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Living Room Layouts: What is The Best Living Room Layout For You?

One of the first things you need to do when decorating a room is decide on a layout. In the living room, figuring out the right layout for you depends on how you want to use your space.

Do you entertain family and friends often there? Are you trying to incorporate a play area for your kids? Or maybe you have an open floor plan and the living and dining spaces need to feel cohesive? Whatever your needs are, being clear about how you’ll engage with your living room design on a daily basis will help determine your layout.

To provide you with some guidance and inspiration, we’re breaking down four common living room layout ideas below. Read on to see the layouts and pick up tips for bringing the look in each setup into your home with our casual and formal living room ideas.

FOR CASUAL CONVERSATION

Living room ideas featuring laid-back layouts for conversation are common with Modsy customers. It’s easy to see why given that these designs encourage intimate conversations. If you want a cozy living room where people can mingle and relax, these are for you.

Conversational Layout #1

This layout focuses on the three mini seating areas that surround space—the sofa and woven ottoman serve as main seating in the room, while the armchairs by the fireplace are each set up as reading corners with their respective ottoman and drinks table.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Use three-point seating. Arranging your seating in a triangle, like the sofa opposite the fireplace and the inward-facing armchairs here, will instantly center your seating area.
  • Go round. Curvy designs will give your living room a less rigid look and feel. It will also create a good flow, making it easy for lots of people to move through the seating area.
  • Think visually minimal. The monochrome prints, black-and-white Moroccan rug, and white sheepskin keep the space feeling cozy rather than busy and overwhelming.

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Conversational Layout #2

Think of this split-level living room layout as the “conversation pit.” Whereas the first layout has an open flow, this one has a formal and structured formation with furnishings that play up a cozy vibe. If you’re after a simple layout, this is one of the more straightforward living room ideas.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Line up your seating. Arrange your sofa, armchairs, and benches and ottomans in a U-shaped setup so that they form a semi-closed seating area that feels intimate.
  • Keep to open bases. Because your seating arrangement has a boxy configuration, even it out with furniture that are on legs and have open bases for airy contrast.
  • Opt for classic colors. No need to go full neutral, but stick to light blues, greens, and beige tones in your accents for a cohesive look that’s punchy but easy on the eyes.

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FOR TV WATCHING

If you use your living room lmore as a place to kick back for movie nights and weekend Netflix binges with family and friends, the following two layouts have you covered. These living room ideas are centered around the TV as the main focus of the seating area.

TV Watching Layout #1

With a deep, stuffy sectional as the centerpiece, this living room layout is perfect for families with kids or those of you who host regular movie viewings and game nights. It’s all about fuss-free comfort with this setup, where everything is designed around the fireplace and TV.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Invest in big seating. When the focus of your space is entertaining around the TV, go for the comfy sink-in sectional and chaise combo to create the ultimate lounge area. Not sure if you want a sofa or sectional? See our guide for each of their pros and cons.
  • Elevate your TV viewing. Even if you don’t have a fireplace, hang your TV a little higher to avoid having to crane your neck to watch movies. For the best way to incorporate your TV to look like decor, check out our easy hacks for working TV viewing into any living room layout.
  • Finish with extra seats. A sectional and chaise on its own isn’t enough to fill out your living space, so make it a point to include the additional pouf or armchair. This will give your living room more flexibility as a conversational area and not just for TV watching.
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TV Watching Layout #2

While the first layout gives you a sort of cozy seating alcove, this approach gives you a central boxed-in, TV-viewing spot that still has good flow and leaves plenty of walking room all around. And unlike the previous design, this layout results in a slightly more formal living room design.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Try multipart seating. Another seating option is a large multi-piece sectional that is designed to be configured and can accommodate lots of bodies. If you float this piece in the room, as in this layout, it also acts as a room divider. See why it’s especially good for large rectangular living rooms.
  • Add in more moveable pieces. With a sectional that forms a conversation ring, pair it with versatile accent tables that can easily be pulled in and out of the space. Try a round coffee table and a C-shaped drinks table for compact and convenient options.
  • Optimize space around. Tuck a bench behind the sofa so that it’s easy to bring around for extra seating when needed. It’s a great perch to have at the ready for family game nights or for an extra surface for setting down a tray of drinks.

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FOR FORMAL ENTERTAINING

Conversational but less casual and intimate, these formal living rooms are less focused on lounging and lean more toward a space for cocktail parties and book clubs. These layouts are more aligned with traditional rules of interior design so expect more classic and elevated living room ideas with furniture arrangement and decor.

Formal Layout #1

When it comes to formal living room ideas, this layout approach is tried-and-true. With its balanced furniture arrangement and elegant decor pairings, this layout offers a sense of instant sophistication that never fails to impress guests.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Double everything. Facing sofas, floor lamps flanking the fireplace, matching pillows, there’s power in pairs when it comes to this layout. Start with your sofas—more classic shapes the better—and then move to the smaller accents and accessories.
  • Symmetry rules. This is key if you want a classic formal layout. It not only provides a sense of order and structure to the space, but it also lends a tailored look and frames architectural details, like windows or a fireplace, as focal points.
  • Neutral is best. The best way to ensure this formal living room layout maintains a streamlined and elegant look is to embrace a neutral palette of grays and white tones. It will soften sharp lines and dark materials and give your space a light and chic appeal.

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Formal Layout #2

For an even more formal living room design, try this elevated and curated take on a conversational layout. The key here is to combine lots of different seating in many different styles and materials, which will usher in a refined ambiance.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Vary your seating. The most important element in this living room layout is the mix of ottomans and armchairs with a bench and sectional. Together they create a formal and balanced look that gives any living room both a sense of intimacy and elegance.
  • Center with accents. With a variety of seating, you want to make sure the seating area still appears focused. Use a set of art prints and a large coffee table as visual anchors to ground the center of your space.
  • Delineate with a rug. No matter your living space, a rug will set apart your seating area. It’s essential in this formal layout, as a light-hued rug can unify all the different designs.

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FOR A MULTI-USE SPACE

For many people, the living room isn’t just for lounging. It might flow into a dining area or need to also function as a playspace for children or as a makeshift home office. If this is you, these multipurpose living room ideas featuring flexible layouts are sure to help you tackle your space.

Multi-Use Layout #1

In a small space that needs to work as both living and dining room, clear delineation of where each area starts is key. That means how and where you place your furniture will make all the difference.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Partition with furniture. Use a sofa to divide the living and dining areas. The sofa back acts like a wall to separate the room into two distinct spaces with different functions. If you’re not sure where to start, take a peek at these open living dining room layout ideas.
  • Add tall accents. Whether it’s a light fixture over a dining table, a tall plant next to your sofa, or art on the walls, accents make for markers that will help further set apart your living and dining spaces.

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Multi-Use Layout #2

Balancing multiple functions in the living room can be tricky, especially when it involves a space for children. When you’re carving out a play area or a fun corner for kids, it’s even more important to nail down a layout that clearly provides separation between different “zones”.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Corner it. Carve out a corner for the kiddos. You can use a rug to physically zone the space and top it with children’s furniture to formalize the spot as your little one’s dedicated play area. Having trouble doing this in your own space? Check out more ways to make your living room also work as a playroom.
  • Use little kid markers. By that we mean hanging up a piece of kid art to signal that the area under it is a play space. You can also work in baskets and kid-friendly storage for toys and clutter, which will ultimately indicate that it’s a separate space from the rest of the living area.

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Multi-Use Layout #3:

One of our favorite open floor plan ideas for a living room is incorporating a mini office space. But it can be tricky to get the layout right as you want to make sure you add function without creating more visual clutter.

How To Set Up This Layout:

  • Back it with a desk. Tuck a desk behind your sofa to set up an open workspace for yourself. The back of the sofa acts like a mini wall that instantly sets your office area apart from the rest of the room. Can’t fit a desk behind your sofa? Explore more ideas from us on how to make an office in your living room.
  • Work in accent furnishings. By itself, a desk can feel a little haphazard in the middle of your living room. Try rounding out your office space with side tables, storage pieces, or a pair of stools on either side of your desk. This adds instant symmetry and balance while also formalizing this area as a dedicated workspace.
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May Edit: The Best Living Room Designs of the Month

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

best living room designsSeaside Retreat

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

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best living room designsTropical Glamour

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

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best living room designsSerene Sanctuary

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

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best living room designsTraditional Collector

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

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best living room designsContemporary Minimalist

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

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best living room designsEarthy Modernism

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

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best living room designsDiscerning Collector

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

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best living room designsIndustrial Bohemian

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

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best living room designsTraditional Symmetry

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

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Retro Roots

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

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Mid-Century Mood

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

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best living room designsTraditional Chic

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

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best living room designsCountryside Charm

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

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best living room designsContemporary Modernist

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

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Jewel Toned Lounge

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

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best living room designsClassic Warehouse Vibes

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

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Rustic Views

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

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Organic Modern Living

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

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Contemporary Coastal

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

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Muted Mid-Century

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

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Rustic Traveler

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

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Neutral Territory

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

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Elegant Connoisseur

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

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Contemporary Calm

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

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Industrial Funhouse

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

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Tricky Layouts: 11 Ways to Design a Living Room With a Fireplace

Living rooms are arguably the most important areas of the house! It’s where you get to chill out, relax, entertain guests and unwind after a long day. Having a fireplace in your living area can make it an even cozier space! Getting to kick back and luxuriate in front of a roaring fire is a wonderful thing to look forward to after work or on the weekend. However, a living room with fireplace design can be a tricky challenge. How do you incorporate a fireplace into your layout and design plans?

There are definitely some extra considerations when you’re dealing with a living room with fireplace design combo. Will you want TV viewing as well as fireplace seating? Do you want the fireplace to be the main focal point? Does the fireplace actually work or is it just for show? We’ve put together 11 rooms that show you how to create the perfect living room with a fireplace design to help you start to envision different possibilities for your home. Keep scrolling to explore the looks!

The Layout: Formal Fireplace Design

This space features a basic living room layout that incorporates the fireplace into the living space. It’s a conversational setup with enough seating for large gatherings. And the fireplace doesn’t take over as the main focal point, but it’s seamlessly incorporated into the space so everyone can still enjoy it.

The Key Design Elements:

This layout features furniture “floating” in the middle of the room. The foundational furniture pieces are pulled away from walls, making the fireplace the centerpiece of the space, but not the main focal point (learn more about floating furniture). The layout leaves room around perimeter for other functions you might enjoy, like a reading nook, office space, room for a bar cart, etc.

There is lots of seating here, including the chairs, stools, and sofa. And the best part is that the chairs swivel and stools can easily be moved for a more flexible arrangement. This helps keep the focus on the center of the conversation circle—which is all great for entertaining! Stools in front of the fireplace give you a place to sit and warm up, and you can move them to the other side of the coffee table if needed!

This Layout is Great If You… Love conversation in front of the fireplace and like to entertain and gather in a cozy setting.

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The Layout: Sofa Facing The Fireplace

This layout also facilitates conversation, but it keeps the fireplace as the main focus of the room. It’s a great setup for cozying up in front of a fireplace with intimate seating.

The Key Design Elements:

This layout enables easy conversation but could also work for TV viewing—you can just swap mantel decor for a flatscreen. The view faces out the window so you can enjoy the scenery of nature! The two armchairs are grouped in front of the window and can be incorporated into a cozy conversational area with the sofa.

This design also leaves enough open space behind the sofa to work as a dining area, reading area, office space, etc. This layout is nice if you have a bigger, open living-dining room you want to divide into two zones to maximize space.

This Layout is Great If You… Enjoy having a view outside the window, or if you like intimate settings and a close-knit gathering place.

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The Layout: Symmetrical Sofas Design

We love this more formal living room look with matching sofas facing each other. It’s optimal for conversation and entertaining purposes. This is not the best layout for TV viewing, but it’s great for reading books, having coffee, and entertaining friends.

