5 Affordable and Timeless Trends You’ll Love

Creating a beautiful and functional space is hard. Making one that will stand the test of time is even trickier, and trying to do it all on a budget can feel next to impossible. But everyone deserves a home they love at a price they can afford. That’s why we asked our designers to select some timeless design trends that you can do yourself without breaking the bank.

Read on to learn how to create a timeless, chic, and AFFORDABLE look in your home!

Invest in Plants

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We’re kicking things off with perhaps the most evergreen timeless trend: plants! Think about it, plant life is the ultimate in timeless interior design and will never go out of style. After all, plants (whether living or faux) are affordable, textural, and shapely, adding drama and bringing life to your space. They’re also versatile and can transition from one interior design style to the next, making them an asset if you decide to change your decor to a new style but don’t want to start decorating from scratch.

Timeless tips for plants

Adding potted plants to surfaces such as bookshelves, mantles, or end tables is a great way to add a cozy and colorful accent to your space. You can also add larger plants to the corners of your room to soften the space, filling in any unwanted negative space in the room. To ensure that your plants blend seamlessly into the rest of your design, use plant holders that echo the rest of your decor. For example, woven baskets will look good in a boho-style room and neutral-colored concrete planters will work great in a minimalist space.

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Update Your Hardware

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Updating the hardware on your cabinetry is one of the easiest ways to bring new life, and a significant style impact, to your space. You can watch your room transform from trendy to classic in the time it takes to swap out some handles and nobs in your kitchen, making this timeless trend extremely easy and affordable.

Timeless tips for hardware

To ensure your land on a classic look that will stand the test of time, we suggest avoiding hardware too specific to a particular style. Instead, opt for hardware made from traditional materials. Brass, bronze, copper, or even glass are all great options to choose from. And selecting hardware with clean lines and simple design will ensure a classic, timeless interior design vibe in your space.

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Embrace Calming Spaces

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One timeless trend we love is calming spaces. We love it so much that we’ve written about everything from the ancient design practice of Feng Sui to the calming effects of blue rooms. We know that having a relaxing and soothing space to retreat to is a necessity everyone deserves and so will never go out of style. Calming spaces tend to lean more minimal and curated, which can be more affordable because you’ll need to buy less to create a calming look.

Timeless tips for calming spaces

To create a calming and classic look in your space, stick to a neutral color palette and use patterns sparingly. We suggest a well-organized layout for a more minimal yet cozy look. Use storage to arrange your keepsakes and leave the space feeling more open and calming.

Play with Traditional Textures and Patterns

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Traditional textures and patterns like Turkish rugs, linen pillows, or jute baskets have the appearance of curated heirlooms. Incorporating them into even the most modern space can add a timeless, eye-catching quality, making the room more inviting.

Timeless tips for textures and patterns

Adding timeless textures and patterns may be more accessible (and affordable) than you think and can be achieved in a few easy steps:

  1. Decide which traditional patterns complement your style best, like pinstripes, plaid, or subtle floral in neutral colors.
  2. Select pillows, throws, and room accessories made of traditional materials in the patterns you like.
  3. Swap them with any trendier items you own.

Voila, you’ve just added a timeless and classic appeal to your space!

Invest in Vintage and Antique Home Goods

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Like traditional materials, adding a few thoughtfully chosen vintage or antique items to your space can make it feel curated and classic. Plus, vintage furniture and decor can often be found cheaper in secondhand shops, thrift stores, antique malls, and flea markets, making it a more affordable option for furnishing your home. Finally, used items are an excellent choice for more sustainable interior design.

Timeless tips for vintage and antique Home Goods

We often work with customers who want to incorporate a vintage item into their design. We could go into detail about designing with antiques. But creating a totally timeless look using vintage and antique pieces in your home isn’t as hard as you may think. One option is to mix more ornate items, like a Victorian side chair, with more clean-lined modern foundational furniture. You can also try matching the materials of your antiques with any new decor to ensure a cohesive feeling between design styles.

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Keep Calm and Carry On: Modsy’s Guide to Creating a Relaxing Home

Are big life changes adding stress to your day-to-day life? Maybe you’re facing a big move or career change, or perhaps your kids are getting ready to head to college or you’re just starting a family. Or maybe, like many of us, you’re just feeling overwhelmed by current events!

The world can feel chaotic and overwhelming, but your home doesn’t have to be. In fact, a well-designed home can be a grounding, centering space where we can process and even momentarily escape some of the stressors of life.

Want some help transforming your home into a peaceful and calming zen space? Read this list of 10 interior design tips to transform your home into a haven away from the world’s stresses.

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1. Use a Neutral Color Palette

When it comes to interior design, neutral tones are easier on the eye than bright colors. As such, using a neutral color palette can help promote a sense of calm in your home—making it feel like a true sanctuary. However, make sure your neutrals aren’t too stark; add some warm neutrals, like gold, pale tan, or faded yellow to keep your space from looking sterile. Another great way to add visual warmth is to decorate with textures and natural materials. This helps balance out white or brighter neutral tones, adding warmth and visual interest.

