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Interior Design & You: Discovering Your Personal Style

Welcome to Interior Design & You, a virtual design seminar led by Alessandra Wood, Modsy’s VP of Style. In this series, you’ll learn some of the basics of interior design, as well as how to personalize your own home. Watch session two, How to Identify Your Personal Style, below—or scroll through the post for a recap!

Interior design is deeply personal. That’s because it involves the spaces in which we live. And we all want our homes (where we’re now spending more time than ever before) to be a reflection of ourselves. At Modsy, we love helping people discover their personal interior design style. But so many people don’t even know where to start when it comes to identifying or talking about their own interior design style.

So, if you’re wondering “How do I know what design style I like??” we’re here to help. In fact, that’s what today’s seminar is all about. Of course, we’d be remiss to not mention our style quiz, which is an easy way to help you hone in on your preferred interior design style, especially when giving our online interior design services a spin. But, beyond that, we have some other tips to share today on how to think about your personal style!

Getting Started

When we talk about style, we might use terms that are very stylistically (and industry) driven—terms like Mid-Century Modern, Minimalism, Boho, or Rustic. But all of these styles are really just a mix of some basic elements. We created a scale (which you can see above) that helps illustrate the five basic spectrums on which all interior design styles live. These spectrums are empty to full, old to new, formal to casual, organic to fabricated, and safe to adventurous. We’ll define each of these spectrums below!

But before that, a couple grounding thoughts to get us started…

We’re All Eclectic By Nature

In terms of interior design styles, most of us don’t fall squarely into one style category. Rather, we all tend to have a slightly eclectic mix of interests. We all have so many different inputs and sources of inspiration in our lives when it comes to style—from our parents or grandparents’ styles, pop culture, places you’ve travelled, along with all the beautiful images you see on Instagram and Pinterest. All of those things influence what you are attracted to and what you love. So, we want to show you how to merge it all into one space.

Style Is Super Personal

As we mentioned earlier, style is super personal. What you love is what you love—and that’s the most important thing. An interior designer can help you unearth what you’re naturally drawn to, but at Modsy we believe what’s most important is that you have a space that you love and that reflects who you are. That’s what drives what we do every day! Through today’s seminar, we hope you not only start to pinpoint your personal style, but learn to be daring and accepting of it!

Now, let’s dive into these basic elements and spectrums of interior design, explore how they come to life in a space, and help you figure out your own personal style.

how do i know what design style i like

Empty vs. Full

Empty or full? No, we’re not talking about hunger here. In interior design, empty or full spaces refer to how much stuff is in a room, whether physical objects or visual stimuli.

how do i know what design style i like

Empty: When referring to an emptier space, you might hear design terms like minimal, contemporary, and modern.

Full: If you lean more toward a style that feels full, with more objects, colors, and patterns, words that describe these spaces might be eclectic, bohemian, maximalism.

Somewhere in the Middle: But, like we said, these two elements are a spectrum. So, most styles will live somewhere on the spectrum rather than being completely empty or entirely full. Some of these style combinations that blend empty and full are contemporary eclectic, like the room shown above, and minimalist maximalist.

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Old vs. New

On the spectrum of old versus new, you might be someone who wants everything to be vintage or antique. (We’re talking to all the Emily Gilmore’s out there!) On the other end of the spectrum are those who only want to fill their homes with new objects—to go to a store and buy everything off the shelf. But there’s a lot of in between here; you don’t have to choose just one extreme. In fact, a mix of old and new gives a lot of depth and a sense of story to your space.

how do i know what design style i like

Old: As we think of different style terminology that might align with the old side, you might think classic, formal, or American traditional.

New: On the new end, you might lean toward contemporary, modern, or mid-century modern.

Somewhere in the Middle: Some great examples of styles that meet in the middle are Victorian Farmhouse or even an “old meets new” style that combines one statement antique piece paired with furniture that has modern and minimal lines for added drama and higher contrast. (Want to learn a little more about decorating with antiques? Check out episode 2 of our podcast!)

