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6 Sunroom Design Ideas That Make the Best of Indoor-Outdoor Living

If you’re lucky enough to have a sunroom or four-season porch as part of your home’s design, you’re lucky enough! But really—the delight of having a sunny bonus room is truly unparalleled. Far too many people squander these lovely spaces, though. Whether it’s using them for storage rather than another living space or not taking the time to decorate them and maximize the space, it’s a huge missed opportunity to not make the most of a sunroom.

At the same time, we know they can be tough to design. Since they generally have three walls full of large windows, you may have to approach your layout a bit more creatively—especially if it’s on the smaller side. And if you already have a main living space, and perhaps even an outdoor space, it can be challenging to know how to best make use of a sunroom.

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How do you design a sunroom?

There’s no one way to design a sunroom. It all comes down to how you want to use the space.  But there are a few design principles that can help you nail your sunroom design. Read on for some tips you can use in your sunroom design, no matter how you end up using the space.

Use Plenty of Natural Materials

Even though sunrooms and four-season porches are technically indoor spaces, with all the sunshine and potential for fresh airflow, they can sometimes feel more like an outdoor space. Because of that, we love the idea of playing up that outdoor vibe in your sunroom design by using plenty of natural materials. You can even use straight-up outdoor furniture! (This is especially a good idea if you have a three-season porch vs a true sunroom, which tends to only have screens. AKA your furniture is subject to inclement weather!) But even in a fully enclosed sunroom, there’s something fresh about rattan and wicker furniture in a sunroom, as well as wood furniture with a more rustic, weathered finish or pieces with caning.

Opt for Fade-Resistant Fabrics

Since sun porches get a lot of sunlight, that can also result in color fading in your upholstery. So, consider fade-resistant fabrics for sofas, chairs, and even pillows and rugs if any of them will sit in the direct sunlight.

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Bring in Houseplants as Decor

Sunrooms tend to have a greenhouse effect, trapping sunlight and keeping things nice and toasty. Because of this, they tend to be havens for houseplants. Greenhouses are all about helping plants thrive, after all! Since sunrooms also bridge indoor and outdoor spaces, plants are a natural way to decorate these sun-dappled spaces.

Worried about keeping your sunroom plants alive? Check out our plant care guide to pick out the right plants for your place.

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Don’t Forget About Layered Lighting

Sunrooms, in their very nature, let in a ton of sunlight. But it’s nice to have additional lighting in these spaces so that you can use it even when the sun goes down. Many sunrooms have a ceiling light, but it’s nice to incorporate other lighting options like floor and table lamps, string lights (which add a fun and casual outdoor feeling), and even candles. This allows you to layer your lighting and create the vibe you want in the space any time of day!

Large or small, we’re big believers in maximizing those sunrooms and celebrating that sunny bonus space in your home! So, we rounded up six sunroom design ideas to show you how you could potentially use your sunroom and inspire you to make the most of your space.

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1. Dining and Entertaining Space

Sunrooms can be a great space for entertaining and offer the feeling of dining outside (without the hazard of bugs). Creating an additional dining or entertaining space is especially great if you have a larger sunroom.

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To bring this design to life, use a rug to designate the dining space. A durable indoor-outdoor rug, like a jute rug, is a great choice if you tend to leave your sunroom’s windows open during the summer. That way, it won’t matter if a little rain comes through! We also like the idea of selecting dining chairs that feature natural textures to give the feeling of outdoor dining space.

You can also set up a bar cart or console table as a place for serving beverages and storing outdoor plates, glasses, and pitchers. A nearby beverage tub for keeping drinks cold is another great addition to a space like this!

From there, hang up some string lights or light some candles for ambiance, throw the windows open to let in a fresh breeze, and enjoy an “outdoor” dinner with friends!

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2. Secondary Living Area

Use your sunroom as an extension of your indoor space by setting up a cozy living area! This is a perfect place to relax in the morning and gather as a family in the evenings, especially in the summer.

How to Get the Look

Since sunrooms are sometimes transitional spaces between your yard and the rest of your home, we love the idea of going with a slipcovered sofa, which is easy to clean if it gets dirty or wet. A rattan coffee table gives you a place to kick up your feet and a surface for playing board games. (And the round shape makes it easy to gather around!) A plush, woven indoor/outdoor rug helps anchor the seating area.

And don’t forget to add lighting so you can use this space well into the evening! Table lamps next to the sofa are great for reading and playing games, while string lights offer a nice ambiance for a casual gathering.

