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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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Shop Our Designer Picks from Scout Home!

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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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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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Trend Spotlight: Meet Victorian Farmhouse

In times of uncertainty, we often look to the past to help define our futures. There’s something comforting about the familiar. So, it makes sense that this desire would show up in our homes. And in 2020, an uncertain year to say the least, traditional and historically-inspired interior designs styles are a trend on the rise. From classic formal to American traditional and even Victorian-inspired design elements, it seems that people are looking for grounding and comforting elements to incorporate into their homes.

In fact, this has created the perfect moment for Victorian style to come back—it’s a trend on the rise! (So much so that we dedicated a whole podcast episode to unpacking Victorian design history and how to shelter in place like a Victorian!) In the Victorian era, much of life was centered around the home. (Sound familiar?)

We’re big fans of Victorian design, so we want to show off some ways to incorporate Victorian design elements into your home. But to bring this style into the 21st century, we’re giving it a farmhouse slant—because who doesn’t want some extra cozy comfort in their highly considered, traditionally inspired space? It’s a rustic country interior design style that we’re calling Victorian Farmhouse.

What is Victorian Farmhouse style?

First things first. What is farmhouse design again? Here’s a quick refresher: it’s a country style that uses actual farmhouses as inspiration, with rustic decorative elements. Farmhouse design is a warm, cozy, and relaxing style that’s full of charm and character.

Victorian Farmhouse style takes all of that, but mixes in the elements and principles foundational to Victorian style—but stays with a definite farmhouse aesthetic. It’s basically Joanna Gaines meets the Victorians—aka the best of both worlds. It takes all of the comfortable, cozy, and approachable parts of farmhouse design, then pulls in some of those antique and classic vibes, with a bit of a collector approach. It’s an elevated country style, with a bit of French country decorating mixed in—and we can’t get enough of it.

Want to see this style come to life and get some key decorating ideas? Keep reading. We designed a living room, dining room, and bedroom, decorated with Victorian Farmhouse style to show off this look.

rustic country interior design styleThe Victorian Farmhouse Living Room

Rustic, classic, and eclectic elements combine in this Victorian Farmhouse living room. It’s full of adorned elements like the classic-inspired floor mirror with its gold frame and that beautifully elegant chandelier. But it’s also very livable, with a major focus on comfort.

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The Key Elements:

Opt for classic shapes with an antique twist. Victorian design featured a lot of what we now consider classic and traditional furniture shapes. Opt for classic forms in your foundational furniture, with details like turned legs or elegant curvatures. This is also a great place to incorporate antique furniture. Layer in vintage-inspired prints in your textiles—whether that’s plaids, stripes, or hints of chintz and florals in your pillows or a washed-out vintage rug. Materials like velvet are also perfect for this style, as they’ll help elevate the overall look of a space.

Focus on comfort. While a Victorian’s definition of comfort was much different than ours today, making their homes comfortable was definitely something they valued. And comfort is most certainly a big part of the farmhouse aesthetic. So, making the living room—the center of the home—a place of warmth and comfort is essential. Make sure your sofa is plush and comfortable; a slipcovered style would be perfect, and you can layer in extra coziness through textiles.

Embrace a rich color palette. Normally Farmhouse style is neutral and high-contrast. But Victorian Farmhouse pulls in a rich palette of colors, celebrating the elegant and sometimes opulent side of Victorian style. Incorporate deeply saturated colors through your textiles and perhaps through an accent chair!

rustic country dining roomThe Victorian Farmhouse Dining Room

This dining room is rooted in the more rustic side of Farmhouse style. The overall look is comfortable and cozy. But the Victorian elements come through in the more ornate details of the room and through the display cabinet, which gives the perfect space to showcase your collections and treasures!

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The Key Elements:

Take a Rustic Farmhouse approach to the furniture. In a Victorian Farmhouse dining room, lean into rustic interior design ideas when picking out foundational furniture. We opted for a farmhouse dining table, though one with a more modern base for a more streamlined look. We paired this with rustic chairs—but in a slipcovered style that is comfortable and adds warmth to the space.

