Design Tips Home Decor

Designing Your Room Around a Statement Piece

statementHave you found an accent piece you absolutely love, but you aren’t sure it will work with your existing furniture? Or, do you already have a statement piece, but want to replace the rest of your living room furniture? Designing a room around a statement piece can be intimidating if you aren’t a professional decorator, but don’t worry we can help.

We’ve put together some foolproof tips from our interior design experts that will help you conquer your statement piece fears.

1. One per room – Flip through any home décor magazine. What do you notice? Every spread has a statement piece that commands attention. Whether it’s an accent chair, a rug that pops, or a brightly colored bookcase, one piece in every room should be the star.

2. Choose a shade – If your statement piece features a pattern with multiple colors, consider picking one of the colors to use elsewhere in the room. One interior design idea for the living room, for example, would be to pick a color in your statement piece and mirror that color with an accent pillow for the couch or hang art that features that color.

3. Pick an era – Consider choosing pieces from the same style era. Sticking with furniture designed after a certain time period will help your room feel cohesive and intentional even though the piece may not match in color or pattern.

Using a statement piece doesn’t have to be scary. We hope these home décor ideas will help you decorate with confidence. Browse our accent pieces online or visit any of our store locations to see how our designers make it work. For complete furniture sets, accent pieces, and more, you can Get It All at The RoomPlace!

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3 Vintage Furniture Trends We’re Loving Right Now

The saying goes, “everything old is new again,” and that’s certainly true when it comes to fashion and home décor. Year after year, we see vintage furniture trends from decades’ past come back in style in a big way. Let’s take a look at some of the 2017 furniture trends and talk about how you can get the look whether you’re buying vintage furniture or new furniture inspired by classic looks.

Newcastle Sofa1) Plush Sofas

Modern minimalism has taken a backseat to plush, luxurious sofas yet again. The Chesterfield 18th century classic sofa with overstuffed cushions and deep button tufting is gracing furniture showrooms across the country. Our Newcastle Platinum Sofa is a modern take on the classic design with button tufting along the inside of the arms and nail head detailing.

Olson accent chair

2) Mid-Century Modern Accent Chairs

The mid-century modern vintage furniture look of the forties and fifties became very popular again when Mad Men, a hit AMC television show, first aired in 2007 and since then has remained a favorite among designers. Wood details, clean lines and neutral colors make these pieces fit well in most homes even if they are a stand-alone accent. Our Olson Accent Chair is a great example of this classic look!

Ashburn Oak Dining Set

3) Oak Furniture

Furniture makers in the Arts & Crafts period of the late 1800s to early 1900s, most often used Oak as their wood of choice. These pieces were often lightly varnished or stained to allow the natural beauty of the wood to shine. Oak pieces are in again, especially in the dining room. Our Ashburn Oak Dining Set has that old world feel with a modern twist.

Shop our vintage modern furniture right here in Chicago or at any of our 25 store locations in Indiana and Illinois. You can also shop our complete collection of furniture online at Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more style inspiration and tips!

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Embracing the Copper Craze

If you’ve noticed that copper accent pieces are popping up everywhere, you’re right. Copper is IN this year in a big way. It’s a stylish, modern and chic look. Whether you’re re-doing a room, furnishing an entire house or just want to stay on trend by adding a few accent pieces to your home – let’s talk about how to embrace the copper craze!

Copper accent piece

  1. Mix Materials
    Even the smallest amounts of copper accents can add the shine you need in a room. Where gold can seem too lavish and silver or chrome too cold, copper décor offers a beautiful and warm touch. The Coronado Sofa Table features a rich dark chocolate stain, a floating glass top and a gorgeous band of rosy copper. This table would look great against a living room sofa, in a hallway, or an entryway.
    Copper spray paint
  2. DIY With Copper Spray Paint
    Copper home décor doesn’t have to be expensive. There is so much you can do with a can of copper spray paint and a little creativity. Spray paint your metal hangers for an elegant shine in your closet. Or, use painter’s tape to cover the top of a vase, glass bottle or planter, then spray paint the bottom half! It’s a stunning and sophisticated look that’s perfect for a dining room centerpiece.

