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5 Tips for Achieving a Modern Minimalist Living Room

Viktor Table Lamp from The RoomPlace
Image: Viktor Table Lamp from The RoomPlace

The modern minimalist movement is still in full swing, with many homeowners updating their spaces in favor of uncluttered, simplified and contemporary designs. If you’re planning a full-fledged remodel or simply want to update your living room furniture, minimalism is a trendy yet timeless way to go. From contemporary furniture to minimalist décor, let’s take a look at several ideas for achieving a modern minimalist look in your living room.

1. Reduce Clutter

The first step in designing any minimalist space is to remember the main tenant of the minimalist movement: reducing clutter! The idea is to remove items that are not essential to the space, and only keep the pieces that serve a purpose. Before bringing in new furniture to create a contemporary minimalist look, start by eliminating clutter. If you never use your love seat, get rid of it. If your wall décor is just there to fill an empty space, leave the wall blank instead.

Pasha Area Rug (5’x’8) from The RoomPlace
Image: Pasha Area Rug (5’x’8) from The RoomPlace

2. Find Purposeful Décor

Creating a minimalist room doesn’t necessarily mean you have to remove every bit of décor. You still want to design a space that’s visually pleasing and reflects your personality. So, try to minimize the décor and ornamentation of the room in a way that still allows expression. For example, instead of a cluttered wall of picture frames, highlight a single oversized canvas photo in black-and-white.

It also helps to find objects that look good and serve a purpose, in keeping with the minimalist style. Purposeful décor might be a bold light fixture, a cozy textured rug or even a wall-mounted planter for herbs or succulents.

3. Choose a Simple Color Palette

It may seem obvious, but make sure to simplify the room’s color palette as much as possible. Avoid wall colors that are overly bold or bright. In general, go for softer, neutral colors in either warm or cool tones. Gray, white and cream are great places to start.

4. Know When to Go Bold

Many minimalist room designs can benefit from a touch of boldness. The hard part is knowing when to go bold. The key is a touch of bold color, and not overdoing it. If your mostly white living room feels blank, the simple addition of a charcoal gray rug or dark-colored contemporary coffee table will help breathe life into the design.

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Image: Karma Sofa from The RoomPlace

5. Go for Smaller Furniture

For true minimalism, go small when it comes to choosing your furniture. Choose a simple, modern sofa or love seat that’s only as big as you need it to be. In fact, if you only need to seat 1 or 2 people on a regular basis, simple yet comfortable accent chairs are a good minimalist alternative to a traditional sofa.

Janette White Chair from The RoomPlace
Image: Janette White Chair from The RoomPlace

If you don’t need a huge coffee table surface, opt for a miniature side table (even a repurposed stool works great) or folding tray table. Rather than setting your TV on an oversized entertainment center, mount it on the wall or use a small stand.

Rocky Gray 3 Piece Living Room from The RoomPlace
Image: Rocky Gray 3 Piece Living Room from The RoomPlace

If you have a larger family or need the extra seating space, many modern living room sets have a minimalist style while offering the comfort and size that you need.

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Furniture Ideas for a Small Apartment

Donovan Red 3 Piece Daybed With Trundle From The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Donovan Red 3 Piece Daybed With Trundle From The RoomPlace

If you live in an apartment or home that’s on the small side, it can be difficult to find furniture that fits your space. To avoid a cramped, cluttered look and make the most of your small apartment, here are some stylish, space-saving furniture ideas to get you started.

Daybeds & Sleeper Sofas

Dual-purpose furniture is a great way to increase the functionality of a limited space without adding clutter. If your apartment is a one-bedroom but you need a second bed, your options are plentiful: from daybeds to futons and sleeper sofas, there are a few ways you can maximize your furniture even in a tiny space:

  • Daybed: A daybed looks like a tall sofa but is actually as comfortable to sleep on as a traditional bed. Some daybeds also have trundles—an extra bed that pulls out from the bottom but is hidden neatly underneath when not in use. Great for regular use in small bedrooms or shared kids’ rooms.
Cloud Gray Futon From The RoomPlace
Image: Cloud Gray Futon From The RoomPlace
  • Futon: Futons are a classic dual-purpose piece. They offer a minimalist look and can be converted from a couch to a bed in an instant. This option is a great alternative to a space-hogging guest bed.
Blair Brown Sleeper Sofa From The RoomPlace
Image: Blair Brown Sleeper Sofa From The RoomPlace
  • Sleeper Sofa: Sleeper sofas are designed to look and function just like a traditional sofa, but they feature a fold-out mattress inside. Twin-size sleepers take up about as much floor space as a loveseat, while a queen is equivalent to a full sofa.

