Trend Spotlight: What is Cabincore Design and How to Get the Look?

Have you ever dreamed of buying an A-frame cabin in the woods, going off the grid, and enjoying a simple, cozy, nature-filled life? Well, first of all, you aren’t alone. The stressors of modern life have left all of us wanting to leave it all behind at some point or another. Second of all, if you like the idea of sneaking off to the woods, even if it’s just for a weekend, you might appreciate one of our new favorite interior design trends: Cabincore!

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What is Cabincore?

What exactly is Cabincore? It’s a design style that romanticizes the idea of cabin life and mountain cottages. It’s a look that’s definitely rooted in Rustic design, but it has a strong presence of industrial design too—as well as hints of modern and boho styles.

Cabincore started as a fashion “aesthetic,” growing in popularity on social media. But, as a style, it’s beginning to branch out into the interior design world. And we must say, it’s a look we’re absolutely loving. It’s the perfect way to give an old lake cabin a more modern vibe—or to inspire your own home with a more rustic, nature-inspired look!

Cabincore interior design features colors found in nature. You’ll see earthy greens like olive and sage, tones of terracotta and burnt orange, as well as some browns, reds, and blues. Since this style leans into the beauty of nature, there’s a big emphasis on using natural materials in a Cabincore space. However, the natural materials used aren’t your typical woven baskets and jute rugs. Instead, you’ll find more industrial-inspired natural materials like iron, stone, rough-hewn wood, and leather decor.

The combination of all these elements results in a rustic, log cabin-inspired look. It’s very cozy and features comfortable, worn-in furniture, lots of layered lighting, and soft finishing materials—all put together with a touch of eclecticism.

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What’s the Difference Between Cabincore and Cottagecore?

Cabincore and Cottagecore are similar design styles with parallel origin stories. Both are “aesthetic movements” that came out of internet culture and took root in both fashion and design. But they definitely aren’t two names for the same look.

While their “core” ideals are the same—both are about pursuing a life of simplicity with rural sensibilities—the aesthetic of each has a different vibe. What’s the difference? Cottagecore is more traditionally feminine, while Cabincore has a bit more of a masculine vibe. But there’s more to it than just that.

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Cottagecore interior design is inspired by the English countryside; it incorporates traditional design elements that are cozy, quaint, and charming. Furniture and decor has a lot of applied ornament and decoration—this is a style where you’ll see plenty of frills, skirted furniture, floral patterns, and lace. But it’s not on-the-nose traditional. The way it comes together visually is very eclectic. (Think the decor scheme of Rosehill cottage from Nancy Meyers’ classic film, The Holiday.)

Meanwhile, the Cabincore aesthetic is more pared down, with a rustic, industrial edge. This style features lots of raw materials but has a definite emphasis on coziness. (Though, more of an “A-Frame cabin in the woods” kind of cozy than the country coziness of Cottagecore.) There are lots of layered materials in this style, with a mix of both soft and industrial finishes.

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Cabincore Design Ideas

Want to see the Cabincore look brought to life? We asked our designers how they would channel the Cabincore aesthetic into room designs. Scroll down to see the 5 rooms they created!

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A Cozy Cabincore Reading Nook

Whether you have an actual cabin, or just want to bring some Cabincore vibes to a corner of your home, a Cabincore reading nook is a perfect way to bring this trend to life in a small way.

To create a cabin-inspired reading nook, look for cozy textures, classic patterns such as plaid and stripes, and home decor accents with an industrial edge. (Such as an iron wall sconce, like we have here.) Poufs and/or ottomans are a great add-on to a cozy reading nook. We chose a leather pouf and a rustic, woven stool—which can both act as footrests and extra seating options. Some landscape-inspired art helps drive home the vibe. And, of course you can’t have a reading nook without a cozy seating option. We love the idea of a small-but-comfy legless sofa to ground the space. Bonus points if you have hot coffee and some tunes close at hand!

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A Transitional Cabincore Living Room

You might be inspired by the Cabincore trend but want a more livable style that is family-friendly and timeless. Or maybe you want a look that can easily transition between multiple styles in your space or adjust with small changes as your taste evolves. If that’s the case, we recommend trying a more transitional approach to the Cabincore trend, like the room pictured above.

A leather sectional, layered with cozy throw pillows, is the perfect way to achieve that cozy Cabincore vibe. But since leather is timeless and the shape of the sofa isn’t overly trendy, it’s a piece that can continue to work in your space for years, even if you leave the cabin-inspired look behind.

But don’t stop there if you want to lean into a Cabincore look! Layer in a soft rug, and opt for a tufted ottoman rather than a traditional coffee table for a more laid-back approach. A combination of rustic wall art and industrial light fixtures helps drive home the look without feeling overly trendy.industrial cabincore bedroom grey accent gallery wall

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An Eclectic-But-Cozy Bedroom

This space leans into the rustic, eclectic side of the Cabincore aesthetic. It has a look that’s collected and feels cozy and lived in. Darker colors give this bedroom a moody vibe, but splashes of red and blue add warmth to the color palette. This space also gets inspiration from an Americana industrial vibe that many modern cabins have. The trunk at the end of the bed gives a nod to that simplistic and industrial style while being quite practical in an actual cabin setting. (The perfect place to stow extra blankets or games!)

If you were recreating this look in an actual cabin or mountain home, you’d want to incorporate a lot of coziness and practicality. Rustic accents like the pillows and layered rugs do both, perfectly! Warm floors and extra blankets and pillows are great for colder climates and cabins, while also being quite stylish.

But you don’t have to live in a log cabin to bring home this look. In fact, it could easily work in many homes, as long as your space lends itself well to an eclectic or rustic decor style.rustic cabincore green chair living room

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An Industrial Modern Lounge Space

This approach to Cabincore leans into the industrial style found in a lot of modern mountain homes and lakeside cabins. But it also has an edge of that rustic, collected look, which is the heart of the Cabincore aesthetic. This means mixing modern elements, like the sleek coffee table and tapered legs of the mid-century-inspired side chair with “older” elements like a leather sofa with patina and that industrial, antique-inspired cabinet.