The Key Design Elements:

This living room features a symmetrical layout that’s open on one side so it pulls you directly into the conversation circle. The fireplace wall creates a U-shape area with bookcases for extra visual interest. The fireplace and art are the main focus of the room without the distraction of TV.

The space feels super open and welcoming because the windows and ledge break up the solid wall. The seating is a formal arrangement—it’s not versatile as the sofas are large and stationary, but it’s a lovely set up for sophisticated entertaining.

This Layout is Great If You… Love inviting guests into a beautiful formal living area or if you want a quiet space to enjoy your fireplace.

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The Layout: Corner Fireplace Design

This casual layout incorporates the fireplace into the mix. It has a lounge feel with rocking chairs and decor around the fireplace. The seating is open with space between the fireplace and sofa, creating a warm, inviting layout.

The Key Design Elements:

The floating furniture is pulled away from walls and windows and creates a casual seating area that’s not so tight around the heat of the fire. That way, the fireplace is a nice “surprise” in the corner—it’s part of the space but not the main focal point! The TV is situated across from the sofa so it’s there for easy viewing but doesn’t compete with the fireplace.

The seating here is more fluid, meaning the chairs can be moved around to accommodate different uses. This is a great set up for playing games with the family! There’s lots of space for foot traffic around furniture pieces and throughout the room.

This Layout is Great If You… Want to enjoy a lounge feel with TV viewing and fireplace ambiance.

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The Layout: Conversational Fireplace Design

This is another great layout that’s all about conversation and face time with your guests. The sofa faces the fireplace and chairs face sofa for the ultimate conversational setup. Furniture floats in the space but is grounded by symmetry and a large rug so the room feels very intentional and put together.

The Key Design Elements:

A visually grounded sofa anchors the seating area, while smaller accent chairs surround the front of the fireplace to create a “circular” conversation center. The pouf comes in handy because it can be used as a footstool in front of any of the seats or as extra seating itself. Chairs can be moved around to face the fireplace or look out the window when you don’t want a closed conversation circle. And bookcases flank the fireplace for added visual appeal—you can even add a reading nook or study to the space.

This Layout is Great If You… Love family game nights. Enjoy curling up with a good book or coffee in front of the fireplace. Or just want a light, open layout.

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The Layout: Cozy Fireplace Nook

This is a great layout if you are using your fireplace as a decorative element, not a functional feature of the space. This look has books added inside the hearth and decor on top for a casual and un-intimidating fireplace layout/living room. Plus, the fireplace is at end of the room as a backdrop—it’s not the focal point but it definitely makes a statement in this space!

The Key Design Elements:

The seating elements around the fireplace create a casual, bohemian style lounge to sit and relax while the non-functional fireplace acts as decor/furniture itself in being used as a bookshelf. The living room opens up into the dining space and pulls both spaces into each other. Low furniture like the stool, chair, and pouf are super casual, relaxed in looks and function and create a very laid-back, boho vibe.

This Layout is Great If You… Want a casual, inviting space. Like lounging near the fireplace and don’t want the actual heat! Have (or don’t mind) a non-functional fireplace that’s more for aesthetics.

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The Layout: Dual-Focal Point Design

This layout features an L-shaped sectional that faces the fireplace and open kitchen/dining area. The floating furniture layout without pieces anchored on the walls opens the room up to other spaces and allows for conversation without feeling tight and cramped.

The Key Design Elements:

This layout features furniture in line with the fireplace, keeping it open for traffic to move throughout the space. The L-shaped sofa defines the space but also leaves lots of open room so it doesn’t feel cumbersome and inhibited in any way. It’s a great way to divide open space into distinct areas for different uses.

This Layout is Great If You… Like a minimal but cozy look/layout. Want an open flow to see/conversate with people in other rooms.

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The Layout: Sofa In Front of the Fireplace

We are super into this unexpected layout idea for a living room with a fireplace! If you don’t use your fireplace and/or don’t want to incorporate it into your layout, putting a luxurious sofa in front of it is a great way to maximize space. It also uses the fireplace as an architectural backdrop!

The Key Design Elements:

The layout features a sofa facing out, keeping the view and conversation away from the fireplace. We chose a luxe chaise sectional to create a stunning centerpiece in the room. An office in the living room allows the space to be multifunctional— otherwise, the fireplace might’ve taken up too much space. The living room features a mix of styles and allows the quirkiness of the layout to feel intentional.

This Layout is Great If You… Love a unique, dramatic look in your living room. Don’t plan to use your fireplace but don’t want it to create wasted space. Want a lounge feel that’s open for conversation, cocktails, etc.

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The Layout: Chaise Sectional Design

This layout features furniture pulled off the walls and arranged closer to the fireplace for a cozy feeling. The big armchair offers a place to sit, relax, and drink wine by the fire and the sectional creates a more casual, relaxed look. It’s an ideal arrangement for conversation and small groups.

The Key Design Elements:

This design features a cozy, intimate seating arrangement with a singular chair to keep the space open. The chaise on the far side from the fireplace creates a cozy feel and a conversation circle without blocking the fireplace. And the setup makes sure to keep the fireplace front and center as the focal point!

This Layout is Great If You… Want to cozy up in front of the fireplace. Like smaller, more intimate settings.

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The Layout: Fireplace as the Backdrop

This layout features symmetrical sofas that frame the fireplace in the backdrop. Armchairs block in the seating area from the inside in order to keep space open as you walk in. It provides a cozy, conversational seating area without closing off the far side of the room.

The Key Design Elements:

Matching sofas and chairs keep the room symmetrical and classy while also providing comfortable seating options for you and guests. The ottoman and chairs are easily movable for different arrangements/needs for space. And you can enjoy the fireplace from the chairs, ottomans and even from the sofas.

This Layout is Great If You… Love having large groups of people over!

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Zen Out: 6 Ways To Create a Calming Home

zen home designFor many Modsy customers, a zen home design with minimal furnishings, colors, and objects is the ultimate modern haven. Rooms that feel serene at every turn; calming hues that soothe the senses; and simple, streamlined furniture that play up the ‘less is more’ aesthetic. All of these elements come together for a home that inspires rest and relaxation from the moment you step inside.

But even though the look is minimal, sometimes finding the right pieces to get this look at home can be a challenge. So for some quick inspiration and guidance, we’re breaking down the zen home look here to help you build a calm, quiet retreat with style to boot.

Get Comfy With Clean Lines

A calm home is a comfortable home. So when it comes to furniture, choose pieces that have simple forms but are big on comfort. A large sectional with clean lines is a great foundation for the living room, while a sleek sofa works perfectly in a smaller space. Carry this approach over to minimalist ottomans and tables as well!

zen living room ideasOpt For a Soothing Palette

Neutrals, pastels, and light, warm tones all have a way of instilling calm in a home, so lean into those shades and explore the entire spectrum. Think foggy grays with seafoam green, lavender with sherbert orange, and light wood tones with off-white upholstery. Keeping to soft, dreamy hues will create a soothing vibe throughout.

Minimize Clutter

A cluttered space is the antithesis of calm. And a zen home is all about stripping things away and being thoughtful about what you do bring into your space. You don’t have to Marie Kondo your rooms, but try to edit down your belongings and furnishings. Or invest in hidden storage pieces to limit the number of things you have on display.

Simplify Your Styling

This goes hand-in-hand with banishing clutter. With the objects and furnishings that you do keep and showcase, try not to over-style. That means displaying only a few select objects on tables and shelving, adding just a few pillows to your sofa, and not overcrowding your walls with art. It’s a minimalist approach that will create breathing room within your spaces.

Invite Greenery Inside

Plants inspire calm and happiness, and rooms with greenery can also add a bit of life to your spaces. We love using plants and greenery as a way to add color to minimalist spaces, not to mention they are natural air purifiers. Try bringing in a few tall plants to liven up empty corners.

zen bedroom ideasLet In Lots Of Natural Light

A dark, cave-like interior doesn’t exactly inspire a zen feel. If you have big windows, skip the heavy drapes or opt for sheers to let in lots of natural light. Don’t have a ton of windows? Spread some dim lighting throughout your rooms. We like the three-tier approach: A lamp on a table or console, a floor lamp in a corner, and sconces on your walls. Or, layer lots of candlelight, which always lend a sense of calm to spaces.

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My Modsy Story – When It’s Time to Invest In New Furniture

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After buying their first apartment, this couple was ready to invest in furniture and embark on an in-with-the-new design project.

Homeowner: Justin and Amanda, Mechanical Engineer + Lawyer

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Room: Living Room

Their Style: Industrial Visionary

The Backstory

My wife, Amanda, and I were super excited to buy our first home – an apartment in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. Before this, we’d moved apartments every few years so we always bought cheap, simple furniture just to fit the current space.

As soon as we moved, we realized it was time to invest in ‘real furniture’ because we knew we wouldn’t be leaving this apartment anytime soon. We wanted to create a more permanent design where everything in the room fit together, instead of a hodge-podge of old furniture from previous apartments. Plus, our new living room is a lot bigger than others we’ve had so we wanted to find creative ways to use the space.

All in all, we were excited to a space of our own have the funds to furnish it, so we wanted to come up with a design and invest in furniture that we’d absolutely love.

Justin and Amanda’s space before

The Design Dilemma

While we were great at picking out individual pieces of furniture, designing our new apartment was a challenge because we wanted to make sure everything would look good together.

To top it off, our new living room layout is completely different than any place we’d lived in previously, so I was having trouble visualizing ideas in the new space. We quickly realized we needed some help choosing new pieces and designing the room.

invest in furnitureJustin and Amanda’s final Modsy design

The Modsy Moment

I came across an ad for Modsy on Facebook and, as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to use the service. We had a pretty good idea of how the space should be laid out, but I wanted to see if the designers at Modsy could contribute any new ideas.

Modsy sounded great because we both enjoy home design and wanted to be very hands-on with the project. We liked the fact that we could ask for revisions on our designs and also go into the editor and move/swap things around ourselves. I wanted to feel confident that the furniture we chose would come together to create an awesome space.

invest in furnitureJustin and Amanda’s final Modsy design

How Modsy’s Designs Helped Justin and Amanda

We’d only focused on the living room as one big, open space, but our Modsy designer created a beautiful little coffee and reading nook, which we fell in love with instantly.

Also, we’d struggled for months to decide on one of the biggest pieces that sets the mood for the entire room – the rug. Amanda liked smaller patterns while I preferred more solid colors. In one of the two first designs, Modsy showed us a rug that we both loved!

“It was so easy to visualize our home from all angles without missing any of the details.”

I was also really impressed at how closely the 3D images replicated our apartment. The living room is open to the kitchen and our designs even included 3D models of kitchen cabinets in the background. It was so easy to visualize our home from all angles without missing any of the details.

invest in furnitureThe Real Results

Modsy helped us incorporate our own design style with new ideas we never would have come up with ourselves. We ended up purchasing almost everything in our designs through Modsy because the volume of discounts was so much better than anything the individual stores offered.

“It also gave us confidence in the design because we had a chance to see the final project and purchase everything at once.”

It also gave us confidence in the design because we had a chance to see the final project and purchase everything at once. We transformed the space from a lackluster sitting room into a gorgeous living space that reflects our tastes and style. It was amazing to do a complete redesign in one go!

The experience was quick and seamless and we created a design that we both love and will feel good about for a long time. We’ve already recommended Modsy to our friends who are interested in redesigning their homes and want to invest in furniture they’ll love.

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Make the Most out of Your Small Space: Ultimate TV Viewing Party Layout Guide

small living room layout with a TVWith game day and the Oscars just around the corner, you might be thinking about hosting a viewing party. A great viewing party (of any kind) requires a TV (duh), enough places to sit, a spread of delicious snacks, and great company. But what if you live in a small space? Finding a small living room layout with a TV can be a challenge.

