If you’ll be hosting guests this holiday season, it’s a good time to make sure your guest bedroom is ready for the occasion. Aside from the obvious essentials like a comfortable bed and fresh bedding, let’s take a look at a handful of ideas for creating a guest room that’s sure to impress. From practical guest bedroom furniture to chic, festive guest room décor, here are our favorite ideas for going above and beyond for your holiday visitors.
Ideally, the bed shouldn’t be the only comfortable place where your guest can sit while getting ready, checking their email, reading or organizing their luggage. There are plenty of ways to add extra seating to your guest room—including a cushioned bench at the end of the bed, a pair of chairs or a plush recliner.
A wall-mounted television is an addition that holiday guests will be sure to appreciate. Even if the guest TV isn’t used very often, it’s nice to have if they want to stay up later or turn on the morning news while getting ready for the day.
A small desk or table that can comfortably accommodate a laptop is a great addition to a guest room—particularly for visitors who will be staying more than a couple days and may need to work during their stay.
If your guest room will be accommodating more than one person, make sure there’s a nightstand or table next to each side of the bed. Most people will want a nearby spot to place their phone or small belongings at arm’s reach. A lamp on both sides is ideal, too.
Add extra warmth (both visual and literal) to your guest room by including plenty of blankets and throws. Cozy blankets are not only festive, but they’re also a necessity on chilly nights! If you know your guest room is drafty or tends to be particularly cool at night, set your guests up with a heated sheet or blanket they can turn on if needed for ultimate comfort.
For guests who might need to get up in the middle of the night, make sure the path to the bathroom is softly illuminated to avoid stumbling around in the dark. For a festive touch, you could even utilize a string of Christmas lights in the hallway or bathroom to help light the way.
Whether you usually host the important gatherings in your family or it’s your first year welcoming everyone into your home for the holidays, make sure your dining room is ready for the season. From cleaning to arranging furniture to decorating, there’s sure to be a few ways you can spruce up and organize your space before the holidays. For a dining room that will accommodate your guests efficiently while being warm and inviting, here are a few tips to get you started.
The first step to organizing your dining room in preparation for holiday dinners is to declutter and clean. It may not be much fun, but chances are you’ll need as much space as you can muster—floor space and table space alike!
Depending on the number of guests you’ll need to accommodate, chances are you’ll need to add an extra table (or at least a leaf to your adjustable table) to accommodate guests. In that case, you might want to remove unneeded furniture and décor from your dining room. Items that take up space but won’t serve a purpose during the festivities should be moved out of the way to a different room.
Once your dining room is cleaned and decluttered, you may wish to do a little rearranging to make your space efficient and comfortable. Guests will be getting up for seconds, kids will be underfoot and you’ll need to make sure there’s space for people to walk through the dining room and around the table. Here are a few tips for setting up your dining room furniture for the holidays:
It can be helpful, if you have the space, to set up one table for adults and another area for children. For the kid’s table, a tablecloth that can be wiped clean and non-breakable dishes are a must.
If you have a large enough table, set out food in the center to limit trips to the kitchen.
Make use of a buffet off to one side of the dining room—not only for setting out food and dishes, but also for storing items you might need in a pinch during meals, such as hot pads, napkins, serving utensils or extra wine glasses.
To maximize floor space, bench seating can be a good alternative to bulky chairs, particularly for kids.
Finally, it’s time to add the finishing touches to your newly organized dining room. From table cloths to centerpieces to festive décor, add your personal touch to create a dining space your friends and family will feel welcome in. Here’s a handful of ideas to inspire your holiday decorating:
A cozy area rug can warm hardwood floors and give your dining room a homey, welcoming vibe.
Winter days are short, so make sure your dining room has plenty of lighting options to adjust the ambiance as needed.
Regardless of your decorating style, you can’t go wrong with simple, elegant décor like white or cream-colored tablecloths, gold-tone centerpieces and seasonal flowers such as mums or poinsettias.
If you’re expecting overnight visitors in your home over the holidays, it’s probably time to get your guest room into shape. If your guest room hasn’t been used in a while or is simply in need of some updates, now is the perfect time to make some upgrades. Let’s take a look at five easy ways to make your guest room homier and more welcoming before the busy holiday season.
