making it clear that is the main seating area. The rug is also pulled up close to the fireplace, which creates a path on the other side with good flow and lots of walking room.

Add other functions. Making the most of small spaces within the room will help make the room feel more spacious. The floor mirror in one corner reflects light and gives the illusion of more space, while the office corner brings added function to the room and makes it feel larger as well.

Designer Tip: Use furniture with lower profiles and open designs, like the leather accent chairs, to keep the line of vision open from the entrance to the outside door. This will play up a more open look and feel in the room.

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2. A Narrow, Rectangular Living Room With Two Entrances

The Layout: An 18×11 foot rectangular living room with two entrances on opposite ends. One is an open archway that leads to a hallway; the other consists of double doors connecting to another room.

The double doors can be shut to give the space a more formal room-like look and feel. Additionally, the room also features a large window along one wall that lets in unobstructed light.

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How To Make It Work:

Arrange furniture along the walls. Given the long and narrow shape of the room, this set-up is ideal. The sofa along the window wall, the bar cart across from it, and the armchair in the corner keeps the layout feeling open and maximizes the room’s flow from entrance to entrance.

Make the sofa the focal point. With a narrow room, centering a sofa along a wall is the easiest way to bring symmetry and balance to the space. You can then decorate and build the room with the rest of your furnishings from there.

Have moveable pieces. Having pieces that are easy to move is good when you have entrances that require doors to open into the space. The rolling bar cart, ottoman, and low coffee table can all be moved around as needed for entertaining or to make more room.

Designer Tip: In a long and narrow space, captivating art on the walls and a patterned rug on the ground are key. They’ll keep the eye moving and also distract from the room’s compact and narrow shape.

modern rustic living room with layered jute rugs, a white sofa and modern nesting coffee table

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3. A Large Open Living-Dining Room With Two Entrances

The Layout: A large square living room with an open doorway and a narrow entry. The large doorway leads to the dining room and kitchen; the narrow one connects into a small hallway.

The two entrances occupy two of the living room walls. Another wall is taken up by a pair of large windows. And a last wall in the room features two more windows flanking a fireplace, which sits directly opposite the opening to the dining and kitchen area. All of this leaves little to no wall space for furniture to be placed around the room.

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How To Make It Work:

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Float all your furniture. Given there’s very little wall space to work with in this open living room, this approach is the most functional. By floating a sofa, coffee table, ottomans, and armchairs, you get a seating area that’s comfortable with plenty of walking room.

Partition with a sofa. Make the sofa the focal point in front of the opening to the dining and kitchen area. This centers the sofa across from the fireplace, and it also subtly acts as a wall that sections off the living room as its own space.

Keep your hallway open. By placing accent chairs and ottomans opposite the wall with the hallway entrance, you’ll maximize the flow in the space with a clear path into the living room as well as the dining and kitchen areas.

Designer Tip: With a random opening or an awkward entrance in a room, you want to de-emphasize its odd placement. To draw attention away from the narrow entrance in this room, a series of artwork flanking the doorway offers balance, symmetry, and a bold decor element.

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4. A Formal Living Room With Two Entrances

The Layout: A very long rectangular room with openings at each end to other rooms in the home. The living room feels almost like a giant thruway sandwiched between two entrances.

Along one wall, double doors and windows open to the outside. So, technically there are three ways to enter this living room. A fireplace also occupies another wall at one end of the room.

aerial view of traditional style living room with white sectional sofa and blue floral print rug

How To Make It Work:

traditional style reading nook by fireplace

Arrange multiple functional areas. Keeping the seating layout off to one side instead of floating it in the room can help the large space feel more intimate and cozy. This also leaves room for a seating area near the fireplace as well as a console area on the other end.

large living room with tv focal point

Create a TV focal point. The TV mounted on the wall is flanked with sconces, which makes the whole display a focus in the room. This also helps to center the room’s seating arrangement and gives a sense of visual balance to the overall space.

Maintain a triangular flow. The overall flow and walking zone in the room is a triangle shape that goes from the entrance to double doors behind the sofa to the opposite entrance. Be sure to keep this path clear to maintain the flow. It will make the room’s layout feel more intentional.

Designer Tip: Low-profile furnishings are a great option for long rooms with low ceilings, like this one. The large sectional here makes for a substantial piece but isn’t super tall so it keeps the line of vision open from each entrance, while also giving the room an airy feel.

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5. Small Living Room With Two Entrances

The Layout: A small 12’x12’ living room with two entrances on the same wall. There is also a window on the wall opposite the entrances. This creates two focal points in the space, making the layout of the furniture limited and a challenge.

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How To Make It Work:

living room with jute rug and white sectional sofa

Make the most of corners. Arrange furnishings in corners and along walls to optimize space. This setup invites you ‘into’ the room, with the sofa lining one wall and the TV and bookcase directly across from it—which creates a relaxing TV and reading zone.

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Keep furnishings on one side. In a small room with smaller archway entrances, it’s best to keep the space open and not put anything in the way that blocks or makes the entrances tighter and harder to get to. Here, the entry areas and seating area are directly opposite each other.

Designer Tips: The focal point in this small room is the arched doorway by default. Complement its unique shape by decorating the vertical space around it with art and a standing bookcase, which will make it feel more like a part of the room rather than an entrance.

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6. Living Room With 2 Adjoining Entrances

The Layout: A long living room with two side-by-side corner entrances that lead into other rooms. They’re also accompanied by a corner fireplace, which makes one side of the room with all the architectural elements the main focal point in the space. On the other side, built-in shelves and a large picture window offer a second focal point.

white living room with boho style and layered rugs

How To Make It Work:

Center a floating seating area. By floating and centering the seating area, it gives the room an inviting feeling and opens the space up to all the entrances. The sofa faces the fireplace and the entrances to the room, which visually invites you into the space.

