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Get the Look: Frank Lloyd Wright with a Twist

Frank Lloyd Wright wasn’t just a pioneer of architecture and design—did you know he was also a native Illinoisan? You can still visit his Oak Park home today right outside Chicago and take in the Prairie style for inspiration. Before you head out, though, we’ve compiled some tips you can use to achieve the modernist look in your own home but with a RoomPlace twist. Keep reading after the jump to learn how!

 

  • Clean Lines are Key
    Before the modernist movement really came into play, most furniture was still fairly traditional with swooping lines and embellishments. When Wright started designing furniture with his team, he wanted it to really fit with the clean architecture of the homes. The result was defined, simple lines with clean edges.

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Lucky for us, the modernist movement is still alive and well—many furniture designers are still drawing inspiration from Wright’s famous contributions to architecture and design. You can replicate this look at your own home with something like the Enzo—this set takes the same idea of low, clean, straight lines and updates it ever so slightly with contemporary arm rests.

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  • The Marriage of Textures and Hardware

Wright’s famous style was all about the fusion of natural elements with the artificial—his chairs being no exception. The material in Wright’s chair here coordinates with the wood used to craft the bookshelves, coffee tables and other wooden structures in the room.

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The cushion color and texture are especially eye-catching because the colors in the room are mostly warm browns and reds. The cooler blueish tone is able to pop in contrast to the warmer tones.

You can mirror this same idea with the Ally accent chair, shown here in blue to match the referenced Wright chair. But if your home deploys cooler tones throughout, you can select a warmer fabric like green or purple.

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Harnessing the classic style of an iconic designer is no small feat—let the experts at the RoomPlace in Chicago and Indianapolis show you how to transform your home from drab to fab with a few simple tricks. Come in and chat with us today to get started!

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Design Tips Living Rooms

3 Pieces to Boost your Living Room’s Look for Under $300

Increasingly, our living rooms have become the grand central station of our home—it’s where we (sometimes) eat, watch TV, read books and entertain. It’s the one room where our personal style gets to really pop. If you’ve taken a look around your living room and found it to be more drab than fab, it might be time to invest in some key design elements to elevate your style. At The RoomPlace in Chicago and Indianapolis, you don’t have to go broke while boosting your living room’s look. Learn 3 different ways you can upgrade your living room without going over $300.

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By far, accent chairs are one of the easiest ways to pull in your individual style because they are so many options to choose from. Do you want a swivel chair? What about a traditional, ormate chair? Or maybe a wingback is more your speed? Whatever the case may be, accent chairs provide exactly what the name suggests—a decorative accent to your otherwise perfectly polished room.

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If you’re currently rocking hardwood floors, an area rug is an absolute must. Especially in our harsh Chicago winter, nothing will save your chilly feet more comfortably than a plush area rug—perfectly matched to your specific style, that is. Just like accent chairs, area rugs come in tons of different color combinations, textures and prints so you can have not just any old rug, but the right piece for your room.

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These aren’t your parents’ ottomans. Not only are ottomans completely functional as foot rests or extra seating—this decorative choice can also be used for covert storage! If you find yourself struggling to locate extra room for throw blankets, small pillows or magazines, an ottoman that can hold your extra stuff is an easy answer to a clutter problem.

Still unsure about how to achieve the added oomph your living room needs? Come in and chat with our style savvy team members in Chicago or Indianapolis today—we can’t wait to work with you!

 

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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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4 Tips for Buying Pet Friendly Furniture from The RoomPlace

Newsflash: Your pets and your home decor can coexist peacefully! With these buying tips, you won’t have to sacrifice any aspect of your home sweet home from beautiful, elegant furniture or snuggle time with your favorite feline or canine companion.

Be a Matchmaker

A black upholstered sofa might make a dramatic impact on your space, but the white fur that clings to it has a way of deadening the effect. Select fabric that either matches the general shade of your pet or features a bold pattern. This will distract from the pesky stray hairs that will inevitably follow when you have a pet in the home.

