The modern minimalist movement is still in full swing, with many homeowners updating their spaces in favor of uncluttered, simplified and contemporary designs. If you’re planning a full-fledged remodel or simply want to update your living room furniture, minimalism is a trendy yet timeless way to go. From contemporary furniture to minimalist décor, let’s take a look at several ideas for achieving a modern minimalist look in your living room.
1. Reduce Clutter
The first step in designing any minimalist space is to remember the main tenant of the minimalist movement: reducing clutter! The idea is to remove items that are not essential to the space, and only keep the pieces that serve a purpose. Before bringing in new furniture to create a contemporary minimalist look, start by eliminating clutter. If you never use your love seat, get rid of it. If your wall décor is just there to fill an empty space, leave the wall blank instead.
2. Find Purposeful Décor
Creating a minimalist room doesn’t necessarily mean you have to remove every bit of décor. You still want to design a space that’s visually pleasing and reflects your personality. So, try to minimize the décor and ornamentation of the room in a way that still allows expression. For example, instead of a cluttered wall of picture frames, highlight a single oversized canvas photo in black-and-white.
It also helps to find objects that look good and serve a purpose, in keeping with the minimalist style. Purposeful décor might be a bold light fixture, a cozy textured rug or even a wall-mounted planter for herbs or succulents.
3. Choose a Simple Color Palette
It may seem obvious, but make sure to simplify the room’s color palette as much as possible. Avoid wall colors that are overly bold or bright. In general, go for softer, neutral colors in either warm or cool tones. Gray, white and cream are great places to start.
4. Know When to Go Bold
Many minimalist room designs can benefit from a touch of boldness. The hard part is knowing when to go bold. The key is a touch of bold color, and not overdoing it. If your mostly white living room feels blank, the simple addition of a charcoal gray rug or dark-colored contemporary coffee table will help breathe life into the design.
5. Go for Smaller Furniture
For true minimalism, go small when it comes to choosing your furniture. Choose a simple, modern sofa or love seat that’s only as big as you need it to be. In fact, if you only need to seat 1 or 2 people on a regular basis, simple yet comfortable accent chairs are a good minimalist alternative to a traditional sofa.
If you don’t need a huge coffee table surface, opt for a miniature side table (even a repurposed stool works great) or folding tray table. Rather than setting your TV on an oversized entertainment center, mount it on the wall or use a small stand.
If you have a larger family or need the extra seating space, many modern living room sets have a minimalist style while offering the comfort and size that you need.
Now that you have your new furniture, it’s time to show it off with the perfect lighting. The right lighting can be the seamless way to enhance a focal piece, open up a smaller room, add coziness, define certain spaces and light up a work area. When it comes to choosing that special lighting for your home, the options are endless.
Whether you’re looking to light up your living room, dining room, bedroom, kitchen or more, we can help you decide on lighting that is both stylish and functional, and of course, shows off your new furniture. There are three basic types of lighting options:
Ambient lighting, most often this is a recessed ceiling light designed to replace daylight. Ambient lighting creates a bland, flat effect. Combined with other lighting, it will serve and accomplish all purposes.
Accent lighting: adds texture, depth, focus and shade near focal pieces and in corners, beautifully complements ambient lighting.
Task lighting: used to illuminate a work area. Task lighting provides a narrower stream of light that focuses exclusively on one area.
Take a look at the following lighting ideas for your home:
Living Room Lighting
Your living room is special. It’s the space in your home where everyone gathers to spend time together. Therefore, you’ll want to mix it up a little. Mixing and matching different types of lighting is essential for creating an inviting atmosphere. Overhead ambient lighting will brighten the entire space and for your living room, you’ll want it in two ways: recessed lighting across the ceiling for overall lighting and a transitional hanging pendant over the center of the room. When you want to add more warmth to your living room, table lamps and floor lamps work beautifully to add coziness and intimacy.
It’s important to get the lighting perfect for your dining room. Pendant lights, flush mounts, chandeliers and wall sconces are lovely and functional ideas for lighting up a dining room. However you do it, the most important thing is to focus your lighting around the dining room table. There will be times when you don’t want the room completely illuminated, so make sure to use dimmer lighting to set the mood.
Lighting tip: both ambient and task lighting in your dining room should be at 3,000-6,000 Lumens.
