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Interior Design & You: Building Your Dream Moodboard

Welcome to Interior Design & You, a virtual design seminar led by Alessandra Wood, Modsy’s VP of Style. In this series, you’ll learn some of the basics of interior design, as well as how to personalize your own home. Karina Lameraner, Modsy’s brand image and content guru, led us through session three, Building a Moodboard. Watch it below—or scroll through the post for a recap!

When it comes to designing a room, moodboards are a great way to kick off the creative design process. In the world of interior design, they’re a way to plan, visualize, gather inspiration, concept, and experiment. They help with discovery; pairing furniture, colors, and decor together; and visualizing how everything will fit together. They’re especially great for visual learners who need to see things together before committing to a design.

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What is a Moodboard?

A moodboard is a board—physical or digital—where you can collect imagery that inspires you. It can be broad, acting more as a vision board for things you love in many different areas of life, or it can be more specific, helping you figure out what things go together.

When creating a moodboard for interior design ideas, there are a couple different types of moodboards you can create. And each is unique with their own purpose and visual direction.

A Few Types of Moodboards:

interior design moodboardThe first type of interior design moodboard brings furniture and decor pieces together to help you see how all the pieces will fit and stylistically go together. This is a great type of moodboard to create during the furniture shopping or pre-furniture-shopping process. If you see a great piece you love, either in a store or online, you can pull it into a moodboard to help with inspiration overload or see how it might work with other things you already own!

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The second type of moodboard you can create is geared more toward space planning. With this type of board, you can bring textures, finishes, and paint colors together to see how they’ll work with one another in a space.

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The third type of moodboard is much more abstract. It’s a collection of inspirational images that, together, evoke a feeling or emotion that sets a vibe or literal mood for a space. All the images don’t all have to go together, and they can represent different things. The main purpose here is to gather images you love and are naturally drawn to.

All three of these different types of interior design moodboards aid in the creative process of discovery, as well as pairing and saving things together. You can also bring all three of these moodboard styles together into one board!

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Why Create a Moodboard?

Moodboards are great tools for planning to see how a space will come together. They’re used for high-level concepting and as a way of playing with different design ideas through visual experimentation.

Overall, the main purpose of a moodboard is to gather inspiration and set a tone or vibe for a design project. Of course, you don’t have to actively be working on a home project to create a moodboard! You can simply create a moodboard to stay inspired, or tinker and play with things you might be attracted to for future use.

Gathering Inspiration

Inspiration is key in creating a moodboard. And, when you’re using a moodboard to collect home design inspiration, it’s also key in building a space that you’ll love!

But where can one gather inspiration and actual imagery for moodboards? Pinterest is a great place to start, since you can not only discover so much inspiration and imagery, but you can save it and organize it on boards. Instagram is another great place for finding inspiration. To connect with the interior design world, follow interior designers whose style you enjoy and observe how designs unfold in real homes!

You can also get out of the digital world and seek inspiration through books and magazines. And we’re not just talking about interior design publications. Branch out into travel books and fashion magazines and get inspired by design elements in all realms of life. You’ll probably find colors, shapes, and styles that you like by branching beyond interior design. You can even venture into the international section of your local magazine stand and pick out a few publications from different countries. This will offer you new and interesting perspectives—and the imagery is stunning!

Some of Karina’s favorite publications of the moment?

Live Beautiful by Athena Calderone

Travel Home by Caitlin Flemming and Julie Goebel

Elle Decor

Dwell

Domino

Veranda

And, of course, you can turn to the world around you. Get outside for a walk and take photos of plants or shops or building architecture or houses that inspire you. You can also look in more unexpected areas to help inform your design style, mood, and overall aesthetic. Turn to your wardrobe, brands you buy from, restaurants you frequent, or places you like to vacation. There are often little elements from each area where you can pull inspiration that will help inform your direction.

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Building a Moodboard

When building a moodboard, we recommend starting really big and broad, then get more granular as you go. So, start with one image or one piece of furniture , then work you way into the details. You don’t have to have everything in place all at once. Part of the moodboarding process is gathering imagery you love over time!

Bring in imagery of furniture pieces you love; establish a color scheme through paint paint swatches and objects; bring in architectural details and textures, as well as rugs and flooring ideas; and layer in specific pieces of art, lighting, and decor that help set the mood.

As we mentioned earlier, this collection of images could be for a room that you’re actually getting ready to design, offering you or your interior designer a great jumping off point—or it could just be a fun project to get you inspired even if you don’t have the time, budget, or need for a room redesign!

And remember—there really is no wrong approach when it comes to a moodboard. Making one is an incredibly personal journey and the process can be unique to you. Go with what feels right, and let the pieces speak for themselves.

