My Modsy Story: Designing My New Home From Scratch While on the Other Side of the World

When her medical fellowship studying infectious disease in Johannesburg, South Africa was suddenly cut short by the outbreak of COVID-19, Dr. Heather R. found herself needing to return home to the States. But she didn’t have her own space or furniture to come home to.

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Homeowner: Heather R.

Space: Living-Dining Room

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The Backstory

I was in the middle of a medical fellowship in Johannesburg when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Prior to leaving for South Africa, I gave away the entire contents of my one-bedroom apartment—furniture and all—because I was not planning to come back to the US anytime soon. When my fellowship suddenly required I return to the States, I knew I’d be starting over from scratch.Modsy customer dining room design

The Design Dilemma

Because this wasn’t just a move to a new city but the beginning of the next phase of my medical career, it was so important that I create an amazing space to call my own, giving me a home base where I could crash and relax after work. As exciting as it was to be making the move I’d dreamed of for so long, the idea of having to furnish an entire apartment from scratch was extremely overwhelming.

In the past, I’d always had hand-me-down or used furniture I didn’t care much about, so I had no idea what my style was. There are so many design options out there, which is overwhelming. The process of finding everything I needed and ensuring it all went together was just too much for me to tackle on my own. To top it off, I was doing all of this as a busy medical professional during a pandemic, and I wasn’t even in the same city as my new New York apartment yet.

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The Modsy Moment

I spent some time trying to figure out how to get the affordable design help I wanted and needed, but I was really struggling to find something that worked with my limited time and budget. I was beginning to lose hope of finding the design solution I needed before finalizing my move when a friend suggested Modsy. At first, the idea that I could get remote 3D design help from a real designer seemed too good to be true, but it turned out to be exactly what I needed!

I can’t say enough positive things about my entire experience. First and foremost, my designer was absolutely amazing! She listened to what I had to say and understood what I wanted for the space before I knew myself. She was just so present and always had amazing energy. I cannot say enough about her! Plus, the Modsy customer service team members have been extremely helpful and responsive as well which is so appreciated. It really made the whole ordering experience that much better.

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The Real Results

It’s a huge relief knowing that the hard part of coming up with the design is over and now I just get to live in the amazing space! I could not be happier and more excited about my new home. (I literally bought just about everything in my design!) I have shown the space to multiple family members and friends, and they agree that it’s incredible. I have loved my Modsy experience and I love my design.

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My Modsy Story: Giving Our Home Office the Update it Deserves

Quarantine during COVID has presented many unexpected challenges for everyone. For spouses Rebekah and Jack, the extra time at home meant seizing the opportunity to create an office space they loved.

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Homeowners: Rebekah and Jack T. HR Consultant and Pharmacy Manager

Location: Waunakee, WI.

Spaces: Home Office

My Style: Refined Industrial

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The Backstory

Shortly after moving into their house 10 years ago, Rebekah and her husband Jack had their first son. They had another son three years later and never had the time to really personalize their home office space.

Between work and our growing family, we were unfortunately left with little time to invest in our home!

“Between work and our growing family, we were unfortunately left with little time to invest in our home office! With the pandemic this year, we were finally able to devote some time to spurcing things up.”

The Design Dilemma


Spending more time at home this year not only made it evident that it was time for some updates—but also provided time and motivation to do it. But Rebekah and Jack weren’t quite sure where to start.

“We know what we like, but we were afraid to make a mistake by putting things together that did not belong. As a result, we did nothing for quite a while.”

Designer Insights:

“I wanted to create a home office that was functional for Rebekah and Jack but also felt personal and relaxing. We honed in on their style and I gave them a design that would be simple to implement.”– McKenzie, Rebekah + Jack’s Modsy Designer

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The Modsy Moment

Knowing they needed some expert help with designing their office, Rebekah and Jack turned to Modsy–and were so excited with the transformation they saw in their designs.

Our first reaction with all the office designs was how well our style was captured with so little direction.

“Our first reaction to the home office designs was how well our style was captured with so little direction. It was like our designer could see what was in our heads and just brought it to life in our space!”

Designer Insights:

“I love that Jack and Rebekah were so open to pops of color and texture through the accent wall, rug, and other decor. Those elements really give this office space a cozy and layered feel! I added a wall shelf for them to layer family photos and personalize the space. And adding some leather chairs opposite the desk created a comfy reading nook where Rebekah’s kids could curl up with a book while she worked!”–McKenzie, Rebekah + Jack’s Modsy Designer

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The Real Results

Rebekah’s designer created a space where their family could both get stuff done and relax—while also offering plenty of storage space. It’s now a space in which they love spending time.

