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Ultimate Home Design Checklist: Here’s What Furniture You Need in Every Room

Whether you’re moving into a new home or just looking to give a room or two a facelift, it can feel overwhelming to know where to start when redesigning your space. Fortunately for you, we have a collection of buying guides that can help take the mystery out of the furniture-buying process!

Today, we’ve rounded up all of our room-specific guides to walk you through all the furniture and decor essentials our interior designers recommend for each room. Whether you’re looking for furniture for a home or an apartment, this guide will help you figure out what pieces you need for your home!

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Living Room Furniture Guide

Your living room is often the main space in your home. It’s where you hang out as a family and host guests—so invest some time and money in this room’s design and look for quality furniture. If you’re feeling stumped on where to start, check out our living room furniture checklist.

First things first: consider if you want a sectional or sofa. This is the most important piece of furniture in a living room—so it’s worth spending some time deciding if you want to skimp or splurge on a sofa. Once you’ve landed on a sofa, layer in accent seating, a coffee table, and some lighting.

From there, bring in some organizational pieces of furniture. We’re talking media cabinets, console tables, bookcases, and baskets to give you as much storage space as you need to keep things organized.

And you can’t forget about the finishing touches! Living room decor like area rugs, throw pillows, decorative accessories, artwork, and greenery aren’t necessary for function—but they bring a lot of life and personality to your living room. And for a space that sees so much action, it’s nice to have these decorative touches layered in to make your space feel more complete.

Looking for more living room design ideas? Find the best TV stand for your TV size, discover how to pick a coffee table shape to go with your sofa, and explore our guide to coffee table materials.

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Bedroom Furniture Guide

In our bedroom furniture checklist, we’ll walk you through the bedroom essentials, extras, and finishing touches. But we’ll also give you price ranges for each item so you can align your budget with your needs depending on if you’re looking for more affordable furniture or quality pieces that will last for years to come.

The bedroom essentials include:

  • A bed frame and mattress
  • A nightstand or two
  • Clothing storage
  • Window treatments

Some nice add-ons include:

  • Task and accent lighting
  • Seating
  • An area rug
  • A mirror

For finishing touches, we recommend:

  • Artwork
  • Throw pillows
  • Greenery
  • Small storage

If you want any other bedroom design ideas, we also have guides to help you explore different bed frame styles, discover the right nightstand for your space, and find the right window treatments.

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Dining Room Furniture Guide

If you’re wondering what to include when furnishing your dining room other than a table and chairs, look no further than our dining room furniture checklist. We’ll help you explore versatile pieces of storage furniture for your dining room—like a credenza, buffet, or bar cabinet—and walk you through other nice-to-haves for this room of this house. Some of those include stylish overhead lighting, an area rug (if you’re into the idea of dining room rugs), and window coverings. You can also add little touches to make your dining room’s design to the next level—like a thoughtful centerpiece, candles, and wall art.

For more dining room design ideas, check out our ultimate guide to dining table styles, plus our guide to finding the right dining chairs.

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Entryway Furniture Guide

Entryways are an often-overlooked space when it comes to home design. It’s easy to focus your design energies on the main living spaces—but as the area of the home that greets guests when they enter your home, it’s worth considering what should go into this transitional space. Enter: our entryway furniture checklist. This buying guide walks you through ideas of what pieces to include in this space, depending on the size.

Some furniture and decor you might want to prioritize in your entryway include:

  • A credenza, cabinet, or console table
  • A chair or bench
  • A table lamp
  • A mirror
  • A welcoming (and easy-to-clean) rug
  • Baskets to keep you organized
  • Pillows and throws (if you have a bench)
  • Hooks and shelves

You can also check out our entryway design tips to help you a framework for this space, along with a few more entryway design ideas.

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Kids Bedroom Furniture Guide

Kids bedrooms have slightly different needs and requirements than a grown-up bedroom. But a lot of the basics are still the same! In our kids bedroom checklist, you’ll find a complete guide for everything you need for a kid’s room.

The core pieces for a kids bedroom include a bed, nightstand, and dresser. And we also strongly recommend a plush area rug! (It gives your kids a cozy space to spread out and play, read, and rest!) From there, you can layer in accent pieces like additional storage (think: short bookcases so everything is accessible, and bins or baskets for quick cleanups!), a reading area, and a desk. You don’t have to squeeze all of these things in—but it gives you some ideas for what you could include increasing the functionality of your child’s bedroom! And don’t forget accent lighting, window coverings, and some cute, youthful wall art!

Want some kids’ bedroom design inspiration? Check out some of our favorite kids’ bedroom designs and some cute shared bedroom ideas!