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Formal vs. Casual

It’s probably pretty easy to visualize formal and casual spaces. Formal spaces are those where everything is pulled together and not a pillow is out of place. There’s probably a lot of symmetry going on, with pieces designed for more formal entertaining. Meanwhile, a casual space is where you can kick back and lounge. Rooms with casual style tend to feel more welcoming and inviting and less precious and stiff.

how do i know what design style i like

Formal: Design styles that lean more formal are those like classic, Hollywood glam, and traditional.

Casual: Styles that lean more casual are eclectic, bohemian, rustic, and mid-century modern—styles that are all about livability.

Somewhere in the Middle: But, of course, there are always styles that are happy mediums. This includes styles like Traditional Comfort and Bohemian Glam.

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Organic vs. Fabricated

You might be wondering how the terms organic and fabricated fit into the world of interior design. But in this realm, organic refers to the materials, shapes, and forms of furniture and decor. These are pieces that take inspiration from the natural world—whether in their materials or shapes, which are often evocative of nature. Fabricated pieces, on the other hand, are clearly designed. Their shape, form, or style have a clear guiding hand; you look at them and know that a craftsman or artisan created them.

how do i know what design style i like

Organic: Styles that fit into the organic realm are eclectic, rustic, farmhouse, and coastal.

Fabricated: Styles that align with fabricated pieces are industrial, modern, and minimal.

Somewhere in the Middle: Combined, you’ll find styles like Mid-Century Minimal and Bohemian Glam.

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Safe vs. Adventurous

On the spectrum of safe to adventurous, you might not want to define yourself as safe—but In interior design, safe definitely doesn’t mean boring! It simply means it’s a design style that feels less bold and trend-forward, with pieces that lean more traditional and have a more neutral color palette. Adventurous designs, on the other hand, are more wild. They layer more colors, bold materials, and sculptural elements. People who lean toward adventurous designs indulge in trends and tend to change out pieces every few years to keep up with those trends.

how do i know what design style i likeSafe: On the safe side are design styles like contemporary, transitional, modern, and rustic (proof that safe can absolutely be stylish and beautiful).

Adventurous: If you want to go big and bold with color, pattern, and form, you probably lean toward eclectic, bohemian, and Hollywood glam.

Somewhere in the Middle: Styles like California Modern and Comfortably Chic do a beautiful job of mixing safe and adventurous design elements.

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Putting it into Action

These are our five scales that we’re thinking about as we help you understand and think about your own style—and elements we take into consideration in your room designs. We hope they give you a good framework to think about your own personal style. And remember—you don’t have to stick with just one style. You may do different styles in different spaces within your home, or gravitate toward different styles at different times in your life. We contain multitudes—so there’s no need to limit yourself.

Now, you’ll be set to explore some interior design ideas to visualize these design elements in action. And if you’re curious to learn a little more about interior design styles, be sure to check out episode one of The Render, Modsy’s very own podcast, where we unpack how to discover your interior design style and what your style says about you

So, where do you fall on these spectrums? What styles do you resonate with most? We’d love to hear! And don’t forget to check out session 1 and session 3 of Interior Design & You!

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7 Tips for Designing an Eclectic Bedroom That’s Curated, Not Chaotic

Eclectic style is a fun way to mix together looks and materials and create a style that’s all your own. But it can be a tricky look to ace, as eclectic design can easily turn into cluttered chaos.

At its best, eclectic interior design is a style that mixes together different time periods, home decor styles, textures, patterns, and colors—but in a way that feels harmonious, despite the contrasting elements. It’s all about creating a cohesive space. It’s also a great opportunity to let your personality shine. Eclectic spaces tend to lean a little boho—but really, there are so many ways to bring it to life.