Tools + Resources

Ready to get moodboarding like a pro? It’s all about using the right tools. (And don’t worry, they’re not complicated.)

To create a digital moodboard, we love programs like Keynote (for Apple users), PowerPoint, or Google Slides. Each of these programs make it easy to drag in photos you’ve collected, arrange them in layers, and move them around. Canva is a free app that’s easy to use. It lets you create moodboards with your own imagery, and you can use it on your phone or computer. And, of course, Photoshop is a classic, though not as many people have access to it, and there’s a definite learning curve as you get started with that program.

When creating a moodboard digitally, go ahead and save images to your desktop as you go, then organize them into folders after an inspiration session. From there, you can then easily drag inspiration photos into whichever moodboard you might be working, or simply copy and paste photos into a document!

You can also make “hard copy” moodboards by hand! Try cutting images out of magazines and pinning them on a board. For tactile learners, this will help you better visualize how everything works together. And it’s also a great option for those who love to cut images out of magazines and catalogs!

Ready to get started? Dive in! And share your finished moodboard with us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook! And remember, with Modsy, we can take your moodboard ideas and bring them to life through our virtual interior design services. You can also take our style quiz to identify your interior design style and learn what your style says about you. So, get inspired and have some fun!

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Interior Design & You: Discovering Your Personal Style

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

Interior design is deeply personal. That’s because it involves the spaces in which we live. And we all want our homes (where we’re now spending more time than ever before) to be a reflection of ourselves. At Modsy, we love helping people discover their personal interior design style. But so many people don’t even know where to start when it comes to identifying or talking about their own interior design style.

So, if you’re wondering “How do I know what design style I like??” we’re here to help. In fact, that’s what today’s seminar is all about. Of course, we’d be remiss to not mention our style quiz, which is an easy way to help you hone in on your preferred interior design style, especially when giving our online interior design services a spin. But, beyond that, we have some other tips to share today on how to think about your personal style!

Getting Started

When we talk about style, we might use terms that are very stylistically (and industry) driven—terms like Mid-Century Modern, Minimalism, Boho, or Rustic. But all of these styles are really just a mix of some basic elements. We created a scale (which you can see above) that helps illustrate the five basic spectrums on which all interior design styles live. These spectrums are empty to full, old to new, formal to casual, organic to fabricated, and safe to adventurous. We’ll define each of these spectrums below!

But before that, a couple grounding thoughts to get us started…

We’re All Eclectic By Nature

In terms of interior design styles, most of us don’t fall squarely into one style category. Rather, we all tend to have a slightly eclectic mix of interests. We all have so many different inputs and sources of inspiration in our lives when it comes to style—from our parents or grandparents’ styles, pop culture, places you’ve travelled, along with all the beautiful images you see on Instagram and Pinterest. All of those things influence what you are attracted to and what you love. So, we want to show you how to merge it all into one space.

Style Is Super Personal

As we mentioned earlier, style is super personal. What you love is what you love—and that’s the most important thing. An interior designer can help you unearth what you’re naturally drawn to, but at Modsy we believe what’s most important is that you have a space that you love and that reflects who you are. That’s what drives what we do every day! Through today’s seminar, we hope you not only start to pinpoint your personal style, but learn to be daring and accepting of it!

Now, let’s dive into these basic elements and spectrums of interior design, explore how they come to life in a space, and help you figure out your own personal style.

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Empty vs. Full

Empty or full? No, we’re not talking about hunger here. In interior design, empty or full spaces refer to how much stuff is in a room, whether physical objects or visual stimuli.

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Empty: When referring to an emptier space, you might hear design terms like minimal, contemporary, and modern.

Full: If you lean more toward a style that feels full, with more objects, colors, and patterns, words that describe these spaces might be eclectic, bohemian, maximalism.

Somewhere in the Middle: But, like we said, these two elements are a spectrum. So, most styles will live somewhere on the spectrum rather than being completely empty or entirely full. Some of these style combinations that blend empty and full are contemporary eclectic, like the room shown above, and minimalist maximalist.

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Old vs. New

On the spectrum of old versus new, you might be someone who wants everything to be vintage or antique. (We’re talking to all the Emily Gilmore’s out there!) On the other end of the spectrum are those who only want to fill their homes with new objects—to go to a store and buy everything off the shelf. But there’s a lot of in between here; you don’t have to choose just one extreme. In fact, a mix of old and new gives a lot of depth and a sense of story to your space.

how do i know what design style i like

Old: As we think of different style terminology that might align with the old side, you might think classic, formal, or American traditional.

New: On the new end, you might lean toward contemporary, modern, or mid-century modern.