The key to pulling off this brand of Cabincore is to keep furniture neutral but darker in color. In a cabin, you want furniture that can handle some wear and tear (and some dirt being dragged in from outside) so stick with durable materials and upholstery (like leather) that ages well! Pair the dark furniture with layered colors in your accents, like poufs, rugs, pillows, and artwork. But not too much color! We gave this space a fairly limited color palette—but we used natural materials like leather, natural wood, wool rugs, shiplap walls, and woven wall hangings to add texture and keep it visually interesting.

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A Comfortable Gathering Space

This take on Cabincore is all about comfort—with a mind toward staying inside during cold weather and gathering around central areas. And in a cabin, that central area is usually around a fireplace! This acts not only as a focal point in a living space, but it also creates a cozy place to gather or relax. With a comfy chair next to a fireplace or wood-burning stove, you can enjoy a hot beverage, take in the view out the window, simply relax next to the fireplace, read a good book—whatever sounds most relaxing to you!

Cozy, layered rugs add extra plushness to this space, giving your feet a warm place to land while you sit near the fire or in the chair and read. But the sheepskin is so soft, you may want to sit or lay directly on the plush and comfy floor in front of the fireplace!

What else makes this gathering space extra cozy? The use of earth tones in the art, rugs, and accent furniture. The overall color palette is very simplistic and somewhat constrained, but the textures of the furniture and decor add depth and bring the rustic, collected look to life.

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Trend Glossary: The A-Z Guide to Popular Interior Design Trends

Every year we look back at the past year and look ahead to the coming year and make some predictions on what will be popular in the design world over the next year. With our 2021 design trend predictions, we anticipated the continuation of some trends that had already been growing in popularity, as well as forecasting some new design trends.

Here at Modsy, we love looking at trends, peeking under the hood at the psychology that drives them, and predicting the new interior design trends that will sweep the design world next. And, of course, we love sharing them with you!

With COVID-19 turning the whole world upside down, it induced many changes in interior design trends over the past year. With all these changes, we’ve enjoyed looking more broadly at the history of interior design trends, learning more about where they come from and why they die. And it got us thinking: there have been so many incredible interior design trends over the past decade. And we thought it would be fun to do a round-up of the major interior design trends of the 2010s and beyond. Take a walk down memory lane with us, won’t you??

Love a good trend? Read on for our A-Z guide of popular interior design trends!

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Art Deco

Art Deco is a design trend that was born in the 1920s and has many resurgences in popularity over the decades. It had a big surge in popularity in the 1980s, and it started seeing newfound popularity again in 2020—100 years after it first hit the scene!

The Key Elements

Geometric Details: Art Deco spaces are big on geometric shapes and patterns. Starburst shapes and diamond patterns are especially popular. These geometric details show up in furniture, lighting, artwork, and accent decor.

Rich Color Palettes: Rooms designed in Art Deco style tend to have bold and moody color palettes made up of jewel tones—giving these spaces a dramatic flair. But you can also opt for lighter, more cheery palettes, like the bedroom pictured above where there are just pops of bold statement colors. High-contrast black and white palettes are also common in Art Deco spaces.

Luxurious Materials: Art Deco is a decidedly luxurious style—so luxurious materials that edge toward glam are a must. This involves plenty of metallics, as well as mirrored surfaces and textural fabrics like velvet.

The Current Verdict

This style continues to be reincarnated in new ways. Today, a modern approach to Art Deco involves mixing the key elements of this style with other design styles and eras, creating a look that’s eclectic and unique. So, as a pure style, Art Deco isn’t super trendy at the moment—but incorporating elements of this style within your home definitely is.

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Biophilic Design

Biophilic Design is a celebration of nature in your home. Sometimes that looks like bringing in actual elements from nature (think: water, fire, natural light), other times it’s using nature’s color palette and materials as inspiration as you design your home. The whole point is to feel more connected to nature through design elements in your home—and to reap the positive health and environmental benefits that come with these natural design elements. With so much time spent at home in 2020, this trend majorly grew in popularity as people sought to feel more grounded and connected to the natural world.

The Key Elements

You can bring home the Biophilic Design trend through direct and indirect representations of nature.

Elements From Nature: You can bring home the biophilic design trend through direct and indirect representations of nature. What does this mean? Direct representations of nature means bringing in elements that are found in nature. This can mean decorating with houseplants, celebrating natural lighting, or incorporating water features and fire into your space.

Indirect Representations of Nature: Aside from literal natural elements, you can also explore Biophilic Design through indirect representations of nature. This could mean hanging nature-inspired artwork, the use of natural materials and textures in your furniture and decor, incorporating organic shapes into your home, or using an earth-tone color palette in your space.

The Current Verdict

This is one of the most popular interior design trends of 2021. With so much time spent staring at screens, there’s something grounding about having natural and nature-inspired elements throughout your home. We anticipate that this trend will stay strong for quite a while.


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Boho or Bohemian

Bohemian interior design has been popular throughout the 2000s—but there isn’t just one way to approach this style, which we love. There are truly so many ways you can bring this look to life. This colorful, eclectic look has global flair and a collected vibe.

The Key Elements

Bold Color Palettes: There isn’t just one color palette that Bohemian spaces tend to have. While a mix of pinks, greens, and blues is always popular in boho spaces, you can bring this style to life with just about any type of color palette, as long as there’s an element of boldness in the colors you choose.

Layered Patterns, Textures, and Materials: Boho design is a truly eclectic, collected style. This requires a lot of layering to give the sense of a space that was created over time. Boho spaces tend to be big on natural textures and a mix of materials so there’s a lot of visual and tactile contrast within the space. Layering different patterns adds even more visual interest to your space and is a great way to bring in color and let your personality shine.

