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12 Tips for Designing a Timeless Home

You’ve probably heard the phrase “timeless interior design” used to describe homes. But what exactly makes a timeless home?

The timeless look often brings to mind images of classic and traditional interiors, but it’s so much more than that. While there may be furniture and decor with a clean-lined classic look, the idea of a timeless home comes down to a space that has lasting appeal and style. Think designs made with quality materials that stand the test of time, patterns that never go out of style, colors that blend with any decor, and furniture that have tried-and-true silhouettes.

Even so, it can be difficult to put the idea of timeless style into practice in your spaces. To help with that, we’ve rounded up our top designer tips to inspire you to create a timeless design aesthetic in your own home.

What is Timeless Interior Design?

To sum it up, timeless design is a look that’s not tied to any specific era, design movement, or trend. In fact, it exists outside of the trend cycle but it always feels fresh and stylish.

That means timeless interiors are often designed with versatility and flexibility in mind so that it can evolve seamlessly over time—they shouldn’t be so rigid that you can’t change anything in these spaces. A great example of this? All the interiors from Nancy Meyers’ films: They’re comfortable, welcoming, and full of style and personality without feeling dated. It’s easy to see why even interior designers love getting inspiration from Meyers’ movies.

Keep reading to get our easy tips to create a timeless design look in your home!

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1. Choose Furniture With Clean Lines

Opt for foundation furniture with simple forms, which will always stay in style. Upholstered seating, tables, and large furniture that have clean lines never feel dated or “over”, and they have sophisticated looks that will work with furnishings and decor in any style over time.

Adding furniture with detail, like a sofa or chair with turned legs or a table with ornamentation, isn’t a no-go, nor is picking furniture from a specific era. But if you’re going for timeless appeal, try to keep to furniture that doesn’t have too many flourishes that reference specific design eras.

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2. Look to Classic Silhouettes

You can’t go wrong with designs that have classic and traditional silhouettes. These include furniture, such as a tufted sofa, a farmhouse dining table, wingback chairs, and the ottoman coffee table. They feature shapes that have stood the test of time, so they’ll never go out of style. Not to mention, they’re foundational pieces for timeless interior design.

Anchoring a room with one of these pieces is an easy way to instantly create a timeless look. Or you can also group several of these tried-and-true silhouettes together in a seating area. Either way, always start with larger furniture pieces with a classic shape to ground a space.

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3. Keep Your Tones Neutral

If you’re looking for a color palette you can easily create a timeless design aesthetic around, stick to neutral hues. Neutrals are your friend because they will work with any style of furniture and interior. It’s a color scheme that can unify different design elements.

The neutral approach holds true for walls and floor finishes as well, so keep these to white or wood tones. It will allow you to incorporate new colors seasonally through pillows, drapery, and rugs. If you want more color, leaning into earth tones is a safe bet! These saturated warm colors bring in colors from nature and they can add some oomph but won’t trend out over time.

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4. Layer Natural Textures

A timeless home is often rooted in quality natural materials, drawing inspiration for furniture and decor from nature and our surroundings. So play up natural elements, such as wood, stone, linen, and greenery in your spaces, which make for universally timeless touches.

Try to steer clear of engineered and highly polished materials that can signal specific design styles or eras, such as acrylic or Lucite (Retro ’80s vibes), tubular steel (Industrial Modern feeling) or even colorful velvet (Hollywood Glam for days!). Keeping to natural materials will prevent your interior from leaning into any particular design aesthetic too much, ensuring a timeless look for years to come.

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5. Consider Less Is More

A timeless home is not just about the style of design you bring in. Yes, it’s about investing in the right furniture that will last for decades, but it’s also about having fewer decor pieces that keep clutter at a minimum over time. When your rooms are too layered or overly styled, it starts feeling more maximalist, which is a popular look that many people love, but it has a more eclectic look.

Keeping that in mind, resist the urge to fill every corner and pile your surfaces with accents. A well-curated and organized space is just as important as having clean-lined furniture when it comes to a timeless look.

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6. Blend Old With New

Mixing vintage and antique pieces with new furniture is a key tenet of timeless interior design. The old-meets-new combination ensures that your space spans many decades instead of looking like it’s referencing one design style or era.

Look for vintage pieces that have a classic look and mix it with some clean-lined modern pieces. The streamlined look of the furniture will blend nicely together. Try to avoid combining opposing design styles, which will end up looking more eclectic. If you need a little guidance, check out our tips mixing antiques into modern spaces

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7. Work in Traditional Patterns

Classic patterns like gingham, stripes, plaid, damask, and toile are popular among interior designers for a reason—they instantly provide a timeless interior design look. They also never go out of fashion, which is why they’ve been used for years and years in traditional and classic interiors.

The trick to decorating with these traditional patterns is to add them through accents, which will allow them to shine without feeling stuffy or overly refined and formal. In small doses, they’ll feel both old and new at the same time.

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8. Skip the Trends

The one seems obvious, but it’s worth repeating. Trends are fun and can breathe new life into a space but they usually are the opposite of timeless. If you’re committing to create a timeless design look, pieces that feel trendy—like the edgy industrial side chair or the sculpture-like floor lamp—are guaranteed to feel dated over time. Keep your furniture classic and clean-lined.

All that is not to say you can’t play at all with trends. Just do it in smaller ways, like a pillow with a stylish or unique pattern that you can easily swap out or an of-the-moment art piece you can replace with something down the line.

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9. Add Built-Ins (Or Fake Them)

When it comes to large-scale design elements, built-ins have timeless appeal by default. They’ve been used in homes for decades (if not centuries) and they always bring a classic look to rooms.

If your home doesn’t come with built-ins or if it’s not in your budget, try faking the look with a series of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. Then style them minimally with decor inspired by nature (to nod to natural materials) along with neutral accents (for an airier look). A balance of practical items, like baskets and trays, with decorative accessories is key for a tastefully styled built-in.

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10. Hide Your Technology

With any timeless interior, the furniture and decor is the main focus of the space. So try to avoid putting electronics and technology front and center in the room if you can. Find a way to conceal (or disguise) large TVs, stereos, and wires, whether it’s within a media cabinet or keeping it to an entertainment room. This will help to bring a more elevated, timeless feel to your space without taking away from having technology in our lives.

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11. Aim for Quality Pieces

High-quality furnishings are essential if you want to create a timeless design look. This means durable pieces made with quality materials that have staying power and can stand the test of time.

While your furnishings don’t all have to be investment pieces, they should all feature exceptional craftsmanship and design that’s visible. These can include a well-made wooden desk and a tightly upholstered chair or sofa or a handwoven rug. They are sure to outlast more trendy pieces that can wear easily and quickly cycle out after a few years.

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12. Follow Your Muse!

Last but not least, what truly makes a timeless home is a space you’ll love for years to come. So the most important rule is to decorate your home to be a comfortable and inspiring place you love spending time in.

You shouldn’t feel the pressure to design your interiors based on what Pinterest, influencers or magazines say is on-trend. Be your own muse and follow your instincts to choose pieces you absolutely love living with. This will ensure the space you create is one you love and that will always be timeless

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My Modsy Story: How I Transformed My Home Office Into a Glam Sanctuary 

When E moved into a new house they were determined to turn a drab room into an inspiring home office that reflected their personal creativity and bold style. Knowing they needed help, E. took the plunge and started their design process with Modsy.

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Homeowner: E. (That’s right, —just E.)

Spaces: Office

My Style:  Glam Collector

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The Backstory

“When my spouse and I moved from a one-bedroom apartment in LA to a three-bedroom home in Tucson, AZ, we finally each got the chance to truly have our own space. Aside from being excited by how much more space we had—anything is big after living in a 700 square foot apartment during a global pandemic—I was excited to have a dedicated home office space. I knew I wanted my office to have a warm and luxurious feel and blend old-school glam with some funky and eclectic choices. But the office had carpet we weren’t ready to rip up, and the walls were also this neutral yellow-beige—but it really just looked like the color of nicotine-stained walls from smokers.”