We’ve covered how to design an eclectic living room, and today we’re tackling eclectic bedroom design! We love that you can really get creative with eclectic bedroom design and make it your own!

Ready to dive in? Here are our best tips to ace an eclectic look in your bedroom.

eclectic bedroom1. Start Simple

If you like the idea of eclectic style but don’t know if you can pull it off in your own space, our advice is this: start simple. We recommend starting with some small pops of color. Greens and blues are great in eclectic spaces and they pair really well with natural materials and textures. And you can walk them back or forward pretty easily—adding more or less depending on your comfort level.

Another easy way to do this is by incorporating botanical elements into your master bedroom. This is an approachable step into the world of pattern-mixing and color. Start simple by adding these elements through decorative accents like throw pillows and wall art. You can also add little adornments throughout your space. Choose blankets, pillows, or rugs with tassels or poms. Or mix some unexpected materials, like woven elements with metallic accents.

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2. Add Some Natural Textures

When it comes to designing an eclectic bedroom, incorporating natural textures is an absolute must. Natural texture adds a dynamic and casual vibe to your space. In bedrooms, we love starting with a solid foundation by getting a texture-forward bed—whether that’s one with caning details, with a rattan frame, or an abaca-wrapped headboard.

Natural fiber rugs also add great texture—and we also love the idea of layering rugs if you like the texture of a jute rug but also want something soft and fluffy underfoot. Use a natural fiber rug as your base, then layer a patterned area rug or a fluffy sheepskin on top! You can even bring natural textures to your walls by hanging some woven baskets and plates for a unique, textural gallery wall!

But incorporating natural textures in your eclectic bedroom doesn’t have to begin and end woven materials. Add pops of metal and glass in your lamps, planters and decorative objects for some sleek contrast to the more textural pieces in the room, like in the bedroom pictured above.

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3. Layer In Mixed Materials

Another key to eclectic bedroom design? Mixing materials. In a master bedroom, this can come to life through the mix you choose for your bedding and accent pillows, your rug, a headboard, and even your nightstand and dresser materials. It’s a simple way to create a relaxed, boho bedroom design.

Not to mention, this is an area where you can turn the eclectic dial up or down. You could keep your eclectic bedroom more cohesive and neutral, but punctuate it with some color and metallic moments, or you could punch it up with a wider array of materials but in a cohesive color palette

to unite the space. You can also do this by the wood tones you choose—either sticking with one wood tone throughout or adding in contrasting tones to your bedroom design.

In the bedroom above, we went for an ornately carved headboard to set a boho tone. Meanwhile, the nightstand is a brass and marble combo. We then layered in a leather fringe pendant, a cowhide rug layered with a colorful patterned rug, and an oversized woven wall tapestry. The modern butterfly chair in leather adds some of that soft, natural texture while adding to the boho vibe.

Bonus tip: Cowhide rugs are a perfect addition to an eclectic bedroom. And they’re also a great way to fill in an awkward nook!

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eclectic bedroom4. Create An Unexpected/Asymmetrical Layout

With eclectic bedrooms, you don’t have to go with a traditional layout. In fact, we encourage you to try something a little funky and unexpected! Going eclectic lets you break some of the traditional rules of bedroom design and go a little more casual.

In a bedroom, this might mean only having a nightstand on one side of the bed, choosing mismatched lamps, or going for an off-centered gallery wall. Even better: mix all of these elements together, like we did in the eclectic bedroom design, above! We love the trio of off-centered baskets on the wall—it’s so unexpected but really delightful. And the lamps? We went with one table lamp and one wall sconce, which somehow really works in this space. We also made use of that built-in nook as a nightstand alternative. But to keep this bedroom from feeling chaotic, we used a mix of natural materials and a consistent color palette to make it more cohesive.

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eclectic bedroom5. Try Some Wallpaper + Pattern-Mixing

An eclectic bedroom is a perfect place to make a major statement—and we love making a statement with patterned wallpaper! You could wallpaper your whole room for more of a statement, or just use it as an accent wall behind your bed.

