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Design for the Elderly: Choosing Senior-Friendly Furniture and Designing for Aging in Place

While multigenerational living is far from the norm in the United States, more and more Boomers and Gen Xers are having their aging parents move in with them rather than moving them into an assisted living or nursing home facility. You may have heard of the term “aging in place” and this is exactly what it is—senior citizens living in the residence of their choice for as long as they are able.

Sometimes this means that support is brought into their own homes and sometimes that looks like moving in with family members who can offer additional support. Whether you’re having your elderly parents move in with you or want to make your aging relative’s home safer for them as they continue to live on their own, there are some updates you can make to help with mobility issues and safety.

Aging adults have specific needs when it comes to interior design. For this demographic, functionality and safety need to be top-of-mind, as opposed to aesthetics. (Though, this doesn’t mean their home design will be ugly—aesthetics will simply be a lower priority.) And choosing the right furniture for elderly adults can make a huge difference.

With a few tweaks to your furniture and room layouts, you can make your home safer and more comfortable for loved ones who are aging in place. Read on for our 14 design tips for furnishing a home for senior citizens and aging family members, along with ideas for furniture for the eldery.

Disclaimer: These are simply design tips intended to assist in mobility. Consult a healthcare professional for any safety concerns. 

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1. Reduce Clutter

In a home with older adults, less is best. Reduce clutter throughout the house, making sure nothing inhibits a walkway. (More on this below.) But beyond walkways, it’s also worth removing excess books, paper, and even decor throughout the house. This not only helps reduce mental load, but a clutter-free home can simply make it easier for a senior to take care of themselves, as clutter can get in the way of daily tasks like cooking and cleaning.

Ensure high-traffic areas have wide, clear walkways to make moving around easier for elderly!

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2. Create Enough Space for Traffic Flow

To accommodate wheelchairs and walkers, you need to create wider walkways. So, move items out of the way that could become tripping hazards—like consoles in narrow hallways or decorative items in rooms that aren’t very wide or spacious. Having enough space to walk around and navigate will create a safer environment an elderly person.

Reduce trip hazards with a low pile rug with a non-slip rug pad underneath.

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3. Choose Low-Pile Rugs

For homes with carpets or rugs, opt for low-pile (aka thinner) options. Anything too chunky or plush (like a thick pile or shag carpet) could become a tripping hazard. Plush-pile rugs can also be difficult to walk on with a walker. Check out our guide on how to choose a rug if you need additional guidance on size and material.

For all homes with older adults, skip the use of small accent rugs, which tend to move around and can more easily cause a fall.

Another option if trips and falls are a serious concern? Skip rugs and carpeting altogether, opting for bare hardwood and tile floors.

4. And Don’t Skip the Rug Pad

If your home has a rug, it’s very important to also have a non-skid rug pad. On their own, area rugs can slip and slide around on hardwood floors. A rug pad will help the rug stay in place, preventing senior citizens (and anyone else, really) from slipping. An added benefit? Rug pads also make a rug more comfortable to stand on and will help extend the life of your rug!

5. Install Grab Bars and Railings

In bathrooms and staircases, it’s worth considering the installation of grab bars and railings. Most staircases have a railing already—but adding an additional railing to the other side of the staircase, if possible, can help with balance. And having grab bars in bathrooms, next to the toilet and in the shower, are extremely helpful for daily mobility issues and ensuring the safety of an elderly person.

Be wary of towel rods, as these can be grabbed like a grab bar but might not be secure enough to hold the weight of a person, which can cause a fall!

A taller sofa will make sitting down and standing up easier on older adults.

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6. Choose Sofas at an Appropriate Height and Size

As people age, it can become more difficult to transition from sitting to standing, and vice versa. So it’s important to consider the height of sofas and chairs to make this as easy as possible for the older adults in your home.

Choose a sofa and accent chairs that allow them to sit on comfortably with their feet planted on the floor. But you don’t want them too low, as this will increase the difficulty of sitting down or standing back up. It’s also worth considering sofas with taller arm rests, which will make for a sturdy grip, helping you or a loved one pull themselves up or help or sit down.