Zoning with a mix of rugs. A mix of different style rugs help delineate the different areas in the room. A large rectangular rug sits under the main seating area, a hide rug marks the fireplace with an accent chair, and a smaller rug defines one of the two entrances to the room.

Designer Tip: In a long space with multiple focal points, the key is to maintain a cohesive look throughout. This keeps the space feeling balanced. For example, the fireplace and area between the entrances is decorated with furnishings to balance out the other side of the room

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Two Functional Layout Ideas for a 14×14 Living Room With Multiple Windows and Doorways

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. We show you different ways to layout a space—because we’re big believers in working with what you’ve got!

The Space: A 14×14 living room

The Challenge: Finding the right furniture arrangement with all of the architectural constraints of this 14×14 living room.

Sometimes the architectural elements of a space dictate the layout or furniture arrangement. That’s definitely a factor in this space. This living room has two walls with two windows each, along with three openings to different parts of the house. This makes it almost a pass-through space, with people likely walking through the space regularly to get to other parts of the home.

The combination of the architectural elements and the high-traffic zone means arranging furniture can be a challenge. But we didn’t want these challenges to keep us from creating a cozy, comfortable living area that a whole family can enjoy. So, some artful space planning was required. We landed on two living room layouts that work with the flow of the floor plan and maximize the possibilities within the space. Read on for these two creative living room design ideas.

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Layout Idea #1: Living Room with Bistro Table Seating Area

In this living room layout, we created two distinct seating areas, using the living room furniture to make the most of the space. The sofa is tucked between the two windows on one of the window walls, creating a sense of symmetry to ground the main seating area. This is more of an open living room layout, with the sofa and accent seating facing out, toward the openings that lead to other rooms.

But there’s also enough space in this living room to create a secondary seating area along the solid wall. Overall, this furniture layout optimizes seating without blocking the openings and doorways into this space.

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Create a Conversational Main Seating Area

The sofa along the window wall anchors the main seating area of this living room. And putting accent seating adjacent to the sofa creates a conversational layout. Since it’s open to the rest of the room, it creates a sense of welcome to anyone passing through the space.

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Use Accent Furniture to Maximize the Space

The coffee table and side tables in this living area help make the most of this high-traffic living room. Since this space connects with so many other rooms in the house, you can expect a lot of coming and going in this living room. Opting for a round coffee table makes it easy to walk around the seating area (no fear of bumping into sharp edges!) while providing ample surface space for anyone enjoying the main seating area. And a C-table rather than a traditional side table adds surface space for a laptop or beverage to the far side of the sofa without blocking the doorway on that side of the room.

Bonus Decorating Idea: Use large plants to visually fill out what would otherwise be an empty corner! It’s one of those simple but impactful decorating ideas that doesn’t take up much space but makes a big difference!

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Add in a Secondary Seating Area

The addition of a bistro table and pair of wingback chairs adds another comfy place to sit in this living room. And the chair choice was intentional—rather than placing dining chairs with this table, we chose comfy, upholstered chairs that could be enjoyed for hours. This seating nook is a great place to play board games or cards, enjoy breakfast or a casual dinner, or for an easy work-from-home space. It also brings some versatility into this living room, as the chairs can be pulled into the main seating area when more seating is needed.

 

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Layout Idea #2: Entertainment Area with Bonus Home Office

This approach to the 14×14 living room was more about creating an entertainment area where TV and movie nights could be enjoyed. In this living room layout, the main seating area faces inward, toward the window wall. The chaise sofa divides the room almost in half, creating a designated seating zone and a walkway to easily move through this space to different rooms in the house.

In terms of functionality, you could leave it there. But, lo and behold, there is room for a little something extra—a desk behind the sofa! This bonus home office area lets you get a little more function out of this space.

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Create a Cozy Seating Area

Give your family a cozy place to lounge by opting for a chaise sofa. This gives you extra space to spread out, and the chaise helps create more of a distinct zone for this seating area. The sofa is accented with a round coffee table and an accent chair for additional seating and comfort.

In terms of TV placement, a media stand sits opposite the sofa for optimal viewing. We positioned it squarely between the windows to create some symmetry within the space.

White room with cognac pouf and wicker chair

Squeeze in a Workspace

Since the sofa is floating in the middle of the living room, it’s nice to have a piece of furniture behind the sofa to help anchor it. You could go simple with a bench or console table—but you can also maximize the function of this living room by adding a writing desk. The combination of the desk, chair, and lamp serve a similar function as a sofa table while giving you a workspace to pay bills, work from home, or sit your kids down to do their homework. This creates multiple uses to the back area of the sofa, which would just be a pass-through area otherwise.

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Use Rugs to Establish Zones

Rugs play a huge part in helping create two distinct zones within this living room. A large and colorful area rug grounds the seating area, while a simple jute runner zones the walk-through space and provides a soft grounding for the desk and chair. Essentially, the way these two rugs are used offer a visual cue that there are two uses within this living room.

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My Modsy Story: Balancing My Love of Knick-knacks with a Classic Design

As a realtor, Meredith makes it her mission to help her clients find their dream homes. But her busy schedule and penchant for sparkly home goods left her own home feeling cluttered and neglected for 5 years.

 

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Homeowner: Meredith K.

Spaces: Living Room and Dining Room

My Style: Rustic Traveler

Customer space before Modsy

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The Backstory

Five years ago, I moved into the house that had belonged to my grandparents. It was built in 1938 and is loaded with charming accents like crown molding, a beautiful fireplace, and dramatic arched entryways leading from the living room to the dining area.

When I moved in, I brought the furniture I already owned. None of it really fit well in the space, but with my busy career in real estate, I became so focused on making my clients happy in their homes that I was forsaking my own design dreams.