With wallpaper, you have the opportunity to go as big or as subtle as you’d like. That’s the great thing about eclecticism—there’s a scale, and you can rev it up or turn it down, depending on what you’re most comfortable with. So, if you just want to dabble in the eclectic, go for a more subtle pattern. Or, you can go big with a bright, busy pattern like the one pictured above. In this design, the wallpaper also takes the place of wall art—so it keeps the look a bit more simple!

With eclectic room design, you can also mix patterns and colors. In other words, if you go for wallpaper, that doesn’t have to be the only pattern or color in your bedroom. Eclectic style is all about the art of power-clashing. So, don’t be afraid to mix patterns and colors! Just consider varying the scale. If you go for a big, bold pattern in your wallpaper, go for a smaller pattern in your bedding and rug—or vice versa!

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6. Use High-Contrast Neutrals

Eclectic bedroom design isn’t always about bold colors and patterns. In fact, another great way to dabble in eclectic style is through the use of high-contrast neutrals. To get this look, keep your foundational furniture a bit more classic and neutral. A bed in a rich wood tone is a perfect option. Then, add in contrast with decor and upholstery. This is less risky than going for an ornate or textured bed, because you can easily swap it out if you decide it’s not for you. But if it is your jam? You can work your way out as you get more daring—perhaps swapping out a white duvet cover for something darker, or getting an accent chair with patterned upholstery. It’s a great way to flex up and down and let your personality shine!

You can see this approach come to life in the bedroom design above. It’s muted, but the mix of black and white patterns feels really energized. Gallery walls are perfect for eclectic spaces—and this one features a variety of high-contrast neutrals, but in a consistent color palette that helps it feel cohesive. The patterned lamp shade and accent pillows tie in perfectly, but the mirror and bed frames keep the look grounded.

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eclectic bedroom7. Mix Furniture Styles

Eclectic style is all about mixing different styles and elements together. And this includes mixing together different furniture styles! So, you could mix a classic nightstand with a contemporary lamp. A glam headboard with two layers of funky rugs. And maybe throw in an Art Deco mirror for good measure! The key to combining so many unexpected elements is to ground the look with a cohesive color palette.

In the design above, both furniture pieces are white, even though they’re very different styles. The orange of the throw pillows ties in with the colors in the rug, even though the patterns are totally different. And the dark wall color creates some of that high-contrast neutral vibe we mentioned above, which grounds the whole space.

Bonus tip: The mirror leaning on the nightstand is an unexpected move, but in a small bedroom it’s a great way to reflect light and give the illusion of a larger space!

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A Beginners’ Guide to Eclectic Style: 8 Tips for Designing an Eclectic Living Room

Eclectic style is a trendy look that’s all about mixing different elements together. But what does eclectic mean really? In home design, it often looks like mixing different time periods, decor styles, textures, colors, and patterns together. But, at its best, eclectic styles shouldn’t feel chaotic. Rather, eclectic style is about finding harmony in diverse and contrasting styles to create a cohesive space.

We love that eclectic spaces show the personality of the person who lives there and leaves so much room for individual creativity. If you’re a lover of all things boho, we’re here to help you tackle designing an eclectic space—and today, we’re focusing on eclectic living rooms! As one of the main spaces in your home, it can feel intimidating to try a design style that’s a bit out-of-the-box. But you don’t have to stress. Keep reading for eight tips for designing eclectic living rooms!

 eclectic living room1. Combine Furniture in Different Styles

Unlike other interior design styles, eclectic design is all about mixing furniture from different aesthetics or time periods, together in one space. So, you wouldn’t want all of your furniture to have modern lines if you’re going for an eclectic look. Rather, consider curating a mix of foundational pieces that represent different styles.