So while you focus on fine-tuning your guest list and adorning your space with Pinterest-worthy decorations, we’re rounding up some of our favorite TV viewing layout hacks. No matter if your space is large or tiny, these small living room layout ideas will make sure space is red carpet-ready before your guests arrive.

Read on to learn how to create your ultimate TV viewing party layout.

small living room layout with a TV1. Maximize Seating

While “standing room only” might be great for a concert, ample seating is fundamental to any great TV viewing party. These tips will help you get the most booties in chairs without adding clutter.

Backless seating:

Benches and ottomans are great ways to add extra seating to your small space without over-stuffing it with bulky furniture.

  • Benches look great in a hallway or at the foot of your bed, and can easily be moved into the living room for extra seating when you need it.
  • You can also use two ottomans to make a bench. Break them up into two smaller seats when you need.

Create movie theater rows:

Just like group photos, place lower seats in the front and taller ones in the back. This will help ensure everyone has a great view of the TV.

  • Use bar stools to make a back row for your viewing party. Clear stools are especially great in small spaces, as they help reduce visual clutter.

small living room layout with a TV2. Maximize Surface Area

Now that you have seating aplenty, you’ll likely want some surfaces to go with it. Instead of buying more tables, repurpose what you already have.

Two coffee tables are better than one:

In small spaces, having the flexibility to move your furniture is important.

Try two smaller coffee tables in your space instead of one large one (or consider if you need a coffee table at all). Keep them together for daily use and separate them when you host to accommodate more people reaching for popcorn.

Pouf-perfect:

We love poufs because they are super versatile. Use them as a footrest or a stool, or even a side table. Ensure your pouf can go the extra mile, and look for one that’s substantial enough to support a tray with drinks and snacks.

Snack station:

A console table hidden behind your sofa is a sneaky way to add extra storage to a small space. But for special TV viewing occasions, try relocating your console table to an open wall. You can use it as an impromptu buffet table where guests can help themselves to snacks and drinks.

Open bar (cart):

Who doesn’t love a good bar cart? If you’re in the market, consider one on wheels which you can use as a mobile drink station. Easily wheel it out of the kitchen to serve drinks, and slide it away when you need the extra space.

small living room layout with a TV3. Final Tricks

A few finishing touches to make your small living room layout with a TV work for you.

Throw it on the floor:

Even your floor can be a nice seat if you add a little cushion. Floor pillows are a simple way to add seating and can be conveniently stashed away when you don’t need it.

Mirror-mirror:

Nothing like a large, reflective surface to make things look larger! Not great for your pores, but perfect for your living room.

Try hanging a large mirror above your sofa to help open up your room. Or embrace a more glam style with mirrored furniture, like a side or coffee table.

 

Need a hand finding the right small living room layout for you?

You don’t have to cram a bunch of furniture into your home only to find you rarely use it. Our layout guide is for both before and after the party, because the size of your home shouldn’t dictate your design choices.

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Everything You Need to Know About Picking a Christmas Tree

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The holidays are upon us, which means Christmas trees are making their way into homes all across the country. Believe it or not, Christmas trees have been a part of American holiday celebrations since the 1850s. And no surprise, tree-trimming has become one of the most anticipated holiday traditions in many households.

However, while real, chopped-down-by-hand Christmas trees are emblematic of the holidays, they’re not the only options nowadays. From Noble Firs to tinsel trees, you’ll find different Christmas tree types in all shapes and sizes. What kind of tree you prefer is up to you, but we’re here to help make it easier to decide.

Want to try your tree before you trim it? Start your project today and get expert design plans laid out in a 3D version of your exact room. It’s practically magic!

Get to know the five most common Christmas tree types and learn the pros and cons of each!

 

Live Christmas Trees

Christmas tree typesThe Fraser Tree

Live Fraser trees have become a classic American staple — they’re the most popular choice of the Christmas tree types for the holidays in the US! Similar to Douglas Firs, Frasers tend to be more slender and have blue-green needles with silvery undersides. This gives them an extra lush look and a nice glimmer when strung with lights.

Pros:

  • Great for Lots of Ornaments: Frasier trees have upturned and stiff branches that make them perfect for hanging ornaments by the handful.
  • Stays Fresh and Lush: The needles retain their color for a long time, so your tree will stay fresh through the end of the year. This makes Frasers perfect if you like keeping your tree for a while.
  • No-Shed Needles: Fraser trees don’t shed needles as quickly as other varieties, even if you forget to water them once or twice throughout the holiday season.
  • Beautifully Fragrant: These trees have a strong, fresh scent!
  • Fits Anywhere: They’re compact, so Frasers can tuck nicely into corners and also work in smaller spaces.

Cons:

  • High Price Tag: Fraser trees grow slower, which makes them a more expensive option.

 

Christmas tree typesThe Noble Fir

Slender, tall, and narrow, Noble Firs, with their signature a triangular shape, are a leaner variety of the Christmas tree types.

Just as lush in color as their Douglas and Fraser counterparts, Noble Firs also have deeper grey-green needles. Their branches grow horizontally in different bunches with larger amounts of space in between, which provides lots of room for ornaments to hang. They’re also lightly scented if you’re looking for just a touch of fragrance in the air.

Pros:

  • Sturdy Branches: Noble Firs are the tallest of the Christmas tree types and have the strongest branches. This makes them a good choice if you’re looking to hang large and heavy ornaments (think gingerbread houses, silver bells, mini angel figurines).
  • No-Shed Needles: Noble Firs don’t shed their needles hardly at all, meaning they’ll last longer than most other Christmas tree types.

Cons:

  • Skinny Looks: Noble Firs have a less full look than most other Christmas tree types. So if you’re looking for a more robust tree that’s decked out with lights, ribbons, and lots and lots of ornaments, this might not be the right option for you.

 

Christmas tree typesThe White Fir (or Concolor Fir)

Also known as the Colorado White Fir tree, this lush evergreen is native the mountains of the western United States. Its branches grow in a spiral shape and have long, lush needles, resulting in tree that’s dense from top to bottom!

Pros:

  • Full Foliage: If you’re looking for a tree that’s big, fluffy, and perfectly shaped, the White Fir is a great option.
  • A Sweet Citrusy Smell: Many people love White Firs because they have a unique citrus scent that ushers in the holiday spirit. But if you prefer the smell of fresh pine, maybe consider another of the Christmas tree types instead.

Cons:

  • Colors Fade: The needles on this tree variety don’t hold their color as well. While they start off as a bluish-green, they eventually fade to a duller green hue as the tree ages.
  • Medium-Weight Branches: Smaller ornaments are best on White Firs as the branches are only moderate in strength and won’t be able to hold heavy trinkets like other trees.

 

Artificial Christmas Trees

Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Tree IdeasThe Pre-Lit Tree

While fresh Christmas trees are lovey, they do require a good amount of work. Think hassling with the tree stand, watering daily, and dealing with a floor full of fallen needles.

Fake trees can save you from all that hassle, and they’re just as beautiful, like this pre-lit faux Frasier tree, which has glittering frost-speckled needles molded from natural cuttings.

Pros:

  • Easy to Maintain: Set up is a breeze! You assemble the different parts of the tree, plug it into the wall, and it’s ready to go.
  • Built-in Sparkle: The snow-dusted branches give this pre-lit fake tree a glimmering, wintry look that never fades. Even real trees can’t compete with that.
  • Zero Pickup: There are no fallen needles to clean-up. Simple as that.

Cons:

  • Less Personal: You can’t change the color of the lights that come with pre-lit trees and many people find they have to use specific ornaments to compliment the shape or style of the tree.
  • Not Fragrant at All: Needless to say, unlike real trees this fake version doesn’t give off that signature sweet, fresh-chopped Christmas tree scent.
  • Surprisingly Pricey: Many pre-lit trees come with a hefty price tag. But if you don’t plan on re-purchasing a real tree yearly, this could be a worthy investment.

 

Christmas tree typesThe Tinsel Tree

Christmas trees don’t come any sparklier than Silver Tinsel trees, which have a retro look that’s reminiscent of 1950s aluminum trees (Charlie Brown Christmas, anyone?). Because it’s all silver, light reflects beautifully from the branches and brings a cozy and magical ambience to any room.

Pros:

  • Choose Your Color: You’ll find tinsel trees in a range of color options, so you can be be sure this type of tree will bring a unique look to your space.
  • Minimal Decoration Required: Tinsel trees often look better with minimal decor, so it’s perfect if you prefer a simple tree with a low-maintenance look.

Cons:

  • Expensive Upfront Cost: These trees are built for convenience over quality (meaning they might not hold up as long as some other faux tree varieties). Nonetheless, tinsel trees can still sport a hefty price tag and can be more expensive than a regular living tree.
  • No “Real Tree” Resemblance: If you’re looking for a fake tree that still looks like a real one, then a tinsel tree is not for you.

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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

 

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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

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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.

Learn More: Clever Design Ideas For Awkward Spaces

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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5 Tips for Designing Your Living Room

 

We polled our Modsy Designers to get the inside scoop on their top five tips to make designing your living room a breeze.

1. Hone in on the primary use of the room

Will you use the space to hunker down and watch tv, host formal gatherings, or as a cozy spot to spend time with your family? Deciding how you want to use the room will help make deciding on the best layout and type of furniture much easier.

 

2. Arrange your furniture for conversation

The living room is often an important gathering point in the house. Arrange your furniture in a way that encourages interaction and conversation. Don’t be afraid to pull your chairs or sofa away from the wall.

 

3. Get smart with color

Color is one of the more powerful design tools at your disposal. If you want to make a statement, pick one bold move, like an accent wall or statement sofa, and keep the rest of your space more neutral. If you’re a little nervous about color, consider limiting bold hues to your accessories like pillows and art, which can be replaced more easily.

 

4. Play with textures

Whether you love a bold color or are more into neutrals, working with a variety of textures is a great way to add depth and sophistication to your space. Combine pieces like a chunky rug, a sheepskin throw, a velvet couch, and a leather chair for a look that’s layered and eye-catching.

 

5. Vary the scale

Don’t buy pieces that all have the same weight and height. If you have a large sofa, opt for an open base coffee table for balance. Try pairing lamps or side tables of different heights and styles for a more unique and less “matchy-matchy” feel.

 

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Small-Space Hacks: Maximize the Living Room for Your Needs

In our “Small-Space Hacks” series, you’ll find stylish solutions for tiny spaces as well as tricky areas that often get overlooked in the home. Not your typical DIY projects, these “hacks” involve simply rethinking furniture with a little ingenuity to create spaces that enhance your daily life.

This week we show you great ways to make the most of a compact living room. Here are a few of our favorite tricks to turn your living room into a functional and inviting space that’s big on comfort and style.

Choose Flexible Furnishings

Furnishings that are flexible and versatile in use are great options for making the most out of smalls paces.

A good place to start is to ask yourself what you’ll be using your space for. Will you host friends and family visitors often? If so, consider a sleeper sofa that’s a stylish seat by day and a comfy bed at night.

If you live in a studio and want to divide up your small space, consider using 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.

 

Choose Smart Storage

Being strategic with your storage is essential in a small living space.

Bring in furnishings that incorporate storage, like a coffee table with drawers or tiered shelving, a trunk that can double as a side table, or ottomans that allow you to stow books, blankets, and other small accents within.

Moreover, take advantage of your walls (and save floor space) by adding shelving. Or, opt for a narrow bookcase that provides you with lots of vertical storage.

 

Choose Designs That Open Up Your Space

Another great trick for small space living is to incorporate furniture that is not only functional, but also makes your space look larger and more open.

Pieces with slender silhouettes and open bases are great choices to help minimize the visual clutter than can easily accumulate in small living rooms..

