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Interior Design & You: Unboxing Your Interior Design Tool Kit

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

Today, we’re digging into some interior design basics, which are some of the key things that interior designers think about when they’re designing a space. These five basic elements—color, pattern, scale and proportion, materials, and texture—are what designers use to create amazing spaces.

These interior design basics create something of a toolkit that gives you everything you need to think about your space in the way an interior designer does. And, armed with some knowledge about these interior design principles, hopefully, you’ll have a better understanding of the basics of interior design! So, let’s get to it and unbox your design toolkit!

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Color

Color is one of the greatest ways to make an impact in your space. But deciding what colors to use can be a really tricky process! We’re all drawn to certain colors, and different colors may create different feelings within you. So, when thinking through how to decorate a room and what colors to include, there are a couple questions you can ask yourself, like how you’ll be using your space, what colors you’re naturally drawn to, and how you can align your color palette with your needs for the space—on a practical level, but also a mental and emotional level. Thinking about this can help guide your basic color choices.

3 Different Ways to Think About Color

From there, you’ll want to think about the amount of color you want in a space. Ask yourself about the amount and intensity of color you want in your space. The three levels of color we tend to think about are neutrals, pops of color, and bold use of color. A neutral space will, like it sounds, use mostly neutral. In a room with pops of color, you’ll choose one or two colors, and “pop” them in small ways through decorative accents and art, or in bigger ways through a larger piece of furniture or accent wall.

Creating a Color Palette

After deciding if you want your space to be neutral, bold, or simply have pops of color, you can create an overall color palette for your space. A simple, foolproof way to choose a color palette that works is to look at a color wheel and choose complementary colors (colors on the opposite sides of the color wheel. But, if you want a more bold look, you could also go for a monochromatic palette, which uses multiple shades of one hue in a space. So, while technically the whole room relies on a single color, using different shades gives it visual depth.

You can also think about color intensity and the color families that go together. On the softer end of the spectrum are pastels. You then move into primary and earth tones. And on the more highly saturated end of the color spectrum are jewel tones.

Need some extra help with colors? Check out our guide to decorating with jewel tones, designer tips for decorating with white, our designers’ favorite neutral paint colors, and some foolproof color schemes for blue rooms.

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Pattern

Pattern is definitely related to color, but in interior design, it’s a category all its own. Patterns often use a broad mix of colors and they’re a way to bring a lot of personality into your space. And the surfaces on which you can use patterns really are endless.

Where and How to Incorporate Pattern

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“Safe” Use of Pattern

If you’re someone who likes to use patterns but doesn’t want anything too bold, you can introduce patterns into your space in a way that feels more subtle and soft. We call this a “safe” use of patterns. Often, this looks like incorporating patterns in smaller moments around your space—in textiles like pillows, throws, rugs, and drapery; in decorative accessories and wall art; and sometimes even accent furniture like a chair or ottoman. This is a great way to introduce depth and pops of excitement to your space without feeling like you’re going overboard.

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Bold Use of Pattern

If you’re bold at heart and love to make a big statement, you might want to try a bold use of pattern. This means incorporating patterns in larger furniture like sofas, in wallpaper, through flooring. To go really bold, you can also layer patterns and mix patterns on your walls and furniture, in addition to decorative accents, textiles, and artwork!

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How to Mix Patterns

If you’re wondering how to mix patterns, you’ll want to think about scale, color, and style. A great way to think about this on a small scale is through the arrangement of throw pillows on a sofa. Think about it: you want them to coordinate without completely matching. To pull off pattern mixing, you’ll want to first land on a color palette, which will create a through-line for all the patterns. And you’ll definitely want to anchor your patterns with some solid colors to help ground the look. From there, play with scale by mixing larger and smaller prints together.

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Scale & Proportion

Scale and proportion are all about how pieces physically fit in a space and how those pieces relate to each other; together, they help create a sense of symmetry and visual balance in a room. Technically, scale and proportion are different things—but colloquially these terms are often used interchangeably. Scale most often refers to the size of a piece within a specific space and its architecture, whereas proportion is often used when describing the size and shape of one object in relation to another in the space. But, for our purposes today, we’ll just use the two terms interchangeably.

