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Interior Design & You: Building Your Dream Moodboard

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

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

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What is a Moodboard?

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

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

A Few Types of Moodboards:

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

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

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

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

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Why Create a Moodboard?

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

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

Gathering Inspiration

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

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

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

Some of Karina’s favorite publications of the moment?

Live Beautiful by Athena Calderone

Travel Home by Caitlin Flemming and Julie Goebel

Elle Decor

Dwell

Domino

Veranda

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

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Building a Moodboard

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

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

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

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

Tools + Resources

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

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

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

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

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

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7 Ways Online Interior Design Can Save You Money

We’ve probably all been there at some point: You move into a new place and you’re completely at a loss of how to design it. The rooms are different shapes than your last place and your furniture fits differently. With different architectural details, different lighting, and a new arrangement, you have to totally rethink what pieces suit the space and how to incorporate art and decor. Suddenly you’re overwhelmed by interior design ideas and want to throw everything out and start from scratch.

This is where hiring an interior designer can help. They can look at your space and help you discover your style, then help you find the right pieces and layout for your space. Sounds nice, right? But that probably leads you to your next question: How much does an interior designer cost? It’s a great question—with quite a range of answers.

How Much Does an Interior Designer Cost?

Design fees and hourly rates vary, but working with a traditional interior designer can cost anywhere from $75-$450 per hour. With the time these projects take, you could easily spend a total of $2,000-$5,000 per room, depending on your location and skill level of the designer. (And that doesn’t include the furniture and decor you actually end up buying.) Other designers charge a flat fee, which is generally in the thousands of dollar range. Traditional interior design is definitely a great option if you want the experience of working with someone face-to-face and have the time and money to dedicate to the process.

However, there are other options—and they can save you quite a bit of money. If you’re looking for design help but want a solution that’s not only affordable but is fast, easy, and can be done completely online, virtual interior design might be the way to go.

Sure, we might be a bit biased, but we really believe that using an online interior design service is the right choice for a lot of people. There are so many benefits of virtual interior design, but the biggest one is how much money you can save. If you want to learn a bit more about how online interior design works and why it might be right for you, keep reading. We’ve rounded up 7 ways online interior design can save you money.

how much does an interior designer cost1. Priced Per Room, Not Per Hour

The biggest difference of working with Modsy vs. traditional interior designers? The way we charge. At Modsy, working with an interior designer starts at $159. Unlike most traditional designers, we charge per room, not per hour. This flat fee means you know exactly what you’re paying for, up front. Of course, if you choose to buy furniture or decor through us, that’s extra—but there are no hidden fees or unexpected costs when you work with us. With that flat fee, you get unlimited revisions, so you can work with your designer until your design is just right, or your money back!

2. Know Your Furniture Fits and Looks Good Together

Buying the wrong furniture for your space can be a major headache—not to mention a costly mistake. But working with an online interior designer can help you make sure you don’t buy the wrong pieces for your space and style. With Modsy’s 3D experience, we build a 3D rendering of your exact room, designed with real furniture. With this, you can see the furniture in your space before you buy it—taking all the guesswork out of furniture shopping. All the furniture and decor are to-scale, so you can see how they’ll look and fit together in your space, something you don’t get from a 2D moodboard. That’s the Modsy 3D difference right there.

3. Find the Right Pieces for Your Needs

Depending on your lifestyle, you might have specific needs for your home. Designing a kid or pet-friendly space are two of our biggest customer requests, since it feels challenging to design a beautiful space that functions for these two groups. Our designers can help guide you toward the right pieces for your lifestyle and needs. Need a coffee table that’s safe for a baby who’s learning to walk? A sofa with a machine-washable cover? Rugs that won’t collect pet fur? We’ll guide you to the right pieces.

Our designers can also help you avoid buying low-quality furniture that will fall apart and need to be replaced in a few years—and instead guide you toward high-quality pieces that are within your budget and will last for years to come. Ultimately, they’ll partner with you to evaluate your needs, lifestyle, and budget, helping you find the perfect pieces for your home.

how much does an interior designer cost4. Design With Pieces You Already Own

Working with an online interior designer doesn’t mean you have to start a room from scratch. In fact, at Modsy, we can incorporate your existing furniture into your new design. Whether it’s a new sofa you just purchased or your grandma’s antique dining table, we can show you how your current furniture will look in your space and fit with new pieces.

5. No Hassle With Returns

Furniture returns can be a real hassle. After all, you can’t just drop a sofa in the mailbox if it doesn’t fit. It can be a time-consuming, frustrating, and stressful process—and many retailers either don’t allow returns, only offer partial refunds, or charge a return processing fee for large items. So, we have a different option: With Modsy, you can feel confident that you’re buying the right furniture the first time around. But just in case you change your mind, we offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee.