Sofas on tall, tapered legs create the illusion of an open and airy look, rather than heavy, dense options that sit directly on the floor. Likewise, chairs with open or slatted backs and tables with open bases, will provide the same sense of openness and give the illusion of more space in the room.

Choose Mirrored and Glass Accents

Play up the illusion of a large and open small living room by deploying a few mirrored pieces and glass-top tables.

Hanging a large mirror can help to expand the perspective in a small space and make the room seem more spacious. Try one above your sofa as a way to reflect more light through the room.

Glass-top tables also have a way of opening up a room. Consider a dining table with a glass surface, or even a coffee table option to keep your small space feeling light and airy.

 

Choose the Right Sized Rug

Finding a rug that is the right size for your small space is a surefire way to keep your space from appearing smaller and add major comfort.

Make sure to take measurements of your room, and avoid picking a rug that’s too big (it will overwhelm the space) or too small (it will look awkwardly out of place).

A good rule of thumb is to find a rug that can define your seating area—one that’s big enough for your coffee table to stand on top as well as the front legs of your sofa and chairs.

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Layout Hacks: Our Favorite Tricks to Incorporate TV Viewing into any Living Room Layout

It’s a simple fact that for many of us, the main focal point in our living rooms is the television.

It’s also a fact that not all living room layouts were designed with TV-viewing in mind. Living room designs can have a variety of functions and they, literally, come in all shapes and sizes! Some living rooms have fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, or strangely angled walls that don’t lend themselves nicely to a comfy TV watching layout. And for many people these days, the TV is a main gathering place in the home—we watch sports, have movie nights with family, binge Tiger King, and we need a big space to gather and vege out. It’s not always easy to come up with living room layout ideas that check all your boxes!

So what’s a design-savvy, Netflix-binging person to do?

You don’t need to compromise between a space that looks nice and accommodates your favorite activities. To prove it, we pulled some of our favorite customer spaces to show off some of our favorite tips and tricks for TV-viewing layout solutions. Keep scrolling for some of our all-time best tv room layout ideas along with some new ones we’ve added in April 2020!

TV layoutUse the back of your sofa to define the space

Challenge: A living room that also serves as the entryway where people are constantly walking through on their way in and out.

Solve: Rather than placing the sofa against one wall and the TV against the other, try pulling the sofa several feet away from the wall, letting it float in the middle of the space. The back of the sofa can act like a wall, keeping the walkway behind it clear and creating an intimate living space for family time around the TV.

TV layoutTry swivel chairs for an easy swap to TV-viewing

Challenge: Finding a layout that allows you to enjoy the fireplace and watch TV, all without straining your neck.

Solve: Instead of facing your sofa towards the fireplace, try rotating your living room furniture 90 degrees. This makes for a great conversational area centered around the fireplace and lets the sofa face the TV, which is tucked out of the way, against the opposite wall.

Bonus: The two blue armchairs can swivel around, to face the TV, making for easy extra seating when guests are over.

TV layoutDivide a large space into multiple zones

Challenge: A large, open, and long living room that needs to accommodate multiple activities.

Solve: Rather than designing this room as one large living space, consider a layout that breaks up the room into two distinct areas—a formal living area and a more casual TV viewing space. A great way to visually separate the two “zones” is to use different area rugs. This will help the two spaces feel connected, yet distinct.

TV layoutPlace your TV next to the fireplace, on an angle

Challenge: If you want to make your fireplace the focal point of the room, but also want to include a TV, you might think your only option is to mount your TV above the mantle.

Solve: A simple solve for this can be to place your TV at an angle on a credenza next to the fireplace. This allows you to enjoy both focal points, without the TV overwhelming the space.

Use your sofa to divide the space

Challenge: Making an open floor work for multiple functions like a dining, living, and study space.

Solve: Use your sofa to divide an open space can be a great way to create separation between the different areas. Here, the sofa floats in the middle of the room, facing the only wall where a TV could be mounted and not block the windows. This allows for a small dining area behind the sofa and a desk by the windows.

TV layoutGet creative and utilize nooks and crannies

Challenge: An open living space with a lot of windows and no clear spot to place a TV.

Solve: Utilizing small nooks can be a great work-around for rooms with no obvious place for the TV. Rather than blocking a window, which can cause your TV to look backlit and block your view, try placing your TV in an otherwise un-utilized space, like this awkward nook under the staircase.

tv room layoutUse Your Attic loft as a TV room layout

Challenge: Sloped ceilings make this room an awkward shape with limited interior design options.

Solve: A living room or attic with sloped ceilings can be tricky because you don’t want to worry about bumping your head in the low clearance areas. However, this setup can also be great for a TV-viewing layout because it creates an intimate, tucked-in vibe for cuddling up with a movie! The best furniture layout is to place sofas up against the walls so they block off traffic under the low-clearance areas and provide plenty of seating.

tv viewing living roomUse a Sectional Sofa to Divide Open Living-Dining Spaces

Challenge: A living room that flows into the dining room and feels like one large, open space.

Solve: This room is tricky because you don’t want to block the glass wall of doors and windows and the other sides of the room are open into the dining area. We opted to mount the TV on the short wall, leaving space for a storage shelf below. The sectional sofa fits against the larger wall for easy TV-viewing and comfy seating galore. The sectional chaise also helps define the two distinct spaces and direct traffic flow through the house.

Make use of unexpected places

Challenge: With a fireplace on one wall and windows on the other… furniture options are limited.

Solve: This is a great design but it presents a TV-viewing layout quandary for sure. It makes sense to put a sofa against the long, open wall, which is perfect if you don’t need a TV and want to take advantage of the fireplace on the opposite wall. But what if you like having both? Use the small patch of real estate next to the fireplace to fit a petite console and TV. This furniture setup makes it easy to see the TV and enjoy the fireplace so you have options when you’re lounging in the living room!

Get creative with an open concept space

Challenge: An open living space with a split-level living/dining room and no clear spot to place a TV.

Solve: This area has lots of open space, but no obvious way to design a TV room layout. The best answer is to get creative with living room furniture placement! Place the sofa perpendicular to the dining room and facing the room’s only solid wall. This sneaky “floating” furniture layout hack lets you use the large wall as your TV mounting area and uses the back of the sofa to divide the room. That way you create a cozy living area with a dining room that overlooks it.

living room with a tvMount the TV above the fireplace

Challenge: You want to make your TV the focal point of the room, but a fireplace takes up the available wall.

Solve: Mounting the TV above the fireplace is the classic way to handle this situation and keep the TV front and center. Place the sofa or sectional facing toward the fireplace for the optimal TV viewing experience—you don’t want anyone to worry about neck cramps! You can also tuck a few other furniture items into the design to create multiple spaces. In this room, we created a cozy reading nook, so the TV isn’t the only focus.

Max out under TV storage

Challenge: A super small living room means storage space comes at a premium!

Solve: If your living room is on the smaller side, then you have to be pretty crafty with your design work. It’s great to have a TV in your living area so you’re not always watching on your laptop—but then you also want plenty of space to sit comfortably and also a coffee table and…well, a super tiny space can start to feel pretty cramped with only a few furniture items! You have to get crafty with small spaces, which is why we opted for a credenza against the wall space under the TV. It has plenty of room for storage and makes use of space that would otherwise remain empty!

Enjoy dinner and a movie

Challenge: Making an awkward long and narrow living room work as both a lounge space and dining area.

Solve: Rather than designing this room as one large living space, consider a furniture layout that breaks up the room into two distinct areas—a formal dining area and a more casual TV viewing space. A great way to visually separate the two “zones” is to use an area rug in the living room. That way the TV has its own distinct setup—it helps the two spaces feel connected, yet spacious and separate.

tv living roomTuck your TV to the side

Challenge: You like having your fireplace as the focal point of the room, but also want to include a TV for now-and-then viewing.

Solve: Sometimes you just don’t want a big TV stealing all the attention in your living room but you don’t mind having one for occasional use. Good news: mounting it above the fireplace doesn’t have to be your only option! Place a credenza or media stand next to your fireplace to display your TV. It won’t be the main focus of the room, but it is still easy to see from the sofa. And when you’re not interested in screen time, you still have your cozy fireplace as the main focal point.

tv room layoutMaximize your layout potential

Challenge: Finding a layout that allows you to enjoy the fireplace AND watch TV—all without straining your neck.

Solve: Instead of facing your sofa towards the fireplace, try arranging it perpendicular to the fireplace. This makes for a great conversational area centered around the fire so TV is not the main show. We like to think of swivel chairs as the equivalent of dresses with pockets—they can pretty much do it all. When you’re ready to watch TV, the chairs can swivel around to the screen and pivot back to the sofa as needed. The sofa also faces the TV, which is tucked out of the way against the opposite wall.

Use what you’ve got!

Challenge: Huge, open living spaces are a conundrum all on their own—but this one ups the ante with floor-to-ceiling windows on all walls!

Solve: If you’re scratching your head wondering what to do with a space like this, you’re not alone! We usually arrange sofas with the back to the wall and devote another full wall to the TV, but that’s not an option here. Instead, we floated a large, 3-piece sectional in the center of the room to help anchor the space and create a distinct TV-viewing area. We used the one small strip of wall available to mount the TV right across from the sofa so you have a great view of the screen. A large area rug helps divide the room, too, and create a dedicated section as the living room.

 

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A Simple Solve for a Common Living Room Dilemma

For many homeowners, having a large living room can be a conundrum, especially when it comes to figuring out the best seating and furniture arrangement. And it often starts with where the sofa should be placed. Not surprising, given it’s the largest and most essential furniture piece in every living room.

It’s almost instinct to place a large-scale furniture piece, like a sofa, against a wall. It’s a practical approach that essentially helps guide where everything else in the room would go.

However, as this before-and-after scenario proves, there’s more you can do with a sofa than just pushing it up against a wall in a large living room—which ultimately results in a much more relaxed and welcoming space.

 

BEFORE: An Imbalanced Use of Space

Having your sofa against a wall is a great way to carve out an intimate seating area in a large room, but it also leaves a lot of underutilized space in the rest of the room.

In this living room, the sofa may be perfectly positioned against the wall, but everything else around the room feels out of place. There’s a lonely tall bookcase has no place to go but a wall in between two doorways, which feels random and out of place. Similarly, a large cabinet ends up blocking out half a window on the other side of the room because there’s no space for it anywhere else in the room. The result is a layout where the focus is on the sofa, but the rest of the room feels impractical and imbalanced.

AFTER: A Perfectly Welcoming, Multi-use Space

Consider floating your sofa in the middle of a large room rather than placing it against the wall instead. Designers often float a sofa as a way to create a room within a room, to delineate different areas in a large space, or simply to center the focus. If your large room features architectural elements like a fireplace, you can use it as a visual starting point to inform your sofa placement—either one opposite the mantel or two perpendicular to it.  

Additionally, if you want to formalize your living room, floating your sofa will give it an elevated look, as it helps establish the room as a dedicated place for lounging and conversation.

This Layout Works Because….

 

It Takes Advantage of the Fireplace

For any living, family, or sitting room where there is a fireplace in the middle (or designated spot for your TV), floating your sofa opposite it will help to centralize the layout. Here, the fireplace and the sofa immediately establish a sense of welcoming balance in the room and create a centralized focal point.

It Opens up the Flow of the Room

By floating your sofa, you’ll have a much better flow in a large living room and there will be no awkward unused areas. The arrangement allows you to create other smaller vignettes, such as a wall lined with tall bookshelves or a reading corner by the window, as seen in the layout on the right. It also provides you with more room to walk around the furniture and the space, so you can easily move from one area to another. Think of the sofa in the middle of the room here as the one piece that unifies the overall space.