#1: Fresh Coat of Paint
Few updates are as easy as a simple, fresh coat of paint for your guest room walls. In general, neutrals such as warm gray, cream or tan are versatile and timeless. If you want something with a little more color, a soft yellow, seafoam green or soothing blue are also great options.
#2: New Mattress
A new (and upgraded) mattress could be a great investment in improving your guest room. Welcome your friends or family for the holidays with a mattress that offers excellent support to make their vacation a comfortable one.
#3: More Storage
If your visitors will be staying more than a night or two, chances are they’ll need a place to keep their belongings. If you think your guest room might be short on storage space, consider adding additional storage in the form of a new dresser (if you have space), under-bed drawers or simply some shelves on the walls. A bed frame with built-in drawers, such as the Welden Queen Bed, could also be the perfect two-in-one upgrade for your guest room.
#4: Warm Rug
Give your guests something soft and warm to step onto when they get out of bed in the morning. Especially if you have hardwood or tile floors that might get chilly when it’s cold outside, a cozy rug is the perfect inviting touch to add to your guest room. Plus, you can take this opportunity to add a pop of color and texture to your guest room décor with an area rug that features a stylish pattern.
#5: Better Lighting
During the winter, the days are short and the nights are long. Make sure your guest room has plenty of lightingoptions so your visitors can get the most of their space. A lamp on each side of the bed, along with ceiling lights of some kind, is ideal.
With one or more of these updates, you can have your guest room looking fresh and inviting, ready to accommodate your guests for the holidays.
When it comes to choosing the perfect furniture for a kid’s room, you don’t have to choose from adult-sized options. There are plenty of smaller furniture items—including chairs, beds and tables—that are designed to be a comfortable size for kids of all ages, from babies and toddlers to school-age children and tweens.
If you’re updating your kid’s bedroom or designing a new baby’s nursery, check out these ideas for pint-sized furniture your little ones are sure to love.
Opt for a convertible crib if you’re about to welcome a new arrival in your family. These versatile and innovative beds transform from a cozy baby crib to a safe toddler bed to a headboard and footboard for a twin-size bed as your child grows. They’re practical, they’ll save you money and they’ll be just the right size for your little one at each stage of childhood.
From soft grab-and-go loungers to recliners, desk chairs and mini accent chairs, there are plenty of ways to make your kid’s room, playroom or family room more comfortable for your children. Kid-sized chairs are the perfect size and height for kids of various ages, giving them a cozy spot to relax, read a book, do their homework or watch a movie.
Bunk beds are not only excellent space-savers, they’re also ideal for providing adequate bed space to siblings who share a room. If you have two kids of different ages who share a bedroom, a twin/full bunk bed is the perfect solution to ensure each kid has a bed that’s suited to their size. The younger sibling can take the smaller top bunk and the older child can enjoy additional space on the lower bunk. This is a practical, comfortable compromise that’s sure to make everyone happy—while preserving bedroom floor space to boot!
A desk is an essential addition to almost any kid’s room, whether she needs a place to make crayon art or study. With stylish desks that are sized just for kids, you can give your child their own space for crafts, playing games, doing homework and everything in between.
With these ideas for kid-sized furniture, you can make sure your little tots and big kids alike are comfortable in every room of the home. For all your baby and toddler furniture needs, don’t forget to check out our new collection of stylish yet affordable baby cribs and nursery furniture.
Buying beautiful, high-quality new furniture can be a costly investment, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. When you shop at The RoomPlace, budget and quality can go hand-in-hand. You don’t have to spend a bundle for good-quality furniture—in fact, you can get the high-end look of your dreams even if you’re on a tight budget.
Let’s take a peek at a few of our favorite expensive-looking yet affordable looks, and the many ways you can save on top-quality furniture at The RoomPlace.
Our Favorite High-End Looks
If you’re looking for a high-end aesthetic without breaking the bank, here are just a handful of our best furniture sets for every room of the house:
Mars Living Room Set: The Mars White 3 Pc. Living Room offers the epitome of luxury and class at an affordable price point. An all-white design with sleek, sumptuous upholstery instantly gives your living area an elegant and distinctive look.
Somerset Queen Bedroom Set: Refined, rich and sophisticated, the Somerset 5 Pc. Queen Bedroom Set features a contemporary dark finish with satin nickel hardware. As elegant as it is inexpensive, this set brings a high-end look to any bedroom.