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3. Seating Nook

If you have a smaller sunroom, you may only have room for smaller pieces of furniture. If that’s the case, we love the idea of setting up a seating nook. In a space like this, you can kick back on your own, or have a friend over for coffee or drinks and conversation.

How to Get the Look

It’s probably obvious that a seating nook requires a place to sit! So, pick out a matching pair of accent chairs. Place them at a conversational angle, with a side table in between and a pouf to use as a footrest. (In a pinch, it can also be used as an extra seat!) If your sunroom is deep enough, you could add a bench along the opposite wall for more seating—or a seating area like this could even be part of a larger living area if you have a larger sunroom!

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4. Home Office

Using your sunroom as a home office is a great way to get the feeling of working outside, without being exposed to the elements. Plus, it allows you to enjoy the natural light and the views! This is probably best for those who live in temperate climates though, as sunrooms can get quite hot or cold in states with more extreme weather and seasons!

How to Get the Look

Like any home office, you need the basics of a desk and chair. But you can also lean into the indoor-outdoor vibe of a sunroom and bring in some earthy, natural decorative elements to bring the space to life. (A hide rug feels like the perfect choice for a sunroom office!) And though you’ll have plenty of natural light shining into your home office, it’s worth having a desk lamp for task lighting, especially on cloudy days!

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5. Reading Nook

Use a corner of your sunroom to create a cozy reading nook! This is an especially great idea if you have kids. A sunroom design like this uses soft materials, and with everything low to the ground, it’s accessible too!

How to Get the Look

Any cozy accent chair will work in a sunroom reading nook—but we love the idea of using a hanging egg chair! The woven frame has outdoor porch vibes and is also a really fun place for kids to curl up with a book! Layering in a plush rug, floor pillows, and poufs, and a low bookcase will make this reading nook both cozy and functional. (Opting for a low bookcase vs a tall one ensures the shelves aren’t blocking the sunroom windows!)

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6. Lounge Space

Do you have cat-like tendencies and love to curl up in a patch of sunlight and take a nap? Then design your sunroom with the capabilities for some serious lounging! This is the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun.

How to Get the Look

A daybed is the perfect piece of furniture to use if you want to set up a sunroom lounge. It can be used as a sofa when you have company—but it’s also an ideal place to stretch out and take a nap. We recommend loading up on pillows and keeping a throw blanket handy so it’s extra cozy! (Alternatively, if the walls allow it, you could hang up a hammock!) Place a side table nearby to give you a surface to set a glass of water, and consider hanging drapery if you want filtered light or to block out the light completely.

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Brand Spotlight: Scout Home Furniture

We’re constantly adding new Modsy brands to our digital catalog—making sure you have a wide variety of furniture and decor options when designing your home. Our catalog includes well-known retailers to under-the-radar brands you’ll only find here. And we love introducing you to the hundreds of brands we work with through our Modsy Brand Spotlights. In this blog series, we’ll share a bit more about some of our favorite brands, along with some of our favorite products.

Today, meet a fan-favorite: Scout Home.

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Meet the Brand: Scout Home Furniture

Scout Home creates pieces for the inspired home using trends, materials, and styles that have been sourced from around the world. With sleek lines and unique details, Scout Home furniture is a great option for people looking for high-quality and innovative furniture design in their home.

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What They’re Known For

Primarily, Scout Home designs foundational furniture pieces (like sofas, dining tables, and beds) and accent seating. With the combination of the high-quality materials they use, the solid construction and craftsmanship, and their resulting price point, Scout Home furniture is definitely an investment brand. But these are solid pieces of furniture that you’ll have forever. Style-wise, they hit very similar notes as Crate & Barrel. In fact, Scout Home is a leading furniture provider for brands like Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn.

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Why We Love Them

Scout Home makes solid, durable pieces of furniture—with an eye toward sustainability. Many of their pieces are made from reclaimed wood or recycled materials. Specifically, they use responsibly sourced hardwood for furniture frames; their top-grain leather uses non-toxic, transparent dyes; and when possible they use handcrafted reclaimed and recycled woods.

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But these pieces aren’t just more sustainable than the average furniture—they’re also quite stylish. Scout Home furniture falls into a variety of style categories, from Rustic and Traditional to Modern, Scandinavian, and Mid-Century. With this blend, many of their pieces hit California Modern and Modern Rustic trends really well. (We love.) This mix of styles results in some very trendy pieces, but also a lot of timeless designs that can be foundational pieces in your home throughout your life.

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Dechlan Bench, Heather Twill Stone

This upholstered bench is great for Modern Rustic homes—either in an entryway, at the end of your bed, or as extra seating in your living room.

