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4 TIPS FOR CREATING YOUR “YOU” SPACE

Dreaming of your perfect haven? Well, don’t book your flights quite yet. There’s a room in your home, right here in Chicago or Indianapolis that has the potential to provide you with sweet serenity on a daily basis.

We’re talking about your new “You” Space, which is likely, right now, one of the following: a spare bedroom, office, extra living or family room, or simply a room that no longer serves you the way it used to. Transforming an under-utilized space into your ideal home sanctuary isn’t as difficult as you might think. And, you totally deserve it.mars-white-room-new_v1

Here are our founding four principles for the perfect “You” Space:

1. Function

Creating the right room begins with planning how you’ll use it. Will you recline and read under gentle light, or scream at the top of your lungs at the game on the big screen? It’s easy to think a good leather sofa will solve any room conundrum (and that’s quite possibly true), but to get the most out of your sanctuary, be sure to put some thought into what types of furniture, lighting, and electronics will be needed to create your purest zen moment—whatever it looks like.

2. Space

This is a room you’ll be spending a decent amount of time in. As you decide on your room layout and begin to select furniture pieces (see: luxurious sectional), be conscious of the size and space that will be left around those items. Think of it as leaving yourself a little room to breathe. With too many objects or too much clutter, you’ll run the risk of feeling overwhelmed instead of decompressed. Clear floor space equals clear head space.

3. Stuff

On the flipside of Tip #2 is the fact that the furniture in the room is what makes it functional and expressive. So, whatever you do choose, make it something you absolutely love. One way is to even splurge on a fireplace since it’ll continue to make you happy month after month. When it comes to decorative elements, take the initiative to cycle through schemes and trinkets when they’ve lost their appeal to keep your space fresh and inspiring.

4. Comfort

Even if you plan to use your “You” Space as a productive lair, you’re going to need something big and comfy to nap on every once in a while. That’s where we come in. From daybeds and sofas on sale (even the leather ones!) to sectionals and fireplaces, The RoomPlace has what you’re looking for in a variety of styles, colors, and materials.

Come check out one of our Chicago or Indianapolis locations, and take advantage of our incomparable customer service. Visit our stores or shop online at www.theroomplace.com.

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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!

2016 has arrived, and it’s the season of New Year’s resolutions. The turn of the calendar is the perfect time to switch up your routine and lighten your outlook on life. Whether you’ve resolved to save money, enjoy the moment, or run the distance, this year’s improvements shouldn’t end with you. Celebrate your fresh take on the world in your home, too!

The RoomPlace is all about the little changes that make a big difference. With affordable prices and extensive collections in Indianapolis and Chicago, we love nothing more than helping you find the perfect addition to your space in need. And so, in the spirit of the new year, here are a few simple tips from the experts:

Embrace what you have.

Some of the best low-budget room makeovers don’t cost a dime! Rearranging existing furniture within a space can work wonders for refreshing perspective and improving balance.

Grab a pencil and paper and take a good long look at your space. Sketch out a quick diagram, and start shifting! Move that living room sofa. Give that dining room table a 90-degree twist. The possibilities are endless and nothing’s permanent, so feel free to rearrange until it feels just right.

Add some color to your world.

We’ve said this before, and we’ll say it plenty more times: color is powerful. It draws attention, reflects light, and sets the tone for the space. If you’re a lover of all things neutral or white, a vibrant living room accent wall could be magical. Or, if you’re already knee-deep in hues, change up the color temperature or create a fun pattern.

Make a smart investment.

In some cases, changing the entire perspective of a room is as simple as a single, well-placed accent piece. A contemporary occasional table or stylish chaise lounge, if situated just right, can draw attention, shift the color profile, or redirect focus to create a completely different space. Be creative—good things come in all shapes and sizes.

abigail-sealOut with old. In with the new.

If you’re really feeling restless, go big. Replace the things that feel ineffective with a little more room to breathe or pieces that do the job well. Lucky for you, the living room and dining room sets at The Room Place make redesigning an entire room as easy as pie.

If you’re ready, stick to those resolutions, find a location near you, pay our showroom a visit, and Get It All at The Room Place! Visit our stores or shop online at www.theroomplace.com.

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3 Reasons Why You Need an Electric Fireplace In Your Home

The RoomPlace is no stranger to winter. Based in Chicago and Indianapolis, we’ve experienced the beautiful blankets of snow and the frozen fingertips right along with you. Every home – no matter how big or small – needs to be a hub of warmth and comfort when the chill sets in– that’s why an electric fireplace might just be your new best friend.