Below are some different ways and times to think about scale and proportion within a space.

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Scale Within a Space: Footprint

Think about scale within your space when you’re thinking about the footprint—so, the actual size of the space. This is a determining factor in how you design the floor plan and what pieces of furniture you pick out. Here’s how this works: Larger spaces can handle larger pieces of furniture and more zoned floor plans, while smaller spaces should have smaller pieces. Scale is the reason why you don’t want to cram a huge sofa in a small living room or an apartment-sized sofa in a large or long living room. This might seem obvious, but it’s important to think through. How do your pieces fit within the footprint of the space? You want to pick out pieces that will create balance and make the room feel thoughtfully full, but not too full.

Scale Within a Space: Decorative Accents

You can also think about scale within a space in how you use decorative accents. This gets into the idea of how a piece is used in relation to other pieces within a space, and how they create balance.

Rugs are a great example of this. This is a place where a lot of people get it wrong. Rugs not only have to fit with the scale of a room but also with the furniture that it’s arranged with. This makes it more of a challenge! So, you want to make sure your rug is the right scale for both your room and furniture. If this idea feels overwhelming, check out our guide on how to find the right rug size for your living space and our bedroom rug size guide. Layering rugs is another great way to visually play with scale if you’ve discovered your current rug is too small but you don’t want to get rid of it!

Accent tables and lamps are another realm where scale and proportion can feel challenging—whether that’s a floor lamp or accent table in relation to a chair or sofa, or even a table lamp in relation to the accent table it sits upon. You can dig deeper into this topic with our guide to scale and proportion!

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Materials

When designing a room, a designer always considers a mix of materials. This is an easier concept to grasp, as it refers to what each piece in a room is made of. Look around your space. You’re probably surrounded by quite a mix of materials! Maybe wood, leather, textiles like wool or cashmere, fur, metal. Each material in a room brings in different colors, textures, and reflects light differently, which creates visual drama and intrigue to your space.

A room with only one material would feel pretty flat. It may even begin to feel institutional, evoking visions of white padded rooms. And no one wants that in their home! When you have a room that’s layered with a lot of different materials, you have a lot of different ways that light is playing with and interacting with a space, which creates a lot more visual interest.

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Texture

A close cousin of materials is texture. Texture is the tactile feeling of all those materials in a space. It’s really reactive to how light reflects and streams through your space. Mixing materials is the key to creating a space with layers of texture. Bringing in multiple textures and layering within your space keeps it from feeling one-note and creates depth and warmth.

Some simple ways to incorporate texture into your space are through layering materials like weathered wood, lacquer, marble, and metals; upholstery like wool, velvet, cotton, and linen; or woven natural materials like jute, rattan, or seagrass. You can have natural or manmade materials. But all of these different materials, when combined, create different touchpoints in the space that reflect light differently and keep your room feeling dynamic.

And there you have it! These interior design basics have hopefully given you a starting point to think about how your space works together and can transform into something really special! We know all this can feel a little daunting to get right. But here’s the good news: you don’t have to figure this all out on your own. With Modsy’s online interior design services, you can work with an expert designer to figure out everything from your floor plan and color scheme to designing the space with furniture and decor.

And if you’re feeling energized and want to dig a little deeper into the world of interior design, learn more with our interior design 101 guides, discover how to decorate a room in 10 easy steps, and get inspired with some interior design ideas! And don’t forget to check out session 2 and session 3 of Interior Design & You!

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May Edit: The Best Living Room Designs of the Month

Here at Modsy it’s our favorite time of the month—time to reveal our favorite living room designs! The living room is one of the most important rooms in the house—it’s where you gather and convene to hang with the fam, entertain friends, or just curl up with a good book. That’s why we love looking at different ways to dress up the living room and dazzle your friends with your amazing style. Here are 25 of our favorite living room ideas of all shapes, sizes and styles—check them out and see which ones appeal to you!

best living room designsSeaside Retreat

We love living room ideas that incorporate a coastal decor scheme and bring in the colors of the ocean. This seaside retreat living room design features a crisp blue/white color palette and nautical motifs all around. The classic hues evoke the feeling of being at the beach and woven textures in the rug, coffee table and pillows make the room extra cozy. The symmetrical layout ups the formal vibes a bit and makes the room extra crisp and clean feeling, like a summer breeze.

