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The Vanity Table: A History

Also known as a dressing table or a toilet table, the vanity table has long provided both men and women a station for all activities concerning the upkeep of appearances. The first dressing table was probably referred to as such in the 17th century, a small table with a few drawers. 18th-century cabinet makers began to make an art out of constructing small tables with elaborate drawers used to keep beauty products tucked out of sight when not in use, resulting in small tables with multiple panels and boxes that fold and pop out for use.

In the 18th century, ‘lowboys’ as they were called became increasingly popular in England and the United States. Now that most bathrooms are outfitted with cabinets, mirrors and counters of their own, a vanity isn’t a necessity anymore—but for those with the space (and the need for storage!) it’s a very enjoyable luxury to have.

At The RoomPlace, we make it easy for you to create the vanity table of your dreams, and match it to one of our bedroom sets or the furniture you already have. Many of our dressers come with mirrors that match, like the elegant Benton dresser or the sleek and stately Bradbury dresser. Really, it’s quite easy to create a vanity that works for you—just head over to our Mirrors section, where you’ll find many pieces that can stand alone or be paired with a dresser or table.

Interested in outfitting your home with your own vanity table? Let The RoomPlace help. Our experienced furniture dealers will help you find the perfect piece for your home. Whether you’re in Illinois or Indiana, our furniture stores are just a short trip away, so stop in today!


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What’s On Deck for 2014? A Peek at Next Year’s Furniture Trends

If you’re like us, then you live for the next big thing. We’re pretty excited for what 2014 has in store for us and our clientele, and there are a few upcoming trends we’re especially pleased to report. We’ll start with a big—and recent—one: the Pantone Color of 2014.

Pantone has recently revealed that the color of 2014 will be Radiant Orchid, which combines pink, fuschia, and purple and is based on data concerning tech, culture and fashion trends. A very popular and versatile color, Radiant Orchid will undoubtedly make its way into everything from phone cases to high heels to upholstery. Cobalt blue is also enjoying a boom in interest.

We’re also looking forward to a more casual, laid-back approach to home design and décor. There will always be a time and a place for the beloved clean lines, high contrast and angular features of modern furniture, but if you’re hoping to change things up in 2014, you may want to look into pieces that are comfortably contemporary. The Noah black loveseat and Nicki five-piece counter-height dinette set are great examples of what this style has to offer.

Statement dining tables are also a great way to liven up a dining room. We love the bold yet elegant Montecristo table, whose marble veneers contrast richly with the legs’ black finish, playing up the natural patterns of the stone. The Regency round table offers a different kind of statement, contrasting detailed woodworking, rich finishes, and a disc of clear glass with an ogee edge.

If you’re ready to take on 2014 and everything it has to offer, then come see us at one of our many Chicagoland furniture store locations. We can’t wait to help you navigate the many colors and designs that will be big in 2014. Come see us at The RoomPlace today!


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The Next Big Thing In Bedroom Furniture: Upholstered Beds

For some, the intricacy and nostalgia of more traditional furniture styles is exactly what’s needed to provide an air of mystery and luxurious comfort to a room—and what better place to have luxurious comfort than in the bedroom? If the romanticism and beauty of traditional styles are what you’re looking for, then there’s a new trend in the furniture world that you may want to be aware of, if you’re not already.

You’re probably used to seeing headboards and bedframes made with polished woods and sleek metals, but have you ever seen an upholstered one? These definitely had their heyday with midcentury furniture designs, but the look is back, and at The RoomPlace we love that it provides furniture shoppers with a few different styles to choose from.

We like the simple and elegant look of the Tristan beige Queen bed, which brings together velvet-feel material, nail-head trim, and a curved head- and footboard for a beautiful and durable bed. But if you want something a little more mod, the sleeker design of the Misty chocolate Queen bed may be more in line with what you’re looking for. For the added elegance of a European flair, the Regency Queen bedroom set incorporates primavera wood with walnut inlays, premium leather, cotton tufting, nail head trim and a charming sleigh bed design. But it’s not just the bed that oozes royalty—every other piece in the set makes use of intricate details and rich woods to create a bedchamber fit for a queen.

So what do you think of this trend? If you’re looking for a new bed that incorporates something old with something new in a stylish new way, come check out the bedroom furniture at our Chicagoland furniture stores. We’re sure you’ll find something to fall in love with.

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Bedroom Collections Are Not Just For Kids!

Though we have many adorable and ingenious sets of furniture for children’s rooms at The RoomPlace, the options don’t end there—we also have plenty of sets for adult bedrooms. Read on below to see just how easy it is to revamp your bedroom with a set of beautiful, well-made pieces that all complement each other. Whether your tastes run traditional or modern—or fall somewhere in between—we think we’ve got just what you’re looking for.

