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Our Best Rustic Interior Design Tips for Every Room in Your House

You’re probably familiar with the rustic interior design look by now. And you’re also probably familiar with the wide range of rustic decor looks that are out there, which can range from bright white farmhouse-inspired living spaces to moodier, leather and wood-laden rooms. With so many ways to bring rustic style into the home, it can be hard to know what works and makes the most sense for your own space. So what are the major elements that need to be considered when pulling together the rustic interior design look?

What are the key elements of rustic style?

To start, there’s always a mix of traditional furniture elements and simple accessories that convey a handmade feel, such as vintage-style pendant lights, carved furniture details, and botanical art. There’s also a mix of decorative elements that nod to rural, pastoral, and landscapes—think black-and-white animal and scenic photographs, woven wall decor, art with western themes.

Next, what’s key to rustic style is a mix of materials, which often ranges from unfinished or reclaimed wood to metals and natural textures, such as leather, cowhide, and jute. All of this is often mixed with a cozy palette of warm tones, earthy neutrals, and high-contrast black and white tones. It all adds up to a space that’s surprisingly clean-lined, serene, and still hugely inviting.

Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to bring rustic style into the home. With each rustic style look, we’ve also included tips for key elements to consider. Read on to find out!

Rustic Living Room Design

These are incredibly livable spaces that have a strong emphasis on comfort and conversational layouts, making them perfect for casual downtime and gatherings with family and friends.

rustic interior designThe Style: Rustic Warmth

Think of this look as rustic with a contemporary twist. It toes the line of formal and casual, giving you a living space that’s warm and sophisticated but none too precious.

The Key Elements: Clean-lined contemporary furnishings, jute rugs, woven accessories, mixed wood finishes, calming and neutral palette with pops of blue, orange, and earthy tones.

Why We Love This Look: The room looks polished but still feels cozy and soothing, thanks to the woven and rustic accents that add warmth and tie in the wood beams. The neutral palette also helps keep things light, airy, and casual, allowing for plenty of room to breathe. It all adds up to a comfy and chic conversational gathering space.

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rustic interior designThe Style: Refined Rustic

Rustic with a more classic spin, this approach to spaces combines elegant and sumptuous designs. You can also see it as a more feminine take on rustic that’s all about tailored furnishings, luxurious materials, and soft, cozy hues.

The Key Elements: Sophisticated furnishings with a classic bent (oversized leather sectional, ornamental tables), layered monochromatic rugs, refined decorative lamps and accessories, carved cutout details, neutral palette with subtle depth (beige, ivory, and off-white neutrals mixed with tan tones).

Why We Love This Look: There’s a playful contrast between sleek and classic that gives the room the perfect refined-relaxed vibe. The pieces also help create a cozy space that’s always entertaining-ready, be it a formal sit down or a casual weeknight with friends on the sectional.

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rustic interior designThe Style: Traditional Rustic

Rustic with traditional and industrial accents, this one is for those of you who love a more rugged take on rustic style.

The Key Elements: Tufted rolled-arm sofa, light upholstered chairs, steamer trunk side table, neutral patterned rug, botanical prints and plenty of plants, warm woods, earthy palette of green and gray tones.

Why We Love This Look: Traditional elements are balanced by more contemporary pieces, giving the look a more curated modern sensibility. It’s also a look that’s well-suited for a city apartment or loft, surprisingly, given its strong traditional lines and materials that actually can warm up more modern spaces.

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Rustic Bedroom Design

Like living rooms, rustic bedrooms prioritize comfort, and that means furnishings that are a mix of traditional designs and lots of cozy natural materials and textures.

The Style: Traditional Rustic

Much like a traditional rustic living room, there’s a strong masculine industrial angle when this look is used in the bedroom. The only additional factor is that the bedroom allows for a little more experimentation and fun with color in your bedding.

The Key Elements: Traditional furniture shapes and styles, classic spindle chair, natural materials galore (rustic wood furniture, metals, leather, jute, and wool), neutral patterned rug, modern animal art and accents with a pastoral vibe, neutral but high-contrast palette with pops of color.

Why We Love This Look: There’s a balance of hard and soft in materials and textures that this style perfect for any bedroom. There’s just enough industrial edge without the room feeling overly sleek or sparse. You get to play up colorful bedding, which is key in adding color to a traditional rustic bedroom. This is our idea of a perfect high-low, classic-modern bedroom mix.

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rustic interior designThe Style: Contemporary Rustic

A blend of traditional and contemporary elements, here’s a light and breezy take on rustic. This is the perfect style to lean into if you want a bedroom that feels at once cozy and airy.

The Key Elements: Farmhouse metal bed frame with a traditional vibe, heavy rustic wood element (be it a full accent wall or a statement piece like a dresser), industrial storage nightstands, sculptural lights, geometric rug, white upholstered bench and bedding, and a crisp palette that’s predominantly black and white.