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 “I’m a writer, and I make my living telling stories on the page—and I needed help from someone who tells stories through decor.”

The Design Dilemma

“I know my strengths and interior design ain’t one of them! With this in mind, I knew right away I’d need a little expert help for creating the glam office I wanted. In particular, I needed a designer to show me what I could do with color throughout the room—everything from selecting a wall color that would work with the carpeting to finding decor that would really shine in the space. I’m a writer, and I make my living telling stories on the page—and I needed help from someone who tells stories through decor.”

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The Modsy Moment

“I had no idea how the online interior design thing was going to work out. I wasn’t sure a 3D design could incorporate everything I wanted for my space, or if a stranger on the internet could find decor I loved that felt like ME. But I knew I couldn’t create what I wanted for the space alone, so I gave Modsy a try. I was blown away when I first saw my designs. When I showed them to my partner, he said, ‘Dang, that’s super fancy. It looks just like you.’ And then I proceeded to copy the sharable link from my Modsy project and send my office designs to my closest friends, who all squealed with delight.

“I just loved how my designer took my general ideas and put them to work in a design I love. She even mocked up designs using different wall colors so I could see how different options looked!  She was also able to help answer incremental questions along the way as I was debating different furniture options. I couldn’t have asked for more from the whole experience. And it’s super fun to know that everyone loves this desk I bought, too!”

“I was blown away when I first saw my designs. When I showed them to my partner, he said, ‘Dang, that’s super fancy. It looks just like you.’ And then I proceeded to copy the sharable link from my Modsy project and send my office designs to my closest friends, who all squealed with delight.”

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The Real Results

“I walk into my office every day and spend anywhere from 8-9 hours there. I just love being in the space. I’m not rich, but my glam office makes me feel super posh and luxurious. I love what I do, but I bust my butt for a living. And my designer has made the space I bust my butt in a total delight.

“Modsy gets a bonus six out of five stars from me, especially since my glam office coordinates with the other two rooms we had designed! And our designer even incorporated my spouse’s and my widely divergent tastes to a tee. I feel like we have a real home now—not to mention some sweet rugs that really tie the room together!

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“Modsy gets a bonus six out of five stars from me, especially since my glam office coordinates with the other two rooms we had designed!”

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The 80s Are Back: Here’s How Designers Are Styling With 1980s Decor Influences

We have some exciting interior design news: The 80s are back! But don’t worry—only the good parts. Think: bold shapes, natural materials, and geometric patterns. (No waterbeds, ruffled bedding, rag-rolled walls, or wall-to-wall carpet in sight!)

When you think of 1980s interior design, your mind might be drawn to walls full of those 80s glass blocks, or perhaps Laura Ashley florals or piles of shabby chic ruffles. Or maybe you think of The Golden Girls and Blanche’s bedroom design in all its Miami Boho glory. Preppy style, pastels, chintz, and geometric designs reigned supreme in the 80s.

80s Design Styles and Trends

The 1980s was an interesting time in American history. The economy was booming, and there was a wave of wealth and “new money.” Technology was making significant advances. And traditional gender stereotypes were being seriously challenged—with major pop culture icons exploring androgynous looks and more women entering the corporate workforce in high-level positions than ever before. It was a decade of opulence, of change and upheaval. And out of all of these cultural shifts came a lot of iconic interior design trends.

Want to walk down memory lane? Here are some of the most popular 80s interior design trends that people love (and love to hate).

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Memphis Design

When you think of 1980s design, what probably comes to mind is bright colors, bold shapes, squiggly lines, and funky furniture and decor. What you might not know is that there’s a name for this style: Memphis Design. This look was created by the Memphis Design Group, a group of designers in Milan, Italy in the early 1980s. Pushing back against the minimal, modern look that was popular in the late 70s and early 80s, they started creating bold, colorful, zany furniture and home decor designs. While the Memphis Design Group developed this aesthetic, it was the application of the style in pop culture that brought it to the popular consciousness. (Think: the Saved by the Bell set, the early MTV logo, and the design of Pee Wee’s Playhouse.

 

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Glass-Block Walls

You can’t talk about design trends from the 1980s without talking about glass-block walls. Sometimes used in place of traditional windows or shower walls, sometimes used on interior walls to let in more light, glass-block walls were all the rage in the 80s. They added both style and practicality to a home—the practical part being that they let natural light in without being totally see-through, and they’re more energy-efficient than the average window! They may seem like a dated design element to many people today, but in the late 2010s, glass-block walls actually started making a comeback in home and commercial properties!

 

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Tropical Prints and Plants Galore

The obsession with plants didn’t originate with millennials in the 2010s—it was happening way back in the 80s (and even before). In fact, iconic interior designer Dorathy Draper first created palm-print wallpaper and fabric while redecorating the Greenbrier hotel after WWII; though it wasn’t until the 80s that tropical prints became a major trend. But once they did, you could see them everywhere. Once of the most iconic examples in pop culture? Blanche Devereaux’s bedroom from Golden Girls.

And the obsession with plants went beyond wallpaper and upholstery prints. In the 1980s, houseplants had a major moment—faux plants, specifically. Not as quality as the faux plants of today, the styles from the 80s definitely looked fake—and collected a lot of dust. So today, this trend gets a pretty bad rap. But the spirit of the trend was all about bringing greenery (and probably a bit of happiness) into your home.

 

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Lucite Furniture

Art Deco design had a resurgence in the 80s—and part of that renewed popularity was a love for clear furniture. However, rather than the glass furniture of the 1920s, the 1980s take was full of Lucite furniture. Lucite and acrylic plastic were first developed in the 1920s and 30s, and they grew in popularity as a furniture material in the 60s and 70s. But it was in the 1980s that clear furniture really hit its peak in popularity thus far, with Lucite being the favored material. (Fun fact: Lucite is a brand name of acrylic plastic. So, all Lucite is acrylic, but not all acrylic is Lucite.)

 

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Pastels

Memphis design is one one end of the color spectrum when it comes to 1980s styles and trends—full of bright primary colors. However, on the other end of the spectrum was a love for pastels in the 80s. Pastel room design was a very popular move in the 80s, including shades of soft pinks and purples, as well as sea foam green. Sometimes you’d see small applications of pastel colors, and sometimes they overtook a whole room, top to bottom. The use of pastels showed up a lot in the next two trends we’ll show you.

 

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Floral Bedding and Curtains

In the 1980s, upholstery was all about florals. Whether it was bedding, sofa and chair upholstery, drapes, or accent decor, floral and chintz patterns were everywhere. Laura Ashley is a home decor and clothing brand that helped popularize this trend—but you didn’t have to have the name brand to embrace this trend. And it wasn’t just one application of florals in a room. Often, you’d have a room full of florals, from the drapes to the rugs, plus chintz wallpaper, lampshades, and furniture. But it didn’t stop there. In the 80s, ruffles often went hand-in-hand with floral patterns, making this trend even more over-the-top.

 

Shabby Chic Design

The floral trend showed up in big ways in Shabby Chic design. This design style, which originated in the 1980s, was all about embracing the type of decor you might find in an old English countryside manor. Naturally, that included a lot of florals. But it also involved classic design elements and rustic finishes. The result was an elegant, feminine style that had some frills but was also quite comfortable and inviting.

