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Top 10 Looks in Interior Design for Spring 2018

Featured Image: Barrington Purple Linen 3 Pc. Living Room From The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Barrington Purple Linen 3 Pc. Living Room From The RoomPlace

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.

Linon Cyrus Damask Purple Area Rug From The RoomPlace
Image: Linon Cyrus Damask Purple Area Rug From The RoomPlace

1. Luxurious Purples

You might’ve heard that Ultra Violet 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.

Woven White Poof Ottoman From The RoomPlace
Image: Woven White Poof Ottoman From The RoomPlace

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.

Richland Rolled Back Dining Chair From The RoomPlace
Image: Richland Rolled Back Dining Chair From The RoomPlace

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.

Barrington Charcoal Linen 9-Seat U Sectional From The RoomPlace
Image: Barrington Charcoal Linen 9-Seat U Sectional From The RoomPlace

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.

Brisbane Green Apartment Cart From The RoomPlace
Image: Brisbane Green Apartment Cart From The RoomPlace

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.

Image: Bowenite Ceiling Lamp From The RoomPlace
Image: Bowenite Ceiling Lamp From The RoomPlace

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.

Brigitte Ottoman From The RoomPlace
Image: Brigitte Ottoman From The RoomPlace

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.

Cora Orange Chair From The RoomPlace
Image: Cora Orange Chair From The RoomPlace

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.

Image: Crestwood Table From The RoomPlace
Image: Crestwood Table From The RoomPlace

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.

Celine Area Rug (5x8) From The RoomPlace
Image: Celine Area Rug (5×8) From The RoomPlace

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.


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Top 3 Interior Design Styles for a Contemporary Dining Room

Caroline 5 Piece Upholstered Dining Room From The RoomPlace
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Planning to remodel or redecorate your dining room? Let’s take a look at three of the most trendy interior design styles—Mid-Century Modern, Contemporary Farmhouse and Industrial—and how to incorporate them into your dining area.

1. Mid-Century Modern

Even if you’ve never heard the term “mid-century modern,” chances are you’ve seen countless examples of this timeless and popular design style. A movement that captures the mood and influences of the late-1930s to mid-60s, the mid-century modern look is characterized by several important features:

  • Functionality before form
  • An uncluttered look with minimal ornamentation
  • Sleek, clean lines
  • Organic forms and geometric patterns
  • Juxtaposition of contrasting materials, textures and colors
Image: Brinnon Gray 4 Piece Dining Chair Set From The RoomPlace
Image: Brinnon Gray 4 Piece Dining Chair Set From The RoomPlace

To find the perfect mid-century modern dining room set, look for a sleek, simple, neutral table with chairs that are organically shaped and retro-inspired. Avoid chairs that have a multitude of slats or leg supports, which can make the space look too busy and cluttered. For a splash of color, choose mismatched end chairs in hues like maroon, blue, mustard yellow or orange to make a bold statement.

Pair your dining room set with a rug that adds contrast, in the form of texture or a geometric pattern. Keep the room and table minimally decorated to avoid visual clutter—a simple vase centerpiece, black-and-white wall art or statement lighting fixture is all you need to bring the space together in mid-century modern style.

Image: Lorient Bench From The RoomPlace
Image: Lorient Bench From The RoomPlace

2. Contemporary Farmhouse

A trend that’s been rising in popularity in recent years, the contemporary farmhouse style is also called contemporary rustic, modern farmhouse, etc. Whatever you call it, the essence of this design style is a light, modern look infused with the warmth and charm of classic farmhouses. Characteristics include:

  • Plenty of wood, in the form of exposed beams, plank floors, paneled walls, barn-style doors, etc.
  • Neutral color schemes, especially white and earth tones
  • Use of natural or rustic elements like stone and brick
  • Emphasis on natural fabrics and textures, such as canvas, burlap, linen and wool

In your contemporary farmhouse dining room, the key is the table you choose. To achieve that rustic look, opt for a large wood dining table—a distressed paint finish can add character, too. For your chairs, get creative with a mix of chunky bench seating, wooden stools and canvas-covered chairs. Light the room with rustic statement fixtures.