Camilla Dining Room Set: The Camila 5 Pc. Dining Room set epitomizes elegance. A double pedestal base, silver faux leather chairs and nailhead accents give this set a refined look at a reasonable price.
Ways to Save at The RoomPlace
Real savings are always available if you know where to look. Catch great deals in these ways and more:
Clearance Deals: If you look around, you’re bound to find unbeatable clearance savings on furniture that’s stylish, trendy and top-quality. From our best mattress sales to discount dining room furniture, The RoomPlace offers value and quality alike. Browse our clearance section for hundreds of discounts every day, or check out the weekly flyer for the latest deals to find quality furniture for less.
Seasonal Sales: Waiting for holiday sales and other seasonal offers is a savvy way to shop for new furniture. In addition to sales around Black Friday, you’ll also find plenty of deals and closeouts in the summer, between the 4th of July and Labor Day.
Online Specials: Online furniture shopping comes with a variety of perks, including the chance to enjoy online-only deals on discount furniture. Choose from a variety of specials, then sit back and relax while they’re delivered right to your door. Fast, free shipping is the icing on the cake.
Closeouts: With new inventory coming in, we have to make room! You can catch great deals on elegant furniture and high-end home accents before they go out of stock, thanks to last-chance closeout discounts.
Special Financing: The RoomPlace offers a variety of special financing packages to help you make updates to your home when you’re on a budget. Find out more and explore your options here.
When you’re planning to design or redecorate a room, one of the first things to consider is the size of the space. If you’re working with a living room, bedroom or dining room that’s on the smaller end of the spectrum, you’ll be faced with some unique challenges that can make it difficult to choose the right furniture and décor.
Thankfully, we’re here to help, with a few top tips on making any small room feel more spacious.
#1: Choose Furniture Carefully
The furniture you choose—and how you arrange it—can make or break the space. Here are a handful of suggestions for choosing and arranging your furniture in a way that helps the room seem bigger:
Opt for multipurpose furniture when possible, such as an expandable dining table, nesting side tables or a sleeper sofa, to maximize available floor space.
Choose some furniture that’s the same color as the walls. It will help those items blend in and help expand the room.
If you don’t have the space to comfortably fit a full-size sofa, a loveseat makes a great alternative that takes up less floor space.
Chairs with slim or open arms tend to have a smaller profile and lighter appearance.
Avoid blocking walkways. If you have to walk around furniture the moment you enter a room, it will instantly feel small and cramped. Arrange furniture out and away from pathways.
The largest furniture, like bookshelves, a bed frame or an entertainment center, should be pushed against a wall to maximize open space.
#2: Leave Open Space
You can’t achieve a spacious, open look if there’s too much clutter in the room. When choosing your furniture and designing the room, make sure you leave plenty of open floor space to keep a balanced appearance and help the space seem larger. Avoid arranging your living room furniture too close together—you should leave enough space to comfortably walk between your coffee table, sofa, loveseat and/or chairs.
#3: Use Light Colors
Light, neutral hues reflect more light than dark colors, making a room feel airy and maximizing the appearance of spaciousness. Creative use of contrast—such as painting the trim a lighter color than the walls—can also trick the eye into thinking the room is larger than it really is.
#4: Size Your Rugs Correctly
One common mistake many people make is choosing a rug that’s too large for the room. While large area rugs can help the room appear bigger by drawing the eye across the space, you should keep at least 18 inches of bare floor exposed around the edge of the room to ensure it doesn’t seem crowded.
#5: Add a Mirror to Your Décor
Mirrors are one easy way to give the illusion of depth and space in a small room. Since they reflect light, they can simultaneously make the room appear brighter and larger. There’s no need to go overboard with mirrors on each wall, but a single large mirror on a main wall is a great idea.
A modern master bedroom should be the complete package of comfort, functionality and style: furniture that serves a purpose yet offers an appealing aesthetic. To create the ultimate modern master bedroom in your home, shop these ideas from our latest Trending Look:
Verona 7 Pc. Queen Bedroom Set
Sleek. Modern. Chic. The Verona bedroom set is a dream come true for achieving a modern look. This 7-piece set offers an aesthetic that is both eye-catching and minimalist, the perfect balance of style and simplicity for a relaxing yet attractive room. The set includes a queen bed frame, headboard, 3-drawer dresser, 5-drawer chest, mirror and 2-drawer nightstand.