How To Get an 80s Decor Look Today

Trends come and go in cycles, and 80s-inspired design elements have been slowly coming back in vogue for a while now. And while we’re definitely seeing a love of chintz come back in the Grandmillenial design trend, we’re seeing 80s-inspired interior design trends come to life more in the way of furniture shapes and materials, geometric patterns, and 80s color palettes. And even in some 80s-inspired takes on Art Deco-inspired design elements (a 100-year-old style that made a comeback in the 80s and is back in style again today).

Want to get the 80s look? We tasked our designers to show us how they’re designing with an 80s influence. Keep reading for a few different ways they’ve used 1980s interior design elements to get the look!

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Minimal 80s

With this minimalist take on 1980s interior design, a select few sculptural statement pieces take center stage. This design is more about the shape, material, and texture of the furniture than applied ornament or decor. While there aren’t many pieces in the space, the negative space lets the forms and textures shine—making this look perfect for the Minimalist Maximalists out there. (And you could easily amp up the drama with a bold wall color.)

The terracotta color of the chairs create a statement, while an otherwise black-and-white color palette creates contrast in the space. The chairs’ curved, sculptural design with a velvet finish speak to both the mod and glam elements of 80s design. Marble was very big in the 80s, so the dining table, while sleek and modern in shape, fits in with that 80s vibe.

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Colorful 80s

With a bold color palette, this look gives a nod to the ubiquitous Memphis style of the 80s. The 1980s really influenced the use of shapes in furniture and decor—and this bedroom drives home that idea. Here, we see round bulbs combined with a sculptural nightstand and curved bed. Basically, with less “stuff” in the room, the forms of the furniture and decor are the stars of the show.

The color palette speaks to the bold use of color throughout 1980s interior design, but in a format that was most seen in Memphis design. The art, with its bold colors and layered geometry, drives home that homage to 80s Memphis design.

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Chic 80s

This living room is a glam, chic take on 80s design. Inspired by 80s beach house contemporary style, this look is all about bold drama through shapes and statement pieces. The “puffy,” rounded furniture has a sculptural quality, with the velvet sofa and chair feeling contemporary but very bold. The polished stone finish of the sculptural coffee table balances out the softness of the sofa and chair, and it also plays off the geometry of the rug and artwork.

The high-contrast palette—with black, white, and blush sitting center stage—has a feminine-inspired feel. But the color palette alongside the furniture forms balances the masculine and feminine sides of Chic 80s style.

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This living room, with its eclectic mix of shapes and materials, brings the funkiness of boho style to an 80s aesthetic. Natural materials like cane and rattan were widely used in the 80s—and we’re seeing that natural materials trend come back to life today in a big way. Today’s use, however, is in a lighter, trendier way—but it still gives a big nod to 80s design. The natural materials in this space balance out the bold forms and geometry in the room, making it feel more casual and approachable than some of the other takes on 80s-inspired design. Meanwhile, the low, rounded sofa (which has a very 80s vibe) compliments the natural materials of the cane and rattan.

The bold shapes in the mirror and table lamp are a nod to the forms made popular in the 80s. The wall art also features a bold, geometric design that is reminiscent of the Memphis design patterns of the 80s.

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Contemporary 80s

This look brings in some 80s design influences, but in a much “safer” way. It mixes contemporary 80s style with today’s transitional style for a less in-your-face look. With a more subtle approach, it relies on a few pops of bold 80s design elements on a neutral foundation—making it very easy to switch up the look of this space over time.

The 80s-inspired design elements noticeably come through with the bulbous lamp, the Art Deco-inspired mirror, and the glam acrylic vase. The pastel-hued wood console, with its geometric knobs, really speaks to the contemporary 80s vibe. The color scheme, combined with the art sketch, brings to life the soft, feminine side of 80s-inspired design.

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100 Years Later… How Today’s Stylists are Designing With Art Deco Influences

Do you love that quintessential “Great Gatsby” style or the bold geometric patterns found throughout the Empire State Building in New York? Then you might just be a fan of Art Deco style.

This iconic style is known for its symmetry and use of linear geometric patterns and luxurious materials. It’s a big, bold and glam style that has a bit of a vintage flair and creates a sense of approachable luxury. And an Art Deco color palette? It’s to die for.

The history of art deco design is quite interesting, and it’s had various resurgences in popularity over the past century—including right now. Art Deco interior design has been around for 100 years, with no plans of going away.

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The Building Blocks Of Art Deco Interior Design

Art Deco is an ornate design style, and it often feels slightly masculine due to its heavy use of geometric details and repetitive shapes and patterns. Depending on the room, you’ll notice this geometry in the furniture, lighting, accent decor, or artwork. The use of plush materials and velvet help to balance out and soften the geometric shapes.

With its penchant for luxury, Art Deco design tends to use materials that have an inherent ornamental quality to them. Marbles and granites, burl wood, as well as metals in silver, gold, and brass finishes are all perfect accompaniments to Art Deco interiors.

There are many ways to approach color in Art Deco interior design—from bold and moody palettes of dark greens, deep purples and blues, and black (like the living room above) to bright white palettes with just pops of dark greens, light pinks, or deep blues. But whatever color direction you go, you’ll see it paired with metallics in the accent furniture, decor, and lighting.

Modern Art Deco interior design mixes the key elements of this design style with other styles and eras, for a look that’s eclectic and unique. There are so many ways to bring this look to life today.

Want to bring a modern Art Deco look in your own home? Check out how our designers are styling spaces with Art Deco influences—and get ready to be inspired!

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1. Of-The-Moment Art Deco

This room is a more trendy take on Art Deco style, with some mid-century modern flair. While, overall, this room has a neutral color palette, a pop of statement color makes the space feel fresh and trendy. (As does the burl wood nightstand.) This is a very of-the-moment take on Art Deco, with a playful and youthful vibe.

The Key Elements:

Add a pop of luxurious color and texture. The pop of emerald green in the headboard sets the tone for an Art Deco-inspired space in an otherwise monochromatic neutral room. The headboard not only adds a pop of luxurious color but it also adds rich velvet texture.

Layer in sculptural decor. Sculptural elements have a quintessential Art Deco quality to them. While the glass pendant light and vase aren’t necessarily Art Deco in style, they add a sculptural element that gives a nod to the style.

Incorporate geometric patterns. Art Deco is all about geometric patterns. We incorporated some in this room through the subtle patterning in the rug.

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2. A Minimalist Take

Here’s a more minimalist take on Art Deco design. This space is more about shape and texture, which is where the Art Deco moments come into play. With a minimal approach to styling, the negative space lets the statement pieces, like the console and the lighting, really shine.

The Key Elements:

Add a sculptural element. The sculpted, scallop-front console table in this entryway helps set the tone for the space, bringing in that repeated linear element inherent to Art Deco interior design. This is supported by the soft, clean lines of the side chair. The chair’s velvet and caning elements also give a nod to Art Deco interior design.

Establish a glam color palette. Since this is a minimalist space, we didn’t want to use any bold colors. Instead, we leaned into a softer glam palette, with gold and soft pinks. This combination, along with pops of black for contrast, create a subdued but glamorous color palette.

Hang some statement lighting. When you think of statement lighting, you might think something big, bold, and sculptural. But we went in a different direction, with something smaller but very visually interesting. The tiered pendant sconce has Art Deco-inspired sculptural elements, and the color combination in the fixture also speaks to this design style.

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3. Streamlined and Simple Dining Room

This is a more streamlined and contemporary take on Art Deco—yet the style still shines through in the actual structures and forms of the furniture pieces. There’s a transitional edge to the style of this room, and it doesn’t lean too hard in any style direction. It’s what we’d consider a more “safe” take on Art Deco design.

The Key Element:

Use foundational furniture to set the tone. In this dining room, the Art Deco style is brought to life through decorative touches on the foundational pieces. You can see this, specifically, in the base of the table—which is adorned with Art Deco-inspired metal pieces that create an intriguing silhouette and set the tone for the rest of the space.