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best living room designsTropical Glamour

Living room ideas with a theme let you take your interior design skills up a notch. This room goes big on tropical glamour, creating a bright, tropical space that’s big on Golden Girls’ vibes! The bright palette showcases vibrant pinks and greens for a little east coast prep, too. The hidden interior designer in you will have tons of fun going all out with playful shapes and patterns—check out the bright floral rug, the textured chairs, and the extra cute footstool!

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best living room designsSerene Sanctuary

Living room ideas with a neutral and blue color palette are perfect for creating a serene sanctuary in your home. This living space is great for entertaining guests as the two sofas provide plenty of seating and a calm, conversational vibe. It’s a cool, soothing atmosphere that uses contemporary furniture with a mid-century base. Pops of pattern in the rug and pillows add personality and visual interest and the soft pink curtains create a subtle romantic ambiance.

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best living room designsTraditional Collector

This living room has the vibes of a sophisticated collector with exquisite taste! It uses a fun combo of traditional and eclectic design to pull off a look that’s both comfortable and curated. Traditional furniture shapes like the double armchairs with metal trim, the luxurious leather coffee table, and the lavish royal blue sofa ground the room in classic style. And plants and artwork placed above the mantel add a beautiful touch. And unexpected pops of material and pattern, like the wicker chair, the mirror, and the pale blue rug add extra style and charm.

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best living room designsContemporary Minimalist

If you are into living room designs that are cool, calm, and collected, try pairing contemporary and minimalist style together. Minimal and transitional style elements blend together seamlessly, like this ultra-comfy sectional sofa, the chic, nearly see-through cocktail table and other contemporary decor. The overall vibe is super plush and livable—a more inviting space than minimal elements alone could create. We also love the fun gallery wall with prints of geometric and abstract art.

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best living room designsEarthy Modernism

Vibrant living room designs are a great way to make your living space bright and lively! This mustard yellow mid-century modern living room says goodbye to white walls and ushers in some personality and pizazz. It feels warm and cozy, not overly yellow, and the color is balanced by natural materials like leather and wood. We also love the patterned rug that breaks up the color and adds a little extra energy to the space. And the organic touch of houseplants temper the brightness and add some natural life to the space.

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best living room designsDiscerning Collector

Living room designs that blend minimal and eclectic design styles make a great choice for the discerning collector. This living space starts with a neutral palette and incorporates sleek furniture like the sectional sofa and gorgeous gold cocktail table. The design blends eclectic patterns and layers along with pillows, poufs and plants galore—it’s a great opportunity to add your own personal decor to show off your taste! Pops of gold and brass add warmth and character and help bring the whole style together.

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best living room designsIndustrial Bohemian

Boho style meets industrial vibes in this swanky living room setup. Sure, it’s an unlikely combo, but industrial materials like leather, metal and raw woods blend well with the black and white palette. Boho patterns abound—check out the carved front cabinet and chunky knit rug with tassel detail. The mix of patterned pillows and furniture with rounded edges offers a soft, livable take on industrial design.

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best living room designsTraditional Symmetry

This traditional living room design takes the classic, formal space up a notch with perfect symmetry and a luxurious, all-white color palette. It’s an elegant space for entertaining, with two large sofas facing each other in a layout designed for conversation. Ornate details like the button tufting and carved legs on the coffee table add to the luxurious atmosphere. And there’s nothing like a gilded mirror and sconces above the mantel to make a space even classier and more refined.

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Retro Roots

We’re super into living room ideas with retro roots like this gorgeous living space. It offers a super-pure take on mid-century modern style for a totally refreshing look. The tapered leg sofa and coffee table are key mid-century modern furniture elements along with the geometric patterns like the rug, pillows and art. It features a warm palette of orange, red and pink along with color blocking in the pillows and lots of playful pops of color. It’s a great look if you love retro style or want a slightly updated version that stays true to mid-century modern roots.