The actual size and height of the sofa or chairs you choose depends on the height and size of your aging family member. Someone who is shorter will need a sofa that’s a bit lower and not as deep, while a taller family member will need a deeper and taller sofa.

Choose a bed that is hip-height to make getting in and out easy.

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7. Consider the Height and Style of Their Bed

Make getting in and out of bed as easy as possible by choosing the right height of bed. The same rule for sofas applies here too—opt for a bed that is lower than hip height, but not too low! Too tall and they’ll have to jump up to get into bed, too low and they’ll have to hoist themselves up out of bed in the morning—and no one needs that right when they wake up!

A good measurement? Make sure your family member’s feet can sit flat on the floor when sitting on the edge of the mattress. A good rule of thumb is to avoid platform beds, which sit low to the ground by design, making them much too low for older adults; they require much more effort to go from sitting to standing. It’s also worth avoiding intricately carved bed frames or those with jutting woodwork, which are more likely to be a tripping hazard or cause harm. Your best bet is to choose an upholstered bed in a streamlined design. Check out our bed frame style guide to better understand all the bed frame options on the market!

You could also opt for a motorized bed base, which allows you to lower and raise the bed for sleeping and sitting upt to read or watch TV—and allow a person to choose their sleeping position based on any medical needs. These beds can also make it easier for getting out of bed.

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8. Install Good Lighting

Good lighting is a must—in all homes, but especially homes where older adults live. Since eyesight often wanes as we age, it’s important to choose lighting that is bright enough so you can clearly see what you’re doing and where you’re going. This is especially important in the kitchen, bathroom, and stairwells. Keep stairwells well lit with accent lighting, like sconces, or even light strips on the underside of your steps.

Aside from overhead lights, make sure table and/or floor lamps are easily reachable from sofas and beds to avoid any strain. With floor lamps, make sure the bases are sturdy so they don’t topple over easily. And, of course, be mindful of trailing cords on the floor, which can be a tripping hazard!

Since many older adults get up one or more times throughout the night to use the bathroom or get a drink, it can also be helpful to keep a flashlight on the bedside table or have nightlights scattered throughout the house to help with nighttime visibility.

Want to shed more light on the subject? Check out our lighting buying guide for more insight on how to choose good lighting for your home.

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9. Keep Necessities Within Reach

Making sure your family member’s most-used items are easily accessible and within reach is very important. This helps reduce strain, which could lead to injuries, and avoids them needing to use a step stool to reach anything. (This is especially important in a kitchen.) Obviously not everything in a home can be within arms-reach—but consider the most used items and strategically place them for easy access.

Skip the glass and opt for wood furniture instead!

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10. Avoid Glass-Topped Furniture

Sturdy furniture is essential for older adults—so this means avoiding glass-topped furniture which can chip and break more easily than other materials. It’s simply not the most stable material. If you need something to grip or press on to get off the sofa, or if you trip and need to hold onto something, glass isn’t sturdy enough to hold unexpected weight and can be dangerous in situations like this. Instead, opt for stable wooden furniture.

11. Skip Rolling Furniture

Furniture with wheels or casters should also be avoided. These pieces can roll unexpectedly, which can be dangerous. Skip dining chairs with casters, as they can be more challenging to get out of.

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Drum style coffee tables are very sturdy and have no legs, making them a great option for senior-friendly spaces.

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12. Be Aware of Furniture Legs and Bases

When picking out suitable senior-friendly furniture, be sure to consider the legs of a piece of furniture. While sofa and armchair legs tend to stay tucked under the frame of the furniture, some coffee tables or dining tables have legs that protrude out at an angle or have large feet. As you might imagine, this can become a tripping hazard. So, think through the legs of furniture pieces and skip any that may result in tripping.

Pedestal side tables, while their bases aren’t a tripping hazard, aren’t as steady as side tables with four legs and tip more easily. So, consider avoiding pedestal table designs as well.

Consider skipping a coffee table and using an ottoman as a plush alternative.

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13. Avoid Furniture With Sharp Edges

As we age, our skin becomes thinner and loses some of the protective layers that cushion blood vessels against injury. Because of this, senior citizens are more prone to bruising—so it’s important to avoid furniture with sharp edges. This is especially important in the bedroom, where a person is more likely to be navigating around the room in the dark.

