Spine-chillingly Cool: Modern Halloween Decor

Halloween arrives at the end of this month, inspiring many modern homeowners to arrange festive decorations for guests and future trick-or-treaters. We’ve all seen the typical, garish mummies and green-faced witches in Halloween décor over the years, but today’s homeowners often want more tasteful decorations that fit in seamlessly with their modern design sensibilities. Here are some ideas to inspire your modern Halloween décor:

Handmade Elegance

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Pumpkin Party Cooler

To make a clever conversation piece at Halloween parties this month, try cutting a well-shaped pumpkin in half, removing the innards and using it for a classy party cooler or snack bowl. The one and only Martha Stewart provides simple instructions for this happy little Halloween project here.

Go Metallic

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Black and silver Halloween throw pillows

While there’s nothing wrong with using traditional orange and black in your Halloween décor, metallic Halloween decorations tend to add a more contemporary flair. The throw pillows above are festive while managing to not be gaudy. Gilding pumpkins with metallic paint is also a great way to maintain a sense of luxury while fitting in perfectly with the season. The silver pumpkins below bring a Halloween flair to a fall vignette.

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Antique Mercury Glass Pumpkins from Pottery Barn

Tasteful Displays

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Festive Halloween display

Who says white can’t be used in a Halloween theme? It’s the color of skeletons and ghosts! Bring out your white display dishes and fill them with festive Halloween candies for grazing guests and candy-craving children. Then, try accenting them with decorative bone displays, such as the one below.

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Bones Vase Filler from Pottery Barn.

Spooky Mantel Decor

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A well-curated Halloween mantel

A mantel is the perfect place to showcase your Halloween creativity. This cleverly-decorated mantel found over on the Craftberry Bush blog is well-curated, featuring white pumpkins stylishly contrasted against a black feather boa with black crows seeming to stand guard. We love how the empty, crooked photo frames look like they were taken straight from a creepy haunted house.

How do you plan to decorate your home for Halloween this year? Tell us in the comments below!

About EVOKE

EVOKE is the Pacific Northwest’s new brand of modern luxury homes featuring cutting-edge designs and indoor-outdoor integration. EVOKE creates balance between you, your home and your community by tailoring every aspect of the home buying and owning experience to your lifestyle.

(Photos via MarthaStewart.com; BHG.com; PotteryBarn.com; ModShopStyle.com; PotteryBarn.com; and CraftberryBush.com)

Child’s Play: Creating Modern Kids Rooms

At EVOKE, we love creating modern homes that not only feature forward-thinking design, but that also keep your family and lifestyle in mind. For families with children, we listen closely to your needs for kid-friendly spaces. Decorating these modern kids rooms doesn’t have to be difficult; we think organization and simplicity are key to fending off inevitable chaos. Here are some helpful tips for creating stylish kids spaces:

Go Bold

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Modern kids room

Fun colors aren’t always fitting for every area of the home, but kid’s rooms tend to be high-energy spaces where play and imagination reign supreme. For example, mixing cool and warm color tones in one space is often a design no-no, but a kid’s space is the perfect place to experiment with color, pattern and texture. In the space above, we love how the orange bunk beds and other orange furnishings complement the pale blue storage closet, rug and step storage.

A Designated Hobby Space

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Kids Art Corner from Dwell Studio

Kids with hobbies or a favorite activity will naturally let that hobby take over their whole room. To prevent this, we recommend creating a designated hobby space where all supplies for that hobby are tucked into a single area. The kids art corner above has small nooks for drawing paper, finger paints, scissors, paintbrushes and other small items as well as large storage bins for larger items like playdough or modeling clay. We love the nearby section of chalkboard paint that allows kids to create fresh wall art whenever they want.

Think Storage

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Toy Store from Dwell Studio

Kids are notorious packrats, and let’s face it, many of us can’t bear to part with all our children’s art projects and favorite toys they’ve outgrown. Attractive storage options are imperative to keeping your kid’s space orderly. We recommend beds with built-in storage, storage bins on the bottom shelf of bookcases, tall storage baskets, and open storage spaces like the one above for items that your kids play with most regularly. With open storage, your kid’s favorite toys and games are out of the way yet still in plain sight.