Somewhere in the Middle: Some great examples of styles that meet in the middle are Victorian Farmhouse or even an “old meets new” style that combines one statement antique piece paired with furniture that has modern and minimal lines for added drama and higher contrast. (Want to learn a little more about decorating with antiques? Check out episode 2 of our podcast!)

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Formal vs. Casual

It’s probably pretty easy to visualize formal and casual spaces. Formal spaces are those where everything is pulled together and not a pillow is out of place. There’s probably a lot of symmetry going on, with pieces designed for more formal entertaining. Meanwhile, a casual space is where you can kick back and lounge. Rooms with casual style tend to feel more welcoming and inviting and less precious and stiff.

how do i know what design style i like

Formal: Design styles that lean more formal are those like classic, Hollywood glam, and traditional.

Casual: Styles that lean more casual are eclectic, bohemian, rustic, and mid-century modern—styles that are all about livability.

Somewhere in the Middle: But, of course, there are always styles that are happy mediums. This includes styles like Traditional Comfort and Bohemian Glam.

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Organic vs. Fabricated

You might be wondering how the terms organic and fabricated fit into the world of interior design. But in this realm, organic refers to the materials, shapes, and forms of furniture and decor. These are pieces that take inspiration from the natural world—whether in their materials or shapes, which are often evocative of nature. Fabricated pieces, on the other hand, are clearly designed. Their shape, form, or style have a clear guiding hand; you look at them and know that a craftsman or artisan created them.

how do i know what design style i like

Organic: Styles that fit into the organic realm are eclectic, rustic, farmhouse, and coastal.

Fabricated: Styles that align with fabricated pieces are industrial, modern, and minimal.

Somewhere in the Middle: Combined, you’ll find styles like Mid-Century Minimal and Bohemian Glam.

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Safe vs. Adventurous

On the spectrum of safe to adventurous, you might not want to define yourself as safe—but In interior design, safe definitely doesn’t mean boring! It simply means it’s a design style that feels less bold and trend-forward, with pieces that lean more traditional and have a more neutral color palette. Adventurous designs, on the other hand, are more wild. They layer more colors, bold materials, and sculptural elements. People who lean toward adventurous designs indulge in trends and tend to change out pieces every few years to keep up with those trends.

how do i know what design style i likeSafe: On the safe side are design styles like contemporary, transitional, modern, and rustic (proof that safe can absolutely be stylish and beautiful).

Adventurous: If you want to go big and bold with color, pattern, and form, you probably lean toward eclectic, bohemian, and Hollywood glam.

Somewhere in the Middle: Styles like California Modern and Comfortably Chic do a beautiful job of mixing safe and adventurous design elements.

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Putting it into Action

These are our five scales that we’re thinking about as we help you understand and think about your own style—and elements we take into consideration in your room designs. We hope they give you a good framework to think about your own personal style. And remember—you don’t have to stick with just one style. You may do different styles in different spaces within your home, or gravitate toward different styles at different times in your life. We contain multitudes—so there’s no need to limit yourself.

Now, you’ll be set to explore some interior design ideas to visualize these design elements in action. And if you’re curious to learn a little more about interior design styles, be sure to check out episode one of The Render, Modsy’s very own podcast, where we unpack how to discover your interior design style and what your style says about you

So, where do you fall on these spectrums? What styles do you resonate with most? We’d love to hear! And don’t forget to check out session 1 and session 3 of Interior Design & You!

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Minimalist Interior Design 101: How to Get the Look in Any Room

When you think of minimalist interior design, images of spare white-box rooms might immediately come to mind. But to understand the evolution of minimalist style, you’ll have to look back to the 1920s and 1930s. It was during that time when a German design school introduced the Bauhaus style, which was characterized by spare, simple decor.

From there, the style developed over the decades to include functional furniture and clean-lined objects and geometric shapes, often placed within sparse and spacious settings that featured no more than two basic colors. For a while, that became the most recognizable approach to minimalist interiors. But that’s no longer the case!

Minimalist interiors today are anything but overly stark. They range from cozy and livable spaces that are layered with woven textures and streamlined and comfy sofas and chairs to rooms that are anchored in a strong color palette and iconic mid-century designs. It makes sense and simply goes to show how the pared-down minimalist look works with virtually any style designs.

Can’t imagine how minimalism can work for you and your home? Don’t worry. We’ve rounded up some of our top minimalist interior design ideas that perfectly showcase the pared-down look to help inspire your own design. Read on to see the spaces and get our design tips!

Minimalist Living Rooms

Minimalist living spaces are just as big on comfort as they are design-forward. You’ll find they’re often anchored by modern seating, stylish investment pieces, and smart, airy layouts, which give them simple and cozy appeal.