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Nursery Furniture Guide

Expecting a little one and need help designing your nursery? First off—congrats! Secondly—look no further than our nursery essentials shopping guide. This furniture checklist will walk you through all of the essentials to help you pull this special space together!

Here’s what you’ll want to add to your shopping list:

  • A crib, cradle, or bassinet
  • Blankets
  • A glider or rocking chair
  • A baby-safe rug
  • A soft-glow lamp or night light
  • A dresser or wardrobe
  • A changing table or topper
  • Blackout curtains or blinds
  • Toy storage
  • Hanging mobiles

Obviously everything on this list isn’t required. If you’re putting together a small nursery design, you’ll want to scale back and just go with the basics. But even with less, your baby’s nursery can be cozy and adorable. Ready to get started? Check out these nursery color schemes to give you some style inspiration as you pull together this space.

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Home Office Furniture Guide

Our home office furniture guide takes you beyond the basics of a desk and office chair and helps you think through what else your home office might need to make it the most productive space in your home.

Of course, you will want to start with a home office desk and a comfortable desk chair. But with those as your foundation, you can also layer in  proper lighting (both task and ambient) and organizational solutions (like a filing cabinet, shelving, and maybe even baskets or decorative boxes to keep things looking good). And then there are those pieces that aren’t necessities but make a home office more comfortable—like an area rug, window treatments, an aesthetically pleasing backdrop for video calls, and comfortable seating other than your desk chair for when you need a break or change of scenery. Finally, there are a handful of home office decor ideas that can take the design of this room to the next level—making it more stylish and functional.

Want some extra home office design ideas? Check out these home office ideas for small apartments, tips for creating a home office in your bedroom, and our guide to designing a shared home office.

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Guest Room Furniture Guide

Whether you’re designing a guest room from scratch or just giving your existing guest quarters a facelift, our guest room furniture checklist will help you make sure you don’t miss a thing!

Like any other bedroom, a guest room needs a bed and clothing storage. But you’ll also want to think through the elements that will make your guests feel extra comfortable and at home—like good lighting and extra pillows and blankets. Other nice-to-haves in a guest room, if you have the space? A desk for if your guest wants to get in a few work hours while they’re visiting. An armchair or two for relaxing. A luggage rack for their suitcase. Perhaps even a beverage station or some fresh flowers for a special touch! (Because, really, it’s the little things that will make your guests feel extra cared for!)

Does your guest room double as your home office? Make this space feel intentional with these design ideas for a combined home office and guest room.

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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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7 Hot Weather Design Tips to Help You Stay Cool in Style

bedroom design with grey and blue color scheme and contemporary decor It’s hot out! Summer can usher in lots of fun, but the heat can also bring a rise in tempers. To help you keep your cool, we’re serving up some hot weather design tips so you can create the perfect escape from the sizzle of summer. Check out these 7 summer design tips for designing a space that helps you cool down and beat the heat.

1. Materials Matter

For beat-the-heat design, pick materials that make your home look and feel extra cool. Linens, stone, and metals are great choices because they look smooth and serene and don’t soak up heat. Avoid leather, which is no fun to sit on (or stand up after!) on a hot day.

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2. Cool Tones

When it comes to cooling down a space, half the battle is mental. Let your home help you by choosing cool tones for your walls, furniture, and accents that will promote chill, zen energy like these soft whites and pale blues. Stepping into a cool-colored room helps you chill out even when life turns up the heat.

3. Plants for Days

Not only do plants keep your air fresh, they also bring the outdoor vibes indoors. That way, even when you’re taking refuge in the AC on a sweltering hot day, you can still soak up a little of the great outdoors. (Bonus: Indoor plants help reduce stress, increase oxygen levels and boost your mood!)

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4. Breezy Bedding

Summer heat doesn’t have to interfere with your sleep. Steer away from heavy fabrics like flannel sheets and opt for breezy bedding to help keep you cool at night. Double down with a cool colored duvet and make your bedroom a peaceful oasis.

5. Calming Curtains

Natural light is a great mood booster but letting too much sunshine into your home can quickly raise the temps! Keep the sun from heating things up with the right set of curtains. You can choose options that will help diffuse the direct sunlight but still allow enough rays to keep your space feeling cheery and bright.

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6. Libations at the Ready

Nothing helps cool you down on a hot day like an ice cold beverage. Stock a bar car with your favorite drink so they are ready when you need a quick cool-down. Plus, you’ll always be prepared when guests drop by.

7. Diffuse Good Vibes

A diffuser with a few drops of your favorite essential oil is a must-have when it comes to creating a zen space. While it can’t help you turn down the summer heat, it can promote good vibes to keep you feeling your best.

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