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Spring Cleaning (and Organizing) Checklist

As the weather gets warmer and the animals and plants come out of hibernation, this is the perfect time to get ready to do some spring cleaning. Not only is this the best time to get rid of the dust and other debris from winter, but it is also a good time to open up your house and let some fresh air in. However, the spring cleaning process can also be daunting. If you find yourself wondering “how do I start spring cleaning my house,” check out the tips listed below.

Clean Room by Room

The best way to get your home clean for spring is to take it one step at a time. If you clean room by room, you won’t feel so overwhelmed, and you’ll get a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when the room is done.

The best way to approach the cleaning process in each room is to ignore things that have been recently cleaned and focus on items that haven’t been touched all winter. For example, if you

normally dust every room in your home and run the vacuum or mop the floors, then you don’t need to do these steps right now.

Instead, you should focus on wiping down walls and baseboards or cleaning your furniture. You can also take down any window treatments you might have and throw those into the wash or take them to the dry cleaner (whatever cleaning method is appropriate to get them clean).

Get Rid of Clutter

One of the reasons your house probably feels so dirty is because you have a lot of clutter. Spring cleaning is the best time to get rid of items that you no longer want or need. If the items are broken, you should throw them away. If they are still in good condition, you might consider donating them or getting things together to have a garage sale.

Give Everyone a Job

You are not the only person responsible for spring cleaning the house, and if you are wondering how do you spring clean fast, the answer is that you get help. Every member of the family can help in some way. Even young kids have the ability to pick things up from the floor.

To get the job done quickly and efficiently, make sure to assign jobs that everyone can handle and do well. Otherwise, you’ll have to redo the task, and that can slow the process down.

Take Breaks

While you may be focused on getting your spring cleaning done as soon as possible, you don’t want to burn yourself out. Make sure to take breaks every once in a while to grab something to eat and stretch.

You might consider setting a timer for 20 minutes and then taking a 3-minute break, or you can set the timer for 1 hour and then take a 15-minute break. You can even turn on the radio and work as long as the music is playing. Once the commercials come on, you can take a break.

No matter which option you choose, taking breaks is a great way to ensure you stay motivated. Spring cleaning is a big chore, but you shouldn’t work yourself to exhaustion to get everything accomplished.

Time for a Change

Spring is the time for change. If during your spring cleaning you notice that your furniture seems a bit dingy and won’t come clean, then it’s time to find some new pieces. Visit The RoomPlace and check out their huge selection of furniture. This is the perfect time to add something fresh and new to your home.

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How to Clean Leather Furniture

Dakota Canyon Sofa from The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Dakota Canyon Sofa from The RoomPlace

Leather is a classic upholstery material found in many homes—for good reason. It’s versatile, it can last a lifetime and it adds timeless style to any space. Despite some misconceptions, leather is actually pretty easy to care for—cleaning leather furniture is not complicated or difficult. Just remember to wipe up spills as soon as they happen, and avoid using standard cleaning supplies like detergents and upholstery cleaner, which can cause fading or discoloring.

If you’re looking for tips on how to clean and maintain your new (or old) leather furniture—like your classic leather sofa or recliner—read on.

Always refer to the furniture manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to caring for and cleaning your leather furniture, as there may be special requirements for your specific type of leather. In lieu of instructions, the safest bet is to be as gentle as possible, and avoid harsh cleaners. Even using too much water can leave stains on leather, so take extra care when cleaning to avoid worsening the problem.

Vacuum & Wipe Clean

Start by gently vacuuming the leather or wiping it with a dry microfiber cloth to remove dirt and dust. Doing this regularly will prevent buildup and should be sufficient to keep the leather looking clean from day to day. If it’s been a while since you cleaned your leather furniture, use a slightly damp cloth to remove the dirt.

Clean with Mild Soap

In the case of spills or stains, start by gently blotting the area to absorb as much of it as possible. Avoid wiping, which can spread the stain further.