14. Consider Motorized Furniture

Motorized furniture can make life easier for older adults. Motorized recliners, sofas, beds, and even tables allow more flexibility and support, making sitting and standing easier. This can be especially helpful for those who have mobility issues or are recovering from a surgery.

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Decorating on a Budget: Affordable Ways to Upgrade Your Space

Summer is a time of year where many of us want to freshen up our homes. And that desire has never been more true than it is right now, as we spend so much extra time at home. But it’s no secret that decorating can be expensive. So, how do you balance the desire to freshen up your home with the necessity of not breaking the bank?

Well, let’s start with some good news: It is possible to decorate on a budget. Some simple DIY projects and home decor additions can have a huge impact on your space. Little interior design ideas, like added color, texture, and organization can give your space a whole new vibe and really freshen things up.

But what are these cheap room decor ideas that will help you upgrade your space? Keep reading, because we rounded up our favorite ideas for affordable room decorating projects!

Change Up Your Paint Colors

One way to make a huge impact in your space without blowing your budget is to paint the walls in your room. It’s one of our favorite summer decor ideas, because a fresh color can seriously change the mood and style of your space, without having to change anything else!

Generally, a couple gallons of paint will be relatively inexpensive—but if you want to save even more, you could also just paint one accent wall, which will still have a big impact on your space. A fresh coat of paint is a great DIY home decor project that will elevate the style of your room, creating a fresh and clean look and feel.

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Add Decorative Shelving

Decorative shelving is an inexpensive way to add a bit of style to your space. It’s easy to install and simple to decorate—providing a perfect surface for knick-knacks and decor. With a couple shelves, you could create a stunning stand-alone display along a big wall, or just in a small nook. But you could also install them above furniture, like we did in the design above, for a lovely little vignette.

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Restyle Your Bookcase

If you want to keep your redecorating costs low, take existing shelving and just restyle your bookcase! You could change the bookcase’s function to give it a fresh look; if it’s currently just for books, pare back and then add some new themed decor. Or, cut back on books entirely and use it as a display case for personalized decor like vases, plants, baskets, trinkets and photo frames! Even the addition of some baskets for storage on the bottom one or two shelves, along with a few decorative objects mixed in with books, will give your bookcase a whole new vibe. It’s simple DIY projects like this that can really breathe new life into your home!

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Add Flowers to a Side Table or Nightstand

Fresh flowers give any room a lively touch and a dose of joy. We love the idea of simply adding flowers to your nightstand, a side table in your living room, or a console in your entryway to add some color and life to your home decor! You could go for faux flowers for a low-maintenance option—no need to change water or continue replacing them! Or you could go for real flowers and just work it into your budget to change them out weekly. Either way, faux or real, this is a perfect way to bring the outdoors in, in a polished way, adding color and texture to your room.

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Hang a Wall Poster

New wall art can be pretty expensive. But hanging wall posters? It’s a pretty budget-friendly alternative. Home decor projects like this are a great, cheap way to add color and pattern in a large format, high-impact way. We love the idea of layering a framed poster behind other art for a casual take on a gallery wall. Framed wall posters are great for hanging over furniture and beds, since they’re much more lightweight than traditional wall art—so you don’t have to worry about them falling on you while you’re sleeping or watching a movie!

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Fill in Empty Space With Plants

Do you have an empty space that you’re not sure how to fill? Here’s one of our favorite interior design ideas to solve your conundrum: Instead of buying a bunch of expensive decor, decorate with indoor plants! Plants are a relatively inexpensive addition to your home and they help fill in empty space in a cool, organic way. They also add color and texture—and you can mix and match planters and stands for extra style and personality!

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Declutter With Baskets

Are you in need of some decluttering and organization to take your home’s look to the next level? Clean up your space with some baskets! Baskets are an affordable way to organize and add storage in any room. We love using baskets as storage solutions—whether it’s one large basket for blankets or shoes, a trio of baskets in a corner for kid’s toys, or lining the bottom shelves of a console or bookcase for added organization. They give a new look to your space by visually decluttering and cleaning up your bookcase!