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The Style: Industrial Minimal

This airy space with angular metal furnishings and accents has an unmistakable industrial influence. There’s a simplicity to the industrial minimal look, from the shapes to the layout, that make this space comfy while still having room to breathe.

The Key Elements: Slender modern seating and table, a high-pile area rug, metal light fixtures, which all add up to a balanced and clean-lined look that’s minimal with an industrial edge.

The Color Palette: Greens mixed, contrasting neutrals, and pops of black and white, which lend a simple and sophisticated vibe.

Why We Love This Look: This conversation area is playful and functional without feeling too subtle or too bold, thanks to the slender designs. And when it comes to livability, between all the seating and the plush rug, the room is comfy and soothing while still remaining stylish.

minimalist interior designThe Style: Minimalist-Maximalist

This fabulous living-room with its luxe use of velvet and style-forward furnishings is for those of you who love having a few iconic and of-the-moment design pieces. The best part is that this space is as loungey and comfy as it is captivating.

The Key Elements: Sculptural furniture, unique accent pieces, sumptuous textures, luxurious materials (velvets, hide, marble), all with distinctive shapes.

The Color Palette: Jewel tones meet neutrals, which is a bold approach to color that works especially well if you have furniture with simple lines and shapes.

Why We Love This Look: This is just the look and style if you love a luxurious space that’s also simple and chic. This gives you an elegant lounge for casual entertaining as well as a seating area where you can catch up on your favorite magazines on the weekends.

The Style: Contemporary Minimalist

Soft lines and an unfettered casual vibe make this space both cozy and contemporary. The key though is the spare layout, which provides minimalist appeal while still being warm and inviting.

The Key Elements: Deep comfy seating, storage coffee table (perfect for easy clean up after family game night), subtly patterned rugs, neutral textured pillows, simple art in light wood frames, pared-down and minimal styling.

The Color Palette: Soft neutrals and light wood tones give this space a relaxing appeal that’s beautifully calming and contemporary.

Why We Love This Look: Just because a space is minimal doesn’t mean it isn’t functional. This room is big on comfort with a massive sectional and plenty of storage space to match—which are pieces that are livable and none too precious.

Minimalist Bedrooms

Relaxing and tranquil, airy and uncomplicated, the minimalist bedroom is a modern haven. These spaces have fewer, more captivating furnishings, resulting in a space that’s light-filled and calming.

minimalist interior designThe Style: Refined Minimalist

Less is more is definitely the mantra for this style. There’s also a touch of industrial cool that comes with the look. For a refined minimalist bedroom, a statement-making bed frame is all you need to add gravitas to your space while making sure it still feels relaxed and airy.

The Key Elements: A striking bed (four-poster, canopy, or one with a stylish headboard), spacious bench, industrial light fixture, streamlined nightstands, all in a moody palette.

The Color Palette: Black and white is your foundation, then layer in accents in their natural textures and finishes. Soft gray touches (pillows, blankets, rug) work well here to add coziness.

Why We Love This Look: With a spare layout and a highly curated selection of bold furniture pieces, this bedroom style is both functional and sophisticated. There’s lots of under-bed and bedside storage, and it’s great for someone who loves a modern bedroom that’s livable and easy to maintain.

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Because mid-century modern design is known for its considered clean lines, it’s the perfect go-to style if you’re after a minimalist bedroom. Just make sure you work in those warm earthy colors, wood tones, and subtle colors to play up a light but warm vibe.

The Key Elements: A bed frame and headboard with clean lines, slim leather bench, simple light fixtures, wooden side tables, modern and abstract wall art, natural-fiber rug, crisp white bedding.

The Color Palette: Natural tones of materials paired with the brightest whites will give you a foundation to add in playful hints of unique color, like yellow, coral, and blue.

Why We Love This Look: Minimalist spaces are far from serious and sparse, and this bedroom proves that. It has all the warmth and charm of retro mid-century modern spaces, but it also pared-back just enough to feel casual and relaxing. Plus it’s got practical end tables and feels super livable with the padded headboard and bench that provide maximum streamlined comfort.

The Style: Casual-Chic Minimalist

The pared-back styling of this casual and minimal bedroom room is at once cool and laid-back. With spare furnishings and subtle pops of brass and glass accents, it’s a look that’s simple and practical.

The Key Elements: Metal bed frame, nightstands with open bases, neutral patterned rug, glass pendants, ocean-inspired art, minimal styling, tried-and-true blue-and-white color palette.

The Color Palette: The two-tone navy and white color scheme is a classic color combo that establishes an overall relaxing vibe in the room. It makes for a great base for layering on gold accents and other nautical and ocean-themed art.