Why We Love This Look: Even with all the sleek contemporary and rustic furniture elements, this look feels inviting and serene rather than cold and stark. That’s the beauty of the contemporary rustic look, which is all about using lots of soft elements in the space to balance out the bold lines. If you’re after this look, go big with layered rugs, pillows, soft lampshades, and extra blankets.

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Rustic Dining Room Design

Rustic-style dining spaces prioritize function and are designed to stand up to heavy daily use, making them perfect for comfy family dining and relaxed entertaining.

The Style: Rustic Farmhouse

You’ll find a mix of classic and industrial elements at play in rustic farmhouse style dining spaces. These are rooms grounded in classic comfort, meaning they’re built on traditional foundation pieces that nod to vintage styles.

The Key Elements: Vintage-style furnishings that balance industrial edge with country charm (pedestal dining table, French bistro chairs, bench with carved base), glass-fronted display cabinets, metal pendant light fixtures, traditional patterned designs (herringbone rug), modern art that nod to country and rustic theme, a high-contrast palette of neutrals and natural material tones.

Why We Love This Look: There’s nothing that’s as transporting as a rustic farmhouse dining room. It immediately brings to mind a charming countryside home. The mix of traditional furnishings and vintage-inspired elements and colors make it a gathering space that instantly inspires ease and comfort.

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The Style: Contemporary Rustic

Rustic materials meet sleek, contemporary forms in this bright and fresh look. When we talk about contemporary rustic style, we’re referring to this idea of a space that’s welcoming but also decidedly streamlined.

The Key Elements: Modern-classic furnishings (Windsor-style chairs, industrial worn wood-top table), faded traditional rug, copper pendant lights, botanical prints, pop of vibrant color (an accent wall or small notes of greenery), streamlined built-in storage shelving.

Why We Love This Look: Not overly rustic or modern, the contemporary rustic look in the dining room is, as it is in the bedroom, a perfectly balanced approach to rustic. In the dining room, this style is welcoming and modern and it inspires a laid-back vibe that’s all about streamlined comfort. It’s not your grandmother’s country dining space!

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Rustic Entryway Design

Create the perfect first impression for your rustic home with an entry where function and details shine. Here, it’s all about pulling together the perfect mix of rustic and relaxed.

rustic interior designThe Style: Rustic Warmth

Who wouldn’t want to come home to this charming entryway? It’s layered with welcoming rustic pieces that lean formal but are also functional. It sums up our idea of cozy rustic style, which is all about mixing furnishings that bring both elegance and ease—an ideal approach in any busy entryway.

The Key Elements: Warm wood and vintage-inspired furnishings (console with drawers, wooden coat racks, open storage, industrial bench and pendant light, rustic wall decor and art, a firmly rustic palette of natural tones, wood finishes, and crisp whites.

Why We Love This Look: In the entry, the cozy rustic look is polished without feeling stuffy. To top it all off, furnishings that hit the refined rustic look also often add major function that serves well in high-traffic areas in the home. Case in point, the bench here is a comfy and stylish perch for kicking off shoes (or galoshes) while the full-length mirror is a functional piece that also opens up the small entry space.

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Rustic Home Office Design

If you didn’t think that rustic style works in the home office, think again. At once trad and vintage feeling, a rustic home office might be the curated and cozy workspace you’ve been needing.

rustic interior designThe Style: Industrial Rustic

You can’t go wrong with traditional rustic elements and industrial accents in the home office. It’s the ideal combination of modern rustic design with just enough edge. The key to an Industrial rustic home office is to go big with materials that promote both comfort and boldness.

The Key Elements: Furniture with classic detailing but updated designs (button-tufted armchair, wooden storage desk with hairpin legs, slope-arm chair with swivel base), sumptuous materials like leather, grainy woods, dark metals, modern geometric patterned rug, moody palette of grays, black and white, and rustic earth tones.

Why We Love This Look: High style without the stuffiness, this industrial rustic home office is moody without feeling cramped or overly decorated. The dark color palette works well with the big furniture pieces, which makes this office feel like a serious productive spot to get work done.

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8 Ways to Design a Farmhouse Style Dining Room

Farmhouse style design is one of the hottest trends in the world of interior design these days. You’ve probably seen the trendy style all over Pinterest, Instagram, and HGTV shows (here’s looking at you, Fixer Upper)! But even if you know about this look, you might still be wondering what farmhouse style is exactly, if it’s the right look for you, and, if so, how to incorporate it into your space?

What is Farmhouse Style Decorating?

Farmhouse decor is often referred to as a style that seamlessly blends rustic and traditional design elements with old-school vibes and cozy warmth. Even though it seems vintage-ish, farmhouse dining room design can be combined with a modern touch to give it an updated feel. Let’s take a closer look at the basics of this style.

Elements of Farmhouse Style

This look, as the name suggests, was inspired by farmhouse design—both internal and external. It borrows design elements from countryside homes—think shiplap, neutral color schemes, rustic materials, and natural textures. Overall, spaces done in a farmhouse style feel warm and cozy. They definitely prioritize comfort and function over more modern, sophisticated looks. The key elements of a farmhouse dining room are the foundations—a farmhouse dining table and the right chairs to pair with it.