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Lexa Rattan Bunching Table, Natural Cross Weave

This fun, boho-inspired rattan coffee table will add some eclectic charm to any living room. Place a tray on top for drinks, candles, or coffee table books—or leave it empty so it’s always ready for you to kick up your feet and relax!

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Fulcher Dining Table, Waxed Bleached Oak

This beautiful oak dining table is made of reclaimed wood that’s bleached to remove years of paint and stain. It’s then finished with stain and wax to give it a perfectly rustic look. But it’s not just for rustic styles. This solid table transcends styles and can be a fixture in any home, to be enjoyed for years and years to come.

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Vesper Dining Chair, Sandy Oak

We love this sculptural oak dining chair, which stylistically sits somewhere between a wishbone and Windsor chair. The result? A fun and eclectic dining chair with Mid-Century vibes that can be easily mixed with other dining chair styles (even slipcovered captain’s chairs!). The sandy finish highlights the natural grain of the oak.

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Anarine Console Table, Waxed Bleached Pine

A trio of curved supports gives this console table some beautiful French country, rustic vibes. The shape, combined with the warm wood finish, makes this the perfect piece to put in an entryway for a little extra storage and style.

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Juniper Hand-Carved Rug, Green

The rich green hue of this hand-knotted rug gives it a luxurious sensibility, and a subtle triangle pattern adds visual depth. The result? A simple rug that is anything but plain. But it’s not just beautiful; it’s also super durable and is great for high-traffic areas.

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Everett Sofa, Sienna Brown

This piece is what modern leather sofa dreams are made of. It’s clean, Mid-Century lines gives it modern appeal, but with a rich brown leather that will patina beautifully, it’s a sofa style that can be at home with almost any design style. Easy to clean, it’s a great kid- and pet-friendly sofa.

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Hingham Ottoman, White

Cane furniture is having a big moment in the design world right now. And we think this fun ottoman, with it’s four caned sides, is a great way to try on the trend. Ever versatile, it could double as a side table, or, as a pair, could create a cool coffee table!

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Lucia Nightstand, Brown

Here’s another fun way to try on the cane trend. This honey-finished oak nightstand has a single drawer for storage, with a pill-shaped cane front. It’s perfect for a Scandinavian Modern bedroom. (Bonus: Scout Home makes a matching bed and two coordinating dressers for a beautiful bedroom set!)

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Athena Accent Chair, White

This beautiful, simple accent chair gives a subtle nod to traditional styles, but with the raw nature of the wood frame, it has some definite rustic influences. Though it has a simple design, the fluffy cushions make this a comfy seat.

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Asby Dining Table, Reclaimed Mango

Modern take on a wooden dining table, this piece is super streamlined and can transition well across styles. It’s made of a mix of reclaimed wood, giving it some natural patina from the get-go; and it will only get better with time. With its warmer wood finish, it works well in Mid-Century Modern spaces.

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Wyola Windsor Chair, Sandy Oak

This is a Mid-Century Modern-meets-Traditional dining chair if we’ve ever seen one. Made in a traditional Windsor style, it’s a cleaner, more modern take on the classic. With it’s light finish, it’s the perfect chair for a California Modern or Scandinavian space.

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Fiddler Chair, Knoll Natural/Distressed Natural

We think this cozy accent chair would be great for a living room or nursery! With boucle upholstery and an intriguing form, this chair makes a statement—and invites you to curl up and stay awhile.

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Elkin Coffee Table, Ebony

Looking for a round, drum-style coffee table? This might be the perfect pick. It features a bold, high-contrast dark wood finish on the sides, starburst wood graining on the top, and brass rings on the top and bottom edges—making it quite the stunner.

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Lilly Sofa With Chaise, White

This is the perfect sectional for the whole family to spread out on! But it’s not purely functional; its clean lines give it a classically transitional look that will look at home mixed with a variety of styles.

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Wiley Pillow, Blue (Set of 2)

The rich blue hue of this pair of accent pillows makes them great pillows for layering on your bed or sofa. Woven with a cotton/linen blend, they have a lovely texture that gives a causal, refined air to any space.

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Ellis Nightstand, Brown

The light wood finish and clean silhouette gives this two-drawer nightstand some serious Scandi-inspired vibes. It’s a fairly simple design—but the leather-wrapped drawer pulls and iron accents on the legs make this piece feel really special.

