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How to Decorate a Long Living Room

paulie-chaise-creamA long narrow living room is a design challenge to be sure. The room can feel cavernous and cold, and guests can feel like they are shouting across the great divide to converse. It can also feel lopsided if one part of the room houses all of the furniture. Yet there are a number of long living room ideas that can add comfort, style and functionality to your space.

The best way to break up a long living room is by dividing it up into two or more areas. First, you need to create the main seating area, centered around a focal point such as a fireplace or an entertainment center. Next, you will want to decide what else you would like to add to the space. You can add another seating area, create a work space with a desk, set up a cozy reading nook with a chaise lounge and an accent table, or even set up a bar area.

Though long living rooms can be narrow, avoid placing furniture up against the walls. Instead, floating the furniture in the middle of the room actually makes the space feels more intimate. In choosing furniture, you want the pieces to fit the room. An extra long sofa or sectional can fill the space well. Balance a long sectional out with two small identical coffee tables side by side or a large ottoman. You can also use two or three smaller-scale sofas, but make sure the couches match to avoid a hodgepodge look.

When setting up multiple areas in one room, it is important that the room still feel cohesive. Stick to one design style and color scheme. You can also add symmetry by using identical area rugs in the separate areas. To make sure the room feels balanced, avoid placing all of the large furniture on one side of the room. Adding a large bookcase, a piece of art or an ottoman in the secondary space will prevent one side of the room from looking dwarfed. Be sure to leave space for people to move around, preferably a pathway about 3 feet wide.

If you have been frustrated by how to decorate a long living room, The RoomPlace can help inspire and guide you. Visit any of our showrooms to see how furniture can work together in a narrow space, or shop our Living Room collections online at www.theroomplace.com. You can also follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more design inspiration. Plus, we offer frequent promotions and easy installment plans, so our customers in the Chicago and Indianapolis areas can get the style they want at the price they can afford. You can Get It All at The RoomPlace!

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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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Our High Demand Furniture Pieces of 2015

The The RoomPlace shoppers have spoken and the results are in: 2015 is all about being bold, elegant, and functional. Explore how our best-selling pieces fit the trends of 2015 for our customers in Chicago and Indianapolis:

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Seasonal Decorating On a Shoestring Budget

Updating your home décor for spring doesn’t have to break the bank. The RoomPlace has rounded up a few low cost decorative ideas that will give your space a fresh face without sacrificing your bank account—perfect for spring decorating in Chicago and Indianapolis.

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Spring Inspired Furniture to Brighten Your Home

Tulips are finally in bloom, the sun is gracing us for a little longer each day, and grass is thriving where snow covered the ground just weeks ago. Springtime is officially in full swing, and the RoomPlace is ready bring its essence to the home. Use these spring design tips to spruce up your space and bring the outdoors inside.

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Maximize Your Tax Refund & Get 20% off The RoomPlace Furniture

We know you work hard for your money. To help your tax return go that much further this year, we’re offering 20% one item from now until 5/30! This offer is available both online and in our Chicago and Indianapolis showrooms.

This offer applies to single items. Here is just a small sampling of the many items you could choose to get your 20% off!

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11 Fashionable Sectional Sofas for Small Living Rooms

Sectionals are one of our favorite kinds of compact furniture that offers the perfect seating option for rooms with size constraints. Whether you’re dealing with an Indianapolis home that is 100 square feet or 1,000, The RoomPlace has the perfect sectional for you.

Matrix marries technology and comfort. This bold 7-piece set offers the perfect reclining sectional sofas for small spaces. Adjust the headrest and recliner to suit your needs and get cozy with the sumptuous upholstery.

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San Marco is the perfect way to make everyone happy. The button-activated recliner on each sectional means that every lounger gets the seating experience they want. No arguments!

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Torricella shows that furniture for small living rooms can still be sophisticated. The contrasting fabric and Nu-Leather upholstery is peppered with grommeting to create that timeless look. This transitional piece will enhance classic and contemporary interiors.

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Monroe offers multiple looks in one space-efficient design. Adjust the headrests to create a new style as it suits you — rest assured the comfort of this sleek piece will always remain constant.

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Galaxy is proof that simple doesn’t mean boring. A crisp silhouette, contrast stitching, and striking leather upholstery will be a design staple for years to come.