Why We Love This Look: The bedroom is highly functional with a symmetrical layout here plenty of bedside storage and extra under-bed space. Hanging pendants that serve as nightlights also save space. The minimal accents and styling also plays-up an easy, livable vibe that goes perfectly with the overall minimal-nautical theme.

Minimalist Dining Rooms

When it comes to designing a minimalist dining room, streamlined furnishings and a few statement pieces are the way to go. Think chairs with clean lines and a striking chandelier.

The Style: Mid-Century Modern Minimalist

The mid-century dining table and chrome-base chairs are the centerpieces of this warm and minimalist dining room. The clean lines and warm wood tone make the sage green walls and captivating bubble chandelier pop, while the art and rug add in some color and texture.

The Key Elements: Mid-century modern dining table, contemporary dining chairs, sculptural chandelier, abstract wall art with soft colors, light-toned patterned rug, a bold but also soothing palette of green and gray.

The Color Palette: The green-gray palette is an elegant minimalist color combo in that it doesn’t need much color otherwise. The green further brightens the white doors and trims and the gray does the same to the neutral rug.

Why We Love This Look: As much as it is bold, this dining room is also highly functional with its large table and padded chairs can accommodate large groups for long meals. It’s also livable and approachable in that it nothing feels too precious.

The Style: Traditional-Chic Minimalist

This room proves that just because a room has minimal styling doesn’t mean it can’t still feel traditional. That’s at the core of our traditional-chic minimalist look, which is all about working in classic pieces with a few boldly modern designs.

The Key Elements: Minimalist furniture (streamlined white upholstered chairs, modern wood table), captivating linear light fixture, classic table lamps, contemporary abstract art, traditional rug, tall plants, a white and off-white palette.

The Color Palette: White, gray, and natural hues combine to create a warm and airy effect. Greenery also adds to the light and cozy atmosphere.

Why We Love This Look: With its symmetrical and somewhat formal layout, this dining room is minimal, practical, and inviting. It conveys a deep sense of comfort and livability in that it’s chic and formal enough for fancy dinners but also doesn’t feel stuffy or overly dressed up.

minimalist interior designThe Style: Minimalist Meets Rustic

This minimalist meets rustic look might be a little closer to what you typically imagine minimalist rooms to be. It’s got spare white walls, light textures, and just a few essential pieces and rustic and organic accents that give it tons of warmth. The bright and simple aesthetic, it’s easy to see why it’s one of our Modsy customers’ favorite styles!

The Key Elements: Modern dining table, mid-century-style chairs, contemporary pendant lights, sculptural black-and-white vessels and accents, tall greenery and plants, vintage or neutral woven rug, high-contrast palette.

The Color Palette: Black and white with a touch of deep wood tone are all you need here. Have a few graphic accents, then simply layer in a few striking plants for a bit of vibrancy.

Why We Love This Look: The natural textures in this room add warmth and texture to the minimal layout, making it functional, relaxed, and approachable. This is the best example of how minimalism can be cozy with just a few rustic touches.

Minimalist Entryways

Minimalism works seamlessly in any entryway in any home. It simply comes down to creating an airy and inviting space using bold modern designs that are both stylish and practical.

The Style: Minimalist-Maximalist

This passageway entry is a true hallmark of the Minimalist-Maximalist design trend with its striking wall color and eye-catching furniture and art. It all adds up to a space that’s as inviting as it is statement-making.

The Key Elements: Modern designs with strong forms (a painted mid-century cabinet, a design-forward chair), oversized abstract art, sculptural accents (cool metal vessels, vintage showpieces), contemporary sconces, neutral and lightly patterned rug, a captivating monochrome palette.

The Color Palette: Think monochrome, like this soothing gray-green, which works perfectly with notes of brass and black.

Why We Love This Look: The deep color of the walls helps to make this open pass-through space feel a lot warmer and it also provides a unique backdrop for the equally distinct furniture and accents. The layout and arrangement of the sculptural pieces also make this a highly functional and livable space, with the large storage console and side chair at the ready. Form meets function dreams come true!

The Style: Minimalist Meets Contemporary

If you’re after a pristine and calming entry, the minimalist meets contemporary look might be for you. It has curvilinear shapes, a soft neutral palette, and an instantly inviting vibe, making for a perfect way to set the tone to the rest of your home.

The Key Elements: Contemporary designs with minimalist forms, light woods, and upholstery, crisp white accents (a stool, bowls, vessels, vases), modern art (think drawings, photographs), and an overarching neutral palette of white and soft gray tones.

The Color Palette: Shades of white paired with airy gray tones and light woods.

