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It’s the Little Things: 13 Decor Ideas That Will Make Any Space Feel Perfectly Put Together

We’ve all seen them—the photos on Instagram and Pinterest featuring homes that look so…perfectly imperfect. Rooms that are highly designed and considered but also look comfortable, inviting, and actually lived in. We’re living in our homes, well, every day. We have the sofa, the rug, and the accent furniture. So why does that effortless, lived-in-but-considered look feel so difficult to achieve? What’s missing?

What it really comes down to is the little things. The decorative accents, home decor, lighting, and storage solutions that make your home feel personalized and put together. And these little things are actually quite simple to incorporate into your home! So, we’ve rounded up a list of our best home decor ideas that help make any room feel complete. So, here’s our list of 13 essential finishing touches that make a space feel finished and put together!

decor ideasFor Adding a Pop of Personality

Decorative accents—like pillows, throws, vases, book ends, and other decorative objects—add a pop of personality to any room. And it’s home decor like this that takes a space from strictly functional to styled and thoughtfully curated. They can totally change the look and feel of a room (without breaking the bank).

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decor ideasThrow Pillows

In search of the perfect piece to tie your living room together? Or maybe you’ve been googling bedroom ideas in search of that special ‘something’ your space is missing. Look no further than throw pillows!

Throw pillows have a way of adding personality to any room and are the perfect way to tie together the colors and patterns in your space. They’re a must-have for both your sofa and your bed—and can also be incorporated into other spaces throughout your home. You can mix and match different patterns, colors, and textures for a pop of personality, or simply use them to tie together your color palette. And you can swap them out seasonally to change up the vibe in your living room or bedroom.

For your sofa, you can go minimal with just one or two, take a more traditional approach with groupings of two to three in each corner, or go all out boho with piles of pillows across the whole sofa! On a bed, we recommend starting with two matching throw pillows plus a lumbar pillow. It’s a timeless look and saves you from spending time removing and replacing pillows from your bed each morning and night! But you can always build from there to get the look you want.

decor ideasThrow Blankets

Keep your home cozy with a mix of throws throughout. Throws add texture, color, pattern, and cozy layers to your space and are one of our favorite living room or bedroom ideas to take your space to the next level. Just imagine a throw artfully draped over a chair or folded at the end of the bed. Sounds cozy, right?

And they aren’t just for cold-weather months. Keep some chunky knits on hand for the fall and winter, and have some lighter, breezy options for spring and summer. And throws don’t have to be basic, either. You can find options that accentuate your style and personality—whether that’s incorporating some fun patterns, finding throws with pom pom accents, or just going for some soft, cozy neutrals.

decor ideasAccent Decor

A bare bookcase or empty coffee table doesn’t give your room that polished look. So, add personality to any room with accent decor! You can style your surfaces with a mix of accents like vases, books, art prints, planters, and decorative objects. This not only fills empty spaces throughout your rooms, but it adds a personal touch and helps polish off your look. Accent decor can also act as conversation starters that people will ask about when you have guests over!

For a minimal look, keep it simple and don’t over-clutter surfaces. But you can also rev it up for a more eclectic or maximalist vibe! For other styles, you may want a mix of decorative and useful objects that add personality. And you can always move pieces from room to room when you need a change of pace! It’s a great way to give your home a refresh without spending extra money.

decor ideasFor Layered Lighting

Dark rooms feel anything but finished. That’s why lighting is a fun and functional decor must-have for any room. In fact, layered lighting is the key to a cozy, relaxing space. Lighting can completely change the vibe of a room. (Consider the difference between overhead fluorescent lighting and the diffused light of a floor lamp.) The proper mix of lighting helps any room feel more polished and put together. So, add creative lighting to your home—and make a style statement—with lamps, pendants, and sconces.

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decor ideasTable Lamps

Other than the obvious function of adding soft lighting to your room, table lamps can also add interesting shapes and textures to your space! Table lamps allow you to control the lighting in a room, so you don’t have to just choose between it being dark or having harsh overhead lighting—adding a definite element of coziness in the evening. But during the day, they can also give you the task lighting you need to get things done. And, they can be functional decorative additions as you look to fill outside tables and consoles.