No matter what style you prefer, each of these sofa beds can blend in with the existing décor in your living area or bedroom for a contemporary look.

Olson Accent Chair From The RoomPlace
Image: Olson Accent Chair From The RoomPlace

Small Chairs

The living room of a small apartment isn’t likely to have sufficient space for a huge recliner or wide accent chair. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice having a comfy chair altogether. Minimalist chairs are typically a great option for small spaces—look for armless or slim-arm designs like our Tasia or Olson Accent Chair.

Likewise, dining chairs with a slimmer profile are great for reducing the amount of space taken up by your dining set. Make sure to choose chairs that can slide fully beneath the table when not in use, and opt for a simpler design to limit visual clutter.

Image: Jonathan Brown Faux Tray Set From The RoomPlace
Image: Jonathan Brown Faux Tray Set From The RoomPlace

Space-Conscious Tables

Occasional Tables typically take up lots of space, but there are a few ways you can minimize your small apartment’s tables while maximizing their functionality:

  • Tray Tables: A portable, folding alternative to side tables, tray tables can be pulled up to the sofa to serve as a small dining surface. Just fold and store when not in use.
Image: Winston Nesting Tables From The RoomPlace
Image: Winston Nesting Tables From The RoomPlace
  • Nesting Tables: If you have space for an end table in your living room, a nesting table can help you maximize storage space and provide an extra pull-out surface when needed. With this option, there’s no need for a coffee table!
Warrington Pub Table From The RoomPlace
Image: Warrington Pub Table From The RoomPlace
  • Pub Tables: 3- or 4-seater pub tables provide a compact alternative to dining tables.
Karma Loveseat From The RoomPlace
Image: Karma Loveseat From The RoomPlace

Love Seat

Finally, if you don’t have much space in your apartment’s living room, opt for a love seat instead of a regular sofa. It takes up much less space while still providing a cozy spot to relax and watch TV.

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Our Best-Selling Sofas & Sectionals for Every Budget

Featured Image: Sydney Charcoal 2 Pc. Sectional From The RoomPlace
Sydney Charcoal 2 Pc. Sectional From The RoomPlace

Looking to remodel your living room or simply upgrade your sofa? A high-quality couch or sectional set can instantly update your space and improve your family’s comfort—but with so many options, it can be overwhelming to shop for the perfect sofa for your home and your budget.

We’ll make it easy on you! Let’s take a look at four of our most popular sofas and sectionals, which are perfect for updating your living room no matter what your budget is.

Image: Lanzo 2 Piece Red Sectional From The RoomPlace
Lanzo 2 Piece Red Sectional From The RoomPlace

Under $600: Lanzo 2 Pc. Living Room

The perfect fit for a limited budget, the Lanzo 2 Pc. Living Room set is available in bold red, modern gray and versatile chocolate varieties to suit any room design. This sofa and loveseat set features faux leather sides and comfortable upholstered seating for an upscale, on-trend look that won’t break the bank. Contrasting throw pillows complete the set for the perfect look in your living room.

Image: Sydney Gray 2 Piece Sectional From The RoomPlace
Sydney Gray 2 Piece Sectional From The RoomPlace

Under $800: Sydney 2 Pc. Sectional

A beautiful sectional set for mid-range budgets, the Sydney features a contemporary sofa with coordinating chaise. It’s one of our most popular sellers—and for good reason. With tufted detailing, long armrests and firm foam cushions, the Sydney is made for comfort. The stylish gray option is the best-selling color of this set, though it’s also available in charcoal and taupe to complement most décor.