For example—using the above eclectic living room as inspiration—you could go for a traditional coffee table, minimal or modern accent chairs, a transitional sofa, and a vintage boho-style rug. This interesting mix of styles gives a sense that the space came together over time and is a unique representation of your distinct tastes. (And creates a space that is dynamic and unexpected!)

One big tip when picking out foundational, eclectic furniture: While some symmetry is nice (as seen above) you definitely want to keep it from feeling too matchy-matchy—which is the exact opposite of eclectic design.

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Eclectic Living Room2. Go High-Contrast in Your Color Palette

Creating a high-contrast space emphasizes your eclectic style, adding a cohesive and harmonious quality to your eclectic style. This might look like mixing rustic patterns, traditional furniture, and modern pieces together in one space. But what makes this unexpected mix of styles work is a strong and simple color scheme. It’s clean and high impact—a perfect way to keep an eclectic space from feeling chaotic.

In the eclectic living room above, the black and white palette balances the more delicate traditional chairs with the bold silhouette of the leather sofa, giving them equal weight. And how about that floor lamp for an unexpected pop??

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Eclectic Living Room3. Embrace Antiques and Vintage-Style Finds

Using vintage or antique pieces in your space will make your living room feel more unique and will really play up the eclectic nature of the style—like the mirror, coffee table, and vintage-inspired floor lamp, pictured above! You can make your space feel historied by collecting items with worn textures and finishes.

But, if you aren’t in an area with access to good vintage and antique finds, you can also fake it! Worn-wood finishes, vintage-treated rugs, and metals or leather pieces with a patina are great ways to give off that vintage vibe.

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Eclectic Living Room4. Take an Eclectic Approach to Styling

Don’t want to go full-out eclectic? Consider infusing your space with eclectic styling instead. One way we love to do this is by creating a gallery wall full of funky art and decor. Or even propping art on consoles and credenzas, rather than hanging them up. Both of these are less formal design elements that infuse eclectic vibes into any space. It’s a perfect way to play with some eclectic styling in even the most formal of spaces.

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Eclectic Living Room5. Play With Patterns

A classic eclectic move is to play with patterns. Consider mixing patterns across furniture and accessories, mixing both organic and geometric shapes. You can also play with scale, using a variety of both small and large patterns.

Here, strong geometric patterns are given an eclectic treatment through a playful mix of textiles—from throw pillows to wall art, and even a lampshade! But a soft black and neutral palette keeps the look cohesive, for a delightfully eclectic living room.

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Eclectic Living Room6. Invite Lots of Layers

Layering items in different shapes and textures adds dimension to a space and makes it feel warm and inviting. Think: rugs on rugs, woven wall hangings instead of prints, and layers of colors and patterns in throw pillows.

A great way to create a layered, eclectic look without it feeling cluttered is to focus on a few items that each have the right mix of color, texture, and pattern. A bold wall color sets the tone for this space, but keeping furniture in more neutral tones and opting for a mix of earth tones in the rest of the colors keeps the space clean.

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Eclectic Living Room7. Master the Material Mix

Bringing in lots of texture is another foundational element of this style. So, when creating an eclectic space, go all out with mixed materials. A mix of carved pieces, sheepskin, leather, natural textures, and pom-poms give an eclectic warmth to this space! And it adds visual intrigue for a living room that’s both dynamic and layered.

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Eclectic Living Room8. Keep Your Layout Casual

Ultimately, this style is all about making a space feel comfortable and relaxed. So, skip the symmetry and go for an unexpected, casual layout. Think about nontraditional layouts or unexpected furniture choices—like using a pouf where you would normally have a chair. Elements like this will give your living room that signature eclectic vibe.

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Destination Style: Get Bold With Eclectic Nashville Style

Nashville Style To celebrate summer, we’re taking inspiration from the all-American tradition of a cross-country road trip. We’ll be making our way across the USA and exploring some of our favorite cities and their signature design styles along the way. Buckle up and get ready for some major destination design inspo. Next up: Nashville, Tennessee!