Dining room with blue upholstered chairs

The Design Dilemma

I’d say that I have good taste, but a busy schedule and penchant for sparkly home goods had left my house feeling cluttered and disjointed. After living this way for so long, I was starting to feel a little frazzled in my space. Plus, my adorable 16-week-old kitten was wreaking havoc on my furniture! So, when some of my real estate clients mentioned the convenience and nominal price of Modsy, I jumped at the chance to get the design help I’d needed for so long.

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The Modsy Moment

When I saw my 3D designs for the first time, I thought “HOLY $#@&! Can my house really look this good?” I was just so excited to know that each item in the design was to scale, would fit perfectly in my space, and was selected based on my particular style and layout needs.

The designs my designer created for me included upholstered items that were cute and kitty-proof. There was also plenty of storage for my sparkly ephemera, but the design was aesthetically balanced enough to not compete with my more flamboyant keepsakes. (I have a gold octopus figurine in a birdcage in my dining room and I’m keeping it there!) It was also nice to have the 3D Editor to try out my own design ideas for the space, which was much easier than moving my actual sofa around the living room. My designer and I were able to communicate design concepts both visually and over email, making the whole process a breeze.

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The Real Results

Once the design portion of my project was done, it was so nice to be able to place all the items I liked from my design directly into my cart and purchase them all at once. As I wait for each item to arrive, I am refinishing my floors, painting, and hanging drapery. It’s all so fun and makes me feel even more exhilarated to bring my beautiful design together in real life!

 

 

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Design Challenge: One Living Room, Three Budgets

We’re going to start by stating the obvious: furniture is expensive. (Raise your hand if you had sticker shock the first time you saw the price for a sofa or bed frame!) But it also happens to be one of life’s little necessities. And if you’re getting your first apartment, living solo for the first time, or buying your first home and upgrading to more “grown-up” furniture, it can definitely feel overwhelming to figure out how to furnish your home and still afford to pay your bills and buy groceries.

Many of our Modsy clients are unsure how to think about budget and what to expect when starting a design project. How much does it cost to furnish a whole room? If you’re buying furniture over time, where do you start and what can wait? How do you make your space livable without it being fully furnished? It’s enough to make your head spin! So, we tapped one of our top designers to show us how she’d decorate one room with three different budgets.

Our hope is that this exercise will show you how far different budgets can get you when designing a room from scratch, as well as give you some practical living room design ideas. Of course, not everyone is starting from scratch—perhaps you’re starting with an existing sofa or decorating around a dining room table. But to level the playing field and show you as accurately as possible what it takes to design a full room, we’re starting with nothing but an empty room!

With some smart design choices and a couple of insider hacks, a Modsy designer can help you make the most of any budget. Read on to see how far $3,500, $10,000, and $20,000 will get you when designing a living room.

Budget Living Room in a casual coastal style

The Before

Here’s a little context before we get started: The room we’re designing is a 19’x17’ living room with a fireplace. Our designer’s main priorities for the space were to offer the functional basics and a conversational layout, with as much seating, storage, and surfaces as possible for each budget.

Budget Living Room in a casual coastal style

Design #1: Living Room With a $3,500 Budget

With a $3,500 budget, you’re just getting the bare necessities. When you’re starting with an empty living room, prioritizing function is key. So, we started with the living room essentials.

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What You Get

  • A Simple Sofa: For a budget-friendly sofa, we opted for a comfortable but less expensive option. Though it’s a fabric-upholstered sofa (made in a durable vinyl), it has a faux leather look which we like. The single bench seat cushion gives the sofa a sleek but simple look. It has smaller dimensions than the average sofa, being shorter and less deep, which helps keep the price point lower.
  • Basic Accent Furniture: The simple accent chairs, side table, coffee table, and floor lamp help fill out the function in this space. They offer a bare minimum for surface space and seating and are all 100% focused on functionality. But that doesn’t mean they’re lacking in style! Small details—whether the shape, material, or finish make them still feel like thoughtful pieces within the space.
  • A Synthetic-Fiber Rug: Why are rugs so expensive? Size and material are huge factors. So, we opted for a rug with slightly smaller dimensions and made of synthetic fibers (since synthetic-fiber rugs tend to be more affordable than their natural fiber counterparts). This rug is made of a combo of polyester and polypropylene and woven in a beautiful, global-inspired pattern that makes it look more expensive than it is. It provides necessary floor protection and helps to “zone” the floating furniture, but the material it’s made out of means it won’t last forever. (AKA, this isn’t an investment piece but rather a rug that does the trick for now!)
  • Minimal Decor: There wasn’t a ton of money left in the budget for decor—but we didn’t want to leave this living room feeling bare. So, one statement piece of wall art above the fireplace (a beautiful landscape painting) adds color and a touch of intentionality to the space. A basket next to the sofa adds a touch of hidden storage, and a few throw pillows and a plant help finish the look.

Budget Living Room in a casual coastal style

The Strategy: Function With a Few Frills

This is a “no-frills” living room design. When decorating on a budget, you’re getting the basics and not much else. But we didn’t skimp on functionality. Even with a smaller budget, we were able to fill out the space with essential furniture and accessories while leaving plenty of room to add more over time.

 

Budget Living Room in a casual coastal style

Design #2: Living Room With a $10,000 Budget

With a $10,000 budget, you’re able to upgrade some of the basic pieces of furniture to add a little more luxury to your space. You can also go beyond the essentials and fill out the living room with a bit more decor.