It Makes Better Use the Walls

Before, the large cabinet in the room was relegated to a space that blocked one of the windows. By floating the sofa in the room, it opens up the entire wall space for a storage and display area that can even accommodate an additional bookshelf, creating a symmetrical arrangement. Unlike the lower-profile sofa, these tall bookcases help to fill out the large empty walls given their height and draw the eye up.

It Creates Space to Lounge

By floating your sofa in the center of the room, it also frees you up to spread out your seating to create mini lounge areas. Previously, this armchair was placed in a cramped spot in the seating area. In this new arrangement the chair can be pulled up to a window to become its own independent reading nook.

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Skimp or Splurge: 4 Factors to Consider When Shopping for a Rug

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If you are in the process of designing your home, you might have discovered the dirty word that is “budget.” Furniture is expensive, and the reality of designing a home (without spending a small fortune) often means making trade-offs. One of our stylists’ favorite tricks for designing quality spaces on a limited budget is to use a mix of budget-friendly and investment pieces.

In our new “Skimp or Splurge” series, we’ll tackle different items from sofas to storage, and show you how to decide where to spend and where to save your money.

This week we’re taking on the question of rugs. Available in an impossibly wide range of prices, it can be difficult to know how to choose an option that is right for you. We asked our stylists how they decide when to splurge and when to save on rugs.

1. What do you want from your rug?

The main difference between an 8’x10’ rug that costs $300 and one that costs a month’s mortgage payment is quality. High-quality rugs have a richness of color and a plush texture, and they can last you a decade or more if you care for them properly. Low-cost rugs, on the other hand, will fade and pill quickly and need to be replaced more frequently.

If you are working with a tight budget, but don’t want to completely skimp on quality, consider a flat-woven rather than a tufted rug. Flat-woven rugs tend to be available in larger sizes at lower price-points, and their tight weave renders them more durable.

Stylist Tip: With so many options on the market today, you don’t have to sacrifice style for budget. Our stylists can recommend budget-friendly rug options that work for your space and style.

2. What’s your timeline?

As with any big ticket furniture item, how long you plan to live somewhere is an important factor to consider before making a purchase.

If your living situation is temporary, you might consider skimping and going with a cheap option. If you’re settled down or plan to live in the same place long-term, investing in a quality rug makes more sense.

Also consider that rugs, unlike other pieces of bulky furniture, are relatively easy to move. They can be rolled up making them much easier to transport and store. Unlike other items, if you get tired of seeing your rug in the living room, it can be repurposed in another room.

3. What room will the rug be in?

Where you plan to place the rug is also an important factor to think about when considering whether to invest or save your money. Ask yourself if the room where you plan to use the rug will get a lot of foot traffic.

A place like your entryway might not make the most sense for an investment rug as it is more likely to get stomped on and worn down from heavy use. Conversely, your living room or bedroom might be a great place for an investment rug.

Stylist Tip: Also consider if you are a shoes-on household. Habits like these are difficult to break (especially if you live with other people) so consider how your lifestyle might affect the lifetime of your rug when deciding if it is better to skimp or splurge.

4. Do you have kids or pets?

Often people say they don’t want to invest in a rug because their kids and pets are prone to messes. One way to confront this conundrum is to go with a lower cost rug that you won’t miss when it gets destroyed. However, this approach might cost you more in the long run, as cheap rugs tend to fall apart quicker and are often made of materials that absorb stains easily.

Rather than replacing a $200 rug every six months, consider investing in a high-quality rug that can stand up to the messes and won’t get destroyed immediately by your children or furry friends. Natural fibers can be a great option, as they are sturdy and are easy to clean.

If you have young children, also consider that cheap rugs are often made of synthetic materials, which can be potentially toxic. If you have a little one who is an avid crawler, it might be worth investing in a high-quality rug that is free of toxic protectants and fire retarding chemicals.

 

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How to Make Neutral Spaces More Exciting

neutral spaces

While neutral spaces can feel simple and beautiful, they also run the risk of feeling bare without the right accents. Here, we show you 5 color palettes that always work to spice up a neutral space—and how to incorporate them into your own home.

1. Natural Tones

If you’re looking to switch up your neutral space with a color scheme that’s easy on the eyes, consider this light, earthy palette that brings together hues often found in natural materials.

The key is to keep with softer natural tones; instead of dark slate and walnut, opt for pebble gray and blond wood. Try looking for a natural-fiber rug in a light basket color to give yourself one large anchoring piece. It will make for an easy point of color reference for choosing other accents. The result is a pared-down vibe that’s simple and soothing.

Where to Start:

Think different light wood tones with natural fibers, wheat and straw with sandy browns, cowhides with stone and gravel.

 

2. Blue & Gold

For a versatile color that’s not a neutral, blue is your next best bet—every shade of it. Consider pairing blue and gold, a metallic, for a stylish and sharp alternative to classic blue and white.

To create a cohesive look with this combination, decide on a statement shade of blue and choose different pieces that help to spread it around in a neutral space—whether it’s a blue pillow, a rug, or an oversize piece of art. The idea is to create different focal points with the color. Then, focus on adding small gold touches, like side tables, picture frames, and floor lamps. A little glimmer can go a long way. The result is a pairing that’s always elegant and modern.

Where to start:

Think indigo with brass, cerulean with golden yellow, baby blue with gold leaf, cobalt with gilding.

3. Warm Tones

Rich rustic colors are a surefire way to spice up your neutral surroundings; they’re guaranteed to add vibrancy to a room. Consider mixing warm reds and oranges into a neutral room for a look that’s bold, vivid, and inviting.

Look to the shades in between red and orange as a way to lock in your color range. Then decide if you want to pull in more reds or oranges into your space. Whichever color you choose, work from one end of the color spectrum, pulling out two to three shades of the color as you move towards the other. In doing so, you’ll create a gradiated palette. Try an upholstered piece in a red or orange you love, then look for two more pieces in different shades. Remember that too many pieces in this warm color family can easily overwhelm your room; too few, and they can feel out of place.

Where to start:

Think apple with cherry, brick with terracotta and fire-engine red; tangerine with apricot, sunset with burnished orange and bronze.

4. Green & White

Green and white is one of the most versatile color combinations—even more so than blue and white. The possibilities for this pairing are endless. And no matter the shade of green you choose to pair with white, this combination always looks chic.

From everyone’s favorite banana leaf print to malachite, green and white is more prevalent in your decor than you think. The key to mixing green and white into a neutral space is to add different patterns in this palette. For instance, try a rug with a leaf design and a pillow with green geometrics and some greenery. The result is a cohesive look that’s also layered.

Where to start:

Think jade with malachite, olive with seafoam, forest green with herb hues like sage, basil, and mint.


5. Jewel Tones

A jewel-tone palette is certain to dial up the glamour in a neutral space. Unlike any other palette, the approach is to go big, so consider adding a few statement pieces in these vivid hues.

When it comes to decorating with jewel tones, think bold solids. Whether it’s artwork in an amethyst purple or a pillow in bright amber, decor and accents in one color will provide the most impact. Jewel tones, like emerald, ruby, and sapphire are heightened primary colors, so they will naturally complement each other when used separately. Try starting with pairs of pillows and art. Another bonus? These colors also work well with metallics, such as gold, silver, and mirrored touches.

Where to start:

Think emerald with amethyst, ruby with amber, sapphire with rose quartz.

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Have Your Sofa’s Back: 4 Ideas for What to do with the Space Behind Your Sofa

Behind the sofa

So you’ve mastered the art of the floating sofa. Great job! This is one of the points interior designers love to hammer home – pull your furniture away from the wall and your life will be complete.

And while this always looks great on Pinterest, in real life you’re left with an empty and, potentially useless space behind your sofa and the question, “Now what?”

Our stylists offered up their 4 best ideas for what to do with the space behind your sofa. See which option works for your needs, and try one on in your home today.

 

Space behind the sofa

1. Console Table

Perhaps the most obvious idea, a console table is a great option to cover your sofa’s behind. Available in a wide range of styles and prices, a console table is a great way to add a little extra storage to an otherwise unused space.

For smaller spaces, try a console with open shelves for a light and uncluttered look. This is also a great option for displaying your favorite decorative pieces.

If you have more room to work with, or if maintaining the look of open shelving just sounds like a chore, choose a console with enclosed storage. These look great and require minimal upkeep.

Stylist Tip: Opt for a console that is a few inches shorter than the back of your sofa, and about ⅔ the width of your sofa. This will create a balanced look and keep walkways clear.

 

Space behind the sofa

2. Bench

Another space-saving solution, a bench behind the sofa is a great way to sneak in extra seating and storage to your living room. This is an especially great option if the back of your sofa is near your entrance, so you can use the bench as a place to sit on your way in and out.

Try an upholstered bench with a pop of pattern to play up the warmth of your leather sofa. If you need an extra place to stash clutter, a storage bench can be the perfect solution.

Stylist Tip: Make use of the empty space on the sides of the bench to tuck a floor lamp or some baskets. Another great way to use this dead space and keep high-traffic walkways clutter-free!

 

Space behind the sofa

3. Seating Nook

More seating behind your seating? Why not! The space behind your sofa can be the perfect place to tuck a cozy reading nook or an intimate space for conversing over drinks.

Two small chairs with a patterned side table create the perfect place to get away from the main living room activities, but also keep you close (great for parents who want to enjoy a little “me time” without straying too far).

Stylist Tip: Be the host with the most seating! Chairs and benches behind the sofa are great ways to incorporate extra seating that can be re-arranged when entertaining guests. Simply tuck it back in place when they leave, no garage storage required.

 

Space behind the sofa

4. Desk

If you’re looking for an option that is a bit more functional than a console table, try a desk in the space 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.

Stylist Tip: Although you can often use a console table as a desk, check the height before you commit. Many console tables are several inches taller than desks, making for an uncomfortable work station.

 

 

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Try one of these ideas on in your space!

 

Modsy Redesigns Real Housewives of New York Star, Sonja Morgan’s Townhouse

It’s Sonja Morgan’s (second) living room and she’ll redesign it five ways if she wants to.

During the season finale of the Real Housewives of New York, Modsy virtually redesigned Sonja Morgan’s Manhattan townhouse five ways.

 

Design 1: Classic Eclectic
Design 1: Classic Eclectic
Design 2: Eclectic Minimal
Design 2: Eclectic Minimal
Design 3: Industrial Drama
Design 3: Industrial Drama
Design 4: Boho Beach House
Design 4: Boho Beach House
Design 5: Minimal Take on Hollywood Glam
Design 5: Minimal Take on Hollywood Glam

 

Ready to “revamp and revitalize” her formal living room, Modsy got to work transforming Sonja’s space into five completely different designs. Starting from scratch, we created an exact 3D model of her space, from the ornate fireplace to the fabulous de Gournay wallpaper.

Tour the five looks below!

 

Design 1: An eclectic take on a classic look

Sonja’s yellow de Gournay wallpaper takes center stage in this design. Paired with classic motifs and pieces with traditional shapes, this design is an eclectic take on a classic aesthetic.

The yellow wallpaper adorned with tropical fauna creates the perfect backdrop for chinoiserie accents, such as the bamboo motifs that harken back to classical European interior design. The marbled wool rug washes the space with a layer of chic sophistication, which keeps the design feeling fresh and modern.

We love this look because it mixes colorful and classic elements together for a look that is both fresh and timeless.

 

Design 2: Minimal Chic with a Modern Edge

Black, white, and wood? Yes please! In our second redesign we stripped the wallpaper and painted the room all in white for a less is more take on Sonja’s space. This design takes her living room to new graphic heights with over-sized prints paired with understated, geometric furnishings.

Layers of geometric forms, raw materials, and modernist silhouettes create a space that celebrates minimalism with an edge.

We love this look for anyone who loves a refined and minimal look but still craves a healthy serving of drama on the side.