Kitchens aren’t just for cooking; if your home is like most others, your kitchen is also the space where everyone gathers to hang out and catch up on their day. Therefore, choosing lighting for your kitchen should be determined by the activities – whether you’re looking to illuminate a cooking area or you want to create an entertaining space for friends and family, choose your lighting accordingly.
It’s important to use three different types of lighting for your kitchen: recessed lights, pendant lights, and the must-have under-cabinet strip lights. Recessed lighting is best to illuminate the entire kitchen, hanging pendant lights work well over an island or kitchen table, and under cabinet lighting is perfect for counter tasks.
Lighting tip: kitchen ambient lighting should be 5,000-10,000 Lumens; task lighting around the counters, sink and stove should be a minimum of 450 Lumens.
You want your bedroom to be a warm and cozy space. Before you choose bedroom lighting, you will want to have a furniture placement plan. The key to creating the perfect lighting for your bedroom is flexibility. The capacity to control light levels is important – if one person wants to sleep and another wants to read, you want to have those options.
Lighting tip: bedroom ambient lighting should be 1,500-3,000 Lumens, while task lighting should be a minimum of 400 Lumens.
Floor and Table Lamps: Floor and table lamps are versatile and can be used anywhere in your home. They come in a wide variety of styles, colors, lengths and are perfect options to enhance the appeal of any room’s décor. Popular lamp finishes include antique bronze, oil-rubbed bronze, brushed nickel and satin nickel. If you’re planning on using your new lamp as accent lighting, go for more decorative or extravagance to add style and elegance to your space. You can mix and match, too, with different bases, finishes, lamp shades and even the light bulbs you choose.
Dimmer Lighting: The lighting in your home is something you use every single day. As such, it should be adaptable for its intended use – using lighting dimmer controls allows you to set the mood in any room. Whether for entertainment purposes, reading, area nightlights or more, dimmers provide economical, safe and comfortable home environments.
Warm and Cool Lighting: Warm lighting is a natural, calming light that has a reddish tone to the eye, while cool lighting is brighter and looks bluer to the eye. The perfect time to use warm lighting is when you need to relax, wind down from the day and before you go to bed. The time to choose cool lighting is when we need a little energy and alertness – perfect for focus, performing tasks – best during the morning and afternoon.
Choosing Light Bulbs: The two most popular light bulb options are Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) and Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs). The major difference between the two is how much energy it takes to use them over time. CFLs use about 70 percent less energy than LEDs and last years longer; they cost about a dollar more per light bulb. Two drawbacks to CFLs: they take a while to warm up and reach full illumination; they contain trace amounts of mercury – harmful to your health and the environment. So, don’t break them and don’t throw away in your home trash bin – recycle them.
The right lighting is essential for every room in your home. When choosing lighting, look for unique fixtures that will draw attention to your new furniture, a piece of art that you love, or around a work area. Once your lighting is complete, all you’ll need to do is flip the switch.
This new showroom is part of our efforts to expand our offerings to more customers and our commitment to revitalize local communities. The store is the largest mainline store at the Northwoods Mall, measuring at 65,000 square feet, and offers customers the largest selection among furniture stores in Peoria, Illinois. The showroom is in the second-story position formerly occupied by Macy’s, and its size rivals that of our 70,000-square-foot store in Indianapolis.
The RoomPlace CEO Paul Adams said, “We are excited to be expanding into the Peoria market and providing a differentiated retail experience at the Northwoods Mall.”
The new location, our 26th store, will create 50 new local jobs, adding to a total of more than 700 employees at our stores throughout Illinois and Indiana. With plans to open additional stores in the Gurnee and Pleasant Prairie areas of Illinois, we are excited to enjoy continued growth and bring affordable, high-quality furniture and mattresses to new cities across the Midwest.
For location information, hours, and directions to the Northwoods Mall, visit our Peoria store page.
If you live in an apartment or home that’s on the small side, it can be difficult to find furniture that fits your space. To avoid a cramped, cluttered look and make the most of your small apartment, here are some stylish, space-saving furniture ideas to get you started.