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Budget Living Room in a casual coastal style

Budget Living Room in a casual coastal style

What You Get

  • Upgraded Essentials: At this budget, you can spend a bit more on a sofa and accent chairs—leaning more toward investment pieces than shorter-term placeholders. (Check out our guide on how much to spend on a sofa if you’re waffling between a mid-range and more luxurious sofa.) We swapped out the vinyl sofa for a leather one with brass legs. Not only is it a material upgrade, but it’s also longer and deeper, offering more room to kick back and relax. The accent chairs are also more substantial; this design is more comfortable to sit in for long periods of time.
  • Additional Seating: We added two poufs in front of the fireplace to add seating and visual depth to the room. Bonus: they can easily be moved around as needed. We also swapped out the coffee table for a tufted ottoman, which can be used for additional seating as needed.
  • A Larger Rug: Rugs get more expensive the larger they are; so it makes sense that with a smaller budget you likely have to go with a smaller rug. But with more to spend, you can upgrade the size. You’re able to cover more floor space—which, with this floating furniture layout, allows the whole furniture set-up to expand and feel more spacious.
  • Layered Lighting: For lighting in this living room design, we started with a larger and more decorative floor lamp, making a grander visual statement in the space. But we also added additional lighting—including a table lamp on the console, candles on various surfaces, and a beautiful beaded chandelier to give the space more layered lighting.
  • More Accent Furniture and Decor: One of the most notable upgrades to this living room with a $10,000 budget is the addition of a credenza. This not only offers added storage to the living room, but it also offers a styled surface for lighting and decor, and helps fill in the wall alcove on one side of the fireplace. Beyond the credenza, we were also able to add more decorative accents, as well as a large tree which adds texture and color to the space.

Budget Living Room in a casual coastal style

The Strategy: Upgraded Essentials

The name of the game at this price point was giving the essential furniture and decor an upgrade. Larger pieces made of higher quality materials will last longer and give this living room design a more elevated look and feel. The addition of a few extra pieces also helps fill out the space.

Living Room decorated with a $20,000 budget in a casual coastal style

Design #3: Living Room With a $20,000 Budget

With a $20,000 budget, get to go way beyond the essentials to a fully furnished and styled living room (with upgraded furniture and decor, of course). And with extra furniture, you now have a perfect set-up for larger entertaining and family hangouts.

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Budget Living Room in a casual coastal style

Budget Living Room in a casual coastal style

What You Get

  • Two Sofas: We loved the sofa from the previous design—so we decided to level up this living room design with two of them! Having a pair of matching sofas facing each other (especially ones finished in such beautiful, high-quality leather) really elevates the design of this living room.
  • Extra Accent Seating: Rather than ditch the pair of accent chairs from the previous designs, we simply swapped out the poufs and placed them in front of the fireplace instead. This offers more substantial seating options, rounding out a robust conversational seating area. The tufted ottoman coffee table or bench behind the sofa could also be used as additional seating when needed.
  • Larger, Layered Rugs: When a budget allows for it, we love layering rugs to add visual depth to a room and give it a stylized and finished feel. And that’s exactly what these layered rugs do for this living room. The top rug also adds beautiful color and pattern to the space—and it’s handwoven by artisans in India, in a durable but lightweight cotton (a meaningful upgrade from power-loomed, synthetic-fiber rugs).
  • Two Display Cabinets: With a larger budget, we could afford to upgrade the one credenza to two display cabinets that frame in the fireplace. This helps utilize the empty space that’s created on either side of the fireplace while adding lots of space for displaying decor and oodles of storage.
  • Additional Accent Furniture: To help fill out the space and give it a more polished look, we added a console table behind the sofa on the window side of the room, offering an extra surface for accent lighting and decor. And a bench behind the other sofa adds some visual depth and a warmer welcome when you enter the space (rather than having a bare sofa back be the first thing you see when you walk into the room).
  • Plenty of Decor and Accents: This budget allowed us to fill out the room with tons of decor and accents. We were able to style all the surfaces—from the coffee table and console to both of the display cabinets. We were also able to swap out the landscape print above the fireplace with a custom piece of artwork. Additionally, we added layered window treatments—building on the roman shades with silk curtains.

Budget Living Room in a casual coastal style

The Strategy: Add the Bells and Whistles

Feel like you’re seeing double? That’s because you are—with two sofas, two accent chairs, two display cabinets, and two rugs, there’s simply MORE in this space. And the pieces that are here are high-quality investment pieces that will last for years to come. But we didn’t stop at more furniture. With a $20,000 budget, we were also able to add in all the bells and whistles—fully styling this living room with decorative accents to give it a finished look.

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My Modsy Story: Creating a Design That Captured the Beauty Of Our Home

When Alberto and his partner moved their family into a Manhattan duplex, they loved the airy feeling of the space and wanted to make sure their decor complemented it perfectly.

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Homeowner: Alberto A.

Spaces: Living Room and Bedroom

My Style: Mod Enthusiast

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The Backstory

When Alberto and his partner bought a duplex in Manhattan, they were excited for their family to have a bright and open space in the city.

“We had just bought the duplex and we wanted to make sure we kept the open feeling that we fell in love with. But we struggled to find furniture that would fill the open floor plan and maintain that sense of openness while also making space feel inviting.” –Alberto

Mid-century modern dining table with tapered walnute legs

Mid-century modern dining table with tapered walnute legs

The Design Dilemma

Alberto and his partner wanted to find decor that captured the airy vibe of their family’s new home, but they worried about investing in foundational furniture they hadn’t seen in the space beforehand.

“We wanted to try the furniture in the setting before we actually bought it so we would be comfortable with size and scale.” –Alberto

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Bedroom with gallery wall over bed and exposed brick wall

After photo of customer\'s bedroom with eclectic gallery wall above the bed

The Modsy Moment

Working with a Modsy designer allowed Alberto and his partner to see their open concept living room and their bedroom with decor that not only fit in the space but also complemented the open feel of their house—creating two inviting rooms with an eclectic-meets-mid-century-modern vibe the couple loved for themselves and their family.

