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5 Affordable and Timeless Trends You’ll Love

Creating a beautiful and functional space is hard. Making one that will stand the test of time is even trickier, and trying to do it all on a budget can feel next to impossible. But everyone deserves a home they love at a price they can afford. That’s why we asked our designers to select some timeless design trends that you can do yourself without breaking the bank.

Read on to learn how to create a timeless, chic, and AFFORDABLE look in your home!

Invest in Plants

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We’re kicking things off with perhaps the most evergreen timeless trend: plants! Think about it, plant life is the ultimate in timeless interior design and will never go out of style. After all, plants (whether living or faux) are affordable, textural, and shapely, adding drama and bringing life to your space. They’re also versatile and can transition from one interior design style to the next, making them an asset if you decide to change your decor to a new style but don’t want to start decorating from scratch.

Timeless tips for plants

Adding potted plants to surfaces such as bookshelves, mantles, or end tables is a great way to add a cozy and colorful accent to your space. You can also add larger plants to the corners of your room to soften the space, filling in any unwanted negative space in the room. To ensure that your plants blend seamlessly into the rest of your design, use plant holders that echo the rest of your decor. For example, woven baskets will look good in a boho-style room and neutral-colored concrete planters will work great in a minimalist space.

Need some plant care tips? Read our comprehensive guide!

Update Your Hardware

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Updating the hardware on your cabinetry is one of the easiest ways to bring new life, and a significant style impact, to your space. You can watch your room transform from trendy to classic in the time it takes to swap out some handles and nobs in your kitchen, making this timeless trend extremely easy and affordable.

Timeless tips for hardware

To ensure your land on a classic look that will stand the test of time, we suggest avoiding hardware too specific to a particular style. Instead, opt for hardware made from traditional materials. Brass, bronze, copper, or even glass are all great options to choose from. And selecting hardware with clean lines and simple design will ensure a classic, timeless interior design vibe in your space.

 

 

Embrace Calming Spaces

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One timeless trend we love is calming spaces. We love it so much that we’ve written about everything from the ancient design practice of Feng Sui to the calming effects of blue rooms. We know that having a relaxing and soothing space to retreat to is a necessity everyone deserves and so will never go out of style. Calming spaces tend to lean more minimal and curated, which can be more affordable because you’ll need to buy less to create a calming look.

Timeless tips for calming spaces

To create a calming and classic look in your space, stick to a neutral color palette and use patterns sparingly. We suggest a well-organized layout for a more minimal yet cozy look. Use storage to arrange your keepsakes and leave the space feeling more open and calming.

Play with Traditional Textures and Patterns

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Traditional textures and patterns like Turkish rugs, linen pillows, or jute baskets have the appearance of curated heirlooms. Incorporating them into even the most modern space can add a timeless, eye-catching quality, making the room more inviting.

Timeless tips for textures and patterns

Adding timeless textures and patterns may be more accessible (and affordable) than you think and can be achieved in a few easy steps:

  1. Decide which traditional patterns complement your style best, like pinstripes, plaid, or subtle floral in neutral colors.
  2. Select pillows, throws, and room accessories made of traditional materials in the patterns you like.
  3. Swap them with any trendier items you own.

Voila, you’ve just added a timeless and classic appeal to your space!

Invest in Vintage and Antique Home Goods

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Like traditional materials, adding a few thoughtfully chosen vintage or antique items to your space can make it feel curated and classic. Plus, vintage furniture and decor can often be found cheaper in secondhand shops, thrift stores, antique malls, and flea markets, making it a more affordable option for furnishing your home. Finally, used items are an excellent choice for more sustainable interior design.

Timeless tips for vintage and antique Home Goods

We often work with customers who want to incorporate a vintage item into their design. We could go into detail about designing with antiques. But creating a totally timeless look using vintage and antique pieces in your home isn’t as hard as you may think. One option is to mix more ornate items, like a Victorian side chair, with more clean-lined modern foundational furniture. You can also try matching the materials of your antiques with any new decor to ensure a cohesive feeling between design styles.