“Neutral, neutral, neutral! Don’t worry—everything doesn’t have to be beige! To create a calming ambiance you can pull in a few colors like blue-grays, pale greens, or dusty mauves. The trick is to keep the palette light and airy to lift the spirit and the mood!” –Shelly S., Modsy Designer

“A light neutral palette is uplifting and leaves space for whatever emotion is being processed at the time.” –Peter C., Modsy Designer

2. Add a Pop of Punchy Color

Just because you opt for a neutral color palette doesn’t mean you have to avoid vibrant colors! In fact, pops of color can promote feelings of happiness and positivity! So, add in a few brightly colored accessories such as pillows, vases, or artwork. If you want to make even more of a visual statement, cluster a few colored pieces of decor together to create a focal point that maximizes the joyful effect in your space. Adding punchy pops of color in small amounts throughout your home allows you to have a moment of joy every time you pass by it. Another way to add pops of color? Natural greenery! Plants can add color throughout your home while also boosting your mood!

“If neutrals leave you feeling a little ‘meh,’ try incorporating little pops of color. Color therapy can have a tremendous effect on seasonal mood disorder and depression, so adding bold color in art, decorative accents, or even books helps create a space that feels cheerful and optimistic with little commitment and cost.” –Hope C., Modsy Designer

“Greenery is a must! Plants have been clinically shown to promote a better sense of well-being and reduce stress. Adding natural elements grounds the space, looks beautiful, and brings some soul to the space!” –Shelly S., Modsy Designer

3. Display Personal Photos

When it comes to wall art and tabletop decor, consider incorporating personal photos. Framed photos of the people you love, pets, or places you’ve traveled can take your mind to pleasant places! Keeping images of loved ones on display can also have a grounding, calming effect. Not into displaying personal photos? Store them in easily accessible albums or boxes so you can access them whenever you need a boost!

“Personal photos can add a sense of ownership to your space and bring you a lot of joy. If you have some favorite photos from a vacation or moment in your life, take the time to print them out, properly frame them, and display them in a place that makes sense to you. Guests will love seeing them too!” –Katherine B., Modsy Designer

4. Soften Your Space with Textiles

Textiles like blankets, throw pillows, and drapes are a great way to add visual depth and texture to your space. Purposefully long curtains that pool on the floor, loose-fitting slipcovers, and comfy throw pillows all add a sense of ease and livability to a room. And materials such as knits, linen, velvet, and suede can look and feel particularly relaxing.

“Layer those natural and cozy textures. I love mixing natural textures (rattan, jute, wood) with those that I find plush and cozy (cotton, boucle, faux fur, and even linen). Make sure to not introduce too many layers, though, as this can start to detract from the calming effect we’re looking to create. For example, if you’re hoping to bring more peace into your bedroom, start out by mixing a natural woven bed frame with a plush rug or swap that idea with a linen upholstered bed frame and a jute rug.” –Becky S., Modsy Designer

Designer Tip: With throw pillows, use a variety of shapes and sizes, and don’t be afraid to move them around regularly to refresh your look without spending any money! Pillow covers are also a great piece to swap out seasonally to refresh a room’s color scheme!

5. Bring in Visual Warmth with Candles

Who doesn’t love candles? Their flickering flames create a cozy, soothing ambiance, and scented candles can elevate their calming effect even more. (Hello, aromatherapy! More on that next.)

“Lighting is everything! The right lighting can take your well-designed space to the next level! Using a soft yellowish hue produces a sense of calm. If you don’t know where to start incorporate some candles too to create a calming mood.” –Shelly S., Modsy Designer

Designer Tip: Instead of just buying a single candle when you want or need one, we love keeping a substantial supply of tapers, pillars, and votives on-hand, as well as several favorite candleholders. That way you’ll have plenty on hand whenever you want them and you never have to be stingy about using them!

6. Indulge in Aromatherapy

Using your sense of smell is one of the quickest routes to relaxation and is great for creating a sense of well-being. So, fill the air of your home with your favorite scents! As we just mentioned, candles are a great way to add some calming scents to your home. But you could also try an essential oil diffuser if you don’t want to worry about monitoring an open flame! Or simply bring in some fresh eucalyptus or fragrant flowers into the rooms you use the most for a natural, light fragrance.

Some scents that are particularly calming and relaxing are:

  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Peppermint
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Bergamont
  • Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Rose

“I use scents to mark the transition of time throughout the day. For example, I diffuse lavender in the morning to help cultivate a calming vibe for the day ahead. When it’s time to transition into the evening, I’ll light a favorite candle while making dinner. It’s a lovely little ritual that helps me transition throughout the day more intentionally.” –Karina L., Modsy Designer

7. Separate Work and Play

While mixed-use spaces are prevalent and hard to avoid, especially in today’s world, they can cause undue stress. After all, if your home office is situated within your living room, it can be difficult to relax at the end of the day. Work/life balance definitely has a mental and emotional component, but physical spaces do impact our ability to compartmentalize different parts of our lives.

In general, single-use, designated spaces are better for creating a relaxing home, if they’re achievable. By designating specific areas for various activities, you are subconsciously allowing yourself to move with ease and purpose within your home. This also allows you to be more intentional when designing your home since you can decorate with each room’s function in mind. Can’t avoid mixed-use spaces? Utilize closed storage to help create some separation between uses and activities.