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Swap in New Throw Pillows

Spruce up your chairs and sofa—or your bed—with new throw pillows! It’s one of our favorite decorating ideas to give a fresh look to your space. Throw pillows are one of those finishing touches that makes your space look more considered and polished. And getting a few new ones gives new life and a fresh look to existing furniture! You can either move pillows from one room to another to simply change things up and reuse what you already have, get new pillow covers to refresh the pillows you already have, or simply get a few new throw pillows to add fresh color, patterns, and textures to your space without breaking the bank!

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Style Your Coffee Table

Restyling your coffee table is a simple way to elevate the look of your living room. Adding a mix of objects—like a tray, books, a candle, plants, and small decor—to your coffee table will give it a fresh look. It’s one of those fun and simple decor projects that will add some color and personality to your space. And it’s easy to switch out seasonally or when you’re just in need of a stylistic change! That’s DIY home decor at it’s finest (and easiest).

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Add Lighting

Lighting can change up the whole vibe of a room. That’s why we love layering light in a room, giving you the option of having brighter lighting, along with natural light, during the day, and softer lighting at night. But if you don’t yet have layered lighting in your space, consider adding additional lighting with a new table or floor lamp! This will add ambiance to your space and is a great addition to existing furniture! Depending on the style and material, a lamp can be an inexpensive piece or quite an investment. So, narrow down by your style and budget and you’re sure to find a lamp that’s right for you that will add fresh nuance and style to your space.

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Make the Most out of Your Small Space: Ultimate TV Viewing Party Layout Guide

small living room layout with a TVWith game day and the Oscars just around the corner, you might be thinking about hosting a viewing party. A great viewing party (of any kind) requires a TV (duh), enough places to sit, a spread of delicious snacks, and great company. But what if you live in a small space? Finding a small living room layout with a TV can be a challenge.

So while you focus on fine-tuning your guest list and adorning your space with Pinterest-worthy decorations, we’re rounding up some of our favorite TV viewing layout hacks. No matter if your space is large or tiny, these small living room layout ideas will make sure space is red carpet-ready before your guests arrive.

Read on to learn how to create your ultimate TV viewing party layout.

small living room layout with a TV1. Maximize Seating

While “standing room only” might be great for a concert, ample seating is fundamental to any great TV viewing party. These tips will help you get the most booties in chairs without adding clutter.

Backless seating:

Benches and ottomans are great ways to add extra seating to your small space without over-stuffing it with bulky furniture.

  • Benches look great in a hallway or at the foot of your bed, and can easily be moved into the living room for extra seating when you need it.
  • You can also use two ottomans to make a bench. Break them up into two smaller seats when you need.

Create movie theater rows:

Just like group photos, place lower seats in the front and taller ones in the back. This will help ensure everyone has a great view of the TV.

  • Use bar stools to make a back row for your viewing party. Clear stools are especially great in small spaces, as they help reduce visual clutter.

small living room layout with a TV2. Maximize Surface Area

Now that you have seating aplenty, you’ll likely want some surfaces to go with it. Instead of buying more tables, repurpose what you already have.

Two coffee tables are better than one:

In small spaces, having the flexibility to move your furniture is important.

Try two smaller coffee tables in your space instead of one large one (or consider if you need a coffee table at all). Keep them together for daily use and separate them when you host to accommodate more people reaching for popcorn.

Pouf-perfect:

We love poufs because they are super versatile. Use them as a footrest or a stool, or even a side table. Ensure your pouf can go the extra mile, and look for one that’s substantial enough to support a tray with drinks and snacks.

Snack station:

A console table hidden behind your sofa is a sneaky way to add extra storage to a small space. But for special TV viewing occasions, try relocating your console table to an open wall. You can use it as an impromptu buffet table where guests can help themselves to snacks and drinks.

Open bar (cart):

Who doesn’t love a good bar cart? If you’re in the market, consider one on wheels which you can use as a mobile drink station. Easily wheel it out of the kitchen to serve drinks, and slide it away when you need the extra space.

small living room layout with a TV3. Final Tricks

A few finishing touches to make your small living room layout with a TV work for you.

