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The Top Decorating Trends to Follow in 2017

There’s no better way to get a fresh start in 2017 than by changing up your home décor. If you need interior decorating ideas, here are the top home design trends to watch this year:

Gray has been a perennial favorite, but that is starting to change. The hottest colors of 2017 are jewel tones and earth tones. Green, in particular, is going to be popular, as more designers incorporate sustainability into spaces. Blues and purples will be popular as well. The Griffin Navy Swivel Chair is the perfect piece for 2017 with its deep color, plush fabric and diamond-stitching pattern. Metallics will also still be on trend, but instead of the highly polished silver and brass, think muted or more natural tones.
While sustainability has been on everyone’s radar for some time now, the translation will be more overt this year. Think cork walls, lots of indoor plants, and natural textiles like linen, hemp and wool. Natural materials are big this year, with marble taking center stage. The Lodi Marble 3 Piece Table Set from The RoomPlace offers the look of marble with shades of gray, onyx and cream, and comes with coffee table and two side tables.
Bohemian Style
lawler-creamA lot of this year’s top design trends draw inspiration from the 1970s, with bohemian bedrooms replacing the trendy glam bedrooms of 2016. Add texture with an upholstered bed, like this Lawler Cream Full Bed. Bring in the bohemian vibe with colorful throws, a funky rug and wicker baskets. Speaking of wicker: Another major trend this year is the tribal look. Think artisan objects, tribal patterns, wicker and cane chairs, and warm, earthy colors.

Cool Eclectic
The eclectic look is definitely hot for 2017. While many welcome the latitude this affords, achieving cool eclectic (and not junky chaotic) can be tricky. The RoomPlace sets up our furniture stores as total-room concepts so visitors can see how different pieces can work together.
Visit one of our Chicago or Indiana furniture stores for home décor ideas, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook for even more inspiration. We can help you start the New Year off in a fresh space that is stylish, functional and affordable. With flexible financing and frequent Web specials, updating your furniture is easily attainable.



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How to Make the Most of a Storage Ottoman

If 2017 is the year you are (finally) going to get organized, you’re not alone. It’s one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. After all, who doesn’t want to save time, effort, money, and space? When looking for living room storage solutions, many turn to the ottoman. It’s like the Swiss Army knife of living room furniture: It can serve as coffee table, footrest, extra seating, and of course, storage. It’s a snap to stash clutter quickly in an ottoman when unexpected guests arrive. Here’s how to make the most of a storage ottoman:


lola-ottoman_v1-1Ottoman as coffee table: A plush ottoman is a softer option than glass or wood. If you have small children, no need to worry about kids bonking heads on sharp edges and corners. Simply place a wooden, metallic, or glass tray on top of the ottoman for drinks, remotes and magazines. At 62.5 inches in length, our Lola Platinum Storage Cocktail Ottoman offers lots of living room storage and is long enough to serve as a coffee table. It comes in faux leather with gunmetal legs for a modern touch.


monroe-black-otto_v1Ottoman as footrest: Create a cozy reading nook by placing an ottoman in front of a chair for more comfortable seating. Use it to stash books, knitting needles or crossword puzzles when not in use. You can push it to the side and use it as a table to hold drinks, too. Our Monroe Coal Storage Ottoman is upholstered in black faux leather and opens up for ample storage.


amaze-cocktailOttoman as extra seating: Whether you’re hosting a birthday party, book club or game night, you need a place to seat your guests. Ottomans are the perfect solution for stylish and comfortable extra seating options. Purchase a storage ottoman bench on casters that can easily move. This Amaze Cocktail Table with Four Accent Ottomans includes ottomans on casters that can scoot around a room and then be stowed under the table when not in use.


willow-cktlOttomans as decor: The ottoman can provide color and texture to a living room. Our Willow Cocktail Ottoman comes in a modern geographic design mixing yellow, gray, black and white, to offer a pop of interest that can break up a monochromatic living room furniture set. The Mars Red Ottoman is another way to add a bright burst of red.


The RoomPlace offers a huge variety of storage ottomans for sale in various colors, sizes and textures. Our ottomans online are frequently on special, so you’re more than likely to find the ottoman you need at the price you can afford. You can also visit one of our furniture stores in Chicago or Indiana to see how a storage ottoman can work in various rooms, or follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more inspiration.