“Closed storage is essential for visually calming or ‘de-stressing’ a space. Putting away functional items when they’re not in use can help reset a space and produce a feeling of accomplishment.” –Peter C., Modsy Designer

8. Create a Comfort Zone

Speaking of single-use spaces—creating an area of your home specifically for relaxation is a great way to create calm. It could be a reading nook, a space to turn on a record and listen to music, or perhaps a meditation corner. You don’t need to set aside an entire room; just select a spot that’s out of the way! You can separate this space by putting a barrier between you and possible distractions. Folding screens are a great way to divide an open space and create zones with unique purposes. Plus, they can block out distracting, unwanted views and redirect foot traffic away from your relaxation zone!

“What hobbies do you have that promote your own wellness? Yoga, reading, meditation? If space allows, why not create a dedicated area for this activity! Keep these spaces free of clutter, but include elements that help you focus on the activity at hand. Candles, sound machines, a few of your favorite books, or cozy pillows can help do the trick!” –Becky S. Modsy Designer

9. Strike a Balance

Visual balance can bring harmony into your space, making your home feel more inviting. It’s a simple way to create a sense of calm in your home. And that balance can be found in several ways—from using symmetry when arranging furniture and decor to creating contrast with light and dark pieces or playing with height when arranging tabletop decor. Check out our guide to feng shui for more tips.

“Symmetry and scale bring a sense of balance to a space, which can actually help to mute feelings of low-level anxiety. If your room has a lot of sharp corners or right angles, consider adding some softer shapes to help break up the lines and support the flow of energy.” –Hope C., Modsy Designer

10. Avoid Perfection

A space that feels too perfect and overly designed isn’t welcoming or homey—in fact, it can feel downright uninviting. To keep your home from becoming a showpiece, seek balance between order and livability—mixing organization and beautiful, polished pieces with practical items that you’ll use everyday. The idea is that making your space look like it’s lived in will further invite you to truly live and relax in your space! (Just be sure to avoid clutter, which is definitely stress-inducing!)

“Keep things to just the necessities to create a relaxing and clutter-free look—but make each piece aesthetically pleasing and purposeful. Marie Kondo has it right; every piece in your home should ‘spark joy.’ That’s just as important as function!” –Mackenzie R., Modsy Designer

What do you think? Will you implement any of these tips in your space to enhance your sense of calm? Are there any new ideas you’re going to try out? And don’t be afraid to share if there’s anything we missed and let us know in the comments! We’re always looking for more tips for creating a calm and peaceful home!

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Best Desk Lamps To Keep You Working In Style

With WFH being the norm for most people now, having a functional workspace in the home is key. Which means a sturdy desk and a comfy chair are absolute essentials regardless of whether you have a full home office or a simply dedicated work area. However, equally important is having a good desk lamp.

In any office, good lighting can make all the difference between a productive workspace and a dark and uninspiring one. In addition to providing functional light during the day and night, a stylish desk lamp can also elevate the look of your office and work surface.

There’s no shortage of cool desk lamps to choose from. But finding the best desk lamp to suit your style and space depends on the type of work you do at your desk.

To help narrow down your search for the best desk lamp, we’ve pulled together our essential tips for what to look for in an office light along with our designers’ favorite picks from top retailers right now. Also, don’t forget to check out our guide on how to choose a lamp.

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For Functional Work Lighting…

If you use your office for creative work, such as writing, drawing or even just reading, the best desk map for your space is probably a task light.

Task lamps are ideal for any activity that requires bright, direct light. These lamps are designed to provide a focused beam of light onto a work surface, which ensures a very well-lit space. While task lamps come in many shapes, sizes, and styles, most of them have adjustable arms that allow you to angle the light precisely as you need it—which gives them added function and range. If you’re often working on deadline and burning the midnight oil, a task lamp is a great option for a productive light that works just as hard as you!

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For Cozy Mood Lighting…

If you’re looking for a light with a softer, more suffused glow that’s not too harsh, consider a small table lamp with a shade.

A shaded table lamp is a wonderful option if you tend to use your overhead lights in your office and simply need some extra lighting now and again when you need to get some quick work done at night. With a lampshade as a mediator, a table lamp will diffuse the light across your desk surface, creating a soft glow that’s more evenly spread out rather than directly focused. If you have a dedicated workspace within a living space, a small apartment, or next to your bed, a table lamp is a great option for an ambient work light that’s elegant and perfectly moody.

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For Space-Saving Lighting…

No matter what kind of work you do, a good desk lamp should always provide you with ample light without taking up too much surface space.

Unless you have a very large desk, looking for a lamp with a small footprint is usually the best option for any work surface. This leaves you with more room to spread out your laptop, any notebooks, and other office stationery and supplies. Start your search with desk lamps that have small bases and lampshades that don’t extend too far out (ones with giant shades are usually meant for living rooms). Take height into consideration also—if you have a monitor, you’ll want a desk lamp that is around the same height or taller for the most balanced look. Finally, consider how much space the lamp will take up in the corner of your desk—remember to factor in where the wire will run and the all-around lampshade size it comes with one!

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For Eye-Catching Lighting…

Beyond function, the best desk lamp for your office should be one that goes with the overall aesthetic of your workspace decor.