To clean the area, use a small amount of water and very mild soap. Test the soap first by applying it to an inconspicuous area and letting it dry. Clean by moistening a soft cloth slightly, wiping it across the bar of soap (or using a drop of liquid soap) and gently buffing the leather clean. Use a gentle circular motion-don’t scrub too hard. Don’t soak the leather with too much water, and don’t rinse the soap when you’re done—just wipe with a dry cloth.

Florence Charcoal Power Recliner from The RoomPlace
Image: Florence Charcoal Power Recliner from The RoomPlace

Removing Tough Stains from Leather

Remember to clean up spills as quickly as possible to prevent stains from developing in the first place. Leather is generally a forgiving and durable material that can last a lifetime if cared for properly. However, despite its durability and shiny surface, leather is not stain-proof.

Start by spot-cleaning stains as described above. If that doesn’t help, try a commercial leather cleaning solution—but again, make sure to test it first to make sure it doesn’t discolor your leather.

Grease stains are sometimes best removed with a dry cloth—just gently dab and blot the area. If the grease stain persists, sprinkle cornstarch or baking soda on the area, let it sit for a few hours, then brush it away gently. This should absorb the grease effectively. If not, many grease or oil stains will dissipate eventually into the leather, so sometimes the best solution is patience!

Set-in stains or ink stains may require help from a professional. When in doubt, defer to a professional cleaning service. They will know exactly how to clean your leather furniture so you can enjoy it for years to come.

Condition Leather Regularly

Finally, keep your furniture looking clean, shiny and healthy by using a good-quality leather conditioner or cream every 6-12 months. This process helps restore natural moisture to the leather, repair scratches and bring back that new-leather shine.

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Guest Room Ideas: How to Impress Your Holiday Guests

Auburn 8 Pc. Queen Bedroom by Scott Living from The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Auburn 8 Pc. Queen Bedroom by Scott Living from The RoomPlace

If you’ll be hosting guests this holiday season, it’s a good time to make sure your guest bedroom is ready for the occasion. Aside from the obvious essentials like a comfortable bed and fresh bedding, let’s take a look at a handful of ideas for creating a guest room that’s sure to impress. From practical guest bedroom furniture to chic, festive guest room décor, here are our favorite ideas for going above and beyond for your holiday visitors.

Image: Daphnis Linen Chair from The RoomPlace
Image: Daphnis Linen Chair from The RoomPlace

Seating

Ideally, the bed shouldn’t be the only comfortable place where your guest can sit while getting ready, checking their email, reading or organizing their luggage. There are plenty of ways to add extra seating to your guest room—including a cushioned bench at the end of the bed, a pair of chairs or a plush recliner.

LG 55" 4K UHD Smart LED TV w/ webOS 3.0 Plus 10’ HDMI Cable from The RoomPlace
Image: LG 55″ 4K UHD Smart LED TV w/ webOS 3.0 Plus 10’ HDMI Cable from The RoomPlace

TV

A wall-mounted television is an addition that holiday guests will be sure to appreciate. Even if the guest TV isn’t used very often, it’s nice to have if they want to stay up later or turn on the morning news while getting ready for the day.

Workspace

A small desk or table that can comfortably accommodate a laptop is a great addition to a guest room—particularly for visitors who will be staying more than a couple days and may need to work during their stay.

Auburn Nightstand by Scott Living from The RoomPlace
Image: Auburn Nightstand by Scott Living from The RoomPlace

Dual Nightstands

If your guest room will be accommodating more than one person, make sure there’s a nightstand or table next to each side of the bed. Most people will want a nearby spot to place their phone or small belongings at arm’s reach. A lamp on both sides is ideal, too.

Blankets

Add extra warmth (both visual and literal) to your guest room by including plenty of blankets and throws. Cozy blankets are not only festive, but they’re also a necessity on chilly nights! If you know your guest room is drafty or tends to be particularly cool at night, set your guests up with a heated sheet or blanket they can turn on if needed for ultimate comfort.