Daybeds & Sleeper Sofas
Dual-purpose furniture is a great way to increase the functionality of a limited space without adding clutter. If your apartment is a one-bedroom but you need a second bed, your options are plentiful: from daybeds to futons and sleeper sofas, there are a few ways you can maximize your furniture even in a tiny space:
Daybed: A daybed looks like a tall sofa but is actually as comfortable to sleep on as a traditional bed. Some daybeds also have trundles—an extra bed that pulls out from the bottom but is hidden neatly underneath when not in use. Great for regular use in small bedrooms or shared kids’ rooms.
Futon: Futons are a classic dual-purpose piece. They offer a minimalist look and can be converted from a couch to a bed in an instant. This option is a great alternative to a space-hogging guest bed.
Sleeper Sofa: Sleeper sofas are designed to look and function just like a traditional sofa, but they feature a fold-out mattress inside. Twin-size sleepers take up about as much floor space as a loveseat, while a queen is equivalent to a full sofa.
No matter what style you prefer, each of these sofa beds can blend in with the existing décor in your living area or bedroom for a contemporary look.
The living room of a small apartment isn’t likely to have sufficient space for a huge recliner or wide accent chair. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice having a comfy chair altogether. Minimalist chairs are typically a great option for small spaces—look for armless or slim-arm designs like our Tasia or Olson Accent Chair.
Likewise, dining chairs with a slimmer profile are great for reducing the amount of space taken up by your dining set. Make sure to choose chairs that can slide fully beneath the table when not in use, and opt for a simpler design to limit visual clutter.
Occasional Tables typically take up lots of space, but there are a few ways you can minimize your small apartment’s tables while maximizing their functionality:
Tray Tables: A portable, folding alternative to side tables, tray tables can be pulled up to the sofa to serve as a small dining surface. Just fold and store when not in use.
Nesting Tables: If you have space for an end table in your living room, a nesting table can help you maximize storage space and provide an extra pull-out surface when needed. With this option, there’s no need for a coffee table!
Pub Tables: 3- or 4-seater pub tables provide a compact alternative to dining tables.
Finally, if you don’t have much space in your apartment’s living room, opt for a love seatinstead of a regular sofa. It takes up much less space while still providing a cozy spot to relax and watch TV.
The perfect patio set is one that brings the comfort and style of your indoor rooms to your outdoor space, making it feel like a cozy extension of your home. Perhaps your home’s interior has plenty of character, yet your patio has… not so much. Maybe you’ve recently redecorated inside and want to breathe fresh, new life into your outdoor living area. Or, like many homeowners, you’re simply looking to revitalize your patio’s outdated look.
No matter the case, investing in beautiful new patio furniture is the perfect way to bring style and warmth to the outdoors, helping you create the backyard getaway you’ve always wanted. Take a look at the contemporary patio sets below to find the one with your name on it:
Comfortable Patio Set
If comfort is the name of the game, the Lakeside 4 Pc. patio sectional is a winner. You can’t go wrong with the luxury of an outdoor sectional that’s designed just as much for comfort as it is for weather-proof durability. The calming blues and neutral tones of this set will help give your patio a relaxing, casual vibe. Perfect for snuggling up to a loved one, reading a good book in the fresh air or conversing over drinks with friends.
Dining Table Patio Set
The essential complement to an outdoor kitchen or grill, the Oakwood 7 Pc. patio set features a rustic-inspired (and rust-resistant) outdoor dining table that seats six. Whether it’s shaded by a patio awning or just under the sun, this set is designed to stay strong and stylish in all kinds of weather. With a woodsy style, comfy chairs and plenty of table space for a full spread, you can enjoy a poolside lunch with the kids and late-night dinner parties alike.
Fire Pit Patio Set
If your patio gets chilly on cool nights, a fire pit will bring literal and visual warmth to your outdoor space. We like the Cimon 5 Pc. fire pit set for its bold yet contemporary look. With an inviting and functional 48” fire pit table and 4 chairs with brick-red cushions this set is everything you need for a comfortable evening around the fire. Featuring an easy-to-use gas fire bowl that ignites with the touch of a button, summer nights have never been cozier.
Looking to remodel your living room or simply upgrade your sofa? A high-quality couch or sectional set can instantly update your space and improve your family’s comfort—but with so many options, it can be overwhelming to shop for the perfect sofa for your home and your budget.
We’ll make it easy on you! Let’s take a look at four of our most popular sofas and sectionals, which are perfect for updating your living room no matter what your budget is.