    Copper shelves

  3. Hang It On The Walls
    Whether it’s shelving, wall art or metallic paint, copper wall décor is a great way to showcase this latest trend. Even just swapping out the frames on the wall art or photos you already have up for copper can make a big impact!

Remember, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get the latest looks, with great deals on furniture and accessories for every room in your home, you can Get It All at The RoomPlace! Shop for copper accent pieces and more online at or stop by any of our furniture stores in Chicago and Indianapolis to see all the latest trends on display.

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Farmhouse Style in the City

Farmhouse style interior design is making a comeback. Whether you live in the country or right here in the city, you can use the classic look of American farmhouses for inspiration to bring a warm, laid-back, and welcoming feel to your house or apartment. Let’s go over some of the basics for how to decorate in the farmhouse style.

  1. Simple, sturdy furniture with a wood grain finish sets the tone of the space. The Carter Bedroom Set from The RoomPlace with its rough-sawn, aged-oak finish is a great example.carter-kg-bedroom_v1
  2. White or light paint colors for the walls will make your home feel open and bright. If you don’t have wood floors, wood accent pieces can achieve a similar feel.

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  3. Use natural and neutral colors for your curtains, rugs, bedding and other fabrics. Think cotton, burlap and linen.

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  4. Wrought iron lamps or lanterns can be beautiful statement pieces and easily add to the farmhouse style charm. 

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  5. Display family heirlooms or other antiques on open shelves or bookcases.

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  6. Incorporate nature with fresh flowers in a mason jar.

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Just a few farmhouse style pieces can transform your home. Visit to shop all of our farmhouse style furniture or visit any of our stores throughout Chicago and Illinois.  For more design inspiration follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

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Secrets from Our Color Expert: How to Style Brown Furniture

Brown furniture is extremely popular and it’s no secret why; it’s neutral and it’s great at concealing stains. When you have small children or pets, brown furniture is the way to go.

If you’re worried that brown furniture will make your space look dark and boring, don’t fret. When styled well, it can look fresh, fun, and fabulous!

We’ve asked one of our designers and color experts to share some style ideas and color schemes for living rooms with brown furniture to help you get started.

Living Room Ideas for Brown Couches


Paint – A wonderful way to brighten up a room with a brown couch is to paint the walls. Our color expert recommends blue and green as great choices. These colors are opposite brown on the color wheel, which makes them complementary to brown furniture.


Textures – Adding in textures can be a fun way to break up the monotony that can occur with brown furniture. Our Bronze Two-Piece Living Room Set features a fabric and leather fusion of textiles that is both stylish and eye-catching.


Patterns – A patterned rug, curtains or throw pillows are other great ways to incorporate color and style. A geometric pattern is contemporary and adds instant visual interest. Remember that with patterns, a little goes a long way. Our designer recommends sticking to one patterned piece per room.

We hope these ideas have gotten you excited to style your brown furniture. For more interior design inspiration, check out our Facebook and Instagram pages. You can Get It All at The RoomPlace online or in stores!


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5 Fun & Functional Basement Decorating Ideas

A finished basement in your home is a major bonus when it comes to space. So what do you do with all that extra square footage? We’ve put together a list of five basement decorating ideas that will help you make the best use of your basement space.


  1. Home Theater – This one’s for all you film buffs out there. If you love watching movies with your friends and family, why not bring that experience to your home! With a sectional sofa, a big screen TV, and some microwave popcorn, you’ll have everything you need for a basement home theater!loft bedroom set
  2. Guest Room – Instead of bumping one of your kids to the couch when grandma comes to visit or fighting with an uncomfortable air mattress, turn your basement into a guest room. With a comfortable bed, a few accent pieces, and the right lighting, your guests will feel right at home.desk_with_storage
  3. Home Office – Whether you work from home full time or part time, having a dedicated space to work from is vital to productivity. If you have limited space upstairs, consider a small office in the basement. A practical desk with storage for papers and files will have you feeling organized and efficient. Check out our recent blog on home office design ideas for small spaces for more small basement ideas.home bar.jpg
  4. Home Bar – If you love to entertain, a home bar is a great way to use your basement space. A well-stocked home bar, some seating, and a way to play music are really all you need to create an awesome entertaining space for you and your friends.arena-charcoal-recliner_v1
  5. Man Cave – The man cave is one of the most common ways families across America utilize the basement. With a recliner, a TV, and a mini fridge, the man in your life probably couldn’t think of anything better.