Embrace ornate details. The details and home decor have a more classic and Victorian-inspired vibe. The chandeliers lean into an ornate and classic-formal look, adding some polished refinement to the space. The shapes in the chandeliers echo the mirror’s curves, and the intricate geometric metal detail of the cabinet contrasts with the simplicity of the table and chairs.

Put those collections on display. Victorians loved to amass collections of decorative objects—and loved showing them off even more. (They were basically the original maximalists.) While a cabinet is generally intended to conceal things, the geometric cutouts in this one give you a place to put your objects on display. Showcase your favorite decorative objects, treasures, or collections, both in a cabinet like this and styled on tabletops and shelves.

The Victorian Farmhouse Bedroom

This Victorian Farmhouse bedroom has an old-world feel—but is certainly not without modern sensibilities. A high-contrast black and white color palette grounds it in a Farmhouse aesthetic, but pops of rich colors and gilded, ornate decorative moments gives an air of refinement to the space. It’s all about polished and refined moments being juxtaposed with the casual comfort of Farmhouse style. The use of shiplap on the walls is a great example of this; it’s a casual element that really helps to highlight the more ornate details of the room.

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The Key Elements:

Make a statement with a four-poster bed. In a Victorian Farmhouse bedroom, a classic four-poster bed is the perfect statement piece and grounding element for the space. It gives that old-world feel, but with interesting spindles like the ones pictured above, it definitely has a modern twist.

Layer in Victorian-inspired decor. Victorian homes were often filled with portraits of both past and current residents, along with tons of collected objects. We love the idea of using classically inspired wall art and home decor in a Victorian Farmhouse home, but giving it a more modern twist. Need some Victorian decor ideas? Perhaps a vintage-looking portrait in a modern frame, a classic bust statue with a modern finish, or an eclectic collection of decor that you’ve collected through your travels. This is a great way to bring color and personality into your space.

Incorporate decorative materials. Victorians embraced a sense of “decorated living” where everyday objects and furniture had a little something that made them feel special or considered. To help a Victorian Farmhouse room lean into the Victorian side, incorporate decorative materials in the furniture and decor. The cane chair pictured here combines the high-contrast palette of Farmhouse style with a refined shape and style that features decorative caning. The gold mirror and chandelier elevate the look. And the four-poster bed, with its unique spindles, feels really special.

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Trend Spotlight: Designing The Perfect Minimalist Maximalist Home

Over the past year, we’ve seen people lean into the less-is-more mantra when it comes to their home. Rather than having more things, many people are opting to live with less furniture and decor and choosing pieces that prioritize good design and rooms that are layered but not cluttered. Think highly curated spaces with a few statement pieces and a tight selection of equally bold accents.

Enter the new look that’s trending for 2020—we’re calling “Minimalist Maximalist.” What exactly does that mean? Exactly what it sounds like. On their own, many people find the styles of minimalism too sterile and maximalism too opulent, so this look is the perfect blend of the two. The style plays with the unlikely combo of a minimalist’s design principles and a maximalist’s love of patterns, colors, textures, and all things over-the-top.

We know what you’re thinking: How does all that work in the home? Find out below with a peek inside a Minimalist Maximalist home dreamed up by our expert designers.

minimalist maximalist entrywayIn an Entry

Our Minimalist Maximalist entry establishes the nuanced aesthetic right off the bat: Dramatic interiors with statement pieces and light styling.

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The Key Elements:

Show strong forms. The bolder the design, the fewer things you need. To master the look you’ll want to hone in on one or two sculptural and captivating entryway pieces that will set the stage for your home. Look for pieces like a rounded wood buffet, an angular chair, or a chicly shaped sconce.

Edit your accessories. One of the key elements of the look is minimal styling. Only add decorative accessories that truly evoke the look you want in your space, be it a set of beautiful ceramics or a compelling art piece.

minimalist maximalist living roomIn a Sitting Area

With living area furniture, sculptural upholstery will go a long way when paired with beautifully crafted contemporary pieces. It’s about playing up shapes and materials in the same space.