Remember that your desk lamp is one of few decorative items that are boldly visible in your workspace. So while it needs to be functional, it should also be captivating and stylish, and it should showcase your personality. If you love  color, choose a desk lamp with a brightly hued base; if you prefer something more classic but still bold, consider a light with a sculptural look or one that’s made from sleek materials, such as stone or polished metal. Either way, your desk lamp should make a statement about your style and it should enhance your workspace by making you feel more inspired and productive. A design that makes you happy and puts you at ease is sure to help you stay focused on work at your desk.

Find Your Best Desk Lamp With Our Designers’ Top Picks!

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Corey Task Lamp

With a small footprint and an affordable price tag, this classic task light offers compact style and function. The black polished exterior and cement base gives it a clean-lined contemporary look that’s easy to mix and match with any style office decor.

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Derrick Table Lamp

A larger-sized task lamp that can illuminate a large surface area, this polished brass light has classic good looks. It has just enough traditional flair without feeling overly refined, so it can work in a range of workspace settings, from a formal study to a modern clean-lined office. The height of this lamp can be adjusted, which gives it added function as a task light with great range.

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Blaine Table Lamp 

At 13.5” high, this affordable traditional table lamp has a small footprint for all work surfaces. The woven textured shade adds a beautiful rustic texture while the turned base gives the lamp captivating sculptural appeal. Try adding it to a desk next to a bed for a small table lamp that doubles as a bedside night light.

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Raylan Recycled Glass USB Table Lamp

This vintage-style lamp gives off a chic industrial modern look with its glass encasement and polished bronze and brass details. It’s the ultimate minimalist desk lamp for a modern streamlined office with a pared-down look. At the same time, it can also work beautifully on a rustic wooden desk. The base is enhanced with a USB port for a convenient charging station.

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Marble Sphere Lamp

With a beautiful round marble base that gives off a luminous glow, this sleek desk lamp is an instant statement piece on any desktop. The lampshade helps diffuse the lamp’s soft glow, which further accentuates the gorgeous marble veining and texture of the stone base. The marble makes this a perfect light for any style office, from rustic to traditional to modern.

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Exposior Table Lamp

Anchored by a smooth walnut base, this double task light brings to mind old-school vintage library lights. Except this design is far from traditional and formal, with its sleek shape, clean lines, and handsome metal shades that give off a modern edge. With two lamps, it provides tons of focused light on a desk, while the adjustable shades offer added precision and control.

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Radley Table Lamp

An affordable option for a simple desk lamp that packs tons of style and texture, this table lamp is perfect for any casual workspace in a bedroom or guest room. The open base makes it lightweight and easy to move if needed, and it’s equally easy on the eyes. If you’re looking for a desk lamp with a more relaxed look and a gentle glow, this design provides both as well as major versatility.

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Allora Table Lamp

When it comes to cool desk lamps with a distinct design edge, look no further than this task light. Made of marble, brass, and a polished black metal shade, it has a modern silhouette and dynamic style without compromising functionality. The focused light illuminates a wide surface area, making it highly efficient desk lamp that’s perfect for daytime and late-night work.

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Rocia Table Light 

Stylish and fun, this terra cotta-colored desk lamp has a timeless mushroom shape that translates seamlessly into any style workspace—be it a traditional office or a contemporary desk. The slim base and rounded lamp shape gives it a captivating silhouette, while a filter under the domed top provides down lighting with a soft diffused glow. It all adds up to a small-sized light with bold impact.

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Chadwick Table Lamp

A large swing-arm table lamp, this oversize light is perfect for collaborative workspaces and shared offices. The shades can be adjusted up and down as needed, which makes it a highly functional task light. The brass and black-metal give it an overall modern and industrial look, making it a perfect choice for any contemporary desk or open workspace.

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Exposior Table Lamp

An industrial style task lamp with a streamlined sculptural base, this light is an artful design showpiece. Featuring a combination of travertine and black polished metal, this wide-rimmed lamp offers a substantial amount of focused lighting to any work surface. Given its sleek, modern design, it makes for a perfectly bold desk lamp for a minimalist office space.

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Phillipe Desk Lamp

Simple, streamlined, and sleek, this metal desk with brass details is a modern classic. It’s a focused task light that can work in a wide range of styles and settings, from a traditional home office to a children’s desk in the bedroom. In addition to its versatile style, it also has a small footprint, which makes it an easy fit on any work surface.

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Trend Spotlight: Meet Boucle, the New “It” Fabric of the Design World

There’s a textile that’s taking the design and fashion world by storm. Perhaps you’ve seen it (or felt it!) but didn’t know what it was called. Or maybe you know the name but have no idea how to pronounce it. What is this fabric we speak of? Boucle. It’s become quite the “it” fabric in the interior design world over the past two years. So, we thought it was about time to give you all a proper introduction to this textural and oh-so-soft fabric.

What is Boucle?

Boucle is a very chunky, heavy fabric with serious texture. It’s made of nubby, looped fibers which are very soft to the touch. (Similar to the soft fluffiness of sherpa.) Historically, boucle fabric was made of wool or mohair, with the word boucle referring to both the yarn and the fabric made from the yarn. But today, you can find boucle fabric woven from all sorts of materials—from cotton and linen to wool blends, polyester, and rayon.