Go “neutral” with supporting furniture. These chairs certainly have some Art Deco inspiration in their shape—but overall they’re more neutral in style. With their modern and contemporary influences that could easily translate into a different styled room. They look really nice paired with the table without taking away from its stunning design.

Paint dark walls for more of a statement. Dark walls add a more moody and glam edge to this space, which really complements the furniture. (In contrast, lighter walls would make this space skew more modern or set it more squarely in the transitional camp.)

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4. Classic and Luxurious Art Deco Bedroom

This bedroom exemplifies a more “pure” take on modern Art Deco. It really leans into the luxe side of the side, with opulence coming through in the materials and the high-contrast color palette.

The Key Elements:

Use bold color to set the tone. A bold color scheme of emerald and gold is very Art Deco (and very luxe). This bold, high-contrast palette sets the style tone for the rest of the bedroom and gives it a more luxurious vibe.

Go dramatic with the furniture shapes and materials. The bed frame, while simple, has a bit of a grand and dramatic air to it, and pairs nicely with the burl wood nightstands, which are a little Art Deco in the natural ornamentation of the wood.

Use the supporting decor to drive home the style. The sculptural table lamps have some Art Deco influence in their shape, and the mirror behind the lamps, with their geometric metal detailing, drive home the style in this space.

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5. Small Bedroom, Big Style

Art Deco is a big and bold style. But that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate elements of this design style in small spaces! This small bedroom is a prime example. More of a “less is more chic” take on Art Deco, this room is infused with glam design touches throughout, especially in the choice of materials.

The Key Elements:

Opt for a black-and-white color palette. Since this is a small space, Art Deco influences could easily make it feel over-the-top. But a black and white color palette—with plenty of pops of gold—keep the look more grounded, while still giving this space a glamorous feel.

Go glam with the patterns. Abstract polka dot patterns show up throughout this room—from the wall art to the pillows and bench. This adds a playful but glam element to the space. The gold palm wall art and the subtle foliage pattern on the nightstand glam up the space even further.

Lean Art Deco in shapes. Art Deco design is all about the bold use of shapes. Both the sunburst table lamp and the tiered effect of the chandelier show off some Art Deco influences, as does the oval shaped mirror, along with the gold frame. Talk about packing a tone of style into a small space!

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6. Colorful and Modern Art Deco

This bedroom is a great example of a modern and minimal space using just hints of Art Deco influences in the art and finishes. This isn’t in-your-face Art Deco, but rather taking the shapes and colors often found in this design style and applying it on a more modern canvas.

The Key Elements:

Embrace color and pattern. Saturated pastels with a tropical twist really enliven this version of Art Deco. The mint green velvet of the bed frame gives a definite nod to Art Deco. And the colors and patterns in the rug add a playful element to the space.

Incorporate Art Deco-inspired shapes. While, overall, this bedroom leans more modern and transitional, subtle decorative elements bring in Art Deco influences. The repetitive geometric shapes throughout—seen in the rounded forms of the table lamp, the mirror, and the wall art—all pay homage to this style.

Layer in some gold + brass accents. To incorporate the glam element of this style, we layered in some gold and brass accents—in the legs of the bed, the frame of the table lamp, the drawer pulls of the dresser, and most notably in the floral-embossed nightstand.

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7. Delicate Art Deco Sitting Room

This is a more dainty and delicate take on Art Deco style. The design of this sitting room was inspired by the color palette and designs of Issa Rae’s wedding in the south of France. It’s a very soft and feminine approach to this style, with some glam vibes rounding it out.

The Key Elements:

Go for a glamorous and chic color palette. We went with a mix of frothy pastels and crisp whites, contrasted against crimson red velvet. Très chic, no?

Add touches of feminine softness. The wall hangings and floor mirror help set a more feminine tone for this space. And a curved sofa, perched on extra long, thin legs, adds an extra touch of softness to this sitting room.

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8. Global Eclectic Deco Apartment

This studio apartment mixes Art Deco elements with global-inspired flair. But a mix of other colors, patterns, and textures gives the space a much more eclectic vibe—adding playful brightness and life to the space.

The Key Elements:

Set the tone with Deco foundations. The chanel-tufted, bowed back sofa in a luxurious blue sets the Deco tone in this space—along with the burl wood coffee table. But we love that they’re more contemporary forms of classic Art Deco pieces.

Stick to one main color family. There’s a lot going on in this space. Using blue as a foundation throughout keeps it from feeling too busy.

Use patterns to tell a story. There are so many different patterns in this space—from the aquatic-inspired pattern on the stools to the bone-inlay cabinet and botanical rug. This mix is what creates the global, eclectic feel of this space.

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9. Glamorous Deco Bedroom

Hollywood Glam and Art Deco interior design are a perfect pairing. Both styles have a flair for the dramatic and a penchant for luxury, along with a more-is-more maximalist approach. The result, in this bedroom, is a classic take on Art Deco style, with a bold and ultra-glam spin.

The Key Elements:

Pick out sculptural furniture. Since Hollywood Glam and Art Deco are both all about the drama, we thought a sculptural canopy bed added the perfect amount of visual impact. Accent furniture with sculptural elements help drive home the vibe. Art Deco decor, like the mirrors and lamps on either side of the bed, add even more sculptural moments.

Use a symmetrical layout. Visual symmetry around the bed, with the decor and accent furniture, helps this space lean more classic and formal in style.

Go for a high-contrast color palette. A color scheme of white and helps up the drama—and gold accents bring in the glam. The lavender wall? That’s just a fun, feminine addition. Black-and-white patterns throughout also help drive home the maximalist aesthetic.

Recognize this space? It’s one of our reimagined Gossip Girl room designs! This is what we imagine ​​Blair and Chuck’s Upper East Side townhouse would look like today.

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10. 80’s Deco Living Room

80s interior design is having a moment in the trend cycle. And since Art Deco style had a big revival in the 80s, it makes sense to see these two styles paired together today. Puffy, curvaceous furniture, a pastel palette, and glam accents helps bring these two styles together in a way that feels modern and relevant for today.

The Key Elements:

Pick an 80s-inspired color palette. Pale pastels and neutrals have a very 80s vibe—which is the perfect compliment to all of the 80s-inspired materials and shapes.

Bring on the Art Deco materials. Rich materials like burlwood, brass, and boucle (found in one of the chairs and the ottoman) balance out the softness of this space. Punching up the look with luxurious materials helps move this space from being straight 80s to a more Art Deco take on 80s revival style.

Try out the curved furniture trend. From the sofa to the accent chair, ottoman, and coffee table, the curved furniture trend is on full display here—celebrating the best of both 80s style and Art Deco interior design!

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11. Mod Deco Dining Room

Art Deco style is all about striking balance between form and material. In this dining room, curved furniture meets plush, luxe materials such as velvet to create a stylish and dramatic space. But it’s the clean lines within this space that make it a more modern take on a classic deco styling.

The Key Elements:

Make an iconic statement. The console table in this dining room screams Art Deco design. The brass finish and geometric design are quintessential hallmarks of the style—making it feel like it’s a piece of Art Deco furniture that was pulled right out of the 1920s!

Add a pop of contemporary design. The curved green velvet chairs are decidedly modern, as is the tulip table. Both of these elements help bring this look into the 2020s.

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12. Neutral and Natural Art Deco Office

Classic Art Deco motifs of curved forms and metallic finishes are noticeably present in this office. But it’s the natural materials that really make this look sing. While overall the color palette is very neutral and restrained, the natural materials bring in texture and dimension so the design doesn’t fall flat.

The Key Elements:

Use a restrained, neutral color palette. This is an unexpected direction, since Art Deco style is usually full of bright or saturated colors. But opting for a neutral palette lets the shapes and materials in this space do the talking.