Image: Marlo Walnut 3 Piece Sectional From The RoomPlace
Marlo Walnut 3 Piece Sectional From The RoomPlace

Under $1,000: Marlo 3 Pc. Sectional

This comfortable, versatile living room set will give your space a warm and casual yet luxurious feel. Featuring a sofa, chaise and over-sized cocktail ottoman, the set offers the convenience of multiple configurations to fit your room and your needs. The Marlo features smooth pulled upholstery, tufted back cushions and perfectly soft cushions for ultimate comfort all around. Plus, its rich color and versatile design are sure to complement most décor styles. To complete the set, add a Marlo Chair.

Image: Escalade 6 Piece Power Sectional With Two Armless Chairs From The RoomPlace
Escalade 6 Piece Power Sectional With Two Armless Chairs From The RoomPlace

Under $2,000: Escalade 6 Pc. Sectional

The epitome of luxury, the Escalade Sectional Set features 6 pieces: two power recliners, two armless chairs, wedge, power headrests and console. It’s no surprise this is one of our most popular sofas. If you want to indulge, this sectional is the way to go. Made of durable polyester fabric in versatile charcoal, this set offers the comfort of extra-plush pillow-top arm cushions, MemoryPedic foam cushions and power recliners for maximum relaxation. Comfortable and convenient with a beautiful contemporary design, the Escalade is the complete package.

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5 Mid-Century Modern Home Accents We Love

Harper Fruitwood 60" TV Stand From The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Harper Fruitwood 60″ TV Stand From The RoomPlace

If you’re keeping up with any trends in the interior design industry, you probably know that the mid-century modern movement has made a comeback. And we don’t think this trend is going anywhere soon. Designers and homeowners alike love the simple, organic forms, clean lines and functionality of this design style. Anyone who finds retro or minimalist design appealing is sure to appreciate mid-century modern home accents.

We’ve gathered five of our favorite mid-century-inspired pieces of contemporary furniture to give you a glimpse into what this style has to offer. But first, let’s answer the question that’s probably on your mind: What exactly is mid-century modern design?

What is Mid-Century Modern Design?

“Mid-century modern” is a term used to describe the interior design and architecture trends from roughly the mid-1930s to 1965. (However, some people consider “mid-century” to be limited to 1947-1957.) It’s characterized by a few key elements, including:

  • Simple, clean lines
  • Organic and geometric forms and curves
  • Focus on functionality over appearance
  • Minimal decoration and an uncluttered look
  • Contrasting colors

Much of what makes the mid-century look so appealing is that it’s versatile and timeless. It’s not limited to a specific color palette or material, and it tends to blend beautifully with other design styles, too. So whether you’re looking for a single piece of mid-century furniture to complete a room or you want to embrace the movement throughout your whole house, discover your next favorite piece with the ideas below.

Roxbury Gray Sofa From The RoomPlace
Image: Roxbury Gray Sofa From The RoomPlace

#1: Neutral Sofa

Create an undeniable mid-century statement in your living room with the Roxbury Gray Sofa. Tufted chenille fabric adds visual interest along with durability and comfort for the best of both worlds. Contrasting angled legs give this stylish, modern sofa a retro flair.

Carter Blue Chair From The RoomPlace
Image: Carter Blue Chair From The RoomPlace

#2: Bold Accent Chair

When designing a mid-century modern living room, many homeowners like to make an impact with a striking accent chair that contrasts the sofa. This Carter Blue Chair, with linen-like fabric in retro cobalt blue, adds a touch of bold color to your space. Its curved silhouette, organic shape and tapered legs give this chair a timeless mid-century style.

Linon Cylinder Blue Area Rug From The RoomPlace
Image: Linon Cylinder Blue Area Rug From The RoomPlace

#3: Geometric Area Rug

When it comes to finding the best mid-century modern area rug for your living room, dining room or bedroom, you can’t go wrong with a colorful, geometric pattern. This Linin Cylinder Blue Area Rug features a contrasting retro pattern with trendy shades of blue, making it the perfect bold accent piece for a contemporary space.

Fullerton Table From The RoomPlace
Image: Fullerton Table From The RoomPlace

#4: Minimalist Dining Table

Full of character and charm, the Fullerton Table is inspired by the mid-century movement in an unmistakable way. A simple, handsome wood design with tapered legs and slim built-in drawers pairs form and function beautifully. A dining table like this will give your room an instant sense of mid-century authenticity.