Our favorite part of using Modsy is how good our design makes us feel.

“Our favorite part of using Modsy is how our design makes us feel. Before using the service, we were embarrassed about how the space looked. Now, with our designer’s expert help, we’re proud of how the room looks and love that we’re able to honor the beauty of our home.”

Designer Insights:

“I wanted to make sure to give Rebekah and Jack plenty of function and comfort in their home office design. I focused on scoring items for work and relaxation while also being family-friendly.”–McKenzie, Rebekah + Jack’s Modsy Designer

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How to Design A Living Room With High Ceilings

One of the most common design dilemmas we hear time and time again from Modsy customers is how to decorate a living room with high ceilings. It’s not surprising, since designing large spaces can sometimes be just as tricky as making the most out of small ones.

For starters, high ceilings are a great problem to have! ICYMI, we recently did a deep dive on how some studies have shown that high ceilings can stimulate creativity. Psychology aside, high ceilings are one of the best attributes you can have in a home; they open up your rooms and sometimes even give them a feeling of grandeur.

That said, the real challenge with high ceilings is that there’s simply a lot of vertical space to fill, which can be difficult. You don’t want your room to feel cavernous but how do you get the cozy vibe in such an open space? A lot of it comes down to scale and proportion: More than blank horizontal walls, high ceilings make rooms appear much larger and spacious than they are, so the trick is to play with that perception, which we touch on in our guide to scale and proportion.

If you’re working with a high-ceilinged room and not sure where to start, you easily see how color and furniture can work in your room with our online interior design service!

Otherwise, here are some tricks on how to decorate a living room with high ceilings, using scale and proportion in your favor to create a space that feels balanced and cozy.

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1. Hang Curtains High

An easy trick to draw the eye up in rooms with high ceilings is to hang floor to ceiling curtains 6”–12” above the top of your window frames. In this living room, the high ceilings are “pulled down” by the curtains, which make the windows appear taller while filling up the space between the ceiling. Try a heavy curtain fabric like velvet to keep a large room insulated and cozy.

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2. Paint An Accent Wall

To make high ceilings stand out without your room feeling spare and empty, paint an accent wall in a warm color. In this living room, the inlet accent wall in yellow appears cozy and welcoming around the large windows. The yellow shade also helps soften the starkness of the tall walls on both sides of the inlet, giving them a warm undertone that warms up the overall space.

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3. Use Dark Paint All-Around

If adding an accent wall isn’t cozy enough for you, try painting all your walls in a dark color. It’s a surefire way to make any large living room with high ceilings feel layered and cozy. Dark color walls have a way of disrupting scale and proportion in rooms so that everything else in the space pops instead, like furniture and accents. It’s perfect for high-ceilinged spaces.

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4. Add A Large-Scale Mirror

How to decorate a living room with high ceilings without painting or breaking the bank? Anchor a large mirror over your fireplace to create a focal point that draws the eye up. This is an easy trick that both opens up the room by reflecting light and makes the space feel instantly elevated and lived-in. Think of it as the ideal mix of airy, cozy, and chic—all by adding a mirror.

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5. Line Up Tall Bookcases

What better way to balance out high ceilings than a row of tall bookcases that fill up your empty wall space. The living room shelves here function as practical storage while minimizing the cavernous look of the tall walls. It’s a great use of vertical and horizontal space, both as storage and as a focal point that connects the lower half of the room with the upper ceiling.

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6. Opt For A Sculptural Light

High ceilings are perfect backdrops for large decorative lighting fixtures, like a globe pendant or a giant chandelier. And the more sculptural and bold your fixture the better. It’s a sophisticated way to add personality in rooms with high ceilings. Here, the modern metal pendant in this living room makes for a cool design element at the ceiling level that instantly draws the eye up.

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7. Balance With Big Furniture

Bulky furniture can provide a solid foundation in a living room with high ceilings. They can ground the space, filling it up visually so that the room doesn’t feel as lofty. Consider furniture that’s proportional to your space still, meaning pieces that are wide and tall, like floor to ceiling curtains and shelving or a chesterfield sofa, so they fill out the room vertically and horizontally.