Layer in a ton of different natural materials. The burlwood desk is the biggest statement in this space—a showstopping way to use material as ornament. But the caning on the chair, the woven stool, the terracotta vase, and the wool and jute rugs bring a lot of visual texture to this space.

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13. Miami Deco Living Space

The city of Miami has the highest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the world. This means that this vibrant, tropical city has its own unique take on Art Deco design. This living room was designed with that perspective in mind. The bold pops of color and playful tropical motifs hint at the warmth of this beach city.

The Key Elements:

Bring in tropical colors and motifs. Palm prints in the throw pillows and wall art bring in a tropical vibe. And a pink sofa is the perfect addition to any tropical-inspired space! (Green and pink create the perfect tropical color story!)

Layer in bold geometric shapes and forms. Bold geometric shapes and patterns are very Art Deco—making the coffee table and room divider perfect choices for a Deco-inspired room. Meanwhile, the sculptural furniture forms throughout add extra glam and drama to the space. We also love that the curves in furniture are repeated in the art!

Add a bit of drama. Tropical prints. Curvaceous furniture. Gold and velvet. Black and white stripes. All of these elements would make a statement on their own—together, they create a dramatic but playful space. Two other statement-making pieces we love in this space? The tiger rug and peace lily chandelier!

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14. Formal Deco Living Room With a Min-Mod Twist

Art Deco is a style with an air of formality. So, it seems natural to pair it with other stately styles, like classic formal. This living room brings together these two formal styles—but gives it a minimal and mod twist.

The Key Elements:

Choose classic foundations. A roll-arm sofa is classic formal at its finest. And the white upholstery drives home the formality while having that glamorous Art Deco edge.

Bring in moments of mod. The large-scale chandelier has an almost atomic-era quality, while the U-shaped coffee table is 70s mod at its finest. The circular shapes repeated in the art, lamp, chair, and stool are the perfect meeting point of modern and Art Deco styles.

Keep the styling minimal. Doing this lets all the sculptural shapes in this space do the talking. Minimal styling also has an air of formality to it, which helps play up the classic side of this style.

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15. Vintage Modern Art Deco Bedroom

This bedroom has some vintage mod vibes—but a lot of those mod elements are also classic Art Deco interior design moments. Overall, it’s the forms and materials in this space, rather than the color palette, that give it a leaning toward Art Deco design. (We’re pretty sure this is the quintessential millennial take on Art Deco style!)

The Key Elements:

Choose ornamental materials. Material as ornament is a big thing in Art Deco style. So it makes sense to bring in ornamental materials and finishes—like marble, velvet, brass, and sheepskin.

Celebrate curves. This bedroom has a lot of curves. The bedframe. The nightstand. The chairs. The mirror. All are a perfect blending of Art Deco and mod design.

Introduce contrast. A bed is the centerpiece of any bedroom. So bringing in a high-contrast bed—made of walnut veneer and navy velvet upholstery, with brass nailheads—is the perfect way to set the tone. Pops of black against creams and whites adds further contrast, elevating the level of drama in this space.

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Unlikely Pairings: Tour This Home Designed in Industrial Glam Style

Combining two styles in one space can feel challenging—especially when the two styles in question seem to be polar opposites. But, whether you have seemingly “competing” interior design interests on your own, or you and a partner are trying to design a space with opposite styles, it can be done. In fact, combining two unlikely design styles may even create a beautiful new style. Case in point: industrial glam.

Industrial glam interior design is what it sounds like: a design style that mixes industrial and glam elements in the same space. The result is a chic, less-is-more space. But it’s probably best if we define these two styles individually before getting into what they’re like when combined.

What is glam style?

Glam interior design is bold and dramatic and often mixes unexpected design elements together. Some specific glam design ideas? Luxurious materials, like velvet or silk—along with curved, tufted sofas; plenty of metallic accents; and, of course, animal print. Glam spaces tend to be more formal in nature. But with its bold use of color and texture, there’s still plenty of room for play!

What is industrial style?

In stark contrast to the polished chic of glam style, industrial style celebrates all things rugged, raw, and vintage in interior design. This style really comes to life through the architecture of a space, so it’s particularly suited to loft spaces and converted warehouses—or spaces with exposed bricks or ductwork, or even just large, open rooms.

So, what is industrial glam design?

Simply put, industrial glam design is a bold, dramatic, and elegant style. In an industrial glam space, glam will be the underlying style, with industrial design elements used to accent the space. Industrial elements will be more supplementary than the space being equal parts glam and industrial. But, in that mix, you’ll also see nods to minimalism and even traditional design elements, proving that mixing two design styles is never a cut-and-dried affair.

The glam elements come through in materials, textiles, and finishes. You’ll see a lot of glam in the base furniture, from the shapes to the fabric, along with plush rugs and other soft textiles. These pieces are what really bring an element of luxury to the space. The industrial comes through in the accents—particularly in the lighting. But you’ll also see industrial elements come to life through side tables, artwork, and other decorative accents, as well as the overall celebration of architecture in the space.

Want to create an industrial glam look in your home? Keep reading to learn how to combine these two styles into a chic, minimal space!

The Industrial Glam Living Room

While this isn’t a loft or warehouse space, there is a sense of celebrating the architecture of the room, from the moldings on the wall to the high ceilings, showing the sophisticated way glam and industrial styles can mix together. The curved forms and pleated finish of the accent chairs drive home the glam in this space, while the lighting brings in more industrial elements. And then there’s the side tables. Marble can go glam or industrial. And while these tables have a clean shape and more glam finish, the raw nature of the stone leans industrial—making these tables the perfect manifestation of industrial glam style.

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The Key Elements:

Opt for more traditional layouts. Glam spaces tend to have more traditional layouts. And, since glam is the underlying style of this space, we opted for a symmetrical set-up to set the tone.

Decorate with a muted color palette. While glam can skew pretty colorful, we went for a more muted, earth tone color palette, which lends itself to a more masculine, industrial look. Browns and creams ground this look, while gold and brass accents add some sophistication.

Go modern with the artwork. In more straightforward industrial spaces, you’ll see art with more literal industrial elements; here, we wanted to go in a more modern direction which lends an element of sophistication to the space.

The Industrial Glam Bedroom

In a space that leans more minimal in design, the bed is the centerpiece of this room. But there are plenty of other design elements that help bring this space to life. A hide rug adds a hint of warmth, along with an organic shape to offset the hard lines of the bed. The industrial glam lighting adds nuance. And the industrial heaviness of the dresser and bedside tables contrasts with the minimal bed frame, helping visually balance out the space.

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The Key Elements:

Ground the room with a statement bed. This canopy bed is the main focus in the space. It sits at the crossroads of the two styles—with dark, heavy metal that evokes an image of exposed pipes, accented with the gold corner pieces that give it a polished feel. It acts as a sculptural element, creating a big, beautiful shape in the middle of the room.

Lean industrial with light fixtures. There are several light fixtures within this bedroom—from the chandelier to the sconce and two table lamps. And all of them sit squarely in the industrial camp. But the gold finish of the sconce and dresser lamp brings in a glam element, as do the spherical bulbs on the chandelier.

Bring in some quirkiness and warmth through the decor. In this space, the industrial glam decor brings an element of humanity and quirkiness into what could otherwise be a rather cold style. The hand sculpture is playful; that, along with the abstract portrait by the bed brings some warmth and life to the space. The bench at the end of the bed also has an unexpected playfulness to it with the built-in table, which adds some definite personality to the space.

The Industrial Glam Dining Room

In this home, the dining room is right off the living room, in an open-concept layout typical of industrial-style homes. Since these spaces are so closely connected, we incorporated design elements that helped visually tie the two spaces together and help them live harmoniously alongside each other. But we also added some contrast—like the amorphous hide rug under the dining table, which contrasts with the geometric elements in the living room.