Night Lights

For guests who might need to get up in the middle of the night, make sure the path to the bathroom is softly illuminated to avoid stumbling around in the dark. For a festive touch, you could even utilize a string of Christmas lights in the hallway or bathroom to help light the way.

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Tips for Designing and Organizing Your Baby’s Nursery

Delmar Vintage Gray Toddler Bed from The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Delmar Vintage Gray Toddler Bed from The RoomPlace

Designing a nursery for your upcoming arrival is an exciting part of becoming a parent, but it can also be difficult to decide what you need. Shopping for nursery furniture and décor will depend on your lifestyle, budget and other factors, but most nurseries need a crib, mattress, dresser and changing area—along with some décor to add style. From essential furniture to adorable decorations, let’s take a look at some ideas and tips for setting up a nursery both you and your little one will love.

Naples Nantucket Gray Upholstered Convertible Crib by Dolce Babi from The RoomPlace
Image: Naples Nantucket Gray Upholstered Convertible Crib by Dolce Babi from The RoomPlace

Convertible Crib

To ensure your baby’s bed will last for years and grow along with him or her, a convertible crib is an excellent investment. With the ability to transform from a crib to a toddler bed to a twin headboard/footboard all in one, convertible beds are money-saving and practical.

Hailey Full Bed from The RoomPlace
Image: Hailey Full Bed from The RoomPlace

If you already have a standard crib for your little one, he or she will still need to move to a larger bed at some point, often between the ages of 2 and 3. Then, you can upgrade to a toddler bed (which uses your existing crib mattress) or go straight to a twin or full bed your child can grow into and use for years. In any case, a side rail can help make the transition into a “big kid bed” a safe and easy one, especially if your child tends to sleep near the edge of the crib or against the crib rails.

Image: Moonlight Slumber Starlight Supreme Crib Mattress from The RoomPlace
Image: Moonlight Slumber Starlight Supreme Crib Mattress from The RoomPlace

Infant Mattress

Extra-firm mattresses are ideal for infants, as they help reduce the risk of SIDS by providing a firm sleep surface. That doesn’t mean you’ll need to buy a new mattress when your little one is ready to transition out of their crib, though. A reversible baby/toddler mattress features an extra-firm side for safe infant sleep, along with a medium-firm side that offers comfort for growing toddlers. Opting for a single mattress that will last through the toddler stage is a great way to save money when you’re setting up your baby’s nursery—and all you’ll have to do is flip the mattress when it’s time to make the switch!

BEDGEAR 6.0 Ver-Tex Crib Protector from The RoomPlace
Image: BEDGEAR 6.0 Ver-Tex Crib Protector from The RoomPlace

No matter what mattress you choose for your baby, make sure to keep it protected with a waterproof crib mattress protector. From diaper leaks to spit-up to potty training accidents, there are plenty of ways that infants and toddlers can make a mess overnight. A fitted mattress protector wicks moisture and heat away from your baby while they sleep, ensuring they stay comfortable and dry. It also ensures your mattress won’t absorb stains or odors so your child can enjoy a fresh mattress for years to come.

Grado Farmhouse Pine Dresser by Dolce Babi from The RoomPlace
Image: Grado Farmhouse Pine Dresser by Dolce Babi from The RoomPlace

Dresser Kits & Changing Pads

A changing station is an essential component of any baby’s room, but that doesn’t mean you need to take up extra space with a cumbersome changing table. Most wide dressers can be safely converted into changing areas with a stylish dressing kit that creates a secure, dedicated space for your changing pad and diapering supplies.

Décor

Finding the perfect décor for your baby’s room is about striking a balance between what’s adorable and what your little one is likely to enjoy in the future. Unless you’re prepared to fully redecorate in a couple years when your child has different tastes and interests, it’s a good idea to choose at least a few pieces of versatile, stylish décor that your little one can grow with.