6. Get Exclusive Discounts on Furniture and Decor

One of the great things about working with interior designers of any kind is that they often have access to exclusive brands and discounts. And working with Modsy is no different. We offer exclusive discounts on furniture and decor that you can’t get anywhere else—plus we honor the sales and promos from brands that you can access on your own. (Think: West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, etc.) Plus, we offer extra savings that you can apply on top of discounts. We always offer $150 off your first purchase of $1,500 or more, and we often run special sales as well. So, be sure to sign up for our emails to stay in the know!

how much does an interior designer cost7. Save Time on Shopping

Ok, so saving time on shopping isn’t technically saving you money—but time is money, right?? And, with Modsy, you can save time and skip the headache of shopping around with our one-cart shopping. You can shop multiple brands at the same time, and pay for everything at the same time. Our order team handles all the logistics. So, you can make the purchase and then get back to the rest of your life!

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Designing With Modsy: 9 Reasons Virtual Interior Design Might Be Right for You

Home design projects can be a fun way to get the most out of your space. Working with an interior designer can give your home a style upgrade and make your space more functional for everyday life. While traditional interior design is not without its perks it can be costly and time-consuming, making the experience not well-suited for many peoples’ budgets or needs.

At Modsy, we believe that interior design is for everyone, so we work to make the experience as accessible as possible. Plus, using our service is risk-free, thanks to unlimited design revisions and our money-back guarantee.

Read on to learn more from our handy list of online design benefits that prove why it’s an excellent option for you.

1. Try Before You Buy

Let’s say that you want to buy a new sofa, but you’re having a hard time deciding what would work best for you. Maybe you aren’t sure about the color, size, or if it will fit in your space? Regardless of the reason, we understand how hard it can be to choose a piece of furniture without knowing what it will look like in your home. With online interior design, you can see exactly how new furniture and decor will look (and fit) in your exact room! How? All of our designs are sent to you as photo-real 3D images (aka a 3D rendering). No more guesswork required.

2. Explore on Layouts, Without the Heavy Lifting

Have you ever spent a whole day pushing furniture around your room only to end up back where you started? With Modsy’s virtual interior design services, trying on layout ideas has never been easier. Once you’ve signed up for an account, we’ll walk you through some super fun steps and show you how you can make unlimited changes in a pinch. Plus, our design team is always there to help make revisions for you, all you have to do is send a quick email, and you’ve got a brand new layout ready and waiting for you.

Want to try out your interior design skills? Easily make edits to your designs on your own with our one-of-a kind, drag-and-drop 3D interior design tools (it’s kind of like The Sims but with real furniture and your exact room, all to scale). You can also experiment with our Live-Swap feature, which lets you swap in new furniture and decor into your design in seconds. Easy-peasy.

Either way, you won’t have to throw your back out, pushing a sofa around your living room all day.

3. Pay Per Room, Not Per Hour

Many working with a traditional designer service can be great for a super hands-on experience, but the costs can add up fast! Most designers charge an hourly rate, or others might require you to purchase a minimum amount of furniture through them. But with online design services like ours, you don’t need to worry about any of those issues because: you’ll pay per room and not per hour.

4. Design Your Home From the Comfort of Your Sofa

In today’s turbulent world, it’s so important to have a home that feels like a sanctuary. But, with social distancing in place, it’s impractical to hire a designer that requires a home visit to design your house. Plus, finding the time to coordinate a consultation can be tricky.

But using an online design service means you can work on your design anytime, anywhere. Our designers are always available to help, and you can choose the communication method that works for you. So you’re getting all the contact a traditional design service would provide without the hassle of figuring out an in-person meeting.

5. Discover Your Style

A lot of people have trouble deciding on an interior design style that fits their needs, hence the need for design assistance. A massive benefit of online interior design is learning to identify what you like. When you start your project, we’ll ask you a series of questions in our super-accurate (and fun!) Style Quiz. Your results will help your designer nail your style and deliver designs with furniture and decor you’ll love. Who knows, you may end up enjoying a style you never expected was right for you.

6. Share With Friends and Family

It’s so important to stay connected with our friends and family these days. A really cool benefit of our online design experience is getting to share your interior design journey with everyone, you know. With the touch of a button, you can post your designs to Facebook or Instagram for the world to see. This way, you get to let everyone know what you’re up to, show off your space, and even get input from your online community.

7. Design With Pieces You Already Own

Have an item in your home you love but aren’t able to work into your decor? Maybe there’s an heirloom piece of furniture, like aunt Marge’s credenza, that you’d like to work into your living room layout? Another benefit of working with Modsy is being able to see pieces from your home included in your design. This way, you’ll be able to see how your favorite keep-sakes will look with your new layout and style designs. So we can make sure to find a place for that credenza that even old Marge would approve of!

8. Shop Your Look in One Easy Checkout

Buying furniture for a whole room can be a real hassle. For starters, you aren’t sure what items will look good together in your space because you haven’t seen them in a single design. Sometimes you’re buying from multiple retailers, trying to coordinate all the shipping costs, apply any deals, and manage a million open tabs all on your own. What a headache!

With Modsy, you can shop items from multiple retailers in one secure checkout. And, to top it off, we offer members-only sales that you can apply on top of retailers’ best prices. It’s all about saving you tons and making the whole shopping experience easy-peasy.