Indoor Play Room

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Modern indoor treehouse with working drop-down bridge

In the rainy Pacific Northwest, kids are often stuck indoors more often than they’d like. Indoor play spaces serve as fun kids hideaways for sleepovers and playtime. The beautiful modern indoor treehouse above is one of the more amazing indoor play spaces we’ve seen, but less space-consuming options are available as well. Some of our favorites include kids teepees and mini play castles.

About EVOKE

EVOKE is the Pacific Northwest’s new brand of modern luxury homes featuring cutting-edge designs and indoor-outdoor integration. EVOKE creates balance between you, your home and your community by tailoring every aspect of the home buying and owning experience to your lifestyle.

(Photos from top to bottom via Interior24.net; DwellStudio.com; DwellStudio.com; and Design-Milk.com)

Taking Shape: Geometric Furniture for the Modern Home

Geometric shapes cultivate a comforting sense of completion in a home with their grid-like precision and repeating patterns, fitting squarely (no pun intended) into midcentury modern, modern industrial or ultramodern design themes. Some of the most versatile geometric prints and shapes include diamonds, hexagons, stripes or Greek key patterns, HGTV explains.

The geometric look can be incorporated in small doses through unassuming fabric patterns and accents, or you can go big with geometric-shaped furnishings and whole-room wallpaper. Here are some excellent examples of geometric furniture to inspire your own decorating:

Geometric Wood Furnishings

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The Permutohedron Side Table by Thomas Hayes Studio

We love the idea of abandoning traditional side tables for works of art like these hexagonal pieces, which would serve equally well as eclectic seating options or functional side tables to be topped with books or lamps. The gem-like facets show off the character of the wood, which is pictured above in dark walnut, but is also available in natural walnut as well as dark and light rosewood.

Geometric-Industrial Furnishings

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Milo Baughman Geometric Coffee Table

You can combine geometric styling with modern industrial design through the use of tough metals like the bronze rods used in this geometric coffee table. The glass top offers the advantage of allowing the eye to focus on the beautiful grid design of the table base — or even a statement rug beneath. With a piece like this, the eye sees a different aspect depending on which point in the room you are standing.

Geometric Patterns

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Jonah Armchair from Made.com with Hexagonal-Weave Pattern

The hexagonal patterns of the fabric on the chairs and accompanying footstools above create a lovely effect. We love how these chairs blend the geometric tend with midcentury modern design—the gentle curves of the chairs give off a contemporary flair while clearly echoing the mod design of the ‘60s.

Geometric Shelving

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Distressed Grey Bookshelf from Coleman Furniture

Another way to incorporate geometric elements in your home is through shelving. This book case draws the eye through both its own form and the assorted treasures it holds.

Final Touches

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Sizzling Colors Geometric Ceramic Table Lamp in Dove Gray from Shades of Light

You can finish off a geometric design with multi-faceted lamp bases and vases, geometric-print throw pillows and even paperweights and candlesticks. The lamp above comes in a variety of neutral and jewel tones to fit any color scheme.

Do you have any geometric pieces in your home? Tell us about them in the comments below!

About EVOKE

EVOKE is the Pacific Northwest’s new brand of modern luxury homes featuring cutting-edge designs and indoor-outdoor integration. EVOKE creates balance between you, your home and your community by tailoring every aspect of the home buying and owning experience to your lifestyle.

(Photos from top to bottom via ThomasHayesStudio.com; DouglasRosin.com; Made.com; ColmanFurniture.com; and ShadesOfLight.com)

Cover Story: Modern Bedding that Packs a Design Punch

Since we don’t entertain in our bedrooms, many homeowners don’t put as much effort into decorating them. However, we firmly believe the home should be your own oasis for your enjoyment as well as your guests, which is why we go to great lengths to design EVOKE homes around your lifestyle. Modern bedding is the first step to a well-designed master bedroom, serving as a palette or anchor for the room’s color scheme. Here are some stand-out examples:

Cream, Crisp, Clean

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EVOKE Luxe Master Bedroom

Crisp white bedding is light, airy and cultivates a sense of spaciousness within a modern minimal design theme. It also serves as an excellent backdrop for small splashes of color. In this EVOKE Luxe bedroom, the cream bedding ties in with the neutral color scheme in the room and reflects all the natural light in the room. Colorful throw pillows in stained-glass tones add a pop of color.

