Year In Review: The 13 Best Living Room Designs of 2021

As we all continued to figure out what our “new normal” was in 2021, our homes remained more important than ever. And no room was quite so used in most of our homes than our living rooms.

Living rooms continued to be a place for relaxing and unwinding after a day of video calls and a space for movie or game nights with the family. And, as we slowly started entertaining again this year, our living rooms served as a place for small gatherings with friends—though it certainly looks a little different than before.

To celebrate these multipurpose spaces in our homes, along with the end of 2021, we’re rounding up the best living room designs of the year! Take a walk down memory lane to revisit (and shop) your favorite living rooms of 2021.

70s-glam inspired living room with rich earth tones

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1. 70s-Inspired Glam Living Room

Meet Modsy designer, Hope, the talent behind this stunning space! As part of a Modsy design challenge, Hope designed this glam living room, full of some 1970s vibes. It’s stylish and chic—but also cozy and comfortable. The mustard velvet swivel chairs and burl wood side table is a stunning combination of materials, and perfect for a glam space. And did you notice that teal cloud wallpaper in the corner? Perfection.


minimal glam living room with lux materials

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2. Minimal Glam Living Room

The curved furniture trend is on full display here! From the curved sofa and armchair to the rounded coffee table and ottoman, we’re loving all the soft, modern lines in this space. It creates an understated yet playful living room that’s full of personality. And the earthy pastel palette lets the furniture forms do all the talking.

Moody rustic living room with cozy rug

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3. Moody Modern Rustic Living Room

This living room was one of our most popular spaces of the year. Don’t you just want to crawl inside of this room? There’s not much color to speak of in this living room, but the space comes to life through the contrast of light and darks, along with the use of varying textures and materials. We’re talking about those pops of natural material (the wood coffee table and dried pampas grass), along with the sherpa pillows and sheepskin rug, that enliven the space with texture.

California inspired living room in white

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4. Cali Cool Living Room With a Rustic Twist

Fans of the Amber Interiors design style, rejoice! This rustic living room design is mixed with California Casual and a dash of the eclectic for an absolutely stunning space! We love the mix of patterns, like classic-style rug and folk-inspired ottoman. And natural wood finishes add an organic and casual touch to the space. Built around the desire for a conversation space, we maximized seating not just a sofa, but also various chairs and stools.

Living room showing a mix a traditional and modern styles

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5. Modern Traditional Living Room

Here’s another dream room design—this one from Modsy designer Angela Lee! This beautiful living room embodies timeless design, with a mix of furniture styles ranging from classic to modern and eclectic. While it has a more formal vibe, the layered rugs add a cozy feel. We love how the neutral palette is punctuated with green accents—from the velvet chaise armchair to the  use of plants and flowers throughout the space. This is another layout that’s great for entertaining and conversing, with tons of cozy seating options.

East-coast style coastl living room

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6. Nantucket Coastal Living Room

If you gravitate toward a classic, preppy, and streamlined look, then this is the living room for you. This space has a more formal look, but the plush furniture is comfort-forward and inviting, and natural materials bring in some warmth. The classic blue and white color scheme, along with that use of natural materials, make the design of this living room undeniably coastal and summery. It has us dreaming of an escape to a seaside cottage in the summer!

Scandi style living room

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7. Cozy and Layered Scandinavian Living Room

Scandinavian design meets the comforting nature of hygge in this living room, which is filled with layers of coziness. Natural, rich materials add a lot of texture and bring depth to the space. That use of natural materials, along with the neutral palette—contrasted with the moments of black accents—helps ground the look in Scandinavian style. And a plush sectional offers a perfect place to lounge around and get cozy!

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Moodsy eclectic living room

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8. Modern Eclectic Living Room

This living room was another dream room design, by Modsy designer Shelly Sutton. Full of global eclectic style, this space has a lot going on—in the best possible way. A maximalist’s dream, the mix of patterns—from the zebra print rug to the marble and floral wallpaper—helps break up the otherwise neutral color palette. And the charcoal walls add a dramatic touch that acts as a backdrop to the light furniture. The use of plants and natural wood throughout the space adds an organic feel that helps temper the drama of this living room design.

Cottagecore living room with pick walls

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9. Cottagecore-Inspired Living Room

The Cottagecore trend grew in leaps and bounds in 2021. Cottagecore style is inspired by the idea of simpler life, when things were slightly more rustic and idyllic. Basically, it embodies some major English countryside cottage vibes and celebrates the look of handmade items. To bring this look to life, we opted for oversized furniture to add a cozy place to lounge and relax. While the furniture style is a mix of classic and rustic, the bold use of color and pattern adds a dose of the eclectic to this space.