Linon Daisy Purple Area Rug from The RoomPlace
Image: Linon Daisy Purple Area Rug from The RoomPlace
  • Rug: An area rug is a great place to start. Choose a pattern or color that is timeless but coordinates with your nursery theme, and a material that is comfy and warm on little feet.
Perma Ceiling Lamp from The RoomPlace
Image: Perma Ceiling Lamp from The RoomPlace
  • Lighting: You can also choose lighting that your kid is unlikely to outgrow. Statement ceiling lamps or versatile yet colorful table lamps can coordinate with both nursery décor and older kids room décor. Until your little one is older, it’s probably better to avoid floor lamps that can tip over.
Smart Frog Wall Décor from The RoomPlace
Image: Smart Frog Wall Décor from The RoomPlace
  • Wall Décor: Add timeless style to your nursery walls with wall décor that you can use for years to come. Floral wall art, mirrors, geometric décor and whimsical pieces are great additions to a baby’s room—and since they’re on the wall, they’ll be safe from little hands!
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Creating a Mid-Century Look on a Budget

Roxbury Black Sofa from The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Roxbury Black Sofa from The RoomPlace

If you love the look of mid-century modern design, it might be easier than you think to achieve it in your own home. It doesn’t have to be difficult—or expensive—to give any room of your home the mid-century modern vibe you adore. With these ideas for affordable mid-century-style furniture and décor, you can transform your space into something stylish and inspired.

When choosing the perfect furniture for this look, keep in mind the tenants of mid-century modern design. Select pieces that are functional and sleek, aim for an uncluttered look with minimal ornamentation, and add visual interest by pairing different materials and textures. Mid-century style is often characterized by the use of organic and geometric forms, a range of colors and a high-contrast aesthetic.

Now, let’s get to it!

Skyler Sofa Bed by Scott Living from The RoomPlace
Image: Skyler Sofa Bed by Scott Living from The RoomPlace

Living Room

If it’s the living area you want to update, there are plenty of ways to add mid-century modern style to your family room. To start, make your sofa a statement piece with options like the Roxbury Black Sofa or the dual-purpose Skyler Sofa Bed. With mid-century qualities and chic upholstery, these sofas are the perfect balance of retro, contemporary and affordable.

Trelis Blue Accent Chair from The RoomPlace
Image: Trelis Blue Accent Chair from The RoomPlace

Add a pop of color to your mid-century living room with an accent chair in a hue like bright turquoise—we like the Trelis Blue Accent Chair and the Tyler Accent Chair, both of which offer impeccable retro style at a great value.

Parker White Cocktail Table from The RoomPlace
Image: Parker White Cocktail Table from The RoomPlace

Finally, finish your space with a coffee table and end table(s). When shopping for a living room table to complete your space, look for mid-century-inspired elements such as slim, angled legs; sleek, geometric forms; and retro, 1950s trends. The sleek simplicity of our Parker Cocktail Table would pair beautifully with your other retro-modern furniture and décor.

Metal End Table from The RoomPlace
Image: Metal End Table from The RoomPlace

This Metal End Table combines galvanized metal with wood, and features hairpin-style legs for a mid-century look, while the Large Tray End Table adds a unique and geometric finish.

Fullerton 5 Pc. Dinette from The RoomPlace
Image: Fullerton 5 Pc. Dinette from The RoomPlace

Dining Room

If you like the convenience of a complete dining set, get the mid-century vibe with our affordable Fullerton 5 Pc. Dinette or the Marissa 5 Pc. Red Dinette. For a customized yet affordable dining area, pair a sleek table like the Anastasia Dining Table or Sutherson Dining Table by Scott Living with two types of mismatched chairs.

Image: Dash Persimmon Dining Chair by Scott Living from The RoomPlace
Image: Dash Persimmon Dining Chair by Scott Living from The RoomPlace

Consider choosing neutral chairs and adding two more colorful chairs on either end of the table for a look that’s undeniably mid-century modern. For example, the Chelsea Side Chair pairs well with the vivid, retro tone of this Dash Persimmon Dining Chair. The beige tones of our Emerson 2 Pc. Dining Chair provides a warm contrast to the mid-century-inspired Cora Teal Chair in striking blue-green faux leather—plus, they offer unbeatable value.

