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Tour a Dream Home Designed In California Modern Style

Do you love the idea of a relaxed, approachable home that feels both personal and pulled together? Then you might want to explore California Modern interior design.

California Modern style is an easygoing style that’s welcoming, calming, and personal. A style subset of Modern Rustic, it features a mix of rustic, natural, organic, and modern elements, styled with an eclectic edge. That’s where the personal touch comes in; this style feels collected, with pieces throughout that could be vintage or have come from a flea market. But these more unique and eclectic elements are paired with more mainstream pieces like a comfortable but streamlined sofa, for a refined look.

California ModernThis style definitely takes on the relaxed, laid back appeal of West Coast living and features a coastal-inspired palette—which is where you’ll see the rustic shine through. This look is grounded in earthy, neutral tones reminiscent of the Pacific coast and a welcoming mix of wood tones. But saturated, darker elements in the accent pieces to add some visual contrast.

The modern comes through in furniture shapes and specific decorative elements. However, this is a more eclectic, European-inspired type of mid-century modern that’s less sterile and more undone, with organic elements and sculptural shapes throughout.

Ready to explore this California Modern home? Keep reading for visual inspiration, tips on decorating modern homes, and how to get this look—plus a full 3D walkthrough of the home!

California ModernCalifornia Modern Entryway

While simple, this entryway is warm and welcoming. The rustic, farmhouse-inspired console helps set the tone for a relaxed and comfortable home that’s ready to be lived in by its inhabitants and warmly welcome guests.

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The Key Elements:

Keep it simple. Nothing in this space is overly flashy; in fact, the whole vignette is quite simple but intentional. The round mirror is practical, but also adds a modern decorative element. The base of the console adds some visual nuance and interest to the space, but decoratively it’s more pared back and styled with care.

Decorate with collected objects. An entryway console is a great surface to display some unique collected objects. We gave the decor a slightly modern spin, which you can see come to life through the feet on the clay bowl and the mod shape of the vase. But both of these pieces, along with the etched lamp, have a global-inspired feel—as if they could have been collected over time, either at flea markets or during travels. The clay bowl also offers a practical element, as it could double as a catchall.

Opt for a warm and soothing color palette. The warm wood of the console table plays with the earthy tones of the lamp, bowl, and vase. The rug, while neutral, has slightly olive undertones which helps further warm up the space. A pop of greenery or seasonal foliage helps insert some color and life to the space.

California ModernCalifornia Modern Living Room

Comfort comes first in this California Modern living room, with the foundational elements of this space being comfortable and cozy. The high-contrast color palette and mix of materials helps bring to life the mix of modern and rustic elements in this space. But there’s a beautiful balance between the two styles, so neither style dominates the look. Eclectic elements give this space an approachable, personalized vibe.

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The Key Elements:

Focus on comfort. California Modern is a style that’s made to be lived in. This living room should be a space where a family can gather and relax, where friends and family can come over to enjoy drinks and a game night, and where one can kick back and relax at the end of the day with a good book. The comfortable sofa provides a great foundation for this vibe, and the textural accent chairs definitely support this focus. Upholstered in boucle fabric, they’re very soft and plush, while still having a mod silhouette that elevates the look of the space.

Create contrast. While, overall, the color palette leans more neutral and earth toned, dark elements throughout add a slight sense of dramatic contrast. This is seen in the use of dark curtains, the black frame around the mirror, and the black metal side table. This side table is also a great example of contrast through materials. While much of this space has more organic-feeling or natural materials, the metal side table adds some welcome contrast.

Use furniture to create thoughtful moments. Floating the sofa away from the wall and placing a console table behind it creates a unique and considered surface to help adorn the living room with personalized, collected objects. The blanket ladder on the opposite wall of the living room is an intentional way to use the wall space that offers both practicality, contrast, and a decorative element. The bench is also a thoughtful element. While it offers additional seating, it’s also an eclectic way to zone an open living room/dining room to help break up the two spaces.

California ModernCalifornia Modern Dining Room

This dining room is definitely dominated by the dining table. A clean-lined but heavy table, the dark, rough wood creates a definite rustic feel, which is supported by the complimentary wood tones of the dining room chairs. (The two wood tones flow together nicely since they’re both in the warm wood tone family.) But mid-century modern shapes keep the look from veering too rustic.

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The Key Elements:

Create balance. The various mid-century modern chair forms balance out the rustic nature of the table. The light wood dining chairs have that classic mid-century, wishbone-inspired shape, while the chairs at the eat-up counter are also very mid-century in form. However, the spindle style also brings in a touch of that traditional sensibility. Meanwhile, the slipcovered chairs have clean, modern lines, while giving a nod to classic and rustic styles.