Unique Furniture and Decor: Bohemian spaces don’t have one singular furniture or decor style. Rather, they feature an eclectic mix that helps achieve a more unique look. Flea market antique store finds are a great way to bring in unique furniture and decor that will help personalize your space.

The Current Verdict

This is one of those styles that has become an evergreen trend. It’s no longer just an “of-the-moment” style but has transcended the trend cycle to live on as a timeless way to let unique, invidvisual style shine throughout the years. However, we did see more people embracing this eclectic style in 2020 as they wanted to create a home space that more closely reflected what they love and what makes them unique.
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California Casual

California Casual is a modern-leaning, rustic-inspired trend that showed up in the 2010s. It’s a look that was popularized by design studios like Amber Interiors. It has an easy, approachable eclecticism to it that’s become a mainstream and coveted look.

The Key Elements

Modern Rustic Influences: This style is actually a derivative of Modern Rustic, but with a more laid back West Coast vibe. So, comfort should be a top priority for these spaces. In terms of furniture, you’ll see plenty of modern forms but in more rustic finishes. The color scheme of a California Casual space is also inspired by Modern Rustic, with a lot of high-contrast neutrals throughout.

Eclectic Elements: California Casual has an eclectic look to it, with furniture and decor that has a sense of being collected over time. Accent furniture has unique shapes and details while decor is a great way to show off your personality and meaningful objects. This adds character to a California Casual space.

The Current Verdict

This is still a sought-after look—but it’s not at the top of the trending looks at the moment. Since it’s been a popular look for the better part of the 2010s, it’s in that space where it’s potentially transitioning from trend to timeless—but only time will tell!

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Coastal is a laid back but polished design style that has a super welcoming vibe. Don’t confuse it with nautical design though; nautical is a more kitschy, themed style with decor full of anchors, seashells, and boats. Coastal design, one the other hand, is simply a casual, beachy look that can come to life in so many different ways. While this design style has been around for decades as a style that many beach homes were decorated in, it rose to a broader popularity in the 1980s. The Golden Girls showed off a tropical-inspired take on Coastal design which captured social consciousness. In the past decade, there’s been a resurgence in popularity of Golden Girls-inspired coastal—as well as a Nantucket-inspired take on coastal design and the more casual California coastal style.

The Key Elements

Light and Airy: A Coastal space should have as much natural light coming in as possible. Since it’s a beachy style, it just begs to be dappled in sunlight. But beyond natural light, the whole coastal aesthetic is light and airy—relying on a more neutral color palette of whites, creams, taupes, and sandy browns, with pops of cheerful blues, yellows, or greens to add a little contrast.

Natural Elements: From chairs with rattan, wicker, or caning to weathered woods and natural fiber rugs, a Coastal home features tons of natural elements. This adds textural contrast to the neutral color palette and helps visually bring in the textural quality of a beach.

Laid Back: When you’re on the beach, nothing is too formal. And the same goes for a home decorated in Coastal style. Wicker or rattan chairs, slipcovered sofas, and reclaimed wood tables help give Coastal spaces a laid back, casual vibe that makes you want to hang out and stay a while.

The Current Verdict

Coastal style has become way more than a trend. It’s become a timeless look that has a multitude of fans. This style has officially transitioned from trend to “around to stay.” However, certain “versions” of Coastal design rise and fall in popularity. Right now, one of the most popular takes is Modern Coastal, a West-Coast-inspired style.

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Cottagecore is a trend that’s rooted in a more traditional and rustic aesthetic, with a laid-back and comfort-forward style. But Cottagecore really isn’t just a design trend but a lifestyle aesthetic born on the internet. It’s all about embracing the idea of simple countryside living. It first showed up in the 2010s through sites like Tumblr, with people sharing nostalgic, rural-inspired images. From there, it grew into home design, decor, and fashion trends.

The Key Elements

Granny Chic: Cottagecore effortlessly blends traditional, rustic, classic, and eclectic design elements into a look that has some major granny chic vibes (in a good way). This design style loads up on floral patterns and rustic-style furniture for a look that has some major countryside cottage vibes. Overall, this is a style that should feel comfortable and cozy.

Bold Colors: There’s something decidedly British about this style—so a mix of washed-out neutrals and darker, saturated hues help bring this look to life. This can show up in wall colors, artwork, and even furniture pieces like accent chairs.

Vintage Vibes: An English countryside cottage isn’t full of new furniture; rather, it tends to have a look that’s collected and built over time. So, a home designed in the Cottagecore aesthetic should take a similar approach. Scour your local flea market and antique stores for unique vintage or antique furniture and art to give your space that more collected vibe.

The Current Verdict

Cottagecore is still at peak popularity thanks to social media sites like Tik-Tok and Instagram, where Cottagecore diehards continue to share their love of idyllic, rural living.

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Grandmillenial, like Cottagecore, is more of a lifestyle movement than specifically an interior design trend—but it’s found footing in interiors. Born on the internet, this style is seen almost as a rebellion against Mid-Century Modern interiors. As its name suggests, it was popularized by the millennial crowd that’s finding inspiration from older design styles and decorative elements. Within the interior design vertical, it has connections to Colonial Americana design, but in a much more of-the-moment take.

The Key Elements

Classical Influences: Grandmillenial interior design leans more classical and formal in its design influences. You’ll find a smattering of antiques and heirloom pieces in this style, which help establish the more elegant and formal feel to a Grandmillenial space. (This is also where it overlaps with the more Traditional trends in this round-up.) But even the more modern pieces—like the teal velvet sofa pictured above—have a classical shape. There’s a fun blend of old and new in this style.

A Sense of Playfulness: There’s also a lighthearted playfulness that’s inherent to this style. You’ll see bright colors and fun patterns throughout a Grandmillenial space. Florals are huge in this style, but you’ll also see other vintage-inspired patterns like toile, damask, and chinoiserie. And in terms of decor, it’s all about letting your personality shine through trinkets and styled surfaces.

