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Two’s Company: Designing a Shared Home Office for Two

If you’re working from home, and there’s also someone else under the same roof working from home, setting up workspaces can be…challenging. Whether it’s a partner or a roommate, setting up a shared home office requires a great deal of creativity—especially if you don’t have room for two totally different workspaces.

Today, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite home office ideas. We’re unpacking various ways to create a shared home office, from home office design ideas to our favorite home office layout ideas and design approaches, along with hard-working furniture to add into your space.

Sharing Is Caring

In this shared home office design, there’s space for two people, but each person has their own zoned space. Having the two desks back-to-back rather than facing each other adds a layer of separation—but in a way that still makes it easy to collaborate or chat throughout the day, simply by spinning around in your swivel chair. A full wall of open shelving means there’s enough space for two people’s stuff, where each person can showcase their own books and decor. Though, with shelving that spans a whole wall, it’s nice if there’s some style overlap or a shared style so the shelf styling doesn’t feel too eclectic.

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Wide Open Spaces

This is a dream home office scenario. If you have a large, open space that you’re able to repurpose into a shared home office design—whether a finished garage, a family room, or a large spare bedroom—consider this approach. Since you have space to spread out, put each desk against a different wall, and separate them with some shelving so that each person feels like they have their own zone.

But anchor the space with a table in the center of the room to give you a common area. This is the perfect place to collaborate on a project, enjoy some mid-morning coffee, or even set your kids up with an art project as you finish your daily video calls. And adding a rug beneath the table and a pendant light above it is a great way to make this a destination in the room rather than just a random floating table. Since this space is so large, we also painted an accent wall to help make it feel more dramatic, purposeful and designed.

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Small Space, Big Style

If you’re looking for small home office design ideas, consider this approach. This shared home office design takes the idea from the previous office but is significantly pared down. This home office is small—closer to the size of a small spare bedroom—but it’s designed with the same logic. You have two desks on perpendicular walls, with a piece of large-scale art between them to give a moment of visual pause to separate the two workspaces, rather than just having one work surface lead to the next.

Wall-mounted bookshelves are great for a space that’s more long and narrow. They give you storage space and help make the most of the square footage while giving you peace of mind knowing the shelves are secured against the wall.

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Modern Modalities

Had to convert your dining room into a shared home office? Embrace it! This design offers a fun way for two people to work together on one table. This dining room table is actually an oval, not round—which is a great shape for a shared workspace, as it helps you designate your two spaces and gives you more surface area than a round or rectangular table. And a pedestal base will give you both more leg room!

Adding in open shelving gives you office storage and organization space—along with surface area to showcase personal and collected objects. The addition of shelves will also make this more of a distinct office space rather than it constantly feeling like a dining room in limbo.

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(Leg) Room For Two

If you have to establish a home office in the living room, this design is worth considering. Rather than two separate desks, you again have a shared table—but in a totally different style than the previous home office. Placing a rectangular table against the wall gives you more space in the center of the room. And opting for an extra-long table like this one means you each have enough space to spread out—including enough leg room.

Hanging artwork above the length of the table and making sure your desk and chairs coordinate with the overall style of the rest of the space will make your workspace feel both district within the room and cohesive with the space.

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What Dreams Are Made Of

Can you say shared home office #goals? This space is a shared home office dream scenario. To begin with, you each have your own zone, with a half of the room to yourself. But then there’s a common space with the daybed sofa, which helps ground the space and offers additional seating. (Opting for a daybed also allows this space to double as a guest room.)

We love that this room is curated with the same design principles and styles throughout, but that each workspace has its own personality. On the right, the desk is mid-century, on the left it’s more industrial and transitional—but since they have the same finish and are both no-frills styles, they work together seamlessly.

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Everyday I’m Side-Hustling

With a drafting table on the left and a more traditional desk on the right, this set-up is perfect for one perfect who has a full-time job and a side hustle and has to constantly switch gears. But it’s also a great shared home office design. The table on the left allows for one person to work on either side, but the secondary desk allows for one of you to shift to a separate workstation when your tasks for the day demand something different.