Why We Love This Look: Clean-lined and comfy, the minimalist forms and contemporary color palette immediately set visitors at ease in this entryway. It’s also stylishly arranged for functionality and livability, while pared-down accessories that set a delightful first impression.

Minimalist Home Offices

Don’t make more work out of work. Keep a simple and tidy home office with a boldly minimalist design approach. In our book, that means a light, airy workspace organized with streamlined furnishings, a bright neutral palette, and lots of stylish and inspiring finishing touches.

The Style: Organic Modernism

Warm earth tones, natural materials, and modernist designs lend a homey and calming vibe to this workspace filled with attention-grabbing pieces.

The Key Elements: A striking modernist desk, mid-century-style chair, low-slung leather sofa, woven patterned rug, oversized floor lamp, natural and rustic accents, a minimalist palette of neutrals and earth tones.

The Color Palette: Rich earth tones and creamy neutrals that truly let the bold silhouettes and shapes of the furniture and accents shine.

Why We Love This Look: Balancing a soft and minimal design approach with a functional layout, this workspace sums up our Organic Modernism style. Along with the spacious desk and sumptuous sofa, this makes for a livable home office that’s both a therapeutic retreat and a haven of productivity.

The Style: Minimalist Meets Classic

Think of this as a collector’s pared-down approach to minimalism. That’s our idea of the minimalist meets classic look. It’s bold but simple, curated but airy, all of which makes this style an easy look to pull off in big and small spaces alike. Take this hallway office, which blends both traditional and modern pieces to create a practical yet perfectly tailored office corner.

The Key Elements: Spindle chair, rustic-industrial wood desk, steel display cabinet, light-hued classic rug, streamlined table lamp, modern painting, minimalist vessels and accents, a palette of bright whites, bold blacks, and natural tones.

The Color Palette: Pared-back black and white as the foundation allows you to meld styles seamlessly, from rustic to industrial to minimalist.

Why We Love This Look: Minimalist pieces are right at home in this classic office nook. The furnishings are curated and functional, the palette is simple but bold, and together it all feels comfortable and approachable.

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10 Minimalist Bedroom Ideas that Prove Less is Sometimes Way More

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When it comes to interior design, do you love a more pared-back look? Something free of trinkets and frills? Then a home with minimalist style might be right for you.

What even is minimalist interior design? Minimalist design was conceptualized by the Bauhaus, a German design school in the 1920s and 30s. It’s a design style that’s guided by the idea that “less is more” and adheres to the principle that form follows function. Essentially, minimalist style results in spaces that are, above all else, functional and with few added frills. But that doesn’t mean they’re totally utilitarian. In fact, minimalist rooms can be quite elegant, as you’ll see later in this post.

For disciples of the minimalist movement, there’s a belief that minimalism facilitates a better lifestyle by stripping away the unnecessary and leaving you only with what you need—including plenty of breathing room and more brain space for creativity.

minimalist living roomWhat Do Minimalist Designs Look Like?

So, what does this actually look like? Minimalist interiors are generally void of or very light on decorative objects and have minimal furniture. What furniture is present tends to have geometric forms for visual interest and feature simplified versions of expected forms; upholstered pieces tend to be minimally stuffed. Walls and surfaces usually have smooth and natural finishes, and color palettes, overall, tend to be pretty limited.

While you can pull off a minimalist style in any part of your home, one room that we particularly love a minimalist look is in a bedroom. This is a space where lack of visual clutter can promote relaxation in a very tangible way. Because, what is a bedroom for if not unwinding after a long day (or starting the day with a clean slate)?

So, if you’re interested in creating a minimalist bedroom, keep reading. The biggest step for most people will be to simplify. This involves highly curating the space and including only the essential furniture. Beyond furniture, you’ll want to only display what is most important. The intended result? A space that offers a clean, relaxing vibe with no clutter!

minimalist bedroomMinimalist Bedroom Designs

Want to get some minimalist bedroom ideas and make this look your own? Below, you’ll find ten examples of minimalist bedrooms. Each of these rooms show you ways to blend minimalism with other styles, for a look that perfectly suits your vibe—along with room decor ideas to help bring your own minimalist bedroom to life.

Why did we mix minimalist style with other design styles? Because few people want a purely minimal space—in fact, it can be impractical. But there are so many stunning ways to integrate minimalist design with other looks for a room that reflects your style and is both beautiful and functional.

minimalist bedroom designThe Look: Classic Minimalism

This simple bedroom is about as minimal as they come. It includes only what a person actually needs, is all about the clean lines, and no added frills or ornamentation.