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Trend Spotlight: What is Dark Academia and 8 Tips to Get the Look

Today, we’re shining a spotlight on a dark and moody aesthetic trend that’s seeping into the interior design world! It’s called “Dark Academia.” It might sound spooky, but it’s actually more about academics, literature, and the arts! (Hence, “academia.”) The “dark” part of the time is more in reference to the darker color palettes used in this aesthetic. (So, don’t worry—no “defense against the dark arts” training required to pull off this look!)

The Dark Academia aesthetic is what you might expect to find if you stumbled into the office of a professor at Cambridge or Oxford in the 1950s. Or a Gothic-era parlour, being entertained by the moody and mysterious Mr. Rochester himself. Or, ok, even the Gryffindor common room! All that to say, it’s a look that steeped in history and nostalgia, with a good dash of romanticism.

Read on to learn more about Dark Academia decor and how you can incorporate it into your home.

What is Dark Academia Decor?

The Dark Academia aesthetic is a celebration of learning and literature, as well as a passion for knowledge. So, the interior design style that it creates is heavily influenced by academia. What does Dark Academia room decor look like in action? Spaces that have the look and feel of an old library or study, often using books as decor. You’ll also find other items that invoke a nostalgia for centuries past and speak to intellectual pursuits—like telescopes, musical instruments, apothecary bottles, and Grecian busts. Dark Academia room decor is all about layers and collections that speak to the interests and intellect of the person living there.

Dark Academia decor is centered on classical architecture and design, so you’ll find a lot of dark wood furniture, ideally with intricate details and carvings. Decorating with antique furniture is highly encouraged in this style! There’s also an emphasis on dark colors and rich textiles—like velvet, leather, and wool—which add a sense of both history and decadence to a space. All of these elements build on a sense of moodiness and intellect, with a hint of mystery.

Where Did the Dark Academia Aesthetic Originate?

Dark Academia is a social media aesthetic and subculture centered around higher education, writing and poetry, the arts, and classic Greek and Gothic architecture. The subculture is associated with ancient art and classic literature, and the “romance” surrounding these pursuits.

However, the interior styling of this aesthetic isn’t actually new. It’s based heavily on Gothic-era European architecture and interiors. Think: old university libraries, professors’ studies, prep-school dormitories, and old English estates—especially the likes of those found in Gothic novels like Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights. There’s a lot of old European influence in this style.

How to Get the Dark Academia Look

Want to explore the Dark Academia aesthetic and learn more about how to bring some Dark Academia decor into your home? Read these 8 tips on how to get the look.

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1. Go for a Dark Color Palette

Dark is in the very name—so going with a dark color palette for a Dark Academia-inspired room is an absolute must. Dark paint can accentuate architecture features and add a moody-but-stylish vibe to the space. Decor and accessories with pop against dark paint as well! Start with colors like black and brown, as well as cream and gold, which will help ground the look. Then, don’t be afraid to go bold and incorporate saturated shades of greens, reds, and navy. Layering in dark wood and leather furniture will add to the moody vibe.

2. Use Materials That Show Off a Patina

Since this style has a definite sense of history to it, it’s important to include furniture with finishes that will develop a patina over time. (Or pieces with a faux patina.) This is also a great place to insert some antiques that show off some age without looking too worn. This can be anything from leather sofas and chairs to faded vintage rugs, copper and brass accents, and even crushed velvet upholstery.

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3. Stay Timeless and Classic

Dark Academia decor and furniture should be classic and timeless. So, gravitate toward dark, rustic wood furniture, vintage-inspired rugs, antique artwork and tapestries, and tufted upholstery. Elements like these have been used for decades, if not centuries, so they create a home that feels timeless. Stick with classic silhouettes for furniture and decor—like wingback chairs or chesterfield sofas—staying away from trends or anything that looks and feels too contemporary.

 

4. Embrace Maximalism

Like we mentioned earlier, Dark Academia decor is all about layered collections. So, layer decor into your space, especially books, antique trinkets, plants, and even art. This look gives the look and feel of a space that has been collected over time, and creates the studious vibe of an academic space. Layering a variety of patterns and darker colors into a room will help drive home that maximalist vibe. This is also a great style for a gallery wall, so that even your walls have a sense of maximalism. Try a mix of maps, antique-inspired botanical prints, painted portraits, black and white photos, and perhaps even old letters or vintage sketches!