They’re a Cheap Date
When you’ve lived through a winter in cities like Chicago and Indianapolis, home heating topics are always on your mind. If the memories of heating bills leave you wondering how to save energy in the winter, an electric fireplace holds the answer. You’ll be heating your home effectively for just $0.11 an hour, putting noisier and more expensive alternatives like radiators or forced air to shame.

They Aren’t High Maintenance
Stacking wood for winter might seem quaint when it’s in the pages of a children’s story, but when you’re considering fireplace options for your home, it’s important to think practically. Wood is expensive to purchase, cumbersome to transport, and requires valuable storage space. What’s more, if you live in the heart of Indianapolis or Chicago, wood is also difficult to access. When it burns, wood leaves behind soot that coats the entire fireplace and a thick layer of ash on the floor.

An electric fireplace, on the other hand, requires no cleanup and no raw materials to stoke the flames. You’ll never have to clean up after it, so your only job is to enjoy the comfortable warmth and relaxed ambiance it generates.

They Put Safety (and Health) First
Unlike their traditional counterparts, electric fireplaces release no smoke, emissions, or pollutants. There’s no open flame to keep young children or curious pets from, and there’s no gas line. You can emulate traditional styles or enjoy a modern and space efficient electric fireplace TV stand without ever worrying about the risks. It’s a benefits-only addition to your household.

This winter, escape the cold with your new best friend. The RoomPlace promises that it’s an asset that will never let you down… Even when the weather does!

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What Does your Home Office Say About You?

Anyone who’s ever been fortunate enough to have a home office all to themselves (or even to share) knows that the right furniture can make or break your concentration and productivity. For instance, if you don’t have enough drawer space for storage—where do all of your papers end up? If the answer is “anywhere and everywhere,” then it might be time for a complete office overhaul. Read on to learn what other aspects of your office furniture says about your work habits, efficiency and personal style.

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Sleek lines and crisp details means you’re a no-nonsense worker.

A contemporary home office like the Garrett inspires productivity with its multiple flat surfaces and minimal bells and whistles. While some Chicago folks enjoy working with various knickknacks or photos decorating their space, someone who occupies their home office only for work will enjoy the limited distractions contemporary office provides. The natural material also inspires an earthy feel and connects the room to the outdoors in an effortless, strategic way.

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A traditional-inspired office means you have a flair for multi-tasking.

With more traditional pieces like the Marshall, your home office style is more decadent and decorated than purely functional. You enjoy the ornate and sophisticated aesthetic of old-world decor, but you aren’t beholden to any old-world ideals that your office need only be for work. With the varying shelving levels, you can surround yourself with all manner of decorative embellishments—photos, awards, or plants just to name a few.

A modern office means you enjoy harmony in your workspace.

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Modern office furniture like the Claire is making a comeback in a big way—and for good reason! Its marriage of multiple textures and straight lines is perfect for those of us who enjoy bringing balance to all of our rooms. As a stylish and functional piece, hip and modern office chairs like the Clair Swivel Desk Chair add a hint of unexpected personality in a space otherwise devoted to work in your Chicago home.

If you’re ready to see what other magic you can work in your home to make your personality stand out, check out some of our other furniture blogs about goin’ traditional and decorating your new Chicago home. Put all of our tips together and come see our design loving staff for stylish furniture sets that can deck out your entire home!

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2015 Big Game Ready Living Room Tips | The RoomPlace Chicago & Indianapolis

Whoever said you had to choose between having an organized, comfortable living room and a wide open space to host your next Super Bowl party definitely hasn’t met the creative minds at The RoomPlace or any of our determined Chicago and Indianapolis customers. If you’re gearing up to entertain 10 or more of your closest friends on February 1, we have a few tips to impart on how to get your living room Super Bowl ready.

De-clutter if you are short on time to clean

Let’s face it—not all of us have enough time to give our living spaces the deep clean we’d like. If you’re short on time before guests arrive, a simple de-clutter can do wonders to open up your room and get it comfortable enough for eager sports fans.

Reposition your sectional couch

Thankfully, unless you’ve bolted your furniture to the floor, couches are easy enough to move around. Sit in every seat of your sectional—can you still see the TV? Is there a lamp in the way? If you’re having trouble seeing the screen from any spot on your sectional, reposition it until you’re able to get the full viewing experience.

Divide and conquer

If your living space just doesn’t allow for the number of guests you’d like to invite, consider opening up another room of your home for viewership. Splitting up your guests between rooms will make for a unique experience for everyone—especially if you have a few Seattle fans sprinkled in with your New England fans.

Win Free Furniture or Free TV from The RoomPlace

When’s the last time you bought something that will last you for years? The Super Bowl is an excellent reason to invest in your next sofa, recliner or bring it all together with a new living room set.