Holton Black 2 Piece Dining Chair Set From the RoomPlace
Image: Holton Black 2 Piece Dining Chair Set From the RoomPlace

3. Industrial

Industrial design gives a room a stylishly unfinished look, with utilitarian décor, metal finishes and touches of commercial style. Perfect for a modern home or loft apartment, industrial style brings something raw and functional to a residential space. Key traits include:

  • Exposed construction features like pipes and ductwork
  • An abundance of metallic surfaces and fixtures, from polished stainless steel to cast iron
  • Juxtaposition of other “raw” materials, like wood, concrete and brick
  • Neutral color schemes

An industrial dining room should be a cool, utilitarian space. Metal chairs paired with a wooden table is a popular look, but feel free to mix it up with bench seating, barstools or mismatched chairs. When it comes to lighting, opt for pendant light fixtures with metallic finishes, or even bare bulb style fixtures for a warehouse look.

Whether you’re an admirer of the mid-century modern, contemporary farmhouse or industrial design styles, we hope this guide has given you plenty of inspiration for your upcoming project.

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Dining Table Setups for Big Families

Camilla 5 Piece Dining Room Set With Silver Chairs From The RoomPlace
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Whether you have a large family or simply like to entertain often, a big dining table is a necessity. When shopping for a table, you want to find something that’s roomy and functional, but also stylish. As a result, there are several factors to take into consideration when buying a dining room set. Here are a few expert tips for creating a dining room setup that accommodates your family’s needs.

Tacoma 6 Piece Dinette Set From The RoomPlace
Image: Tacoma 6 Piece Dinette Set From The RoomPlace

#1: Stretch Your Space with Bench Seating

Even the smallest dining room table can be maximized with the addition of bench seating. This is an especially practical option for narrow dining rooms, which can feel cramped with the addition of a long table and many chairs. To keep things simple yet spacious, bench seating along one wall adds function and takes up less space than most chairs, which means the table can be pushed closer to the wall when not in use—a necessity for particularly small spaces.

Bench seating adds more than just functionality to your dining room—it can also be the perfect complement to your room’s unique style. A farmhouse-inspired dining area is beautifully enhanced with the addition of a rustic wooden bench. If you like the minimalist look, a simple bench with clean lines reduces visual clutter. For a warm and comfortable look, a bench complete with sumptuous cushions or upholstery is chic and inviting.

Kelly 7 Piece Dining Room With Slat Back Chairs From The RoomPlace
Image: Kelly 7 Piece Dining Room With Slat Back Chairs From The RoomPlace

#2: Choose the Right Chairs

When planning a dining table setup that needs to accommodate several people on a regular basis, you’ll want to put extensive thought into the type of chair you choose. A large table with lots of chairs can quickly appear cramped and cluttered. While large, decorative chairs might pique your interest, simpler chairs with a sleeker profile will help keep your dining room looking spacious and stylish. Ideally, you’ll want to find chairs that take up as little space as possible when pushed in at the table.

This doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Even minimalist seating can make a big impact. For a striking effect, choose a chair color that contrasts the table or walls. If you’re concerned that a minimalist chair might seem too cold or stark, add a sense of warmth by opting for upholstered chairs with a slim profile.

Irma 6 Piece Rounded Dinette Set From The RoomPlace
Image: Irma 6 Piece Rounded Dinette Set From The RoomPlace

#3: Consider a Round Table

If you have an appropriately shaped room, a round dining table can be a practical choice for big families. Round tables can offer several benefits over their cornered counterparts. While a long, rectangular table can have the effect of filling up the whole room, a round table gives the illusion of extra space. Plus, since it has no corners, a round or oval dining table can maximize the seating capacity while still allowing plenty of leg room. It’s also the perfect option for odd-numbered families, such as 7 or 9 people, since extra chairs can be added without the setup looking unbalanced.

#4: Add Versatility with a Drop Leaf

Drop leaf and extendable tables are classics for a good reason—they offer the functionality of an extra-large table with added versatility and convenience. Consider an extending table if you frequently host guests or if you have a smaller dining room. After mealtimes, simply drop the leaves to create additional space in the room.

Looking for the perfect dining table for your family? The RoomPlace is your one-stop shop for high-quality dining sets that complete your home’s décor while meeting your family’s needs.