Modern coastal living room with leather sofas

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10. Modern Coastal Living Room

This living room design comes to life through a mix of modern and coastal styles. The blue and white color palette brings out the coastal side of this style, while leather sofas add a cool, modern touch to the space—along with richness to this lighter color palette. The symmetrical design is a nod to the formality of classic coastal design, but the furniture shapes and patterns in the space make it feel more casual. The layered rugs also add to that casual vibe while also grounding the large space to make it feel more intimate.

Industrial style living room in blue

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11. Modern Industrial Living Room

A mix of modern and contemporary furniture adds a fresh look to this industrial space. The color palette is cool with its use of blue, gray, white, and black. But we brought in warmth with the use of a natural wood coffee table and leather sectional. The crystal chandelier adds an elevated touch to the space without clashing the overall casual vibe of this living room.

high contrast style living room

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12. High-Contrast Living Space

Contrast plays a big role in this living room, adding visual interest with the limited color palette. The accent wall behind the fireplace draws your eye into the space, contrasting with the white fireplace and sofa. You can also see this contrast come to life in the use of textures throughout the space—from the jute rug and stool to the textured throw pillows and cane chair. And the vivid geometric rug, bold artwork, and patterned pillows bring further depth to the space through the use of pattern.

Green California style living room

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13. California Modern Living Room

This living room design is from our musings of where the original Gossip Girl characters would live today. This is what we think Serena and Dan’s apartment would look like—an embodiment of California Modern style, with eclectic accents sprinkled throughout. The space features a simple-but-cozy color palette, with earthy green and neutrals. And we love the conversational seating set-up, with the sectional and chairs centered around the fireplace and coffee table.

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Modsy Real Estate: Streamlining the Home Buying Experience

Modsy Real Estate: Streamlining the Home Buying Experience

At Modsy, our mission is to make lives better through design. By recreating our customer’s spaces in 3D, with designs they can shop from directly, we help make the often challenging process of designing a home simple and effortless.

As demand for our business continues to grow, we’re thrilled to extend our offerings to more and more users in new and exciting ways. As a result, we’re offering a new vertical geared directly toward real estate developers and builders.

The Modsy Real Estate vertical is a highly customized design offering for developers and builders who want to take their buyer’s walkthrough experience to the next level.  bedroom gray wall oval mirror yellow pillows

Virtual Walkthroughs Feel Like Home with Great Design

Model homes can be a great way to show potential buyers a sneak peek of what life might look like in a development. But these spaces have their limitations. Real estate developers and builders need to build the model home in real life, hire a designer to design it, and get buyers to come and view the space in-person. Of course, buyers may love a walkthrough’s design but—if the home buyer can’t access the same designer or decor—the incentive of a fully realized and designed home can feel like more of a pipe-dream than a promise.

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When our team experienced the gap between shopping for and designing a home, we saw an opportunity. We wanted to use our design expertise and 3D visualization tools to create a more personalized and impactful way for developers and builders to share their properties with home buyers. With Modsy’s Real Estate vertical, developers, builders, and their buyers will be able to take advantage of an entirely new home buying experience. What makes this experience so unique?

  • Unlike traditional walkthroughs, the Real Estate vertical provides developers and builders the chance to see (and show!) properties before they’ve even been built.
  • Stunningly real 3D images help developers and builders try on different finishes and accents in their properties to achieve an ideal foundational aesthetic.
  • A Modsy designer works with each developer and builder, creating designs for their development in a variety of design styles, widening their design net to meet their target audience.
  • With traditional staging, a property can only be designed in one style. With Modsy, you can easily have 2+ designs per home.
  • Our designers will curate styles specific specifically to the location of the home, target buyers, and trends.
  • Developers and builders can shop an entire design if they’d like to stage a space in real life. They can also share a shopping link with their buyers who are ready to furnish their new home.

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Adding Value for Home Buyers

With the Modsy Real Estate program, developers can pass the Modsy design experience on to their home buyers—Giving them the power to continue collaborating with us to customize the designs to their own style. Like the developer or builder, they’ll work one-on-one with a real designer who tailors their space to their specific budget and lifestyle needs—ensuring the homebuyer feels provided for even after closing.

