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5 Ideas for Achieving a Laid Back California Style

The fresh look of the causal modern California style bungalow is a blend of clean mid-century designs, with a minimal aesthetic, and a touch of chic. Here are 5 ways to get that summery, laid-back California vibe in your home year round even if you’re miles away from the West Coast.

1. Declutter 

Modern California Style | LAX Series Storage Platform Bed and Headboard Shelf with Cover from Mash Studios Modern Furniture | YLiving
LAXseries Headboard Shelf with Cover from MASHstudios

The biggest blunder when trying to get that casual California style, is a busy space. Keeping the accessories and decor to a minimum is what is going to give you that open and airy feel that is key to achieving that clean summer look.

2. Fresh Color Palette

Modern California Style | Elko Credenza from Eastvold Modern Furniture | YLiving
Elko Credenza Small from Eastvold Furniture

To expertly achieve the California vibe, keep the majority of your color scheme neutral with only a couple of accent colors to make the space pop. Great accent colors include, yellow, orange, coral, turquoise, and navy blue.

3. Reflect Light

Modern California Style | George Mirror From Modloft Modern Furniture | YLiving
George Mirror, 24-Inch from Modloft

If you have a large empty wall, consider hanging a large mirror there! Mirrors are a wonder for reflecting natural light back into the room, resulting in a space that looks larger than it actually it. Large mirrors offer a soft touch that reflect the beautiful space you’ve created.

4. Layer with Texture

Modern California Style | Jute Woven Rug from Surya Modern Furniture | YLiving
Jute Woven JS-2 Rug from Surya

To keep in line with the minimal modern California style without it feeling bare, go for textured accessories that are big on impact. Warm woods, brass, leather, chrome, glass, natural fibers, and patterned pillows are bold enough to pump up the style without overwhelming the space. Just don’t go overboard.

5. Glass

Modern California Style | Planter Dining Table From Knoll Modern Furniture | YLiving
Platner Dining Table from Knoll

Glass is an easy way to keep your space light and airy. A round dining room table topped in glass will instantly open up a room, and incorporating a glass side table, or coffee table into the living room won’t drag your room down.

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Stephanie Weldon

Stephanie Weldon

Stephanie is a member of the Social Marketing Team. She has an endless curiosity for the why and how things work. Previously a Visual Merchandiser as well as a Costume Designer, she recently resettled in California from New York. Combining her background with her passion for arts, travel, and great design, she has found her way to Y and her love for sharing why great design is at the heart of great style!

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