The word boucle comes from the French word boucler, which means “to curl.” (You know, because of those curly-looking looped fibers!) And how do you pronounce this fabric’s name? Boo-clay. (You’re welcome.)

We love the cozy texture and super soft feel of this trendy fashion fabric, which can bring that magical je ne sais quoi to any room it’s in by offering incredible visual texture and depth.

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Is Boucle Durable and Practical?

With its looped, textural finish, boucle looks (and feels) amazon. But is it practical? We’ve all spilled food on our sofas or gotten drops of coffee on a throw pillow—so you probably want to know if boucle can stand up to daily wear and tear. And rightfully so!

Here’s what we can tell you: Boucle has a low liquid absorption, so spills are easier to clean than on other fabrics. And it doesn’t get matted down or shed like sheepskin or sherpa fabric tends to. It holds up to sunlight, generally resisting fading, and its looped fibers are very durable. However, because of these looped fibers, it does tend to hold onto pet hairs. And while boucle doesn’t exclusively come in shades of white and cream, a majority of boucle upholstery does sit in the light neutrals camp—so, as with any white sofa, there are risks.

But overall, it’s a surprisingly durable upholstery choice for furniture and decor!

How to Decorate with Boucle

While you’ll probably most often see boucle used on sculptural, modern sofas and chairs, this material is being applied to all sorts of furniture and decor, in many different shapes and sizes. Scroll down to see some of the best ways to use bouclé fabric in your home’s design. Keep calm and cozy on!

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1. Boucle Sofa

If you want to go all out with a boucle, opt for a boucle sofa (or two!). You’ll not only end up with a major style statement in your living room, but you’ll also have a super soft sofa. (Now that’s a win-win.)

Some people feel that boucle is more of a winter fabrice—but the reality is that you’re not going to swap out a boucle sofa for something else in the summer, like you would throw pillows or duvet covers. So, a boucle sofa is a better choice if you live in a colder climate (or if you don’t mind sitting on boucle fabric in the heat of summer!).

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2. Boucle Dining Chairs

Boucle dining chairs are a more low-key way to integrate boucle into your home’s design. This fabric makes for super cozy dining chairs, especially if you’re someone who loves to host dinner parties! This is a less practical choice if you have young kids or don’t want to stress about keeping them clean!

However, you can always use boucle dining chairs elsewhere around your home. In the design above, we used them as extra seating in a home office!


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3. Boucle Armchair

Boucle is endlessly cozy—making it the perfect upholstery choice for a chair in a reading nook! An overstuffed boucle armchair will help create the ultimate cozy reading zone, giving you the perfect place to snuggle up with a book. Try it in your living room or even as a reading nook in your bedroom!

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4. Boucle Ottoman

Ottomans and poufs are a great way to dabble in decor trends without committing to it in a big way. After all, these are smaller, movable pieces of furniture that can easily be moved from room to room. So, boucle-covered ottomans and poufs are a great, small way to incorporate this fabric into your home’s design. They can add a pop of texture to any space. And with boucle’s softness, a boucle ottoman would be great in a living room—but also a super fun addition to a kids’ space!

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5. Boucle Pillows

Throw pillows are another small but simple way to incorporate boucle into your home decor. Swapping out your pillows is a great way to make a seasonal update. You can easily pull out those boucle pillow covers in the winter, then retire them during warmer months. And since pillow covers are relatively inexpensive, this is a great way to try out the boucle trend without a major financial commitment.

Designer Tip: Boucle pillows are a great addition to your cozy winter decor—and boucle happens to pair beautifully with velvet!

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6. Boucle Bed Frame

If you want to go all in on embracing cozy vibes year-round, consider a boucle bed frame. A bed is a place to snuggle up and relax, making boucle a great fit for an upholstered bed. A shelter headboard like the one pictured above creates an enveloping feel so you’ll be wrapped up in a cozy cocoon every time you crawl into bed!

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7. Boucle Bench

An upholstered boucle bench is the happy medium if you’re looking for a larger way to incorporate boucle but don’t want to commit to something so foundational as a sofa or bed frame. It rides the line between being a smaller decorative accent item and a larger functional piece—and may we just say, it does so quite elegantly.

The boucle bench pictured above makes a definite style statement, but the benefit of a bench is that you can easily move it from room to room if you want to change things up. And that simply leaves you with a fun, sculptural piece that will have everyone saying, “Oooh! Where did you get this?!”

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8. Boucle Rugs

Plot twist! While boucle is generally an upholstery material, it isn’t confined to just that. In fact, as we mentioned at the top of the post, boucle not only refers to the finished material but also to the yarn used to make the material. And do you know what that means? You can also cover your floors in a luxurious coating of boucle with a boucle rug! Talk about super soft and cozy underfoot!

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Lighting Checklist: How to Choose a Lamp for Any Room

Lighting is a crucial part of every room in your home. But it can be challenging to know exactly what lights you actually need in each space. Table lamps or floor lamps? A pendant or track lighting? Directional or ambient? Since every room differs in its function, what it requires in terms of lighting varies as well. On top of that, every home and person is unique—so what works in a living room in one person’s home might be totally different than what works in another.

