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The Secret Ingredient Every Room Needs – How and Where to Add Natural Texture

living roomHere at Modsy, there’s a design element we talk about ALL the time. It’s the secret ingredient that turns any room from blah to beautiful. It helps create a warm and inviting space. And it is the key to making any room look perfectly polished. What is it? Texture! Layers and layers of natural texture.

There’s something so cozy and inviting about using natural textures throughout your home. Most people know how important color is in decorating, but not everyone appreciates the need for texture. Whatever the theme or style of your design, texture adds warmth, comfort, and nuance to your room. This can be in the form of visual or tactile textures—think colors and patterns vs. materials. Without it, even rooms filled with the most beautiful furniture can fall flat.

One of our favorite ways to add texture (and a current trend darling of the design world) is through natural materials! Natural elements can infuse any room with life and add an array of interesting textures. But you might be wondering how and where to incorporate these into your space?

First of all, if you’re wondering what exactly qualifies as natural materials, this post will give you the full scoop. Then, check out these 7 places to incorporate natural textures into your home!

woven textureStorage Pieces

For a major way to add a pop of texture to a room, look for a storage piece that features natural materials. It’s a great way to make a BIG style statement, as these pieces are usually larger and pack a more prominent visual punch. Talk about a conversation starter!

A cool texture can also turn what could be just another boring storage piece into a beautiful addition to your space! We picked this credenza with a woven seagrass front. The natural texture agrees with almost any style while making a visual statement that won’t be ignored. You can also find beautiful wood (such as burl), cane, or even cork varieties.

Lighting

Lighting is a small and easy way to experiment with adding different textures into your design. We love a good pendant made of woven rattan or rope, which you can also find in table lamp options as well. Ceramics or stones are another fun way to bring natural texture in through your light fixtures.

On the other hand, if you prefer to go big with natural textures in your furniture, stick to more streamlined designs for your light fixtures, like those currently popular in the industrial lighting trend. 

woven texturesSeating

Your main seating is also a great opportunity to layer in some natural texture. Consider a sofa, armchairs, dining chairs, benches, and even poufs or ottomans that have a natural look. For sofas, go with a natural material that won’t compromise the comfort factor. Linen and leather are great places to start! With accent seating (like chairs and benches) you can think a little more outside the box. These are great places to incorporate materials like rattan, cane, woven cord or rope, or even woven leather.

Stylist Tip: Pick different materials for your main and accent seating that will look great together. This is an easy way to bring a more layered, textured look to life in your space.

Art and Decor

Art and decor might be the easiest way to incorporate natural textures into your home. Items like wall art, mirrors, baskets, and decorative objects are all smaller and generally more affordable than a sofa or storage piece, for example. They offer a great low-risk way to experiment with different trends or decor ideas.

For the natural textures trend, consider adding art with a woven design. These woven raffia plates from All Across Africa are our current obsession. Mirrors with frames composed of rattan, driftwood, or another natural material are also great options. And, of course, the natural texture possibilities are endless with baskets and other small decorative accents.

woven texturePlants

How could we talk about natural textures without mentioning the queen of them all? Plants!

Indoor plants are the trend that has never died (and hopefully never will) for so many reasons. They boost your mental wellness, add color and beauty to a room, fill up odd nooks and corners—and we just love the way they liven up a space with oodles of natural texture. Play with different plant varieties together in one room to add contrasting textures.

Stylist Tip: If a living plant isn’t in the cards for you, consider adding a few sprigs of dried pampas grass eucalyptus to a vase for some lovely texture (and it smells amazing to boot!).

woven textureRugs

If you want to know more about the many functional benefits of natural fiber rugs, this post has you covered! From a style POV, these types of rugs are also a great way to add natural texture. Jute, sisal, and seagrass are the main varieties, but you can also find options that are blended with wool for a plusher under-foot texture.

Natural fiber rugs are also an awesome choice if you like the layered look. Larger sizes are generally less expensive than their wool counterparts. Plus, they provide a lovely versatile base that’s perfect for endless layering options.

Textiles

Aside from rugs, consider adding natural textures in other textile elements in your room. This could be pillows, throw blankets, or curtains. Even a sheepskin throw is a lovely way to add a pop of natural plushness to your room. For window treatments, consider linen drapes or bamboo blinds (or both together!).