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8. Layer A Large Rug

The best way to contrast high ceilings? Liven up your floors with an equally bold look. A large rug (or two giant layered rugs) is a great visual counterpoint to tall ceilings. They’ll ground your space like big furniture pieces, but they’ll also minimize the scale of the ceilings so that they appear lower. Pick a rug with a bold pattern for a focal point that balances out the room’s height.

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9. Bring In Tall Plants

Trees and other tall greenery that add height will accentuate high ceilings in a living room. At the same time, they’ll act as a bridge that can tie together the overall space visually by drawing the eye from the floor to the ceiling. Additionally, tall plants are also a great way to add a touch of color and texture to the unadorned vertical space in a high-ceilinged room.

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10. Pull In An Oversized Floor Lamp

Another accent that can act as a visual buffer next to high ceilings is a large floor lamp. An arch lamp in particular can add sculptural appeal as well as serve as a light source that’s close to the ceiling without being a pendant light. In this living room, the curved floor lamp helps to fill out a corner area while adding height that eases the loftiness of the high ceilings.

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11. Stagger Wall Shelves

An easy way to trick the eye into thinking that your high ceilings are not that high is to stagger and hang wall shelves far above eye level. In this living room, the shelves are close to the ceiling and draw the eye up, accentuating the room’s height without it appearing or feeling sparse. You can also do this with a floor to ceiling gallery wall.

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12. Go Full Minimal

Minimal decor and walls can add a lot to a living room with high ceilings. So don’t be afraid to go with a pared-down approach. The key is to have a focal point that anchors the view in your space. In this living room, the abstract painting creates a bold focus that balances out the openness of the room and walls. If you’re feeling unsure, get our tips on how to decorate large blank walls to see how you can create a sense of coziness in spare, high-ceilinged spaces.

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Design Basics: How to Arrange an Area Rug in Your Living Room

For a functional living room layout, rug placement is key. Because an area rug will give you some basic structure around where to place your furniture. That said, how your living room furniture is arranged on (or off) a rug can ultimately determine the look and feel (and flow!) of your space. We know it might feel tricky and confusing.

So, to help you with your living room rug placement, we’ve rounded up a few rug layout options! Read on for our rug layout ideas and get our tips for making it work for you.

Stuck on finding an area rug or the right size rug for your living room? Check out our living room rug layout guide for what to keep in mind in your search!

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Rug Layout #1: All Furniture On Top

With this layout approach, it’s all about scale, starting with the large area rug that covers the entire living room area.

The Furniture Setup: You’ll want to arrange all your furniture and table and chair legs on the rug. Just be sure to leave enough room on all sides so they don’t feel crammed onto the rug. Think 3-5 inches between your furniture and the edge of the rug.

The Vibe: A large rug size that anchors your main living room area will give you the look and feel of there being more space (smaller rugs tend to look and feel more confining). The result is a living space with an open and welcoming vibe that appears grounded.

Good to Know: This is definitely a layout for larger living rooms. And because the rug takes up the entire space, be sure to choose a design and pattern you absolutely love. A larger-scale rug is also likely more expensive, so keep that in mind if you’re leaning towards this layout.

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Rug Layout #2: Furniture Partially On Top

In this layout, the area rug centers the room so that the focus is around the fireplace, not so much the seating area.

The Furniture Setup: You’ll want to arrange your furniture with only their front legs on the rug. Make sure there are at least a few inches between the edge of your rug and where the legs stand. What this does is balance out the long vertical placement of the rug.

The Vibe: This area rug approach plays up a casual vibe that’s also balanced and grounded. The length of the rug makes your space feel airy, while the furniture arranged around the fireplace also manages to give a comfy and cozy feel.

Good To Know: This is ideal in mid to large-size rooms, so you’ll need a relatively big rug. But because the rug is placed running long towards the fireplace, it’ll be easy to find a size that works, no matter your space. Be sure to use rug pads to hold down the edges to avoid trips.

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Rug Layout #3: No Furniture On Top

If you want an airy and open living room, you’ll want to go with this area rug layout, where it’s more of an accent.

The Furniture Setup: With a smaller area rug as the centerpiece in a seating area, your only option is to have all of your furniture arranged around the rug. The key is to find a rug that runs the approximate length of your seating so that they all line up neatly along the edges.