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Textured Round Ottoman, Natural

Accent your living room with this large, round ottoman! (It’s 36 inches across!) Whether you use it as additional seating or a coffee table, this textural boucle piece is bound to receive lots of compliments.

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Danish Bookcase, Sienna

This Scandi-inspired bookcase can be the answer to all of your storage needs. It’s simple design and light, natural finish lends a vintage look to the oak shelving. It looks beautiful on it’s own—but you could also place two or three side-by-side for a styled statement storage wall.

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Parawood Coffee Table, Light Brown

With a rounded table top and thick-triangular pedestal legs, this wood coffee table gives you a sturdy surface for decor, drinks, and kicking up your feet. Made of parawood (also known as rubberwood) this table is inspired by modern European design but can fit beautifully among a variety of design styles.

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Celebrating Women’s History Month with a Spotlight on a Few of Our Favorite Interior Designers

March is Women’s History Month—so we thought it was the perfect opportunity to shine a light on some of our favorite women designers. We’re highlighting some of the women in history who paved the way for female interior designers, as well as some current designers who are doing amazing work in the field.

Read on to discover some designers through the decades and learn more about 10 famous women interior designers you should know!

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Elsie de Wolfe

Born in 1859 in New York City, socialite Elsie de Wolfe started her career as an actress, and later made the transition to working as an interior decorator. She was one of the first female interior designers—and some say it was she who invented interior design into its own profession. Prior to that, interior design was more part of the architectural process. But when Elsie hit the scene, she established it as its own discipline.

Alive during the heart of the Victorian era, her designs vanquished Victorian gloom—replacing heavy, dark interiors with light and uncluttered layouts featuring fresh colors and 18th-century French furniture. (Was she, perhaps, one of the original minimalists??) She also notably popularized chaise lounges and animal print upholstery. She had a very high-profile clientele, including Amy Vanderbilt, Anne Morgan (daughter of J.P. Morgan), and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

“Light, air and comfort—these three things I must always have in a room.” Elsie de Wolfe

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Elsie’s Most Iconic Design

One of Elsie’s notable decorating gigs was The Colony Club, New York’s first female-founded social club exclusively for women. This is the space that, nearly overnight, established her reputation as an interior decorator. In stark contrast to the dark, upholstered spaces in men’s clubs, Elsie decorated The Colony Club with a light, feminine style, full of glazed chintz, pale walls, wicker chairs, and even an indoor garden pavilion.

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Dorothy Draper

Dorothy Draper was born in 1889 to a wealthy family. She was the first to “professionalize” interior design, establishing the first official interior design firm, Dorothy Draper & Company, in 1923. But she wasn’t just a pioneer of the field; she also invented the “modern baroque” look, a then-modern take on the elaborate, intricate style that was popularized in the seventeenth century. Dorothy loved using vibrant, splashy color in her designs—which contemporaries often referred to as “The Draper Touch.”

“It is just as disastrous to have the wrong accessories in your room, as it is to wear sport shoes with an evening dress.”Dorothy Draper

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Two of Dorothy’s Iconic Designs

Dorothy Draper’s design style is so iconic, we couldn’t just pick one design. So, here are two of her iconic designs that we love!

Above is the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia. It features her signature black-and-white floors, with colorful walls—both striped and palm printed. Dorothy was hired to redecorate the hotel after it had been used as a makeshift hospital during WWII. Using bright colors and oversized patterns, she gave the space a luxurious, elegant facelift. She remained the resort’s decorator into the 1960s.

Below is a residential project she worked on in Michigan. We love the bright, cheerful pink and white palette. (And those Staffordshire dogs!) This space epitomizes what we love so much about Dorothy’s iconic style.

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Sister Parish

Sister Parish was truly an American original. With no formal training, she launched her own decorating business at 23, during the Great Depression—during which time she really caught on, with friends and family wanting her to decorate their homes. As her design business grew, so did her clientele. Her high-profile clientele included the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Astors, and even the Kennedys. In fact, she designed the Kennedy White House.

She spent six decades professionally designing—with a “cozy, old-money” look being her staple style. She wanted every room to feel romantic and whimsical, and her iconic design style certainly reflects that. She’s widely considered to have created “American country style” and is considered to be the last of America’s grande dame decorators. And, fun fact: Dorothy Draper was her mother’s first cousin!

“Behind every attractive room there should be a very good reason” Sister Parish

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One of Sister Parish’s Iconic Designs

You can’t talk about Sister Parish without talking about her design of the Kennedy White House. She worked with Jackie Kennedy to give the White House a facelift when they moved in, focusing specifically on the residence. Above is the Yellow Oval Room, a space on the second floor of the Whtie House, within the residence, that has typically been used as a private sitting room or a formal living room for entertaining. Sister Parish brought in Louis XVI-inspired furniture for an airy French-style salon vibe.