The Current Verdict

This trend came onto the scene in 2019 is still a big among the millennial crowd. There’s a bucking against the popularity of the Mid-Century Modern trend in this look—with more ornate design details and more going on visually in terms of patterns and decor. This is a trend embraced by millennials who grew up during the boom of mass market furniture production and the popularity of furniture sets; this age demographic now have homes of their own to decorate and are going for a more unique and collected approach to design.

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An offshoot of Scandinavian design, Hygge-inspired design (pronounced hoo-gah) mixes in some rustic elements with Scandinavian design foundations for a look that’s all about cozy comfort. This style started trending in 2017 as this Danish-inspired concept of coziness became popular.

The Key Elements

Scandinavian-Inspired Furniture: Use Scandinavian design as a starting point for furniture in a Hygge home. Think: clean lines and minimal forms. In terms of materials, look for furniture made of natural materials like woven materials, stone, and light-colored wood. These textures and materials add a sense of rustic comfort to a Hygge home. But make sure furniture is also comfortable. Adding plush textures will add warmth to the clean-lined furniture.

Embrace the Calm: Hygge is all about coziness and creating a sense of calm in your home space. A neutral color palette offers a perfect backdrop for this style. Start with bright whites, then layer in off-whites and browns to soften the look. Pile on plenty of pillows and throws to sofas and beds to increase the calm, cozy factor, and keep decor and tabletop styling simple.

Ambiance: If you have a fireplace, make that a focal point in whatever room it’s in. And either way, layer in plenty of candles to create a cozy ambiance in every room—from your bedroom to the living and dining rooms.

The Current Verdict

This Scandinavian Rustic aesthetic has been going strong ever since, even though the popularity of the term hygge has died down. People are still looking to transform their homes into havens of comfort and warmth, and Hygge design is a perfect vehicle for that.interior design trends

Indoor Plants

Houseplants are a simple way to add color, texture, and life to your home. With so many different types of houseplants out there, it’s pretty easy to find the right match for both your style and skill level. Since houseplants range from teeny tiny to huge, there are also endless plant styles (both faux and real) to suit the space you’d like to fill with a plant.

The Key Elements

Compatible With Your Lifestyle: When choosing houseplants, you want to consider the lighting levels in your home, if you’re historically good at keeping plants alive, and if you have any kids or pets (some plants are toxic if ingested!). This will help you choose the plant that’s right for you.

Personal Style: Once you’ve honed in on the types of plants that will work best in your home and with your lifestyle, you can narrow in on the style of plant you want. Do you prefer a hanging, viney plant? A tall, lush fiddle leaf fig? An arrangement of succulents? A vase of dried pampas grass? From tropical to desert plants, and everything in between, you can find plant styles that suit the vibe of your space.

The Current Verdict

Decorating your home with houseplants started getting popular with the rise of Instagram in the 2010s. (Remember the hashtag #plantsmakepeoplehappy?) Succulents had their heyday around 2014/2015, and since then indoor plants of all kinds have been a staple in the interior design world.

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Japandi interior design is a 2020 derivative of Scandinavian Modernism. It sits at the crossroads between minimalism and organic modernism—taking the clean lines and modernism of Scandinavian design and mixing it with the warmth, ease, and simplicity that Japanese style is known for. The result is a peaceful and inviting style that feels both cozy and relaxing.

The Key Elements

Spa Vibes: Japandi design uses both visual and tactile elements to create a soothing environment—evoking similar feelings to what you’d experience at a spa. This comes to life through the use of natural materials (like raw, live-edge wood furniture, aged leather, and stone accent furniture) and a more neutral, earth-tone color palette.

Modern But Comfortable Furniture: Furniture in a Japandi space should have simple, modern lines. But don’t skew too modern. Rather, balance modern lines with a focus on comfort. After all, the whole point of Japandi design is to create a space where you can truly relax and re-center yourself.

The Current Verdict

This trend hit the scene in 2020, spurred on by the pandemic and people’s quest for clean, minimal, and soothing interiors. (This trend stands in stark contrast to the more ornamental trends of 2020, like Grandmillenial and Cottagecore.) With so much time spent at home, some people sought to transform their homes into peaceful sanctuaries. With Japandi’s minimalist aesthetic but organic warmth, it’s a style that struck the perfect balance—and as a result, is still very much in the trend spotlight today.

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Mid-Century Modern

Mid-Century Modern is a design style that was born in the 1950s and quickly became a popular look. This style features organic shapes paired with clean lines for a look that feels polished but super livable. Mid-Century interiors are comfortable, encouraging lounging, relaxation, and conversation—making this a very approachable, livable style. It had a resurgence in popularity in the 2000s with GenX, and over the past 20 years or so it has re-emerged and embraced by the masses, becoming one of the most popular interior design styles out there.

The Key Elements

Simple, organic shapes: Mid-Century Modern style prioritizes comfort, and true Mid-Century furniture has a sense of cradling the body, with soft, rounded edges. It also tends to have minimal ornamentation beyond the shape of the piece. You’ll often see tapered or hairpin legs on furniture in a Mid-Century living room, raising these pieces off the ground and giving them a clean look.

Warm wood tones: It’s not Mid-Century Modern if you don’t have a good dose of natural wood in your space. Mid-tone woods like teak or an acorn finish are the most popular for this style, but a walnut finish or blonde wood also work with this style and can give you space a more warm or cool tone.

Bold colors and geometric shapes: Typically, you’ll find pops of bold primary colors throughout a Mid-Century space This doesn’t mean you have to go all-out with color—but pops of teals, reds, oranges, yellows, or greens will go a long way. And don’t be afraid of patterns; graphic patterns with geometric and organic designs are perfect for this style. Shapes and patterns like diamonds, starbursts, boomerangs, half-circles, and line drawings are popular choices to help bring this style to life.

The Current Verdict

At this point, Mid-Century Modern is more than a trend. It’s gone through different phases, and various peaks in popularity—but it’s a design style that remains incredibly popular. While some specific pieces and designs may feel overused and tired (think Eames lounge chair), today, Mid-Century Modern has cemented its place as a timeless style more than a fleeting trend.

