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How to Make a Sectional Work in Your Space

Sectionals have a way of transforming any space into an inviting haven. But you might think you don’t have enough room for it to work. Think again. You don’t necessarily need a massive area to make a sectional work. Sectionals can create a cozy ambiance in rooms of various sizes. These tips from The RoomPlace tell you how.

Take Measurements

While sectionals can work in rooms of different sizes, you still need to make sure the sizing is right. This applies to the room in which you’ll be placing the sectional as well as the entryways leading into that room. Measure doorways to ensure what you purchase can actually get into your house.

Also measure the length and width of the chosen room. Determine the general area in which your new sectional will be placed, then measure specific areas to ensure you have adequate space to accommodate the sectional’s various pieces.

Sectionals can include anywhere from two to six or more pieces, with options that include sofas, ottomans, chairs and chaises. Once you have the measurements of the room and a good idea of space available for specific pieces, you’ll know the type of sectional and pieces that will work for you.

Determine Arrangement

Your next step is to nail down exactly where each piece of your sectional will be placed. This can be challenging, especially in smaller rooms, but it can be done with advance planning and a number of helpful tips.

Remove other furniture: Too many furniture pieces can make a room appear crammed and cluttered. They can also eat up space that could otherwise be used for your new sectional. Eliminate extra floor lamps, end tables, chairs or other pieces that take up unnecessary space or wont’ be needed when your new seating arrangement arrives.

Approximate wall distance: When it comes to aesthetics, sectionals generally look better when placed away from the walls. Placing it in a corner against a wall, however, is an ideal way to maintain as much open floor space as possible. Figure out if you want the sectional against the wall or away from it. If you choose the latter, make sure it doesn’t impede traffic flow around the room or block any doorways. It should also leave enough room for people to walk around and behind it as needed.

Pinpoint your focus: Every room tends to have at least one focal point, which can be the entertainment center, fireplace or stunning artwork. You want your sectional to be placed in a way that emphasizes the focal point instead of detracting from it. You don’t want the sectional itself to be the focal point.

Choose color wisely: If you think the sectional may look too massive in your space, consider going for a lighter color. If you prefer a darker color, you can lighten it up with decorative throw pillows. Throw pillows are also handy for adding a pop of color, contributing to coziness and hiding any stains on the main fabric.

With your game plan in place, selecting a sectional that works for your space can be an exciting endeavor instead of a stressful one. Get started now by browsing the sectional selection at The RoomPlace.

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Area Rugs: Where to Put Them and Which to Choose

Area Rug Decor

Area rugs serve as artwork for the floor, but they also do so much more. They can add warmth, comfort and excitement to you living space, in so many different locations. We here at The RoomPlace are big on rugs, which is why we created this guide to help you determine where to put area rugs in your home and which rugs to choose.

Where to Put Area Rugs

Rugs can enhance nearly any space, as long as you have enough room to adequately accommodate them. You don’t want to shove one into a tight entryway, for instance, but you can use one in a cramped bathroom to make the room look larger. Here come a variety of areas you can spruce up with a rug.

Entryways and Foyers: The right rug here can make a fine first impression the moment someone walks in your door. Opt for one that’s wider than the doorway. In a larger foyer, center the rug under the lighting source.

Hallway: Runners work well in hallways. They look best with at least 6 inches of space on all sides, and preferably in the center of the hall.

Living Room: A dashing rug can serve as the focal point of the room, and you can even use more than one if you have a particularly large living room. When placing a rug in the center of a furniture ensemble, make sure it extends beyond the coffee table and under the first set of legs on the sofa and chairs. Rugs placed in front of couches should be at least the same length as the couch.

Bathroom: Small bathrooms can appear larger with rugs featuring bold patterns and a mélange of colors. Put one in front of the sink.

Kitchen: Several rugs in the kitchen can spruce up the look while adding a layer of comfort for your legs, feet and lower back. Try one in front of the stove, another in front of the sink. Use smaller, individual rugs or runners, with runners placed at least 6 inches away from the cabinets.

Dining Room: Rugs can look amazing beneath the dining room table and chairs. Pick a rug that’s the same shape as the table, and make sure it extends at least 2 feet on all sides of the table.