Reegan 7 Pc. Queen Bedroom from The RoomPlace
Image: Reegan 7 Pc. Queen Bedroom from The RoomPlace

Bedroom

Finally, let’s check out some stylish bedroom furniture that will help you achieve a mid-century modern aesthetic without breaking the bank. Give your room a retro yet contemporary update with a striking bed set like the Reegan 7 Pc. Queen Bedroom—it features a contrasting two-tone design, elongated hardware, built-in drawers in the bed frame and the classic retro tapered leg design. You can’t get more mid-century than that! Likewise, the Torrey 7 Pc. Queen Bedroom Set offers mid-century modern elements with a touch of sophistication, mixing multiple materials and textures to give your space plenty of style.

Image: Linon Trio Ceramic Gray Area Rug from The RoomPlace
Image: Linon Trio Ceramic Gray Area Rug from The RoomPlace

To add a pop of color to your mid-century-inspired bedroom design, a geometric area rug is the perfect solution. Inexpensive options like the Linon Trio Ceramic Gray Area Rug, the Orange Dash Rug by Scott Living or our Linon Roma Herringbone Gray Rug are all excellent ways to bring unique patterns and retro colors to your new mid-century bedroom décor.

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Trending Looks Series: Glam Master Bedroom

Glam Master Bedroom Furniture & Accessories from The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Glam Master Bedroom Furniture & Accessories from The RoomPlace

For a bedroom design that stands out and lets you express your personality, go with glamorous furniture and décor that brings shine and sparkle to your space. From chic furniture to glimmering décor to a soft and feminine color palette, check out some of our favorite glam bedroom ideas in this trending style board for a unique master bedroom.

Color Palette

When it comes to choosing colors for your glam bedroom, it’s all about combining luxurious materials with feminine details. What you end up with is a space that’s both chic and bold. Go all-out with metallic and glittery finishes like platinum, silver, rose gold or bronze. Create a sleek aesthetic with soft neutrals including white, cream, purple-gray, mint and pale pink. Then, finish it off with pops of rich colors—like deep purple, navy blue or black—and textures such as velvet and faux fur.

Platinum 7 Pc. Queen Bedroom from The RoomPlace
Image: Platinum 7 Pc. Queen Bedroom from The RoomPlace

Bedroom Set

The Platinum 7 Pc. Queen Bedroom is the epitome of glitz and glamour. Pearlized platinum paint, beveled inset mirrors, nail-head trim, red drawer boxes and other uniquely modern features give this bedroom set plenty of personality and elegance. Complete your room with this eye-catching set that features a queen bed, dresser, nightstand, chest and mirror. Add a final touch of sophistication with the striking Margot Vanity.

Jordan Table Lamp from The RoomPlace
Image: Jordan Table Lamp from The RoomPlace

Lighting

All the glamorous details of your master bedroom need plenty of lighting in order to shine their brightest. Start with the contemporary Emma Floor Lamp, which features crystal-like acrylic balls and chrome-tone metal to illuminate your room in a chic way. Pair with the Jordan Table Lamp to bring an elegant, designer look to your master bedroom.

Acrylic Burst 3 Pc. Wall Décor from The RoomPlace
Image: Acrylic Burst 3 Pc. Wall Décor from The RoomPlace

Décor

Finish your glam bedroom design with shiny décor and accents that add instant luxury. Decorative pillows like our Khaki Solid Pleated Throw Pillow and a patterned Linon Geo Gray Area Rug bring texture and warmth to the room. Some chic 3D wall art like the trendy Acrylic Burst 3 Pc. Wall Décor adds personality and visual interest to the room’s walls, giving a shiny finish to your glamorous master bedroom.

More Trending Looks

Shop new featured style boards at the bottom of our homepage. You can also easily find coordinating items to pair with your favorite RoomPlace products—when viewing a product on our website, scroll down to see curated ideas in the “Complete Your Look” section.