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Minimalist Maximalist

Here’s a striking style. Minimalist Maximalist may sound like an oxymoron—but it’s actually a design style that has a bold duality and sits at the crossroads of minimalist design principles and the maximalist’s love for visual stimulation. It came onto the scene in the second half of 2019, a time when so many people were embracing the idea of tidying up and paring down with Marie Kondo. At the same time, the 80s Revival trend was showing up in a big way. And in our estimation, that’s how this trend was born—with the melding of these two styles and mindsets, giving us the best of both worlds.

The Key Elements

Strong Forms: With both furniture and decor, look for sculptural pieces that make a statement. The way this style approaches decorating is simple: the bolder the design of an object, the fewer things you need to fill your space. Look for rounded or curved sofas, an angular chair, a sculptural light fixture. This can also mean choosing luxe materials and opulent finishes. Don’t be afraid of having several statement pieces in one room.

Edit: The minimalist principles of this design style come in with the idea of “less is more.” Rooms and surfaces should be minimally styled, featuring only pieces you truly want in the space and that have meaning to you. Since the statement pieces we mentioned above are, well, making a statement in the space, you don’t need much else cluttering up the room.

The Current Verdict

After the unpredictability of 2020, this trend fell out of favor. Those looking for a minimalist style favored more organic and natural approaches rather than the bold opulence of Minimalist Maximalist. It’s simply no longer a practical style for those spending increased time at home.interior design trends

Modern Farmhouse

Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper get all the credit for bringing Modern Farmhouse to the forefront of trendy styles in the 2010s. This style features modern design elements mixed with a relaxed farmhouse aesthetic. It’s a cozy, comfortable style with a modern edge.

The Key Elements

Comfortable Furniture: Because of how livable this style is, the furniture in Modern Farmhouse spaces should definitely focus on comfort. Especially your sofa, bed, and any accent chairs! At the same time, choose pieces that have a sleek, modern shape to keep things from looking too rustic or traditional.

Neutral, High-Contrast Color Palette: There’s not one right way to pull off Modern Farmhouse style—but in general, these spaces have neutral color palettes that are more high-contrast. So, use whites and beiges throughout, accented with blacks and dark browns. A mix of neutrals keeps this style from feeling too eclectic, while the darker accents help drive home the modern vibe.

Industrial Accents: Industrial design adds a sculptural, architectural element to Modern Farmhouse spaces. You’ll especially see industrial accents show up in light fixtures and smaller accent pieces.

The Current Verdict

There are no signs of Modern Farmhouse going away any time soon. That being said, while it was one of the most popular design styles out there a few years ago, it’s no longer at the top of the trendy list. But as long as Chip and Jo keep doing their thing, we’re predicting this style will continue to sit in the spotlight!interior design trends

Modern Rustic

Modern Rustic is another design style that’s a derivative of Mid-Century Modern. It showed up in the late 2010s, mixing mid-century elements with a more rustic look that was coming into style. The result is a look that’s comfortable, approachable, and warm—but with some modern sensibilities. (This look is a close cousin of Modern Farmhouse, though there are some definite differences.)

The Key Elements

Streamlined Forms: Since this style has a foundation in Mid-Century design, you’ll notice that furniture forms in Modern Rustic homes tend to have organic and streamlined forms and tapered legs.

Rustic Materials: The rustic design elements come in through materials and finishes. Modern Rustic spaces tend to have a mix of natural materials and rustic finishes, like weathered woods, antiqued brass, leather, jute, and linen. These materials help give this style a more informal vibe.

Neutral But Warm Palette: Modern Rustic spaces tend to have more neutral color palettes, but with warm undertones. When colors are used, they tend to be more in the earth tone family, which complements warm neutrals as well as all the natural materials.

The Current Verdict

Modern Rustic style is still going strong and is a popular iteration of Mid-Century Modern still!

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Natural Materials and Textures

Throughout the decades, natural materials have always been used in home design. But in the second half of the 20th century, man made and manufactured materials became popular and edged out some of the mainstream use of natural materials. However, over the past five years or so, we’ve seen the trend of decorating with natural materials and textures—especially woven materials—grow in popularity.

The Key Elements

You’ll know this when you see it. But some simple ways to incorporate natural materials and textures is through natural-fiber rugs; woven poufs, ottomans, baskets, and light fixtures; natural wood tables, and rattan furniture or pieces with caning details.

The Current Verdict

The interior design trend of using natural materials and textures has started cropping up on the trend radar over the past several years. In fact, it has been on every trend report we’ve made at Modsy, and it doesn’t seem to be going away! As our lives become more dependent on technology, we’re guessing that this growing trend is somewhat of a reaction to our constant connection, inviting more of the natural world inside our homes to balance it out. That being said, we think this trend will stick around for a while.

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New Traditional

A mix of modern and traditional design styles, New Traditional was an early trend in the traditional design revival. It takes the comfortable nature and classic shapes and color palettes of traditional design, but with a streamlined, updated take. The result is a style that feels both timeless and contemporary.

The Key Elements

Traditional Staples: In a New Traditional space, you’ll find a lot of the mainstays of traditional design—darker wood finishes, a classic blue and white color palette, well-known shapes like wingback chairs, and roll-arm sofas, and perhaps even a few antiques. These are the elements that put this design style squarely in the traditional camp.

Unexpected Elements: To keep this style from feeling too on-the-nose traditional, a few unexpected elements are needed—like a pair of director’s stools at the end of the bed rather than a bench or an industrial light fixture. Pieces like these help modernize the aesthetic.

The Current Verdict

New Traditional is no longer the most popular traditional trend on the block. But there are some trendier iterations of this style showing up this year—our favorite take being Modern Manor style. This style not only combines traditional design principles with cleaner, modern lines—but it also incorporates some classical design elements. It’s a slightly more regal and elevated take on New Traditional.