Under $600: Lanzo 2 Pc. Living Room
The perfect fit for a limited budget, the Lanzo 2 Pc. Living Room set is available in bold red, modern gray and versatile chocolate varieties to suit any room design. This sofa and loveseat set features faux leather sides and comfortable upholstered seating for an upscale, on-trend look that won’t break the bank. Contrasting throw pillows complete the set for the perfect look in your living room.
Under $800: Sydney 2 Pc. Sectional
A beautiful sectional set for mid-range budgets, the Sydney features a contemporary sofa with coordinating chaise. It’s one of our most popular sellers—and for good reason. With tufted detailing, long armrests and firm foam cushions, the Sydney is made for comfort. The stylish gray option is the best-selling color of this set, though it’s also available in charcoal and taupe to complement most décor.
Under $1,000: Marlo 3 Pc. Sectional
This comfortable, versatile living room set will give your space a warm and casual yet luxurious feel. Featuring a sofa, chaise and over-sized cocktail ottoman, the set offers the convenience of multiple configurations to fit your room and your needs. The Marlo features smooth pulled upholstery, tufted back cushions and perfectly soft cushions for ultimate comfort all around. Plus, its rich color and versatile design are sure to complement most décor styles. To complete the set, add a Marlo Chair.
Under $2,000: Escalade 6 Pc. Sectional
The epitome of luxury, the Escalade Sectional Set features 6 pieces: two power recliners, two armless chairs, wedge, power headrests and console. It’s no surprise this is one of our most popular sofas. If you want to indulge, this sectional is the way to go. Made of durable polyester fabric in versatile charcoal, this set offers the comfort of extra-plush pillow-top arm cushions, MemoryPedic foam cushions and power recliners for maximum relaxation. Comfortable and convenient with a beautiful contemporary design, the Escalade is the complete package.
In this series, we’ll highlight trending looks with style boards curated from our collections of furniture and home accents. Each style board is comprised of carefully selected products that work together to create a coordinated, stylish room design. Today, we’ll show you how to achieve two beautiful, contemporary dining room looks in your own home.
Dining Room Look #1: Modern Chic
This first look is modern chic: polished, light and warm with a touch of glamour and plenty of character.
Palette: Warm neutrals, rich wood tones and satiny metal finishes give this collection a trendy and elegant aesthetic. Earthy tones like sage green, bright tan and cream would make excellent paint color choices for this look.
Furniture: The Martini Dinette is the epitome of chic elegance, with warm brown cherry wood and a polished marble top. Contemporary Parsons Chairs in sumptuous faux leather complete the sophisticated look for a modern yet timeless design. Paired with a coordinating Martini China hutch and buffet, the look is elevated even further.
Accents: The décor ideas in this style board add a bit of glam to give the room an extra dose of personality. A stunning Chronos Ceiling Lamp and sunburst-shaped wall art feature sleek metal finishes to add shine and warmth. The chic Truman Area Rug echoes the geometry of the lighting and wall décor, while a Melbourne Mirror tops off the room’s design with dark wood that matches the furniture.
Dining Room Look #2: Contemporary Casual
The second look is a contemporary casual design. This collection of furniture and décor is sophisticated yet comfortable and modern, with colors and accents that are sure to stand the test of time.
Palette: Cool grays and deep chocolate wood tones are brightened by touches of cream and a bold accent of cobalt blue. This versatile look can be paired with virtually any neutral wall color, as well as many shades of blue.
Furniture: The Nicki Counter Height Dinette blends elegant design with casual comfort. With a lightly distressed espresso finish, solid construction and butterfly leaf, this table is beautiful as well as sensible. The Camilla China Cabinet enhances the look with undeniable elegance and a timeless quality.
Accents: The Celeri Ceiling Lamp will cast a warm, refined glow on your dining area, contributing to an intimate ambiance, while the walnut wood of a luxurious Julianna Mirror adds richness. A plush, hand-loomed Huntley Area Rug brings texture and visual interest, softening the room’s look. A serene ocean painting adds the final touch and a pop of color to your walls.
Stay tuned for future posts in this series, as we explore more trending looks and style boards!
If you’re keeping up with any trends in the interior design industry, you probably know that the mid-century modern movement has made a comeback. And we don’t think this trend is going anywhere soon. Designers and homeowners alike love the simple, organic forms, clean lines and functionality of this design style. Anyone who finds retro or minimalist design appealing is sure to appreciate mid-century modern home accents.