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Ray Eames

Born in 1912, Ray Eames grew to fame in the design world for her designs with creative partner and husband, Charles Eames. She made groundbreaking contributions to the fields of architecture, furniture design, manufacturing, and industrial design. However, she actually started as an abstract artist. Over time, she and her husband began developing furniture and architectural design—creating famous pieces like the molded plywood chair and their iconic home, now known as “The Eames House.”

“What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts.” Ray Eames

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One of Ray’s Iconic Designs

Is there a more iconic Mid-Century space than the Eames house? Probably not. Located in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles, serves as a fantastic example of Los Angeles interior design.  The house was designed and constructed by Ray and Charles to serve as both their home and studio. Built into a hillside, they wanted the natural elements surrounding the house to seamlessly integrate with the home’s design. The two-story steel and glass windows make the outdoors feel like an extension of the home.

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India Mahdavi

India Mahdavi is an Iranian-French architect and designer who founded her studio in Paris in 2000. Her work is largely in the commercial sphere, consisting of bars, restaurants, retail concepts, clubs, and hotels. In all her designs, she loves using bright colors and says she gets her playful color palettes are inspired by the classic Disney films she loved as a child.

“My work is about joy and sunshine and how you can change the mood of a room full of people when the place has some kind of happiness to it. People need color. If I can bring that into the environments I create, I’m happy.” India Mahdavi

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One of India’s Iconic Designs

India designed The Gallery at Sketch in London. A tea room and cocktail lounge, this space is full of so much glamorous, quirky charm. We love the use of pink on pink (on pink) and the opulence that the channel-tufted seats, velvet, and brass accents bring to the space. This is an Instagram-able space at its finest.

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Sheila Bridges

Sheila Bridges founded her New York City design firm in 1994. One of her most notable projects is that she designed former-President Clinton’s Harlem offices. She was named America’s best interior designer by both Time Magazine and CNN. Sheila has her own lines of furnishings and decor that are sold in several retail stores—including her now-famous Harlem Toile De Jouy fabric and wallpaper pattern.

“Whether we’re dealing with antiques or modern furniture, everything can be classic.” Sheila Bridges

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One of Sheila’s Iconic Designs

We’re pretty much in love with all of Sheila’s Harlem townhouse—but we were particularly taken by the artwork in this hallway. We’re big fans of cheeky animal art, so we love this floor-to-ceiling gallery wall. It’s full of framed moments from Sheila’s own Van Doe wallpaper, where a deer stands in as the subject of many famous paintings.

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Kelly Hoppen

Kelly Hoppen is a British interior designer and TV personality. She started her career at the young age of 16 when she was given the opportunity to design a family friend’s kitchen. Since then, she’s designed jets, yachts, and many commercial and residential projects all over the globe. Her style is defined by the fusion of clean lines and neutral tones (she’s often referred to as “The Queen of Taupe”), but those neutrals are balanced with an opulent warmth. She’s the author of nine different design books, with her first book, East Meets West, defining her aesthetic and the balance she seeks to achieve through her designs.

“I am convinced that a calm, quiet and harmonious interior can be as beneficial to health as sensible diet and regular exercise.” Kelly Hoppen

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One of Kelly’s Iconic Designs

The industrial modern vibes of this space are truly in a league of their own. Despite the hard lines throughout both spaces, both feel like an inviting place to gather. And, in the living room, we love how the organic forms of the chairs sit in such contrast to the clean hard lines throughout the rest of the space.

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Justina Blakeney

Justina Blakeney is a designer, artist, and the author of New York Times best-seller, “The New Bohemians.” She’s also the founder of the decor brand, Jungalow®, which brings to life her eclectic, bohemian, and global-inspired design aesthetic.

“Add life: People, plants, and pets are the soul of the home.” Justina Blakeney

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One of Justina’s Iconic Designs

Full of Justina’s signature bright colors and boho style, this living room is the perfect blend of that “Jungalow” style, mixed with some modern lines. The result is a space that feels trendy but livable. We’re big fans of the way that the mix of bright colors and a hanging chair give a youthful playfulness to this space.