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5. Display Your Collections

In the vein of maximalism, you don’t just want to have collections—you want to make sure you have a place or show them off! Antiques and other trinkets should be on display, in a tasteful manner. Celebrate your collections through the use of shelves, china and display cabinets, glass-front bookcases, and built-ins. And you don’t have to have a singular theme or look of what you have on display. Your shelves can span the decades and include inspiration from the Victorian era, where there was a definite mentality of “more is more.”

6. Highlight Natural Materials and Intricate Details

Natural materials, such as stone and wood, are timeless and classic at the same time. Keeping your base furniture a natural material sets the tone for the space—like the mahogany dining table and chairs, above, which are full of luster and class but still showcase the natural wood. You can also play up natural or architectural elements in your home—like an old fireplace with ornamental details, wall moulding, bay windows, or built-ins.

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7. Let the Light In

As much as this style is dark and celebrates dark colors and finishes, it also celebrates large windows and natural light. Balance a dark space with natural light—keeping your windows open whenever possible. And, of course, make sure they’re adorned with beautiful drapery to highlight the window even more! Dark Academia decor basically begs for luxe velvet curtains.

8. Keep it Cozy

Dark Academia gets its inspiration from the idea of spending hours in academic libraries, cozying up with great literature and hot drinks. So, keeping your space cozy just entices this type of activity even more! Create a space that draws you in by prioritizing comfortable furniture, plush materials, layers of comfy bedding, reading nooks, and layered lighting. (We especially love the idea of creating reading nook designs inspired by famous novels!)

Want to explore more trending design ideas? Read our features on the cottagecore trend and the cabincore trend!

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New Year Refresh: How to Get the Most Bang for Your Budget

We’re not sure about you—but at the start of a new year, we get the itch to make some updates to our homes. Perhaps it’s the freshness of the year that makes us want to freshen up the space where we live, too? Or maybe it’s the absence of holiday decor that feels like a clean slate, welcoming interior design updates. Or it could be all the talk of new trends, 2021 colors of the year, and round-ups of the best living room designs of 2020. Whatever it is, we’re here for it!

A New Year refresh is the perfect way to hit the reset button after a hard year—a visual reminder that this year will be different. It’s also a great way to make space for new habits and hobbies or try on a new trend! But interior design updates require money. Just because we change calendar years doesn’t mean we magically have a bank account full of cash to spend! But here’s some good news: even if you have just a little bit of money saved, there are a ton of great ways to refresh on a budget!

In fact, today our designers are giving their recommendations on how to stretch your dollar at three different budgets—$100, $500, and $1,000. We’ll show you how to focus these updates on different rooms throughout your home for the most impact. Read on for our best tips on how to give your home a refresh on a budget.

Read this next: 10 affordable room decorating projects to try in 2021

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How to Refresh Your Living Room

Your living room is often the place where you spend the most time in your home, so it’s a great candidate for a new year’s refresh! Swapping out some things in this space will offer a visual reset that can help start 2021 on a different note. And, since it’s a space everyone in your household uses, these updates can be enjoyed and appreciated by the whole family!

Designing a brand-new living room? Check out our living room buying guide for everything you need to make this space shine!

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Designer Recommendation: Throw Pillows

In a living room, if you only have $100 to spend, updating your throw pillows will have the biggest impact on your space. Fresh pillows—even if it’s just one or two—can totally change the vibe of your living room. Throw pillows are affordable and are an easy way to reset the color scheme in your space. You can go from serene neutrals to bold patterns to amp up the energy in your living room. Or swap blues for cheery yellows and greens to usher in an early spring to your home! Want to make your money go even further? Keep the inserts of your existing pillows and just swap the covers, since pillow covers tend to be less expensive than a whole new pillow! And don’t be afraid to shop the sale section!

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Designer Recommendation: Accent Decor

Focusing on small accent decor pieces throughout your living room will make a big difference in the feel of your space. In fact, this is one of our favorite easy ways to refresh your living room. This can be anything from art, vases, and decorative objects to smaller accent furniture like side tables. All of these pieces add personality to your space—so bringing in new pieces will definitely refresh your living room’s vibe. Want a bigger change? Bring in a new side table, a few little objects (like vases), plus a piece of art or decor that you really love!