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How to Rearrange Your Furniture for a Holiday Party

The holidays can be stressful, especially if you’ll be entertaining guests for a holiday party. With these tips from our design experts at The RoomPlace, you can learn how to rearrange your furniture for a holiday party without losing your unique sense of efficiency and style.

Figure Out Your Highest Party Priority

If you’re throwing a holiday party, it’s important to figure out your main priority so that you can rearrange furniture accordingly. For many families, for example, dinner is the main event, which means that you’ll need to make extra space for tables and chairs. If you’re hosting a dinner party, we recommend adding leaves to the dining room table and clearing out living room furniture to make space for additional tables and chairs. If your family’s main event revolves more around opening gifts, rearrange your furniture around the Christmas tree.

Remove What You Don’t Need

While it can be tempting to want to show off that great conversation piece you bought last year, when it comes to throwing a holiday party, you might want to consider removing any furniture that isn’t serving a specific purpose. Remember, people need space to move comfortably around the room.

Let Your Holiday Decorations Take Center Stage

You may end up having to remove certain furniture pieces to create a more functional party layout. By making your holiday decorations the focal point of your living room, you can take the attention away from empty spaces and create a festive environment for your holiday party.

Arrange for Small, Intimate Groups

Even if you have a large, open space, it’s important to place furniture in small groups to help create a sense of intimacy among you guests. No one wants to have to lean over superfluous furniture to hear what the other guests are saying, and if the furniture is arranged poorly, it can create unneeded social pressure.

Whether you’re designing a living room for entertaining or doing a full-scale redesign, The RoomPlace has living room furniture for every style. Browse online or a visit one of our furniture showrooms in Chicagoland or the Greater Indianapolis area today!

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Bar Stool Height Guide: Table Vs. Counter Vs. Pub Stools

Finding the perfect bar stools can be tricky. Not only is there color, style, and material to consider, but the right height is critical to a stool that is as functional as it is stylish. Narrowing down the right height for your bar, counter, or table is a great place to start when picking stools.

Start By Measuring

Grab a measuring tape, pencil, and paper. Measure from the floor to the top of the counter or table surface. Write down that number and subtract 10 inches to get the height of the stool you need for that space. A stool in that approximate range will be comfortable for a person of average height.

Remember to also measure the length of the counter to determine the number of stools that can fit in the space. A good rule of thumb is to allow 28 inches for each place setting.


counter stools.jpgCounter stools typically have a seat height of 24 inches and are usually the right size for use at a breakfast bar or kitchen counter. They also work well with dining tables in the 34-39 inch range. You’ll find counter stools with no back, half back and full back options.


bar stoolBar stool height is typically 30 inches to the seat. You may also see these stools referred to as pub stools online. Pub stool height is normally the same, but double check the dimensions before you buy.


table stoolTable stools aren’t sold in a standard height. They are generally sold as part of a dining set, but can be purchased individually. For a standard height table, look for a short stool or bench in the 18-22 inch range.

If you have non-standard height counter or table, an adjustable stool will be your best bet. The seat height on these stools can be adjusted up to 10 inches to perfectly fit your space. At The RoomPlace you’ll find dozens of stools in all sizes and styles. Shop our collection online or visit our showrooms in the Chicago or Indianapolis to find the right one for you.

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New This Month: Bedroom Sets & More!

Our designers are constantly on the lookout for the latest trends and styles for the home. Check out our newest furniture collections for the bedroom, living room, and dining room.

New Bedroom Sets

new1The Amalfi Bedroom Set is every bit as luxurious as the famed Italian coast. With its clean lines, faux-leather tufted headboard, and silver plated hardware studded with crystals, you’ll feel like a celebrity on vacation every night!

new2Our Carlton Gray Bedroom Set features beautiful louvered details and is perfect for anyone who wants a modern spin on the traditional farmhouse look. This set is made of solid pine and birch veneers in a stunning shade of gray. You’ll love all of the storage options between the chest, dresser, nightstand, and drawers at the food of the bed.