Home to country music and inventive southern food, Nashville has come up as a must-visit destination that’s equal parts charming and unexpected. The same can be said of the city’s style and interior design aesthetic, as model Lily Aldridge’s bright boho home proves. Full of color and every bit eclectic and glamorous, Aldridge’s home epitomizes our idea of Nashville style.

These spaces are just the right amount of over-the-top but still maintain lots of classic southern influences. Here you’ll find a blend of traditional furnishings, vintage-style designs, and lots of art and glamorous design notes. There’s no shortage of punchy prints and colorful upholstery and accents here. These rooms are just as eclectic as they are havens for lounging and entertaining.

Inspired by Aldridge’s electrically colorful abode as well as the many bold interiors across the city that we’ve spotted all over Instagram and Pinterest, we dreamed up this bold, art-filled space that captures Nashville’s distinct design style. Read on to get our tips for working the Nashville look into your home.

Establish a Flexible Layout

First things first. If you’re looking to bring a bit of southern style into your home, start with a spacious and versatile layout that’s all about easy lounging and entertaining.

For Nashville style, that means seating areas and spaces that are flexible and easy to rearrange. You can do this by pulling armchairs a little farther out from a sofa, adding poufs and ottomans, or simply leaving room to pull in extra seating as needed.

While your furnishings can range from relaxed to formal, a casual approach to your layout will play up a sense of southern hospitality. After all, Nashville style is about interiors that feel vibrant and always inviting, no matter the guest or the occasion.

Nashville StyleChoose Some New Classics

Nashville interiors embrace old and new in vibrant ways. You’ll often find traditional furnishings rendered in contemporary materials, such as pink and green velvet or pillows made with old textiles and kilim rugs. It’s a chic play on classics that we can’t get enough of.

Look for armchairs and sofas that have classic silhouettes but opt for a colorful fabric or modern leg instead. This will be in keeping with the overall eclectic Nashville look while adding a glam touch.

Play With Colorful Clashes

With the Nashville look, there’s definitely no holding back when it comes to mixing color, pattern, and materials. It’s a bolder approach to eclectic style, unlike the more subdued look of Santa Fe. We call it power clashing. AKA piling floral pattern on geometric pattern, layering hide rug on vintage rug, and using unexpected color pairings and combinations.

If you’re not one for bold colors, start with softer tones, such as pale blue, sea foam green, and lavender, which are easier to contrast with darker neutrals. The best place to start? Paint an accent wall in a moody hue that can serve as a focal point and backdrop. Then, layer in those lighter tones through furnishings and accents.

Set a Stage for Vintage

To play up an eclectic vibe, pull in a mix of vintage and vintage-inspired designs and group them together to create vignettes that are filled with quirky character and whimsy. Think lots of cheeky decorative touches, funky artwork, and furniture from different periods. We love the look of these antique chairs mixed with a Hollywood Regency-style bar cart.

Mix in Glamorous Elements

And speaking of Hollywood Regency style, Nashville’s eclectic charm is balanced with just the right amount of glamorous details. These are the eye-catching accent touches that truly captivate amid the mix of color and pattern.

It can be the brass detailing of a picture frame, lampshade, or bar cart; it might be the leopard print cushions on a pair of chairs; or it can be the nailhead trim the lines a sofa. The idea is to work in these moments of glimmer and shine as a way to complement the overall colorful decor mix.

Go for the Gallery Wall (Always)

The best way to infuse color, especially if you’re reluctant to go bold with your furniture, is to create a punchy gallery wall that mixes all kinds of art. Alongside a mix of patterned pillows, a curated mix of art will add a playful, whimsical look to your space.

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Destination Style: Bring Home Eclectic Santa Fe Style

southwest styleTo celebrate summer, we’re taking inspiration from the all-American tradition of a cross-country road trip. We’ll be making our way across the USA and exploring some of our favorite cities and their signature design styles along the way. Buckle up and get ready for some major destination design inspo. Next up: The Southwestern style of Santa Fe, New Mexico!