Bedroom: Bedroom rugs add a dash of coziness to the space. Place one under the bed, with the rug extending at least 2 feet beyond the bed. You can also use runners along the sides of the bed for extra cushioning and comfort when you get up in the morning.

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How to Choose Area Rugs

Now that you have a good idea of where you might want to put area rugs, it’s time to choose the right rugs for each space.

Determine the Atmosphere You Want to Create

Do you want the rug to add cozy comfort? An exotic splash of color? A modern vibe? Review the variety of rugs available to determine what type of atmosphere you want the rug to create. While rugs don’t need to perfectly match everything in the space, it does need to align with the tones and textures of the existing furniture and décor.

Pick the Color, Pattern

Color and pattern play huge roles for setting the tone of the room, so choose carefully. Do you want the rug to stand out or blend in? If the space is already packed with tons of colors, select a solid neutral rug. Rooms that could use a boost can do well with bolder, more colorful, or patterned rugs.

Select a Shape

Rectangle rugs are the most common, but they’re not the only choice. Round rugs can help create a cozy niche in a corner of the room or add interest to an entryway. Other choices include square, oblong and animal hides.

Choose the Size

Many folks make the mistake of choosing a rug that’s too small for the space. If you’re selecting a rug to cover the floor for the entire room, you want to center the rug and leave between 10 to 20 inches of bare floor between the walls and the edge of the rug.

If you’re using rugs to define spaces within a room, different rules apply. You can find some of those rules above, when we outlined where area rugs can be placed.

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Consider Lifestyle and Maintenance

Even the most plush and glorious rug can end up making you unhappy if all you’re doing is cleaning or maintaining it. Consider your family’s lifestyle and where the rugs will be placed to narrow down choices that are easy to maintain.

Low-pile rugs work well in high-traffic areas, like kitchens and hallways. High-pile and plusher rugs do better in areas that don’t get a lot of traffic. Darker colors and patterns will hide dirt and stains better than lighter, solid colors.

Whatever type of rug you choose, make sure you get the right type of rug pad to go with it. Choose one that’s compatible with the flooring below the rug, whether it’s carpet, tile or hardwood floors.

Now that you have all the basic info you need, it’s time to start looking for rugs that make the perfect statement in every area of your home. Shop the area rug collection at The RoomPlace now.

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Choosing Wall Decorations to Fit Your Design Aesthetic

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Wall decorations are a must to put the final touches on your interior, but it’s imperative that they fit your existing design aesthetic. If you’re not sure where to begin, The RoomPlace is here to fill you in. We put together a rundown on some of the most common interior styles, along with wall decoration ideas that align with each.

Minimalism

While some folks mistake minimalism as stark and cold, it can actually be quite warm and inviting. The minimalist aesthetic is all about clean, hassle-free elegance. The furniture and wall decorations may be spare, but they are chosen with extreme care. Wall decorations that align with minimalism include streamlined wall sculptures, empty frames and other bare essentials that make a statement.

Contemporary and Modern

Contemporary and modern design styles may seem similar, but they are two distinctly different aesthetics. Contemporary design incorporates what’s hot at the moment, while the modern aesthetic can incorporate any design styles from the late 1950s to the present.

Decorative wall art that aligns with contemporary style can include whatever is currently in vogue, whether it’s a specific artist’s reproduction or a certain trend. Modern wall decorations will mesh with whatever era is making a statement throughout your space. This can include retro clocks colorful wall plates reminiscent of the 1960s.

Traditional

Traditional interior design is the foundation of all other aesthetics, and it boasts a classic feel that never goes out of style. That doesn’t mean, however, you can’t add a personal or even whimsical touch with your wall décor. Keep the vibe traditional with classic wall clocks or mirrors. Mix it up a bit with colorful paintings or other artwork that exude an edgy feel.

Shabby Chic and Vintage

Although shabby chic and vintage are two different styles, certain wall decorations can work with both. Shabby chic features a laidback take on vintage and antique furnishings. Vintage can take a more formal tone with the same. The two meet with wall décor that can include metal fleur de lis and other metal scrollwork, along with baroque and antique-inspired frames, paintings and mirrors.

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Bohemian

Bohemian pulls together a variety of wall decorations and furnishings from across the world, giving an alluring, captivating and exotic feel. It can also capitalize on the unexpected. With the Bohemian style, wall decorations can range from brilliant wall sculptures to charming tapestries and folk art.