Throw it on the floor:

Even your floor can be a nice seat if you add a little cushion. Floor pillows are a simple way to add seating and can be conveniently stashed away when you don’t need it.

Mirror-mirror:

Nothing like a large, reflective surface to make things look larger! Not great for your pores, but perfect for your living room.

Try hanging a large mirror above your sofa to help open up your room. Or embrace a more glam style with mirrored furniture, like a side or coffee table.

 

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You don’t have to cram a bunch of furniture into your home only to find you rarely use it. Our layout guide is for both before and after the party, because the size of your home shouldn’t dictate your design choices.

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3 Ways to Style Your Nightstand: Bring Some Style to Your Bedroom

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Whether you have one or two, a well-styled nightstand is a surefire way to make your bedroom feel personal and put-together. To help you get inspired to design yours, we challenged our designers to take one nightstand and style it three ways.

We chose one of our favorite nightstands as a base: the Audrey Nightstand from West Elm. We love the Mid-Century shape and the textured front. It is the perfect combo of retro and modern! The two roomy drawers are great for hiding midnight snack wrappers, tangled electrical cords, and that retainer you never wear.

Here’s our three favorite ideas for styling your nightstand:

 

Mid-Century Flair

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Geometric shapes, organic materials, and neutral colors make this one nightstand perfect for Mid-Century Modern enthusiasts. The geometric details on the Audrey Nightstand pair perfectly with the geometry of the Mason Table Lamp. The Sum Total artwork also brings a signature, mid-century graphic pop to the design.

Stylist Tip: Our rule of thumb for styling surfaces, is to think in threes. This brings both balance and variation to the scene, and makes our eye happy when we look at it. Try picking objects with various heights, such as vases for flowers and trays to hold your odds and ends.

 

Bohemian Chic

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For those who like a clean and earthy look, style your nightstand with a fresh and eclectic feel. The unfinished texture of the lamp harmonizes with the other natural elements in the scene, such as the Ibex Sculpture .

Stylist Tip: Use your lamp to help determine how high to hang your artwork. Because this lamp is taller, the Blue Cactus artwork is hung lower to balance the composition. Don’t be afraid to hang your artwork off-center if you want a more eclectic look!

 

Graphic and Glamorous

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Full of statement pieces, this more glamorous design is full of graphic patterns and gold accents. The stripes in the Changes Rug pull in the graphic lines of the Naomi Campbell artwork for a unified space. The gold accents in the accessory pieces bring out the finishes of the Audrey nightstand, pushing the look more Glam!

Stylist Tip: For a chic and unexpected twist, prop your artwork against the wall on the floor next to your nightstand.

 

 

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5 Tips for Designing Your Living Room

 

We polled our Modsy Designers to get the inside scoop on their top five tips to make designing your living room a breeze.

1. Hone in on the primary use of the room

Will you use the space to hunker down and watch tv, host formal gatherings, or as a cozy spot to spend time with your family? Deciding how you want to use the room will help make deciding on the best layout and type of furniture much easier.

 

2. Arrange your furniture for conversation

The living room is often an important gathering point in the house. Arrange your furniture in a way that encourages interaction and conversation. Don’t be afraid to pull your chairs or sofa away from the wall.

 

3. Get smart with color

Color is one of the more powerful design tools at your disposal. If you want to make a statement, pick one bold move, like an accent wall or statement sofa, and keep the rest of your space more neutral. If you’re a little nervous about color, consider limiting bold hues to your accessories like pillows and art, which can be replaced more easily.

 

4. Play with textures

Whether you love a bold color or are more into neutrals, working with a variety of textures is a great way to add depth and sophistication to your space. Combine pieces like a chunky rug, a sheepskin throw, a velvet couch, and a leather chair for a look that’s layered and eye-catching.

 

5. Vary the scale

Don’t buy pieces that all have the same weight and height. If you have a large sofa, opt for an open base coffee table for balance. Try pairing lamps or side tables of different heights and styles for a more unique and less “matchy-matchy” feel.

 

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You Finally Have a Dining Room. Now What?

While the kitchen may be the heart of the home, a dining room, if you love to entertain, is a luxury.

