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How to Choose a Rug That’s Perfect for Your Space

Featured Image: Surya Paramount Black Area Rug From The RoomPlace
Surya Paramount Black Area Rug From The RoomPlace

If you’ve been feeling like something is missing from your living room, bedroom or dining room décor, an area rug might be the answer. A well-chosen area rug that coordinates with your furniture and décor can elevate the space and bring your room’s design together. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind when choosing the right area rug for any room:

1. Size & Shape

While the appearance and style of a rug may be your top priority, it’s also  important to consider size. The size of an area rug has a big impact on how large the room appears and how balanced it feels. The most common area rug sizes are 5×8, 8×10 and 9×12 feet. Here are some rug sizing tricks to help you choose the best size for your space:

  • Larger rugs can help make the room appear bigger.
  • Keep at least 18 inches of floor exposed at the edges of the rug. This helps ensure the room appears large, but still open and not cramped.
  • A 5×8 rug is a good choice for under the coffee table in your living room, or for an entryway. You can also use it in a bedroom, with some of the rug positioned under the end of the bed and the rest exposed.

    Celine Area Rug (8'X10') From The RoomPlace
    Image: Celine Area Rug (8’X10′) From The RoomPlace
  • An 8×10 rug also makes a great living room area rug. Place it under the coffee table and arrange the furniture so that the front legs of the sofa and chairs are on the rug.
  • A 9×12 rug works beautifully in most spaces, assuming the room is large enough (remember, leave 18 inches around the edges of the rug). In a living area, usually all the living room furniture can be placed on it. In the dining room, where you want all legs of the dining chairs to sit on the rug even when the chairs are pulled out, a 9×12 is generally perfect. As a bedroom area rug, this size can be placed horizontally under the bed and nightstands with room to spare.
  • A 12×15 rug or larger is well-suited for extra-large rooms.
  • Round rugs are ideal for use in entryways, beneath round dining room tables, or for certain living room furniture arrangements (such as those with round coffee tables or circular setups).

2. Color

  • If you’re struggling to decide what color area rug to choose, consider these general guidelines:
  • If your sofa and chairs are a solid color, choose a patterned rug that features that color or colors in the same family.
  • If your furniture is patterned or especially bold, opt for a neutral rug that will complement rather than compete.
  • For dark furniture, choose a lighter rug color to keep the space looking open
  • If your walls, furniture and décor are generally neutral, you can add a splash of color with a bold rug.
Image: Surya Mystique Blue Area Rug From The RoomPlace
Surya Mystique Blue Area Rug From The RoomPlace

3. Texture

Regardless of the design style you chose for your home, an element of texture is essential. Home accents like area rugs are a great way to add visual texture and contrast to your room. Here are a few beautiful ideas to consider:

  • Hand-Woven: Unique textile rugs with a hand-crafted look can add a rustic or sophisticated aesthetic, depending on what style you’re looking for. We like the Surya Tahoe Area Rug for its striking texture.
  • Faux Fur: Faux fur rugs are perfect for adding texture and comfort to your room. This Linon White Faux Sheepskin Area Rug is a gorgeous complement to many popular design styles, including mid-century modern and farmhouse chic.
  • Shag: Shaggy rugs are back in style, thanks to their unmistakable texture and softness underfoot. The Celine Area Rug adds a unique luster and comfort to your floor.



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5 Colorful Living Room Sets We Love

Mars Red 3 Pc. Living Room From the RoomPlace
Featured Image: Mars Red 3 Pc. Living Room From the RoomPlace

Whether your home décor is warm and traditional, sleek and contemporary or something in between, a pop of color in your living room can make your space stand out. Here are 5 of our favorite colorful living room sets, along with some ideas for incorporating them into your home in a stylish way.

Casino Red 3 Pc. Living Room from The RoomPlace
Image: Casino Red 3 Pc. Living Room from The RoomPlace

1. Bold Red Living Room

Make an impact with vibrant red hues that can work with virtually any living room design style. The Mars Red living room set is striking as well as practical, channeling a trendy, mid-century modern look. Casino Red adds visual texture and a sense of luxury to your space. If you’d prefer to add just a splash of color, pair your neutral living room set with a bold red loveseat or a red area rug.