Varietal Black Arm Chair
A memorable and sleek addition to your bedroom, this Varietal Black Arm Chair exudes modern style. A strong yet streamlined form gives this chair a functional look, while tufted faux leather cushioning offers comfort and support when you need it.
Kyoto Silver Floor Lamp
With a slim profile and smooth nickel finish, the Kyoto Silver Floor Lamp coordinates beautifully with the drawer pulls from the Verona bedroom set as well as the arms of the Varietal chair. A textured lamp shade adds subtle visual interest.
Morgan Area Rug
The chic Morgan Area Rug brings a touch of blue to the space and offers an artistic design that looks just as beautiful as it feels. With a contemporary frieze texture and cream-colored background, it’s a stylish, neutral area rug that has versatile appeal.
Petra Table Lamp
Complete this master bedroom look with the ultra-modern Petra Table Lamp. With a unique arched base, this lamp adds instant contemporary appeal to the space. Not only does it serve the essential function of lighting the room, but it also contributes to a cohesive look and coordinates perfectly with the other furniture in this style board.
More Trending Looks
Want to see more trending looks? When viewing any product on The RoomPlace website, scroll down to find the “Complete Your Look” section for instantly curated ideas for creating a beautiful space. You can also shop featured style boards at the bottom of our homepage here.
Now that you have your new furniture, it’s time to show it off with the perfect lighting. The right lighting can be the seamless way to enhance a focal piece, open up a smaller room, add coziness, define certain spaces and light up a work area. When it comes to choosing that special lighting for your home, the options are endless.
Whether you’re looking to light up your living room, dining room, bedroom, kitchen or more, we can help you decide on lighting that is both stylish and functional, and of course, shows off your new furniture. There are three basic types of lighting options:
Ambient lighting, most often this is a recessed ceiling light designed to replace daylight. Ambient lighting creates a bland, flat effect. Combined with other lighting, it will serve and accomplish all purposes.
Accent lighting: adds texture, depth, focus and shade near focal pieces and in corners, beautifully complements ambient lighting.
Task lighting: used to illuminate a work area. Task lighting provides a narrower stream of light that focuses exclusively on one area.
Take a look at the following lighting ideas for your home:
Living Room Lighting
Your living room is special. It’s the space in your home where everyone gathers to spend time together. Therefore, you’ll want to mix it up a little. Mixing and matching different types of lighting is essential for creating an inviting atmosphere. Overhead ambient lighting will brighten the entire space and for your living room, you’ll want it in two ways: recessed lighting across the ceiling for overall lighting and a transitional hanging pendant over the center of the room. When you want to add more warmth to your living room, table lamps and floor lamps work beautifully to add coziness and intimacy.
It’s important to get the lighting perfect for your dining room. Pendant lights, flush mounts, chandeliers and wall sconces are lovely and functional ideas for lighting up a dining room. However you do it, the most important thing is to focus your lighting around the dining room table. There will be times when you don’t want the room completely illuminated, so make sure to use dimmer lighting to set the mood.
Lighting tip: both ambient and task lighting in your dining room should be at 3,000-6,000 Lumens.
Kitchens aren’t just for cooking; if your home is like most others, your kitchen is also the space where everyone gathers to hang out and catch up on their day. Therefore, choosing lighting for your kitchen should be determined by the activities – whether you’re looking to illuminate a cooking area or you want to create an entertaining space for friends and family, choose your lighting accordingly.
It’s important to use three different types of lighting for your kitchen: recessed lights, pendant lights, and the must-have under-cabinet strip lights. Recessed lighting is best to illuminate the entire kitchen, hanging pendant lights work well over an island or kitchen table, and under cabinet lighting is perfect for counter tasks.
Lighting tip: kitchen ambient lighting should be 5,000-10,000 Lumens; task lighting around the counters, sink and stove should be a minimum of 450 Lumens.
You want your bedroom to be a warm and cozy space. Before you choose bedroom lighting, you will want to have a furniture placement plan. The key to creating the perfect lighting for your bedroom is flexibility. The capacity to control light levels is important – if one person wants to sleep and another wants to read, you want to have those options.
Lighting tip: bedroom ambient lighting should be 1,500-3,000 Lumens, while task lighting should be a minimum of 400 Lumens.