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Barbara Barry

Barbara Barry grew up with modest means in a family of working artists. She founded her design firm in LA in 1985 and has grown to international renown. In addition to interior design, she’s developed product lines of everything from furniture and lighting to dishes and tiles. Barbara takes inspiration from the colors and forms found in nature, and she believes these restrained color palettes bring order to the chaos of life. In both her home and the spaces she designs, she likes to bring a sense of elegance and simple luxury into the space.

“Underneath all I design, lies the solid belief that beauty is a positive force” Barbara Barry

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One of Barbara’s Iconic Designs

From a residential project in Hawaii, this dining room really blew us away. Though it features a neutral, monochromatic color palette, the textures and shapes in this space give it so much visual interest. It very much gets at the heart of her design style—which leans on the forms and materials of nature, with a desire to bring order out of the chaos of life. famous women interior designers

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler founded her own design firm in the mid-1990s. She built her reputation through designing boutique hotels, and she now works on both residential and commercial properties. Some of her major clients include Gwen Stefani and Cameron Diaz. As a designer, Kelly always refused to blend in, with her design aesthetic being very eclectic and avant-garde.

Today, her firm has evolved from simply working on interior design projects to an interdisciplinary lifestyle brand that offers not only interior design and architectural services but also product design, branding, and graphics. Kelly also designs and develops furniture, lighting, rugs, and more, which she sells under the Kelly Wearstler brand. She is the author of five different design books.

“My aesthetic is about mixology; always something old and something new, raw and refined, masculine and feminine.” Kelly Wearstler

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One of Kelly’s Iconic Designs

Kelly designed the Santa Monica Proper hotel, using the city’s climate, history, and iconography as inspiration for the design. With a mix of vintage and contemporary pieces, the hotel’s lobby lounge gives us major Mid-Century vibes. It’s a feeling of walking back in time, without losing and of today’s modern conveniences. Excuse us while we go book a stay!famous women interior designers

Tiffany Brooks

Tiffany Brooks was the winner of HGTV’s “Design Star” in 2013, which helped launch her career as an interior designer. Today, she has a design firm in Chicago, but also works with HGTV on several shows and writes for her design blog. Her mission as a designer is to create stunning living environments that encompass her clients’ individual needs and unique style.

“I seek out to uncover that flavor; the soul of their home which always tells the true story of those that inhabit it.”Tiffany Brooks

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One of Tiffany’s Iconic Designs

It’s an unexpected move to put upholstered accent chairs and ottomans around a dining room table. But somehow Tiffany makes it work in this space. We love how the seats and patterned curtains bring softness to this space, while the large windows and oversized plants make this feel like a truly special place to dine.

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Design Dilemma: How to Mix Styles In a Cohesive Way

It’s fun to begin to pinpoint your personal interior design style and design a home around that style. But very few people are drawn to one pure style. Rather, most people end up with personal design styles that are a mix of a few different styles. And many people’s preferences evolve over time as well. This means designing a space that incorporates multiple styles and mixes them together.

And if you live with a partner or roommates, you’re not just designing a space with your own preferred mix of styles, but you have to keep theirs in mind, too. And that also means mixing together even more style points-of-view on the overall design of your home.

If you’re feeling stuck or overwhelmed with how to combine styles in a shared space or just how to mix your own preferences together into one cohesive look, take a deep breath and keep reading. We’ve chatted with a few of our Modsy designers—who are experts in combining multiple interior design styles into one space. Today, they’re sharing some essential shared space design tips for mixing decor styles within a home!

Read on for some of our designers’ tips on how to mix styles!

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1. Pinpoint Your Personal Style

You can’t start designing a space until you’ve pinpointed your personal style. Not sure where to begin? Browse some interior design ideas to pull inspiration for what style features, furniture, color palettes, and layouts you like. And don’t forget to take our style quiz to help you further drill down on your preferred design styles! Learning to name the styles you’re drawn toward will make it easier to figure out ways to merge those styles.

Once you’ve identified your preferred style (and everyone you live with, if you’re designing a shared space), you can start working toward combining elements from your ideal design styles for a cohesive home that represents everyone in the home and uniquely brings to life your shared style.

Bonus Listening: Check out episode 1 of Modsy’s podcast, The Render, to discover your personal interior design style and learn what it says about you!

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2. Make Function a Top Priority

Instead of immediately getting caught up in how to mix and match the detailed elements of your design styles, start by taking a step back. When designing a room, the layout and function of the space should be established first. So, landing on the layout and the way you want to use the space will give you a solid foundation from which to build the design. This can also help you narrow in on style options for your space.