Image: Beoir Ceiling Lamp From The RoomPlace
Image: Beoir Ceiling Lamp From The RoomPlace

#5: Retro Light Fixture

Light your home with a retro vibe—with a Beoir Ceiling Lamp inspired by trends from the 50s and 60s. A glamorous gold finish brings shine to the room while its dramatic design offers a uniquely striking yet minimalist take on the classic chandelier.

Whether you pick your favorite home accent from these ideas or you combine them all, we hope you’ve been inspired to design a mid-century masterpiece.

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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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How to Choose an Ideal Sofa Fabric

Featured Image: Marlo Charcoal 3 Pc. Sectional (Reverse) From The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Marlo Charcoal 3 Pc. Sectional (Reverse) From The RoomPlace

When shopping for a new living room sofa, sectional, armchair or other upholstered furniture, it’s important to consider not just how they look but how they’ll hold up to the wear and tear and everyday life. Factors like durability, stain-resistance, and ease of maintenance will help you decide what type of fabric is best for your furniture. Let’s take a look at the benefits and downsides of several common options.

Image: Florence Charcoal 3 Pc. Leather Sectional From The RoomPlace
Image: Florence Charcoal 3 Pc. Leather Sectional From The RoomPlace

Leather

One of the best options for people with young kids or pets, leather is durable and classic. Cleanup is generally easy—just vacuum or wipe with a damp cloth to clean up messes. For more thorough cleaning, you’ll want to use a leather conditioner or saddle soap to ensure your leather sofa or leather sectional set looks good for years to come. Check out our past blog post on the topic for more information on whether leather is right for you.

Image: Denali Smoke 3 Pc. Polyester & Microfiber Sectional w/Chaise From The RoomPlace
Image: Denali Smoke 3 Pc. Polyester & Microfiber Sectional w/Chaise From The RoomPlace

Microfiber & Polyester

Another durable and popular choice, microfiber upholstery is easy to keep clean and stands up well to everyday wear. One downside of some microfiber furniture is that it can have a bit of static that attracts pet hair or clothing lint.

Microfiber is made of polyester, and there are other polyester-based upholstery options as well. These include polyester canvas, some faux leathers, tweed, twill and many other strong, textured fabrics. In general, polyester is a durable synthetic fiber that offers many advantages. However, some polyester blends include natural fibers like cotton, which can be more prone to staining, so it’s important to check the sofa label for its exact composition.

Other Synthetic Fibers

Polyester is not the only synthetic fiber used for upholstery fabrics. Other made-made fabrics like olefin, rayon and nylon are often blended with other fibers to improve durability and stain-resistance. In general, synthetic materials are stronger and more practical than their natural fiber counterparts.

Image: Bloom Gray Tween Chaise Cotton Sofa From The RoomPlace
Image: Bloom Gray Tween Chaise Cotton Sofa From The RoomPlace

Cotton

Cotton upholstery provides good resistance to wear and fading, but not much resistance to wrinkling and staining. In general, 100% cotton sofas can be a great choice aesthetically, but may not be right for families with children or pets. Cotton canvas and certain cotton blends are more durable choices than softer cotton weaves like chenille.

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

Linen & Silk

While linen and silk are quite different fabrics, their downsides as upholstery options are similar. Both are best suited for formal, adults-only living areas that are free of pets, since they won’t withstand heavy wear. Both silk and linen furniture must also be professional cleaned if soiled.

Tips for Choosing a Sofa Fabric for Your Home

Now that you’re familiar with the pros and cons of some of the most popular sofa and couch fabrics, here are some additional tips for how to choose the one that’s best for your needs:

  • Choose a sofa fabric based on how much use your sofa will get as well as who will be using it. Toddlers, dogs and cats can be particularly rough on upholstery, so it’s best to choose a durable material like leather or microfiber.
  • Fabrics with higher thread counts (number of threads per square inch) are denser and therefore more durable. To get the best possible strength and quality out of a fabric like cotton, opt for one that features a high thread count.
  • For best results, and to ensure your new sofa or sectional has a long life, we recommend applying a water-repelling upholstery protectant like Scotchgard. This will help create a barrier to reduce the chance that spills will stain your furniture.
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How to Design a Kid-Friendly Yet Stylish Bedroom

Catalina Chestnut Twin Bunk Bed with Staircase From The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Catalina Chestnut Twin Bunk Bed with Staircase From The RoomPlace

When it comes to designing and decorating a child’s bedroom, the process is somewhat of a balancing act for many parents. You want your kid to enjoy their bedroom and have some say in its design, but you also want the end result to be stylish, practical and complementary to the rest of your home. So how do you compromise?