The Key Elements

For a truly minimalist look, we love the idea of using only one major piece of furniture in the whole bedroom. Enter: this streamlined bed frame with super functional built-in nightstands. One piece, and this room is almost complete. A grayscale color palette keeps things neutral and simple white bedding looks crisp and refined.

Though, for some visual interest, we incorporated subtle patterns in the art, pillows, and rug. This adds dimension and visual texture to the space. The matching lamps are geometric and add a sculptural element to the space. These types of additions keep the space a little more dynamic. And the large plant adds a pop of life and—along with the rich wood tones of the bed—keeps the room from feeling too cold!

It’s perfect if you…

Want to fully embrace minimalism and create as simple of a bedroom as possible.

The Look: Contemporary Minimalism

This bedroom is a transitional twist on minimal design. Purely minimal spaces can have a harsh vibe or feel impractical for everyday life—so we love that this minimal bedroom has a more livable feeling to it.

The Key Elements

The bed is the focal point of the room, with its sculptural, streamlined form and simple white linens. The brass details add a little pop of color and personality—but, ultimately, form follows function in this piece. With a bench and larger nightstands, this space features more furniture than a purely minimal space, and that’s part of what makes it feel more inviting and livable. Beyond the furniture, there are pops of art and accessories. The styling is minimal, but it gives this minimalist bedroom a more personal touch with some definite elegance!

It’s perfect if you…

Like the minimalist aesthetic but don’t want to live in a purely minimal space.

The Look: Modern Minimalism

Some personality shines through in this modern and minimal bedroom. With some fun pops of color and the playful artwork, this room really sings (and swims!).

The Key Elements

The true statement piece of this minimalist bedroom is the platform bed frame. Minimal in design, it’s free of frills, favoring sharp lines instead. But with its brass finish, it’s far from boring or straightforward. The blue accent wall complements and contrasts with the bright gold of the bed and adds depth to the space.

And the bubble pendants not only save space on the nightstands, but they beautifully add function with minimal forms. Finally, a patterned black and white rug ground the room with texture, helping break up the high contrast of the space and make it a little more inviting.

It’s perfect if you…

Prefer minimal forms but aren’t afraid of a little color and texture.

The Look: Mod Visionary

This minimalist bedroom features a style we like to call “mod visionary.” Essentially, it combines the mid-century modern aesthetic with minimal styling for a bedroom that is truly a retreat.

The Key Elements

To bring this style to life, we opted for warm, natural wood tones, primary colors, geometric forms, and bedroom furniture with tapered legs. We kept the color palette more muted—though we did add subtle pops of blue in the pillows, art, and side chair to compliment the neutral colors.

While the styling is still sparse, pieces like the floor mirror and mid-century-inspired pendant light, along with the natural textures found in the leather bench and jute rug, add warmth and dimension.

It’s perfect if you…

Love mid-century shapes with a minimal approach to styling.

minimalist modern bedroomThe Look: Moody Minimalism

The darker color palette of this minimalist bedroom gives this space an edgier vibe—but it still manages to be neutral and minimal.

The Key Elements

Overall, this room features a bit more of an eclectic approach to minimalist style. It features pops of personality with bold decor choices—like the wall art, or the sculptural and organic shapes of the plants. However, the platform bed and bench have decidedly sleek forms, while the tables and lamps have a more geometric influence. There are very few objects in this space, but each one is an understated statement.

It’s perfect if you…

Prefer a bedroom that’s bold and moody.

The Look: Glam Minimalism

You may think that minimalism and glam can’t go together. But just take a look at this minimal chic bedroom and you might start changing your mind. When mixed in the right way, these two seemingly opposite styles work quite well together. You’ll notice the bold choices in materials, shapes, and patterns—that’s all glam. But the minimalist design elements come in with the approach to form, styling, and color palette.

The Key Elements

How did we bring this look to life? Velvet and gold accents add luxe touches to this look—but you’ll notice that they’re rendered in sleek shapes and minimal designs. (Like the upholstered platform bed and the sleek but sculptural bench.)

Pops of pattern add a playfulness to this bedroom while the mid-century modern-inspired dresser and nightstand ground the look. The muted palette is punctuated with pink and warm woods, for a look that’s high-contrast but still neutral.

It’s perfect if you…

Love a little drama and glam but believe that a truly chic look is achieved with less.

The Look: Industrial Minimalism

Industrial style and minimalism are two styles that agree very nicely. This look comes to life through a minimalist approach to shape, function, and color but an industrial approach to materials.

The Key Elements

Raw woods and mixed metals add a rugged flair and show some history—bringing this look to life. Specifically, we see this in the platform bed, which features exposed metal and rough-looking wood. Sculptural forms abound, from the oversized round mirror to the table lamps and the decorative objects on the dresser.