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Organic Modernism

Organic Modernism is another spin-off of the Mid-Century Modern trend. This approach, however, has more of an emphasis on nature and organic forms. It also incorporates elements of Scandinavian design and minimalism. This style began growing in popularity at the same time the use of natural materials started trending, but it really hit the spotlight near the end of 2019.

The Key Elements

Go Organic: We’re not talking about produce here. By organic, we’re referring to materials (aka natural materials), colors, shapes, and textures. You’ll see tons of natural materials and woven textures in an Organic Modern space. They also tend to have neutral color palettes to create a really calming, grounding space; but when color is used, it tends to be in the earth tone family. Organic shapes show up in furniture forms that feature curvy silhouettes and rounded edges.

Modern and Minimal: The foundation of this design style is built on modern lines and minimalist styling principles. So, look for furniture that has simple, clean lines; tapered legs; and soft, approachable upholstery and finishes. Rather than focusing too much on decor and styling, let natural textures serve as the vehicle for adding warmth and visual impact to your space. When you do want a little extra decoration, opt for houseplants rather than decorative objects.

The Current Verdict

Organic Modernism is still very much on-trend—but it’s a look that tends to fly under the radar. As Mid-Century design has evolved, many people are gravitating toward this more natural and organic approach, which has now become a pretty timeless look.interior design trends

Traditional Comfort

In the past year, Traditional design has stepped back into the spotlight in a huge way—but this design style has actually been rising in popularity for the past decade. Traditional design is just that—traditional. It’s an understated and somewhat casual style that pulls inspiration from Colonial and Craftsman interiors; and, more recently, it’s also inspired by the 1990s take on tradition. The Traditional Comfort trend takes all the best parts of traditional interior design, but with a slightly more modern facelift.

The Key Elements

All About Comfort: Comfort is in the name of this trend, after all. So, steer away from stiff chairs and sofas, and opt for styles you can sink into.

Traditional Silhouettes and Motifs: From classic wingback chairs to slipcovered sofas and spindle bed frames, furniture in a Traditional Comfort space should have a more classic vibe but with a comfortable upholstery or warm finish. Think: straight lines, plush materials, patinated leather, and mixed wood finishes. A mix of traditional stripes and florals will also play up the traditional vibe while also being super approachable.

Antiques and Dark Wood Finishes: Decorating with antiques is no longer something just your grandmother does to fill her home. Tired of seeing the same cookie-cutter Mid-Century Modern furniture over and over again, many millennials are turning to antiques to give their homes a unique flair with a traditional foundation. And there’s something to be said for the sustainable alternative to buying brand new furniture that antiques offer! If scouring for antiques isn’t your thing, you can bring in a similar vibe with traditional furniture shapes in dark wood finishes, which is the finish of most popular antique pieces at the moment.

The Current Verdict

Traditional Comfort is a very recent trend ushered in by the increased popularity of antiques and traditional furniture. We also see the traditional trend showing up as a result of our world feeling less and less stable over the past few years; during times of uncertainty, popular tastes tend to shift toward styles we consider more stable and enduring versus future-oriented and cutting-edge.interior design trends

Scandinavian Modern

Scandinavian interior design is the lesser-known cousin of the Mid-Century Modern trend—but they have similar roots. As a trend, Scandinavian design is having a resurgence of popularity in the 21st century as people grow tired of the more mainstream Mid-Century Modern icons. They have a similar vibe, but Scandinavian has a more natural, organic aesthetic that feels fresh.

The Key Elements

Minimalist Vibes: This style has a decidedly minimalist aesthetic. This means both that furniture will have more simple, minimalist forms and that the overall styling of a Scandinavian space will be more spare, with a function-over-form approach.

Visual Warmth: Scandiavian-design homes tend to have a pretty neutral color palette. That, combined with a minimalist aesthetic, could leave a home feeling pretty cold and spare. That’s why layering in finishes and textures that add visual warmth is so important. Warm wood tones is the main way you can do this. Anything from a blonde wood to acorn finish suits the aesthetic of a Scandinavian home, though different wood finishes will give the space different vibes. But you can also add visual warmth through layered rugs and sheepskins and natural materials.

The Current Verdict

With the popularity of natural materials, it makes sense that Scandinavian Modern design has eclipsed Mid-Century Modern in popularity at the moment. These two styles were born in the same time period, and their overall aesthetic is very similar. But with a more natural, neutral, and minimal vibe, Scandinavian is currently sitting in the trend spotlight as the more popular take of the two.Art Decor style bedroom with a pink and turquoise color palette

80s Revival

In the late 2010s, 1980s-inspired design showed up on the trend radar in a big way and it has continued to sit at the top of the charts. This 80s Revival style takes all the best parts of interior design elements that were popular in the 80s but remixed them in a fresh way. A mixture of bold Art Deco and Memphis style had a big moment.

The Key Elements

Bold Color Palettes: Reminiscent of the ubiquitous Memphis style of the 1980s, 80s Revival calls for bold use of color. This can be a mix of primary colors, or a mix like the teals, pinks, and yellows in the bedroom above.

Geometric Forms: Going hand-in-hand with bold colors is the use of geometric forms throughout an 80s Revival space. You can probably picture the bright-colored triangles, circles, and squiggles from the 1980s design. Use those shapes and colors as inspiration, but give them a modern format—like a piece of framed wall art, a colorful rug, or simply mimic these shapes through sculptural furniture forms.

The Current Verdict

This turn toward the more loud design of the 80s—full of bold colors and chunky forms—was yet another rebellion against the acorn woods, sleek frames, and tapered legs of the early-2010s Instagram interiors. It offered a bold new look that felt unique and fresh. Its time at the top of the trend charts might be winding down—but we’ll forever treasure this fun moment of time in the interior design trend cycle.