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Embrace the Fake: 5 Reasons We Love Faux Plants

faux plants Fake plants have a bad reputation. To some people, they are only slightly above weeds in the plant kingdom. And frankly, the faux plants of yesteryear deserved this bad rap. They were made of thick plastic and looked about as real as you’d expect (that is to say, not real at all).

Fortunately, those days are long gone and the faux plants of today are realistic, long-lasting, and absolutely beautiful. They look so real that you might even find yourself watering them – whoops!

So if you want to infuse your home with some greenery, but aren’t sure real plants are for you, consider some faux alternatives. Here are five amazing benefits of faux plants!

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faux plants1. They’re Low Maintenance

Not everyone has a green thumb. If you’ve struggled to keep your plants alive, and often find yourself overwatering or letting them dry out, listen up! With faux plants, you get all the beauty without the worry.

No more asking the neighbors to take care of your plants while you’re on vacation – you can have your tree and not water it, too! With a faux option, you’ll never have to stress about it dying on you. How’s that for freedom!

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2. They’re Durable

While real plants can be delicate, faux plants are as beautiful as they are durable. Real plants also demand a certain amount of sun, the right amount of water, and protection from pests and diseases. When a real plant has been around a few years, it can feel like a miracle.

On the flip side, our faux plants are made out of durable materials. So not only do faux plants last for years; they also maintain their good looks the whole time.

faux plants3. They’re a Cost-Effective Alternative

Live plants are expensive, particularly if you have to continually replace them. We all have that friend who bought a $300 fiddle leaf tree only to watch it die in a few months. These expensive plant horror stories can now be a thing of the past.

You can purchase a faux plant for roughly the same (or sometimes slightly higher) price as their live counterparts. The upside is this is a one-time purchase. Instead of spending over and over on new live plants, you could swipe your credit card once and that’s it!

Shop our favorite faux plants here!

faux plants4.  They Look Good

One of the best benefits of faux plants today is how real they look. Unless you really know your way around the garden, you probably can’t tell the difference with the new, better materials used today.

At Modsy, we partnered with the leading manufacturer of artificial plants, DW Silks, to add some of the most-popular and long-lasting faux plants to our catalog. We’ve dubbed them our So-Real-You-Can’t-Tell-They-Are-Fake-Line. No one will ever call your stripped agave an imposter!

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faux plants5. They’re Versatile

Perhaps the best benefit of faux plants is that you can put them anywhere. When you are a parent to real plants, you have to accommodate your photosynthesizing babies by giving them the right spot to thrive.

By contrast, faux plants thrive no matter where you put them. So if you live in Alaska but always wanted a room full of succulents, you can have your wish.

 

All in all, fake plants are a practical, beautiful, and cost-effective way to spruce up your home. And of course we love real plants too, but if they’re not quite the right fit for you, we’ve got you covered with some of the best faux plant varieties in town. Shop our faux plant studio to get the look in your home!

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Surface Styling 101 – Tips for Decorating All the Surfaces in Your Home

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Surface styling is key in creating a homey, lived-in look! From your coffee table to your nightstand, it’s those final touches that turn a room into an Instagram-worthy interior. But surprisingly enough, it’s these small decorative moments that can be the trickiest things to master.

To help demystify the surface styling process, we’re cracking open our Modsy designers’ playbook and giving you the inside scoop on our best decor ideas.

Ready to give your surfaces the style treatment they deserve? Read on for our best surface decor ideas!

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1. Nightstand

Function is the number one rule to keep in mind when styling your nightstands.

Start with a table lamp – the main event – and then layer on your accessories. Consider a bedside clock (a great alternative to smartphones) alongside other smaller accents like candles, a small plant, vases, and framed photos.

decor ideas2. Dresser

When it comes to decor ideas for your dresser, always start with taller pieces on the outside edges of the dresser. A collection of vases in varying heights, potted plants, or table lamps are great options here.

One you have these “bookends” established, layer in your smaller accent pieces alongside the larger decorative accessories – books, a jewelry box, or candles are all great options!