We’ve gathered five of our favorite mid-century-inspired pieces of contemporary furniture to give you a glimpse into what this style has to offer. But first, let’s answer the question that’s probably on your mind: What exactly is mid-century modern design?
What is Mid-Century Modern Design?
“Mid-century modern” is a term used to describe the interior design and architecture trends from roughly the mid-1930s to 1965. (However, some people consider “mid-century” to be limited to 1947-1957.) It’s characterized by a few key elements, including:
Simple, clean lines
Organic and geometric forms and curves
Focus on functionality over appearance
Minimal decoration and an uncluttered look
Much of what makes the mid-century look so appealing is that it’s versatile and timeless. It’s not limited to a specific color palette or material, and it tends to blend beautifully with other design styles, too. So whether you’re looking for a single piece of mid-century furniture to complete a room or you want to embrace the movement throughout your whole house, discover your next favorite piece with the ideas below.
#1: Neutral Sofa
Create an undeniable mid-century statement in your living room with the Roxbury Gray Sofa. Tufted chenille fabric adds visual interest along with durability and comfort for the best of both worlds. Contrasting angled legs give this stylish, modern sofa a retro flair.
#2: Bold Accent Chair
When designing a mid-century modern living room, many homeowners like to make an impact with a striking accent chair that contrasts the sofa. This Carter Blue Chair, with linen-like fabric in retro cobalt blue, adds a touch of bold color to your space. Its curved silhouette, organic shape and tapered legs give this chair a timeless mid-century style.
#3: Geometric Area Rug
When it comes to finding the best mid-century modern area rug for your living room, dining room or bedroom, you can’t go wrong with a colorful, geometric pattern. This Linin Cylinder Blue Area Rug features a contrasting retro pattern with trendy shades of blue, making it the perfect bold accent piece for a contemporary space.
#4: Minimalist Dining Table
Full of character and charm, the Fullerton Table is inspired by the mid-century movement in an unmistakable way. A simple, handsome wood design with tapered legs and slim built-in drawers pairs form and function beautifully. A dining table like this will give your room an instant sense of mid-century authenticity.
#5: Retro Light Fixture
Light your home with a retro vibe—with a Beoir Ceiling Lamp inspired by trends from the 50s and 60s. A glamorous gold finish brings shine to the room while its dramatic design offers a uniquely striking yet minimalist take on the classic chandelier.
Whether you pick your favorite home accent from these ideas or you combine them all, we hope you’ve been inspired to design a mid-century masterpiece.
It’s the beginning of springtime in a still-new year, which means it’s the perfect time to freshen up your home with some of the latest and greatest design trends of 2018. For a glimpse into the top interior design trends that are dominating the market, take a look at these ten style, décor and furniture ideas.
1. Luxurious Purples
You might’ve heard that UltraViolet is Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year. This striking purple hue is perfect for adding a touch of bold, vibrant, fresh color to any space in the house. But the trend isn’t limited to just Ultra Violet. From mauve sofas to purple counter stools to violet area rugs, many shades of purple are luxurious, unexpected and regal, often pairing well with mid-century modern design.
2. Eclectic Home Accents
Add a colorful, unexpected edge to any room with eclectic designs that set your space apart. Pick an intriguing piece of décor or a single bold accent for each room to give your home a curated look. From patterned rugs to architectural light fixtures to eye-catching ottomans, there are plenty of ways to decorate in a trendy, eclectic style.
3. Rolled Back Chairs
Balancing classic beauty with modern minimalism, rolled back chairs are timelessly stylish. Use these versatile dining chairs with or without slipcovers to achieve the perfect look for your room.
4. Tufted Sofas
When it comes to living room furniture that packs a punch, there’s no better way to make a stylish statement this spring than with a new sofa. If your current couch is feeling drab or plain, breathe life into the room with a tufted sofa that has plenty of character. Indulge in the comfort of a U-shaped sectional, bring a touch of old-world charm with a leather sofa or blend traditional style with modern design.
5. Mid-Century Servers & Kitchen Carts
A retro mint-green cart adds a pop of color to a neutral kitchen, while a versatile mid-century server makes a beautiful statement piece. These additions to your kitchen or dining room setup are practical as well as trendy, keeping in line with the latest interior design trends of 2018.