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Designer Recommendation: Accent Furniture

Similar to accent decor, new accent furniture—like coffee tables, armchairs, side tables, and even rugs—can completely change the look and feel of a space. If you have $1,000 to spend on updates, we’d start with investing in a rug, which can completely redefine a space and incorporate new colors, patterns, and textures into your space. Then, use any leftover money for an additional piece of accent furniture.

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How to Refresh Your Bedroom

Your bedroom is (hopefully) your sanctuary within your home. And, during a time when we can’t get out much, this room has also become one of the only private spaces within your home where you can retreat from your kids, pets, and the demands of life. If your New Year’s resolution involves being more intentional about self-care, a bedroom refresh might be just what you need to reinvigorate yourself and set the mood for the new year!

Want to go big on a bedroom refresh? Our bedroom furniture buying guide will walk you through everything you need for the most relaxing (and functional) bedroom.

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Designer Recommendation: Pillows & Blankets

Bedrooms are all about coziness and relaxation—so if you can only update one thing, let it be a cozy element! New decorative throw pillows and blankets will add softness and warmth to your space. Plus, they offer a small, budget-friendly way to dabble in interior design trends—one of our favorite cheap room decor ideas—bringing fresh color and texture to your space. We also recommend bringing in a new storage basket or other woven element, which can make a big visual impact!

Don’t have a budget for updates? Bring your living room throw pillows into your bedroom and your bedroom throw pillows into your living room! They may not be new—but in a different context, they’ll feel fresh! It’s an easy, no-cost way to shake up the vibes of both spaces.

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Designer Recommendation: Bedding

Is there anything like that new sheet feeling? Refreshing your bedding—with new sheets, pillow cases, and a duvet cover—can completely transform a bedroom. And it’s worth investing in the high-quality pieces. Look for plush materials that can be layered to create the ultimate cozy bed! New bedding really is the gift that keeps on giving, night after night. We’re big believers that it’s one of the best investments you can make in your home!

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Designer Recommendation: Accent Furniture

Accent furniture like nightstands, lighting, rugs, and a side chair or bench can really elevate your bedroom. But the pieces you choose depend on how you want to use your bedroom this year. Want to read more? Design a reading nook, with an accent chair, side table, and lamp. Ready to get more intentional with your morning and nightime routine? Perhaps a new nightstand (stocked with bedside essentials) will help your evening routine, while a new floor mirror or vanity can inspire you to hop out of bed in the morning! Tired of seeing those piles of laundry day after day? Add a bench to the end of your bed for the perfect folding zone. (And maybe get a cute new laundry hamper while you’re at it!) Aligning your intentions for the new year with the furniture you buy will help your purchases make even more of an impact on your life!

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How to Refresh Your Home Office

Home offices are spaces we want to prioritize organization and productivity (and good lighting for all those video calls!). So, naturally, that’s what our designer-recommended home office updates focus on! Fortunately, it really doesn’t take much to take your home office from serviceable to totally inspiring.

Building a home office from scratch? Check out all of our must-haves for a productive home office.

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Designer Recommendation: Decorative Accessories

Some new desk accessories can make your day-to-day work life run much smoother. Whether it’s a new lamp for better lighting, a desk plant or artwork to keep you inspired, or some organizational accessories (or perhaps all three?), a few desktop updates can give you a whole new outlook on work! Keep it simple but impactful. Need some help finding the right type of lighting for your home office? Check out our lighting guide.

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Designer Recommendation: Organizational Systems

If you have a bit more money to play with, focus on organizational systems. Bring some storage furniture pieces into your space, whether a credenza, filing cabinet, or bookcase. This will give you a space to store important files and documents and help you feel ultra-organized! Once you have the furniture picked out, bring in file folders and document boxes and spend a bit of time getting all your affairs in order!

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Designer Recommendation: Furniture

New furniture will, of course, have the largest impact on your space. Consider a new desk and office chair if you don’t already have long-term options for those. These are pieces you can use for years to come! But if you’ve already invested in these pieces, bring in a new rug or an accent chair—because every good home office needs a space where you can walk away from your screen and do some brainstorming or take a coffee break!

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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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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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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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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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