Floor and Table Lamps: Floor and table lamps are versatile and can be used anywhere in your home. They come in a wide variety of styles, colors, lengths and are perfect options to enhance the appeal of any room’s décor. Popular lamp finishes include antique bronze, oil-rubbed bronze, brushed nickel and satin nickel. If you’re planning on using your new lamp as accent lighting, go for more decorative or extravagance to add style and elegance to your space. You can mix and match, too, with different bases, finishes, lamp shades and even the light bulbs you choose.
Dimmer Lighting: The lighting in your home is something you use every single day. As such, it should be adaptable for its intended use – using lighting dimmer controls allows you to set the mood in any room. Whether for entertainment purposes, reading, area nightlights or more, dimmers provide economical, safe and comfortable home environments.
Warm and Cool Lighting: Warm lighting is a natural, calming light that has a reddish tone to the eye, while cool lighting is brighter and looks bluer to the eye. The perfect time to use warm lighting is when you need to relax, wind down from the day and before you go to bed. The time to choose cool lighting is when we need a little energy and alertness – perfect for focus, performing tasks – best during the morning and afternoon.
Choosing Light Bulbs: The two most popular light bulb options are Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) and Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs). The major difference between the two is how much energy it takes to use them over time. CFLs use about 70 percent less energy than LEDs and last years longer; they cost about a dollar more per light bulb. Two drawbacks to CFLs: they take a while to warm up and reach full illumination; they contain trace amounts of mercury – harmful to your health and the environment. So, don’t break them and don’t throw away in your home trash bin – recycle them.
The right lighting is essential for every room in your home. When choosing lighting, look for unique fixtures that will draw attention to your new furniture, a piece of art that you love, or around a work area. Once your lighting is complete, all you’ll need to do is flip the switch.
If you live in an apartment or home that’s on the small side, it can be difficult to find furniture that fits your space. To avoid a cramped, cluttered look and make the most of your small apartment, here are some stylish, space-saving furniture ideas to get you started.
Daybeds & Sleeper Sofas
Dual-purpose furniture is a great way to increase the functionality of a limited space without adding clutter. If your apartment is a one-bedroom but you need a second bed, your options are plentiful: from daybeds to futons and sleeper sofas, there are a few ways you can maximize your furniture even in a tiny space:
Daybed: A daybed looks like a tall sofa but is actually as comfortable to sleep on as a traditional bed. Some daybeds also have trundles—an extra bed that pulls out from the bottom but is hidden neatly underneath when not in use. Great for regular use in small bedrooms or shared kids’ rooms.
Futon: Futons are a classic dual-purpose piece. They offer a minimalist look and can be converted from a couch to a bed in an instant. This option is a great alternative to a space-hogging guest bed.
Sleeper Sofa: Sleeper sofas are designed to look and function just like a traditional sofa, but they feature a fold-out mattress inside. Twin-size sleepers take up about as much floor space as a loveseat, while a queen is equivalent to a full sofa.
No matter what style you prefer, each of these sofa beds can blend in with the existing décor in your living area or bedroom for a contemporary look.
The living room of a small apartment isn’t likely to have sufficient space for a huge recliner or wide accent chair. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice having a comfy chair altogether. Minimalist chairs are typically a great option for small spaces—look for armless or slim-arm designs like our Tasia or Olson Accent Chair.
Likewise, dining chairs with a slimmer profile are great for reducing the amount of space taken up by your dining set. Make sure to choose chairs that can slide fully beneath the table when not in use, and opt for a simpler design to limit visual clutter.
Occasional Tables typically take up lots of space, but there are a few ways you can minimize your small apartment’s tables while maximizing their functionality:
Tray Tables: A portable, folding alternative to side tables, tray tables can be pulled up to the sofa to serve as a small dining surface. Just fold and store when not in use.
Nesting Tables: If you have space for an end table in your living room, a nesting table can help you maximize storage space and provide an extra pull-out surface when needed. With this option, there’s no need for a coffee table!
Pub Tables: 3- or 4-seater pub tables provide a compact alternative to dining tables.
Finally, if you don’t have much space in your apartment’s living room, opt for a love seatinstead of a regular sofa. It takes up much less space while still providing a cozy spot to relax and watch TV.
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
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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.