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Mid-Century Mood

Mid-century magnificence abounds here in this cheery green room that’s perfect for summer. mid-century modern furniture like the cushy sofa and cocktail table add that cool mod style. And natural materials and motifs like the woven pouf and cactus art round out the look. Playful pops of pattern like the pillows, overhead light and funky rug look excellent in the monochrome palette, which doesn’t feel too heavy alongside the natural materials.

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best living room designsTraditional Chic

Living room ideas that blend traditional and classic style can create gorgeous formal spaces like this one. Steeped in tradition, it’s one of the best living room designs for an elegant look with a chic finish. It’s a great option for contemporary style lovers and features slightly updated takes on traditional shapes of furniture, including the chairs, sofa, coffee table and console. The warm, rich color palette of reds, purples and browns keep the room feeling extra warm and cozy, and pops of pinks and white help lighten it up.

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best living room designsCountryside Charm

This sweet rustic living room design offers a classic twist on the sweet interior design style. Farmhouse vibes abound in the dark and white woods along with ornate details like the carved coffee tables, nailhead and urn-shaped lamps. Pastoral art and charming patterns in the pillows and rug warm up the space and add pops of fun to the overall atmosphere of this cozy, sunny room.

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best living room designsContemporary Modernist

Contemporary modernist living room ideas like this one are the perfect blend of minimalist cool and modern comfy. The style is reminiscent of the gorgeous homes featured in Big Little Lies and the scale of the room adds an awesome touch of drama! The sleek, clean-lined furniture keeps the room crisp and cool and the conversational layout makes it a great space for gathering with friends. And we love the elegance of the minimal, abstract art as a backdrop to this sophisticated design.

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Jewel Toned Lounge

For a rich, luxe living space, consider living room designs that use a vibrant, bold color on the walls. This jewel-toned lounge features luxuriously rich tones, velvet upholstery and extra glamorous elements like the throw pillows and coffee table decor. The daring colors offer tons of flair and then mid-century accents like the coffee table, lamp and sofa silhouette help ground the look.

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best living room designsClassic Warehouse Vibes

For a classy, sophisticated vibe, check out this living room design that mixes up classic formal and industrial designs for a fun unexpected combo. The leather and metal armchairs, case side table and floor lamp bring strong industrial style and the tuxedo rolled arm sofa and floral wall decor give it a classic edge. There’s a balance of hard and soft elements and tons of natural light. This look is living-room proof that you can merge opposite styles in a cohesive space!

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Rustic Views

For those of you who love the beauty of cozy, contemporary living room ideas, this rustic look is perfect! Start with neutrals and streamlined forms—the white sofa, lamp and all of the natural light help to balance out the dark wood. Bold pops of natural texture round out the look and the blend of traditional and contemporary styles is elegant and serene. There’s a craftsman vibe to the wood pieces that grounds the design in an earthy, rustic feel.

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Organic Modern Living

We are super into this organic, earth-toned modern living room look with dazzling pops of pattern! It’s a negative space that gets energy from the minimal styling—a less is more approach that works well for a living room. The saturated rust sofa anchors the space and the room has an emphasis on geometry in the shapes of furniture, like the chair, coffee table, floor lamp and overhead lamp.

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Contemporary Coastal

For a modern take on coastal style, go for living room designs with beachy elements paired together in new ways! This living room has a sea glass-inspired color palette featuring neutrals with pops of seafoam and turquoise. The live edge wood coffee table with hairpin legs pairs well with the natural textures in the chairs, cocktail table, rig and mirror. And beach motifs in the art, pillows and decor pull the whole look together.

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Muted Mid-Century

Muted mid-century living room designs are a great way to create a warm, earthy vibe. This room features pinks, creams and warm beige that work together to form a serene atmosphere—it feels airy but the cushy sofa and velvet armchair make it extra cozy too. mid-century modern accent pieces like the coffee table and bookcase add tons of style and the minimalist approach let’s these core pieces shine.