You can go for a matching pair in your bedroom or living room if you want a more formal or traditional look. But they’re also a way to add personality and intrigue to your space! You can go for a more fun look, with interesting lamp designs and patterned lamp shades, and you can mix and match lamps within a room for a more eclectic look.

decor ideasFloor Lamps

Make sure you have the task and ambient lighting you need with a beautiful but functional floor lamp. Floor lamps are great for reading nooks or adding extra light to rooms without having to utilize overhead options. And we love how some styles have such sculptural shapes, almost like stand-alone works of art that add a sculptural element to your space.

decor ideasSconces

Sconces offer another stylish lighting solution for your home. They’re great for small spaces where you don’t want to dedicate floor or surface area to a floor or table lamp. But they also give a very polished, intentional vibe to any room they’re in.

They can be used in the bedroom, in living rooms, in a reading nook, or even in an entryway. And if you don’t want to worry about hiring an electrician to figure out the wiring for a sconce, no problem! There are plug-in options available, so you don’t have to tear up your walls.

Pendants

There’s nothing like a sculptural pendant to start a conversation! Pendant lights can be works of art. They’re great centerpieces in rooms and a perfect way to drive home the style of your space—whether that’s over your dining room table, in your bedroom, or in your living room. Depending on the style, they can add drama and intrigue or an air of casual relaxation. But they also just add dynamic texture and style to your space while serving as a beautiful focal point.

decor ideasFor Filling Empty Walls

Empty walls make a room feel sad and incomplete. So, don’t settle for blank walls! You can personalize every room in your home with a unique mix of wall art, mirrors, and sculptures. These are some of our favorite wall decor ideas to fill up your wall space and make your home feel put together.

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decor ideasWall Art

Framed wall art is one of the most obvious ways to fill blank walls. But that doesn’t mean it’s a boring solution! There are so many options and approaches to bring this to life. In each room of your home, you can decide if you want one large-scale piece of art to be the focal point of your space, or you can opt for a gallery wall—and pretty much everything in between!

So, find an artist you love and buy an original or a print. Frame some of your favorite family or vacation photos. Go big or mix and match smaller pieces. It’s up to you. This really is the easiest way to show off your personality and tie together your room with pattern and color.

decor ideasMirrors

Mirrors are a fun and functional add to any room—but they’re not the home decor item many people think of when deciding how to fill their walls. Yet, they really can add a lot of style and personality to your space. Mirrors with stylish frames or cut into fun shapes end up looking like works of art.

Mirrors also reflect light and make your space feel larger, which is a major bonus. So, hang one in your entryway for last-minute checks before walking out the door, above your dresser in your bedroom, or even in your home office or dining room to open up the space. Really, they can go anywhere in the house and add a useful, decorative touch to any room.

decor ideasSculptural Wall Decor

Add dynamic texture to your space with tapestries, woven baskets, and hanging sculptures. This might be an unexpected way to fill up your walls, but we really love the texture and personality they add to a room.

This is a more three-dimensional approach, and is perfect for homes with little hands that like to touch and pull on everything! And, often, sculptural wall decor is more budget-friendly than framed wall art, as framing can cost a lot of money! But you don’t have to go for one or the other. We love the combination of framed art and baskets for a mixed-media gallery wall!

decor ideasFor Easy (and Stylish) Storage Solutions

Storage is one of the most-requested features in our designs—for good reason. We all have plenty of stuff we want tucked away but accessible. So we say, why not add stylish storage that’s as pretty as it is functional? It’s a way to keep everything in its place, while still adding a decorative, thoughtful spin on it.

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decor ideasTrays

Clutter feels less cluttered with a tray! Trays are a great organizational tool—but they look cute, too. On coffee tables, they’re a great way to corral remotes, candles, and books. On a dresser, they’re perfect for makeup, perfume, and other styling essentials. In an entryway, they offer a surface for stashing your keys and wallet so you’ll never lose track of them! Ultimately, they offer a stylish way to get (and stay) organized.

decor ideasBaskets

Add some texture, style, and organization to your space with baskets in all shapes and sizes. We love using baskets, big or small, in every room for simple, stashable storage that also looks good.

They’re great in an entryway, lined up under your console, for stashing backpacks, outdoor gear, and shoes. In your living room? Perfect for that pile of throws you like to keep on-hand. They offer organization in your bedroom and an option for a laundry hamper that you don’t want to keep hidden in your closet! And best of all: they’re great for kids. They can help organize kids’ toys, school supplies, books, art supplies, and help you clean up clutter in a pinch!

decor ideasBowls and Catchalls

Little items throughout your rooms will instantly have a stylish home with the addition of some bowls and catchalls. Similar to trays, bowls offer a simple and stylish tabletop storage solution. They instantly make a console, dresser, desk, or coffee table feel more polished. And they’re the perfect way to catch keys and coins, keep makeup close at hand, drop remotes or store matches—along with all of the other little things floating around your home!

