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Trending Looks Series: Contemporary Dining Rooms

 

Contemporary Casual Trending Looks Series Nicki 5 Pc. Counter Height Dinette From The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Contemporary Casual Trending Looks Series Nicki 5 Pc. Counter Height Dinette From The RoomPlace

In this series, we’ll highlight trending looks with style boards curated from our collections of furniture and home accents. Each style board is comprised of carefully selected products that work together to create a coordinated, stylish room design. Today, we’ll show you how to achieve two beautiful, contemporary dining room looks in your own home.

Trending Looks Series - Modern Chic Dining Room From The RoomPlace
Image: Trending Looks Series – Modern Chic Dining Room From The RoomPlace

Dining Room Look #1: Modern Chic

This first look is modern chic: polished, light and warm with a touch of glamour and plenty of character.

Chronos Ceiling Lamp From The RoomPlace
Image: Chronos Ceiling Lamp From The RoomPlace
  • Palette: Warm neutrals, rich wood tones and satiny metal finishes give this collection a trendy and elegant aesthetic. Earthy tones like sage green, bright tan and cream would make excellent paint color choices for this look.
Image: Martini 7 Pc. Dinette with Parsons Chairs From The RoomPlace
Image: Martini 7 Pc. Dinette with Parsons Chairs From The RoomPlace
  • Furniture: The Martini Dinette is the epitome of chic elegance, with warm brown cherry wood and a polished marble top. Contemporary Parsons Chairs in sumptuous faux leather complete the sophisticated look for a modern yet timeless design. Paired with a coordinating Martini China hutch and buffet, the look is elevated even further.
Truman Area Rug From The RoomPlace
Image: Truman Area Rug From The RoomPlace
  • Accents: The décor ideas in this style board add a bit of glam to give the room an extra dose of personality. A stunning Chronos Ceiling Lamp and sunburst-shaped wall art feature sleek metal finishes to add shine and warmth. The chic Truman Area Rug echoes the geometry of the lighting and wall décor, while a Melbourne Mirror tops off the room’s design with dark wood that matches the furniture.
Image: Trending Looks Series – Contemporary Casual Dining Room From The RoomPlace
Image: Trending Looks Series – Contemporary Casual Dining Room From The RoomPlace

Dining Room Look #2: Contemporary Casual

The second look is a contemporary casual design. This collection of furniture and décor is sophisticated yet comfortable and modern, with colors and accents that are sure to stand the test of time.

  • Palette: Cool grays and deep chocolate wood tones are brightened by touches of cream and a bold accent of cobalt blue. This versatile look can be paired with virtually any neutral wall color, as well as many shades of blue.
Camilla China Cabinet From The RoomPlace
Image: Camilla China Cabinet From The RoomPlace
  • Furniture: The Nicki Counter Height Dinette blends elegant design with casual comfort. With a lightly distressed espresso finish, solid construction and butterfly leaf, this table is beautiful as well as sensible. The Camilla China Cabinet enhances the look with undeniable elegance and a timeless quality.
Celeri Ceiling Lamp From The RoomPlace
Image: Celeri Ceiling Lamp From The RoomPlace
  • Accents: The Celeri Ceiling Lamp will cast a warm, refined glow on your dining area, contributing to an intimate ambiance, while the walnut wood of a luxurious Julianna Mirror adds richness. A plush, hand-loomed Huntley Area Rug brings texture and visual interest, softening the room’s look. A serene ocean painting adds the final touch and a pop of color to your walls.

Stay tuned for future posts in this series, as we explore more trending looks and style boards!

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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 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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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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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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Top 3 Interior Design Styles for a Contemporary Dining Room

Caroline 5 Piece Upholstered Dining Room From The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Caroline 5 Piece Upholstered Dining Room From The RoomPlace

Planning to remodel or redecorate your dining room? Let’s take a look at three of the most trendy interior design styles—Mid-Century Modern, Contemporary Farmhouse and Industrial—and how to incorporate them into your dining area.

1. Mid-Century Modern

Even if you’ve never heard the term “mid-century modern,” chances are you’ve seen countless examples of this timeless and popular design style. A movement that captures the mood and influences of the late-1930s to mid-60s, the mid-century modern look is characterized by several important features:

  • Functionality before form
  • An uncluttered look with minimal ornamentation
  • Sleek, clean lines
  • Organic forms and geometric patterns
  • Juxtaposition of contrasting materials, textures and colors
Image: Brinnon Gray 4 Piece Dining Chair Set From The RoomPlace
Image: Brinnon Gray 4 Piece Dining Chair Set From The RoomPlace

To find the perfect mid-century modern dining room set, look for a sleek, simple, neutral table with chairs that are organically shaped and retro-inspired. Avoid chairs that have a multitude of slats or leg supports, which can make the space look too busy and cluttered. For a splash of color, choose mismatched end chairs in hues like maroon, blue, mustard yellow or orange to make a bold statement.

Pair your dining room set with a rug that adds contrast, in the form of texture or a geometric pattern. Keep the room and table minimally decorated to avoid visual clutter—a simple vase centerpiece, black-and-white wall art or statement lighting fixture is all you need to bring the space together in mid-century modern style.

Image: Lorient Bench From The RoomPlace
Image: Lorient Bench From The RoomPlace

2. Contemporary Farmhouse

A trend that’s been rising in popularity in recent years, the contemporary farmhouse style is also called contemporary rustic, modern farmhouse, etc. Whatever you call it, the essence of this design style is a light, modern look infused with the warmth and charm of classic farmhouses. Characteristics include:

  • Plenty of wood, in the form of exposed beams, plank floors, paneled walls, barn-style doors, etc.
  • Neutral color schemes, especially white and earth tones
  • Use of natural or rustic elements like stone and brick
  • Emphasis on natural fabrics and textures, such as canvas, burlap, linen and wool

In your contemporary farmhouse dining room, the key is the table you choose. To achieve that rustic look, opt for a large wood dining table—a distressed paint finish can add character, too. For your chairs, get creative with a mix of chunky bench seating, wooden stools and canvas-covered chairs. Light the room with rustic statement fixtures.

Holton Black 2 Piece Dining Chair Set From the RoomPlace
Image: Holton Black 2 Piece Dining Chair Set From the RoomPlace

3. Industrial

Industrial design gives a room a stylishly unfinished look, with utilitarian décor, metal finishes and touches of commercial style. Perfect for a modern home or loft apartment, industrial style brings something raw and functional to a residential space. Key traits include:

  • Exposed construction features like pipes and ductwork
  • An abundance of metallic surfaces and fixtures, from polished stainless steel to cast iron
  • Juxtaposition of other “raw” materials, like wood, concrete and brick
  • Neutral color schemes

An industrial dining room should be a cool, utilitarian space. Metal chairs paired with a wooden table is a popular look, but feel free to mix it up with bench seating, barstools or mismatched chairs. When it comes to lighting, opt for pendant light fixtures with metallic finishes, or even bare bulb style fixtures for a warehouse look.

Whether you’re an admirer of the mid-century modern, contemporary farmhouse or industrial design styles, we hope this guide has given you plenty of inspiration for your upcoming project.

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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
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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.

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#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

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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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.