However, there are some general rules you can follow to help you move in the right direction. And we’re here to lay them out for you! Read on for our ultimate lighting checklist, with a room-by-room guide to what lighting you need in each space. (And check out our Lighting buying guide for a full run-down on the many different types of light fixtures you can use throughout your home and how to budget for what you need!)

How to choose a lamp

Essential Entryway Lighting

Entryways are the first thing a person sees when they walk into your home. So, you definitely want to make an effort to make it feel warm and inviting! Good lighting is key to making this happen. For an entryway that’s at least somewhat—if not completely—separated from your living space, you’ll want to incorporate some overhead and ambient lighting. But if your “entryway” is simply three square feet in the corner of your living room, simply incorporate it into the rest of the living space, in terms of how you use lighting.

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Pendants or Chandeliers

Overhead ambient lighting, in the form of a pendant or chandelier, can hang from the ceiling in the center of your entryway space. This will effectively light up the entire area, so you can see while putting on or taking off shoes and coats.

Table Lamps

If you have a console table in your entryway, we love including a table lamp in the room design—in fact, it’s an essential element in our entryway checklist. This adds a touch of accent lighting, and offers a softer light that you can leave on when you leave your house. It also gives you a bit of light when you come home, before you turn on the overhead light! In addition to offering accent lighting, a table lamp can also be a stylish, sculptural element within your entryway.


A wall sconce is a great option for smaller entryways, where you don’t have space for a console table and table lamp. It offers all the benefits of a table lamp, but since it’s attached to the wall, it takes up less space.

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Essential Living Room Lighting

Living rooms are the heart of a home and the space where so much action takes place. From watching TV and reading to game nights, conversations, playtime, and homework, these spaces are major workhorses in the home. So, when it comes to living room design ideas, good lighting from a multitude of light sources is key, so that you have the right amount of light throughout the day. This is a space where you want it all—ambient, accent, decorative, you name it. This will give you maximum flexibility in creating the right mood for your space all day long.

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Pendants or Chandeliers

Not every home has a pendant or chandelier in their living room—but if your space is wired for this, it’s a great way to add overhead ambient lighting for use throughout daylight hours. Overhead lights are especially great in the morning to help complement natural lighting and brighten up your space a bit more.

Track Lighting

Some living rooms have track lighting rather than a pendant or chandelier. With track lighting, you can have each light face the direction you’d like—highlighting artwork, bookcases, or offering directional lighting to specific areas of your room. Track lighting is also fairly easy to install if it’s not already built-in to your space.

Floor Lamps

If you want warmer, moodier lighting in your living room as the day wears on, floor lamps are a great lighting option. Floor lamps project light throughout space, and depending on the shade and shape of the lamp they can offer focused task lighting or act as ambient lighting in your space.

Table Lamps

In a living room, table lamps can sit on a side table and offer lighting to a reading corner or as additional lighting when you’re lounging on the sofa. Or these living room lamps can be placed on a credenza or console and used as accent lighting to simply better layer the lighting in your space.


In a smaller living room, sconces can be used instead of floor or table lamps to offer layered or directional lighting. However, sconces are also great in larger living spaces as simply another layer of lighting. We love using them to highlight paintings or flanking a fireplace for a more formal look.

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Essential Dining Room Lighting

Dining rooms are centered around gatherings with family and friends. They’re spaces where meals are shared and memories are made. In a dining room, you most definitely want the ability to light up your whole space, so that every meal-time is well-lit. But the ability to create moodier lighting in the evening allows you to change up the vibe and make the space feel a little more special.

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Pendants or Chandeliers

Wondering what key pieces make a dining room really sing? Check out our dining room buying guide. But we’ll give you a teaser: ambient overhead lighting can really make or break this space. A pendant or chandelier in your dining room not only acts as your main light source—but it’s also a great way to make a stylish statement in the space. And, while overhead lights light up mealtime, they also offer the ambient lighting needed for homework sessions and crafts. However, we love when overhead dining room lights have a dimmer switch so we can turn down the intensity of the light in the evening.

Table Lamps

If you have a buffet or credenza in your dining room, we recommend placing a table lamp on top. This accent light offers more nuanced lighting in the space in the evening. You can also use it to highlight decorative objects on the same surface.


Candles can happily be used in any room of your house. But in a dining room, we view taper candles as a necessary light source. Lighting candles for dinner creates a moodier—sometimes even romantic—vibe for the evening meal. You can opt to only have them out for special occasions, or you can light candles for dinner every night for year-round hygge!

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Essential Bedroom Lighting

Bedrooms transition from bright morning getting-ready spaces to cozy dens of relaxation at night. So, when considering bedroom lights and lamps for bedrooms, layered lighting is so important. You’ll want to make sure you have several bedroom lights throughout your space to transition the lighting throughout the day.

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Bedside Lamps

At the top of the list of essential bedroom lighting? Bedside lamps. At the end of the night, when you’re tucked in bed, you don’t want to have to get out of bed to turn off the lights (and risk stubbing your toes on the journey back to bed!). Having bedside lamps within arms-reach will save you hassle and stubbed toes!

Task Lamps

If you like reading in bed, you might want to consider a task lamp rather than a traditional bedside table lamp to serve as your reading light. This gives you the ability to change the angle and direction of the light so your book page is perfectly illuminated! If you have a small home office space within your bedroom, a task lamp on your desk is also essential.