As far as crowning your dresser, if you need a mirror the place above your dresser is the perfect place. If not, a piece of art you love makes a great focal point.

decor ideas3. Pillows

Pillows are a great way to highlight a sofa, accent chair, or bed and introduce different colors, patterns and textures into your space. Layer your sofa with pillows to create dimension in your room and make your sofa look extra cozy for lounging!

Bonus idea – pillows can be an inexpensive way to change up your decor from season to season. When you get tired of the ones you have, swap in some new ones to totally mix up your look.

decor ideas4. Coffee Table

Books, candles and small decorative objects are the perfect decor ideas for dressing up an empty coffee table.

Keep scale in mind when choosing your accessories. Pieces that are too small will feel insubstantial and make your coffee table seem scattered. Accents that are too large will overwhelm the table and can make your space feel cluttered.

decor ideas5. Fireplace Mantel

If you have a fireplace, odd are it’s the focal point of your living room. This is a great opportunity to make your space shine!

Keep it simple with one large art piece or a mirror, or spice it up with an odd number of decor pieces on each end for a balanced look.

decor ideas6. Bookcase

Built-ins and bookcases don’t have to be packed to the brim with stuff! Styling each shelf with 2-3 decor pieces will help bring the room to life, without adding clutter.

Depending on how wide your shelves are, follow the 3-5 piece rule. The key is to group an odd amount of pieces together and switch up placement on each shelf. Be wary of too much symmetry, which can be distracting and often feel sterile.

Adding smaller pieces of artwork, books, and greenery are an easy way to fill up space and create that amazing, layered look.

decor ideas7. Credenza

Similar to mantels, a grouping of an odd number amount of decor on each end of a credenza or in the middle helps create a balanced look. The trick is to incorporate pieces of varying heights and shapes to keep the look visually interesting.

Credenzas are a great place to hang a large mirror, a statement artwork, or even create a gallery wall moment. Think about topping your credenza with bowls, vases, candles, greenery, books, and mini sculptures.

decor ideas8. Dining Table

No matter the size, all dining tables need some decor love! Consider one statement item, an odd grouping of smaller decorative pieces, or a few candles as quick and easy ways to complete the look.

Some of our favorite centerpiece ideas include bowls, candles and candle holders, vases, and flowers and greens!

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Make It Multipurpose – 5 Ways to Work a Bench in Your Space

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When you think bench you probably imagine something in a park or what you pull up to the kids table during holidays. And while many people think of a bench as just a bench – an afterthought to other staples of home decor – with a few clever bench decor ideas, a bench can easily become your favorite piece of furniture.

Benches are incredibly versatile and can be used in so many different ways. This makes them great investment pieces as you can repurpose them over and over when you move or get tired of seeing it in one spot.

Using one of our favorite multipurpose benches from Unison, we rounded up 5 of our favorite bench decor ideas to show you the many amazing ways to put a bench to work in your home.

Read on for 5 bench decor ideas and see if there’s a place for this versatile piece in your home.

bench decor ideas1. Seat in an Entryway

In busy households, there’s always a lot of traffic at the front door. A bench is a handy place to sit while taking off or putting on your shoes. They also have that handy area underneath the seat where you can put a basket to keep clutter tidy and out of the way, but still accessible when you need it.

We love the look of Unison’s Stippled Black Bench – it’s plush and comfy and the dark, textured fabric is great for kid-friendly households.

Need a little extra help containing the entryway clutter? Try a storage bench for a convenient place to stash winter boots, shoes, or umbrellas in a pinch!

bench decor ideas2. Coffee Table

Plot twist – You can even use a bench in place of a coffee table.

If that’s a puzzling notion, picture this: benches are ideal for small spaces where you need what little furniture you can fit, to pack an extra punch. By using a bench – like this Mesh Gray number from Unison – you get the same amount of surface area as a coffee table, but you can also use it as a foot rest or extra seating for guests.

Stylist tip: Place a tray on top of your bench to create a more sturdy surface to rest drinks and TV remotes.

bench decor ideas3. Tucked Behind the Sofa

If you’ve ever dabbled in the advanced art of “floating” a sofa – not a magic trick but a layout hack that can do wonders for your living room – then you may have asked yourself, what the heck do I do with the empty space in the back?