To take some of the difficulty out of the process, we’ve come up with a few tips. Here are a few creative ways you can ensure your child’s bedroom design is both kid-friendly and objectively stylish:

Catalina White Twin/Full Bunk Bed From the RoomPlace
Image: Catalina White Twin/Full Bunk Bed From the RoomPlace

Choosing the Right Bed

If you’re looking for a practical, space-saving bed solution and your kids want to keep their room fun, bunk beds are the clear answer. Kids bunk bed sets are perfect for siblings who share a room, and they help preserve limited floor space in smaller rooms. A daybed with trundle offers similar functionality, with kid-friendly comfort and adult-approved style.

Donovan Brown 3 Pc. Daybed With Twin Trundle From The RoomPlace
Image: Donovan Brown 3 Pc. Daybed With Twin Trundle From The RoomPlace

If your kid has their own room, contemporary bedroom sets with coordinating furniture will keep the room looking stylish and modern. Loft beds are another option that older kids and teenagers are sure to appreciate, too.

Compromising on Wall Colors

Sometimes, kids want to paint their bedroom walls in colors that aren’t so easy on the eyes. And few children are likely to ask for a trendy hue like “greige.” To keep their room stylish and to avoid re-painting every year when their tastes change, here are a few suggestions on how to compromise:

  • Alternative Shades: Find a few still-colorful paints that are toned-down versions of what your child wants. If your little one requests neon pink walls, suggest light coral or blush.
  • Accent Wall: If you want white walls and your kid wants yellow, consider using the colorful hue on just one of the room’s walls. This can help tone down the boldness, keep kiddo happy and make it much easier to re-paint in the future.
  • Creative Décor: You choose the wall color, while giving your child creative freedom over temporary décor like wall decals and art.
 Daisy Doodle Kid's Recliner From The RoomPlace
Image: Daisy Doodle Kid’s Recliner From The RoomPlace

Adding a Touch of Fun

Opting for stylish, practical wall colors and bed sets doesn’t mean your kid can’t enjoy their bedroom and make it theirs. Keep it kid-friendly by including design elements that infuse the space with personality and fun. From kid-size recliners and chairs to brightly colored nightstands, let your little one, tween or teen have some creative direction over the furniture and décor in their bedroom. Let them show their personality with bedding, wall art and decorations that they’ve picked out themselves.

With these tips and ideas, you can be well on your way to designing a bedroom that’s as stylish as it is kid-friendly.

 

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How to Make Your Bedroom a Relaxing Space

Welden 7 Pc. King Bedroom set from The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Welden 7 Pc. King Bedroom set from The RoomPlace

Your bedroom should be your haven: a calming space where you can sit back, relax and most importantly, enjoy a good night’s sleep. From choosing the right bed to picking the perfect paint color, here are a few ways you can maximize your bedroom’s relaxing qualities.

#1: The Bigger the Bed, the Better

The bed should be the “main event” of your bedroom. And for ultimate relaxation every night, a king bed is the way to go without a doubt. The comfort level and size of your mattress are key to a good night’s sleep. A king bed lets you stretch out to your heart’s desire and provides plenty of space to get comfortable. Pair your new bed with a king bedroom set that brings the whole room together in a cohesive style.

Somerset 8 Pc. King Bedroom Set From The RoomPlace
Image: Somerset 8 Pc. King Bedroom Set From The RoomPlace

#2: Stick with Soothing Neutrals

When it comes to choosing the perfect color for your bedroom, aim for a hue that feels soothing and calm. Light neutral colors are best—not to mention on-trend—but that doesn’t mean your room has to lack color. A soft gray-blue is a relaxing choice that will keep your bedroom feeling stylish yet comfortable. Warm gray tones are popular as well. In general, you’ll want to avoid harsh colors that are too vibrant or bold, such as scarlet red or bright yellow.