We’ll start with the cool, clean lines and air of Italian style found in the Milano 7-Piece faux leather Queen bedroom, which pulls together the elegance of white leather and shining chrome hardware to create an atmosphere that’s both precise and relaxing. If you wanted something a little darker, then the equally sleek Carrington 7-Piece King bedroom might be more up your alley, with its subtle curved lines, rich espresso-finished woods and silver hardware complementing the sleigh-bed frame design.

For the detail and decadence of something more traditional, take a look at the Beckett 5-Piece Queen bedroom, which brings together deep, warm wood tones with antique gold, inserts and faux stone. If you like multiple materials working together in your furniture designs, then this is definitely the bedroom set for you.

What makes a bedroom set an attractive option is the fact that you don’t have to spend time searching for pieces that adequately match or complement each other—each element in a set is made to work with all the others, so you’ll never have to worry about strange color or design clashes happening.

You won’t find any bunk beds in our adult bedroom collections, but you’ll still have plenty of fun exploring your bedroom furniture options at The RoomPlace!

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Chic And Adaptable: Why A Daybed is a Great Investment

If you’re trying to get the most out of the space you’ve got, then you’ve probably found yourself looking for furniture items that can fill a few different roles. Apartment living in Chicago often requires a little design ingenuity, since apartment dwellers find themselves trying to hit just the right balance between comfortable and compact. Luckily, The RoomPlace has many pieces available that can help you do just that. One in particular that we want to look at today is the daybed.

Daybeds can be your small-space sofa or a comfortable addition to a living room or guest room in a larger space. If you opt for one with a trundle bed, then the can basically become your guest room for a smaller apartment or flat, multiplying the sleeping spots available. Comfortable, classy and very affordable, a daybed can be dressed up with plenty of pillows or rich throws of chenille or soft cotton. Or, you can go for more minimal adornments, letting the smooth, elegant design and high-quality vinyl upholstery speak for itself. If this sounds like what you’re looking for, then the Donovan 3-Piece Daybed with a trundle is the perfect solution.

At The RoomPlace, we know that Chicago living room furniture shoppers are often hard-pressed to find new pieces that satisfy color, style, function, comfort, and many other criteria. So it’s of utmost importance that you can find the pieces that allow you to do the most with what you’ve got. If you’re not sure where to start or if a daybed is your best option, then by all means—come see us in one of our many Illinois or Indiana furniture stores, where a member of our friendly team will be happy to help you decide.

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This Fall, Let There Be Light!

As our daylight hours slowly decrease heading into winter, you may find yourself in dimmer surroundings than in the long, bright days of summer. That’s okay! At The RoomPlace, we know just the thing to brighten up any room in your home—and add a little something new to your décor as well.

Lighting is a home accent option that gives you both form and function. No matter what your design sensibilities are, there’s probably a lamp or light fixture that will fit your need. Let’s take a quick look at the types of lighting available to you.

First and foremost, we’ve got the taller varieties of floor lamps: ranging from the spiral Gillespie floor lamp to the angular On Demand floor lamp to the simple elegance of the Remote Control floor lamp (which, as you’d expect, comes with a  remote control), there’s truly something for everyone. If you like something with a broader range of light, the Mikaela Floor Lamp is a great choice, with multiple bulbs that fan out from its base.

If you need something smaller to put on a shelf, desk or end table, take a look at our large selection of table lamps, which you can even buy in pairs. For something more detailed and traditional in design, the Alexa Table lamp is a good place to start, but if sleek and modern are more in line with your tastes, then the Fremont Table lamp will suit your purposes just fine. If you need to double up, your options at The RoomPlace include the Diego, Dillion, Kingwood, Colony, and Teepa 2-packs of table lamps (though be sure to check in with us at any of our locations to ask about additional options!)

Are you in need of a lighter, brighter interior? Let us here at The Roomplace help you out. We’d love to provide you with the perfect lamp for your living room, dining room, bedroom and beyond. Chicagoland furniture shoppers are welcome to come explore any one of our Indiana and Illinois locations! Come see us today.

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The Psychology of Furniture: Color and Your Mood

Any designer who’s passed Color Theory 101 can tell you that color is a very powerful tool for creating meaning and mood in art. Complementing hues, contrast, and layering can help build just the right atmosphere for any room in your home.

Color also has a big impact on the human mind, to which color was very important information for survival in the wild—like telling which plants or animals were poisonous, for example. How we perceive colors in a given situation can also influence how hungry we are, how calm or excitable, and many other mental and emotional states. So at The RoomPlace, we want to explore a few important aspects of color in interior design for Chicagoland furniture shoppers and homeowners: furniture, accents and paint.

The colors of your bedroom, living room and dining room furniture, to name a few, will be chosen according to a complex interplay of criteria that you may not be conscious of processing: personal style, emotional needs, and where they’ll be in your home, to name just a few. Not surprisingly, those of us who gravitate toward warm colors are probably attracted to the feelings of optimism, gentleness, light, and positive energy, though when you start moving into the reds you’ll discover more dynamic associations with power, fire, and vitality. Cool colors are calming and often exemplify more passive attitudes. Green calls to mind the beginnings of life, nature, freshness, and blue has the additional associations of calm water, air, and the tranquility of a blue sky.