What is a Farmhouse Dining Table?

Farmhouse dining tables set the tone for many types of rustic dining rooms. They are typically very rustic and vintage-style and tend to be heavy-duty pieces and are often called the “workhorse of dining tables” and for good reason! They are substantial, solid, and sturdy pieces. It’s not the type of table that gets lost in a dining space, that’s for sure. You’ll usually find farmhouse dining tables made of unfinished wood and natural in color. This makes them super versatile—they can pair well with a variety of color schemes.

What Kind of Chairs Go With a Farmhouse Table?

You can pair all kinds of chairs with a farmhouse table! It really just depends on the overall style you want for your space. The fun thing about these tables (and the style in general) is that it can be played with in different ways to suit your individual tastes! The main goal is to have fun implementing all of your dining room ideas.

The general rule for farmhouse chairs is to mix up materials to incorporate contrast. For example, you might want to refrain from pairing wood chairs with a wood table—avoid too much of the same material unless you’re a big fan of the matchy-matchy look.

A few ideas for dining rooms include these types of chairs:

  • Linen slipcovered chairs for a more formal, countryside look
  • Spindle chairs for modern take on farmhouse
  • A matching bench for a more family-friendly style
  • A mix of chairs with the two “captain” chairs on the ends of the table differing from the others

Farmhouse Dining Room Designs

If you’re hopping on board with these trendy dining room ideas, check out these 8 farmhouse dining room design ideas and get inspired!

farmhouse dining room designTraditional Farmhouse Dining Room

This is one of our favorite farmhouse dining rooms because it’s a perfect blend of comfortable and classic. The sturdy, traditional dining room table anchors the space and the high-contrast houndstooth rug lends a more formal vibe. Pinewoods, cross-back chairs and the neutral color scheme are all trademarks of traditional style.

Traditional farmhouse dining rooms benefit from a muted colors like this black, white, and cream color palette, warmed up by honey-colored wood furniture and accents. Instead of a chandelier, farm-style pendant lights hang over the table and the metal look is repeated in wall sconces for cohesion. The copper bowl on the table offers an homage to old kitchen utensils and tall candlesticks finish the tablescape.

This look is perfect for those who love traditional dining room design but want a rustic farmhouse influence. Homey but stylish!

Stylist Tip: For rustic dining rooms like this, anchor a large table like this with a durable and easy to clean rug. This patterned jute one hides dirt and pulls in colors from space.

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 farmhouse dining room designMinimal Farmhouse Dining Room

For a farmhouse look that’s minimal in styling, check out this simple but impactful dining room. It focuses on solid colors—simple and impactful with no busy patterns or loud colors. The weathered wood, animal artwork, pedestal table, and ceramic decor cultivate an inviting farmhouse look and the neutral color scheme gives it a stately vibe.

The farmhouse dining chairs are soft with a linen slipcover but also minimal with clean lines and pleats. The sideboard, made of weathered wood and metal, adds practical storage—that way you can hide dinnerware and bar items for a clutter-free appeal. Exposed bulbs offer a farmhouse feel but the sleek, metal form of the chandelier nods to the minimal aesthetic.

This is one of our favorite dining rooms for those who love rustic farmhouse materials without too much ornamentation.

Stylist Tip: Minimal farmhouse is easier to achieve with a simple color palette like this one—sandy brown, black, and white.

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 farmhouse dining room designRefined Farmhouse Dining Room

This is one of our favorite dining room ideas for putting an elegant spin on farmhouse style. Materials like weathered woods and antique metals play up the farmhouse look. Decorative touches like the layered art and lamp on sideboard give off sophisticated airs while the casual table seating and bench make you feel right at home.

The large mirror leaning on the floor brings a definite “WOW” factor and has a vintage farmhouse element. It also reflects light, opening up the room—using a bench instead of high-backed dining chairs on one side of the table also opens up the space visually. The colors are muted and cohesive, a signature aspect of refined style, with a very mellow blue wall, weathered black elements (softens up typical black furniture), antiqued metal, distressed oak, and green tones in the art.

This dining area is perfect for those with casual, kid-friendly homes but want a sense of refinement and polished spaces. It’s also one of the best rustic dining room ideas for large gatherings!

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 farmhouse dining room designContemporary Farmhouse Dining Room

This dining room look is all about contemporary style with clean lines and minimal ornamentation on furniture. Then it brings in plenty of farmhouse materials like natural woods, antiqued metals, and decor to set a warm and inviting tone.

We love the farmhouse table set-up with half spindle-back chairs and a bench. The dining chairs and table are all easy to clean and super durable, while the fur throw on the bench adds extra cushion and comfort but can easily be removed. The bench is one of the more inviting dining room ideas, as opposed to a strict set of dining chairs, too. Farmhouse decor like baskets, candle holders, and greenery adds a rural element to the room and the sheep art leaned up on the ledge is a great, casual focal point that helps tie the styles together.

Stylist Tip: Lighten up the area by placing visually heavy furniture on a bright rug (like this white one) to contrast the dark floors against the furniture.