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Designer Color Schemes You Have to See

Walk into a white and yellow space, and you feel energized. Bright fuschia invokes fun and sass. A neutral color palette has a calming effect. Color dictates the energy of a room, which is why choosing a color scheme is one of the most important and most difficult interior design decisions to make. The good news is that there aren’t many hard and fast rules when it comes to choosing a color scheme. One basic design guideline is to pick one dark color, one light color, and one bright color. While you don’t want color combinations to feel chaotic, you’d be surprised at which unlikely color combinations create a cohesive look. Here are some designer color scheme ideas you have to see:

black bedroom setBlack, Gray and Yellow: This color scheme is clean, modern, sophisticated, with a hint of fun. This room follows the tri-color guideline of one dark, one light, and one bright color. A black bedroom set is paired with gray bedding, bringing in pops of color to break up the dark with yellow throw pillows and accent pieces.

espresso dining set

Teal and Espresso: Espresso’s classic warmth makes it a popular furniture color choice. It goes with just about anything. Pairing it with teal provides a warm pop of color that complements the warmth of the espresso. This dining table’s espresso finish is traditional, but its base gives it a modern feel. The teal chairs add to that modern flair and adds interest and appeal.

white bedroom furniture

White, Charcoal and Burnt Orange: Don’t shy away from orange! Burnt orange offers a nice contrast to the modern sophistication of charcoal walls and the crisp, clean lines of white bedroom furniture. This room incorporates burnt orange in a throw blanket, pillows, a vase, and other decorative items to warm up the space.

Many people choose to add bright color in accents like pillows, rugs or curtains that can easily be swapped out and stick with classic, neutral pieces of furniture and paint colors. At The RoomPlace, you can Get It All: modern furniture that can easily be paired with a variety of styles and colors. It’s a snap to work in pops of colors with lamps, rugs, ottomans, and decorative items with our wide array of furniture styles and finishes. Shop our complete collection online at or stop by one of our Chicago or Indiana furniture stores and be inspired by our total-room concepts. You might be surprised at how much you love an unexpected furniture layout or color scheme. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more interior design inspiration and frequent web specials.


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Warm It Up for Winter

Fireplace insertBaby, it’s cold outside! Winter calls for snuggling up in front a fire with a good book and a warm drink. When it’s cold and dark outside, your home should be a warm and cozy haven. Here are some winter home decorating ideas to warm it up for winter:

Focus on the Fireplace
Make the fireplace the centerpiece of your living space. Arrange the furniture around it, placing cozy chairs, ottomans, lamps and even a small table in front of it, so you can relax by the fire. Make the fireplace the focal point by dressing it up a bit, adding a new screen and a basket for wood. Dress up the mantle with art or a nice mirror, and add a few decorative items.

If your home does not have a fireplace, don’t worry: you are not destined to live out the winter months in frigid misery. Simply add a fireplace insert. Fireplace inserts create a realistic flame effect with adjustable colors, brightness and speed settings. It does not require venting or gas lines and can work with or without heat, so you can enjoy it all year long. The Regency Fireplace from The RoomPlace has an empire cherry finish Rosette medallion centerpiece, carved acanthus leaf corbels and beaded molding trim, creating a traditional, beautiful fireplace at a fraction of the cost. The Regency fireplace can heat a room up to 1000 square feet and comes equipped with energy saving LED technology.

Add Texture and Color
Add texture with pillows, throw blankets, sheepskin or fluffy area rugs. Heavy curtains also keep the warmth in and the cold out.

Don’t be afraid to use color. Winter can be cold and dark, but winter home decor doesn’t need to be. You can add pops of color in pillows, rugs or throws. Some color trends for winter this year include cranberry, yellow, metallics, grape, and camel.

Bring the Outdoors In
Use extra greenery trimmed from the Christmas tree on the mantle. Put pinecones and wood in a large hurricane for a simple, rustic centerpiece.

Incorporate the smells of winter: cinnamon, vanilla, orange, cranberry, pine, and rosemary. Place potpourri jars in entryways or boil some on the stovetop when guests come over.

While winter weather rages on outside, stay warm and comfortable in your home. The RoomPlace offers fireplace inserts, textured rugs, and comfortable chairs and ottomans to make your living space nice and cozy. Visit one of our Chicago furniture stores for total-room concept design inspiration or shop one of our frequent Web specials from the comfort of your own home. Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more winter decor ideas and the latest in color trends.


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5 Things You Need for Your First Apartment

loft bedroom setMoving into your first apartment is a major milestone. The freedom it affords can be both exciting and overwhelming, especially when it comes to furnishing the space. The dream of throwing cool cocktail parties is often met with the cold, hard reality of renting and outfitting 700 square feet of blank space. Keeping budget, space requirements, and practicality in mind, here is a first apartment checklist of must-haves that will help make your new abode a space you can be proud of:

1. An affordable bedroom set.
It’s time to get that mattress off the floor and be done with the mismatched side tables and dressers. Bedroom sets provide valuable storage and a cohesive style that will last you a long time. This Loft 5 piece queen bedroom set is simple but contemporary and gives you everything you need for one low price: a six-drawer dresser, mirror, queen bed with headboard, footboard, and bedrails. The extra details — cutouts in the headboard, glass-topped dresser, and geometric drawer pulls will give your bedroom furniture a sophisticated look worthy of your newfound independence.