Stop in and see us between 1/20 and 2/2 for your chance to win a free HDTV or free furniture. The more you spend, the bigger your free TV will be! Spending $2,000 on a single furniture item will award you a 42” HDTV whereas spending $5,000 or more on a single item will earn you a free 55” HDTV.

If a free TV isn’t your thing, that’s ok—we’ve got an alternative offer. As with the TV, the more you spend, the more you’ll save. Spending $5,000 or more on a single item will earn you $1,000 in free furniture!

Come in and see us today to take advantage of this special offer!

 

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Intro to Color Theory: How to Create Color Combinations that Wow

Have you ever flipped through a magazine and were blown away by the detailed and elegant choices the interior designer picked out? We’ve been there too–which is why we’re going to show you how to tap in to your inner decorator and use simple color combinations that will amplify the style in your Chicago or Indianapolis home.

 

Opposites actually do attract!

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Opposites on the color wheel, that is. The idea here is pretty simple: colors opposite each other on the color wheel will complement each other. So, blue/yellow; purple/light green; red/dark green are all good beginner combos on your journey to become a color combination expert. Let’s take a look at some of these combinations in action to give more of a sense for why they work so well.

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So, here we have the Chazy, a turquoise sectional with matching turquoise and yellow/chartreuse throw pillows. Part of the reason why this combination works so well is that they are both cool tones, meaning both the turquoise and the yellow have more blue in their hue than red. The brightness of the pillows matches the brightness of the couch but more subtly. Pairing light colors together can be tricky since you don’t want to overpower either color.

Pick one neutral and pair it with additional accent colors

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Is it just us or do you think this room would be garish if all of the furniture was bright yellow? The reason the Macey’s rich espresso color with the reds, yellows and blues works so well is that brown is a distinct neutral color. Meaning, it’s the color that can fade into the background and let the other colors be the star of the show. Red, yellow and blue are primary colors—using just these three hues, you can create every color we can see! When they’re brought in as accent colors, they do a nice job of complementing each other without fighting for center stage.

Tap into gradients and create a spectrum from one color to a lighter color

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As we can see, a gradient naturally grows from darkest to lightest with only the barest shifts visible to the eye as the color changes. You can use this concept to your advantage in your next Chicago bedroom set—like the Milano. Take into consideration the color of your furniture along with the color of your throw pillows and bedding to create a soft shift from darkest to light. If you were to place navy blankets or navy accents around the room, the look might come across as harsh since there’s a big gap between the soft turquoise and navy.

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If you’re in the market for additional style advice, visit us at one of our 22 Chicago or Indianapolis locations and let us show you to put some winning combinations together.

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Why Buy Furniture Online?

Non-traditional methods of buying furniture online are becoming easier every day. The internet helps inform buyers on a wide range of questions when researching big purchases. With furniture stores that have physical stores and an online space to shop, you can’t go wrong with choosing a furniture online. Here are a few benefits of buying furniture online:

  • Material details: Select merchandise has material-specific details listed under the “unique features” tab listing valuable information you might otherwise miss.furniture guide
  • Room dimensions: You don’t need to memorize your room’s dimensions or bring them with to the store. Online furniture stores provide all of the dimensions for every item.
  • Buy online and see in store: If you’re one of those people who has to “feel” the furniture, check out your selection in store after buying the great deal online at one of our Chicago and Indianapolis area locations. Look out for “see in local store” icons on inventory pages. Many furniture stores have accommodating return policies if you’re not 100% smitten with your purchase.
  • Price comparing: Compare prices of the furniture you want with other furniture store’s prices to find the product that fits your budget. Often times, stores offer price matching incentives that you can take advantage of.
  • Sale look-out: Have your eye on a certain piece? Sign up for newsletters and look out for holiday sales. Furniture stores constantly receive new inventory and drop the prices of older furniture to make room for the new ones.
  • Customer service resources: Take your time and browse through our frequently asked questions on customer service pages. You might find answers to questions you hadn’t event thought of.
  • Nocturnal shopping: Browse our selection in your PJs at 2am if you wish—we’re not going anywhere!
  • Easy payment: Secure payment portals will keep your payment information safe.
  • See what you want to: Spend time browsing only the furniture you wish to see by shopping by style, price, or new arrivals.

The online marketplace is more than accommodating for online shoppers, and so is The RoomPlace. Shopping by room, style, or type has never been easier. Now you can delight in quality merchandise from the comfort of home, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And if you have lingering questions, we’re a phone call away: 630.783.8000.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids: An Easy Bedroom Makeover From The RoomPlace

We know the words “bedroom makeover” often bring to mind visions of paint swatches, renovation plans, and a complete furniture overhaul. We’re happy to report it’s quite simple to make a transformation with the help of just one or two pieces of strategic furniture.