Lotus Salsa 3 Pc. Power Sectional From The RoomPlace
Image: Lotus Salsa 3 Pc. Power Sectional From The RoomPlace

2. Leather Sectional

The epitome of modern comfort, a leather sectional set helps your living room feel warm, spacious and inviting. Whether you have a big family that needs the luxury of a wraparound couch or you’d like a more compact sectional, find a style that suits the shape and size of your living area. Black leather sectionals are becoming increasingly popular, and they’re perfect for adding a touch of drama and contrast to a lighter colored living room design.

Image: Heritage Blue Loveseat From The RoomPlace
Image: Heritage Blue Loveseat From The RoomPlace

3. Blue Living Room Sets

From soft blue to deep navy, blue is a top trending color for living room sets this year. A navy loveseat is the perfect accent to a white, beige or earth-toned sofa. Whether you want to give your space a chic, nautical vibe or a clean, modern aesthetic, a striking blue color can be the answer.

Clive White Chair From The RoomPlace
Image: Clive White Chair From The RoomPlace

4. Statement Accent Chairs

No matter what interior design style you’ve chosen for your home, from traditional to farmhouse-inspired to industrial or mid-century modern, there’s no better way to capture the essence of that style than with living room accent chairs that make a statement. An antique-style armchair can bring an essential element of charm to your mid-century living space. A boldly patterned chair can liven up a monochromatic room. A sleek white chair with a striking profile could be the final touch your minimalist living room needed.

Lanzo 2 Pc. Red Living Room From The RoomPlace
Image: Lanzo 2 Pc. Red Living Room From The RoomPlace

5. Two-Toned Living Room Sets

For a truly unique look that blends bright colors with traditional styles, two-toned living room sets like this Lanzo design are rising in popularity. With a designer feel and upscale styling, a two-toned set allows you to enjoy the fun of bright colors with the luxury of traditional designs.

We hope one (or more) of these colorful living room sets have inspired you to add a splash of color in your living room design and décor.

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Pantone 2018 Color of the Year..

Ultra Violet

Ultra Violet

Pantone announced the color of 2018 and it has since made its way in designs all around the nation. If you are planning on using Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year in Ultra Violet for your next living room, consider adding small statement pieces to give your space a refreshing pop of color. This deep-hued purple embodies individuality and spirituality, carrying out a bold and refreshing look that reflects what we need in our world today.

Because Ultra Violet is such a lush, deeply-saturated hue, small doses can create a large impact in all areas of the home. Begin with the Surya Zahra Area Rug that showcases a harmonious color palette in a unique, Boho-inspired pattern that will create a bold statement in this Mid-Century Modern living room. The Rocky Black Sofa and Armchair provide a retro-glam flair that also come in a variety of colors. Lighten up your space with the Antwerp floor lamp and Beoir Ceiling Lamp, showcasing exposed golden spheres that radiate a warm, cozy atmosphere. Finish off this look with the burnished gold medal from the Modern Reflections Accent Table and Andrea Wall Mirror that will help set off this deep purple hue.

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The Paradigm Collection

Dark Teal Green

The Paradigm Collection

When high-fashion glam and traditional elegance come together, the Paradigm Collection ties in flawlessly with deep hues of teal and silver accents for the perfect haute-couture living room. Teal combines calming properties of blues and greens, promoting revitalization as well as open lines of communication for the core to any home.

The Paradigm Collections paired with the dark teal colors from the Dalyn Modern Gray Teal area rug and the Blue Gradient wall decor provides a transitional and refreshing touch to any living room. The geometric lines from the Kaskade 3 Pc. tables and the Gallan White TV stand restores a refreshing balance and modern flare. Alongside this collection, the Jena table lamp, Savoy floor lamp, and the Platinum Mirror pairs nicely with the romantic details from the side pillows and silver nail heads of the Paradigm accent chair, tying in a modern and sophisticated flare that will catch the eyes of all guests this season.

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Ideas for Decorating with Mirrored Furniture

If you keep up with the trends, you may have noticed that mirrored furniture is all the rage this year, and once you look through our mirrored furniture, we think you’ll realize why. Not only do mirrors fulfill a very practical function, but they also add depth to any room, so that your rooms will feel more spacious and open

Wall Mirrors

One easy way to decorate with mirrors is by hanging wall mirrors throughout your house. These three wall mirrors offer their own sense of style, which can help tie together any room. You can even get creative by doubling the mirrors for added fun.