2. A high-quality mattress.

If you are going to splurge, this is the purchase to do it on. A good night’s sleep is key to your physical and mental health. While it may be tempting to go with a less expensive option, you will likely need to replace a lower-quality mattress in a few years’ time. Our Beautyrest Recharge Ultra Cecilia Plush Pillow Top mattress combines Beautyrest® Pocketed Coil Technology, AirCool® Gel Memory Foam and SurfaceCool Fiber that conforms to your shape, offering a new level of support, comfort, and temperature management. Don’t go cheap on the mattress. Your back will thank you.

3. A sofa.

Second to your bed, you will likely spend the bulk of your time at home on your sofa. While it may be tempting to invest in a sectional that can accommodate all of your pals, it might be wiser to purchase a sofa that can move with you. Our Zack Sleeper is stylish, contemporary, durable, comfortable, and is smaller-scaled. As a bonus, it pulls out into a bed, so out-of-towners can stay comfortably with you, even without a designated guest room.

4. Extra seating.

Entertaining guests can be tricky in small spaces, so investing in furniture that can perform multiple functions, such as an ottoman or bench, is key. The Amaze Cocktail Table from The RoomPlace is the perfect solution to entertaining in tight spaces. It comes with four ottomans that easily tuck under the table when not in use. Set on casters, they offer easy movement and come in four different colors to add some interest and distinction.

5. TV and surround sound.

Today’s smart TVs can serve as a complete entertainment center in one, with the ability to stream content, listen to music, or watch a photo slideshow all on your single screen. A smart LED flat-screen TV hangs neatly on a wall and doesn’t require bulky cable boxes, DVD players, and all of the requisite cords.

Don’t let the challenge of furnishing your new apartment overwhelm you. At The RoomPlace, you can Get It All: a bedroom set, mattress, sofa, ottoman, and smart TV, all for a low price. With affordable pricing, frequent Web specials, and flexible financing options, you won’t break the bank or your back (delivery is included). Order online or visit our Chicago furniture store for total-room concepts that will help you visualize your new space. Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook, too, so you never miss a deal or design tip to decorate your new digs.

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Make Your Space Feel Open & Bright with the Right Lighting

Rishona Table LampsLet there be light! A dark room can feel claustrophobic and downright gloomy. The right lighting can open up a room, define spaces, create ambiance and, perhaps most importantly, help with tasks. Here are some lighting design ideas for every room:

Living Room

In a living room, you’ll want varying lamp light for cozy nights when overhead lights feel too stark. Consider using lights of various height to create warmth. Place matching table lamps on a console table behind the couch, or create a reading nook in the corner with a floor lamp next to a recliner. A bold, bright lamp base can also add pops of color against neutral furniture.


Dining Room

The right lighting can transform a dining room into a grand entertaining space. Make an impact with a chandelier centered over the dining room table and use a dimmer switch to change up the mood of your gathering.



Sometimes we find ourselves needing a little light in the middle of the night, but flipping on the overhead is much too jarring. Small lamps in the bedroom are a must for reading in bed, slipping out for a glass of water, or tending to a small child. Place small table lamps on nightstands, on top of dressers, or next to changing tables to help with those late-night tasks.



An entryway should feel homey and inviting. If you have a dark entryway, or the overhead lights feel a little too bright, placing a table lamp or floor lamp offers extra light when you arrive home and warmly welcomes visitors.



An office should be a hub of productivity, so you’ll need a well-lit room. In addition to overhead lights, desk lamps are good for evening work, reading, and other tasks. To spark creativity, consider switching the overhead light to an interesting chandelier or whimsical pendant.


The right lighting can make all the difference in a room. At The RoomPlace, you can Get It All: modern standing lamps, retro table lamps, and more traditional lighting. Visit one of our furniture stores in Chicago or Indiana and see how to play with lighting to set the tone for a room. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram too, for design inspiration and to keep up with our frequent Web specials.

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Liven Up Your Entryway with These Tips

kila-cappuccino-console-tableWe all know that first impressions are important, and an entryway is a great place to set the tone for your home. Because it also sees a lot of traffic, it is important the space be functional as well. Here are some foyer ideas that will liven up your space:

Use an entryway table and style it to match the overall feel of the home. For traditional homes, a black or espresso console table with fresh flowers and a table lamp creates an elegant, tailored impression. If your home has more of a country cottage feel, add a basket of dried lavender or hydrangea and a few small antiques to a gray entryway cabinet. For a more contemporary feel, use a white console table in a unique shape, and top it with metallic accents.