The Vibe: The vibe is definitely casual in this space, as the rug size is smaller and less “grand.” But that doesn’t mean it’s any less special; there is just less of an emphasis on the rug itself and more on the furniture and the room, which feels very casual but still comfy.

Good To Know: When using a small rug in a large space, make sure the room doesn’t end up feeling bare and empty. Consider a rug that makes a statement or go with a vintage design. A plain jute rug here can look like an afterthought so avoid using a piece like that in this instance.

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Rug Layout #4: Stacked Layering

For a cozy layout option, layering two area rugs under a seating area guarantees a warm and welcoming look in any space.

The Furniture Setup: Just as you would with a large area rug, you’ll want to set all your furniture on top of your largest rug. Then arrange only part of your furniture legs on the smaller top rug. This gives the seating area a stylish layered look that also adds a bit of depth.

The Vibe: This layered approach definitely creates a cozy look. But depending on your furniture, it can easily feel elevated or casual. So this is a great versatile option for family rooms that need to be laidback every day but entertaining-ready on occasion.

Good To Know: A patterned or colorful rug on top of a large natural-fiber works best here. Rug sizes also play a big part. A 5’x7’ or 6’x9’ rug that’s too small for a large space is perfect for layering as a top rug. Just be sure it leaves enough room around for a border.

Need help finding a natural-fiber rug for your foundation? Read our guide to natural fiber rugs.

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Rug Layout #5: Organic Layering

This final option is about layering an organically shaped rug over a larger rectangular one, which will create a more free-form, casual-chic look.

The Furniture Setup: A balanced living space is key to this rug layout, where different shape area rugs intersect. The more symmetrical your furniture and seating, the better it will look and feel visually. The idea is for your organic-shaped rug to break up the linear look of your space.

The Vibe: This approach will result in a more boho and casual space, especially if you choose a freeform-shaped sheepskin or cowhide rug. They’ll add major cozy vibes while also playing up a subtly chic look.

Good To Know: This is one of our foolproof tips for layering rugs. It’s also one of our favorite living room ideas for cozying up a seating area or a small corner. Or you can use this technique to create a reading nook within a larger space as well as warm-up an oddly shaped corner.

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The 10 Golden Rules of Living Room Interior Design

Designing a living room can be hard. Of course, you want your living room to look like the spaces you see in magazines or as an accumulation of your favorite Pinterest images. But your ideas for living room design often stray far from the reality.

It’s no secret that decorating a room can be hard. That’s because it’s not just about buying the right furniture and choosing the perfect neutral paint color or living room decor—you also have to think about how it all comes together. And that’s where many people get stuck. How do you arrange your furniture? What size of rug do you need? How tall should the coffee table be—and how far away from the sofa??

These are questions we get all the time. So today, we’re breaking down our best tips on how to decorate a living room. These living room interior design tips will help just about every space come together and look more thoughtful and intentional. So, keep reading for our 10 Golden Rules for living room design!

Golden Rules Living Rooms1. Land on The Right Layout

Nailing the layout is key for any design. That’s because the layout is the foundation of the space and will guide what you put in it—so it’s a very important first step to consider. But there’s not one right way to lay out a living room.

To figure out what’s right for your space, start by considering how you primarily use your living room. Is it for entertaining? Watching TV at the end of the day? Do you value conversational seating or something more formal? Figuring out your values and use of the space will help guide the layout you choose. Once you land on that, arrange your furniture to suit your needs and how you want to use the space!

So, if you want a conversational layout, make sure you have a sofa and two chairs facing each other to promote face-to-face conversations. If you like entertaining, consider the flow from the living room to the dining room and kitchen—and make sure you have enough surfaces for people to place their drinks! If you’re looking for a TV viewing layout, put your sofa opposite your television. And, of course, you can mix these ideas together as well. But identifying the main purpose of the space will help guide your decisions!

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Golden Rules Living Rooms2. Balance Function and Fashion

Have kids or pets? You definitely want to consider that when putting together your living room. But that doesn’t mean it has to be all function and utility. In fact, we’re big believers in balancing the function of your space with style. Because you really can have both!

For beautiful designs and living room decor that don’t require too much maintenance, consider some of our best kid-friendly design tips: opting for a leather sofa or one with a washable slipcover, durable natural fiber or indoor/outdoor rugs, stashable storage like baskets or fabric bins. And if you have a baby or toddler, consider eliminating sharp corners from your design! All of these things will help you create the perfect balance between form and function—giving you a beautiful space that works for your lifestyle.