Keep the color scheme neutral. The natural materials that dominate this living room keep the color scheme fairly neutral. This helps drive home that comfortable, approachable vibe that’s inherent to California style. But moments of dark contrast help balance out the rustic elements. They also tie in with the black accents in the living room, helping weave together the two spaces.

Add touches of character. A dining room light fixture is a perfect place to add some character. We opted for this metal pendant light to add an eclectic touch to the space, but you could also layer in a flea market find! The ladder chair to the left of the cabinet also adds to that collected sensibility of California Modern style. That collected element could also come through in true vintage rugs rather than vintage-inspired styles.

California Modern Hallway

Hallways don’t have to just be pass-through spaces. In fact, they can create an intentional, thoughtful moment in the middle of your home. This hallway features a built-in cabinet that could be used as a linen closet or just for additional storage. While we used the built-in bench more as a decorative moment, you could also get a full-length cushion and use this area as a reading nook!

As it is, a framed piece of abstract art in coastal colors adds a pop of color to this hallway and coordinates with the shibori print on the throw pillow. The saturated, vintage-inspired rug, along with the eclectic stool and oversized vase add visual interest and natural texture to the space. We added a bit of contrast with the dark metal sconces.

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California Modern Bedroom

Since California Modern style is all about relaxed comfort, that should be a primary focus in the bedroom. So, we opted for an upholstered bed, cozy bed linens, and a plush, textural rug to set the tone. With its focus on comfort, this bedroom leans a little more rustic, but the furniture forms keep it balanced with modern. Overall, the larger furniture pieces ground this space in relatability, warmth, and comfort.

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The Key Elements:

Balance modern lines with rustic finishes. The nightstands and bench at the end of the bed both display the perfect mix of modern and rustic styles. The chest nightstands feature clean, modern lines, but in a natural wood finish that feels very rustic. The bench, too, has a rustic patina, but with modern tapered legs that give it a lighter and airier vibe.

Incorporate eclectic accents. A good dose of personality is brought into this room through an eclectic mix of prints. They show up in the throw pillows, curtains, and rug, which you could personalize to your own taste. The abstract line art above the bed also adds a modern and eclectic touch.

Try out antiques. Bedrooms are a perfect place to incorporate some antique furniture. While the dresser in this bedroom isn’t an antique, it does have a classic, vintage-inspired design. But you could opt for an antique store or flea market find for a dress, or even your nightstands!

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California ModernCalifornia Modern Home Office

Whether you need a shared home office for two or just need a little extra space to spread out, this is a great set-up. We arranged it as a co-working office space, perfect for side-by-side work or collaborating. The desk, with its smokey wood finish, has a rustic vibe—but the way its legs angle slightly outward gives it a more modern form. AKA, it’s the perfect combination of modern and rustic elements.

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The Key Elements:

Go bold with color. In a smaller space, it can be energizing to paint a darker wall color. So, rather than going for the light walls and dark accents like the rest of this home, we opted to inverse the color palette in this home office. We went for dark walls but light curtains, which creates amazing contrast, and opted for a bit of extra saturation in the vintage-inspired rug.

Showcase your inner collector. A home office is a great place to display some of your collected pieces—whether that’s a vintage rug, woven baskets from your travels, or pieces from your favorite artist.

Go big. The large, oversized table lamp makes a statement in this set-up, and it also lights up a big portion of the room. (So, you only need one lamp for both workspaces.) We also took up a large portion of the wall by showcasing a trio of art prints—though you could also opt for one large-scale piece.

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Dream Home Tour: A Rustic Minimalist Retreat

Meet Rustic Minimalist design. With similar notes of rustic elements and minimalism that are found in Organic Modernism, this new style is an earthier, warmer take on the modern and organic home.

It brings more focus to Scandinavian style furniture, the beauty of unfinished wood, and rustic materials and textures. They’re then tied together through a palette of cozy neutrals—warm whites and linen, stone gray and charcoal, natural fibers and wood tones. The result is this calming, livable, and inspiring rustic minimalist home of our dreams.

From a living room that’s rooted in Nordic comfort to a bedroom that’s all about serenity, read on for our design tips and the essentials you’ll need to bring the look into your own spaces.

rustic minimalist designThe Entryway

If you’re a fan of the Japandi look (Japanese meets Scandinavian), you’ll love how Rustic Minimalist style can immediately set a pared-down but cozy and livable tone in your entryway.

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The Key Elements

Think big, think natural. Anchor your entryway with one statement piece that highlights the beauty of materials from nature, be it a smooth stone console table or a carved raw wood cabinet. These pieces will establish a quiet, rustic vibe for the rest of your home.

Mix your materials. What makes this look so warm and grounded are the different earthy materials, such as raw woods, stone, porcelain, and blown glass. Lean into a combination of these textures and natural finishes as a way to add depth and play up an earthy comfort.