Adobe homes. Rustic hues. Sumptuous natural materials. These elements combined are what we love about southwestern style. Santa Fe itself has long held irresistible allure for artists and design lovers looking to venture outside of the creative hubs of bigger metropolitan cities. Georgia O’Keeffe famously took up residence in Santa Fe many decades ago, and today her home and art studio are considered one of the country’s most beloved museums.

And when it comes to design, you’ll definitely recognize interiors that celebrate the region’s colorful rustic look that is popular across Instagram and Pinterest: rooms decorated in earthy desert hues, mid-century furnishings, pieces made with natural materials, and pops of tribal and navajo-inspired patterns.

Read on to see how you can bring the layered southwestern look to your own home.

santa fe styleWelcoming Foundations

Not to be confused with the modern farmhouse style of Sonoma, Santa Fe style is rooted in a sense of earthy comfort that is inspired by its history, desert surroundings, and Native American and Spanish design influences. We like to think of it as cozy, modern, and a little funky all at once. To conjure the look in your own home, here are the key foundational elements to keep in mind.

Work with a warm palette

Rather than crisp whites, light neutrals and blue tones, southwestern-style interiors are made up of a richly warm color palette that includes burnt oranges, rusty reds, deep browns, and shades of natural and earth tones. Collectively, the colors add up to a welcoming palette that recalls the arid desert landscape of the Southwest.

Lay out focus areas

Modern southwestern-style spaces are carefully laid out. Rooms often consist of smaller focused areas within a larger living space, such as cozy conversation spots and corners-turned-reading-nooks. To start, try strategically placing your rugs as a way to delineate different spaces and use greenery to create visual distinction between areas.

For instance, a cowhide layered on top of a traditional rug can have the effect of extending your seating area, while a tall cactus or fiddle-leaf ficus tree can inadvertently work as a room divider.

southwest styleEclectic Appeal

Southwestern-style interiors often incorporate a stylish mix of modern design, navajo patterns, and boho touches that result in their colorful and eclectic appeal. And the overall vibe is comfy and inviting but also packed with plenty luxurious textures. Here’s how to blend all these elements into your space

southwest stylePile on the patterns

Because these are the real pops of color, pattern, and texture in Santa Fe-style interiors, you’ll want to make sure you bring in pieces you absolutely love and can picture yourself living with. Where to begin? Navajo-inspired pillows, blankets in whimsical motifs, or a geometric kilim rug are all great foundations that you can pull colors from for accents throughout the room.

And you also can’t go wrong with a cowhide rug, which adds instant warmth. (If you can’t tell, we love the look of a hide layered on a bold patterned rug!) And when it comes to choosing art, opt for landscapes or even take an abstract route with graphic paintings and prints; just make sure they stay within the earthy desert color palette.

Think modern, not sleek

For your anchor pieces, opt for mid-century silhouettes and furniture with modern frameworks. Think chairs with tapered legs, streamlined woven leather armchairs, and even a metal bar cart. The clean-lined appeal of these pieces provides cool contrast to the bright colors and patterns of the accents. Just remember that you want to keep to rustic materials and even seek pieces that show a little patina. Weathered woods, aged leather, or a lightly faded rug are great places to start!

santa fe styleKeep it organic

Opt for natural materials as much as possible in your furnishings and accents. Then extend that ethos to your smaller furniture pieces. Designs with curvy silhouettes and organic shapes are nods to adobe architecture that can help emphasize the southwestern style.

Get your greenery on

Probably the most essential piece of the southwestern style puzzle, no room really says “Santa Fe” without plenty of cacti. So be sure to add plenty of plants that reference the region’s uniquely lush and arid landscape. A large potted cactus alongside mini cacti and other leafy plants add vibrant notes that are essential for rounding out the look.

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