 

Design 3: An Industrial Lounge with a feminine twist

This look might be more dramatic than all 9 seasons of the Real Housewives combined. Oxblood leather panels adorn the walls, transforming the room into an intimate enclosure that evokes a 1950s smoking lounge vibe. The iconic Barcelona lounge chair creates a modernist focal point while the velvet chesterfield sofa seems like the perfect place to drape oneself with a martini.

We love this moody design because it serves up an industrial look with a decidedly feminine edge.

 

Design 4: A Bohemian Hampton Beach House

Easy and breezy, this design takes an eclectic approach to a Hamptons beach house look. We love the combination of natural materials with the classic formal architecture, and the traditional pieces paired with more eclectic accents.

This take on Sonja’s living room is polished but still approachable and on-trend. We love it for anyone who wants a space that looks formal but feels comfortable.

 

Design 5: A Minimalist take on Hollywood Glam

Sitting at the crossroads between luxury and minimalism, Sonja’s final living room look is a modern take on old school glam. Minimal ornamentation, this space is all about color, texture, and form.

The design flaunts a teal paint job paired with a teal sofa, along with black and white checkered marble floors for an extra pop of drama. A pair of pink velvet chairs inspired the abstract, grassy pink mural on the back wall.

One of our favorites, this design is saturated in color and is the look for anyone who loves Hollywood glam without the extra frills.

 

You don’t have to be a real housewife to have your home virtually redesigned. Start your own project with Modsy and watch your room transform without lifting a finger!

Style Spotlight: Rustic Warmth

Rustic Cozy Living room

 11 of our Favorite Cozy and Rustic Living Rooms

 

Do you crave a space that is inviting and cozy, traditional but still completely livable? Then chances are your style in Modsy terms is Rustic Warmth. One of our most popular styles, it’s a look that makes any house a home.

Browse through some of our favorite customer rustic living rooms to see if Rustic Warmth is the style for you!

Rustic Cozy Living room

1. Two symmetrical sofas fill this open living room and create the perfect cozy conversation space.

 

Rustic Cozy Living room

2. For this customer’s space we opted for a live-edge, wood coffee table with hairpin legs to add a modern flair to this traditional living room.

 

Rustic Cozy Living room

3. A busy, patterned rug adds texture to this dining room. Also a great option for hiding any spills that might occur!

 

Rustic Cozy Living room

4. Have a small space? Try an open-base coffee table like this customer did, to give your room an “airy” look and keep it from feeling cramped.

 

Rustic Cozy Living room

5. Two button-tufted leather chairs keep this living room traditional, while their swivel bases and sleek shape add some contemporary notes!

 

Rustic Cozy Living room

6. Pops of warm metals against neutral linens keep this living room feeling cozy and rustic.

 

Rustic Cozy Living room

7. We opted for light and medium woods in this customer’s space to keep the space feeling warm, but not too heavy.

 

Rustic Cozy Living room

8. A leather bench with a minimal shape gives this entryway a pop of warmth without looking too heavy and cluttered.

 

Rustic Cozy Living room

9. A pile of patterned and textured pillows alongside a buttery leather ottoman make this living room the perfect place to curl up and get cozy.

 

Rustic Cozy Living room

10. This long horn steer is the perfect way to add a rustic crown to your sofa.

 

Rustic Cozy Living room

11. Reclaimed woods alongside hammered metals give this living comfortable space the perfect rustic hideaway.

 

Want more Rustic Warmth? Try it on in your own space today!

 

 

Style Spotlight: Mod Visionary

Style Spotlight: Mod Visionary

 

Do you dig a retro look almost as much as you crave a clean space? Do sleek forms and modern styling set your heart aflutter? If so, then chances are your style is what Modsy calls “Mod Visionary.”

The Mod Visionary look combines Mid-Century Modern forms with minimalist styling and colors. Our most popular style, browse through some of our favorite customer spaces to see if Mod Visionary is the look for you!

Big Space / Small Space:

No matter how many square feet you have to work with, our Mod Visionary collection is poised to work anywhere. Ripe with open-base pieces, this collection is full of furniture perched atop tapered legs to ensure an open and airy feeling in any room.

 

This small living room looks full and functional without feeling stuffed. The elevated sofa and coffee table create the illusion of weightlessness while also visually balancing the two dense side tables.

 

This open living room/dining room feels equally full and thought-out. To fill up the larger space, we opted for the sectional version of the mid-century styled sofa, a dynamic piece that comes in a variety of sizes and shapes to suit any interior.

 

This customer’s space also features our Mod Visionary collection, but it takes on a whole new function as a dining room. The open space accommodates a storage piece and an expandable dining table. Pro tip: place your extra dining chairs on either side of the credenza to avoid over-crowding your dining table.

 

A much smaller space, this dining room lives in close proximity to the living room. To work within such a small footprint, we swapped a glass-top dining table to visually open up the space and create an uncluttered look. No space for a credenza? A petite bar cart provides just the right amount of storage for a small space.

In the Zone:

Two spaces are better than one, and our Mod visionary collection is ready to tackle them all. This customer’s open floor plan was in need of some zoning to create two distinct areas. Turning the sofa away from the dining area helped visually divide the room, while still keeping the visual harmony of the space in tact.

First Impressions:

Have an entryway in need of a spruce? Mod Visionary has you covered. This customer had a lot of wall space to work with, so we ramped up the storage with a dining room credenza. We also love the play between the geometry of the doors and credenza. Yes way, entryway!

Architecturally Accommodating:

What really makes this style such a crowd pleaser, is its ability to work in a variety of environments. You don’t have to own a modern, all-white everything kind of home to enjoy Mod Visionary decor. A style that agrees with all kinds of homes, Mod Visionary works in contemporary estates to Southwestern bungalows, and it even looks right at home amongst high ceilings and Victorian cornices.

 

 

 

 

Want more Mod Visionary? See how it looks in your own space and get started today!

 

 

Design Dilemma: Choosing the right Rug Size and Style

Choosing the right rug

One of the most notorious design dilemmas our customers face is choosing the right rug for their space. Rugs are an amazing warm and fluffy way to add visual intrigue to any space. They are also expensive and large, and it’s easy to imagine yourself shelling out hundreds (if not thousands!) of dollars only to find you’ve purchased something that turns your room from “hot” to “not.”

A solution for this could be to go out and buy all the rugs you’ve got your eye on, bring them home, and try them out one-by-one in your living room. But if you’re like us and you don’t have endless amounts of money, a pickup truck, and all that time/muscle at your disposal, this isn’t a realistic option.

So here’s the good part. At Modsy we’ve created some amazing technology that lets you try on all the rugs you want, in your living room, without any of that hassle. Along with that, we’ve created this handy-dandy visual guide to help you learn how to pick the right rug for your space.

 

…The Blank Canvas

Choosing the right rug

 

Design Dilemma #1: Rug Style

Our eclectic minimal living room is looking a little bare without a rug underfoot. We picked three options that we love and they all seemed to match our style. Here’s what happened when we took them for a test drive:

Choosing the right rug

Moral of the story:

  • With a more eclectic styled living room, all that pattern from Rug #1 feels overwhelming and busy.
  • At the opposite end of the spectrum, Rug #2 didn’t have enough going on and it made the space feel sparse.
  • Rug #3 is our “Goldilocks” – that sweet spot in between that is simple enough not make the space feel overwhelming but also adds enough texture to spice up our living room.

 

Design Dilemma #2: Rug Size

Ok now that we know what rug we like, let’s try on some different sizes:

Choosing the right rug

Moral of the story:

  • A larger rug (we used a 9’x12’) bleeds out past the furniture and overwhelms the space. Having the sofa all the way on the rug, while the chairs dance on and off makes the space visually cluttered and confusing.
  • The small rug (we used a 3’x5’) gives us a tiny focal point in the middle of the room, and leaves the rest of the space feeling bare.
  • The middle size (for us, a 8’x10’) is just right. The front two legs of all the furniture are on the rug, creating an intimate “zoned” area in the middle of the room.

 

Of course, this guide doesn’t cover every possible rug dilemma out there. But don’t panic, Modsy is always here to help you move through your design paralysis and help you create a home you love.

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The Naturalist’s Interior: Designing a Minimal Bohemian Living Room

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Warm, calming, and eclectic, this living room is the naturalist retreat you’ve been searching for. Come lounge around on a patterned dhurrie settee or plop down on the floor with some pillows; this space is for those of you looking for a way to satisfy your minimal and bohemian cravings.

Get the Minimal Bohemian Look:

Neutral Color Palette:

Lay the foundation of your naturalist abode with a neutral color palette. Opt for whites, beiges, and browns to create a warm and calming space.

  • We started with a coat of Decorator’s White (Benjamin Moore) to let the unique architecture of our space shine.

Natural Materials:

Incorporate natural materials to enhance your living room’s naturalist vibe. Choose pieces that use raw or unfinished materials like jute, rattan, wood, leather, stone, or shell.

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Play with Texture & Pattern:

Amp up the bohemian feel by incorporating texture and pattern. Playing with these elements will give your living room that essential eclectic charm.

  • Bring a welcome pop of pattern to your space with the Bridal Rug Settee (Wisteria). We also love the honeycomb pattern and translucent glow of Serena & Lily’s Capiz Honeycomb Chandelier made with real capiz shells.

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Naturalist Living Room Collection

Add some Natural Curiosities:

The secret sauce of this space is its perfect balance between the romantic and scientific elements. Equally charming and intriguing, these few details are essential for nailing the naturalist look.

  • We included an homage to one of the most influential naturalists, the larger than life John Muir Tribute Tree artwork (Natural Curiosities). Add a touch of natural whimsy with sculptures and small objects, like our Floating Marble Ducks (Wisteria).

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We love the idea of bringing the great outdoors into your home. As American writer, Genevieve Valentine writes, “Nature provides enough order to soothe and enough entropy to surprise,” making it the perfect interior design muse. So, if you love the boho look but not all the color, or if you like minimal spaces but find them chilly, our Naturalist collection is the “neutral territory” you’ve been seeking.

 

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Boho Glam Wonderland: Give Your Hollywood Glam Living Room a Bohemian Twist

Have you ever walked into a room and wanted to touch everything? That’s how we feel about this India Mahdavi-worthy living room, that’s full of luscious textures, earthy colors, and sumptuous materials. The result is a boho glam wonderland!

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Check out the shopping list below, with 100% real (and affordable) products and take a peek at our cheat sheet to learn how to get the look.

How you can get the boho glam look:

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  • Start with materials: The key to this look is the combination of organic and luxurious materials. Soft leather, stone, sheepskin, velvet, and shiny gold are your friends.

 

  • Make an understated statement: Nix the frills of Hollywood Glam and say “no thanks” to button tufting, sparkles, and exaggerated patterns. Instead, let the materials shine by choosing pieces with sleek forms.

 

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

 

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

 

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  • Top it off with some whimsy: Create a playful space with whimsical accessories. Look for artwork that is a bit tongue-in-cheek for some great conversation pieces (as if this living room isn’t enough already).
    • We love the playful look of Anthropologie’s Ibex Side Table, and got a good laugh out of Alex Kostinskyi’s Knuba print (Artfully Walls).

Voila! Your living room is now the perfect balance of bohemian, glamorous, and minimal – oh my!

The Boho Glam Living Room Collection

 

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A Hygge Hideaway

Step inside our cozy hygge hideaway, and you can immediately smell the cookies baking and hear the crackle of the fire. Piles of pillows abound, plush comfy furniture offers itself as a cozy seat for snuggling up, and the floor is covered in layers of rugs and even more pillows. Harsh overhead lighting is forgone in lieu of glowing candles and twinkling string lights, and tranquil scenes of pastures and cottages hang on the walls. A gathering space for friends and family, we designed this room with the Danish concept of hygge as our inspiration.