Interestingly, red, orange and yellow are appetizing colors—they make us more likely to feel hunger, which is why so many restaurant logos and décor incorporate them. But blue can have the opposite effect.

What do your color choices say about your mood? How is your mood affected by the colors of your décor? Take a look at your living room furniture, bedroom, dining room and beyond and take stock of your home’s emotional impact. You may be surprised.


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Also Known as The Sofa For Smaller Spaces: The Loveseat

If you liked our sofa vs. sectional blog post, then you’ll be glad that we’re back again with another seating-related topic! We know how much Americans love sitting (and nice furniture) so if you’re looking for the perfect solution for a smaller space (like a Chicago apartment) then we have a great solution for you: a loveseat. It may not seat as many, but sometimes it’s easier to pair two loveseats or just one with other seating options than trying to fit an entire sofa into a small living room. After all—for all intents and purposes, a loveseat is just a sofa that’s been…squished a little. Read on to learn more about the loveseats available at The RoomPlace.

Your loveseat options range from the armchair-esque to more traditional sofa designs. The Matrix Red Power loveseat is a great example of what two armchairs attached at the hip look like (and check out the Trevor Loveseat, which comes with a USB port!). But if you’re looking for something with a little more elegance, there are plenty of other pieces to choose from.

We particularly like the sophisticated white Marrakesh Loveseat, which will look lovely with some accent pillows or a tasteful throw. The Monte Carlo Loveseat, with its buttoned back and richly carved, scalloped wood accents, will add a touch of decadence that you can enhance with rich textiles. This one also comes with its own matching ottoman. And the Jack Black loveseat, with its monochrome NU Leather upholstery and angular design, will be at home wherever you need it to be.

So what do you think? Stop by one of our many Indiana or Illinois furniture store locations to see the many loveseats available to you in person. We’d love to help you explore your options. Come see us today!



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What’s the Occasion? There’s Probably A Table For It

At The RoomPlace, we know that there are many ways to freshen up a room or add a little intrigue. Maybe you need just the right piece to make it your own. This is exactly why we stock so many pieces with design quirks and personality features of their own, making use of a range of materials, stylistic features, and even some sculptural elements to create furniture that’s both functional and artistic. Of course, we’re talking about occasional tables.

No matter what style you envision for your living room, den or other space, we’ll bet there’s an occasional table that will fit the bill. For those with more modern tastes, something with plenty of glass, steel, chrome, and sleek woods probably sounds like what you’re looking for. In that case we’d recommend the Modesto Sofa Table, which takes a mixed media approach, stirs it up with a dash of funk, and spits out an angular, intriguing piece that would complement any sofa quite nicely. The Sydnei nesting cocktail table would be another great choice for those who like clean lines and shining surfaces, with the added benefit of offering more surface area for drinks, appetizers, or anything else you need.

If your tastes run a little more traditional, then there are plenty of rich woods and textured details to be found in pieces like the Nelson oak end table, which exemplifies cozy craftsmanship. Or you can plan on getting more bang for your buck with the Brussel cocktail table, which comes with two ottomans that can tuck neatly out of the way when not needed, making it a clever solution for smaller spaces.

The tables here at The RoomPlace run the spectrum from ultra-sleek to painstakingly detailed, cozily traditional to eye-catchingly modern. If you’re anywhere near Chicago, the perfect occasional table is waiting for you here at our furniture store. Visit one of our many Chicagoland locations today!


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All That Glitters and Glows At The RoomPlace

As we try to get the most out of these last days of summer, you may not be thinking yet about Fall, but it is coming. And as happens every year, seasonal furniture trends continue to rotate, with new expectations for look and feel ushering in the cooler temperatures. One of our favorites is the incorporation of warm, glowing metals in furniture designs.

For accents and accessories that really embody this trend, turn to pieces like the Light on Life floor lamp or the unconventional, modern Kali table lamp. Chicago furniture and design lovers will love the warm coloring and intricate detailing of the Galloway Cocktail table, and the challenge of pairing the unique Bravado End Table with accents and décor will offer an enjoyment of its own. Throw in a rich, textured rug or two (we like the colorful Terra area rug) and your home will be filled with the glowing, natural tones of fall in no time.

Something we love seeing paired with metal knobs, handles and accents is rich, mellow woods like mahogany and cherry. Fall is a time of year when we are very conscious of nature—both major autumn holidays celebrate natural cycles like the harvest and the changing of the leaves. So picking accents and other interior décor items that maximize on these features will allow you to enjoy the beauty of this time of year without leaving the comfort of your own home.

How will you celebrate the return of fall in your home? If you’re like many others in Chicago, furniture and its seasonal attributes may be the furthest thing from your mind as you try to squeeze out the last of summer, but you know The RoomPlace will be here when you’re ready!