New Living Room Sets

new3The Klein Living Room Set is upholstered in a stunning shade we’re calling midnight blue. The chair is available in both the blue fabric or an accent fabric inspired by glasswork that matches the throw pillows. The sofa is also available in a pull-out sleeper option.

new4The Olson Living Room Set captures everything we love about mid-century modern style. Gorgeous chenille fabric, flared legs, button-tufted back cushions make these pieces special and stylish. The set is also available with a chaise lounge.

New Dining Room Sets

new5The Highland Dining Room Set is a traditional yet rustic design with a smoky walnut finish. The table features an 18” leaf that extends to comfortably seat six. The set is available with four chairs, six chairs, or four chairs and a bench.

new6Get the feel of a kitchen nook with the Chelsea Dining Room Set. This modern looking dinette is a twist on a classic look. Designed to tuck into a corner, this set will help you make the most of your space.

We’re always adding new styles and collections for every room of the home. Visit our furniture stores in Chicago and Indianapolis to see the latest additions or shop online at With our affordable pricing and flexible financing options, you can Get It All at The RoomPlace!

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Choosing the Right Dining Room Chairs

Dining Room Chairs

If you’re ready to give your dining room a facelift, but don’t want to go to the hassle of replacing the whole set, replacing just your dining room chairs can give you a whole new look and feel for less. Before you head to the store, you’ll want to make sure you know what you’re looking for. Let’s go over some important things to look for that will ensure your new chairs will work with your dining table and the room.

Design Elements

Furniture in the dining room doesn’t have to match, but we recommend choosing chairs with a common design element. Whether it’s a similar curve in the table leg or a wood stain that matches, finding one element that goes will make the whole look fit together.

Chair Width

Take note of the size of your table and the number of guests you’d like to be able to seat. Twenty-two inches is a typical width for armless dining chairs, but if you have an oversized table or prefer a roomier space for more comfortable dining, you would want to consider smaller or larger dining chairs.

Chair Height

Measure from the floor to the bottom edge of your table, then subtract 12. Look for chair with a seat height no taller than that number. Most high end formal dining room sets are fairly standard in height, but it is a good idea to double check your measurements anyway.


There are so many styles to choose from whether your taste is ultra-modern, traditional, or somewhere in between. Our designers are loving the look of tufted dining room chairs right now. Button tufting adds sophistication and an interesting visual element to a chair. Both leather and fabric tufted dining chairs are very popular choices.

Check out our selection of dining room chairs, including our tufted dining chairs, at any of our 25 store locations in Indiana and Illinois. Our complete collection of dining chairs is also available online at

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Rethink Your Dining Room Set

Dining Table SeatingIf your last dinner party had you bemoaning your lack of seating and congested pathways, you might want to rethink your dining room set. Benches are a relatively new player to the dining room seating scene, and they are quickly winning people over with their versatility and modern feel. A dining bench offers a number of benefits:

1. It frees up space.

If you have a tight dining room or small eating nook, a bench can provide extra space and better flow for high-traffic areas. You can scoot a bench all the way under the table when not in use as opposed to bulky chairs that still create obstacles when pushed in.

2. It offers you more dining table seating.

For large family get-togethers, you want to get as many people around the table as possible. Benches typically offer more seating space, particularly for young kids. The Lorient Bench is 61 inches long, offering plenty of room for a crew of cousins at Thanksgiving dinner. The Lorient features natural, weathered detailing, with sandblasted edges for a modern hand-hewn look.

3. It brings new life to a traditional dining room set.

A bench provides a dining room with a more eclectic feel. Even traditional dining room sets can incorporate a bench. Consider this Everest Beige Bench. Its tufted linen seat top provides a traditional feel, not to mention extra comfort. With its understated elegance it can be moved in front of the fireplace when guests come over.

The RoomPlace offers a variety of dining room seating options, including dining benches, in a range of colors and styles. At The RoomPlace, you can Get It All: fashionable, functional furniture at an affordable price. Come visit our Chicago furniture store to see for yourself how a bench can revitalize a dining room. You can also visit us online for our frequent Web specials on dining sets.