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A Brighter (and Easier) Design Future

Like we said earlier, our mission is to make lives better through design—and we want to do that for as many people as possible, including homeowners, renters, and even developers and builders. We are already looking toward the future of our Real Estate design offering to find ways to streamline the home-buying and design experience even further. As we do that, we look forward to building relationships with developers and builders who share our passion for helping consumers find a place and design to call home.

Explore our virtual walkthrough experience here.

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Meet Design Messenger: An Exciting Feature Coming Soon

Communicating with your Modsy designer just got easier. We’re thrilled to introduce you to our newest feature—Design Messenger! Design Messenger is the new communication portal that lets you easily communicate with your designer directly from your designs.

What does this mean? For starters, no more missed emails, no more digging through your inbox to find your design notes, and no more clicking back and forth between your designs and your email. Now all of your communications with your designer will be saved in one easy-to-find place.

Design Messenger will be available in March, so keep an eye out for a notification from us letting you know it’s live in your project. You’ll be able to access this new feature on your computer, on a mobile device, and in the Modsy iOS app. To get started messaging, simply navigate to your Project or Design page, click or tap on your designer’s photo, and strike up the conversation!

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What Makes Design Messenger So Great?

We might be biased—but we think there’s a lot to love about this new tool. Here are the top four reasons we think you’ll love Design Messenger!

1. Develop a More Personal Relationship With Your Designer

One of our biggest hopes with Design Messenger is that it gives you and your designer the opportunity to develop a more personal relationship. Through the messaging portal—a more casual form of communication than email—you can get to know each other better and make bringing your dream room to life even easier. Working on your project will start to feel a lot more like texting a friend and less like emailing feedback to a coworker!

2. Easily Communicate and Share Feedback

We want to simplify the way you communicate with your Modsy designer. That’s why we’ve set up Design Messenger as a one-stop-shop for communication between you and your designer. With this messaging portal, you can send inspiration photos and files, chat about your specific project goals and needs, ask questions about your designs, request revisions, and coordinate with your designer to schedule and join video calls! And you can easily scroll back to see your full chat history. When you message your designer, you can typically expect a response within 1-2 days—and often sooner.

3. Do It All Directly From Your Designs

No more bouncing between tabs and windows when you have questions about your designs. With Design Messenger, you can communicate with your designer while actually looking at your designs! That means you can explore your designs and send feedback all in the same place and at the same time.

4. Keep Everything Organized

Never rummage through your inbox again to find old email communication with your designer or notes on your project. Design Messenger was designed to replace cumbersome email communications with your designer. All your new messages will be saved in one easy-to-access place, which you can reference and add to at any time! And you don’t have to worry about missing a message! When your designer sends you a message, you’ll receive an email notification. From that email, you’ll be able to easily navigate to the Design Messenger portal to view and reply to the message.

Have more questions about this new feature? Head over to our full Design Messenger FAQ page.



A major milestone and the starting line!



A major milestone and the starting line!

In February 2015 we set out with an ambitious dream, and today we are thrilled to announce that Modsy has officially emerged from beta to transform the way consumers shop for and design their homes.  

We have worked tirelessly, constantly testing with customers, pushing the limits on the product capabilities, expanding our incredible team, and continuously looking for ways to improve. And this release is just the beginning. We have several amazing things in the pipeline and cannot wait to continue this momentum.

Modsy is the solution we’ve all been searching for when it comes to designing our homes. It is not enough to put furniture online or make interior design more affordable – it’s time for a true technology-based transformation!

At each step we’ve seen a little glimmer of the magic that Modsy can create. We’ve seen the “wow” on someone’s face when she realizes that the image she sees is not a photograph. We’ve heard pure joy from a customer discovering a product he absolutely loves. And most importantly, we’ve seen customer after customer transform their homes into something they truly love.

Modsy is technology meets design at its very best!

  • First and foremost, we are building a product that works for a real person. No specialized hardware, software, or goggles required.
  • We are building a product that empowers you to lead the design of your own home.
  • We are building a product that relies on technology to do the heavy lifting. Reconstructing 3D room models, curating and suggesting products, creating optimal layouts, and more.
  • We are building a product that brings in the human touch where the impact is greatest. Providing creative inspiration and assisting in your design process only as necessary and as requested.

To reach this significant milestone it has taken the tremendous dedication of everyone here on the Modsy team and the support of our friends, family, investors, advisors, and customers. A product launch is more than just a moment in time – it is the culmination of countless hours and the determination to bring the impossible to life. Today we are taking a moment to celebrate and thank everyone who has been involved. And to recognize that we have accomplished so much, yet our journey has only just begun!