Chevron

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Organic Chevron Duvet Cover from West Elm

The simple zigs and zags of modern chevron are as attractive as ever. The horseradish color tone contrasted with crisp white on the bedding above really packs a design punch. For fall, we love color tones like goldenrod, oxblood, mango, poppy and rust that call to mind autumn leaves.

Herringbone

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Nadia Comforter Set from Intelligent Design

As we’ve discussed in a previous blog post, herringbone is on trend in modern design. Gray paired with sunny yellow instantly brightens up a room, providing an exciting alternative to plain white.

Moroccan Tile Print

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Hallmart Collectibles Westgate Comforter Set

Nothing exudes a sense of exotic opulence like Moroccan tile print bedding. This peach tone is ideal for fall, and the rich color and print easily makes your bed the focal point of your room.

Abstract

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Oliver Gal Love Force Field Duvet Cover Collection from OneBellaCasa.com

For those who wish to completely eschew more traditional options, we recommend abstract prints. At first glance, the bedding above features simple blue stripes. However, a paint splash of gold pleasantly disrupts those structured lines and tasteful fading adds character to the bedding. Consider this a more chaotic take on nautical.

What type of modern bedding do you like best? Let us know in the comments below!

About EVOKE

EVOKE is the Pacific Northwest’s new brand of modern luxury homes featuring cutting-edge designs and indoor-outdoor integration. EVOKE creates balance between you, your home and your community by tailoring every aspect of the home buying and owning experience to your lifestyle.

(Images from top to bottom via EVOKE; WestElm.com; AllModern.com; AllModern.com; and AllModern.com)

Indigo Dreams: Decorating with Deep Blue

Blue is one of the most versatile colors you can incorporate in a home design theme, and as summer edges closer to fall, our favorite shade of this hue right now is indigo. This saturated blue tone evokes a feeling of relaxed luxury and ushers a sense of serenity into your home. Here are some great indigo pieces to inspire your modern home design as well as some tips for decorating with indigo:

Indigo Contrasted with White

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Crate & Barrel Skye Coffee Table and Kazia Pillow

We love the bold look of indigo accents against a crisp white or cream backdrop. Here we see patterned indigo throw pillows resting against a tufted, midcentury modern sofa for an updated take on what is typically a nautical color duo. An indigo coffee table adds its own jewel-tone pop while a stylized side table pulls white back in again. We recommend introducing a third color to this classic blue-white pairing — a neutral tone like gray or even a pastel to keep the color scheme from becoming overly masculine.

Indigo Art

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Whirlpool Canvas Giclee Print by Joss & Main

Canvas art can be the perfect means of anchoring indigo in a space. We love how this piece includes splashes of violet, indigo’s partner color in the color wheel. Teal, light blue and the slightest hint of olive make cameo appearances, but indigo is the color that engages the eye most in this piece.

Large Indigo Furnishings

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Murphy Sofa in Indigo from Room & Board

The aesthetic of many modern homeowners doesn’t typically allow for bold primary colors in large furnishings. But when you take basic blue and deepen it into a jewel tone like indigo or royal blue, you have a notable exception. Unlike yellow and red, blue has a tendency to make a statement while also blending in seamlessly with neutral colors. The midcentury modern sofa above exemplifies a deep-toned piece that would easily be a focal point without looking juvenile or clownish.

Indigo Ikat

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Diamond Ikat Indigo Rug

The ikat trend has gained momentum in the last few years, but the patterns are often too bohemian for modern home owners seeking simplicity in home design. The rug above provides both an eclectic touch and the simplicity many modern homeowners look for. When searching for ikat pieces in indigo hues, look for a flat weave rug rather than a hand-tufted rug for a sleek, modern look.

Finishing Touches

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Indigo Swirl Art Glass Table Lamp by Pacific Coast Lighting

If you are using indigo more as an accent color than the main color in your home design, look for accessory pieces in which indigo is the secondary color. The lamp above features a dewdrop-shaped base that exudes modernity with swirls of indigo for visual interest.