Bunk Beds: A Small Change with a Big Impact

Bunk beds are not only functional and fun, they’re also a genius way to persuade your kids to share a room. Younger children will adore being up high on the top bunk while older children will undoubtedly love the “fort effect” that a new bed like the Sundance offers.
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Daybeds: A Grown up Transition

If your children are heading into their preteens, it’s time to consider upgrading their bed situation to a more grownup, lasting option. Daybeds are the adult alternative to bunk beds: they have wider mattresses; can still accommodate two sleepers (with the trundle option); and look more mature. Pieces like the Donovan can be dressed up with textured and patterned accent pillows or toned down with wild colored throws or comforters.

Benches: Store Smart

If you trip over your little one’s scarves, hats and other assorted accessories, consider giving a gift for both them and yourself—a storage bench, or one of our Paris chairs. Storage doesn’t have to be boring or one-dimensional, so embrace the multifunction options at your disposal. Storage benches can give additional seating in your kids’ room so their friends can have somewhere to chill and you’ll have somewhere to put all of their additional odds and ends.

Want to make the gift-hunting experience even more affordable? Explore our Deal Flyer, which features a rotating offering of our best promotions. We’re happy to help parents in Chicago and Indianapolis find meaningful gifts that will outlast the trends of the holiday season. Invest in the perfect room makeover solutions today!

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Sleeper Sofas and Pullout Couches for Holiday Guests and Seasonal Visitors

Planes, trains, and automobiles: This holiday season, does it feel like all three are headed to your home bearing guests? If your holidays are packed with incoming visitors, then use our tips from to get your house prepped for the extra bodies!

Abandon Old Stereotypes

No longer are pullout sofas analogous to that cramped, outdated cot you had to sleep on when visiting out of state relatives. The sofa beds of today are more than just a functional piece of furniture–thankfully they’re also an everyday asset to your home. Our modern designs effortlessly hide a comfortable bed in their sleek silhouettes and elegant upholstery.

Think Beyond the Visit

Your pull out sofa will be used as just that: a sofa. With this in mind, you should select a stylish couch that adds to your overall room design. The Zeth Sleeper is a great example of what’s possible: The soft cotton fabric feels cozy and looks chic whether you’re curling up with a good book or slipping under the covers for a good night’s sleep.

Zeth Sleeper

Keep Things Simple

After a long evening catching up with friends, setting up a guest bed can feel like a formidable task. Our designers have been gravitating towards pull out couches like the Donovan Daybed for this very reason. Simply pull out the trundle when it’s time to get some shut-eye, then push it back in in the morning. Your room will transform from a living room to a guest bedroom in mere seconds!

donovan daybed

The holidays should be spent making merry, not stressing about where your visitors will get some shut-eye. Drop by one of our 22 locations to find your multifunctional solution today. Armed with your new sleeper sofa or pull out couch from The RoomPlace, you can focus on what counts–enjoying precious time with your loved ones.

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Entertainment System Furniture

4 Best Ways to Configure Your New Entertainment System

If you’re looking to introduce fresh organizational flair or simply upgrade your outdated entertainment system, we can lend a hand. And with the mindset that Labor Day sales should last all year long, you’re guaranteed to find a fantastic solution at a great price.

Wall units are a space-saving solution for rooms which require a bit of creative problem solving. If you have limited floor space, add wide, vertical pieces such as the Somerset. The drawers provide organizational structure as well as ample storage space. Use the shelves as an opportunity to tie in color while staying organized. Colorful baskets will pop against the dark veneer of the Somerset.

Franklin TV stand

A low TV stand is a simple, elegant solution for style hunters on a budget. If you’re tight on space, a compact unit like the Franklin won’t overwhelm your small living room. A short TV stand provides stylish space while showcasing your decorative side. In smaller spaces, clutter piles up quickly. Use simple and classy white woven boxed on your bottom self to house all of your miscellaneous items.

Not every entertainment center needs to live in the living room. Adding a traditional piece like the Lakeshore will bring a touch of classic elegance. With enough space for a modestly sized DVD player, this media chest also provides multiple drawers for additional storage.

If you’re looking for a complete entertainment system makeover, a media console like the Regency is a sophisticated choice. These types of entertainment centers have a space for everything from your DVD player to your gaming console. As a statement piece, the Regency gives an old-world air to your modern living room. The windowed shelves also allow you display precious breakable items.

If you need more advice on what TV entertainment furniture best suits your needs, the designers at The RoomPlace can help! Get in touch today to find home solutions tailored to your taste.