At Modsy, we often get requests from homeowners that have moved from a small house or apartment into one that has a dedicated dining area for entertaining friends and family. It’s a space that can feel unfamiliar, which makes it especially challenging to figure out where to start when decorating. After all, the dining room is a space that should feel comfortable but also stylish enough to host parties and family holidays.

Use this guide to help you navigate all the key decisions to design your perfect dining room.

 

Deciding on Your Perfect Table

Before looking at all your dining table options, consider how you want to use the space. Will you host casual weekend dinners with friends or big holiday gatherings with family? Your entertaining style should be the starting point for informing the type of dining table you require.

For keeping it casual…

A long communal farmhouse table is great for its versatility—it can host big groups, function as a work surface, and it can also be dressed up with a tablecloth for formal occasions. Its natural wood tones make for a great foundation for choosing chairs and other decor to match.

For making it formal…

Try a round pedestal table, which will immediately conjure up classic, elegant appeal. One with extendable leaves will provide the flexibility for entertaining large crowds. A small round bistro table is also a stylish and space-saving option if you have less square-footage to work with.

 

Bringing in Good Seating

Comfort is key when it comes to choosing dining chairs and seating options. You want to ensure your guests feel relaxed and at ease during long meals. There’s no right or wrong, but look to the design details of your dining table as a guide for your seating (think tapered legs that coordinate, natural materials that complement each other, etc.)

If you want a casual mix…

Try pulling up a bench alongside a matching set of chairs for an easy-going eclectic look. This is a great way to incorporate flexible seating that is also kid-friendly.

If you want a chic grouping…

You can’t go wrong with a sophisticated set of matching chairs. Consider how the details will pair with your table and work from there—exposed wooden legs, a simple silhouette, neutral upholstery with tufting on the back. This works especially well if you’ve opted for a round table.

 

Choosing Rug or No Rug

Placing a rug underneath your table can help to ground and delineate your dining area, especially in an open living space. Even in a dedicated dining room, it can add stylish focus—just make sure your chair legs all stay on the rug, even when they’re pulled out. On the other hand, if you have beautiful wood floors to show off (or messy kids who love spaghetti), you may want to skip the rug altogether.

Try a sturdy rug…

In a natural fiber, such as jute or sisal, which are built to withstand foot traffic and wear and tear. If you use your dining room for both everyday and formal occasions, these are stylish workhorses that can go well with a range of decor.

Try a low-pile rug…

Such as a flat-weave or a kilim, if natural-fiber rugs is not your style. Low-pile rugs are the opposite of ones that are shaggy and fluffy, meaning they’ll be much more practical in an entertaining space as well as easy to clean with a vacuum.

 

Add Multiple Light Sources

Once you have your foundational pieces—table, chairs, rug—it’s time to make sure your room has good lighting. Most homes come with a simple overhead fixture that is usually far from sufficient. Additionally, the shapes and designs are less than spectacular. Approach choosing overhead lighting for your dining room like art—it should be bright and sculptural.

Switch in a pendant…

That has more than just one bulb as the light source. Many designs provide sputnik-style as well as multi-light constructions that can help bring both brightness and sculptural appeal to the space above your table. A chandelier also provides the same effect.

Switch it up with sconces…

These wall hanging fixtures are worth the hassle and investment. They add the perfect ambient lighting and they can be spread around a room. New designs even offer sconces with plugs, which means they can be easily installed no matter your space. Try to match the materials and styles of your sconces to your overhead fixture.

 

Creating Various Focal Points

No dining room is complete without a few stylish focal points. Be it a bar, an etagere, a console, or an oversize mirror or piece of art, there should be a range of intriguing spaces to look to within any dining room.

In a large space…

Bring in a credenza or a pair of etageres to fill with bowls, plates, linens, and other china for a fabulous display. Round it out with other books, vases, and other colorful accents. Or try turning an open-base console into a bar and stowing a pair of ottomans underneath—perfect if you need extra seating in a pinch.

In a small space…

An oversize piece of art or a statement mirror can really set any compact dining space apart. Just as they do in large spaces, they captivate the eye but also help to warm up your small space. Mirrors, in particular, will help to reflect light and give the illusion of more space and ceiling height.