“Modsy was an essential service when it came to decorating our home. We wanted to know the scale of each item in the design and how those items worked together and seeing our room in 3D allowed us to do that. We also loved that the 3D designs we received were filled with items from popular brands like West Elm and Design Within Reach.” –Alberto

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The Real Results

Now that Alberto and his family have a home filled with decor they love, they are excited for when they can entertain again.

“Our Modsy designs work great in our space. We love having people over to show it off and can’t wait to entertain again.” –Alberto

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My Modsy Story: Creating a Joyful Space With Modern Style

Lindsay and her husband had a bold vision for their new family home. They just didn’t have the design skills to bring that vision to life on their own—so they decided to give virtual interior design a try.

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Homeowner: Lindsay B., Stay-at-home mom

Spaces: Living-Dining Room

My Style: Modern

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The Backstory

Lindsay and her family were excited to move into a new house and fill it with joyful memories and decor. But they were a bit overwhelmed at the thought of filling the space.

“When my husband and I moved into our dream house, we were so excited to make it our home. We knew we wanted our living-dining room to be a comfortable yet stylish hangout for us and the kids. We both imaged a space full of high-contrast color, with clean mid-century-modern lines, and a dash of stylish whimsy. But besides an heirloom dining room set, we were furnishing the space from scratch.”

“We both imaged a space full of high-contrast color, with clean mid-century-modern lines, and a dash of stylish whimsy.”

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The Design Dilemma

They knew that they wanted to go bold with their design—but they struggled to find a cohesive look for their space.

“We both love bold colors and unique mid-century-modern pieces, but we are clueless about layout and struggle to make things feel cohesive. I was worried that if we were left to our own devices, our home would end up looking more like a college dorm room than the curated space we envisioned—which is something we’ve run into before. We needed help making our house the home I knew it could be. I’d heard about Modsy, so we decided to give the service a try.”

“We both love bold colors and unique mid-century-modern pieces, but we are clueless about layout and struggle to make things feel cohesive.”

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“Lindsay’s biggest challenge for the space was creating something that felt really fun while still being refined.” –Cassie, Lindsay’s Modsy Designer

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The Modsy Moment

Working with their designer, they got a playful color scheme tempered by tasteful mid-century-modern-inspired decor.

“We were completely awestruck when we saw our 3D design for the first time—so much so that our jaws dropped. Our Modsy designer, Cassie, understood what we wanted for the space even more than we did. She gathered a few of our stray thoughts and turned them into a magazine-worthy functional living space that felt so cohesive.

“We were completely awestruck when we saw our 3D design for the first time—so much so that our jaws dropped.”

“The furniture she selected went perfectly with our heirloom dining set and the colors she chose truly brought the space to life. The living room area included the most spectacular rug; I have never seen a better rug in my life! It was a magical moment to see the potential my raw space had. And that potential even included a pink accent wall!”

Designer Insights:

“I wanted to capture Lindsay’s joyfulness in her designs, so I chose unexpected wall color pairings (pale pink in the living area and rich forest green in the dining area) and then I grounded these colors by tying them into the decor. I kept the furniture classic but added in eclectic pillows, rugs, artwork, and accessories.” –Cassie, Lindsay’s Modsy Designer

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The Real Results

Now that their home is coming together IRL, they have a design that lives up to their expectations for the space and provides a joyful feeling for their family.customer dining room with vintage wood dining table

“Before using Modsy, we thought our space had a lot of promise and design potential, but we didn’t know how to deliver on that promise on our own. As more and more items arrive from Modsy and our virtual design becomes a reality, I can feel our home radiate happiness—something I had not planned on. This colorful and chic space is beloved by our entire family. Even the dog seems happier in it!”

“As more and more items arrive from Modsy and our virtual design becomes a reality, I can feel our home radiate happiness.”

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My Modsy Story: Giving Our Home Office the Update it Deserves

Quarantine during COVID has presented many unexpected challenges for everyone. For spouses Rebekah and Jack, the extra time at home meant seizing the opportunity to create an office space they loved.

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Homeowners: Rebekah and Jack T. HR Consultant and Pharmacy Manager

Location: Waunakee, WI.

Spaces: Home Office

My Style: Refined Industrial

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The Backstory

Shortly after moving into their house 10 years ago, Rebekah and her husband Jack had their first son. They had another son three years later and never had the time to really personalize their home office space.

Between work and our growing family, we were unfortunately left with little time to invest in our home!

“Between work and our growing family, we were unfortunately left with little time to invest in our home office! With the pandemic this year, we were finally able to devote some time to spurcing things up.”

The Design Dilemma

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Spending more time at home this year not only made it evident that it was time for some updates—but also provided time and motivation to do it. But Rebekah and Jack weren’t quite sure where to start.

“We know what we like, but we were afraid to make a mistake by putting things together that did not belong. As a result, we did nothing for quite a while.”

Designer Insights:

“I wanted to create a home office that was functional for Rebekah and Jack but also felt personal and relaxing. We honed in on their style and I gave them a design that would be simple to implement.”– McKenzie, Rebekah + Jack’s Modsy Designer

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The Modsy Moment

Knowing they needed some expert help with designing their office, Rebekah and Jack turned to Modsy–and were so excited with the transformation they saw in their designs.

Our first reaction with all the office designs was how well our style was captured with so little direction.

“Our first reaction to the home office designs was how well our style was captured with so little direction. It was like our designer could see what was in our heads and just brought it to life in our space!”

Designer Insights:

“I love that Jack and Rebekah were so open to pops of color and texture through the accent wall, rug, and other decor. Those elements really give this office space a cozy and layered feel! I added a wall shelf for them to layer family photos and personalize the space. And adding some leather chairs opposite the desk created a comfy reading nook where Rebekah’s kids could curl up with a book while she worked!”–McKenzie, Rebekah + Jack’s Modsy Designer

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The Real Results

Rebekah’s designer created a space where their family could both get stuff done and relax—while also offering plenty of storage space. It’s now a space in which they love spending time.