But everything has a no-frills, non-fussy approach. The muted, neutral color palette—with crisp whites, dark woods, and a splash of gray—helps give this minimalist bedroom a spare, crisp, and clean vibe.

It’s perfect if you…

Like the depth and ruggedness of industrial materials but want a bedroom that’s still a minimalist retreat.

The Look: Mid-century Modern Minimalism

Here’s another mid-century take on minimalism, but with a little less “mod.” It features a bold approach to color, which is something that doesn’t usually work with minimal designs. But it certainly works here!

The Key Elements

What makes this space so unique is its very thoughtful approach to colors—used in just a few places but creating major impact. Blue and orange are complementary colors, but the colors aren’t just tossed around. Rather, they’re very intentionally placed in pieces that visually draw the whole room together. You’ll also notice that the shapes of individual pieces are tailored and streamlined for a very sleek look throughout.

It’s perfect if you…

Love minimalism but can’t give up color!

The Look: Refined Connoisseur

If you love classic, formal details and ornamentation, with just a touch of frill—but you also love clean, spare rooms—then this is the style for you! Refined connoisseur is an unlikely combination, but it certainly delivers. It embodies the relaxing quality of minimalist designs—with a bit of added flair.

The Key Elements

What brings this style to life is the combination of classic patterns and shapes with spare and clean styling. However, even the classic forms are more pared-down versions—like the lamps, the headboard, and the nightstands. They have classic shapes but are presented with more restrained, minimal styling. The muted color palette helps instill calm and drives home the minimalist vibe. What results is an elegant space that’s timeless yet modern.

It’s perfect if you…

Gravitate toward the formality of classic design but still love a spare, clean look.

The Look: Bold Minimalism

This room is a bold, graphic take on minimalism. It features a high-contrast, black and white color palette and bold geometric patterns that are certainly at home in minimalist designs—but with an unexpected combination of both traditional and ultra-modern elements.

The Key Elements

You’ll notice the traditional design elements in the spindle bed frame. This adds an approachable warmth to an otherwise very graphic space. However, the simplicity of the design and the black finish still feels pared down and sleek and plays up the geometric vibe. The ultra-modern moments show up in the mix of materials—lucite and metal—which you can see in the lamp and luggage stools. Meanwhile, the abstract art ties in the black and white palette while creating some visual impact.

It’s perfect if you…

Want to design a kids room or guest bedroom that’s bold and unexpected.

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My Modsy Story: How I Designed the Grown-Up Apartment Of My Dreams

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After moving cross-country, Omar was ready to trade in his big box store furniture for a grown-up apartment design.

Homeowner: Omar M, Marketing & Business Development

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Room: Entire Apartment

His Style: Modern Minimalist

The Backstory

I was ready for a new start in Los Angeles after spending 5 years in NYC. My new space is a lot larger than my old apartment so not only did I need more furniture, I also wanted to update my style to create a space that was welcoming, mature, and great for hosting. On top of that, I also wanted to make sure that the apartment design maximized my space and highlighted my new view.

The Design Dilemma

I really hate shopping and can’t visualize ideas in my home so all the furniture I had came from the same store. It looked like something out of a catalog – but in a bad way.

So when I moved it all into my new space, the rooms felt so bland. They were functional but didn’t have a lot of personality. I was totally overwhelmed with no clue how or where to start with a design I’d actually enjoy.

apartment design modsyThe Modsy Moment

I knew I needed help but I’d never worked with an interior designer or online design service before. So when I saw an ad for Modsy on Instagram I’ll admit, at first I was skeptical. I wasn’t sure that a complete stranger could bring my “vision” to life. And how could they when I didn’t even know what my vision was myself?

I was also nervous because the apartment was new to both me and the designer so I wasn’t convinced that everything would fit and/or look like how it did in the 3D designs.

apartment design modsyHow Modsy’s Designs Helped Omar

All of my worries were completely put to rest when I saw my Modsy designs for the first time. I was amazed! The 3D designs really impressed me, especially the living room/home office and dining room.

I loved all of the options presented! And my designer was patient, flexible, and honest and I really liked working with her.

apartment design modsyThe Real Results

My apartment looks amazing now. All of the rooms look great and they mirror my final designs to a tee. I ended up purchasing pretty much everything through Modsy, and the process was super seamless and efficient.apartment design modsy

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Moving across the country is stressful but Modsy made the ordering and delivery process really easy. I didn’t have to take any extra steps and I also checked a few items and confirmed that Modsy definitely gave me the best price on all of them.

My new rooms feel so comfortable and mature and it’s a perfect space for hosting – it’s finally the grown-up space I’ve been wanting!

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