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2020 decor trends

These 3 decor trends will be everywhere in 2020

It’s that time of the year again. When we look back at the year behind us and predict what the next one has in store for home decor trends. And there are more than a few 2020 decor trends that we’re excited about.

But trends are fickle things. So don’t stress if something you love is on it’s way out. Trends come and go in cycles, so it’ll likely be back before you know it. Not to mention, we’re firm believers in designing with the pieces and styles you love—not the trends others say are in or out.

But all that to say, it’s still fun to peek into the future and see what’s coming! So, without further ado, here are the decor trends that we predict will be major players in 2020.

Decor Trend #1: Home Is Where the Bar Cabinet Is

2020 decor trendsOut: Bar Carts // In: Bar Cabinets

A few years ago, bar carts were the “it” piece of furniture everyone wanted. And no surprise considering that bar carts are the perfect mix of being relatively affordable, a great way to fill out an empty corner, and make for an Instagrammable design moment.

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But fast-forward to 2020, and the once super-popular trend is feeling over-saturated and tired. Instead, we’re seeing the focus shift towards a more holistic approach to entertaining at home. So out go the bar carts, and in come the bar cabinets. We’re even seeing some homes where the “bar” area is woven into a bookcase or set up as a simple styling moment on top of a credenza.

But if you have a bar cart you love, don’t stress or toss it out on the curb just yet. A simple styling refresh is all you need to give your bar cart new life. We say skip the alcohol and try something a little unexpected—use it for storage, as a record stand, a home for your many plants, or even repurpose it as a nightstand.

Decor Trend #2: Mid-Century Modern2020 decor trends

Out: “Mad Men” Style // In: Organic Modernism Style

We don’t need to explain the mid-century modern trend, which has been popular for over a decade. But we are noticing a shift in the way the design world is embracing the elements of mid-century modern design. While the mid-century modern of a few years ago might be described as “straight off the set of Mad Men,” today we’re seeing mid-century designs morph into something more organic and bohemian.

Instead of the sharp angles, Eames lounge chairs, and hairpin legs of yesterday’s mid-century modern, today we’re seeing the style push more earthy and organic—a look we’re dubbing as“organic modernism.”

Organic modernism is a softer, earthier side of the mid-century look. It focuses more on materials and forms derived from the natural world. It’s less about the iconic designs of the original style, and more interested in the shapes, materials, colors, and forms of the movement. Organic modernism is more eclectic by nature, and plays with natural materials and textures, curved and organic forms, pops of earthy colors, and lots and lots of plants.

Decor Trend #3: Minimalism Versus Maximalism2020 decor trends

Out: Minimalism and Maximalism // In: Minimalist Maximalism

The two opposing trends of minimalism and maximalism were both popular looks of 2019. While minimalism was about form, function, and “less is more,” maximalism was interested in over-the-top spaces. These two trends coexisted in 2019, and likely have each other to thank for their own respective popularity. But for 2020, we’re seeing a new design trend on the horizon that merges these styles together.

Meet minimalist maximalism! If that seems like an oxymoron to you, then you’ve got the right idea. This trend is exactly what it sounds like—a style that plays with the unlikely combo of a minimalist’s design principles and a maximalist’s love of patterns, colors, textures, and all things over-the-top. The look basically boils down to a space designed with a highly curated mix of statement pieces styled very minimally. Think show-stopping furniture with minimal forms and no extra frills or decorative clutter.

This 2020 decor trend combines our culture’s current obsession with decluttering (thanks, Marie Kondo!) and our desire to create an interior that shows off our unique style and personality. We’re seeing a new interest in material as ornamentation. Instead of adding more decor, we’re focusing on the decorative nature of materials like marble, velvet, and woven textures. These materials bring in a decorative element without adding more stuff. Thus, creating a space full of beauty and ornament but sans the extra clutter.

 

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Stylists Picks: Pieces That Do the Curved Furniture Trend Right

Step aside straight lines and sharp edges – the curved furniture trend is here and our stylists are loving it! This re-emergence of art deco inspo creates a balance of modern and feminine energies – it’s an easy way to totally refresh your interiors and make a statement.