9. Your Happiness (and the Best Price) Guaranteed

At Modsy, when you purchase your favorite products, we match the lowest advertised price the day you place your order, including any applicable sales or promotions. Before placing your order, we’ll always triple-check with the retailers for any last-minute deals and make sure you’re getting the best price for all your items. Find a lower price elsewhere? Let us know within 24 hours of your purchase, and we’ll match it!

On top of all that, we promise to work on your design until you are entirely delighted with your space. We also offer an excellent money-back guarantee if you don’t find what you’re looking for with us. Because the only thing that matters more to use than high-quality, affordable interior design is your satisfaction as a customer.

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Year in Review: Our 30 Best Home Design Ideas of 2018

design ideasAnother year is almost up and here’s hoping we all have something to show for it. Maybe you finally broke a bad habit (binge watching hours of Netflix?) or started a good one (you’re never too old to start flossing!), or maybe you’re excited to start 2019 fresh with a new resolution to tackle.

As the year wraps up, these last few days of 2018 are a great time to reflect on all that we accomplished (or would still like to, as the case may be). To celebrate the end of another year, we’re looking back at our favorite design ideas of 2018 and compiling the best into one place. So, if you’re heading into next year with out a plan of attack, here are 30 bite-sized home design ideas to help you get the ball rolling.

From creative ways to fill blank walls, to the best small space hacks, here are 30 of our best home design ideas of 2018. Read on to get inspired and find an idea (or two) worth adding to your 2019 resolution list.

Top Home Design Ideas of 2018:

  1. Stop making these coffee table mistakes
  2. Or consider if you really need a coffee table at all 
  3. If you can’t give up binge watching, at least do this 
  4. Cure your fear of buying furniture online
  5. But ask these 4 questions first 
  6. Stop making your small space look smaller 
  7. Make 2019 the year of no clutter
  8. Stop forgetting about this room
  9. Don’t follow trends. Set them
  10. Just say no to boring, blank walls
  11. Quit living vicariously through your Pinterest boards
  12. Hate your rug? Try one of these
  13. Embrace your decorating decidophobia
  14. Instead of collecting shot glasses, bring your vacation home with you this way
  15. Give your gallery wall an upgrade
  16. When it comes to this bedroom essential, know that size does matter
  17. Think outside the box for this bedroom must-have
  18. Find a new use for this do-it-all piece of furniture 
  19. Actually get 8 hours of sleep with these tips
  20. Moving? Here’s how to make it easy
  21. Go green with your decor
  22. On a budget? Don’t settle for an ugly rug 
  23. Let your kids help you design your living room 
  24. Designing your home? Explore all your options the easy way
  25. Is this kind of bed frame right for you?
  26. Find the right layout for your room
  27. Don’t let your tiny bedroom hold you back
  28. Can’t be bothered with a full redesign? Make small updates instead 
  29. Go big with wall art or go home 
  30. Finally discover your home design style

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Year in Review: Our 35 Best Home Design Ideas of 2017

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From simple ways to refresh your space, to all the things you need to know about buying a sofa, here are 35 of our best home design ideas from the year. Read on to get inspired and find a thing (or two) worth adding to your 2018 resolution list.

Resolution-Worthy Home Design Ideas:

  1. Solutions for when your home office doubles as a guest room.
  2. Or put an office in your living room instead.
  3. And then don’t forget these 7 guest room essentials.
  4. Ask yourself these 4 questions before making this big-ticket purchase for your living room.
  5. Carve out a space for kids to play.
  6. This is the best coffee table for your sofa.
  7. Why you should consider pulling your sofa away from the wall.
  8. And some ideas for how to use that empty space behind it.
  9. You can live large in small spaces – no magic tricks required.
  10. What’s cooler than eating dinner on your sofa? Finally doing something with your dining room.
  11. Don’t underestimate neutrals.
  12. Is this kind of bed frame right for you?
  13. If you’re short on storage, consider getting sneaky.
  14. Give your console table a makeover three ways.
  15. Ask these 4 questions before you buy a rug.
  16. But make sure you get the right size.
  17. And if you ever wondered why rugs are so expensive, now you know.
  18. Why wall color changes everything.
  19. Small space living got you stuck? Make every square inch count.
  20. Break away from all rectangles everywhere with this layering trick.
  21. Hate your uber-neutral space? Spice it up
  22. Live in an earthquake zone? Hang these above your bed.
  23. A better way to bring your vacation home with you.
  24. Or, turn your home into a vacation.
  25. Another way to use your grandma’s vintage trunk.
  26. Take a walk down memory lane.
  27. This is the best spot for your TV.
  28. If you’re overwhelmed by your design project, just breathe. These things take time.
  29. If you hate the 2018 Pantone color of the Year.
  30. The answer to your Pinterest board dreams (or nightmares).
  31. How to embrace awkward corners.
  32. Don’t let this struggle stop you from moving in with your SO.
  33. Wall art for the animal lover in your life.
  34. If Blanche Devereaux’s home was your bedroom goals.
  35. Remember this Danish trend that took over the internet?