Our favorite part of using Modsy is how good our design makes us feel.

“Our favorite part of using Modsy is how our design makes us feel. Before using the service, we were embarrassed about how the space looked. Now, with our designer’s expert help, we’re proud of how the room looks and love that we’re able to honor the beauty of our home.”

Designer Insights:

“I wanted to make sure to give Rebekah and Jack plenty of function and comfort in their home office design. I focused on scoring items for work and relaxation while also being family-friendly.”–McKenzie, Rebekah + Jack’s Modsy Designer

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My Modsy Story: Rediscovering My Old Self With a New Design

When her two eldest children left the nest Lisa decided she wanted a fresh design for her space with ties to her past. Using Modsy she was able to bring the old and new together.

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Homeowner: Lisa H.

Spaces: Living Room and Office

Her Style: Mod Collector

Customer home makeoverThe Backstory

Lisa and her husband were living with the furniture they bought when they moved into their house 18 years ago. After raising three kids in that home, their furniture was a bit worn, to say the least. When two of her kids moved out of the house this past year, Lisa decided it was time to freshen up the living room and turn one of the kid’s bedrooms into her office.

“When we first moved into our house, we had two little kids and just wanted something sturdy—the furniture was just about function. By the time they moved out, I was sick of our space, and I actually started looking at new houses online. But then I was like—I don’t need to move, I just need to re-decorate!”

“By the time the kids moved, I was sick of our space, and I actually started looking at new houses online. But then I was like—I don’t need to move, I just need to re-decorate!” 

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The Design Dilemma

Knowing she wanted a fresh, more grown-up space for her husband and herself, Lisa was ready for a brand new style. But, she didn’t know what that style should be or how to source new furniture that would fit with the pieces she wanted to keep.

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“I had no idea what my style was. This space had been about our kids—but with two of them grown and one teenager, we decided it was time to make our space feel more adult. I knew I’d be spending money on furniture, and I wanted to foolproof that investment to make sure I was buying the right items. I just wanted extra guidance for the process. Since I wasn’t sure how to pull it off on my own, I decided to try Modsy.”

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The Modsy Moment

Using Modsy, Lisa worked one-on-one with a designer who helped her find furniture that fit perfectly with the items she wanted to keep in her home—like a Korean cabinet and some artwork from her grandmother. Lisa’s Modsy designer managed to create a new design that felt both fresh and personal.

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“When I opened up my designs, I was stunned. They were nothing near what I expected, but totally perfect. My designer did a great job of seamlessly integrating my belongings into the design. She took my valued items, all cherished but stylistically disparate, and merged them together in a way that looked cohesive with the new furniture.”

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“My designer even incorporated my love of travel photography into the designs and selected artwork that reflected that interest.”

“My designer even incorporated my love of travel photography into the designs and selected artwork that reflected that interest. The art she chose actually inspired me to go back into my own travel photography archives and find meaningful photos to hang in my office space. The whole Modsy experience helped me tap into my own creativity and bring more of my own vision and personality into my living room and office design. I literally bought everything I needed for the space in a single day! “

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“The whole Modsy experience helped me tap into my own creativity and bring more of my own vision and personality into my living room and office design. I literally bought everything I needed for the space in a single day!”

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The Real Results

Before using Modsy, Lisa never spent much time in the living room and never had a dedicated space to call her own. Now that the living room is redesigned, Lisa finds herself relaxing in it constantly. As for the office, she couldn’t be happier to have a space that reflects her style and interests.

“Both of these spaces are everything I hoped for and more. The living room is so nice now. I love how we got our grown-up space that ties together the old and the new in a meaningful and pleasing way. And I absolutely love my office. It’s the first time I’ve had my very own space in this house. Before, I was taking Zoom calls from the bar counter in the dining room. Now, I have a dedicated workspace that’s also home to my personal interests. It’s so much MY space. My sewing machine, knitting projects, books, and travel photos all have a home in this room. After so many years of our home being geared toward our kids, who I adore, it feels special to have a space that’s all my own.”

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Americana Design: 3 Fresh Takes on this Interior Design Style

When you think of Americana design, you might just think of Fourth of July-inspired stars and stripes. But there are actually many ways for this look to come to life—and some don’t even include red, white, and blue! But, no matter what way you approach it, there’s always a sense of timelessness and comfort to this style.

Made up of many classic design elements, Americana design celebrates the bright spots of our country’s cultural heritage, along with some of its history, folklore, and geography. Like our diverse country, Americana design embodies the many different backgrounds, experiences, and preferences of the people who use it. While one Americana room might lean very traditional and coastal, another is eclectic or industrial! What it always comes back to are the timeless designs and vintage influences that give this style a sense of nostalgia and causal approachability.

The History of Americana Design

Throughout our country’s history, the idea of Americana design has morphed and changed. In 1876, when America celebrated its centennial, people looked toward the early days of the country for design inspiration. Colonial styles, including woven baskets, hooked rugs, and Federal-style furniture, became popular again. In the 1920s and 1930s, Americana styles included bucolic prints and patterns and linoleum tiles stamped with Colonial-inspired brick patterns. By the 1970s and 1980s, Americana design was defined by the collecting of old signs and historic artifacts of the decades past. Replica designs for Route 66 signs and old gas station pumps began to pop up to play into this nostalgia.

In today’s Americana design, you can see mixed influences from all of these eras—including the historic and iconic Arts and Crafts design movement. This design style, which took off after the Industrial Revolution, was born out of a rejection of the fussy, overwrought style of the Victorian era. So, this style instead embraces simplicity and the natural beauty and traditional, artisanal craftsmanship of furniture and architecture. The simplicity of Arts and Crafts design comes through in Americana design, which celebrates livable, approachable spaces with rustic woodwork and traditional interior design ideas and elements.