So, think about if you prefer a more formal or casual layout and how you want the space to function. Do you prefer the formality of symmetry or a more laid-back vibe? Or maybe you want something in the middle? It all depends on how you want to use the space and how you want to feel within the space. Let the function help guide your choices.how to mix styles

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3. Find Common Ground

Even if the styles you’re drawn to seem like they’re on opposite ends of the style spectrum—like glam and industrial or traditional and modern—you can almost always find a little bit of common ground. Take glam and industrial styles for example. At a glance, you’d think they have nothing in common. But look a little closer, and you’ll notice that both of these styles celebrate the use of the material as an ornament. While glam spaces tend to have more polished, sophisticated finishes and industrial design celebrates raw, rugged materials, you can find some common ground through glam materials in a more raw finish, like a marble side table. The same goes for mixing modern and traditional furniture. While these styles have very different sensibilities, both prioritize comfort in their foundational furniture. That commonality can help guide design choices in your space.

In this, keep things cohesive by not swinging too far on either side of the design spectrum. Instead, stay more “middle of the road” with design elements from each style.
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4. Choose Furniture That Brings in Elements of Each Style

The furniture you choose is a great way to bring the many elements of your design style together. Use furniture shapes, materials, and finishes as a way to speak to each style. In the design above, the coffee table has traditional spindle legs, but the finish is more rustic. The accent chair has more modern lines, but the aged leather leans traditional. And having the fireplace and mantel as a focal point in the room is a very traditional move—but painting it all white is a very modern, minimalist approach. These are just small examples of how to bring in elements of multiple design styles into single pieces, which begins to impact the overall look of the space.

Another great tip to keep in mind? Many Transitional-style pieces are naturally “middle-of-the-road,” stylistically. So, Transitional furniture can provide a simple, almost neutral foundation if you’re struggling to mix your two styles.

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5. Add Personal Touches

When you add decorative objects to a room, you have the opportunity to bring your own personal touch to the space, giving it a unique flair that helps drive home your personal style. This is a great way to bridge the multiple styles you’re mixing within a room. These personal touches could be objects from your travels, things you picked up during special events and mementos that are meaningful—like framed photos of your family or pets. Adding personal items helps a space feel more personalized and comforting, and in a shared space, it adds that extra element of building a space together.

Need a little extra help? Online interior design is a great way for partners to begin mixing design styles. Our designers are pros at combining design styles and can help you mix multiple styles into your home. And, with Modsy’s life-like 3D designs, you can try out different furniture and decor and confidently land on a design you love.

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Style Spotlight: How to Get the Rustic Minimalist Look

You heard it here first: Rustic minimalism is a trend on the rise. What is rustic minimalism? Well, as its name indicates, this look combines elements of both rustic and minimal design styles and merges them into one space. What results are cool, spare rooms warmed up with bold but neutral colors and natural materials. You’ll also notice this look has a touch of rustic charm and a hint of industrial flair. Ultimately, this style combines pared-down vintage elements in a calm, monochromatic palette for a look that’s gender-neutral and inviting.

Ready to move in? We’ve got you covered! Read on to get the scoop on our stylists’ seven best tips to help you get the look in your own home.

rustic minimalist bedroom1. Go With Natural Materials

To really nail the rustic side of rustic minimalism, opt for furniture and decor accents that show off what they’re made of. Natural materials like unfinished wood, ceramics, metals, stone, jute, and linen are all great places to start.

Art that showcases the natural world is another way to pull the rustic vibe into your space – like this photograph of the Icelandic landscape.

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rustic minimalist living room2. Prioritize Comfort

Rustic minimalism is a style that’s meant to be lived in. That means it should be full of cozy, comfortable elements that make your room an inviting gathering space. For your base furniture, pick pieces that put comfort front and center – like this oversized sectional sofa. But don’t snooze on the fact that this sofa still has clean lines, which plays into the minimal side of this style. Layers of plush textiles and pillows will help up the comfort factor.

But to keep your room from feeling too weighty, you’ll want to balance out heavy and airy furniture, striking the right balance and contrast. For example, you can balance out the more substantial sofa with a minimal coffee table. Or, consider this accent chair: while still comfortable, it has a more modern frame that keeps the look lighter.

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office3. Add Warmth with Wood and Leather

We love the way that textiles can transform and warm up a whole space. Without the leather of the chairs, this office would feel very cool and industrial. But the addition of these chairs – along with the wicker baskets on the bookshelf and the palm leaf plant basket in the corner – changes the vibe in the best possible way.

Natural wood and leather tones add warmth throughout a room and will keep your rustic minimalist space from feeling cold or sterile, but they also won’t detract from the overall style! (Curtains and rugs are another great way to add warmth and texture.) And speaking of warmth, we love the way plants warm up a room and add a pop of color.