Styled by minimalism. Uncluttered styling allows the organic materials and finishes to be the star of the show, and it will keep your entryway feeling airy and serene. Go for neutral but sculptural decor pieces, such as a hefty stone lamp, a uniquely shaped vase, or a driftwood showpiece.

rustic minimalist designThe Living Room

When it comes to rustic minimalist interior design elements for your living room, keep to clean lines with natural materials in light finishes, and be sure to leave lots of negative space on your walls.

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The Key Elements

Seek out Scandinavian styles. Unlike other design looks, Rustic Minimalism is rooted in furniture that has a distinctly Scandinavian aesthetic. Think light wooden chairs with slender and streamlined silhouettes. Then pair them with upholstery in light grays and off whites.

Amplify textures. Because the palette is made up of mostly neutral tones, the way to instill comfort and warmth into your living room is by mixing various textures. Combine grainy wood pieces with woven poufs and caned accents. Finish off the look with a pop of earthy green velvet!

Keep things spare. Keeping your walls bare will allow your furniture and decor to shine here. Pull back on bold visual accents, such as colorful art and oversized mirrors, and instead hang a wall shelf that’s sparsely arranged with pretty vessels.

The Dining Room

In our Rustic Minimalist dream home, the dining room is the ultimate communal gathering spot. It’s a room that exudes organic elegance and simplicity, and it has an instantly soothing effect.

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The Key Elements

Go for all the wood. What lends warmth to the dining room is the different natural textures and finishes. Pull in a rough-hewn rustic wood dining table, carved spindle chairs, and a woven seagrass armoire to play up intricate graining and textures, which will convey a sense of comfort and earthiness.

Blend in pattern. Minimalism doesn’t mean skipping patterns altogether. Instead, choose a design that works with the hues of your space. This rug with a large-scale geometric motif in a sandy hue complements the wood tones while anchoring the room.

Create stark contrasts. Industrial-style elements, like a black woven bench, a steel pendant, a stone side table, and a single framed monochrome photograph on the wall will help balance out the wood tones. Spread them across your room to create mini focal points that captivate.

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The Home Office

This rustic workspace in our dream home reminds us that investing in a few key pieces is all you need to pull together a room that’s inviting, comfortable, and perfectly balanced.

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The Key Elements

Pick a rustic showpiece. In any home office design, a statement desk not only makes for a chic focal point but it can also inspire you to be more productive. Invest in a table that makes you happy to show up for work, like this weathered-wood finish desk that has an open and airy feel.

Work the white tones. Your home office needs to be functional but it should let you work with comfort and ease. Crisp white and off-white hues, like ivory, soft beige, and cream, in upholstery, ceramics, and accents will further play up a calming atmosphere.

Put minimalism on display. Take the time to style and organize your office bookcase. Layer in rustic minimal decor pieces, such as artisanal vases, woven baskets, art tomes, and paper-wrapped books, all of which will add to the overall restrained beauty of your office space.

The Bedroom

Our dream Rustic Minimalist bedroom is the exact opposite of spare and cold. It’s outfitted with a plush and cozy bed, light wooden furnishings, industrial lighting and accents, and a touch of traditional style.

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The Key Elements

Choose a modern bed. The trick to minimalism in the bedroom is making sure you invest in a bed that doesn’t overwhelm the space. Look for a neutral-hued bed with delicate tufting and details that add light visual texture. This way it will still pop but also recede a little into the room.

Trad it up softly. It’s easy to want to go with a light-color rug if you’re after a serene bedroom atmosphere, but there’s a way to work in pattern without breaking that calming spell. Try a washed traditional rug with a faded pattern. It will add depth without coming off as bold.

Opt for sleek lighting. Industrial wall sconces really round out our Rustic Minimalist bedroom. A pair flanking the bed adds balance, function, and sculptural appeal all at once. Carry through the streamlined lighting approach to the rest of the room with table lamps in a similar aesthetic.

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Trend Spotlight: Tour This Home Designed With Cool Organic Modern Style

You heard it here first! Organic modernism is a new trend we’re forecasting for 2020. Actually, it’s already one of our new favorite styles. Here’s why: It combines all the best elements of the mid-century modern look that has been so popular for the past decade (aka Mad Men-inspired) with organic and earthy elements.

To break down organic modernism further, it’s a style that was born in the 1940s and ’50s. The word ‘organic’ referred to a design that was perfectly suited to someone’s lifestyle and how they lived.

organic modernism decor trendOur interpretation of the style today uses many of the same iconic mid-century pieces and introduces a natural touch through organic materials, colors, shapes, and textures. The result is an approachable and warm yet minimal space that’s designed to suit your lifestyle and look great, too.