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Pros and Cons of Concrete Slab Dining Tables

concrete slab dining tableConcrete has been a hot trend for some time now, and it shows no sign of cooling off. People are turning to concrete in lieu of other natural stones for kitchen counters, flooring and dining room tables. There are a number of pros to choosing concrete:

  • Extreme durability
  • Won’t scratch
  • Heat resistant (though sealants can be damaged by extreme heat)
  • Easy to clean with soap and water

Concrete dining room sets are showing up with more frequency in furniture stores across the country. There’s no question dining room sets take a beating: from hot dishes to spills to scratching, it can be difficult to keep a dining set looking new. A slab dining table offers an alternative to wood that will stand the test of time.

If you think of concrete as cold and industrial, the Everest Brown Dining Room Set from The RoomPlace will make you reconsider. This concrete dining table is classic and comfortable. The X-shaped treble support offers a solid and modern base, and the brown faux leather chairs with nailhead trim add warmth and elegance.

Concrete is not without its flaws. It is porous, so it needs to be sealed immediately and resealed every one to three years. Sealant can be damaged by extreme heat, sharp knives, and harsh cleaners.

Concrete also changes over time, developing a rich patina with age.. Most people consider this a favorable attribute, as it means it will develop warmth and character.

At The RoomPlace, you can Get It All: modern furniture that is stylish, durable and affordable. Check out the Everest Brown Dining Room Set online at or visit any of our showrooms throughout Illinois and Indiana to see it in person.


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7 Things You Need to Consider When Buying a New Dining Room Set

charlotte-brown-room_v1In many ways, a dining room table is the heart of a home. Friends and family gather around it to celebrate holidays or just commune over a meal. That’s why a dining room table set is an important purchase, but with so many different shapes, sizes, and styles on the market, it can be a bit overwhelming to choose the right one. Here are 7 things to consider when buying a new dining room set:

  1. Table shape – To determine the best shape for your space, consider the shape and size of the dining room.Round and oval tables tend to be better for smaller spaces, simply because there are no sharp corners to contend with. Even better, a round table with a pedestal base offers more leg room. Rectangular tables are more traditional and fit well into a long narrow room. Square tables are also good in long, narrow rooms, but if the square table is too large, dining companions can feel far away.
  2. Table height – Dining room tables come in different heights: standard (30″), counter (36″) and pub (36-42″). Consider the height of the people using the dining room table. Standard is better for children, while a counter height dinette might be more comfortable for adults. Pub height offers a more casual feel but might be difficult for smaller people to get in and out of.
  3. Material – There are many directions you can go with a dining room set: traditional dark wood, a weathered rustic look, or glass and metal for a more contemporary design. If your dining room is a contained space, you can go any direction. However, a dining room table that sits in an open space should match the style of its surroundings.
  4. Seating numbers – How many people do you typically have around your dining room table? A 7 piece dining set is typical: 6 chairs, plus a table. If you have a small household but frequently entertain, an extendable dining table offers flexibility while saving space.
  5. Seating style – Do you prefer the clean lines of wooden dining chairs? Or do you like the look of a plush upholstered dining room chair at the head of the table? Many dining room sets now offer bench seating, which is a good way to save on space. You can typically seat more people on a bench, as well, particularly children.
  6. Room size – You want a table big enough for your guests, but you should also consider how easy it is for diners to maneuver around the space. A clearance of 42-48″ between the table and walls (or buffet, china cabinet, or other furniture) is ideal.
  7. Complementary furniture – Another thing to consider when choosing a dining room set is the other furniture in the room. Do you have a china cabinet or buffet? Your dining room table should complement that furniture in style and dimensions. Before you buy a dining room set, use tape or a bed sheet to give yourself an idea of the layout of a dining room with all of its contents. You can use this to ensure there is adequate space to move around the dining room table and any additional dining room furniture you may have.

At The RoomPlace, we know that choosing the right dining room set can be overwhelming. With so many shapes, styles, heights, and seating options to choose from, it is still difficult even when you have narrowed down your requirements. Browse our complete collection online at or come visit one of our Indianapolis furniture stores, where we set up complete dining rooms, so you can see for yourself how a dining room set will look in a space. You can also follow us on Instagram and Facebook for design inspiration and deals on dining room sets. You can Get It All at The RoomPlace: a stylish, durable dining room set at an affordable price.