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office4. Stick to Frill-Free Furniture

To get this look, you’ll want to stay away from ornate decor and more traditionally shaped pieces, instead favoring sleek, clean lines. What results is a look that feels both current and gender-neutral. We love the wood and upholstery in this room, which together strikes the perfect balance of minimal and warm.

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dining room5. Go High-Contrast With Wall Color

Rustic minimalist design can feel spare. To keep it minimal but add a bold note, try painting a wall in a dark neutral. This could be an accent wall or the whole space. Either way, it will add a cozy vibe that’s right at home in rustic spaces but also strikes a bold note. It also creates the perfect backdrop for your art and decor to do the talking!

Bonus: a dark wall also makes wood and brass elements pop! Afraid of the room feeling too dark? You can add some life and color with a bright patterned rug.

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rustic minimalist living room6. Add Pops of Pattern and Eclectic Art

Rustic styles tend to feel more traditional – but to achieve the modern side of rustic minimalism, mix in fresh and contemporary elements to make it of-the-moment. We love an eclectic mix of organic patterns and playful art! A gallery wall is a great way to push your look more modern and trendy, and it gives you the opportunity to mix and match art styles to create a look that is all your own.

But don’t stop at wall art! Use textiles like throw pillows and blankets – but opt for patterns in the same color scheme to keep with the minimal vibe. We brought this to life in this room through using pops of black, white, and grey in the pillows, rug, and art.

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rustic minimalist bedroom7. Go Industrial With Your Lighting Fixtures

Remember how we said the rustic minimalist style has a slight industrial element to it? Well, you can usually spot this in the light fixtures.

Pieces made of metal, with a factory vibe, are key to this style. These matte black sconces are the perfect mix of rustic and industrial chic – but with a modern shape, they also add to the minimal vibe.

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Style Spotlight: Mod Collector

Designing a Modern Eclectic Space

 

The Modsy Fall Mod Collector Collection is finally here. A style that pairs mid-century modern forms with eclectic and personal accents, this is a look for anyone who craves a trendy space with a personal twist.

A style that plays with texture and pattern, this season’s Mod Collector Collection embraces rustic and bohemian undertones for a more trend-forward look that works for any interior.

Take a tour through some of our favorite customer design projects to see if Mod Collector is the look for you!

 

Modern Eclectic Style

With a color palette inspired by fall, this living room feels both warm and fresh. Try balancing the browns and tans from things like a leather sofa and jute rug, with a pop of green like this wasabi colored velvet lounge chair.

 

Modern Eclectic Style

If your ideal space is full of neutrals, consider incorporating pops of pattern to add some visual drama. We love the Greek Key patterned pouf and the Tibetan Tiger rug inside this living room, which bring a note of contrast to the otherwise neutral space.

 

Modern Eclectic Style

Geometric shapes are a great way to add a note of mid-century modern intrigue to your home. Try a coffee table with a retro shape or a mirror with an unexpected inlay. We love how the pop of brass in this geometric mirror helps warm up the space.

 

Modern Eclectic Style

The Mod Collector look is all about unexpected design elements. Try pulling in two poufs for extra seating that can also double as great footrests, or even a side tables in a pinch!

 

Modern Eclectic Style

You can’t go wrong with a pop of retro drama in your space. Try a statement lamp for a bit of mid-century glam to spice up your living room look. We love the unique, statement shape of this lamp which lends an instant cool-factor to any space.

 

Modern Eclectic Style

Balance a neutral sofa with a pair of statement chairs. We these woven leather safari chairs which sport a mid-century shape with an eclectic twist vie their woven leather construction.

 

Modern Eclectic Style

Not into statement furniture? No problem! Try a bold colored rug instead to instantly warm up any space. Pair it with other warm accents like fall-hued pillows or brassy accessories to tie the whole space together.

 

Modern Eclectic Style

This green velvet sofa brings the perfect pop of softness to this Mod Collector living room. The rounded arms and tapered legs perfectly pair with the mid-century details in the lamps, side table, and arm chairs.

 

Modern Eclectic Style

This deep red sofa makes a bold statement below this graphic mid-century artwork. Balance out the black by sprinkling other patterns throughout your space – try an ikat patterned basket or some geometric throw pillows.

 

Modern Eclectic Style

The Mod collector look isn’t just for your living room. Bring the wasabi green into your dining room as well with these velvet dining chairs for a cohesive space.

 

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