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Golden Rules Living Rooms3. Proportion is Key

We’ve all seen rooms where something seemed off. Maybe you weren’t able to put your finger on it in the moment, but if you paused to consider, you might notice that the side table is way too tall for the chair it’s next to, the petite media console is dwarfed by the 65” flatscreen TV, or the scale of the chairs doesn’t match that of the sofa. Essentially, the proportions of the room were off—and that can impact the whole feel of a space.

Proportion is one of those underrated but absolutely crucial parts of interior design. It’s what helps you make sure the scale of your furniture and living room decor works together as a cohesive design. So, when putting together your living room, measure pieces and consider how they’ll fit together. And if you need a little extra help with it, just remember that with our Modsy design packages, one of our designers will create a 3D rendering of your room, to scale. They’ll help guarantee proportions are correct, plus give you layout options for your space and help you find furniture and decor to match your style. You don’t have to go it alone!

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Golden Rules Living Rooms4. Find the Best Seat in the House

It’s important to think a bit practically when designing your living room—because living rooms are for living! Most of the time that means sitting, so you want to have seating options that suit your style and needs.

Since a sofa is the largest seating option in the room, let that guide the rest of your decisions. Decide if a sectional, regular sofa, or sofa-chaise is right for you. (And remember, your layout can help guide this decision—see rule #1.) From there, choose additional seating options to suit the needs of your space.

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Golden Rules Living Rooms5. Pick the Right Coffee Table

When it comes to picking the right coffee table, the most important things to consider are the shape, size, and material. Everyone is looking for something different, but these three considerations will help you figure out what coffee table is right for your space. Start with the shape, which is generally just a matter of preference. Do you like a rectangular table? Something round or oblong to eliminate sharp edges? Or maybe you want something in a more organic shape. Starting with your preferred shape will help narrow down your options.

Next, think about how it will interact with your sofa. As we mentioned in rule #3, proportion is key here! You don’t want a coffee table that’s too large or too small for your sofa. Make sure the length of the table you choose is one-third to two-thirds the width of your sofa. You also want the surface of your coffee table to approximately match the height of your sofa and accent chairs. (For side tables, align the top with the height of the arm of the sofa.) From there, material will help you further narrow down the style options—whether you want a solid wood table, a marble top, or something with industrial accents.

Or maybe you don’t even need a coffee table! If you want an alternative to a coffee table, get creative and opt instead for a pair of poufs, an ottoman, or a cluster of side tables!

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6. Consider Your Color Scheme

Color is key to setting the mood of your living room! From walls to decor to foundational furniture, you want to make sure you have a cohesive color scheme. Whites and creams will keep things bright and crisp. Blue living rooms are classic and offer a soothing vibe. Perhaps you like a bold look and want to try something intense, like a red wall? A black and white color scheme will give you a high-contrast look. Or, of course, you can simply think in terms of a warm or cool color palette. Whatever you choose as an overarching color palette will help guide not only your wall color, but the furniture, accents, and living room decor you use to fill out the space.

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7. Scale Your Rug

Finding the right rug size for your layout can be tricky. You want to make sure it’s the right size and shape for your room. If you go too small, it makes the room look odd and out of proportion. Too large, and the room starts looking cramped. In general, you want to choose a rug size that allows for 6-10 inches from the edge of your furniture to the edge of the rug, on either side. Need a little extra guidance? Check out our guide for finding the right size rug for your room.

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Golden Rules Living Rooms8. Add Creative Storage

This is an easy one to forget about, but it’s one of our favorite ideas for living rooms. Why? Incorporating storage options into your living room will not only help you stay organized but will also help your living space keep that beautiful, polished look about it! So, start with furniture pieces that give you built-in storage—whether that’s a media console, and extra cabinet, or even a storage coffee table. Then, sneak in some clever storage options. And adding some baskets for tossing blankets, toys, and other clutter will help keep the room uncluttered and organized—a super important thing if you have kids or are simply spending more time at home!

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Golden Rules Living Rooms9. Style With the Rule of Thirds

Perhaps you’ve heard of the rule of thirds. It’s a decorating concept that says that objects arranged in threes (or any odd number) are more pleasing to the human eye. So, style surfaces with this in mind—whether it’s what you’re putting on your coffee table, credenza, or mantle. This also applies to artwork and even furniture arrangement. If you have an unused corner of the room, adding a trio of a chair, a table or cabinet, and some framed art is all you need to make it look intentional and interesting!