Burst 5 Pc. Wall Mirrors

 Decorating Mirrors

Landon Wall Mirror

Wall Mirror Decoration

Bridgewater Scroll Mirror

Wall Mirror Decoration

Furniture With Mirror Attachments

When decorating bedrooms and bathrooms, there are plenty of furniture options that come with mirror attachments. Here are some of our favorite mirrored dressers and vanities that feature stylish accent mirrors:

Melrose Plaza 3 Pc. Vanity Set

Napa Dresser With Mirror

Verona Drawer Chests With Mirror


Mirrored Furniture

If you’re looking to really elevate your style, you’ll want to check out these mirrored furniture options, including mirrored coffee tables, side tables, accent tables, chests, and curio cabinets. These pieces are sure to inspire!

Raven Mirrored Pedestal Table

Lettice Black Accent Chest

Marquis Mirrored Curio Cabinet

Whether you’re looking to add a little life to an old room or complete a full-on redesign, there are plenty of ways to use mirrored furniture to create a classy, open feel to any room of the house. Our furniture collection is always changing, so be sure to keep up-to-date on our complete collection online, or visit any of our 25 store locations in Indiana or Illinois to chat with our team about your space for more personalized design tips.

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Paw-Friendly Decorating: The Best Furniture Options for Pet Owners

Best couch for dog ownersHaving a pet doesn’t mean you have to throw your dream of keeping a stylish home out the window. But, keeping your furry friends confined to the yard or to certain rooms of your home is unrealistic. So, what’s a pet owner to do? With a few smart paw-friendly décor choices, both you and your pet can be happy and comfortable in every room of your home.


Choose a hard surface or pet proof carpet that limits moisture and odor absorption. These carpets are also chemically treated to resist stains, so you don’t have to worry too much about dirty paws. Selecting a carpet color the same shade as your pet’s fur color will help conceal shedding between vacuuming.


Invest in a good set of high-quality cotton sheets that will stand up to frequent washing.

If your pet sleeps in bed with you, consider upgrading to a King size bed; the extra space will allow everyone to get more sleep.


When designing a pet-friendly living room, think about pet hair resistant fabrics and materials. The best couches for dog owners are typically leather or a synthetic fiber like microfiber. Both are resistant to clingy pet hair and is easy to wipe down if hair does build up. Avoid throw pillows and blankets made of chenille, velvet, wool, linen, silk, and tweed, which are difficult to clean and will absorb pet smells.


Even with pet-friendly furniture, the occasional accident can happen. That’s why our PremiumPlus furniture protection plan covers pet stains on fabric or leather. Get the coverage and have peace of mind knowing your couch will be repaired or replaced if it gets accidentally damaged or stained.

For a home you and your pet will love, visit The RoomPlace online or in-store to shop our pet-friendly furniture options. We have stylish contemporary furniture for every room at affordable prices! Get It All at The RoomPlace!

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New This Month: Bedroom Sets & More!

Our designers are constantly on the lookout for the latest trends and styles for the home. Check out our newest furniture collections for the bedroom, living room, and dining room.

New Bedroom Sets

new1The Amalfi Bedroom Set is every bit as luxurious as the famed Italian coast. With its clean lines, faux-leather tufted headboard, and silver plated hardware studded with crystals, you’ll feel like a celebrity on vacation every night!

new2Our Carlton Gray Bedroom Set features beautiful louvered details and is perfect for anyone who wants a modern spin on the traditional farmhouse look. This set is made of solid pine and birch veneers in a stunning shade of gray. You’ll love all of the storage options between the chest, dresser, nightstand, and drawers at the food of the bed.

New Living Room Sets

new3The Klein Living Room Set is upholstered in a stunning shade we’re calling midnight blue. The chair is available in both the blue fabric or an accent fabric inspired by glasswork that matches the throw pillows. The sofa is also available in a pull-out sleeper option.

new4The Olson Living Room Set captures everything we love about mid-century modern style. Gorgeous chenille fabric, flared legs, button-tufted back cushions make these pieces special and stylish. The set is also available with a chaise lounge.