Floor Lamps

Other bedroom lamps to consider? Floor lamps. Using these in your bedroom is a perfect choice if you have a seating area within your room. Placing a table lamp next to an accent chair not only creates the look of an intentional arrangement, but it offers additional lighting for when you’re reading or scrolling on your iPad—morning or evening!


In a bedroom, we love sconces for a bit of extra light above a dresser, as well as another alternative to traditional bedside lamps! At your bedside, opting for a sconce saves surface space on your nightstand and can make a stylish statement. Above your dresser, it can illuminate any products atop your dresser as you get ready in the morning and add a nice glow to your bedroom in the evening.

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Essential Home Office Lighting

Home offices are all about productivity and creating a space where you can get in the zone. And the lighting you have in this space has a big impact on your focus and energy levels. Ideally, you’ll have some natural lighting—but the light fixtures in your home office should be geared toward illuminating your space in a way that helps you effectively get work done.

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Desk Lamps

In a home office, we recommend opting for a task light for your desk lamp rather than a more traditional table lamp. In fact, task lighting is one of our home office “must-haves” in our home office buying guide. Why? This type of lamp allows you to have more control over the angle and direction of the light, so you can put a spotlight on whatever you’re working on. If you have a lot of video calls, work the angle of your task desk lamp and make the most of the natural light in your space for optimal video call lighting!

Flush-Mount Lights

While you may not need a big statement chandelier in your home office, it is nice to have an overhead light in your workspace to keep things bright and cheery. In a home office, we’d do a simple flush mount light to give ambient light to your whole space, with your task light as a supporting lightsource.

Floor Lamps

Having a floor lamp in your home office simply offers an additional light source to your space. If you have a seating area within your home office, incorporate the floor lamp into that area for use as a reading light. Otherwise, floor lamps can sit next to a bookshelf or file cabinet to offer additional light where you might need it.

Looking for expert help finding the perfect pieces for your home beyond lighting? Explore all of our interior design buying guides for advice on sofas, beds, dining tables, and so much more!

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Stylist Picks: 10 Stylish Floor Lamps That Are Also Works of Art

Proper lighting is one necessity in every room in the house. Even your brightly lit spaces need lights to flip on once the sun goes down. When it comes to lighting choices, we love stylish floor lamps! They are great if you need to save surface space in your living room, bedroom or other areas of the house. Whether you opt for a tripod floor lamp, a floor lamp that arcs over the room, a small reading floor lamp or a big statement piece, your lighting is an element that can instantly upgrade the look and feel of any room design. Layered lighting like desk lamps and floor lamps are essential in a small space—but they also work well in any size home.

Floor lamps are a big hit right now because we are spending so much time at home these days and need our spaces well-lit morning, noon, and night! If you need help coming up with floor lamp ideas for your home, check out some of our stylist’s favorite picks!

stylish floor lampsThe Namura Edison Globe Floor Lamp, Uttermost

We adore this Namura Edison Globe Floor Lamp! It is totally unique and the bright gold color lends itself to a lot of different styles. It’s a definite statement piece and will make a splash in any room. But it’s also a super functional floor lamp, adding tons of bright light to a space. This is one of the best floor lamps for glam, eclectic, and contemporary styles.

“I love the Namura lamp from Uttermost because even though it feels so distinctive and even a bit out-of-the-box in shape and form, it’s still the perfect addition to so many aesthetics—traditional, eclectic, bohemian, and even contemporary.” – Lauren M.

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stylish floor lampsThe Riano Floor Lamp, Uttermost

Classic floor lamps work well in a variety of rooms. This one features a mix of traditional elements like bronze and brass with cream lampshades, but putting it all together into a fun new structure. It only takes up a minimal amount of space in the corner and also provides double the light! This is one of the best floor lamps for a living room or office space. The neutral colors are pleasing to the eye and go with a lot of styles and decor palettes. We love the look of this lamp as extra reading and working light for a desk—especially since so many of us are working from home these days!

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stylish floor lampsBeton Floor Lamp White, Nuevo

This light arched floor lamp comes in both black and white so you can use it as a dramatic accent in a variety of designs. It’s sleek and simple, but very cool with its slight lean and narrow structure. It doesn’t take up much room so it works well as a floor lamp in smaller spaces as well as minimalist, contemporary and modern style spaces.

“This lamp is such a statement piece and can give you light in rooms where there isn’t a ceiling light” – Modsy Stylist Autumn H.

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stylish floor lampsThe Big Dipper Arc Lamp, CB2

This tall lamp is another beautiful statement piece that makes a splash in any living area. It comes in brass and silver so you can choose the right color floor lamps for your decor scheme. It’s super versatile in style and works well with modern, mid-century modern, minimal, and eclectic styles. It’s also great for spaces with no ceiling light as the lamp arcs over the center of the room.

“I love the Big Dipper Arc Lamp from CB2 in small spaces that don’t have overhead lighting—it arcs perfectly towards the center of any room.” – Modsy Stylist Mackenzie R.