Golden Rules Living Rooms10. Get Multi-Purpose

Most of us are using our living rooms in many ways for multiple purposes throughout the day—so consider this in your design. What do you use your living room for other than lounging on the sofa? What do you do in your living room that you don’t have space for in the rest of your home? Is your living room also currently doubling as your home office? Perhaps your kids use this space as a playroom during the day. Or maybe you use your living room as your at-home yoga studio! Consider all of these additional uses when designing your space and make room for them. The result will be a multi-purpose living room that perfectly suits your needs!

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Wall Art Ideas: 5 Creative Ways To Fill Blank Walls

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Blank walls are full of possibilities. It’s easy to dream up a million ways to fill them, but oftentimes it’s difficult to pick an idea that works for your style and your space.

To help, we rounded up 5 of our all time favorite wall art ideas to inspire you.

We rounded up 5 of our all-time favorite wall art ideas to inspire you and your home.


Over-Sized Wall Art Ideas

1. Opt for Over-Sized Wall Art

Large-scale paper wall murals are one of our favorite wall art ideas. They are easy to hang, easy to move, and easier on the wallet as they don’t require framing (which, when it comes to large wall art, can cost more than the art itself!).

Learn More: 5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Try the Over-Sized Wall Art Trend


Wall Art Ideas for the Bedroom2. See It Side-By-Side

Looking for wall art ideas for the bedroom? Try hanging two pendant pieces above your nightstands. This option works well if you have a tall headboard or if you crave a little negative space.

Learn More: 6 Over the Bed Decorating Ideas


Wall Art Ideas – Animal Portrait3. Add a Little Whimsy

Animal art doesn’t have to mean that horse poster you had in your bedroom growing up. A fun and approachable way to make your space feel unique, try adding an animal portrait to your home. This portrait of a highland cow named Gertrude is one of our current favorites.

Learn More: 7 Ways To Try The Animal Portrait Trend In Your Home


Wall Art Ideas for the Living Room

4. Crown Your Sofa

The best seat in the house, as far as your art is concerned, might be the blank wall above your sofa. Give this living room focal point the royal treatment by crowning it with something special. Be it a mirror, gallery wall, or a bold piece of art, it’s your space so make it something you love to look at daily!

Learn More: 3 Ideas for the Wall Above Your Sofa


Wall Art Ideas – Gallery Wall5. Try a Gallery Wall With a Twist

Who doesn’t love a good gallery wall? Rather than going with the standard grouping, try propping a few of your favorite pieces on a shelf above your sofa. This is a especially great if you like to switch up your artwork or move pieces around on the regular.

Learn More: 6 Fresh Takes on the Gallery Wall



Living Room Ideas: 15 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Living Room

living room ideasDesigning your living room can be difficult, there’s no getting around that.

Picking a color scheme, settling on a budget, and finding furniture, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Your living room is also likely where you spend most of your time, so the stakes are high – you want this room to look nice!

Now that Spring is close, it’s the perfect time to turn your home into a space you love. To help, we rounded up 15 of our all time favorite living room ideas to help you find an easy place to start.


We rounded up 15 of our all-time favorite living room ideas to help you find an easy place to start.


Living Room Ideas

1. Try a Fresh Coat of Paint

Consider painting your walls with a new, inspiring color color to reinvigorate your living space. It may seem like a big commitment, but painting your walls is a simple and budget-friendly update that can totally transform the look and feel of any space.

Learn More: Paint Color Ideas to Transform Your Space


Living Room Ideas2. Dabble in a New Trend

The velvet trend has been going strong since last fall when it was deemed the “it” fabric for 2018. Even if you don’t follow trends, there are so many reasons to bring velvet into your space. Not only is it a timeless material, velvet also adds a lot of warmth and texture to any interior and works with any style.

Learn More: How To Make Velvet Work For Your Style


Living Room Ideas3. Tuck in a Play Nook for the Kids

Carve out a special, playroom nook by pulling your sofa away from the wall and using either the side or the back to divide the space. This gives the kids a designated area to play while grownups can watch over from nearby.