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Lawson creates a comfortable, classic aesthetic. The plush cushions, generous arm rests, and rich leather exudes country club chic

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Preston stands apart from small sectional sofas for small spaces thanks to its big personality and size. Enjoy the comforts of storage space, cup holders, and reclining action with this piece..

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Kara was made for relaxation. The wide seating profile and lush cushions feel like a cloud, and the bold red upholstery will add a pop of color to your space.

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Enzo brings sleek European design into the comforts of your Indianapolis living room. Clean lines, a bold silver base, and crisp NuLeather completes this luxe look.

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Nolan is perfect for entertainers in Indianapolis. Storage consoles, reclining features, and generous armrests make this the ideal accent for movie marathons or game nights.

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Lexi would make Frank Lloyd Wright proud. The dramatic silhouette will feel like a piece of art, and the compact design and adjustable headrests sets it apart from other modern sectional sofas.

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Modern, classic, transitional, contemporary — These are just a few of the designs you’ll find at The RoomPlace. Take a look online to find your other half!

 

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Get Organized This Year with Innovative Storage from The RoomPlace

We think every storage space deserves a round of applause. Whether you live in a spacious home or an apartment, it can feel difficult to stay organized without bringing down your feng shui. Here are a few assets that deserve their own superlatives:

The Display and Organizational Tag-Team: Curio Cabinets
Special items deserve a unique space. But if you’ve been putting these treasures into storage because you simply don’t know where to safely display then, it’s time to take action. Curio Cabinets like the Barton provide unique home storage solutions that will showcase your favorite photos, china, artwork. The glass encasing keeps these valuables safe while giving them the opportunity to be where they should: In the limelight!

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The Chef’s Apprentice: Buffets and Sideboards

.If you’ve been flummoxed on how to make your kitchen storage-friendly without it feeling like there are too many cooks in the kitchen (we couldn’t resist!), you’ll find a solution with buffets or sideboards. The Monticristo Sideboard, for example, is decked out with sneaky spots to hide dishes, flatware, and wine glasses. They’re also a decorative asset.

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The Coziest Storage Space: Beds and Bureaus Unite
There’s a reason that we call the Welden a “storage heaven.” From the outset, your bed will look like, well, a bed. But kneel down and you’ll be met with storage space aplenty. The drawers are tucked neatly into the base of the bed frame so they don’t take up any extra space. It’s also the perfect toy storage solution or shoe storage solution.

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“Storage” doesn’t have to mean plastic containers shoved under the bed, and it doesn’t have to mean cardboard boxes tucked into the closet. Rather than relegating your items to the garage, storage solutions in the home are a more accessible and attractive alternative. The RoomPlace is excited to provide ways to get organized that will complement your interior decor, and we know that we have the perfect solution for you! Take a peek at our Deal Flyer to get a storage steal this month.

 

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Mirror, Mirror On The Wall, What’s The Best Home Accent Of Them All?

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Although we tend towards massive overhauls when we’re trying to give our room a facelift, it’s often something small that can really make a room pop. When you’re decorating on a budget, you don’t have the flexibility you otherwise would if you were flush with cash. We’ve rounded up a few of the most impactful low cost decorating ideas you can use to make your living room feel like a whole new space.

Create an Optical Illusion
Decorative mirrors for living room spaces are always a good idea. They’re especially transformative if your space is on the smaller side. Mirrors instantly make a room feel bigger and create the illusion of extra space. When placed strategically, they will also spotlight the best parts of your living room. Whether you use bold, contemporary wall mirrors or something more traditional, this is an asset that will always complement your space.

Ambience at the Flip of a Switch
The power of lighting is real. A few bulbs have the ability to make or break the ambience of a room, so it’s important to always use lighting fixtures for your home to your advantage. Table lamps will work to your benefit thanks to their small size. A bold base and understated shade often feel like a mini art installation. If you pair this with a low wattage bulb, they also create a cozy, warm atmosphere. Going for a more airy, spacious feel? Invest in a minimalist floor lamp that will fill the whole room with light.

Start From the Bottom Up
Select every item in your room with intention, and start by looking down. An area rug provides a space efficient yet strong accent for your living room. It’s also is the perfect place to introduce a little color if your space feels washed out. Before selecting your accent carpet, make sure that it complements that style of your bar table, sofas, and chairs.

Spicing up your living room shouldn’t have to put a big dent in your budget. Chat with the team at The RoomPlace for more ideas on small changes you can make to maximize your impact!

 

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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!