Having that extra work surface is also good if you have kids who frequent your home office, as the left-hand desk gives them a surface to draw or play as you work! This is definitely a home office design that’s flexible and reflective of the realities and needs of the everyday.

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Room To Grow

If you’re growing a small business from your home office—whether it’s just you or you have a small team that’s also working from your house—this is a great set-up to consider. It’s great for a collaborative workspace and for hosting client meetings.

While the layout is reminiscent of a traditional conference room, the style is anything but boring. It has a contemporary industrial style, with a hint of glam coming through in the chairs, and the funky bookcases add some visual intrigue. The glass tabletop is also durable and surprisingly easy to clean—just bust out the Windex! But, when designing this type of shared workspace with a large, rectangular table, symmetry is important. Because of this, we opted for matching chairs all around and bookcases flanking the window.

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A Coordinated Effort

This shared home office office design is a great approach to consider if you already had a home office set-up but now need to make space for two of you. This wall-mounted desk and shelving unit is clearly the anchor of the space, and offers plenty of space for storage and organization. Floating the second desk at an angle in the middle of the space may seem odd—but it actually works in this type of set-up, with the other desk against the wall.

Opting for matching desk chairs and a secondary desk in white to coordinate with the existing workspace makes this set-up feel intentional rather than an afterthought. Keeping the overall color palette black and white also helps the space maintain a sense of unity.

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Stunning Symmetry

This two-person workspace is a long, symmetrical set-up featuring two matching desks placed side-by-side with a common storage unit in the middle. This is an ideal layout for when you have another purpose for a room, as a whole wall designated to a workspace, but the other side of the room is wide open and could feature a guest bed or seating area.

The two pieces of coordinating wall art solidify that this is two workspaces within one room and create distinct zones despite the desks being side by side. A large area rug in the center—even in a room that is carpeted—helps connect the two halves of the room together and creates a central focal point for the space.

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Setting The Tone: Organic Modernism In Color

Last fall, we introduced you to our take on the Organic Modernism design trend. And, since it was one of our all-time most-loved home tours, we wanted to revisit this style—but this time in color! Our first home tour was all about the neutrals. And, while it created some beautiful and serene rooms, we wanted to give another take of this style for those who want some color in their interior. After all, color is one of the most powerful tools in your interior design toolkit!

modern interior designWhat is organic modern interior design?

But before we dive in, let’s do a quick refresher. Organic modernism is a combination of mid-century modern design alongside organic elements (hence the name). The organic bit shows up in both the forms and materials; this style has a heavy emphasis on bringing the natural world inside and uses soft and organic materials. With that, it’s an interior design style that emphasizes livability, as it organically integrates into your lifestyle.

Some of the key elements of this modern design style include a limited color palette, the use of natural textures, and lots of organic shapes—from geometric to curved and abstract forms. Furniture and decor are no-frills and have very little ornamentation. Organic modernism also takes a minimal approach to styling. In other words, embrace the negative space!

How do I use color in organic modern interior design?

Organic modernism really is a great style to play with color. For our organic modernism in color home tour, we’re playing with two takes on color—warm neutrals and cool blues. The strength of the style is that you can flex it up or down depending on what you like! And you can use color to make a style statement. Just think about it: a room’s color can completely change the vibe of a space. How different would a room feel if it had white walls vs. red? Or blue furniture vs. terracotta pieces? Color is the perfect way to set the tone you want for your space.

Ready to see how color can be applied to organic modern design? Keep reading to explore two different ways to get the look—in color—in rooms throughout your home.


The Entryway

This simple, uncluttered entryway interior design creates the perfect first impression for any organic modern home. The simple layout and clean lines make use of negative space while creating some serious visual impact.

The Warm Neutral Version

The Palette: The terracotta wall sets the color tone of this design. Shades of earthy reds and clays are the perfect saturated, warm neutrals for an organic modern entryway. And a mix of natural materials—from the console to the decor items on the shelves—add to the warm, organic color scheme.