We decided to show, rather than tell, what hygge is, and we also wanted to leave space for the concept to explain itself. Here’s hygge, in its own words….

Imagine if every time you walked into your living room it gave you a big hug. A hug that also swaddled you in chunky knit blankets with real, live puppies and placed a steamy cup of hot cocoa in your hands. That’s me, Hygge, and it’s oh so lovely to meet you!

“Who in the world is hygge?” you might be asking. That’s one of my favorite questions! (Oh, and I pronounce it “HOO-guh”) I’m not a person, I’m not a place, and I’m not really a thing either. I’m also not super flattered by being called a “lifestyle trend,” because I really hope you keep me around longer than your juice cleanse or your obsession with Pokemon Go.

I like to fancy myself more of a way of being, or a mindset of coziness that permeates Danish culture. I’ve been around for quite some time now, but it is only recently that I became so popular in the US (although the notion of ‘popularity’ isn’t high on my priority list, because I want to be everyone’s friend). I prefer slowing down, savoring the moment, and promoting a sense of well-being and connection. Ahhh… I’m feeling all warm and fuzzy just talking about it!

In case the next question percolating in your beautiful brain is “Where did you come from?” I have an answer for you! I am the proud descendant of the 16th century Norwegian term “hugga,” which means to comfort, or to console. Kind of similar to your English word “hug.” How wonderful!

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Leaving behind some pointers to give us guidance, Hygge is happy to inhabit any home upon invitation. Peep the checklist below to learn how to invite Hygge into your space!

 

Hygge Home Checklist:

  • Warmth and light – Turn off the overhead lights, light a fire in the fireplace, string up some lights, and top it off with some lovely candles.
  • Get cozy and fuzzy – layered rugs, pillows galore (even on the floor), and blankets for days are my favorite tricks for adding a dose of coziness to any space. I especially love plush rugs and all things sheepskin!
  • Keep it neutral and natural – I’m not neutral when it comes to my stance on color palette. I love an earthy palette because it fosters a calming environment. No bright colors please! I also prefer natural materials and finishes for the same reason. This should be a tactile environment that delights all the senses.

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The Collection

 

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A Living Room Under Budget

And Why We Think $6,000 is Reasonable

A little bit modern, a little bit eclectic. That’s the vibe we are channeling in this fresh and airy little living room number. A palette of blues and neutrals gives the space a fresh and calming vibe, while the playful patterns in the rug and artwork keep it feeling contemporary. But there’s more to designing a living room than style. We’ll set the scene: You discover Modsy and are so excited to start your home design journey. Finally, a headache-free way to try before you buy – go ahead, cut the tags off! You sign up, take the Style Quiz, and answer all the fun questions about your dream living room. And then comes the question about budget… Oh futon.

 

Mom always said, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, or a free sofa, or a free sofa to eat your lunch on (but really, shouldn’t you be eating at the dining table?). And while saving for a new car or a beach vacation is probably somewhere on your to-do list, we are betting you didn’t budget a whole lot to furnish your living room.

 

We are just going to come out and say it: buying furniture is expensive. You can’t go around it, you can’t go over it, you have to go through it and pay the extra taxes + shipping + handling. So rather than turning “budget” into a dirty word, we think it’s important to educate our users, and everyone else looking to design their home, about what it really costs to furnish a living room.

 

Brace yourself: the average cost to furnish a living room from the scratch is around $10,000+. If this is giving you major sticker shock, don’t worry you are not alone! It’s not our fault we’ve been lied to by all the beautiful pins and DIY trickery. You know those photos of gorgeous living rooms inside the glossy pages of Architectural Digest or Elle Decor that make your eyeballs drool? We all want our homes to look like that, but we don’t want to spend our kids’ college tuition to get there (yes, these spaces cost around $100k and that is not including the million dollar art collection!)

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So what’s a budget-savvy, smart, good design seeking homeowner to do? Before you begin to panic and cancel your Netflix account and vow to only eat soup for a year to save for your #livingroomgoals, we’ve worked some Modsy Magic and created a lovely living room with a price tag of only $6,000.

**You might be thinking, “Six thousand dollars still sounds like a LOT of moolah…” and yes while it is definitely a solid four figures, allow me to explain how we got to that number. Do a quick Google search on “living room budget” and you will find most interior designers calling out 10 big ones as the average “middle tier” for a complete living room overhaul. A lot of other articles claim it’s possible to get the look for $1,000, but the fine print discloses lower quality furniture and impractical DIYs.

We think six thousand dollars is the Goldilocks of living room price tags. Not too hot not too cold, not too expensive and not too poor-quality. Aside from taking a peek at the collection we created, we also polled our stylists for some of their favorite budget-friendly saving styling tips. That’ll do piggy bank. That’ll do.

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The Under $6,000 Collection

 

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Greenhouse Garden Retreat

You can eat your greenery or you can sit on it. Both have equally curative powers according to Pantone, who named this particularly leafy shade its 2017 color of the year. A symbol of new beginnings, the zesty, yellow-green hue is all about reconnecting, refreshing, rejuvenating, restoring, and pretty much any other “re-word” you can think of.

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But if this tangy green reminds you more of Kermit the Frog than a vegetable garden, you’re not alone. While not eagerly hoping on the greenery bandwagon ourselves, we tried embracing the color for its symbolic, rather than purely aesthetic value.

Amid our current tumultuous social and political climate, Pantone chose greenery as a means to encourage “green” ways of thinking and living. Pantone suggests that the shade can inspire us to reconnect with nature as we disconnect with technology and promote green ways of thinking in respect to such things as design, energy, and even diet for the coming year. Kale yeah!

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At Modsy we know that our environments shape our experiences, so we are taking a stab at incorporating some greenery into our domain. So if you can’t swing a spur-of-the-moment vacation to Airbnb’s Outside In London loft, we invite you to relax and photosynthesize inside our greenhouse garden retreat.

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A Petrie-Perfect Living Room

Cropping up in practically every living room pin and many a home tour photo essay, we are seeing Crate & Barrel’s Petrie sofa everywhere. Why? The Petrie’s Mid-Century Modern form, updated with a transitional edge, makes it utterly versatile and it is the perfect combo of comfort and style. It’s available in a plethora of sizes, shapes, and colors, making each Petrie sofa a unique bundle of joy that is suited to fit any interior.

We took our Petrie sofa out for a spin in three different spaces with three very different styles, and – spoiler alert – it looked equally amazing in each. So if your style is transitional, industrial, or eclectically modern, we’ve got a look to make your space Petrie-perfect.

 

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For our first space, we wanted to start with a basic transitional living room. And while such a style might easily feel boring or “vanilla,” we think the addition of the Petrie sofa transforms it into the best, slow-churned, locally raised vanilla ice cream we’ve ever had. We opted for the corner sectional version of our Petrie sofa to maximize seating and style. With this as our base, we layered in additional furniture with a Mid-Century edge. Keeping a neutral color palette with a few pops of color helps the space feel fresh. We love this look for anyone who gravitates towards a Mid-Century Modern vibe, but wants to live in a space that feels more contemporary and inviting.

 

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And on the other end of the spectrum, we’ve got the silky smooth dark chocolate gelato version of the same sofa. Here’s a space that will satisfy the cravings for raw materials and hard lines of our industrial enthusiasts (sorry, ice cream not included). An aesthetic that can feel a bit cold, here our Petrie sofa makes industrial look comfortable (you really CAN have it all!). We chose a dark charcoal fabric to compliment the moody grey-scale palette of our industrial interior. The industrial look is all about raw materiality, so we suggest selecting pieces with lots of metal, unfinished or reclaimed wood, and aged leather.

 

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Plopped inside this sweet little living space is the final iteration of our Petrie sofa. A golden yellow hue reminiscent of bold Mid-Century interiors, this version of the Petrie is “seated” inside an eclectic living room. This space is comprised of a mix of materials, colors, and styles, which mesh together and create a playful and invigorated living room. The consistent color palette of yellows and blues here keeps the space feeling cohesive, while the intentional combination of Mid-Century forms – such as the Petrie sofa, the tripod lamp, or the Beverly Hills Hotel artwork (to name a few) – give our living room an air of design sophistication.

 

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Industrial Chic Living Space

industrial chic living roomEven on an overcast, wintery day you still have a fabulous view of the city from international intelligence agent, Jane Bond’s penthouse. A luxe array of materials, iconic furniture, and every shade of black and white harmonize inside this industrial chic living room, where we got a chance to sit down and chat with the fierce female, herself.

 

Modsy: Last time we saw you, you were hopping on a plane to Paris. What’s changed since then?

Jane Bond: Wow time flies! It feels like nothing and everything all at once. My French has improved immensely and I’ve finally finished designing this space.

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Modsy: Your style has been described as a “feminine” take on a masculine aesthetic. Do you see it that way?

Jane Bond: I love industrial spaces, but I also crave things that sparkle. The industrial look is definitely one that gets attributed to a more “masculine” or rugged style, but I like to think I’m taking ownership and making it into something new that can be both soft and hard, masculine and feminine. Us ladies like concrete and leather, too!

 

Modsy: Can you give us a little insight into the design and styling of this room, in particular?

Jane Bond: I’ve been chasing this idea of the optimal entertaining environment. I love hosting gatherings, so I wanted to curate a space that catered to that need. The room is large, and I’ve filled it with lots of seating to create gathering spaces and little nooks for more intimate conversations. The overall look is a sort of glamorous take on the industrial aesthetic that you previously mentioned. I love re-articulating those two styles, which most people might see as opposites, and creating a space where they harmonize in this new, unexpected way.

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Modsy: Can you give us an example?

Jane Bond: Animal print. When you think cheetah spots or zebra stripes, they’re not usually associated with concrete or metal. In this space, I strive to combine those two opposites in a way that feels unexpectedly familiar. Take this rug for example or that tessellated zebra artwork. They are both pieces that might easily get labeled as very glamorous or “girly,” but here they add this texture and subtle feminine statement to the space. That’s what I absolutely love, the subdued drama.

*Jane here is referencing her Calm Leopard rug (Horchow) and her Zebraba Tile artwork (Minted).

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Modsy: How have your many travels played a role in shaping your design aesthetic?

Jane Bond: While I’m not really one to bring home souvenirs (and let’s face it, I don’t often have time for sightseeing), traveling to so many places has given me a crash course in design and iconic pieces of furniture. I love seeing the ways culture and personality are communicated through interiors, and I think that idea is really present in my home.

 

Modsy: What is your favorite piece you own and why?

Jane Bond: Oh wow… That’s so hard to say, but right now I’m really loving my Animal Study print from Natural Curiosities. It’s just another beautiful example of this idea of taking a familiar form and translating it into something unexpected. And the orange brings just a touch of warmth to this otherwise very cool space.

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Modsy: Is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about?

Jane Bond: Laughs. You know I can’t give any details, but let’s just say I need to renew my passport.

 

Inspired by Jane’s home, we’ve created a collection that encapsulates her industrial chic aesthetic. Shop all the products in this collection below, or see it in your space with Modsy

 

 

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A Spanish Colonial Revival Home Tour: The Granada Collection

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Freshly back from a trip to Granada, the tranquil city in southern Spain, we found ourselves struck by a case of the “post-vacation blues.” Rather than toting home souvenir keychains or t-shirts to remind us of our travels, we decided to bring our vacation home with us in the form of interior inspiration.  

 

When you step inside this Spanish Colonial revival bungalow, you will find a warm and inviting living space comprised of whitewashed walls, natural woods, neutral fabrics, pops of bold color, and Moorish touches. Our vision came from the rich heritage of Islamic influence in Andalucia region of Spain, especially evident in Granada’s magnificent “palace-city” Alhambra.