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stylish floor lampsAtlas Wood Floor Lamp, CB2

This wood floor lamp by Mermelada Estudio calls to mind French-Moroccan style in illuminating fashion. Inspired by the curvy shapes of Moroccan lamps with a touch of refined French taste, it’s one of the best floor lamps with a sophisticated silhouette. The gorgeous design is topped off with a white cotton shade to add extra brightness and style to any room. Wooden floor lamps like this work well in boho, eclectic, rustic and transitional spaces—it’s a unique look with warm and neutral colors.

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stylish floor lampsDome Floor Lamp, Global Views

This handsome brass floor lamp has a glamorous, sculptural appeal with a mushroom cap top. It casts a warm glow with a brass lined interior so you can have brightness and warmth in any space. This is one of the best floor lamps for glam and modern spaces—it feels classic and iconic while also remaining simple and elegant. Plus, the base is so tiny that it barely takes up any floor space—perfect for a reading nook or work area.

“Any lamp from Global Views has my heart! Excellent quality and craftsmanship!” – Modsy Stylist Tais K.

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stylish floor lampsCayden Nickel Brushed Floor Lamp, Tanjore

We adore this Cayden Nickel Brushed Floor Lamp with a functional edge. The modern form goes with any decor space. The floor lamp can be easily moved up or down with the handy lever, so it’s great for nooks or smaller spaces that need a reading lamp. Use it with traditional or rustic decor—it makes a great addition to both styles! Plus, the small size makes it unobtrusive so it doesn’t take attention away from artwork and other decor in the room.

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stylish floor lampsMid-Century Modern Floor Lamp, Jamie Young

For those of you who love a mid-century look, this two-toned, sleek floor lamp might be just the right thing. It feels a bit industrial with the exposed bulb, but also has a modern edge with sleek brass and black elements. It’s a great floor lamp for small spaces because of the narrow structure. The light is focused downward, so it’s ideal for reading in bed or on the sofa or as a desk lamp.

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stylish floor lampsAllora Floor Lamp, Ciro Modern

This is one of the hippest floor lamps we’ve seen, with its modern triangular top and round base. Materials like matte black metal, shiny brass and marble even feel a bit art deco! It’s truly a statement piece and almost looks like it’s own sculpture. It’s a great addition to Mid-Century Modern, minimalist, and strictly modern styles—and it could even work well in industrial-chic spaces!

“The Allora floor lamp black form Ciro Modern—I love the modern shape/finishes of it, it’s adjustable and the price point is really great!” – Shannon M.

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stylish floor lampsLongshan Floor Lamp White, Jamie Young

Last but not least is one of the most gorgeous, classic looking floor lamps on the market. It has a sculptural look, and the bright, white color makes it look striking against a dark interior. This floor lamp is also very versatile because of the neutrality and shape. It’s one of the best floor lamps for any space, including the living room, dining room, bedroom, and more. It can also be a great look for a nursery or kids’ room design! 

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The Industrial Lighting Trend Your Rooms Need for 2020

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Like to be on the cutting edge of design trends? Then you’ll want to keep reading. Because we see a major lighting trend on the horizon! You may have spotted them on Pinterest and Instagram: sleek, minimal, and sculptural industrial light fixtures. They’re everywhere, and we’re loving them. Usually made of matte black metal – or occasionally a brushed steel or brass – these pieces show off sculptural, minimal designs with no frills or ornamentation.

We’re predicting this trend will carry us through 2019 and well into 2020. So, you may want to jump on board! Because, while good lighting may seem like a small detail, it can make or break a room! Not sure how to chase down this style? We’re shedding some light (we had to) on this trend and giving you some bright ideas on how to make it your own!

industrial lightingMix and Match Styles

One of the reasons we love the industrial lighting trend is that you rarely see these pieces in purely industrial design. More often than not, these fixtures are the crowning jewels in minimal, modern, and even rustic spaces. They easily fit into multiple design styles, and can even help blend different styles together, like Rustic Minimalism.

We love how these pieces offer a note of edgy, minimal contrast that can be a lovely counterbalance to large, plush furniture or rooms with a more feminine design aesthetic. This lighting style is all about grounding a room and helps keeps it from becoming too much of one thing.

industrial lightingPlay With Proportion

The industrial lighting trend is all about the push and pulls between minimalism and boldness. While the fixtures themselves are minimal and sleek, you can amp up the scale to make a bold statement.

Take this oversized floor lamp, for example. It has a simple and streamlined design – but its large scale adds serious drama. Arching designs like this are also a great way to add a sense of overhead lighting if your room doesn’t have a built-in ceiling fixture.

industrial lightingGo Sculptural and Geometric

While industrial lamps and light fixtures are minimal in design, many are also incredibly sculptural. With that, they add a lot more than just light to the room – almost serving as works of art within your space. The floor lamp in this room features an interesting angular design that’s perfect for adding bold style and flooding a larger room with plenty of light!

industrial lightingScore with Sconces

You’ve probably noticed that many fixtures in the industrial lighting trend are wall-mounted sconces. These pieces are both beautiful and practical; they add sculptural style to a room but are also able to swivel, extend, and pivot, so you can shed light exactly where you need it. They’re perfect in a bedroom if you want to free up the surface area on your nightstand – all the more room for books, flowers, drinks, or midnight snacks! They’re also great above your sofa, in a dining room, or nestled in a reading nook.

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