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Inexpensive Furniture with an Expensive Look

Mars White 3 Pc. Living Room Set from The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Mars White 3 Pc. Living Room Set from The RoomPlace

Buying beautiful, high-quality new furniture can be a costly investment, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. When you shop at The RoomPlace, budget and quality can go hand-in-hand. You don’t have to spend a bundle for good-quality furniture—in fact, you can get the high-end look of your dreams even if you’re on a tight budget.

Let’s take a peek at a few of our favorite expensive-looking yet affordable looks, and the many ways you can save on top-quality furniture at The RoomPlace.

Our Favorite High-End Looks

If you’re looking for a high-end aesthetic without breaking the bank, here are just a handful of our best furniture sets for every room of the house:

  • Mars Living Room Set: The Mars White 3 Pc. Living Room offers the epitome of luxury and class at an affordable price point. An all-white design with sleek, sumptuous upholstery instantly gives your living area an elegant and distinctive look.
Somerset 5 Pc. Queen Bedroom Set from The RoomPlace
Image: Somerset 5 Pc. Queen Bedroom Set from The RoomPlace
  • Somerset Queen Bedroom Set: Refined, rich and sophisticated, the Somerset 5 Pc. Queen Bedroom Set features a contemporary dark finish with satin nickel hardware. As elegant as it is inexpensive, this set brings a high-end look to any bedroom.
Camila 5 Pc. Dining Room Set from the RoomPlace
Image: Camila 5 Pc. Dining Room Set from the RoomPlace
  • Camilla Dining Room Set: The Camila 5 Pc. Dining Room set epitomizes elegance. A double pedestal base, silver faux leather chairs and nailhead accents give this set a refined look at a reasonable price.

Ways to Save at The RoomPlace

Simmons Beautyrest Silver Firm Sasha Mattress Set from The RoomPlace
Image: Simmons Beautyrest Silver Firm Sasha Mattress Set from The RoomPlace

Real savings are always available if you know where to look. Catch great deals in these ways and more:

  • Clearance Deals: If you look around, you’re bound to find unbeatable clearance savings on furniture that’s stylish, trendy and top-quality. From our best mattress sales to discount dining room furniture, The RoomPlace offers value and quality alike. Browse our clearance section for hundreds of discounts every day, or check out the weekly flyer for the latest deals to find quality furniture for less.
  • Seasonal Sales: Waiting for holiday sales and other seasonal offers is a savvy way to shop for new furniture. In addition to sales around Black Friday, you’ll also find plenty of deals and closeouts in the summer, between the 4th of July and Labor Day.
  • Online Specials: Online furniture shopping comes with a variety of perks, including the chance to enjoy online-only deals on discount furniture. Choose from a variety of specials, then sit back and relax while they’re delivered right to your door. Fast, free shipping is the icing on the cake.
  • Closeouts: With new inventory coming in, we have to make room! You can catch great deals on elegant furniture and high-end home accents before they go out of stock, thanks to last-chance closeout discounts.
  • Special Financing: The RoomPlace offers a variety of special financing packages to help you make updates to your home when you’re on a budget. Find out more and explore your options here.

 

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How to Light Up a Room

Inception Dome Ceiling Lamp from The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Inception Dome Ceiling Lamp from The RoomPlace

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:

Destin Table Lamp from The RoomPlace
Image: Destin Table Lamp from The RoomPlace

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.

Ranald Ceiling Lamp from The RoomPlace
Image: Ranald Ceiling Lamp from The RoomPlace

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.

Nicki Table from The RoomPlace
Image: Nicki Table from The RoomPlace

Lighting tip: both ambient and task lighting in your dining room should be at 3,000-6,000 Lumens.

Kitchen Lighting

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.

Chelsea 5 Piece Dinette from The RoomPlace
Image: Chelsea 5 Piece Dinette from The RoomPlace

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.

Bedroom Lighting

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.