Rustic

Inspired by the great outdoors, the rustic look can incorporate a wide range of wall décor. Anything with rugged wood, depictions of pastoral or prairie scenes, and gorgeously weathered metal can work as wall decorations for the dining room, bedroom, hallway and any other area that begs for a touch of rustic charm.

While these examples don’t cover every single design aesthetic in the world, it does give you a great starting point and plenty of inspiration to outfit your walls with style. For even more inspiration, check out the full selection of artwork, sculptures and other wall décor at The RoomPlace now.

 

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Designing the Ultimate Girl’s Bedroom

Girls Bedrooms

Whether your daughter likes pink and frilly or bright green and silly, you want to design a bedroom she’ll absolutely adore. But you also want to design one that remains functional and fashionable when she eventually outgrows her frilly pink or silly bright green stage. That’s why we here at The RoomPlace put together this step-by-step guide to help you design the ultimate girl’s bedroom that meets both parent and daughter approval.

Choose the Colors or Theme

Even though pink may immediately come to mind for a girl’s bedroom, it’s certainly not the only color in the world. Ask your daughter what colors she likes, then use her choice as a springboard for selecting a color palette for the room. Bring her paint samples you’ve pre-approved to help you choose the wall colors, along with any materials or patterns you’ve selected for the curtains, bedspread or other furnishings.

Working with an entire color palette makes it easier to change out specific variations of the color that may no longer appeal to her. Like last week’s favorite color of bright green that suddenly switched to dark purple. Also remember that repainting the walls can be done rather inexpensively and quickly, but changing the custom curtains, linens and other elements can be more costly.

If you want to go beyond the world of color for your foundation, you can brainstorm with your daughter to create an overall theme for the room. Use her ideas as the basis of an aesthetic. If she wants a princess room, opt for a shabby chic style. If she begs for a crazy animal theme, fashion the room in a Bohemian style with plenty of playful animal folk art.

Select the Right Bed

Moving from a crib to a bigger bed has several options, with your choice based on how comfy your daughter is making the transition. For those who want to make a slow and secure transition, a girl’s toddler bed is a wise choice. Toddler beds are smaller than twin beds, and they have side rails you can use to provide a sense of safety.

If your daughter is ready for a twin bed, you can opt for a traditional twin bed, a platform bed with storage, girl bunk beds, or a twin bed that comes as part of a bedroom set. A twin bed is large enough to last your daughter through her teenage years, so select a style she’s not likely to quickly outgrow.

Girls bedrooms

Invest in Quality Furniture

Whether it’s the bed, the dresser or the storage cabinet, quality bedroom furniture will be worth your investment. Choose a timeless style that can adapt to your daughter’s changing preferences over the years without the need to purchase a whole new set of furniture. You and your daughter have many options when it comes to bedroom sets for girls that can withstand the test of time.

Storage space is also important, and you want both open and closed storage spaces to keep things tidy. Open storage spaces, like bookshelves, are ideal for items she uses on a daily basis. Closed storage areas, like dressers and cabinets, work well for clothes, shoes and jackets.

If you just can’t help but add a bit of whimsy, you can still do so. Just not for the staple items. Pick an adorable chair, play table set, girl’s vanity or other smaller items you can painlessly swap out when the time is right.

Create a Cozy Bedside Space

Bedtime rituals can go a long way toward helping your daughter get a good night’s sleep, and you want to make sure she has everything she needs for it. Select a quality nightstand with storage drawers or shelves where she can store her favorite bedtime book. Add a darling lamp with an easily accessible switch she can turn on and off as needed. Keep a decorative canister or jar on the nightstand for hair ties, jewelry and other small items that may otherwise end up in the bed.

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Pull it All Together

Once the foundation and necessities are taken care of, it’s time for the finishing touches. This means taking care of all the remaining details that transform your girl’s bedroom into the ultimate bedroom. An area rug provides comfort, coziness and a dash of color. Wall decorations can run the gamut from her own original art to posters or pictures of her favorite animals.

Window treatments are important to keep out light, add privacy and add a unified look to the room. Blinds, shutters and curtains are all options to consider.