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 farmhouse dining room designCountryside Farmhouse Dining Room

This country farmhouse dining room feels homey, inviting, and casual. There is an elegance to the rural simplicity and the emphasis on the large windows and view helps to bring the outside in. The room features a matching table and chairs in a neutral palette that’s easy to design around and establish a casual feel. Two-tone wood is super trendy right now with the farmhouse/country style!

In addition to the main furniture pieces, there are lots of on-trend farmhouse decor elements too, like the mason jar pendant light—a very on-point, classic farmhouse look derived from everyday items. The vintage style clock on the wall acts as art and offers a practical touch. And the vintage style fringe rug adds a subtle pattern to the rustic dining room design. Farmhouse style has a lot of distressed material like this—and an added bonus is that the rust/earth tone colors in the rug pull in outside scenery for a seamless look!

This farmhouse dining room is perfect for casual living, homes with kids, and folks who love simple, straightforward home decor.

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 farmhouse dining room designElegant Farmhouse Dining Room

This elegant farmhouse dining room combines classic design and farmhouse style for an upscale take on a downhome look! Classic elements like the slipcovered chairs, oversized art, and the grandiose space give it a refined/polished edge. Then the farmhouse materials bring it back to earth—weathered wood, a casual feel bench, woven decor, and the neutral, earthy palette.

We love the subtle pattern and worn look of the rug—it adds rustic flair with a refined touch. The large trio of abstract landscape pieces bring a cool pop of color to the space. Overall, the symmetrical layout gives off formal vibes and the bench balances it all out for a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.

This rustic dining room is perfect for those who love formal, elegant dining spaces but also want a homey farmhouse touch.

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 farmhouse dining room designRustic Farmhouse Dining Room

Rustic and farmhouse are very similar looks, which is why this dining room flows together so beautifully. The room features classic, X-back rustic dining room chairs with upholstered seats that add variation alongside the solid wood table. The wood adds warmth while the pop of black metal on the chair back ties into the dark notes in the chandelier and curtains. The buffalo check pattern brings a pop of contrast and a note of familiarity.

The Highland Cow art remains in the neutral color scheme but adds a crisp and clean element. Made of natural material, the jute rug is a classic rustic/farmhouse rug choice—the neutral color also makes it very versatile and durable.

This dining room is a perfect look for those who like rustic spaces and durability.

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 farmhouse dining room designClassic Farmhouse Dining Room

This style is inspired by a bright and cheery farmhouse vibe with a mix of natural and white woods. The trestle table is made of a classic knotty pine, a popular farmhouse material, and the dining chairs contrast against it with their white cage backs. The loosely fitted slipcover captain chairs add a soft touch and an elegant, almost “shabby chic” appeal.

Two beaded chandeliers feel antique and are perfect for this farmhouse style. The sconce is made of raw material in an outdoor style but looks refined inside on the white wall. Another farmhouse decorating trick is the layered look seen here with plants, books, and bowls to give a curated look of vintage farmhouse items. The beautiful shiplap walls are a very popular choice for classic farmhouse style.

This dining room is perfect for those who want true farmhouse style, a homey feel, and the richness and warmth of layered decor.

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Modern Rustic Style: 6 Tips to Get the Look of This “It” Style

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What do you get when you mix mid-century modern furniture with rustic materials and accents? A perfectly modern rustic look! This just so happens to be a style we love due to its emphasis on comfort, slightly eclectic vibe, and always on-trend look.

New to modern rustic style? You’ve probably seen it before and just didn’t know what to call it. It involves comfortable but streamlined furniture, natural elements, earth tones, and reliance on rustic materials and decor. This style is all over Instagram and Pinterest, and brilliant designers like Amber Interiors and Studio McGee often design rooms that you could easily say are of this style. It’s super popular among Los Angeles and San Diego interior designers as well!

Modern rustic is also the perfect style for couples trying to compromise between a comfortable and livable look and one that’s more modern and sleek—combining the soft edges of rustic with sleek notes found in modern styling.

 Ready to dig in? Keep reading for 6 tips on how to create a modern rustic look!

living room1. Establish a Comfortable Foundation

Comfort is key with this look. So, the largest pieces of furniture in any modern rustic room should be streamlined but never skimp on comfort. In living rooms, start with cozy oversized sofas. In bedrooms, opt for plush, upholstered beds. For a dining room, look for an oversized, rustic wood dining table around which big groups can gather.

But, while prioritizing comfort, make sure the furniture lines are clean and simple to keep the look modern.

bedroom2. Add Mid-Century Modern Accents

Once the comfortable foundation is laid, introduce a more mid-century or eclectic vibe. At first it may seem odd to mix these styles—but the contrast they create is what makes this look so dynamic and fun.