 

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Design Dilemma: Choosing the right Rug Size and Style

Choosing the right rug

One of the most notorious design dilemmas our customers face is choosing the right rug for their space. Rugs are an amazing warm and fluffy way to add visual intrigue to any space. They are also expensive and large, and it’s easy to imagine yourself shelling out hundreds (if not thousands!) of dollars only to find you’ve purchased something that turns your room from “hot” to “not.”

A solution for this could be to go out and buy all the rugs you’ve got your eye on, bring them home, and try them out one-by-one in your living room. But if you’re like us and you don’t have endless amounts of money, a pickup truck, and all that time/muscle at your disposal, this isn’t a realistic option.

So here’s the good part. At Modsy we’ve created some amazing technology that lets you try on all the rugs you want, in your living room, without any of that hassle. Along with that, we’ve created this handy-dandy visual guide to help you learn how to pick the right rug for your space.

 

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Choosing the right rug

 

Design Dilemma #1: Rug Style

Our eclectic minimal living room is looking a little bare without a rug underfoot. We picked three options that we love and they all seemed to match our style. Here’s what happened when we took them for a test drive:

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Moral of the story:

  • With a more eclectic styled living room, all that pattern from Rug #1 feels overwhelming and busy.
  • At the opposite end of the spectrum, Rug #2 didn’t have enough going on and it made the space feel sparse.
  • Rug #3 is our “Goldilocks” – that sweet spot in between that is simple enough not make the space feel overwhelming but also adds enough texture to spice up our living room.

 

Design Dilemma #2: Rug Size

Ok now that we know what rug we like, let’s try on some different sizes:

Choosing the right rug

Moral of the story:

  • A larger rug (we used a 9’x12’) bleeds out past the furniture and overwhelms the space. Having the sofa all the way on the rug, while the chairs dance on and off makes the space visually cluttered and confusing.
  • The small rug (we used a 3’x5’) gives us a tiny focal point in the middle of the room, and leaves the rest of the space feeling bare.
  • The middle size (for us, a 8’x10’) is just right. The front two legs of all the furniture are on the rug, creating an intimate “zoned” area in the middle of the room.

 

Of course, this guide doesn’t cover every possible rug dilemma out there. But don’t panic, Modsy is always here to help you move through your design paralysis and help you create a home you love.

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Wallpaper Round-Up: Our February Favorites

Finding a wallpaper you love is easy, visualizing how it will look in your home, is hard. You probably wouldn’t buy a car without taking it for a test drive, so why shouldn’t you be able to try on wallpaper before installing it?

A little Modsy Magic to the rescue: we’ve rounded up 6 wallpapers we are loving this month and installed them in a living room so you can see the end result – before committing your walls and your wallet.

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Your February Wallpaper Round-Up:

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  • Carved Ogee, Gray (Hygge & West): Go bold with this metallic gold ogee pattern on a charcoal grey background. We recommend this wallpaper for anyone craving a sophisticated look with an organic twist.

 

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  • Tourbillon (Farrow & Ball): These graphic brushstrokes will bring a touch of liveliness to any space. We love this pattern for anyone wanting to jazz up a contemporary interior.

 

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  • Leaping Lemurs (Anthropologie): We love this playful pattern featuring our favorite Madagascan primates. Make your lemurs pop by pairing them with solid, bold colored furniture.

 

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  • Peonies, Yellow (Hygge & West): Give your home a dash of countryside tranquility with this wallpaper. The sunshine yellow hue is sure to brighten up any entryway, bedroom, or even bathroom.

 

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  • Tall Grass Wallpaper (Anthropologie): A moody twist on a floral motif, this wallpaper is as lovely as it is timeless. The dark background gives your space an edge while the wispy grass and butterflies keep it feeling sweet.

 

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  • Procuratie e Scimmie (Cole & Son): Transform your walls into fine art with Italian designer, Piero Fornasetti’s “Procuratie e Scimmie” wallpaper. Featuring monkeys wandering through the ruins of classical architecture, this wallpaper brings a touch of humor design sophistication to your home.

 

Did we miss your favorite wallpaper? Tell us in the comments and we will show it to you in our living room!