This trend, as its name suggests, features pieces with sloped lines, curved silhouettes, and not a harsh angle in sight. One of the biggest design trends of 2019, it’s all about show-stopping pieces that add a touch of glamour and elegance to any setting. Here are our favorite picks to help bring this trend home in both big and small ways.

curved side tableCurve Gold Side Table

A sculptural side table is an easy way to work the curved furniture trend into your decor. It adds a stylish touch of Art Deco glam that feels right at home in modern, minimal, and glamorous interiors.

oatmeal sofaInfiniti Curve Back Sofa

When it comes to attention-getting furniture, a curved sofa is hard to beat. This Infiniti curve back sofa has gorgeous curves rendered in an oatmeal shade of velvet for the ultimate in understated luxury. It’s a great way to take a big dip into the curved furniture trend without fear of going overboard.

copine sofaCopine Peacock sofa

Calling all drama queens! This Copine Peacock Sofa offers a curvaceous take on a fainting chaise sofa and is a full-on way to embrace the curved furniture trend. The tapered legs add a pop of glam for a slightly more mid-century modern vibe.

swivel chairHazel Swivel Chair

This Hazel Swivel Chair is minimal glam at it’s finest. The velvet fabric with a bold red berry hue and gold base makes a big statement and adds a decadent touch to any room. It’s available in an array of colors so you can have fun with your color scheme and the swivel function gives you major style and layout flexibility.

antoni swivelAntoni Swivel Chair

The Antoni Swivel Chair is very similar to the hazel chair, with the same curved shape but the added touch of cut-outs under the armrests. It’s a super unique shape and chances are none of your friends will have anything like it. Spot it in our Wizard of Oz inspired room!

savon dining chairSavon Dining Chair

This light pink velvet dining chair features a luxurious design and a gorgeous pink hue. It has tapered legs to add contrast and a fantastic mid-century modern vibe. The shape is reminiscent of a wing-back chair and adds immediate panache to your dining area.

nadia cane chairNadia Cane Chair

Get the best of two trends with this Nadia Cane chair. It brings both curved furniture design and natural materials into your home for a modern yet glam aesthetic. It’s perfect around a dining table or even solo as a chic desk chair! Plus, the design is reminiscent of the iconic Cesca chair.

tejido chairTejido Dining Chair

Another double-dipper, this Tejido Dining Chair showcases both curved furniture design and is made of rattan, another of our favorite trends of 2019. Give your dining area a more relaxed, casual feel and add a lovely pop of natural texture to any interior to soften the look. Also available in a stool option if you prefer that look.

covet chairCovet Chair

The Covet Chair is another chair used in our Wizard of Oz inspired room. There are major Art Deco vibes going on here, between the gorgeous emerald green velvet and the gentle, streamlined curves. The crushed texture has a high shine and feels more overtly glam while the shape feels clean and polished.

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summer 2019 decor trends California Casual

5 of the Hottest 2019 Summer Decor Trends

Summer is upon us! Every changing season means a new chance to update and refresh your living space. And when it comes to bringing new design inspiration into your life, who doesn’t love a good trend? Summer 2019 decor trends take a cue from the laid-back vibes and vivid colors of the season and incorporating some trending elements helps to keep your home stylish and au courant.

In this post, we break down the 5 hottest decor trends of the summer to show you how to bring the looks into your space. Ready to dive in? Keep scrolling to find 5 of the hottest 2019 summer trends!

summer 2019 decor trends California CasualCalifornia Casual

California Casual design is all about creating blissful rooms with comfy furnishings and airy tones that capture the calm, collected, (and of course) casual, California look.

The Key Elements

This design trend features a mix of classic and rustic elements, layers of textures and lots of eclectic accents. The comfy foundations and neutral hues emphasize relaxed living.

It’s Perfect If You…

Love a laid-back, beachy vibe that’s trendy and chic at the same time. It’s also a great style for bringing in light and opening up a smaller space.

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Modern farmhouse decor trendModern Farmhouse

The Modern Farmhouse decor trend combines the best parts of some of the trendiest looks from the past few years. It blends a bit of rustic charm, sophisticated industrial style, and a touch of Mid-Century Modern to create a cool, contemporary and comfy style that’s perfect for summer.

The Key Elements

This look is full of character and centers around warm, cozy furniture pieces, neutral colors with dark, industrial accents and a mix of old and new elements for the perfect balance of comfortable and on-trend.

It’s Perfect If You…

Want a warm, inviting space that is both stylish and livable. The look combines trendy elements with timeless style so you don’t have to worry about the design feeling dated anytime soon.

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Coastal decorCoastal

Another top trend this summer is the cool, breezy Coastal style. This look has mega beach house vibes and is down-to-earth, natural and lived-in, while still looking perfectly put-together.