An easy place to do this is with your accent furniture. Think of an eclectic woven leather armchair or a coffee or bedside table with an antique flair. In dining rooms, pair your farmhouse dining table with more modern seating, like Wishbone or Eames shell chairs.

modern rustic dining room3. Create Conversational Layouts

A family-friendly style by nature, modern rustic interiors often have more symmetrical layouts that are geared toward large gatherings and facilitate conversations. (Hence the huge, rustic dining table we suggested above.) This is where the look leans more rustic and formal rather than modern and eclectic.

This is especially noticeable in a living room, where you might arrange a set of matching armchairs opposite the sofa or set them on either side of a couch, facing a fireplace. Although the furniture is a relaxed mix of different elements and pieces, arranging them in a more formal layout will play up a slightly more polished vibe.

modern rustic office4. Introduce Industrial Lighting

The next step? Finding the right lighting. This is where we see some style overlap with the modern farmhouse look. With modern rustic, light fixtures are often industrial with sleek, streamlined forms that are sculptural in nature.

Look for matte black or antique brass options to tie in the rustic. And don’t be afraid to establish multiple light sources in a single room; this helps bring personality to your style.

Just make sure you’re never matchy-matchy with light fixtures. This is a perfect opportunity to utilize one style—industrial—while getting eclectic with how you bring it to life throughout your space.

entry5. Layer on Natural Textures

When bringing the modern rustic style to life, we love the opportunity to play with textures and different materials. This keeps a room looking livable and approachable. Look for natural materials like seagrass, jute, ceramics, leather, and live-edge woods—then mix and match them together in one space, incorporating them in furniture, lighting, and decor accents! This helps the room feel dynamic and visually interesting.

living room6. Add an Antique Edge to Art and Accent Decor

If you want to play up the rustic side of this style, infuse your space with a few antique or antique-feeling pieces. While you want your furniture to feel more modern, art, decor, and rugs are the perfect place to incorporate this nod to old-world charm.

How, exactly? A rug with a traditional pattern and warm colors would be a perfect way to do this. (We gravitate toward using earth tones here, like terracotta, olive green, or a deep blue). For art, opt for landscape or still life paintings or even botanical prints.

Or consider your pillows: you can play with a mix of traditional patterns that tie in the colors of your rug. And try incorporating a vintage vibe in decorative objects and mirrors. This is definitely the most subjective part of this style—but what allows you to really make it your own!

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Global Style – 1 Room, 5 Cities, 5 Design Styles

design styles – MoroccoWhere in the world are you dreaming about traveling? France, Iceland, Morocco, Portugal or Sweden? While a life-changing, intercontinental move may be out of reach, we’re always up for clever ways to bring the vacation vibes to us.

While daydreaming about some travel hot-spots, we decided to try and recreate the look and feel of each city in our own apartments, without setting foot on a plane.

From the minimal but cozy feel of Iceland, to Portugal’s oceanic color palette and tile work, we created 5 different design styles, based on 5 beautiful cities and tips for anyone who wants to achieve the look.

The City: Cascais, Portugal

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The Style: Rustic Traveler

Cascais is a beautiful coastal resort town west of Lisbon, which is known for its historic landmarks and gorgeous beaches. We designed this room around a color palette that reflects the ocean and Cascais’ sunny weather. True to the Modsy Rustic Traveler style, the room is full of pieces that feel special and collected, maybe even passed down for generations.design styles – Portugal

How to get the style

Start by layering lots of patterns in sunny yellows and bright blues. Next, look to natural materials, which bring this style to life. Note how the rattan chairs and daybed add texture, especially when paired with soothing pops of color.

Don’t be afraid to mix up textures – this look is about a casual mix of eclectic pieces. Warm leather tones blend beautifully with rich velvets. You can even take decor inspiration from the sea by using collected seashells and ocean themed art.

Must-have pieces

The Avalon Daybed from Serena & Lily is very special piece – a perfect place for napping in the warm sun. You can dream about a trip to Portugal, even if you live far from it. We also love the Ikat Ottoman from Wisteria. It adds vibrancy and comfort to the space, while the colors evoke the palette of gorgeous Portuguese tile work.

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The City: Paris, France

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The Style: Chic Collector

A city centered around fashion and the arts, Paris exudes a sense of luxury and glamour. We incorporated these chic elements into the space by pairing rich velvets with marble and brass finishes. A beautiful glass chandelier and statement art create a sense of opulence.

Who lives here? Probably a stylish curator, immersed in Parisian culture with a taste for the finer things. Someone who enjoys collecting interesting pieces over time, inspired by their love for design.

design styles – ParisHow to get the style

The key to recreating this look is layering colors, patterns and textures. Royal blue and teal are offset by lighter pastels and colorfully patterned rugs. Look for white marble pieces that are  balanced with brass finishes to bring warmth to the space.

Velvet and tasseled decorative accent pillows introduce an eclectic, curated feel to the space, rendering it more personal and vibrant.

Must have pieces

The Robey Curved Sofa from CB2 is the perfect statement piece for a living room. The Waterfall Arched Chandelier and Gold Movement Wall Art from Anthropologie are also great pieces that add a sense of glam to any home. Tres chic!