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Rustic Traveler

This living room design pairs eclectic and rustic styles and is a great way to achieve a fun, colorful boho decorating style! It has the collected feel of a world traveler’s home and plenty of unexpected design elements—the gallery wall offers a mix of colors, a woven egg chair and a funky purple wall. The mid-century modern sofa, rustic table and eclectic accent chair show how well versatile styles can work together!

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Neutral Territory

Transitional and minimal design elements work together to create a contemporary minimal look in this living room design. It features a super neutral palette with pops of gold to warm it up. Textures from the chunky knit throw, pillows and the woven rug help enliven the space and sleek furniture shapes with no ornamentation or frills keep it calm and collected.

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Elegant Connoisseur

If you love living room designs that make a bold statement, a rich, luxurious space like this might be just what you need! It combines elements of classic formal with glam materials like velvet, gold, brass, sheepskin and jewel tones. The symmetrical layout offers a formal vibe but it’s still super playful and elegant, perfect for a luxury space with a classy design.

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Contemporary Calm

Living room designs with a bold accent wall are a great way to make a statement! This room features a contemporary fireplace with a touch of modern, using natural textures like the pouf, rug, coffee table and pillow to enliven the space. It has a neutral color palette with a beautiful brick red accent wall with earthy undertones. The overall design creates a balance of contemporary furniture with modern rustic elements for extra cozy warmth.

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Industrial Funhouse

If you’re into living room designs that are a little offbeat, try pairing industrial and eclectic together! It’s an unexpected combo of styles that offers a fun, refreshing take on living room design. Industrial materials like leather, metal and unfinished woods merge with eclectic styling such as pops of patterns and the leaning art. The rich color palette of browns, blacks and greens bring a strong nature vibe with a studious appeal.

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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!

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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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Pick a Couch, Any Couch

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A good sofa can be the heart of the living room — the visual centerpoint of the space as well as the ultimate place for relaxation — but the process of buying that perfect couch can be pretty daunting. 

You want to make sure you’re spending your valuable time and money on something that you’ll actually love. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could test out a few different options in your space without actually having to move a 350-pound piece of furniture in and out of your home? Well with Modsy, you can!

Olivia decided to try out Modsy for this very purpose. She and her partner had just moved into a new home from a much smaller apartment and quickly realized they would need to make a few key purchases to fill the larger space. She had a few staple pieces that she knew she’d want to include in this living room, including this beautiful Arco Floor Lamp, some storage, and a rug, but beyond that she was starting fresh with the new living room.

So the first step was finding that perfect couch.

Olivia’s first pick was this West Elm 2-Piece Chaise Sectional. She liked the idea of additional seating options, but actually visualizing it in her living room helped her realize that the new room was big, but not that big! The sectional felt bulky and squished into the space.

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Her next choice was this beautiful Design Within Reach Raleigh Sofa. She liked the style, and it fit nicely within the space! But when she saw the price tag, she decided it was a bit outside of her budget if she wanted to have money left to accessorize the rest of the room as well.

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Her partner loves a good leather sofa, so she gave that a whirl with CB2’s Alfred Leather Sofa, but nope. It felt too dark and heavy in the bright space.

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She was toying with the idea of a bright color for the couch, so Olivia gave this Belgian Linen Willoughby Sofa from Anthropologie a try. But the theory did not quite pan out. The dragonfly color was more of a clash then a pop against the wall and rug.

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She finally landed on this elegant grey Hamilton Upholstered Sofa from West Elm. She loved the way the grey of the sofa played against the wall color and felt like it was just the right size for the space. As an extra bonus, it also happened to be the most affordable option.

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Using Modsy, you can easily compare couches from a variety of retailers and actually see all the different options in your space before having to make any commitments. Get started today!

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Serena Nesting Side Tables
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Moroccan Sequin Pouf
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Claude Bar
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Arco Floor Lamp
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Code Rug
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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

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Stormy Seas

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Desert Lake

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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

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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!