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90s Revival

For those who grew up in the 90s, you’re probably starting to notice something familiar. Design trends are hitting the 30-year cycle, and 90s style is back. What is 90s interior design style, exactly? Think early Pottery Barn, Monica and Rachel’s apartment in Friends. The houses from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Full House. Probably even the home you grew up in. It’s a look that’s full of pastels, florals, wicker furniture, and lots of “romantic” details. This comfortable, traditional aesthetic is actually where today’s take on Traditional stems from. And this look found easy roots in 2020 when people were already receptive and moving toward a more traditional design style.

The Key Elements

Comfortable Foundations: Since 90s style has a more comfortable (if not somewhat mass-produced) vibe, pulling off this look definitely requires prioritizing comfort in your foundational furniture. Look for a sofa that lets you kick back and lounge. An accent chair you can really sink into. A cozy, comfy bed. Comfort should come first, with style following.

Decorative Details: In the 90s, there were tons of decorative details in home decor—from ruffles and frills to an explosion of florals. Some might call it chintz, others might call it chic, but regardless of your opinion, those design elements were loud and in your face. With the 90s Revival style, similar decorative details are showing up, but in more subtle ways. A gentle ruffle-hem on a sofa. A traditionally inspired floral pattern on a rug. An updated canopy bed for a little bit of romance. There are tons of ways to bring these details to life!

The Current Verdict

The 90s aesthetic is going strong! In interior design, yes, but also in the fashion world. And, frankly, the recent premiere of the Friends reunion only helped this trend grow. 90s nostalgia is in full swing, and probably will be at least for the rest of the year—making this one of the major trends for 2021.

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Trend Alert: Meet Japandi, The Latest Trend Taking The Design World By Storm

Are you drawn to interior design with plenty of organic elements, but with a more minimalist spin? Then it might be worth checking out Japandi—a design style that’s been around for decades but that’s experiencing a surge in popularity! Read on to learn more about this soothing, zen design trend.

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What is Japandi design and where did it come from?

Japandi is an interior design style that celebrates the harmony between minimalism and organic modernism, with a good dose of comfort mixed in. Stylistically, it incorporates elements from Japanese and Scandinavian design. Japanese style is earthy, warm, and uncluttered. There’s an elegant simplicity, warmth, and ease to this style. It also brings in the tenants of the wabi-sabi worldview, which is all about embracing transience and imperfection. Scandinavian design is a branch of Mid-Century style, featuring clean lines and minimalism in a cozy, informal, and inviting setting.

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As a style, Japandi was born by combining Japanese minimalism and Scandinavian modernism. It was a natural combination, as these two styles already have great harmony and synergy. At its core, it’s a style that’s all about relaxation and using tactile and visual elements to create soothing sensations. The feeling this design style evokes is similar to that you get when going to a spa. Think of it: the fluffy robes, the essential oil-filled air, the tactile sensation of relaxation. That’s the vibe this style brings to life.

Want to learn more about the history of Mid-Century Modern design and where Scandinavian and Japanese design fit into this style? Listen to episode 3 of our podcast!

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What are the key elements of the Japandi style?

Practically speaking, Japandi interior design comes to life through textures, finishes, and styling. You’ll see a lot of natural elements in Japandi spaces, like raw, live-edge woods and leathers that feature a relaxed patina. Other natural materials are also big here—like jute, cane, and even iron and other metals. The use of earth tones helps promote that warm and zen vibe, helping promote a feeling of calm when you enter a Japandi space.


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And, since this is a more minimalist style, you’ll notice plenty of clean and elegant lines in furniture and decor. Function and ease of use are very important when bringing this style to life, so an uncluttered space with simple, minimal styling is essential. With that, artwork tends to be abstract, and if there are patterns, they tend to be fluid and repetitive, so as to not take over the space or make too bold of a statement.


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Why is Japandi design trending right now?

Japandi style is all about creating a serene, elegant, and relaxing space that’s filled with ease. We’re seeing a lot of decor trends right now that are more about ornamental detail and flash. (Think: Cottagecore, Grandmillenial, and even Regencycore, thanks to the Netflix show Bridgerton!) These styles are all a bit more loud, bright, and busy. Japandi style is on the complete opposite end of the style spectrum—and it’s our belief that this style is rising in popularity almost as a reaction to those brighter trends, as well as the uncertainty of this last year. We’re seeing a surge in people looking for more calm and serene interiors.

It’s worth noting that this style is nothing new—it’s simply experiencing a resurgence in popularity. As a style, it’s been around since the mid-century, but today’s version is being remixed into the trend sphere with new elements, like cane, which is very popular right now, as well as more organic approaches to mid-century design.

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In general, calming styles are always more popular during times of chaos or strife—so, it makes sense that now is the moment that Japandi style came back onto the trend scene, considering the social, political, and economic environment we’re in right now. There’s a lot of chaos and uncertainty in the world, and people are looking to create pockets of calm in their homes.

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How to Get the Japandi Look

Want to try out Japandi design and create a calming, soothing atmosphere in your home? Here are our tips on how to get the look, as well as some great minimalist design ideas.


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1. Start with a Neutral Base

Since Japandi design is all about creating a sense of peace and calm in your home, we recommend starting with a neutral color base—from furniture to wall color. In a Japandi space, Swiss Coffee from Benjamin Moore is our favorite neutral wall color, since it’s a warm and inviting tone that’s not as crisp and cold as a bright white. But that doesn’t mean you have to go for all light neutrals. You can switch it up with darker earth tones on walls or upholstery as a way to add more visual warmth to your space.

From there, think in color layers. Layering in multiple shades of one color, like we did in this living room, will help create depth and contrast in a neutral space. You can also accent your neutrals with natural wood tones and pops of charcoal or black in your accent decor. This can show up in an iron end table, darker upholstery on your bed linens, or even in your rugs or wall art.

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2. Bring in Natural Wood Tones

Natural wood tones help bring warmth into a Japandi space. When picking out furniture, like tables and chairs, as well as accent decor, look for warm or light wood tones. You can even consider mixing wood tones to bring additional depth to your space.