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Styling your room has never been so easy!

 

The RoomPlace® has teamed up with Stylyze® to bring you Styleboards™, coordinated room concepts you can customize, right on the RoomPlace website. Style boards™ are curated room looks — in all your favorite styles; Contemporary, Modern, Traditional, and more! You can use the styleboard suggestions as-is to purchase a room you’ll love, or, you can customize Styleboards™ to your exact taste! You can also share your boards on Pinterest and Facebook for your friends to see. Stylyze® Styleboards™ deliver to you a fully integrated shopping experience for every space in your home, in-store or online!

Ever find the perfect sofa but quickly became overwhelmed with what accents and other furniture pieces were needed to create the perfect designer room? You are definitely not alone! We’ve all wanted our homes to look like the makeovers seen on TV! The RoomPlace has the way to make styling your space fun and easy — like a pro swept in and revamped your space!

How can I get started styling? Click on product on TheRoomPlace.com website and scroll down to the section that says “Complete Your Look”. You will see thumbnails of Styleboards™ that showcase your product in different looks. Click on the Styleboard™ that appeals to you. Now click on any product to edit the look and make it your own. Then add your items to cart, and get ready to set up your newly styled room!

Style, shop and share with hundreds of possibilities brought to life for your home. It’s like having an interior designer style your space, for free! Soon you can have an interior designer right in your back pocket too! Our convenient phone app is slated to launch this winter so you can style wherever you go!

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How to Clean a Microfiber Couch

Carly Microfiber CouchThere’s no doubt about it: Couches can take quite a beating. Microfiber couches are popular not only because they look nice, but also because they are durable and water-resistant. The colors tend to stay brighter, and the fine material repels water and dirt. That said, they are not stain- or watermark-resistant. To help, here are some tips on how to clean a microfiber couch.

First, check the cleaning instructions on your microfiber couch’s tag. It will tell you what kind of solution to use for cleaning your microfiber couch.

  • “W” means you should use a water-based solution
  • “S” means you should use a solvent-based solution
  • “S-W” means you can use either
  • “X” means vacuum only; no water- or solvent-based solutions.

If there is no tag at all, or an S, use rubbing alcohol or a clear alcohol such as vodka to clean stains. (But first, always test in an inconspicuous area.) Spritz on the solvent, and rub gently with a white sponge or cloth. Let it dry, and then use a soft brush on the affected area to fluff the fibers back up.

If your microfiber couch requires a water-based solution, take care: too much water can leave marks. Instead, use dishwashing soap to create soap suds and then apply the suds (not the water) in a circular motion on the stain with a white sponge. Blot with a white cloth to absorb as much water as possible.

Vacuum the couch once a week to keep dirt from setting into a stain. You can also brush the microfiber with a soft, nylon-bristled brush to keep it soft. Do not ever use bleach, acetone, carpet cleaner or upholstery cleaner to clean microfiber couches.

While microfiber couches are durable, life can be messy. That’s why The RoomPlace offers a furniture-protection plan for getting the toughest stains out of the couch. Our PremiumPlus 1 Plan protects your microfiber couch from the following:

  • food or beverage stains
  • human or pet bodily fluid stains
  • grass, grease or shoe polish stains
  • ballpoint pen, ink, crayon, or cosmetic stains
  • nail polish stains
  • accidental rips, cuts, burns, or punctures

Our furniture repair and protection program is administered by Guardian Protection Products.

The good news? If you don’t use any portion of your warranty during the 5-year coverage period, you receive a full refund of the furniture protection plan price in the form of an in-store credit, valid for a period of one year from date of issuance towards your next furniture purchase of $499 or more.

Purchasing a couch is a big investment, so you want it to last a long time. A furniture protection plan can give you the peace of mind that your microfiber couch won’t be ruined by a slobbering dog, a mischievous toddler, or a clumsy guest. Shop online or visit one of our Chicagoland furniture stores to see for yourself the durability and comfort that a microfiber couch affords.