However you decide to furnish your basement, you can Get It All at The RoomPlace! Browse our entire furniture selection online at or visit one of our furniture stores in Chicago or Indianapolis.

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More Than a Light: Match Your Floor Lamps to Your Style

Floor lampsThe right lighting can make your home feel like a warm, inviting place to be. The wrong lighting can easily make you feel like you are living in a hospital room. Placement, style and even the type of bulb chosen are all key factors in finding the right lighting to transform your home into a relaxing oasis.


The proper placement of light fixtures is important to creating a functional space for your needs. If you like to read in bed at night, an adjustable bedside lamp that can be angled just right will enhance your space. Floor lamps tucked into dark corners or along each side of your sofa can completely change the feel of a room. If you have a fireplace as the focal point of the room, consider matching floor lamps for each side.


Your lamps should complement your existing décor. If your furniture is very traditional and you choose contemporary floor lamps, your décor will feel off-kilter. We recommend staying within your chosen color scheme, but if you find a lamp you love, remember that the floor lamp shade can usually be changed to work with your existing palette. Arc floor lamps are a classic look that have been redesigned for just about every taste and style.

Scale is important too; the lamp size should be appropriate for its location. Don’t try to put an oversized lamp on a small sofa table. In that scenario, a floor lamp next to the sofa would be a better choice.

Type of Bulb

There are many choices when it comes to light bulbs for lamps, and each has their own pros and cons.

  • Incandescent –Standard bulb; warm flattering light; dimmable; inexpensive; not-energy efficient
  • CFL – Extremely energy efficient; produces a very bright light; not dimmable; higher in cost than incandescents, but generally pay for themselves within 1 year
  • LED – Even more energy efficient than CFLs and last up to five times longer; some are dimmable; light doesn’t spread as well as with an incandescent

The long-term cost and energy savings of CFLs and LEDs are undeniable and they’ve come a long way. Choosing an LED bulb labeled “soft or warm white” and “dimmable” will give you the same light quality as a traditional incandescent bulb and you won’t have to change it for decades! For a brighter, more energizing space, CFLs are best.

With these expert tips, you’ll be able to find the perfect lighting to suit your home and your style. Stop by any of our store locations in Indianapolis and Indiana for more lighting inspiration or visit us online at to shop our complete lighting collection from the comfort of your home.



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Bring Spring Into Your Home with Pantone’s Color of the Year

Pantone’s color of the year for 2017 simply shouts spring. The shade, Greenery (15-0343), is a beautiful yellow-green color that invokes a sense of nature and fresh blooms. If you like the color, but aren’t sure how to decorate with it, don’t worry. In this blog, we’ll share a few general ideas for decorating with color and a few specific examples using Greenery.

It’s All About Balance
Have you heard of the 60-30-10 rule? When decorating any room in your home, the color balance should be 60% your primary color, 30% your secondary color, and 10% an accent color. Most often this correlates to your walls as the primary color, the furniture as your secondary color and your art, drapes or other accent pieces as your third color. But don’t limit yourself! The great thing about using this rule for your interior color scheme is that as long as you maintain the 60-30-10 balance throughout the room, you can use your colors anywhere. Try an accent wall or a statement piece of furniture in your accent color. Another plus, this rule works whether you choose complimentary or analogous colors. The possibilities are endless!

Nature Inspired BedroomsMalorie-Lemongrass-Bed_v1At The RoomPlace, our designers were inspired by the Pantone color of the year when they came up with the Malorie King Bed. Combining sophisticated styling with the tufted button headboard and bold excitement with the bright green hue, this bed will make your bedroom look like it was pulled right out of a home décor magazine.

Great For Kids, Too!

providence-twin-bedGreenery isn’t just for grown-ups. This vivid shade looks great in kids’ rooms, too. If you’re the kind of parent that prefers more traditional furniture that can grow with your child, changing up the bedding and accent pieces are an affordable way to keep things fun and fresh. Sheets in Greenery look great on the Providence bed!