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Boho Glam Wonderland: Give Your Hollywood Glam Living Room a Bohemian Twist

Have you ever walked into a room and wanted to touch everything? That’s how we feel about this India Mahdavi-worthy living room, that’s full of luscious textures, earthy colors, and sumptuous materials. The result is a boho glam wonderland!

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Check out the shopping list below, with 100% real (and affordable) products and take a peek at our cheat sheet to learn how to get the look.

How you can get the boho glam look:

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  • Start with materials: The key to this look is the combination of organic and luxurious materials. Soft leather, stone, sheepskin, velvet, and shiny gold are your friends.

 

  • Make an understated statement: Nix the frills of Hollywood Glam and say “no thanks” to button tufting, sparkles, and exaggerated patterns. Instead, let the materials shine by choosing pieces with sleek forms.

 

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  • Add natural textures: Emphasize the bohemian element of your space with textures that showcase nature. We love the Sandstone Pattern wall art from Williams Sonoma, and have our eye fixed on the watery surface of the Ripple Media Console (CB2).

 

  • Curate an earthy color palette: If you can’t find it in nature, you won’t find it in this living room (looking at you hot pink!). We started with a base of charcoal and stoney greys and then layered in earthy hues. Think jewel tones, and seek out those saturated colors that will give your space a bohemian edge.

 

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  • Top it off with some whimsy: Create a playful space with whimsical accessories. Look for artwork that is a bit tongue-in-cheek for some great conversation pieces (as if this living room isn’t enough already).
    • We love the playful look of Anthropologie’s Ibex Side Table, and got a good laugh out of Alex Kostinskyi’s Knuba print (Artfully Walls).

Voila! Your living room is now the perfect balance of bohemian, glamorous, and minimal – oh my!

The Boho Glam Living Room Collection

 

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3 Ways to Style a Simple Console Table

Rather than honing in on a specific type or style of room, today we are offering up some knowledge on how to incorporate your style into a specific part of your home. The console table, whether you place it in your entryway, in your living room, or behind your sofa, is the perfect place to display a few of your favorite things!

To show you some tips and tricks, we picked one console table and three of our favorite styles – Hollywood Glam, Mid Century Modern, and Eclectic – and set to work designing a look for each. For our base, we chose west elm’s Terrace Console. Open and airy, this option works well in a variety of spaces and with many styles. Let’s get to styling…

 

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Hollywood Glam Console Style

A style bubbling with personality, Hollywood Glam encapsulates everything bold and dramatic. Hollywood Glam is all about the statement pieces, so we opted for colors, materials, and patterns that were unique and luxurious.

The pink velvet Elowen Armchair (Anthropologie) pops against the Ebony King wall, and the gold tapered legs harmonize with the frame of our Terrace Console. In front, we placed a green malachite patterned rug (Anthropologie) to bring some texture to the scene, and to crown the vignette, we hung a gold lace artwork from Jonathan Adler above the console. 

Stylist Tip: To create a scene with just the right amount of over-the-top, keep the styling formal and symmetrical.

 

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Mid-Century Modern Console Style

A style inspired by mid-twentieth-century design, the Mid Century Modern aesthetic champions bold colors, graphic patterns, and organic forms. To make our glass and gold console work, we opted for accent pieces with a Mid-Century vibe.

Geometry and organic shapes/materials are your friends. The Moller Model 55 Armchair and Eames Stool (Design Within Reach) are both iconic pieces of Mid Century Modern design. We then layered in accent pieces with bold colors and graphic designs.

We especially love the As Collective, Sun V (One Kings Lane) artwork and Ibex Sculpture (Jonathan Adler), which bring a note of Mid Century whimsy to the scene.

 

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Eclectic Console Style

Eclectic is a style that enjoys breaking the rules. Comprised of an informal mix of furnishings and decor from a wide variety of styles, the eclectic interior feels organic and unexpected.

For this scene we were striving for a more bohemian vibe, and picked pieces with lots of texture and an earthy color palette. To underscore the eclectic nature of the space, we worked in a few tricks for creating an unexpected vibe.

Stylist Tip: To enhance your eclectic style, try pulling your console away from the wall and hanging a large tapestry behind it, or prop a statement piece of art on the floor next to it.

 

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