(Images in order of appearance via DrivenByDecor.com; JossAndMain.com; RoomAndBoard.com; DwellStudio.com; and Wayfair.com)

Heavenly Herringbone: A Modern Take on a Timeless Pattern

Herringbone is an enduring pattern in home design that is versatile enough to work in varied décor schemes. It blends in seamlessly with everything from midcentury modern to art deco to classic. Even though Vogue refers to herringbone as “the more chaotic version of chevron,” we’ve been impressed time and time again with the ability of herringbone to blend in with neutrals and not draw undue attention to itself. We’re sharing a few examples of herringbone used effectively in the modern home:

Mirrored Herringbone

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Herringbone Mirror Coffee Table by West Elm

Since we most often see herringbone patterns in eye-catching wall stencils and multi-hued wood, we were pleasantly surprised to find herringbone in a mirrored coffee table and matching side tables. We think the mirrors do a great job reflecting the other colors and textures of this room and the herringbone adds subtle geometric flair to a modern, neutral space. This piece could easily fit it to any number of other color schemes.

Mixed-Stain Furniture

Herringbone design

Parquetry Buffet by West Elm

While the varied coloration of this herringbone console makes it a stand-out piece, it still fits solidly within a neutral color scheme, serving a practical purpose with plentiful storage space. We think it’s an ideal entryway piece and the perfect setting for an eclectic vignette. The piece would also work well within a modern art deco theme.

Handmade Dishes

Herringbone Design

Ceramic Herringbone Patterned Canape/Dessert Plate by ebenotti on Etsy

Etsy provides an endless treasure trove of handmade home goods. These ceramic plates with hand-painted herringbone patterns that don’t quite stay within the lines exude character and charm. Each are made to order so no two sets will be exactly alike. Selections like this are perfect for homeowners who want pieces no one else has.

Poufs

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Herringbone Hair on Hide Ottoman by Craig Olsen Design

In previous blog posts, we’ve touched on the popularity of poufs, particularly within modern Moroccan home design. However, you can depart from traditional Moroccan poufs and go with a different take, such as herringbone. This hair-on-hide pouf sewn into a herringbone print can be used as an ottoman or as an alternative seating option in a living space. The color variation of ivory, light gray and mocha in the leather creates visual interest while remaining neutral and unassuming.

Herringbone Throws

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Herringbone Pashima and Silk Throw by Mela Artisans

If you are hesitant to incorporate larger herringbone pieces in your home, consider adding small splashes of herringbone here and there through throws and pashminas, small rugs, picture frames, or even bed sheets. The throws above add just the right touch of herringbone to break up an otherwise solid décor scheme.

(Photos via WestElm.com; WestElm.com; Etsy.com; CraigOlsenDesign.com and Wayfair.com)

Working in Style: Modern Home Offices That Make an Impact

With 1 in 5 Americans now working from home, having a functional and attractive home office has never been more essential. Even so, for many homeowners, a home office is a drab space where you sit down to do tedious tasks. Design-wise, this space is often an afterthought. However, with a few creature comforts and some thoughtful design elements, your home office can truly be a place to enjoy. Take a look at some of the beautiful ideas we’ve put together for modern home offices:

Soft Touches

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Santa Monica Office designed by JAC Interiors

One of the first words that comes to mind when looking at this office is probably “plush.” The cushy, scoop-like swivel chair, the faux fur rug — all of this softness takes the dull formality out of a home office environment. We’ve been seeing people adorning stiff, formal office chairs with textured throws and incorporating a few eclectic knickknacks here and there to add a touch of whimsy to their home office. Here, the use of pink accomplishes the same purpose, ushering in a sense of lightheartedness.

Well-Designed Office Furniture

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Girado Office Chair from Wharfside Commercial Furniture

Aside from having a sleek natural wood structure that would easily fit in with any modern office space, this swivel chair is engineered to automatically face your desk when you leave your workstation. This contributes to a feeling of tidiness in your home office. The particular chair is offered in seven different wood varieties as well as a curved, leather-backed version to suit any taste.