Now that you have a firm foundation, important details and the basic framework for designing the ultimate girl’s bedroom, all you have left to do is shop. Check out the selection of girl’s bedroom furniture and furnishings at The RoomPlace to get started now.

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Maximizing Storage Space in Your Home’s Bedrooms

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Packed with clothes, shoes, toys, knickknacks and personal accessories, your home’s bedrooms can quickly become the most cluttered spaces in your house. While getting rid of some of the clutter is one way to combat it, it’s certainly not the only way. Creating more storage options is another. Check out these nifty tips from The RoomPlace to maximize storage space in your home’s bedrooms.

Open Up Space with a Daybed

Instead of having a full-size bed in the guest room, or two twin beds in the kids’ room, try a daybed in either one. Daybeds look like stylish sofas, and daybeds with trundles feature a pull-out bed that can come out at night and put back into place during the day. This gives you more space for a dresser, cabinet or other bedroom storage options that might otherwise be impeded by a larger bed.

Take Advantage of Bunk Beds

Bunk beds are a fun solution for kids’ rooms, opening up space by stacking beds on top of each other. They can also work if you only have one child in the room. The top area of the bunk can become instant storage space for toys, games, stuffed animals or other stuff that is often found cluttering the bedroom floor. Instead of a standard ladder, you could maximize storage space even further by opting for a wooden stairway that doubles as a storage chest.

Go for a Bed with Built-in Storage

While you may be used to shoving things under the bed for storage, there’s an even better option that makes more organized use of the space. Go for a bed that already has storage options built right in. An ideal choice for the kid’s room is a storage bed with a built-in bookcase, while the master suite would look dashing with a full-sized bed or queen-sized bed featuring storage drawers.

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Try Benches and Ottomans with Storage

Seating areas in bedrooms can be handy, and they’re even handier when they come with built-in storage spaces. Storage benches make a delightful addition to any bedroom, and they can be more stylish and useful than the standard toy box.

Storage ottomans can be placed anywhere in the bedroom, from the foot of the bed to the walk-in closet, bringing extra storage along the way. You can even find fun styles for kids’ rooms, such as the alligator ottoman that can keep smaller toys and accessories safe and out of sight.

Get Creative

A number of other creative storage solutions are also available for your bedrooms. A bunk bed caddy can hold items on the side of the bunk bed. Under-bed storage options include clear boxes or even wooden drawers. Shelving units that reach from the floor to the ceiling can create a slew of extra storage space – and you can even use your storage ottoman as a footstool to reach the highest heights.

With all these solutions at the ready, you can easily say goodbye to bedroom clutter — and hello to maximized storage space. Shop storage options at The RoomPlace now.

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Trending Designs & Décor for 2019

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Featured Image: Oskar Cocktail Table from The RoomPlace

The New Year is almost here, and we’ve got the scoop on rising trends that are here to stay. Whether you’re renovating a whole room of your house or looking for chic, trendy ways to decorate any space, read on to see some of our favorite trending looks in furniture and décor for 2019.

Image: apoleon Back Chairs from The RoomPlace
Image: Lakewood Sage 5 Pc. Dinette w/Napoleon Back Chairs from The RoomPlace

Down-to-Earth Colors

Versatile, brooding and deep, earth tones are popping up as a colorful, charming alternative to the white-and-gray color schemes that dominated 2018. Behr’s Color of the Year, for instance, is Blueprint, a deep yet approachable blue-green tone inspired by the sea. It happens to pair perfectly with Cavern Clay, the smooth terracotta color that Sherwin-Williams named its 2019 Color of the Year. Also on Pantone’s 2019 radar is Night Watch, a strong hunter green that offers a lush and moody look.

Beyond just paint colors, look for furniture and décor that exudes earthy charm with hues like butter yellow, copper, amber, hazelnut, moss green, jade, mahogany and warm gray. As more designers and homeowners get inspired by looking back to the mid-century modern movement, these rich, bold earth and jewel tones are being used to add personality, charm and an inviting atmosphere to any space.

Keep your dining room on-trend with a dining set that features sumptuous earth tones, like this dinette with sage green chairs. In the living area, a brown, beige or warm gray sofa or sectional is perfectly inviting and stylish.