Want to learn more about decorating with Americana design and see this look come to life? Tour our three takes on Americana living room design ideas and decide which one is right for you!

Americana designClassic Americana Style

As you can tell by its name, this is your everyday Americana decorating style, brought to life through a red, white, and blue color palette and the use of flags and stripes as decor. This is likely the type of room that comes to mind when you think of an Americana theme in your home. It has that classic, traditional-but-timeless vibe to it, with nods to the simplicity of days gone by. And, while it feels particularly fresh and relevant in the summer months, it’s a style that can be used and celebrated year-round.

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Americana designA neutral color palette makes this living room a bright, cozy, and inviting space, while varying shades of red and blue are used as accents to make the design pop. With a focus on comfort and livability, this is definitely a family-friendly approach to Americana decorating. (Even with a white sofa! Many parents swear by white slipcovers, which you can just bleach in the wash and keep it sparkling clean!)

You’ll notice rustic design influence throughout Classic Americana homes, with raw and natural wood tones and textures, along with various natural fibers, like the linen sofa slipcover and the jute rug. A room like this also demands some nature-inspired touches, like using greenery as decor, along with simple, everyday items like apples on the coffee table and wood in the fireplace.

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Along with rustic elements, Classic Americana design also has noticeable coastal interior design influences—of the Nantucket and Cape Cod variety, specifically. You see that in the use of furniture with caning, the natural materials throughout, and the white and light blue color palette, especially in the striped pillows. The room above even has some subtle nautical touches, like  the art prints on the built-in shelves.

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Americana designClassic Colonial Americana: AKA Grand Millennial

The most unexpected Americana decorating style of the bunch, Grand Millennial is a very particular brand of Americana style. With some serious Colonial American vibes, it definitely leans formal and classical in its design influences. You’ll see that come through in dark wood furniture, woven textures, and ornate decor—like the scalloped mirror in the living room design above, or the brass accents throughout.

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Americana designBut, where this style steps out of Colonial Americana and into Grand Millennial is with the colors and patterns. Florals are a big part of the Grand Millennial look, along with other vintage-inspired patterns, like chinoiserie, toile, or the wallpaper used in this room.

Grand Millennial Americana has a collected but polished look, and celebrates a thrifted or vintage vibe. Trinkets like a scottie dog figurine, small vintage paintings, and other collected objects give this style curated eclecticism. Stylize these decorative objects on a bookcase or console to really show off your collections!

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Ultimately, Grand Millennial Americana decorating is all about the mix of old with new. Along with decorative objects, think about the furniture as well. So, a chesterfield sofa with modern blue velvet upholstery, or a vintage-inspired coffee table with modern design elements.

And speaking of furniture, in a Grand Millennial living room, opt for sophisticated seating. Go for a comfortable but conversational set-up, where you can enjoy reading or afternoon tea just as much as conversation with friends! As for a color palette, pastels rule in Grand Millennial design. But make sure to incorporate pops of bright colors for a new millennial vibe!

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Americana designIndustrial Americana

As the name Industrial Americana implies, this style has some major industrial interior design influences. It’s ideal if you can use the architecture of your space as a foundation for this style—whether that’s high ceilings, brick walls, or exposed ductwork. Anything that gives off an industrial and rugged feel.

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Americana designThen, use natural materials used in a bold way to help your Industrial Americana designs come to life. In the living room above, we did this through an overstuffed leather chesterfield sofa and club chair, along with a mixed material coffee table and a metal bookcase. An edison bulb and piping floor lamp, along with other rustic metals throughout the space, add to the industrial vibe.

Overall, Industrial Americana decorating is very utilitarian. But it has a more sophisticated spin with the leather furniture, color palette, and decorative objects, which give it a bit of a cigar lounge vibe. But what places this style in the Americana camp rather than being strictly industrial is both the focus on comfort and the color palette.

While the room above has a darker color palette, which mostly comes from the natural materials throughout, classic American hues are used in a subtle and traditional way. This faded vintage-inspired rug infuses red, white, and blue into the space in an unexpected way, and you’ll also notice those colors in traditional patterns in the throw pillows.

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Americana designThe decor also has that folksy, collected Americana vibe in a way that is simple but rugged. In the living room above, we achieved this through pieces like a wood-carved ram head, iron dice, a vintage car, globe, maps, vintage prints, a vintage-style clock—all of which subtly speak to American ingenuity and exploration.

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Pride at Modsy: Bringing Pride Home with Interior Design

June is Pride Month, and here at Modsy, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate.  Traditionally, Pride celebrations are a time for LGBTQIA people to gather in the spirit of love and diversity, look back at their shared history, and plan for a better future. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Pride gatherings have been canceled nationwide.

Because people are still stuck at home, the folks here at Modsy thought it might be fun to find a way to bring Pride home to our LGBTQIA followers and team. With this in mind, we decided to focus on the most iconic aspect of Pride, the RAINBOW FLAG. Below you will find a bevy of designs that celebrate the different Pride colors and their unique meanings. But before we take that stroll down the rainbow road, let’s dive into a little bit of history on the fabulous flag.

Pride MonthHistory of the Pride Flag

Inspired by the Wizard of Oz song “Over the Rainbow,” the first Pride flag was designed by veteran Gilbert Baker in 1977. Interestingly enough, the flag made its debut after Baker’s friend Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official, challenged him to create a symbol for the gay community.