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3. Layer in Cozy Natural Textures

Natural materials are a great way to bring visual texture and depth to your space when decorating with Japandi style. Layering in natural textures such as a jute pouf or woven wool blankets and throws will help bring in some coziness to your space!

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4. Go for Low-Profile Furniture

Lower profile furniture will help your space feel larger, airier, and brighter—which helps give the illusion of a more minimalist space. So, choose beds, sofas, and chairs with simple, clean lines. You could also consider beds and sofas that have legs and are lifted slightly off the ground to further drive home that light and airy vibe.

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5. Invest in Cozy, Plush Materials

When it comes to furniture in a Japandi space, prioritize comfort. Imagine your home as a retreat and choose furniture pieces to reflect that. You want furniture that you can sink into and get really comfortable—furniture that you can curl up on at the end of a long day and recenter yourself and relax.


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6. Reduce Clutter

In Japandi design, you want to pare back your shelves and furniture surfaces to reduce visual clutter. Keep decor like picture frames, trinkets, or nonessential items to a minimum. But just remember—this doesn’t mean you’ll have a boring space! Quite the opposite, in fact. Rather than using objects as ornamentation in your space, you can think of materials as ornamentation—like the texture a cane chair brings to a space or the organic texture and shape of a floral arrangement.


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7. Add in Natural Pops of Greenery

We all know that plants make us happier (and up the quality of oxygen in our homes). So it makes sense that incorporating plant life into a Japandi space is an absolute must for a style that’s all about calm and relaxation. Would a spa be complete without some pops of natural greenery? No—and neither would a Japandi space! Plus, plants are a great way to add texture, color, and a bit of ornamentation without adding more “stuff” to your space.

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Dream Home Tour: A Vibrant Take on Modern Desert Style

desert minimalA bit boho. A little modern. Even a touch rustic. There’s a cool new style that’s catching our eye in a big way and we’re calling it Desert Minimal. You may have caught glimpses of it in some of our recent summer designs, with its mix of warm desert tones, comfy clean-lined furnishings, and organic and natural accents. It’s the perfect blend of easy and eclectic that gives spaces a curated look as well as calming appeal.

Of course, we’ll be the first to admit that bringing together various design styles and all the right pieces can be tricky. What do you pair with organic-shaped side tables? Is there a good neutral color to bring in amid a sea of white and wood tones? How do you work in pops of patterns? We totally get it. So to help guide you along, our design team dreamed up this charming bungalow that showcases the desert minimal style and how it can all come together in a harmonious way.

Dive in and get our style tips as we break down the big and small design elements—from grouping organic shapes with sleeker furnishings to working in varying earthy hues throughout—for bringing the layered look home.

desert minimalMix In Organic Shapes

This is the foundation of the desert minimal look, so start here. You’ll want to nail down furnishings you love that have organic silhouettes, such as coffee and side tables with curvy bases, a cowhide rug, or a natural-leather sling chair.

Then, to balance the look, you’ll want to offset them with more modern pieces, like poufs, ottomans and sofas with soft rounded edges. Think of this approach to grouping furnishings as a warm and cool balance—for every organic element, like a leather butterfly chair, you’ll want to even it out with a clean-lined piece, like a mid-century inspired sofa.

The one exception? Lighting. You can go organic or modern here—think a textural fixture, like a fabric or rattan chandelier or try an ultra-modern armed pendant. The only requirement is that it should make a statement.

desert minimalThink Warm Neutrals

It’s not desert minimal if there isn’t a mix of earthy colors and natural tones. The key with this palette, however, is to keep to mostly warm neutrals—think nude and terracotta, mustard yellow and dusty pinks. These hues will immediately bring to mind the arid landscapes of the American southwest and sunsets on the horizon, giving the home a rustic vibe that still comes off as collected and chic.

Another great thing about this palette is that because there is such a rich layering of pretty earth tones, you can keep your walls relatively minimal with little to no styling or graphic art with white backdrops that recede into the background. They’ll actually stand out more on their neutral canvas.

desert minimalLet Natural Materials Shine

Choosing a few favorite designs made with natural materials is a great place to start with the desert minimal style. Since you want to keep the overall furniture look pretty minimal, pick pieces that really speak to you. The best part is that furnishings made with natural materials—think leather, cowhide, linens, raw wood, rattan, stone, and bone elements—will seamlessly play up the warm neutral palette in your space.

Even try mixing varying leather and wood tones, which is a stylish way to add bold visual texture throughout the space.

desert minimalGet Smart With Geometrics

Once you have your foundational pieces, layer in art and objects to bring the look to life. We love geometric patterns for the desert minimal style.

Don’t be afraid to add pattern to even your furniture, like this inlaid console. Just be sure to carry this design element through to your art and accents with graphic prints and decorative objects that have strong shapes.

The idea is to bring these bold pops of patterns, even tribal elements, into your space through smaller geometric details that add visual texture without compromising on the overall airy, minimal look.

desert minimalKeep it Light and Clean-Lined

What sets desert minimal apart from other spaces that feature a modern mix, is that this look is all about clean-lined furnishings that have a lighter, airier appeal. Think of it as mid-century meets relaxed, minimal design. Aim for pieces that have curvy silhouettes that play well with organic designs and light woods that pair easily with all the natural materials.

The key is to find streamlined pieces that have natural textures and shapes, like this dining room credenza with pretty wood graining and the dining table with a rounded top and legs. They help to balance out the organic pieces and smaller patterned accents, such as art, pillows, and decorative objects.

desert minimal trendMake For Minimal

Because there’s such a richness in the materials and shapes in the desert minimal look, keep styling to a minimum. Unlike boho or eclectic styles, desert minimal is all about artfully arranged surfaces that put emphasis on a few unique designs, such as hand-crafted artisanal pottery, a beautiful inlaid tray, or a lamp base with subtle detailing that comes off as bold texture.

Don’t feel the need to fill out your console surfaces and bookshelves; instead lean into a leaner, sparser look with meaningful pieces.

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