The Vibe: The combination of the wall color, the chair, and the console, create some serious desert southwest vibes in this entryway design. The result? A space that feels warm and inviting—the perfect vibe to set the tone as you welcome people into your home! There’s a casual air to this set-up, which creates a sense of effortless ease.

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Cool Blue Version

The Palette: The palette for this entryway is all about those cool, saturated blues. The blue wall really makes the mirror frame and chair pop. And the combination of light, natural wood against blues is always a good idea for creating a beautiful contrast in a modern style design.

The Vibe: The color palette gives this design a more curated, polished vibe. While it’s less relaxing and inviting than the warm neutral entryway, it has a more elevated vibe for those who want to add a little sophistication to their organic modern interior.

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The Living Room

This living room has all the soft lines and natural materials you would expect from organic modernism. We love the mix of shapes and forms in this modern space—from the clean-lined sofa and bar cabinet to the curved chair and overstuffed pouf. With these modern furniture pieces and their emphasis on geometry and forms, you’ll also notice a very casual approach to layout. This living room chooses comfort and livability over symmetry and formality. A mix of light wood tones and texture throughout help drive home this modern interior design style.

The Warm Neutral Version

The Palette: This take on the living room design features earthy neutrals and warm tones. You might not think to make your sofa the singular pop of color in an organic modern home, but the combo of the sofa and the saturated wall color give this space a bold look that’s also not overly colorful.

The Vibe: The warm and saturated neutrals in this living room give it a very relaxed and serene vibe. It’s a design style that’s very grounded and mature. The warm undertones make this space feel very cozy—creating an inviting, comfortable space.

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Cool Blue Version

The Palette: This living room take is all about the saturated blues. You’ll notice we used a spectrum of blue tones layered throughout—from light sky blues to shades of dark navy.

The Vibe: This living room look is bold, yet—as blues tend to do—it still feels calm. In fact, the combination of the blues with the natural textures and wood tones in the modern furniture give a slight coastal vibe to this space. Between the two living room color schemes, this one definitely has the cooler vibe.

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modern interior designThe Dining Room

Organic modernism is all about varied textures and a mix of materials. So, in these dining room designs, we used a mix of wood, jute, metal, and ceramic textures in the various furniture and decor pieces. We also kept the design very minimal—just a table, chairs, a shelf, and a stunning pendant light—while leaning into the curved, organic forms that this modern interior design style loves.

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The Warm Neutral Version

The Palette: This dining room design is all about the earthy neutrals with warm undertones. We warmed this space up with a coat of olive green paint, that almost has “dirty” undertones. But don’t be scared by a little dirt—this gives the green a dose of warmth that cozies up with modern interior. We combined the green walls with warm woods and natural materials, like this jute rug.

The Vibe: If you’re looking for a relaxed, casual dining room design, this is it. If you dig into color psychology, you’ll find that the color green is proven to have a calming psychological effect. And this dining room certainly delivers with its serene and calming vibes. It feels steeped in nature, with the wood tones and this particular shade of green giving an organic warmth to modern design. The black metal accents are also warmed up by this color palette and provide an interesting contrast to the earthier interior design elements.

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Cool Blue Version

The Palette: This dining room embodies the color palette you’d find outside on a foggy day at the beach, which we love. The white fireplace and light fixture pop against the varying shades of cool, saturated blues—leaving you with a cool, moody dining room.

The Vibe: As opposed to the warmth created by the green walls in the previous design, the mix of blues cools down this take on the space. The combination of the metal elements and blues together compound the cool, curated feel of this modern interior. The color palette definitely makes this design feel less cozy—but the tradeoff is that it’s a very stylish and more refined take on this design.

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The Bedroom

Geometric and curved forms set the tone in this organic modern bedroom—as seen in the clean lines and curves of the headboard and the soft, sloping arms of the chair. And a mix of materials—from wood and leather to velvet, wool, metal, and ceramics—keep this bedroom design feeling dynamic and textural despite its minimal modern style.

modern interior designThe Warm Neutral Version

The Palette: This modern bedroom takes on more of a fall color palette, with autumnal shades of warm earth tones. While we kept the palette of the furniture to oranges and browns, it would be easy to turn up the dial by introducing more autumnal hues, like brick reds and deep yellows.