New Dining Room Sets

new5The Highland Dining Room Set is a traditional yet rustic design with a smoky walnut finish. The table features an 18” leaf that extends to comfortably seat six. The set is available with four chairs, six chairs, or four chairs and a bench.

new6Get the feel of a kitchen nook with the Chelsea Dining Room Set. This modern looking dinette is a twist on a classic look. Designed to tuck into a corner, this set will help you make the most of your space.

We’re always adding new styles and collections for every room of the home. Visit our furniture stores in Chicago and Indianapolis to see the latest additions or shop online at With our affordable pricing and flexible financing options, you can Get It All at The RoomPlace!

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Is Leather or Fabric Right for You?

Leather or fabricWhen choosing a living room furniture set, the biggest dilemma often faced by consumers is choosing between fabric and leather sofas. We’ve asked our design experts to provide a list of advantages and disadvantages for each textile to help you make the right decision for your space.

Comfort Level

Generally, fabric sofas offer a soft, warm, and comfortable feel. They provide a place to snuggle up in the cold and to lounge in the afternoon heat. Leather is often seen as a firmer material that more closely matches the temperature of the room – it can be somewhat warm and sticky in the heat and a bit cold when you first sit down in the cooler months.

Cleanliness & Longevity

Fabric living room sets tend to more easily retain odors, stains, crumbs, dust, and pet fur or dander, and they must be cleaned and vacuumed out frequently. An advantage to fabric sofas is they are often able to more easily hide small imperfections or tears in the material. Leather sofas are more resistant to various allergens, and spills are easily wiped off the surface. If you have pets or children, leather may not be the best choice because it can be scratched and those imperfections will be difficult to hide. Overall, both leather and fabric sofas have shown to stand the test of time if they are well-maintained, though leather, when properly cared for, is often seen as a more durable material.


When it comes to design, choosing between a leather or fabric sofa depends solely on your personal style and preference. Generally, you will have more color and style options with fabric sofas, with more ability to customize it to your space. Leather is typically less customizable, but provides your space with a sleek and elegant centerpiece. Consider your current or desired interior décor and design theme, and match your sofa accordingly.


High quality leather furniture sets often come with a higher price tag than fabric sofas. However, if leather is the direction you’d like to go, there are a wide variety of price points and faux leather options that will fit any budget.

Shop our fabric and leather living room furniture sets online or visit our furniture stores in Chicago and Indianapolis to test out our wide selection of living rooms sets to find the right one for your home.

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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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How to Choose a Coffee Table for a Sectional With Chaise

Offering more seating than a traditional sofa and more comfort too, sectional sofas with chaise have become a very popular living room furniture option.

These sectionals look fantastic when paired with the right table, but can look awkward or unbalanced when done wrong. We often get asked for advice on this topic so to help, we’ve put together a few simple tips to help you find the perfect coffee table for a chaise sectional.

Red Sectional Sofa

Maxim Red Sectional

Size & Placement

A coffee table should be proportional to the size of the sectional. When trying to determine the right coffee table size for your sectional, you’ll want to start by taking a few measurements. Measure from each end of the sofa to create a square, using the L of the sectional as two sides of the square. Jot down those two measurements and subtract 16”-18” depending on your preferred amount of leg room. The two numbers you are left with will be the length and width for the coffee table that will best fit your space. Make sure to double check your measurement to avoid buying the wrong size table.

A standard coffee table is about 18” high, but if you have a couch that sits higher, you’ll want to look for a table that’s a bit higher as well. If it’s too short, it can be difficult to reach and look out of balance.


If the sides of your sectional are the same length, a square coffee table will look best. If one side is longer, opt for a rectangular coffee table. Round coffee tables can work well for three sided sectionals. Most importantly, remember to keep the coffee table within the boundary edges of your sofa for a neat, balanced look and clear walking paths.


Your coffee table or ottoman doesn’t have to match your sectional exactly, but it should be a similar style. A sectional with clean lines should be paired with a contemporary coffee table that also has clean lines. An overstuffed sectional will look great paired with an overstuffed ottoman.

With hundreds of coffee tables for every style and budget, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect coffee table for your sectional with chaise at The RoomPlace. Shop our complete collection online at or visit any of our showrooms throughout Illinois and Indiana to get advice from our design specialists.