Minimalistic

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Royal System Shelving Unit B with Desk Cabinet

For homeowners who don’t require a full-scale home office, a multi-functional yet unassuming shelving unit could be all that is needed. The piece above not only displays a sparse collection of books and collectibles, but it also includes a cleverly hidden desk cabinet that opens up to a miniature writing nook or laptop space in a pinch.

Built-in Workspaces

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EVOKE interior

In a modern, open-concept home, your home office doesn’t have to be boxed in by four walls. In this EVOKE space, an office workspace naturally flows out of an adjoining living space. A see-through fireplace adds coziness and makes the workspace feel more inviting and less like a cramped cubicle.

Natural Light

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EVOKE office space

For small office spaces, natural light is imperative. The spacious window in this EVOKE office breathes a breath of fresh air into this space. A plush chair placed near the window becomes an ideal break spot when you need to step away from your work for a while and reflect.

(Photos via Houzz.com; Wharfside-Commercial.co.uk; DWR.com; EVOKE; and EVOKE)

Striking Silhouettes: Modern Design With Cut Outs

In previous blog posts, we’ve discussed how geometric shapes are used extensively in modern home design. One way to incorporate geometric elements aside from choosing furnishings with an overt geometric structure is to choose pieces with cut-outs.

Carefully chosen pieces with cut outs also fit solidly within a minimalistic design scheme — any time you can break up a bulky piece of furniture to allow light to pass through you are adding to the sense of open space in the home. Here are a few great pieces we find that exemplify effective use of cut outs:

Cut Out Rugs

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Edition Silhouette Rug by Object Carpet

Who says rugs have to be limited to standard rectangular or circular shapes? Many modern design rugs feature abstract shapes, stylized edges and geometric cut outs. The rug above from Object Carpet creates a sense of contrast with circular cut outs that allow large swatches of your floor to show through. This style of carpet is especially effective on hardwood floors. We recommend selecting neutral colors like muted golds, grays and whites so that the cut outs draw more attention than the color.

Cut Out Furniture

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Paige Contemporary Chair by Coaster Fine Furniture

We’re also seeing cut outs being used effectively in midcentury modern furniture. While today’s tufted, low-to-the-ground pieces are already unassuming, we think cut outs further reduce the appearance of bulk in leather furniture, which tends to look heavy no matter how it is structured. Cut outs make this heavy leather furniture instantly feel lighter and airier, which helps to open up your living space.

cut out furniture

In & Out End Table by Global Views

A solid wood end table with cut out spacing between layers gives the appearance that each layer is floating above the other. Aside from allowing light to easily pass through, the end table is practical, as each layer can be used to stow books or small display items.

Cut Out Lampshades

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Laser-cut wooden lampshade by min-jon

One of the most innovative ways we’ve seen cut outs incorporated is in wooden lampshades. Not only do these laser-cut wooden lampshades show a high level of craftsmanship, but they can also be layered over the top of differently colored cloth shells that can be easily swapped out to create different color themes. While the piece above features a black cloth shell, you can also layer the wooden lampshade over other colors, like blue, green or white, to create different effects.

Cut Out Statement Chairs

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Diva Chairs by Colico Design

Aside from offering a pleasant pop of color to a living or office space, these brilliantly designed chairs feature a smooth cut out that creates visual interest. The almost-perfectly-spherical shape of the chairs adds a touch of geometric flair to a space while the cut out adds a dash of playfulness and keeps the piece from being too rigid.

(Photo sources in order of appearance: Object-Carpet.com via Contemporist.com; CoasterFurniture.com; GlobalViews.com; Min-Jon.com [also Etsy.com] via Design-Milk.com; and Colico.com)

Add a Splash of Color with a Bold Accent Wall

As with many things in life, balance is the key to good design in a modern home. For example, if you add too much color or texture a home looks chaotic, but if you add too little a home looks stark. One way you can achieve balance in your design is with a bold accent wall. This will allow you to create a striking focal point without saturating your whole home with a single color or element.