Learn More: 8 Ways To Make Your Living Room A Playroom


Living Room Ideas4. Stay in Budget by Refreshing Your Accents

When it comes to easy and budget-friendly living room ideas, we are all for switching up your accent pieces. Swap in some new throw pillows, hang a new piece of art, or unfurl a new rug.

All these little details have a big impact on how your space looks and feels.

Learn More: Easy, Budget-Friendly Ways To Refresh Your Home


Living Room Ideas5. Expand Your Small Space with Flexible Furnishings

Furnishings that are flexible are great options for making the most out of small spaces.

Try a coffee table with interior storage or use a bookcase as a room divider. Ottomans or stools also double as side tables, and poufs can work double-time as foot rests or extra seating.

Learn More: Living Room Ideas to Help You Live Large in Your Small Space


Living Room Ideas

Living Room Ideas

6. Mix Vintage with Modern

Vintage pieces are a great way to infuse your space with some old-world charm and texture, and make your home feel unique and full or character. Try repurposing something like this old, vintage steamer trunk as a coffee table.

Learn More: How To Mix Vintage Pieces Into Modern Spaces


Living Room Ideas7. Find the Best Media Stand for Your TV Size

It’s a simple fact that you really just can’t enjoy a good TV binge session with a sub-par setup. That means finding the right media unit for your sized TV is super important.

Our rule of thumb is that your media stand should be at least a few inches wider that the base of your TV, so that there are a few inches of breathing room on either side then the TV is placed on top.

Learn More: How To Find The Best TV Stand For Your TV Size


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8. Add some Whimsy with an Animal Portrait

Looking to add a little humor into your home? This portrait of a highland cow named Gertrude, might do the trick. Between her shaggy mop of hair and her slightly tilted head, you can’t help but fall in love with this bombshell blonde.

Learn More: 7 Ways To Try The Animal Portrait Trend In Your Home

Living Room Ideas

Living Room Ideas

9. Turn an Awkward Nook into a Something Useful

To make the most out of a small nook, look to maximize the space, vertically. Compact furnishings that don’t take up too much floor space are key; a wall-mounted fold-out desk with a slender chair easily turned this empty spot into a petite yet practical workspace.

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10. Find the Perfect Coffee Table

One of the most challenging living room ideas can be finding the right coffee table to go with your sofa. You’ve got size, shape, and style to consider among other things. Instead of imagining how these two living room staples will look together why not try a few options on instead?

Learn More: The Dos and Don’ts of Picking a Coffee Table


Living Room Ideas11. Tuck a Desk Behind Your Sofa

This is a nice solution if you don’t have an extra room to transform into a home office, but still need a place to focus. You can also use it as a homework station for the kiddos or a place to pay your bills online while watching the game.

Learn More: 9 Places To Put An Office In Your Living Room


Living Room Ideas12. Amp Up Your Neutrals with Pops of Color

For a versatile color that’s not a neutral, blue is your next best bet. Try layering every shade of it into your neutral living room for an exciting new look.

Consider pairing blue and gold, a metallic, for a stylish and sharp alternative to classic blue and white. The result is a pairing that’s always elegant and modern.

Learn More: How To Make Neutral Spaces More Exciting

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13. Restyle Your Storage

Whether you call it a credenza, sideboard, or even a buffet, these enclosed storage pieces are great for stashing clutter and can be an amazing focal point.

For an elegant look, start with a pair of matching lamps placed on each end, and arrange a few accessories in the middle. Center a large artwork above to create the pyramidal composition that draws the eye skyward.

Learn More: 7 Ideas For Styling Your Credenza


Living Room ideas14. Take the Plunge, Buy a Sofa Online

Would you believe us if we told you that you can determine if a sofa is comfy online?

Do you want a sofa where you can sit cross-legged and enjoy all the poor-posture slouching you want? Look for an option with a greater seat depth. Do you like to lean back against your sofa’s armrest and stretch out? Be sure to pay attention to the arm height to ensure maximum comfort.

Think about how you really use your sofa and look for the factors that will make it most comfortable for you.

Learn More: Read These 5 Tips Before Buying A Sofa Online


Living Room ideas15. Prop Up Some Oversized Wall Art

For an eclectic approach to decorating with oversized wall art, prop a large piece on the floor against a wall.

Propping wall art lends a sculptural feel to any space. Art hung on the wall just can’t match that.

Learn More: 5 Budget-Friendly Ways To Try The Oversized Wall Art Trend


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