6. Industrial Inspired Lighting
Touches of industrial design can add a real sense of character and style to any space, whether you incorporate just a few industrial elements or go all-out. Either way, lighting fixtures inspired by this trend are a great place to start. From industrial ceiling lamps with a bronze patina to industrial-style chandeliers, make a statement in any room with this popular look.
7. Gray Leather
From deep, sumptuous charcoal gray to lustrous silver-gray, living room furniture in gray-toned leather is a rising trend. From sofas to ottomans, you can’t go wrong with this classic material in a chic, modern color.
8. Colorful & Mismatched Chairs
For added character, pair a couple of colorful side chairs with a more neutral set of dining chairs for a chic, mismatched look. Invoke a country-inspired style with sage wood, or opt for timeless-with-a-twist with vibrant orange. Not one for bold colors? Mix it up by pairing two mismatched styles, like classic wooden dining chairs with metal chairs at each end.
9. Solid Wood Dining Tables
Many of 2018’s most popular home designs center on minimalism, a style that proves less is more. Keep your dining room furniture simple, raw and beautiful with a wood table that has a trendy reclaimed look. The chunky, solid style brings warmth and character to your space.
10. Textured Area Rugs
Adding visual texture to a room is the perfect way to update your space and stay on trend. Add a striking luster with a shimmering shag rug or make a glamorous impact with a faux sheepskin rug.
For more great ideas that are fresh and on-trend this spring or in any season, discover our new arrivals.
When shopping for a new living room sofa, sectional, armchair or other upholstered furniture, it’s important to consider not just how they look but how they’ll hold up to the wear and tear and everyday life. Factors like durability, stain-resistance, and ease of maintenance will help you decide what type of fabric is best for your furniture. Let’s take a look at the benefits and downsides of several common options.
One of the best options for people with young kids or pets, leather is durable and classic. Cleanup is generally easy—just vacuum or wipe with a damp cloth to clean up messes. For more thorough cleaning, you’ll want to use a leather conditioner or saddle soap to ensure your leather sofa or leather sectional set looks good for years to come. Check out our past blog post on the topic for more information on whether leather is right for you.
Microfiber & Polyester
Another durable and popular choice, microfiber upholstery is easy to keep clean and stands up well to everyday wear. One downside of some microfiber furniture is that it can have a bit of static that attracts pet hair or clothing lint.
Microfiber is made of polyester, and there are other polyester-based upholstery options as well. These include polyester canvas, some faux leathers, tweed, twill and many other strong, textured fabrics. In general, polyester is a durable synthetic fiber that offers many advantages. However, some polyester blends include natural fibers like cotton, which can be more prone to staining, so it’s important to check the sofa label for its exact composition.
Other Synthetic Fibers
Polyester is not the only synthetic fiber used for upholstery fabrics. Other made-made fabrics like olefin, rayon and nylon are often blended with other fibers to improve durability and stain-resistance. In general, synthetic materials are stronger and more practical than their natural fiber counterparts.
Cotton upholstery provides good resistance to wear and fading, but not much resistance to wrinkling and staining. In general, 100% cotton sofas can be a great choice aesthetically, but may not be right for families with children or pets. Cotton canvas and certain cotton blends are more durable choices than softer cotton weaves like chenille.
Linen & Silk
While linen and silk are quite different fabrics, their downsides as upholstery options are similar. Both are best suited for formal, adults-only living areas that are free of pets, since they won’t withstand heavy wear. Both silk and linen furniture must also be professional cleaned if soiled.
Tips for Choosing a Sofa Fabric for Your Home
Now that you’re familiar with the pros and cons of some of the most popular sofa and couch fabrics, here are some additional tips for how to choose the one that’s best for your needs:
Choose a sofa fabric based on how much use your sofa will get as well as who will be using it. Toddlers, dogs and cats can be particularly rough on upholstery, so it’s best to choose a durable material like leather or microfiber.
Fabrics with higher thread counts (number of threads per square inch) are denser and therefore more durable. To get the best possible strength and quality out of a fabric like cotton, opt for one that features a high thread count.
For best results, and to ensure your new sofa or sectional has a long life, we recommend applying a water-repelling upholstery protectant like Scotchgard. This will help create a barrier to reduce the chance that spills will stain your furniture.