Cool Color Tones

bold accent wallFor a bedroom, cool color tones such as this blue-green accent wall add a feeling of serenity, peace and comfort, which are suitable for sleeping spaces. A cool-toned accent wall can quickly bring a room together, particularly if you choose smaller decorative pieces in a space that tie in with that color. In the space above, the woven stools at the foot of the bed add texture while a decorative headboard and throw pillows tie in perfectly with the cool tone of the accent wall.

Vivid Color Tones

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Vivid color tones make the most sense in high-energy areas of the home where you most frequently gather with friends or family. In the photo above, a red accent wall is an ideal backdrop for a living space where families will gather on a regular basis for movies, games or their favorite sitcom. Red accents on the rug, throw pillows and artwork on an adjoining wall tastefully tie the bold red color scheme together. The room’s largest furnishings are neutral to keep the loud color from overwhelming the space.

Playing with Patterns

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A solid color isn’t the only way to add an eye-catching accent wall. Creative stenciling or modern wallpaper are also good options for those who want to create visual interest with patterns. The design above combines two popular patterns — chevron and herringbone — into one unified pattern. If you plan to use a pattern in your home, we recommend sticking with earth tones along the lines of sand and slate. If you like the pattern shown above, you can find a step-by-step tutorial here for your own DIY painting project.

Wood Accent Wall

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Last but not least, reclaimed wood or new, finished wood are also good options for accent walls. Reclaimed wood is a good choice for homeowners looking for eco-friendly options in their home. Wood planks instantly add character to a space. With a little staining and distressing, you can achieve virtually any look you want.

(Photos in order of appearance EVOKE; EVOKE; TheGoldJellyBean.com; and Houzz.com)

Moroccan Décor for the Modern Home

Many modern homeowners look for ways they can add a touch of the exotic to their home to give their home décor a bit of an eclectic flair. One of the ways you can accomplish this goal is through a modern Moroccan motif. We’ve searched out some great items that exemplify Moroccan décor with a modern sensibility. Here are some great examples:

Moroccan Poufs and Floor Cushions

Moroccan Décor

Moroccan Leather Poufs by Graham & Green

Who says traditional seating is your only option in your home? Moroccan poufs or large floor cushions not only allow you to incorporate a splash of bold color in your home, but they are also a great alternative seating option when you’re entertaining guests or simply curling up to watch a movie with family. Low-to-the-ground seating options fit in nicely with midcentury modern furniture, which also tend to sit a bit lower. If you do happen to prefer traditional seating, Moroccan poufs work equally well as a footstool in a pinch. Last but not least, you can add an ornate modern tray to the top of a pouf to create an instant miniature tabletop for tea or a few choice books.

Moroccan Rugs and Textiles

Moroccan Décor

Moroccan Tile Rugs from Gump’s San Francisco

One of the easiest ways you can include a Moroccan element in your home is through Moroccan rugs and textiles for your home’s living spaces and bedrooms. Contemporary interpretations of traditional Moroccan tile-print and Beni Ourain rugs are widely available and come in neutral and bold tones for any color scheme. The cohesive grid pattern radiates order, pulling everything together. You might also consider using Moroccan textiles as wall hangings throughout your home. This adds a touch of warmth to modern homes and provides a unique alternative to canvas art. You can change out these textiles over time (or even as you accumulate different authentic pieces in your travels).

Moroccan Furniture

Moroccan Décor

Tangier Credenza with Moroccan Tile Motif

Those who are fully committed to a Moroccan motif in their home might consider Moroccan furniture, including large entryway consoles, display cabinets or smaller accent tables. While traditional Moroccan wood furniture with distinctive hand-carved arches and cut-outs can certainly be blended into your modern décor in moderation, it is often easier to keep a modern look by selecting modern furniture with a more subtle Moroccan flair.

Moroccan Lanterns and Lamps

Moroccan Décor

Moroccan Tyre Lamps from Graham & Green

Last but not least, Moroccan hanging pendants or floor lamps are a great touch. These lanterns  provide ambient lighting while serving as aesthetically pleasing statement pieces. Moroccan lanterns are known for their characteristic perforations that allow light to peek through and cast beautiful shadows in the spaces they illuminate.

(Photos from top to bottom via GrahamAndGreen.co.uk; Gumps.com; DecorPad.com; and GrahamAndGreen.co.uk)