The Vibe: The color palette of this bedroom inspires calm but still feels energized. It also creates a bit of a laid back 70s vibe, which makes for a warm and inviting space. And the pops of vibrant orange add a cheery vibe to the room.

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Cool Blue Version

The Palette: This bedroom offers a different take on a cool blue palette. Instead of a saturated blue wall, we went with a cool shade of grey but punctuated the space with pops of cool blues in the rug, pillows, and decor. This makes the warmth of the furniture and natural materials—like the wood dresser and leather bed frame—become the focal point of this interior design.

The Vibe: This bedroom interior has a more sophisticated and subtle approach. The blues and greys create a serene, modern design with some seriously calming vibes. This soothing color combo, along with the patterns and textures throughout the space, makes this bedroom feel very zen.

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The Home Office

In an organic modern home office, you can keep the design very simple. But just remember: simple doesn’t mean boring. In fact, this office is anything but, with its arched bookcase and the ultra-modern legs of that desk! These furniture elements add up to some unexpected geometry, which we love. This room is a perfect example of keeping your interior design minimal by using materials as ornamentation.

The Warm Neutral Version

The Palette: Earthy green walls paired with a mossy velvet desk chair create a color palette of warm neutrals. The key to mixing two shades of green? Choosing shades that have the same warm, brown undertones. But the warmth isn’t just coming from the greens—it’s also found in the natural textures and materials throughout the space, as well as the pops of brass accenting the furniture.

The Vibe: The organic combination of greens and wood tones creates a soothing and cozy vibe—almost giving you the sense of being cocooned by nature! The result is an inviting and warm office that’s a perfect space to get in the zone.

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Cool Blue Version

The Palette: Choosing a blue with grey undertones adds a cooling effect to this chic home office. But pops of warmth from the wood elements and brass accents add contrast and keep this modern design from feeling cold.

The Vibe: No need to search for the perfect backdrop for your next video call when you have an office like this. With this sleek, polished office as a backdrop, you’ll be ready to tackle even the most daunting of meetings. And, while it’s certainly sophisticated, it still has a soothing atmosphere for days when things get stressful.

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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.

 

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

 

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

 

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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Top 9 Products of 2016

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2016 was an exciting year over here at Modsy. We met a lot of you (virtually!), built your 3D room models and got a ton of insight into which products you’re loving right now We’ve unpacked the data and here are your top picks for the year.

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Dining Room Design on a Budget

Redesigning your space should be fun and exciting, leaving you with your dream room. But we can all agree that it isn’t as easy as we hope. We pin photo after photo, creating the perfect Pinterest boards, yet often stop short from committing. One of the biggest reasons? You’re on a tight budget!

Buying furniture can add up quickly, and before you know it you’re unable to attain what you considered to be the perfect design for your space. So we go back to the internet and continue hoarding all of these beautiful ideas, yet never really getting anywhere. However, you can bring your dream space to life on a budget, and we’re here to show you how. It isn’t about settling or being cheap – it’s about making informed decisions that will help you  attain that space you’re so excited about.

We recently tested our Modsy Style team and gave them a budget of $3,000 to design what they consider to be beautiful dining rooms. They came up with lust-worthy spaces and also managed not to break the bank:

Design 1) Mod Visionary – Total Price $2,436

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California Seascape

Minted $178


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Stormy Seas

Minted $178


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Desert Lake

Minted $178


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Ocean Avenue

Minted $165

Design 2) Modern Rustic – Total Price $2,886

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Design 3) Mod Collector – Total Price $2,925

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Threshold Bar Cart

Target $129.99


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Framed Poster – Lands End

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy $90


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Eames Plastic Armchair

Design Within Reach $539


So – want to create some wallet-friendly spaces in your own home? Just follow these tips:

Create a design wish list

      • Being prepared with a range of brands, favorite furniture, and different styles will help you get your creativity flowing and understand the possibilities. Start with Pinterest boards (here!) and prioritize your favorite styles and brands so that you have a wide range of options.