If you need small entrance way ideas, think outside the box. A ladder-style bookcase won’t take up too much space but offers plenty of vertical storage. Use baskets to hide shoes, hats, purses, or keys, and add a few decorative touches like plants, books, or artwork. Or, pair a skinny bookcase with a plant stand.

If you have small kids or spend a lot of time doing yard work, you may like the idea of sitting down to remove your shoes. An entryway bench is the perfect solution. Choose one with storage underneath to hide shoes, purses, or dog leashes. Better yet, try this entryway storage bench that comes with hooks for jackets, hats, and scarves.

For wider entryways, set up a pedestal table on a small area rug. Place a bouquet in the center, and guests are treated to a fragrant welcome. You can also use a large, decorative entryway cabinet where you can stash your household’s backpacks, mail, shoes, hats, and gloves.

If your entryway still feels blah, create a gallery wall with art, photos, or decorative mirrors. Pair it with a bold paint color, and you create instant impact.

Lighting is another simple way to brighten up an entryway. Placing a small lamp on a console table provides a warm, welcoming glow in the evening.

At The RoomPlace, we can help you make a powerful first impression with a stylish and functional foyer. We have a wide variety of console tables, storage benches, and lighting options that can fit your entryway space and your overall style. You don’t have to spend a fortune on durable furniture, either. Shop our entire collection online at or visit your nearest showroom today for even more foyer ideas. Get It All at The RoomPlace!


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

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

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

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


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Introducing the New Arlington Bedroom Set

arlington-bedroom-setThe space under a bed can become a veritable wasteland for dust bunnies and dirty socks. Wouldn’t it be nice to use that space instead for storage? Floorboard storage can sometimes detract from a design aesthetic, appearing clunky or too modern. For those with traditional tastes and a need for storage, enter the King Arlington Bedroom collection, where classic meets function.

With a cherry finish and classic lines and fixtures, the Arlington Bedroom collection offers traditional, timeless pieces. The focal point of the Arlington bedroom collection is the bed itself. A 62″ tall headboard offers style and distinction. The footboards have two wide storage drawers for extra sheets, warm blankets, or pillows. Each side of the bed has two sets of drawers to stash slippers, books, or anything else you need quick access to but don’t want overwhelming your nightstand.

The eight-drawer dresser provides plentiful storage. There are six drawers on the bottom for clothing, while the two smaller drawers on top have a built-in jewelry compartment to keep your prized pieces organized and untangled. A beveled mirror sits atop the dresser.

If you need more storage, a five-drawer chest is a lovely accent piece that won’t take up much room. The Arlington bedroom set includes two nightstands as well.

The furniture is well constructed with birch veneers atop a solid pine frame, positive drawer stops and metal beading slide drawers for an easy gliding motion, and French dovetail fronts and English Dovetail backs.

At The Room Place, you can Get It All: a complete bedroom set at an affordable price. We provide total-room concepts at our Chicago and Indianapolis area furniture stores so you can see how pieces can be arranged for a comfortable, stylish, and well-put together room. You can have the same shopping experience online, just use our interactive design studio to see how your new furniture will fit. Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for even more design tips and inspiration. We also provide flexible financing options and frequent promotions so you can get the look you want at a price you can afford.

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Going Wireless: How to Set Up a Cable-Free Entertainment Center

wall-unit-entertainment-centerEven in this wireless age, cords are a fact of life. Nothing ruins a nice, clean room more than cords dangling from a wall-mounted TV, bungled up underneath a beautiful TV stand, or running under an area rug. With a little creativity, you can set up a cable-free entertainment center.

We love the look a flat-screen TV mounted on a wall above a TV stand, but dangling cords are a serious eyesore. For wall-mounted units, you can hide the wires by routing your wires through the wall. Many hardware stores sell DIY kits for this, or you can enlist the help of a professional. It requires drilling a hole into the drywall behind your TV and then drilling another hole behind your TV stand. You then snake the cords down through the wall, and they pop out behind your entertainment center. The RoomPlace offers TV stands with predrilled holes in the back, so you can easily run wires through to your cable box, Roku, or Apple TV.

If drilling large holes in your wall sounds far too complicated, consider a wall unit entertainment center that encloses the TV and offers plenty of enclosed shelving to hide cables.

Once you have connected all of the various cords, keep them looking tidy by using velcro or twist ties to bundle them together and keep them organized. You can also hide a power strip inside your TV stand, or even mount it to the wall behind your TV stand, so you don’t have cords sitting on the ground.

To further cut down on the cord chaos, invest in a smart HDTV that connects wirelessly to the router. That way, you can stream shows and music without the extra equipment of a Roku or Apple TV.

At The RoomPlace, we believe you can Get It All: a TV entertainment center that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Shop our entire collection of entertainment centers online at or visit one of our showrooms in the Chicago or Indianapolis areas. You can also follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more decorating ideas.