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The City: Stockholm, Sweden

design styles – StockholmThe Style: Mod Enthusiast

Calling all Mid Century Modern aficionados! We know your love of Scandinavian design will pull you right into our Stockholm apartment.

This design is for a person who lives a minimalist lifestyle and is drawn toward spaces that feel open and completely functional.

We’ve left most of the flooring bare to highlight the beautiful detail of this particular studio apartment. Color has been added in very specific pops – giving a nod to the fact that this person is most likely a curator of their own home and is precise with every detail.

design styles – StockholmHow to get the style

Start with a neutral base color palette with pieces such as a neutral sofa and rug. Then, bring in a statement Mid-Century form chair and sculptural coffee table to create a bit of intrigue.

Must have pieces

The Noguchi Coffee Table is a real winner in this space. It helps to anchor the room, providing a true Mid Century statement to set the tone. A close second is the pierre-jeanneret chair which is paired with its matching desk for a great work station just off of the living area.

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The City: Marrakesh, Morocco

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The Style: Mod Collector

This Moroccan inspired studio is all about texture. The rug exudes warmth with its comfortable, soft texture. We’ve paired it with an informal seating area of poufs and floor pillows.

Morocco brings elements of casual comfort into the interior space so you’ll see less formal seating and dining areas and instead more comfort-forward pieces such as plush pillows and throws. We’ve also brought in a daybed to function both as a sofa and main sleeping area.

design styles – MoroccoHow to get the style

Creating this look in your own home is easy and fun! Pick a corner and transform it into a comfortable reading nook with floor pillows, drop pendant lights, and plenty of candles and cozy pillows and blankets. Use a tray instead of a formal table for your cup of tea.

Oh, and have tons of fun with color! This style is about mixing different colors, patterns, and textures together with ease.

Must have pieces

The Diamondback Rug is one of our favorites. It’s handmade and so beautiful. It pairs with this style well because of its pattern and texture, however can really work across different style preferences if you decide Morocco is no longer your city style.

The Carved Wood Media Console is a statement that has a carved detailing on its doors. The wood stain adds a touch of warmth to the space without feeling too heavy.

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The City: Reykjavik, Iceland

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The Style: Modern Rustic

Reykjavik is a design lover’s delight, packed with edgy, modern aesthetics and functional, cozy elements to withstand the harsh climate. The city’s interiors often feel like retreats from the intense weather.

You won’t see massive homes with wasted space here, instead you find smaller, functional layouts that are shared by young couples or even a small family. This design is perfect for lovers of Modsy’s Modern Rustic style where minimalism is key, and lighter pieces get dressed up in rustic finishes and textures.

design styles – IcelandHow to get the style

This style is all about a balanced, moody color palette and cozy textures like leather, sheepskin, and wicker. We pulled inspiration from the North Atlantic ocean, glacier lagoons, volcanic rock formations and black-sand beaches for this city space. A surprise element like copper or brass adds a modern touch.

Choose foundational pieces that are more on the minimalist side, which you’ll see in the shape of the sofa, but opt for a slipcover, which creates a clean yet homey aesthetic.

A good amount of decor like candles, baskets, pillows, and unique lighting adds warmth. Bring the beautiful elements of the outdoors inside and dress them up with the coziest blanket you have.

Must have pieces

We love the Cedeno Wood Entry Way Bench from Birch Lane. It offers additional seating when entertaining but it doesn’t feel heavy or take up a lot of space. It has the charm and warmth of a rustic piece with all of the conveniences of minimalism!

The Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland Print from Crate & Barrel is an ode to the natural wonders of the country. The soft blues and greens add some color amongst the black and white palette. The Blaire Antique Brass Desk Lamp, also from Crate & Barrel is a fun piece that almost mimics a candelabra, a perfect example of traditional and modern meeting in the middle.

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My Modsy Story: How I Designed My First Home From Scratch – and Did It Right

grown-up living roomWhen she moved from a small city apartment to a 3000 sq ft home, Nicole was ready for a grown-up living room. Here’s how she made it happen and made it look easy.

 

Homeowner: Nicole T, Sales and Development

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Room: Open “Grown Up” Living Room

Her Style: Modern Rustic

The Backstory

Scrapping all the old furniture from their 650 sq. foot apartment and designing their grown-up living room from scratch

My family and I had just moved from a very tiny apartment in the Mission District of San Francisco to a new home in Phoenix, AZ. As such, NONE of our furniture was suitable for our new 3000 sq ft home.

Additionally, after 7 years of apartment living, we were ready to finally have a grown-up living room. We were over buying small, cheap furniture and were ready to take the plunge and invest in some more substantial pieces for our new place. We were starting from scratch and wanted to do it right.

Nicole’s Living Room Before

The Design Dilemma

Creating a space that was both beautiful and family-friendly, without spending a giant fortune

Our new home has a very large, beautiful family room. We weren’t bringing any furniture from our old apartment, so it was hard to know where to start with such a large space. Plus, despite the place being so spacious and comfortable, there were some odd features we just didn’t know how to design around.