And – you guessed it – one way to have your sofa’s back is with a bench! This gives you another space for storage, a place for guests to put their purses or jackets, and can be easily pulled into the main living space as an extra seat for company.

Read this next: 4 Ways to Fill the Empty Space Behind Your Sofa

bench decor ideas4. Anchor at the Foot of the Bed

Every bedroom needs a place to sleep, but fully functional rooms also give you a place to sit while you get ready.

One of our favorite bench decor ideas is to place a bench at the foot of your bed. This gives you somewhere to sit and put on your shoes, plan your outfit, or plop your purse or bag at the end of the day (and keep your bed clear and clean!). A bench at the end of the bed is not only an attractive addition to your room, it’s practical as well.

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bench decor ideas5. Room Divider

Open floor plans are great if you want a breezy space with great flow. However, they can cause a bit of a design conundrum if you struggle to separate the space into distinct zones.

If this sounds familiar, try using a bench to create a sense of division between the dining area and living areas, or the play space and entertaining room. Unlike a full wall, it won’t add any visual bulk to your space, and you can still appreciate the open layout while creating distinct zones or “rooms within rooms” in your space.

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6 Fresh Takes on the Gallery Wall

Gallery Wall Ideas

Who doesn’t love a good gallery wall? And while oversized wall art may be trending for 2018, sometimes you just need a way to display your fabulous collection of art all on one wall.  To give you a few fresh ideas on this look, we’re exploring a few different takes on the gallery wall game that are just as inspiring and impactful.

Read on for some ideas and tips for creating your own new and improved version of a gallery wall at home.

 

Gallery Wall Ideas

Try Some Shelfies

Rather than hanging your art, try propping a few of your favorite pieces on a shelf or two, which gives your wall an eclectic, layered look. This is a especially great if you like to switch up your artwork or move pieces around on the regular.

Stylist Tip: If you’re doing this over a sofa or your bed, be sure to anchor the art pieces to the wall with little nails and hooks in the back to secure them in place.

 

Gallery Wall IdeasDeck Out a Corner

Double the coverage with a gallery wall that fills out a complete corner. Try creating a display with graphic photos, paintings, and prints that hang on both walls of the corner as way to anchor a reading nook or a seating area just below. This take on the gallery wall is perfect for small and awkward corner spaces or even the base of a staircase.

Stylist Tip: Don’t be afraid to go vertical and hang art high up towards the ceiling. It will add intrigue and give the illusion of height. Mix in 3D objects or sculptures for a more eclectic vibe.

 

Gallery Wall IdeasGo Simple Grid Style

For a slightly more traditional take, create a grid-style gallery wall with pieces in all the same size and shape. Be it three artworks in a row or four in a grid, this is low-lift approach that guarantees a clean-lined arrangement.

Stylist Tip: Pick one style frame for all your pieces to create a more consistent and cohesive look.

 

Gallery Wall IdeasGive It the Midas Touch

Try using gold picture frames for all your pieces to bring unity to a gallery wall where artworks vary in sizes and subject matter. An array of gold frames will act as a common thread that ties the pieces together while also adding a little polish and shine to the overall look.

Stylist Tip: The best part about an eclectic mix of frames is that you can’t go wrong. If you can’t find a consistent frame for all your art, just mix and match with gold frames in various styles. Your gallery wall will look just as bold.

 

Gallery Wall IdeasHang From a Baseline

Usually when hanging artwork, the rule is to pick a midpoint and arrange all your art centered on that line. Break the rule: Try instead to determine a baseline and then hang all your different sized pieces in a row above that line.

Stylist Tip: Place taller art in the center and then taper outwards with smaller pieces; this will help the overall composition feel more balanced.

 

Gallery Wall IdeasKeep It Classic

The traditional gallery wall is all about the mix, so if make sure you play around with a diverse range of artworks in all mediums. This is one instance where the more mismatched your art, the more eclectic and personal the grouping will look above your sofa, bed, or a credenza.

Stylist Tip: With a gallery wall, always start with a hanging game plan. Consider the overall shape you want the pieces to form and work your way from the inside out. Next, lay your pieces out on the floor and decide where each artwork will go. If that sounds intimidating or you just want an extra set of eyes, Modsy can help create a 3D design plan for you to tweak until its right (don’t nail it until you nail it!).

 

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