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The Key Elements:

Echo shapes throughout the space. You’ll notice that, throughout the room, there are a lot of repeated shapes. The dining room chairs echo the shapes of the living room chairs, giving a modern glam feel to the space. The dining room chandelier repeats the shape of the mirror of the living room. This repetition of shapes helps tie the two spaces together and visually grounds the two rooms.

Incorporate modern, sculptural elements. A dining room table is the centerpiece of any dining room. We brought in a sleek, modern element through a tulip table that beautifully combines industrial and glam. It’s visually heavier than your typical tulip table (a nod to the industrial) but the gold strip around the edge of the tabletop adds a moment of glam. The contemporary glam chandelier adds a sculptural element to the space, that manages to both tie in and contrast with the living room chandelier.

Add a bar cart. A bar cart is a must in any glam space. Find one with a shiny finish or stone element. This is a piece of furniture where something flashy is definitely encouraged.

The Industrial Glam Entryway

We kept things very simple in this industrial glam entryway. With large, heavy furniture and minimal styling, it glides seamlessly into the living room while still making a statement on its own.

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The Key Elements:

Add some texture. Texture is another way to add some nuance and warmth to an industrial glam space. We did that with this room divider. While it’s not actually being used as a room divider, it adds visual intrigue while taking the industrial idea of found materials and bringing it to life in a modern, manufactured way.

Let your furniture do the talking. The pedestal table is heavy, making quite the statement in this open entryway. While overall it leans industrial, the carved details and ornateness of the base are very considered and lean toward the glam camp. We love the idea of keeping the styling minimal so that the furniture is the visual feature of the space. Which leads us to our next point…

Opt for minimal styling. The entryway table features nothing but a vase and some moody florals. While you could certainly add a tray for your keys and mail for added practicality, the idea is to keep this visually clean. That’s also why we opted to not style the built-in shelves on the room divider—but you could add books and decorative objects on some of the shelves while maintaining a more minimal vibe.

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What Is My Decorating Style? How to Discover Your Interior Design Style And Bring It to Life

When beginning to design a room in your home, one of the first steps is to land on your interior design style, as that will guide the rest of the decisions you make. Easier said than done, right? There are so many home decor styles out there—and between Pinterest, Instagram, and blogs, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with inspiration overload!

If you’re wondering, “What is my interior design style?” we’re here to help! Today, we’re breaking down the most popular interior design styles to help you get a sense of what’s out there for furniture design styles. And we’ll show you how to discover your personal style! But here’s the best part: You don’t have to choose just one interior design style! In fact, most people don’t gravitate toward one pure style. Rather, you’ll probably end up with a mix of a few different interior design styles which will create a look that is perfectly suited to you and your home!

Our magically accurate Modsy design style quiz is also here to help. By answering a couple of questions, we can help you discover and hone in on your personal interior design style. Taking this quiz will also help our Modsy designers create a space that beautifully reflects your style and preferences if you opt to use our interior design packages.

But for now, we’ll dive in and break down the most popular interior design styles so you never have to wonder, “What is my decorating style??” again!

Minimalist Interior Design Style

Minimalist design upholds the principle that form follows function and is guided by the idea that “less is more.” Minimalist interiors are generally void of decorative objects and have minimal amounts of furniture. What is present is often geometric in shape. This look is all about creating a space with what you need, and nothing more.

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Furniture and decor found in Minimalist interiors are often made of raw, natural materials such as concrete, stone, marble, wood, and steel. Walls and surfaces usually have smooth and natural finishes. Color palettes found in these modern and contemporary spaces tend to be muted, with lots of black, white, and grey. But a bold pop of a single color isn’t uncommon.

You know this is your style when…

You crave functionality and no-fuss spaces, and if you prefer architectural elements over decor.

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Mid-Century Modern Interior Design

Mid-Century Modern interior design has long been the “it” look in the design world. Inspired by mid-twentieth-century design, this modern style combines natural wood with bold colors. Furniture designed in this style has slightly whimsical and organic shapes that seem to cradle the body. They tend to have minimal ornament beyond the shape of the piece itself—something this style has in common with minimalism. However, unlike minimalism, Mid-Century Modern interiors have more of a focus on comfort.

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Part of the comfortable element of Mid-Century Modern spaces is their focus on natural wood (typically a blonde, walnut, or teak wood). However, you’ll also find tweed, leather, laminate, vinyl, and chrome. Furniture pieces often have hairpin or tapered legs and feature an organic approach to their shapes and forms. You can have a lot of fun with color in a Mid-Century Modern space, using colors like teal, red, orange, yellow, and green.

You know this is your style when…

You love slightly whimsical furniture designs that feature organic shapes and love a blast from the past!

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scandinavian interior designScandinavian Interior Design Style

As you might expect, Scandinavian interior design has its roots in the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. Time outdoors, appreciating the beauty of nature, is a huge value in these countries, and that love of nature has woven its way into the very fabric of Scandinavian designs. This interior design style features a beautiful mix of minimalist and modern style elements. A style that values function over form, there’s a focus on practicality in Scandinavian designs. But that doesn’t mean aesthetics aren’t considered—quite the opposite, in fact! Scandinavian interior design is beautiful, but it’s simply a style where everything has a purpose and a place.

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Scandinavian interiors feature clean lines, minimalist styling, and plenty of warm, light woods for a very organic feel. Neutral, black and white color schemes are common in Scandinaian interiors. While light shades like whites and creams are the primary color used in these spaces, pops of dark contrast that keep the look from feeling sterile or unapproachable. The wide use of natural materials also brings a lot of warmth into Scandinavian designs. With its nature-inspired aesthetic, maximizing natural light is also huge in this style. So, keep your window coverings light and airy!

You know this is your style when…

You love a minimalist aesthetic but prefer a bit of organic warmth in your home.

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Industrial Interior Design Style

Industrial interior design is characterized by vintage decorative objects appropriate to warehouse or factory settings. Overall, industrial furniture and spaces will have a distressed feel to them. This style fits particularly well in lofts with exposed brick or ductwork, but it can also come to life in a space that’s not naturally architecturally industrial.

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The Key Elements:

Anything with a reclaimed vibe or a rugged patina is ideal for an industrial space. Materials used in Industrial interior design tends to include metal, brick, distressed or reclaimed wood, concrete, and piping. Many finishes include raw or untreated materials, or materials that show signs of aging. And color schemes found in Industrial designs tend to follow this rugged vein, gravitating toward greys, blacks, and browns alongside wood and brick.

You know this is your style when…

You love old looks with rugged edges, or if you’re trendy and hip and have an urban vibe!

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Rustic Interior Design Style

Rustic design is another incredibly popular interior design style. It celebrates the vintage charm of pre-industrial design styles for a look that is comfortable, warm, and inviting. Rustic style features traditional furniture made of natural, weathered wood, combined with simple accessories and one-of-a-kind pieces.

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The Key Elements:

Rustic interiors tend to feature a lot of texture and natural materials—like reclaimed wood, leather with a patina, linen, stone, brick, as well as sheepskin and natural fiber rugs! Rustic style furniture tends to have an antique or vintage-inspired flair, often with distressed finishes. Color palettes in Rustic interiors tend to feature warm and neutral tones, along with plenty of beige.

You know this is your style when…

You love being home and relish that homey feeling.

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rustic farmhouse bedroomFarmhouse Interior Design Style

Farmhouse style has been having a major moment for the last couple of years, thanks to shows like Fixer Upper and bloggers jumping on the bandwagon of Joanna Gaines-inspired designs! Farmhouse interior design takes inspiration from the look and style of actual farmhouses, using decorative elements that are rural and agriculturally inspired. Homes designed with Farmhouse style are full of charm and character, and feel very warm and inviting. Currently, Modern Farmhouse style is the most popular form of Farmhouse design—but there are many different ways that this style can come to life.