Here, we’ve dreamed up a home that’s designed with our take on the organic modernism trend. Tour the home below and get our inspiring tips for bringing the look into your own spaces.

organic modernism entrywayThe Entryway

The entry to our home establishes the aesthetic tone right from the start with furniture and accents that emphasize sculptural forms and simple materials.

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The Key Elements

Lean into curves. Choose pieces that have unique curvy silhouettes, whether it’s an oval mirror or a console or stool with smooth, rounded edges. This will play up an elegant earthy vibe.

Go for slender details. From the narrow legs of a modern armchair to the thin frame of a mirror, look for pieces that emphasize a streamlined look. You want to minimize the visual impact of your designs to allow the organic elements to shine.

Think industrial but softer. Consider this style a softer take on industrial. Opt for crisp fabrics, earthy woods, and smooth stone pieces that lend softness rather than strong visual impact.

organic modernism living roomThe Living Room

We love the clean-lined and sophisticated vibe of the organic modern trend. In the living room, this can mean combining curvy light-leather armchairs with a low sofa that has deep seating and a smooth, rounded coffee table.

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The Key Elements

Embrace earth tones. The organic modernism trend has a strong earth tone palette. Bring together neutrals and natural colors in a big way with warm woods, ceramics, stone, leather, and rattan.

Mix up modern. This style is less about the type of modern furniture and more about the shape, colors, and materials of those pieces. So don’t be afraid to combine mid-century designs with minimalist pieces and even contemporary furniture.

Opt for organic shapes. Just remember: No sharp angles in furniture. Keep to curved, asymmetrical, and rounded forms inspired by shapes found in the natural world.

organic modernismThe Reading Nook

Organic modernism is a look that leverages the modern and minimal elements of the mid-century style. Make sure you carry that through to every corner in the home.

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The Key Elements

Focus on natural pieces. If you’re bringing this look to a corner nook, start with furniture in gorgeous natural materials, be it a wool chair or a burl wood cabinet, and minimize your accents.

Get abstract. When it comes to art, this look is all about subtlety and simplicity. So lean into pieces that add visual impact through shapes. Sharp edges allowed here and only here!

Minimize styling. Of course, to really nail this look you’ll want to take a minimal approach to styling. Less is more and the pieces you do put on display should have a story worth telling.

organic modern dining roomThe Dining Room

We love how the introduction of softer edges and organic shapes helps lend a comfortable warmth to spaces. In the dining room, this can come down to balancing elegant shapes with bold natural textures.

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The Key Elements

White is your anchor. More than any space in the home, the dining room is where white can really provide a perfect foundation for the organic modernism style. Try a white dining table and hanging light as the centerpieces that you can mix other designs around.

Add impact with texture. In a clean-lined space, add one major piece that provides a warm, textural counterpoint. The woven cabinet here presents the perfect organic touch.

Bring in tons of plant life. If there’s one accent you never have too much of with this style, it’s greenery and plants, which will add both color and a bit of life to your neutral spaces. Go for greenery with big leafy branches, which is another way to bring a sculptural touch to rooms.

organic modern home officeThe Home Office

Just because there’s so much focus on materials and form doesn’t mean that the organic modernism look is anything but practical. The style can make for a quiet, productive, and deeply inspiring design approach in the home office.

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The Key Elements

Keep to smooth surfaces. In the workspace, organic modernism equates to furnishings that have super sleek surfaces and accents that have very little frill. That means paring down the wood grain textures in lieu of light woods and a rug that has a super subtle pattern, if at all.

Have a few substantial pieces. Unlike other rooms, you’re not mixing as much here. It’s about bringing in a design-driven desk and maybe a streamlined daybed. Keeping to big pieces in beautiful materials is the way to mastering this look in the home office.

Add distinct lighting. A good floor lamp with a bold design will go a long way here. An industrial-leaning light with an open base will add to the overall modern, sculptural vibe.

organic modernism bedroomThe Bedroom

So much of what makes organic modernism such a soothing and dreamy style is the combination of modern lines with soft organic materials. In the bedroom, it’s a surefire combination that adds up to a calm and zen personal haven.

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The Key Elements

Play up varied textures. Texture is what keeps this look from falling flat. So it’s key to layer different textures, such as an upholstered bed with a variety of pillows and a super-soft rug.

Balance hard and soft. Once you have your soft texture mix down, don’t be afraid to contrast it with some sleek surfaces, like a stone table and nightstands that have warm wood tones. It’s this juxtaposition that gives organic modernism an endlessly cozy appeal.

Mix subtle patterns. Just like how texture brings depth to the room, subtle patterns can add visual intrigue and provide a touch of extra warmth. It’s about delicate motifs that make for interesting focal points you might not notice right away!

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