We knew that we wanted to compliment the style of the house, which is a contemporary custom home with mid century modern features. And at the same time, we are expecting our second child in 2 months, so we needed furniture that could stand the test of a toddler and a newborn.

Ultimately, we wanted to create a thoughtful looking space that we’d be happy living in every day.

grown-up living roomNicole’s Modsy Design 2

The Modsy Moment

When a friend’s success story sealed the deal

A friend recommended I try Modsy after she used it to decorate her new home. I was skeptical at first – my friend had purchased “everything from West Elm,” so I was worried the items selected would all be fairly expensive.

However, I learned that Modsy works with a great mix of high and low cost retailers, so we definitely would have lots of choices.

How Modsy’s Renderings Helped Nicole

Seeing the possibilities and embracing new ideas for her space

When we got our designs back we were very impressed with Modsy’s renderings! It was crazy to see a digital image of our exact space designed by someone that had never been there.

grown-up living roomNicole’s Modsy Design 2

I really liked the layout of design 2 – we hadn’t thought of facing our couch towards the fireplace, as we were afraid it would cut the space in half. But after seeing the designs, we went for it! Now we think it fits so much better than the design the previous owners had.

Modsy’s designs also showed us that we don’t have to be afraid to go bold with color. Neither my husband or I would have ever considered the color scheme that our designer first introduced us to, but after seeing the results, we were sold.

It was crazy to see a digital image of our exact space designed by someone that had never been there.

I also learned that you can design a space with a lot of color while still using mostly neutral furniture. We went with grays and whites for many of the chairs and tables, but also found that the design looked amazing with the bold green couch. We wouldn’t have thought of that ourselves and are very happy with it.

grown-up living roomNicole’s Modsy Design 6

The Real Results

Bringing her new, grown-up living room to life

Modsy definitely helped us envision the possibilities for our space in a way that we wouldn’t have been able to do on our own.

Neither my husband or I would have ever considered the color scheme that our designer first introduced us to, but after seeing the results, we were sold.

We loved the layout featured in our initial design and were very happy with all the views of our space and attention to detail in the renderings. We worked with the Modsy team to make a few tweaks to our original designs (we ended up with 6 in total) to get the colors just right. Now we are so happy with the overall design of our new house!

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We bought a lot of items from our final Modsy design. We ordered our furniture directly through Modsy and appreciated the Insider Rewards discounts!

Modsy’s designs helped us tremendously. Not only did it change our perception of how to lay out our furniture, but it helped us fill some odd spaces. Thanks Modsy!

See Nicole’s Favorite Design in 360!

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My Modsy Story: How I Designed My Unique Living Room All Online

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When Annika and her family moved into their first home, designing their unique living room was a major challenge. See how an online home design tool helped her find her inner designer.


Homeowner: Annika C, Recruiter

Location: Northern California

Room: A spacious central living room with unique features

Her Style: Modern Rustic

The Backstory

Leaving the city and starting fresh in their first real home.

My husband and I just purchased our first home. We were relocating from an apartment in Berkeley, CA, to a family house in a small town a little farther away.

We like our home to be tidy with minimal clutter (ie. we don’t like a lot of “things”). I wanted our new space to be warm, inviting, and family-friendly. We have an adjoining dining room and kitchen, so I wanted to create flow between those spaces.

Online Home Design

Online Home Design

ANNIKA’S LIVING ROOM BEFORE

The Design Dilemma

Figuring out baby-friendly furniture and a design plan with the help of online home design.

We have a 14 month old, so it was important to me that the space was child friendly. That meant avoiding side tables that she could push over and hard edges that she could bump into. I was super interested in ideas for extra storage so that we could take out or stash toys as needed.

As a busy mom who works full-time, I rely a lot on the internet for online purchases. Buying home decor online is always tricky because you never know exactly how it’s going to look in the space. Not to mention returns are a pain when the item is large. And although I love being in spaces that are stylish and inviting, I don’t have a flair for decorating.

When I set out to design our new living room, I wanted someone else’s help finding inspiration. But I didn’t want to stray so far that the style didn’t feel like me. I also wanted the freedom to swap out items in my designs if they weren’t quite right.

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online home design

ANNIKA’S LIVING ROOM BEFORE

The Modsy Moment

When a friend found success designing her own space online, she was sold.

A friend of mine, who was closing on a home, told me how amazing Modsy was. She raved about how she was able to design her new living room from her computer. We’d just put the offer in on our house, and while I had some decorating ideas, the living room in particular had me stumped.

Making the transition from the apartment to our first home was definitely a process. With all that new space, I knew we’d need to buy many items to fill it up. I thought that Modsy would be a great way for me to play with different ideas so that I could see the final product before committing to any big purchases.

Once I started, I found it very easy to use. We wanted to keep our sofa, and I sent Modsy a link to the exact product which they incorporated into our designs.

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online home design

BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF ANNIKA’S MODSY DESIGNS

How Modsy’s Renderings Helped Annika

Seeing the perfect layout and building on furnishings that match her style.