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Comfort is definitely at the center of Farmhouse interior design. So, the use of rustic, weathered woods—whether in a natural or whitewashed finish—is common in Farmhouse style. But Modern Farmhouse spaces balance that desire for comfort with contemporary design elements. Color palettes in Farmhouse interiors are often more neutral, but can feature pops of earthy tones. And, while classic Farmhouse interior design veers very rustic, more trendy takes like Modern Farmhouse and Rustic Farmhouse bring in moments of industrial contrast—like opting for dark metal finishes in light fixtures and accent furniture—to give a Farmhouse space a bit more of a modern spin.

You know this is your style when…

You wish you could have Joanna Gaines design your home and like a space that feels both stylish and approachable.

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Eclectic or Boho Interior Design Style

Eclectic interior design features an approachable, informal mix of furnishings and decor from a wide variety of styles. This style often reflects a worldly collection of objects, combining bright colors and patterns and unexpected elements. Eclectic style can come together in a million different ways—but it always ends up being a representation of the dweller’s life and personality. Bohemian and eclectic, as style terms, are often used interchangeably—though there are some subtle differences between Bohemian style and Eclectic style.

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Bohemian interiors feel organic and like they came together over a period of time. You’ll often find a mix of natural materials in Eclectic or Boho spaces—like jute, rattan, wicker, bamboo, and woven or embroidered pieces. And a fun mix of global-inspired or botanical patterns is a must when embracing bohemian style. Boho and Eclectic interiors tend to feature a mix of bright or jewel-tone colors like red, yellow, pink, and green—along with plenty of bold natural greenery!

You know this is your style when…

You want your home to be a curated collection of your travels and experience! It’s bold and fun, just like you.

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Hollywood Glam Interior Design Style

Hollywood Glam interior design is a bold, dramatic, and often over-the-top style that mixes unexpected elements. But it can also be very refined. With roots in classical design, Hollywood Glam gives classical elements a glamorous facelift through colors and materials. Though there are several ways you can style your glam space, the look always mixes patterns and pieces from a variety of different styles in order to create a luxurious and unique feel. Glam spaces—whether veering toward Hollywood Regency, Art Deco, or Boho Glam—feel more formal and designed and often have many statement pieces and bold artwork.

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Decorative accents in a Hollywood Glam space tend to be very ornamental, and furniture usually has detailed carvings or soft, curved frames. You’ll find materials like velvet and fur in a glam space, along with metallics and mirrored surfaces. Animal prints and large-scale patterns are always at home in a Hollywood Glam home, while color palettes can range from a high-contrast black and white palette to bold jewel tones or bright whites and pastels. And if you gravitate toward the Art Deco side of Glam, you’ll also incorporate geometric patterns and decorative materials.

You know this is your style when…

You may be a bit over-the-top, and you like it. You just have a taste for the finer things in life!

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Contemporary or Transitional Interior Design Style

Contemporary (or transitional) interior design is a comfortable and approachable style that feels fresh and clean without being stark and minimal. This style often relies on balance and symmetry within the space and follows the more traditional “rules” for interior design. While it has an elegant, polished feel, it’s meant to be lived in with and still has plenty of style!

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The Key Elements:

Furniture in Contemporary spaces prioritize comfort, with cushions and upholstery that are plush and inviting, and featuring materials like velvet and suede. You’ll find ceramics, wood, glass, and mirrored surfaces throughout, which add to the visual mix of traditional and modern. As for color schemes, Contemporary spaces tend to feature plenty of neutrals, along with navy, yellow, and pops of other colors.

You know this is your style when…

You like order and style! You want an aesthetically pleasing space without being too trendy or too traditional.

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Traditional Interior Design Style

When you hear the word traditional, you might think formal and stuffy. But that’s not the case with today’s Traditional interior design! Rather, this is an understated and less-formal style that pulls inspiration from Colonial and Craftsman interiors. While it’s not particularly popular or on-trend, there’s a reason this style has stood the test of time!

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Spaces featuring Traditional interior design tend to include furniture with dark leather upholstery or muted woven patterns, along with dark wood furnishings with minimal ornamental details. Incorporating antiques in a Traditional space is a perfect way to add a unique element and an authentic vibe. A classic blue and white color palette is often found in Traditional spaces, but you can also gravitate toward earth tones or deeply saturated colors.

You know this is your style when…

You like the comfort of traditional things and don’t care about following trends!

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Classic Formal Interior Design Style

Interiors decorated with classic formal style have traditional elements and expected arrangements. It’s a style that relies on antique and heirloom pieces of furniture to create an elegant, formal feel to a space. This style takes inspiration from old-school French, Neoclassical, and Colonial design styles. Ultimately, it’s a look that is formal and elegant.

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The Key Elements:

Classic Formal interior design relies on European and American antiques (or replicas) in perfect condition—not distressed—to set the tone for the space. Wood furniture will tend to be in mahogany, ebony, or cherry finishes. This style also features tons of classic patterns, from damask and floral to chinoiserie and toile. These patterns are layered in furniture upholstery, drapery, and bedding. Throughout a classic formal space you’ll see rich tones of reds, blues, yellows, and greens.

You know this is your style when…

You like antiques and a classic, symmetrical feel.

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Coastal Interior Design Style

Coastal style is meant to evoke the breeziness of the beach. It’s a style that has a clean, soft, and natural aesthetic. Nothing should feel too stiff or ultra-formal; instead, coastal style is inviting and comfortable with lots of soft fabrics and cozy silhouettes.

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Spaces decorated with coastal style should feature tonal blues and crisp whites mixed with soft earth tones. You’ll find a variety of natural textures in Coastal spaces—like jute, seagrass, driftwood, linen, wicker, and rattan. Wood tones should be light in color, like blonde maple or ash. Whitewashed wood and slipcovered furniture are also common in coastal spaces. A few beachy accessories like seashells, glass bottles, woven baskets are great, but too many and the space will start to feel kitschy and overly thematic.

You know this is your style when…

You like the easy and breezy feeling of being near the water. This style feels like a forever vacation in your home!

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Want to hear a few of our style experts talk more about these styles? Queue up the first episode of our podcast, The Render, to get some in-depth insights on all of these styles and learn to spot them in the wild with fun examples from popular movies and TV shows! Find our podcast here.

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Glam Interior Design: The Difference Between Hollywood and Bohemian Glam

If you like the idea of making your home into a bit of an escape from the real world, glam interior design might just be for you. This is a style that’s all about drama and elegance, creating spaces that are elevated escapes from the hum-drum of life. It’s a style that’s synonymous with the Hollywood hills, glamour, and opulence.

This style first appeared in the 1930s, just a bit before mid-century modern style became super popular. It came out of Hollywood’s Golden Age, where movie sets were decadent and glamorous, and Hollywood stars began decorating their homes in a similar fashion. Dorothy Draper, an interior designer known for her bold and over-the-top style, brought glam elements into homes, hotels, and businesses across the country, popularizing the style. Today, Jonathan Alder brings this look to life with a modern spin.

Glam design bridges the gap between Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern styles—both in time and in style. Glam decor features some of the patterns and colors found in Art Deco style, along with its love of opulence. But glam style favors more of the clean lines and silhouettes that mid-century modern style made popular. It’s certainly a different look from mid-century modern though—with far more opulence, textures, and patterns. And, while it’s a less well-known style than mid-century modern, it has certainly stood the test of time and remains a popular style today.

What Is Glam Interior Design?