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As such, this is an interior heavily inspired by architecture, particularly that of the Alhambra’s Salön de Comares with its splendidly delicate marquetry ceiling. Comprised of over eight thousand individual pieces of cedarwood, the ceiling is an architectural and artistic marvel.

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To incorporate this aesthetic into our bungalow, we started with a neutral base of hearty and inviting furniture. We then layered in accessories and accents with a distinctly Alhambra-esque aesthetic. Geometry is the star of the show. Look for pieces with lots of pattern, intricately carved wood, and tesselated mosaic tiles. Natural materials should abound: opt for wood, marble, linen, wool, and gold to keep the environment feeling organic. And, finally, choose accessories with vibrant colors that skew towards the primaries to keep the space feeling warm and invigorated.

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A collection designed especially for Modsy’s Contemporary Collectors, Rustic Travelers, and Traditional Collectors, we love the idea of bringing your trip home with you in the form of some interior inspiration. Not sure what your Modsy style is? Take our Style Quiz to find out.

 

The Mood of Monet: Bringing Pastels Indoors

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Our big takeaway from this season’s runway collections was color. More subdued than sweet, a palette of moody pastels dominated the 2017 Pre-Fall collections of designers such as Valentino and Bottega Veneta.

A different take on hues usually reserved for baby showers and easter egg baskets, we found these stormier pastels reminiscent of colors employed by French Impressionist, Monet in his Water Lilies oil painting series.

 

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Left: Pre-Fall 2017 Bottega Veneta Collection, photo courtesy of Bottega Veneta. Right: Monet, Water Lily Pond, 1908

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Left: Pre-Fall 2017 Valentino, photo by Gerardo Somoza/Indigital.tv. Right: Monet, Le Bassin Aux Nymphéas, 1919

 

We translated this aesthetic from the runways to a modern living room. Using the same palette enhanced with luxurious materials such as velvet, burl wood, and mother of pearl, this living room captures the same moody vibe as the runway collections.

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For those who love a minimal yet chic space, this collection will be plucking at your heart strings. Not sure what your Modsy style is? Take our Style Quiz to find out.

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Natural Curiosities

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Get the London Loft Look: Three Takes on a Conversational Layout

2144_design3_reg_dogAt Modsy we know that living rooms, just like snowflakes and people, come in all shapes and sizes. We know it can be a challenge trying to find a layout that works for your unique space. To help, we rearranged our London loft and created three different takes on a conversational layout.

Today we are taking shelter from the rain inside this enchanting London loft space. The refined shapes and classical forms are the perfect pairing for this industrial living room interior.

For the Casual Conversationalist: A Layout that Flows

For this version of our living space, we created a layout that is all about the flow. We floated the sofa in front of the windows where it faces two chairs, angled inward. In the middle, we opted for a rectangular coffee table on wheels. The larger surface area puts everyone within reach of the coffee table, and the wheels allow you to move it easily, either within the seating arrangement or out of the way completely. This layout is conversational and encourages easy movement through the space. Great for both entertaining and every-day living, it is a layout that quite literally lets you talk the talk and walk the walk.

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For the Dinner Party Host: A Fiercely Formal Layout

If you find yourself craving a traditional look, we created a second layout for you that colors inside the lines for a fabulous result. Symmetrical and balanced, this space offers more seating with two sofas facing inward and capped by two armchairs at the end. We selected a trunk coffee table, which unlike our more portable glass table, conveys solidity and underscores the formal symmetry of the space. This option offers you a living room that is structured and facilitates conversation, even as it creates a space that feels formal and intentionally designed.

For the Multi-Tasker: A Flexible Layout

Less formally designed, our flexible layout is a great way to open up your living space and use it in different ways. One of our favorite interior design tricks is creating the sense of rooms within rooms. Here we placed the sofa in the middle and used it as a divider to create two distinct spaces within our living room. The seating area is now smaller, and feels more intimate and personal. We chose a round coffee table because the organic shape easily snuggles into the asymmetrical conversation nook. Behind the sofa we created an open storage area, but you can also use the space for a home office, dining area, or yoga studio. A great way to make your space feel more open, this layout is for the dweller of small spaces who wants to use their space in a creative way.

The Artful Mix: An Exploration of Collected Living

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From our furniture, to our fridge magnets, to the knick-knacks displayed on our coffee tables, our homes are full of the objects that tell the stories of who we are. Displaying such collected objects is at the heart of this living space. We’ve combined minimal styling with an eclectic assortment of statement and storied pieces. We call it the “Artful Mix;” it’s a space that works, no matter how you mix and match it.

The act of collecting is almost a universal practice. The stuff we surround ourselves with communicates information about who we are and what we like. Our homes, as private retreats and places to gather with friends and family, are highly personal and it makes sense that we would want to fill them with objects that tell our stories.

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The impulse to collect and display is nothing new. In Western history, we can trace this idea back to the Ancient Romans, who amassed paintings and sculptures from the territories under their influence. These collections functioned as “idea banks” for their own artistic production as well as showcasing the reach of their influence.

The idea of collecting as a basis for inspiration was re-articulated in the Renaissance in the form of the studiolo. In the 15th century the studiolo, or “cabinet of curiosities,” became a staple of Renaissance princely life. Studiolos were small rooms in the homes of wealthy Europeans full of collected treasures such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, and specimens of the natural world. Conceived of as private places of study and contemplation, studiolos and their contents were a mark of their owners’ wealth and intellect.

The artist’s studio is a more modern manifestation of the collected space. Beginning in the late 18th century, the artist’s personal collection of art and objects took on importance as an outward illumination of his or her creative genius. Pablo Picasso, for example, was somewhat of a hoarder and his studio was home to a collection of art, sculpture, and found objects. As eclectic as they are personal, the artist’s studio is a private spaces for inspiration, and we see the intimate ambience of the renaissance studiolo reinterpreted to suit this modern setting.

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As the artifacts in a Renaissance studiolo evidenced the “well collected” minds of their princely curators, and in the same way the inner workings of the Artist’s genius are displayed in his or her studio, our personal collections of objects map the stories of who we are. The Artful Mix, and this impulse to collect has trickled down through time, and now serves as a means of self-expression within our homes.

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You don’t have to be a world-traveler, artist, or curator to master the art of the mix. The same motivation is at work behind collecting fine wines, old books, and even souvenir snow globes. But if you need a little help jump-starting your collection, we put together a group of products that look great anyway you mix and match them.

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The Eclectic Minimal Living Room Collection

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Return to Classics: A Fresh Take on a Timeless Look

As dramatic as it is elegant, we are absolutely in love with this classic yet minimal Parisian apartment interior. The space feels simultaneously like a relic of the past and also palpably current. It’s this subtle tension between timeless and modern that makes this space so fresh even as it feels entirely familiar.

To create the look we combined traditional furniture, a monochromatic palette, and accessories with a classical flair.

We started with a base of neutral pieces with clean lines. We picked silhouettes that alluded to classical forms, but with clean lines and pared-down ornamentation. We especially love the Bryn chair (Crate & Barrel) and the Leonelle Sofa (Anthropologie) – the swooped arms on the chair and casters on the sofa hint at their classic antecedents, while their streamlined forms push a modern look.

 

Next we layered in our Chinoiserie accents. Roughly translating to “Chinese-esque,” the term refers to a European interpretation and imitation of East Asian artistic traditions. The 17th and 18th centuries saw a growing European fascination with the “mysterious East,” and the inclusion of these artistic elements in European decorative arts became a status symbol for the wealthy. In our space we opted for a modern take on Chinoiserie by selecting pieces with a subtle bamboo motif, such as the lamp, mirror, and bench.

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Then, we sprinkled in a few pieces of classical artwork and accessories with a modern flair. Look for pieces with a traditional subject matter, but depicted through a modern medium. The Equus Wall Art is a great example: the equestrian subject matter is a staple of classic interiors, but here it is depicted in an abstract expressionist manner, giving it a modern edge.

No Classically-inspired room is complete without a pair of Foo Dogs! You might be thinking: “What the Foo, these aren’t dogs?” And you’d be right! A corroded Western translation, “Foo Dogs” are actually a pair of guardian lions. Originating in India, the Foo Dogs spread to other parts of Asia, namely China, and from there they eventually came to Europe. Always a pair of a male and female, Foo Dogs are the symbolic guardians of the home. The male protects the structure and the female protects the dwellers.

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Stylist tip: We chose a pair of white-blue Foo Dogs to compliment our minimal color palette and keep the space feeling fresh. Try using them as bookends, or pendant pieces on a console or fireplace mantle. Just make sure you keep them as a pair for maximum good luck!

If you self-identify as a Refined Connoisseur, Contemporary Connoisseur, or a Timeless Traditionalist, you will be sure to love this Return to Classic space. Not sure what your Modsy style is? Take our Style Quiz to find out.

 

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Cabin in the Holly-Woods

We’ll be hibernating for the rest of Winter (maybe even some of Spring too) in this gorgeous “Cabin in the Holly-Woods” space. Part elegant hunting lodge, part wilderness chic, we designed this room for those who love rustic spaces with glamorous touches.

To start, we pulled together a base of hearty and comforting classic pieces, layered with delightful accents and luxurious statement pieces. Once the design was put together, we felt like our canvas – the room itself! – needed a little love. We decided some wall treatments were in order but, like many of you, we wanted to see the possibilities before committing. So, we came up with four options to choose from. We can’t decide, so pick your favorite!

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Blank Slate: For our original room we went with Benjamin Moore’s “Decorator’s White.” A slightly cooler shade, this choice creates a simple base for any interior and lets the furniture and materials speak for themselves.

Bold Color: Drama is the name of the game with this paint job. A bold and saturated green-blue hue, Benjamin Moore’s Salamander brings a breath of fresh-forest air inside our rustic glam space. We love how the gold accents and velvet sofa pop against this shade!

wood-panelingWood Paneling: This version of the space has been transformed by some peel-and-stick wood paneling from west elm. Available in four colors, we opted for the white-washed reclaimed wood for a fresh take on a “rustic cabin” staple.

wallpaperWhimsical Wallpaper: Piero Fornasetti’s Nuvolette wallpaper – “little clouds” in Italian – provides the stormy backdrop for the final version of our space. One of our favorite designers at Modsy, Fornasetti’s whimsical design transforms our glamorous cabin into a dreamy interior.

Stylist tip: We paired “Decorator’s White” with our Nuvolette wallpaper. The cooler white complements the wallpaper’s palette, where a warmer shade would feel oppositional.

If you like farmhouse chic, traditionally chic, or refined rustic spaces, you’ll be sure to love this collection! Not sure what your Modsy style is? Take our Style Quiz to find out.

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The Collection

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Modsy Collections: A Soothing & Serene Living + Dining Room

Now that 2016 is behind us, we hope you’ve had a chance to relax and spend time with loved ones. But, as we know recovering from the holidays isn’t always so easy. Here’s a little post-holiday detox for your home. We even went ahead and swept up the pine needles and packed up the holiday decorations for you.

A muted palette of beiges, greens, and earthy browns, lays the room’s serene foundation, while antiqued metal finishes and playful pops of pattern enliven the space and keep it feeling contemporary. A sophisticated collection that looks toward spring, but still warm and cozy for the winter.

Soothing & Serene Dining Room

Designed for anyone who craves a space that is so fresh and so clean, our collection will help you sail into the new year feeling uncluttered and renewed. Contemporary Minimalists, Discerning Collectors, and even those drawn to rustic and warm spaces will especially love this look. Not sure what your Modsy style is? Take our Style Quiz to find out.

Soothing & Serene Living and Dining Room

Stylist tip: Try pairing more formal pieces of furniture with playful accessories, such as fun art or patterned rug to give your space a little contemporary edge. We love the Looking Forward and Out of Egypt prints from Minted. They add the perfect touch of visual intrigue to a space, while still creating a balanced, put-together look.