Baker’s original design was hand-sewn and featured eight colors, each representing a different aspect of LGBT+ culture But demand for the flag soon grew too large, and Baker couldn’t continue to create each flag by hand. Instead, he began using a  rainbow fabric that was only available in six colors, as a way to create more flags in a quicker way. The new consolidated version of the flag was the one primarily used during LGBT+ Pride parades. That is, until 2017 when black and brown were introduced as additional colors to the flag in order to represent and include BIPOC members of the LGBTQIA community. The following year, three additional colors, light blue, pink, and white, were added to the flag to represent transgender men, women, and non-binary people.
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Before we go full technicolor on you, we’d like to take a moment to highlight the work of some fellow interior designers within the  LGBTQIA community. Each of these individuals is skilled at their craft and represents a small fraction of the queer-BIPOC and trans communities working in the interior design field.

Pride MonthAdair Curtis

Widely known for his starring role in the Netflix reality TV series, Styling Hollywood, Adair Curtis is an interior designer and husband of famed stylist Jason Boldin. Curtis began his career working for Def Jam Enterprises as a brand manager in the mid-00’s and after meeting his husband he embarked on a path into interior design. He has designed homes for many Hollywood elites, creating designs for the likes of “Bring it On” star Gabrielle Union.

Explore more of Adair Curtis’ work here!

Pride MonthSawyer DeVuyst

Sawyer DeVuyst is a New York and Los Angeles based model, actor, and furniture designer. DeVuyst’s acting work has helped bring wider visibility to the trans and gender non-conforming communities. Meanwhile, his design work has also developed an impressive following. DeVuyst has made beautiful pieces for the Wythe Hotel, Etsy Headquarters, and his work has even been sold in West Elm.

Explore more of Sawyer Devuyst’ work here!

Now without further ado… Here are our rainbow rooms to bring a little pride inspiration to your space.

Pride MonthRed: Life

Red means many things to many people. It can symbolize passion, lust, rage, and caution, but in the Pride flag, red means life. Perhaps Baker chose red to represent life because it is the color of the human heart. At Modsy,our customers are at the center of our work and we always strive to lead with the heart which is why we chose this lovely office space to represent life.

Speaking of heart, this design has tons of it. The attractive terracotta color of the walls is soothing and not aggressive (as red walls often are). The sweet red butterfly print adds a touch of soulfulness to space. Finally, the Eames desk chair is equal parts iconic and comfortable, making it perfect for a long (and impassioned) day at the home office.

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Pride MonthOrange: Healing

Orange represents healing on the Pride flag, which makes sense when you think about it. Orange recalls sunsets, the warm glow of candlelight, and healthful foods like carrots and, well, oranges. And what space do we do more healing in than the bedroom? After all, the bedroom is where we repair ourselves after a long day with a good night’s rest.

Like red, orange can often feel a little intense in the world of home decor. That’s why we chose subdued earth tone hues for the walls and balanced them with some crisp whites and neutrals. To keep things from feeling too “beige,” we incorporated a vibrant tangerine color side chair in sumptuous velvet. We also added some decorative pillows with a lively sense of geometry. The lovely orange oasis like this has you feeling refreshed and repaired in no time!

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Pride MonthYellow: Sunlight

Yellow is the symbol of sunlight on the pride flag, and we don’t think that requires much explanation. When choosing a space to represent this concept, we knew as surely as the sunrise in the east that there was no better space than a breakfast nook! After all, it’s the ideal spot to start the day with a delicious meal (we’ll take our eggs sunny side up, thank you) while perusing the news (like this historical Supreme Court ruling) or chatting with loved ones.

To really play-up the sunny disposition of this space, we chose an inviting butter yellow for the walls. Then we picked some statement-making wall decor like the starburst mirror, which really lets the sunshine in!

Let the Sunshine In

Pride MonthGreen: Nature

If you think the meaning of yellow on the Pride flag is a no brainer, we’re sure you can come to a NATURAL conclusion about the meaning of green. That’s right, the green stripe symbolizes nature! From the leaves of trees to the grass on the ground, green dominates the lion’s share of color in the natural world. With this in mind, we thought there would be no better way to celebrate the diversity of nature than with a stunning green entryway complete with a nature-inspired gallery wall.

For this space, we really wanted to highlight all that mother nature has to offer, so we brought together an assortment of pieces to represent its variety. We selected images from the sea, the earth, and even the stratosphere to really showcase nature’s bounty. However, because our entryway isn’t the size of the planet, we wanted to keep this collection feeling curated, so we chose wall art that felt slightly antique and vintage.

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Pride MonthBlue: Harmony

Blue is the symbol of harmony on the Pride flag, and we understand why. In visual language, harmony is defined as being pleasing to the eye. Harmony between people means a shared experience and a sense of alignment. What better way to represent these concepts than with a beautiful blue nursery. One of the iconic examples of harmony in human relationships is between a loving parent and their child.

For this soothing nursery space, we selected a rich assortment of blue hues in dark tones. The effect is restful and calming, making it the perfect place for a quiet read while your baby is down for their afternoon nap.

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Pride MonthPurple: Spirit

Purple is best known for being the color of royalty, but in the context of the Pride flag purple is symbolic of spirit. For us, the two meanings go hand-in-hand because if spirit is the essence of who we are as people, aren’t we all deserving of a little royal treatment? That’s why we decided that the living-room was the perfect spot for our purple paradise. It is the center (or soul) of most homes and the place where we want to showcase our style like the royalty (hey queens) we all are.

When bringing this space together, we chose classic and soothing hues of purple in luxurious fabrics like velvet and faux-fur. We went with strong silhouettes that are both bold and spirited. For the wall decor, we chose ethereal artwork to add a touch of lightness and whimsy to this regal and soulful space.

Get Royal Treatment

We hope this post put a little pep in your step and brought some joy to your hearts. Before we bid you ado, we wanted to share some links to some LGBTQIA organizations near and dear to us that work to raise awareness for LGBTQIA rights and equality.

Human Rights Campaign

Transgender Law Center

The Trevor Project

Thanks for taking this little journey with us over the rainbow. Happy PRIDE!

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