But there’s not just one way to do glam. Today, you see it come to life in many different ways—from the more opulent Hollywood Regency style to the more approachable Bohemian Glam, and quite a bit in between. This style can be aspirational and over-the-top, feminine and chic, or even refined and reserved with only small pops of drama. The way that it comes to life is entirely up to you.

But what is consistent: glam interior design is all about luxury and glamour. When thinking about glam design ideas, the materials you use will really help drive home the style in your space. Metallic finishes, especially in gold and brass, are often found in glam spaces. For furniture, think velvet, marble, and furs for that high-end feel, and acrylic, lucite, or a high-gloss lacquer for a more modern spin. And, while a more formal style, it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Case in point: all good glam spaces have an animal print present in some form—whether in a rug, a piece of art, or throw pillows! It’s all about having a little bit of fun with the design of your home.

Glam spaces tend to have very layered looks that can be dramatic and over-the-top. So, maximalists: let yourself go wild! These spaces feature bold mixes of patterns, rich and vibrant colors, and plenty of metallic finishes. But it’s not just about the big-picture items like furniture and artwork. Once you have those pieces in place, make sure to layer in some lavish, ornate details that will give your space some added personality.

Get The Glam Look

With so many different takes on one overarching style, it can be difficult to know where to begin when designing a glam space. So, today, we’re breaking down the difference between two of the most popular takes on glam style—Hollywood Regency Glam and Bohemian Glam. We’ll show you what they’re all about and walk you through how to get the look. Read through the post, then let us know which one is your favorite!

hollywood glamHollywood Regency Glam

Hollywood Regency Glam is the older, more classical version of glam. It features a more formal approach to glam decor that’s rooted in classic design styles but with a glamorous facelift. It’s a style that’s perfectly suited for formal entertaining

The Key Elements:

In Hollywood Regency spaces, you’ll see furniture with vintage forms—like a rolled-arm chesterfield sofa—but in updated upholstery, like a luxe velvet. Curved forms and tufting are perfect in a Hollywood Regency-style room. Symmetrical layouts help add to the formality of this style, while pops of brass add warmth and a sense of luxury. As you’ll see in the glam living room above, a refined color palette adds a note of restraint. Some glam spaces go for bold colors—but in the Hollywood Regency sub-set of glam, a more subdued color palette is preferred. However, a major pop of animal print—in this case in the rug—makes an unexpected and bold statement.

This style of glam is perfect for…

Those who prefer a more formal style but still want to have some fun. The formality of the layout and larger furniture pieces speak to that classical, Old Hollywood glam—but lots of brass, the animal print rug, and acrylic side tables give this look a modern, playful edge.

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Bohemian Glam

Bohemian Glam is a more 2020 take on glam style. While it still has moments of opulence, overall it’s a more casual and modern approach to the style. While perhaps an unexpected pairing, boho and glam are actually great styles to pair together. They’re both eclectic styles by nature, allowing you to incorporate unexpected decor choices throughout your space. This take on glam actually reminds us quite a bit of Blanche’s bedroom from The Golden Girls, or the playful, tropical opulence of The Beverly Hills Hotel.

The Key Elements:

With Bohemian Glam, you can really lean into glam materials like velvet, marble, and brass and take a bold approach to styling. This is definitely a style where more is more and you can make unexpected styling moves—like a mix of art that’s leaning on the mantel and propped on the floor rather than hanging on the walls. Or the use of double side tables in place of a coffee table!

The boho elements come through in the color palette and natural materials textures. We love the use of a leather sofa to ground the look, along with some rattan pieces for extra texture. Beyond that, go for a tropical palette with a mix of jewel tones and vibrant colors.Then, infuse your space with playful patterns galore! In the boho glam living room above, we love how the curved, jewel-tone velvet armchairs mix glam and boho elements so well. And the leaf side table? It pretty much sums up this look in a single piece.

This style of glam is perfect for…

Those who enjoy the opulence of glam style but want a space that’s more laid back and approachable. There’s a cheeky eclecticism to this modern glam style that manages to fully celebrate the lavish details of glam as much as the carefree playfulness of boho style.

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Redesigning Catherine Giudici Lowe’s Dining Room

catherine lowe dining roomWe’re big fans of Bachelor Nation here at Modsy HQ. In October of 2017 we helped Jade and Tanner design their daughter’s nursery and last month we transformed Catherine Giudici Lowe’s dining room from rustic to minimal and chic.

Peek inside her design transformation and see how she went from render to reality.

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When the rustic dining room no longer matched her style

In an exclusive interview with People magazine, Catherine noted that she wanted to redecorate her dining room because it no longer reflected the style she wanted for the space.  Just like people, styles evolve and Catherine was ready to “punch it up a little bit.”

“Everything was very muted in color,” Catherine said of her original rustic and cozy dining space. “I just think that someone’s design style should be representative of them. I’m a very comfortable person who enjoys being on the sofa with my family. I also have a personality where it’s a little spunky and a little bit of design-heavy. So I wanted [the dining room] to really be a representation of that part of me.”

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Finding a look that worked for the whole family

Catherine describes her style as “minimal glam” and says she often finds herself drawn to bold statements with a minimal aesthetic.

First, she swapped out the upholstered chairs for curvaceous velvet ones with gold legs. To give the room a more modern feel, she traded in the wooden table for a glass one.

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But style wasn’t the only factor that played a role in her redesign. Catherine and Sean are parents to two adorable kiddos, and they wanted to make sure their new dining space was functional for the whole family.

“The dining room is where you eat meals with your family,” Catherine stated. She knew she wanted to create a space that they all could enjoy and that would be the perfect setting for family dinners and conversation.

To help make the space more kid-friendly, we suggested she mount a wooden cabinet on the wall with a gold tray on top to store their spirits. This is a great way to keep the room’s function but in a way that is safe for the little ones. “You know, I don’t want my two-year-old to get in the bar area.”

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What’s next on the home design horizon

What’s next on the list for Catherine? She and Sean have plans to redo their master bedroom, but not until Isaiah moves into the nursery.

“[Our dining room] is kind of the trailblazer of the house right now,” she says. And while the new look is quite a contrast from the rest of her space, Catherine notes “that’s where I want my home to go—in the direction of an artful space that works and is functional for my family, but makes a statement.”

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February Favorite: Urban Outfitters Avery Velvet Dining Chair

Sleek and modern, retro and glamorous, Urban Outfitters’ Avery Velvet Dining Chair has it all. We love the look of this piece and the many ways you can style it. Use yours as a side chair, a vanity chair, or even a dining chair; here’s why we love the Avery Velvet Dining Chair and why we think you will too!

The Avery Velvet Dining Chair is versatile. We say highlight what you like most to make it work for your style. Love the chic velvet? Go Hollywood glam! Inspired by the Art Deco silhouette? Push your look more retro. Does the bent metal frame make you think of modernist furniture? Pair the Avery with mid-century pieces.

Avery Velvet Dining Chair Review

Here’s two ways we styled our Avery Velvet Dining Chairs. Learn how to get the looks and shop the related products from our collections!

Ode to Hollywood Glam

In a Hollywood Hills penthouse, full of velvet, lacquer, and gold, the Avery Velvet Dining Chair looks right at home. We paired the dusty rose option with the matching Charlette Vanity (also Urban Outfitters).

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80s Jungalow Chic

You can find the muted forest green version of the Avery Velvet Dining Chair in our 80s Jungalow Chic collection. Inspired by the Blanche Devereaux’s bedroom from the set of Golden Girls, we love the retro look the Avery chair brings to this space.

Avery Velvet Dining Chair Jungalow Chic

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Join the conversation and tell us what you love about the Avery Velvet Dining Chair! And if you’re still not quite convinced, see it in your space first with Modsy!

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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!

Boho Glam Living Room

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.

 

Boho Glam Living Room

  • 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.

 

Boho Glam Living Room

  • 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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