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The Key Elements:

Go for big curves. Rounded and curved sofas and chairs were also a big trend in the past year and they’re the perfect showpieces for a Minimalist Maximalist sitting area. Limit your pieces and don’t worry about colors too much. It’s all about the silhouettes here.

Add simple, luxe accents. By that we mean bringing in tables, lighting, and other small objects that highlight gorgeous materials and designs. Case in point: the black metal pendant and the marble and slate coffee table have a streamlined look that’s unobtrusive but still striking.

In a Breakfast Corner

Perhaps the best example of the Minimalist Maximalist look is a space with high-contrast shades—be it in a corner dining space or a vignette. Think light meets dark, but layered.

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The Key Elements:

Layer up with black and white. Find distinct furniture pieces and go full-on black and white. It will set a modern yet maximalist foundation for you to dress your space up and down as needed. The idea here is that you want a bold backdrop to work off of.

Keep to clean-lined materials. Black and white can easily feel sparse and stark but you also don’t want to add in too much. A great way to balance the high-contrast palette is to work in warm metals, like brass and copper. Just make sure those designs have contemporary and streamlined silhouettes that add drama but still feel airy.

In a Display Area

By now, you already know that this look is about adding statement piece after statement piece. You can take that approach with any room or corner, like this curated showcase of artful designs and objects.

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The Key Elements:

Bring in statement pieces. When we say statement pieces, keep in mind that we’re referring to pieces that have presence. So choose a piece that resonates with your style, be it one that has strong sculptural appeal or is painted in an unexpected color. When it doubt, consider if your furniture piece has a shape that holds your attention.

Have fewer but more impactful art. There’s no gallery wall when it comes to this look! Instead of arranging art and objects en masse, pick larger scale art and sculptures that have a minimal look. Think abstract, modern geometric art, and simple sculptures and bowls. They’re the perfect balance to big statement furniture pieces.

In a Dining Space

An attractive way to bring the look into your home is in the dining room, which is always a great place to experiment with mixing shapes and colors. Here, start bold and end with subtlety.

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The Key Elements:

Contrast sharp shapes. You already know that curvy, rounded designs play a big role in the Minimalist Maximalist room, but the key to making them work is to offset them with furniture that has sharp angles—rectilinear tables and cabinets, clean-lined rugs. It’s a push-pull tension of the bold and the soft lines that adds major intrigue.

Embrace neutrals with a pop. With sculptural forms and furniture, a neutral palette will help tone down the visual linearity. But all neutral can feel too minimal, so make sure to add in a pop of color, whether you go big with bright-painted walls or with simple small accents that add pops of vibrant colors. Think black, white, neutral, plus a pop!

minimalist maximalist officeIn an Office

Another element of the Minimalist Maximalist style is the focus on furniture and accents that add visual interest. With a workspace, you can do that by mixing stunning furniture and accessories in warm neutrals.

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The Key Elements:

Work in classic designs and finishes. One approach to maximalism is to go with classic furnishings with traditional finishes, like burled wood and mottled surfaces, along with classic forms, like trestle bases and arched lighting. These have a way of adding impact with a formal bent, so don’t rule them out when you’re looking for statement pieces.

Balance with pared-down patterns. To take the edge off of traditional furnishings, you can tone it down with modernized patterns. We’re talking about designs, like a chevron or geometric rug that’s rendered in warm neutrals. Here, less color is definitely more, and you can mix in contemporary and abstract art in similar hues to create additional focal points.

minimalist maximalist bedroomIn a Bedroom

Contrary to the super-crisp and soothing bedroom, this look calls for a daring approach with opulent designs and oversized furniture. Go for substantial pieces that are anything but boring.

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The Key Elements:

Focus on opulent designs. From a stately upholstered bed to a meticulously carved dresser, you’re going for big style and intrigue in the bedroom. Keep this approach to just the furniture pieces and scale back on your accents, which is in keeping with the overall look and vibe of your rooms.

Soften with crisp textiles. In the bedroom, you’ll want to pull in some key neutral pieces that provide light contrast. The easiest way to achieve that is to lay down a rug in soft hues and keep to simple white bedding. Unfussy, geometric art will also help bring attention to the bright, crispness of your textiles.

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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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