I was eager and anxious to see the designs! And it was surreal! It was our living room, but it was fully decorated and looked amazing.

From the two designs Modsy gave us, I loved Design #1 the most. The layout perfectly fit our needs and it gave me some great ideas for the space. I took the layout from the first design and made some tweaks when it came to the actual products.

online home designANNIKA’S MODSY DESIGN #1

We kept our couch and decided to keep our coffee table as well. It’s a hand-made piece by my father and is really beautiful, so we decided we couldn’t part with it. I was able to include a similar coffee table in my Modsy designs. This helped me get a sense of how it would look in our living room with the new pieces I was trying.

I made some other edits to Design #1, including a darker carpet because I have a toddler. The original design was a great source of inspiration. It was the calm, uncluttered but still warm, and stylish look I wanted.

online home designANNIKA’S MODSY DESIGN #2

Designing Around Unique Features

Finding solutions for her home’s unique features.

Our living room has a unique feature—a round window that is quite prominent. It was amazing to see how Modsy paired other round elements (i.e. a round coffee table, a round mirror) that really complimented the window. I was also able to see that certain chairs that I was eyeing didn’t fit our space at all.
online home designANNIKA’S MODSY DESIGN #1

One item that I fell in love with in particular was a shelving unit that attached to the wall. It was in an area of the living room that had stumped me, and as soon as I saw it I knew it was a perfect fit for the space.

I also loved it because it’s super child-friendly for my toddler. She can’t pull the unit down from the wall, and I can store non-breakable items on the lower shelves. The more delicate items can go on the top, which means we don’t have to hide all our breakables away until she gets older.

online home designANNIKA’S MODSY DESIGN #1

The wall directly across from our couch is quite large and that is where we have the TV. I didn’t know how much or how little to decorate, but the design that we received was perfect. It’s balanced and stylish without overwhelming the space.

online home designANNIKA’S MODSY DESIGN #2
It was so helpful to see how things fit in the space, size and style wise, without having to spend a lot of time measuring and trying to visualize how something “might” look.

Modsy was amazing and a really fun experience. It helped me find my “inner decorator” as I can experiment with my space and see what looks great and what doesn’t.

See Annika’s favorite design in 360!

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Design Recipe: 5 Key Elements to Acing Modern Rustic Style

Love the look of cozy rustic spaces, but still want a home that feels trendy with a modern edge? If so, your style might be what Modsy calls Modern Rustic. A look that pairs retro forms with rustic materials and accents, Modern Rustic is the look our stylists are craving this fall.

Read on to learn how to get the look in your home with these five key elements of the modern rustic style.

The 5 Key Elements of Modern Rustic Style:

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1. Start with organic shapes and colors

We’re not talking about your produce! When picking out the base furniture (things like your sofa and coffee table for a living room, or your bed frame and dresser in a bedroom) look for pieces that have simple and clean lines.

A no-frills look, modern rustic is all about organic shapes that might be found in nature – no ornate details or decadent finishes here!

This goes for building a color palette as well. Start with earthy neutrals for your base, like warm woods, browns, creams, and shades of green. This will help you start to build a calm and cozy space, with a distinctly rustic style.

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2. Layer in patterns and textures

A large element in acing the Modern Rustic style, is building layers on layers of patterns and textures.

Play with mixing several different patterns in one space, be it in your rug, pillows, artwork, or other decorative accents. Opt for organic patterns, like hand-dyed shibori or ikat, to keep the look feeling rustic. Skip things like chevron, polka-dots, or any pattern that feels too perfect.

Textures are also a huge part of the Modern Rustic look. Again, gather inspiration from the natural world and opt for a mix of organic textures to bring the rustic element to life. We love layering a cowhide over a patterned rug, or hanging a woven macrame tapestry over a velvet sofa.

 

 

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3. Choose weathered materials

A little patina ain’t never hurt nobody! Pieces that show their age and history are key to acing the Modern Rustic style. Look for worn leathers, unfinished woods, or anything with a vintage look and feel.

Not only will these weathered materials bring extra texture you your space, they will give it that tactile, touch-able quality that make rustic interiors so inviting.

Don’t be afraid to bring in influences from the natural world as well. We love this photograph of a longhorn steer, Longhorn No. 4  by Randal Ford, as the crowning piece above a modern wood credenza.

 

 

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4. Find a mid-century influence

To make your space feel more fresh and current, infuse your rustic style with a few mid-century modern design elements. Adopt a mid-century modernist’s taste for organic shapes, furniture formed to hug the body, and warm earthy colors.

The addition of something like a mid-century tripod lamp, a curvaceous womb chair, or a carved wood coffee table will help give your rustic space a fresh and retro edge.

 

 

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5. Keep it cozy

One of the most important elements of the Modern Rustic style, is a comfy and homey feeling. Ensure your home is the perfect place to snuggle up by adding plush textures, piles of pillows, and layering in chunky knit blankets.

The organic and weathered materials and forms of the Modern Rustic look in combination with comfy furniture will all work together to make your home into the perfect cozy cocoon.

 

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