Image: Tyler 2 Drawer Nightstand From The RoomPlace
Tyler 2 Drawer Nightstand From The RoomPlace

#3: Simplify Your Décor

Visual clutter can be the opposite of relaxing. If you walk into your bedroom and it feels overwhelming, cluttered or cramped, it’s time to simplify your décor. Even if you’re not a fan of going completely minimalist, minimizing your bedroom’s decorations and accessories can help transform it into a relaxing, harmonious space.

Langston Vintage French Chaise From the RoomPlace
Image: Langston Vintage French Chaise From the RoomPlace

Keep it simple by only including furniture that serves a purpose—a dresser, nightstand and cozy chaise lounge, for example—and add a select few pieces of décor to make the room yours. The idea is to ensure that when you’re lying in bed, you aren’t overwhelmed with distractions or busy décor. A great way to avoid this is to hang art and objects on the wall at the head of the bed, where it makes a statement yet remains out of sight when it’s time to sleep.

Linon Quatrefoil Gray Area Rug From The RoomPlace
Image: Linon Quatrefoil Gray Area Rug From The RoomPlace

#4: Focus on Fabrics 

When selecting fabrics for your bedroom—such as bedding, rugs and curtains—focus on comfort. Choose materials that are inviting and have a sense of warmth, but are also practical. Here are a few tips when shopping for these fabrics:

  • Rugs: When choosing an area rug, your top priority should be how it feels underfoot; there’s nothing comfortable about a hard or scratchy rug.
  • Bedding: Indulge in high-quality sheets and bedding that keep you warm and cozy.
  • Curtains: Thermal blackout curtains help block light and drafts from your windows, keeping your room comfortable.

Any of these tips and ideas will get you off to a great start when designing the ultimate relaxing bedroom.

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4 Entertainment Centers for Small Spaces

Manhattan 3 Piece Entertainment Center From The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Manhattan 3 Piece Entertainment Center From The RoomPlace

Featured Image:  Manhattan 3 Piece Entertainment Center From The RoomPlace

While some entertainment centers can be on the large side, they certainly do not have to take over your living room. Leave space for seating your guests on those big Game Day gatherings and other events with these ideas for space-conscious entertainment centers that still have plenty of style.

#1: Minimalist Wall Units   

If you like the storage capacity and traditional look of a wall unit entertainment center, you can still get the best of both worlds by choosing a minimalist style. In fact, a wall unit can be great for smaller rooms, since it helps utilize wall space for storage purposes. In general, try to find an entertainment center that uses more vertical space and features a simple, sleek design. Even a minimalist unit, like our Sierra 3 Pc. Entertainment Wall, can become a stylish focal point of your living room.

Sierra 64” TV Stand From The RoomPlace
Image: Sierra 64” TV Stand From The RoomPlace

#2: TV Stands

Smaller entertainment stands are a practical choice for living rooms with limited space. Offering a contemporary look, TV stands often take up less space than wall units while still providing some storage for media and electronics. Look for stands that are 60” wide or smaller so you can preserve your living space as much as possible.

To make your entertainment stand a greater focal point in your living room, consider framing it on either side with shelves or wall décor for an added touch of style.

Monticristo Fireplace From The RoomPlace
Image: Monticristo Fireplace From The RoomPlace

#3: Fireplace Entertainment Stands

For a dual-purpose entertainment center, consider opting for a fireplace that doubles as a TV stand. This option can deliver warmth when you need it, and provides an intimate glow perfect for entertaining or everyday relaxation. Available in a range of sizes, fireplace entertainment centers offer all the storage and functionality of a traditional TV stand with the charming elegance of simulated fire.

LG 60" 4K Super UHD Smart LED TV W/ WebOS™ 3.0 From The RoomPlace
Image: LG 60″ 4K Super UHD Smart LED TV W/ WebOS™ 3.0 From The RoomPlace

#4: Wall-Mounted HDTV

For a truly minimalist look, a simple wall-mounted flat screen television can give your living area a fresh, modern look. If you need additional space to store your electronics and media, try adding a few rows of stylish wall shelving beneath the TV. This arrangement leaves plenty of room for seating and other furniture so you can enjoy your living room to its fullest potential.

Whether you choose a minimalist stand for your TV, a fireplace entertainment center that exudes warmth, or something in between, each of these ideas is perfect for adding both style and function to a small living room.

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Dining Table Setups for Big Families

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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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.