If you’re ready to spring into spring with Pantone’s Color of the Year, hop on over to to shop our complete collection online or visit any of our nearby furniture showrooms throughout Illinois and Indiana!

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Stylish Ideas For Sprucing Up Your Coffee Table

how to decorate a coffee tableSometimes adding our own personal touch to a room can feel daunting, but without a few pops of interest here and there, a living space can feel downright drab. Think of the coffee table as a blank canvas to inflect some style, rather than just a placeholder for drinks, magazines and remotes. The best part is you can change out accessories easily depending on the season, the mood or the guest list. Here are some stylish ideas for how to decorate a coffee table:

  • A tray can serve the dual purpose of decoration as well as corral for odds and ends. Plus, it breaks up the space of a large coffee table. If you think the tray trend is tired, go for an artisan bowl or interesting plate.
  • Pile up the books. Coffee table books are aptly named: They are typically visually appealing and interesting to pick up and browse now and then. Use books on topics that reflect your interest. Just make sure to arrange them in a visually appealing way.
  • Add some sparkle with candles, stones or gems. It’s a simple and small way to add some shine.
  • Go for one bold decorative piece. It can be a large plant or a sculpture.
  • Fresh flowers are always good for the beauty and aroma. If you want something with more staying power, try a terrariums or a succulent.
  • Play with height. Varying heights just looks more interesting. So stack books or boxes, use a tall orchid or candlesticks to balance out lower-profile items. Our Modesto Swivel Cocktail Table comes ready with two tabletops of varying height.
  • Add metallics. If too much shine scares you, try placing small metallic accents on the coffee table for a small dose of sophistication and sparkle.
  • You can also choose a coffee table of a different shape or texture and use it as its own decorative piece. The Tamara Cocktail Table is a traditional rectangular shape with an abstract crafted metal base that is sure to turn heads. The birch veneer wood top gives a smooth surface and an interesting contrast. Or, you can go for this Liam Godiva Cocktail Ottoman with its rich color and texture. Just place a tray on top for balance.
  • A personal memento or collectible item can be use as decor. Bonus: It is a great conversation-starter.
  • Add texture and interest with a tablecloth or throw blanket.
  • Instead of one large table, opt for two or three smaller tables. They can be easily moved around and can make traffic flow less cumbersome.

At The RoomPlace, we offer stylish furniture and home accents at a low price, so you can Get It All. Shop online at or for more living room inspiration visit our Chicago furniture store. Our showrooms are set up as total room concepts so you can see how pieces work together. For even more design inspiration, follow us on Instagram and Facebook.


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Mirror, Mirror On the Wall

Moroccan Entryway MirrorYou know the old saying: You never get a second chance to make a first impression. That’s why your entryway sets the tone for your whole house. Is your entryway dark and uninviting? A decorative entryway mirror can add style as well as bring in more natural light to the space. Here are some tips for using decorative mirrors to create a stylish entryway:

Mirrors are a trick often used by decorators to make spaces feel brighter than they are. If your entryway is dark and lacking windows, you can use a duo or trio of latticed mirrors that create the illusion of windows.

If you want a dramatic entryway design, try placing a large floor mirror in your entryway, like the Verona Dressing Mirror, with a table in front of it.

Hang a large mirror above a bench for last-second wardrobe checks before heading out the door. You can also go with the traditional combination of a landscape mirror like the Madera above a console table. Add a large floral bouquet or a matching set of lamps for effect.

Mirrors come in so many shapes, sizes and frames, anyone can find the right mirror to fit their design style. The Urban Quarters Mirror with black steel finish and a punched hole detailing offers a utilitarian feel. This Moroccan Wall Mirror is an interesting shape and the metallic accents give it a whimsical feel.

Mirrors are not just for the bedroom or bathroom anymore. The RoomPlace offers a huge variety of decorative mirrors to create an entryway design that speaks to your style. Always affordable, you can Get It All at The RoomPlace: furniture and home decor that is stylish and durable at a reasonable price. Visit one of our Indianapolis furniture stores to see how we incorporate mirrors into our total room concepts or shop our mirrors online. Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook, too, for more home decor ideas.