Familiarize yourself with price tags

      • Hit the stores, read catalogs, and browse the internet to research how much the items on your wishlist will typically go for. Sometimes having a sense of how much each will realistically cost can help you decide on your budget.
      • For example, a typical mid-range dining table will cost between $800 and $1200, and chairs will average around $100-$300. If you feel strongly about a certain piece, it’s important to plan your budget accordingly.
      • Going into the process armed with this information will help give you a sense of what your budget should actually be, as well as what the piece-by-piece breakdown will look like. Be reasonable, not cheap.

Prioritize

      • Start with the base furniture: if it’s a dining room then this entails a table and chairs, for example. These are the pieces that you should invest most of your budget on – after all, they are the backbone of the room.
      • Then, the fun part — accessories! These are pieces that should compliment your base, but are a great way to introduce more personal style. Wall art, lighting, plants, and table props all personalize the space. Accessories are available at a range of prices, and you can often find great, unique pieces for inexpensive costs.

Phase in

      • Unless you have an unlimited budget or are starting with a blank slate, don’t be afraid to buy your pieces over a longer period of time. Home design is often not immediate, and it’s easier to phase pieces in than to revamp it all at once. Go at your own pace.

Modsy can help you see your entire floor plan and design. It’s extremely helpful knowing what your space could look like in advance, so you don’t have to imagine how the pieces will come together. Edit and replace your design as you go, leaving you with the perfect plan for your budget-friendly new space. Get started today!

New Feature: Replace Products in Your Existing Designs

Imagine a world where you could have the utmost confidence that the piece of furniture you’ve been eying will actually look great in your own space. You know it will fit, you know how it should be laid out, and you know how it looks with other pieces already in your room. The best part? You don’t actually have to buy it to know all of this!

Today at Modsy we’re making that world possible. We rolled out a big new feature in our beta that we’re excited to tell you more about. (Drumroll please….)

As a Modsy member, you now have the ability to automagically(!) replace products in your existing room designs with alternatives of your choosing.

Why is this exciting for you? A few reasons:

You choose what you like.

Not totally in love with the sofa, or the rug, or the artwork we put in your initial designs? No problem. Scroll through our alternative products and select the one you love.

See it in your own space.

No need to rely on just your imagination anymore. Once you’ve selected alternative products for your design, we will develop additional photo-realistic images that allow you to literally “see it to believe it.”

Don’t stop until you’ve found “the one.”

Why settle? Try on new furniture until you’ve found that perfect piece you’ve been looking for.

How it works:

1. If you already have a Modsy Studio*, log in to it. (If you don’t, sign up asap!)  🙂

2. Access the Replace feature through the “Replace” button on the main toolbar…

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3. Select the product you’d like to swap out and then select the alternative product you’d like to take its place.

4. Continue selecting existing products and alternative products until you’ve made all the replacements you’d like to see. **Note – you can replace 1 to all of the products in the design if you’d like!

5. Click “Review” to see the list of products in the new design.

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6. After you click “Submit Redesign”, you’ll see a ‘pending’ design in your design bar:

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That’s it! In 2 business days you’ll receive your new designs with the products of your choosing incorporated!

What’s coming next:

Right now, after you click “submit”, it takes about 2 business days to receive your new design. While we know this isn’t ideal, we are still unbelievably excited about it – this is some incredibly cutting edge technology we’re building over here!

The reasons behind a 2-day lag are quite technical, but the gist of it lies in the fact that “rendering” these photo-realistic images takes a bit of computational time. That being said, we’re hard at work improving the back-end technology to make this replace feature as close to real-time as possible. This is just our first step to get there!

Interested in trying out this new feature for yourself? If you’re a member, simply log in to your existing Modsy Studio and get started!* And if you’re not yet a member, head to modsy.com and sign up to start redesigning your own space today!

*If you have an older version of the Modsy Studio, please email hello@modsy.com and we’ll update your old Lookbook so you can try out this new feature asap!