Sammi Gray Velvet Accent Chair from The RoomPlace
Image: Sammi Gray Velvet Accent Chair from The RoomPlace

Bohemian Inspiration

Eclectic design has never completely fallen out of style, but we’re seeing a resurgence in this trend as more people look for ways to infuse their home with color and a bit of whimsy. Along with the rising popularity of rich, earthy colors and jewel tones comes unexpected design choices, expressive color pairings, unique textures and boho charm.

Barrington Purple Linen Sofa from The RoomPlace
Image: Barrington Purple Linen Sofa from The RoomPlace

Aim for the unexpected and focus on complementary colors and natural finishes when designing a bohemian-inspired space. A velvet accent chair, mauve sofa, mid-century coffee table and a vintage-inspired area rug are chic, eclectic additions to a boho living room.

KAS Casablanca Teal Area Rug From The RoomPlace
Image: KAS Casablanca Teal Area Rug From The RoomPlace

High Contrast

Contrast is a timeless and essential aspect of any design, but 2019 will see some dramatic looks on the high-contrast front. Think white tile with dark grout, black-and-white floors, contrasting wood finishes and bold color choices for walls and cabinets. Add contrast easily to an existing room with new wall décor in a striking color, or a high-contrast area rug in an eye-catching pattern. Matte black is a particularly trendy color option for furniture finishes, lamps, tiles and more.

Micah Black Large Kitchen Cart from The RoomPlace
Image: Micah Black Large Kitchen Cart from The RoomPlace

Bar Carts

This trend may be a bit more specific than those above, but it’s one we can’t ignore. Bar carts and rolling kitchen islands are hot—for good reason. They offer convenience and portability paired with a unique elegance that instantly enhances your kitchen, dining room or living area. Perfect for entertaining or everyday use, a kitchen cart is a versatile accent that will let you roll 2019 style to any room in 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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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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Update Your Guest Room for the Holidays

Montrose Brown Queen Bed for your Guest Room from The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Montrose Brown Queen Bed for your Guest Room from The RoomPlace

If you’re expecting overnight visitors in your home over the holidays, it’s probably time to get your guest room into shape. If your guest room hasn’t been used in a while or is simply in need of some updates, now is the perfect time to make some upgrades. Let’s take a look at five easy ways to make your guest room homier and more welcoming before the busy holiday season.

#1: Fresh Coat of Paint

Few updates are as easy as a simple, fresh coat of paint for your guest room walls. In general, neutrals such as warm gray, cream or tan are versatile and timeless. If you want something with a little more color, a soft yellow, seafoam green or soothing blue are also great options.

Therapedic Chiro-Pedic Firm Mattress from The RoomPlace
Image: Therapedic Chiro-Pedic Firm Mattress from The RoomPlace

#2: New Mattress

A new (and upgraded) mattress could be a great investment in improving your guest room. Welcome your friends or family for the holidays with a mattress that offers excellent support to make their vacation a comfortable one.

Welden Queen Bed with Storage from The RoomPlace
Image: Welden Queen Bed with Storage from The RoomPlace

#3: More Storage

If your visitors will be staying more than a night or two, chances are they’ll need a place to keep their belongings. If you think your guest room might be short on storage space, consider adding additional storage in the form of a new dresser (if you have space), under-bed drawers or simply some shelves on the walls. A bed frame with built-in drawers, such as the Welden Queen Bed, could also be the perfect two-in-one upgrade for your guest room.

Austin Area Rug from The RoomPlace
Image: Austin Area Rug from The RoomPlace

#4: Warm Rug

Give your guests something soft and warm to step onto when they get out of bed in the morning. Especially if you have hardwood or tile floors that might get chilly when it’s cold outside, a cozy rug is the perfect inviting touch to add to your guest room. Plus, you can take this opportunity to add a pop of color and texture to your guest room décor with an area rug that features a stylish pattern.

Laelia Silver Table Lamp from the RoomPlace
Image: Laelia Silver Table Lamp from the RoomPlace

#5: Better Lighting

During the winter, the days are short and the nights are long. Make sure your guest room has plenty of lighting options so your visitors can get the most of their space. A lamp on each side of the bed, along with ceiling lights of some kind, is ideal.

With one or more of these updates, you can have your guest room looking fresh and inviting, ready to accommodate your guests for the holidays.