The Key Elements

Coastal style is rooted in large, cozy furniture pieces, light, weathered wood tones and organic materials and textures. Raw, unfinished woods, rattans and linens bring in the beachy vibes and pops of blues and greens emphasize the coastal look.

It’s Perfect If You…

Dream of bringing a summer beach day into your home. The cozy furnishings combine with natural textures and light colors for ultimate comfort and livability.

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tropical boho trendTropical Boho

Take summer design trends to the max with the eclectic, over-the-top tropical boho style. This look is all about bold, tropical colors, daring design elements and quirky touches that exude life and energy – just like a tropical jungle.

The Key Elements

Eclectic style doesn’t play by the rules! The tropical boho look features all kinds of wild textures and patterns, bold colors and plenty of cool organic elements. Finish the look with plants galore and oddball accents and accessories that add life and personality.

It’s Perfect If You…

Love living with a style that’s completely your own and shows off your unique personality. It’s an edgy curation of elements that makes your wild side feel right at home.

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eclectic decor trendDesert Minimal

Desert Minimal is all about light, airy spaces that evoke the magic and warmth of the desert. Equal parts boho, modern, and rustic, this desert-inspired trend is anything but dry.

The Key Elements

This artfully clean look is inspired by desert landscapes of the American Southwest. It uses lots of organic shapes, a warm, neutral color palette with pops of patterns, and lots of natural materials.

It’s Perfect If You…

Gravitate toward warmth and simplicity in your design. Anyone who appreciates the warmth, clean lines and calming appeal of a lean, sparse desert landscape will feel right at home in this summer 2019 decor trend!

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fall 2018 decor trends

Home Decor Trendspotting – Our Predictions from the Las Vegas Market

Meet Alessandra Wood, the Director of Style at Modsy. With a PhD in Design History and an M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts and Design, she is a bona fide design expert in all things interior design. Fresh off a trip to the Las Vegas Market, we picked her brain on what’s sure to be trending this fall in interior design.

Sometimes, what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay there. For example, Modsy’s style and merchandising team just got back from the Las Vegas Market, and with us, we’re bringing all the Fall decor trends for 2018.

A furniture and decor conference that happens every January and July, “going to market” is what designers do every season. This is how we see the latest furniture and decor collections from our partners and discover new vendors for the season. We scour the industry to find the best quality, style, and price for everything we include in your Modsy designs.

And, of course, we do a little trend spotting (or better yet, forecasting) while we’re there. Across the different showrooms and retailers, we spied several key fall decor trends over and over. Our predictions are in.

Ready to get an early look at some of the fall 2018 decor trends you’ll likely be seeing all over the place? Keep scrolling for my predictions, and a look at what’s sure to be trending in our Fall 2018 Modsy designs.

fall 2018 decor trendsTextured Neutrals

Neutrals are everywhere! If you’re thinking “oh great, more bland neutrals,” think again. This season, it’s all about neutrals that pack a punch with texture.

Get ready for materials like linen, vintage velvet, jute, and fringe. And if you’re embracing neutrals, be sure to layer in different textures to keep your space from feeling flat.

We’re also seeing a resurgence of white-washed, weathered wood. A lighter, cool-toned wood, it’s great for creating a beachy or vintage feel inside any space.

fall 2018 decor trendsWoven Seating

The texture trend continues in seating.

Woven seats are all the rage. Whether it’s cord, caning, leather, or rattan, retailers are showing off seating with a gorgeous weave.

fall 2018 decor trendsSculptural Pieces

2018 has seen its fair share of statement trends, but the year isn’t over yet.

Enter sculptural pieces, a trend that’s taking statement-making to the next level.

What are sculptural pieces? Think furniture, lighting, or decorative accessories that have a sculptural quality. Often geometric in form, these sculptural pieces are works of art in and of themselves.

fall 2018 decor trendsDeco Inspiration

As a design historian, I love a lot of design movements. But Art Deco with its curves, geometry, and unexpected drama is, hands-down, one of my favorites.

This fall keep an eye out for furniture and accessories that mimic the hallmarks of deco architecture. Bold and dramatic, these pieces sport geometric patterns and sophisticated curves, and are often rendered in brass or other luxurious materials.

fall 2018 decor trendsEarthy Palettes

While we still can’t get enough of neutrals, this fall we’ll also see a introduction of saturated, earthy colors.

Think burnt sienna, saddle, rust, mossy green, and subdued blues. These hues, while rich and saturated, have a slightly toned-down quality to them and won’t feel overpowering. They also layer beautifully to create a warm and cozy feel in any space.

 

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