Focus on Durability

Microfiber is king among pet friendly fabrics for sofas. This synthetic fabric is tightly knit and not easily ripped, torn, or scratched. Leather is another durable option for pet resistant furniture. While it isn’t completely bulletproof – repeated cat scratching will take its toll – a piece like the Odyssey will see your canine companion through its rebellious puppy years and into mellow adulthood.

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Create Limits
Furniture can serve as a creative way to create boundaries for your pet. Ottomans, benches, and occasional tables are the perfect way to artfully prevent your pup from straying into a do not enter zone, saving you from an eyesore of a fence or pet crate. When your pup isn’t around, you can simply move the pieces to suit your needs. Make sure that these pieces are upholstered in the dog friendly furniture fabric we mentioned above.

Train for Your Furniture’s Sake

Even the best pets can get a little rambunctious sometimes. In general, pet owners will want to learn how to keep dogs off furniture, as this will minimize the risk of any unexpected accidents. Also regularly trim your cat’s claws to eliminate kneading damage.

Gearing up to augment your home with new furniture? The RoomPlace team can provide guidance on the best option for you and your pet. We’ll help you find the perfect match!

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Design Tips

3 Easy Winter Designs to Incorporate Into Your Home in Chicago & Indianapolis

The holidays are just around the corner, and most of us are busier than ever. If you’re ready to integrate some festive decor without spending all weekend with your scissors and hot glue, you’re in luck: We’ve ruminated on winter design and have come up with some simple, cost-effective projects to get your home ready for a season of festivities.

 

Let there be light… And let it be white!

Save yourself a decorative headache and eschew the color lights this year. White or clear lights evoke a subtle winter theme in your home without looking garish or overpowering. Don’t be afraid to get creative, either. Fill a basket with greens or pine cones and weave white lights around the bottom to create an understated glow. Weave lighting around your bannister or wind it around your window curtain to let the light radiate.

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Give Your Doorways Some TLC

If you’re strapped for time, focus on giving some decorative flair to your entryways. Create a swag (the decorative kind—not the free merchandise kind) from strung pine cones or evergreen boughs, or string oversize lights around the doorway. This will provide an appealing winter design for both rooms and is the perfect time-effective endeavor.

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Embrace a seasonal color palette

White or silver accents dominate home design during the holiday season. Even though you may not want to have a snowy color scheme throughout the entire year, it’s easy to integrate it into your home seasonally with a few simple tools. Invest in a few silvery shams to slip over your existing decorative pillow and throw a cozy white blanket on your couch. Cluster white candles on the coffee table or make a centerpiece on your dining room table.

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Have you integrated these easy home décor tips to your home? Share them with us in the comments below!

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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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Give Your Home the Traditional Look Without Overpaying

Traditional Décor:
Give Your Home the Traditional Look Without Overpaying

Traditional décor sets a mood that hasn’t gone out of style since the 18th century. It looks at home on the set of Downton Abbey, a period drama set in the early 20th century, just as it complements a modern apartment in the heart of Chicago. It’s no wonder homeowners continue to gravitate towards the royal opulence traditional décor inspires. Traditional furniture is commanding, and graceful–and it’s a trend that will always stay in fashion.

But there’s a common misconception that traditional style furniture can only be found in high-end auction houses. Think again. You can be a regal Traditionalist without your budget taking a beating. Explore a few ways we can help you get started on your Traditional motif!

Let the Details Do the Talking
Traditional furniture styles anything but understated. Most pieces are punctuated by subtle–but memorable–details. The Marquis Side Chair is a perfect example. Its ornate carving, rich, textured upholstery and almost-clawfoot feet are reminiscent of furniture you would see at the royal court.

Camilla Arm Chair

Embrace Symmetry
You’ll find that most traditional furniture pieces are unwaveringly symmetrical. This sense of order is part of their appeal, and it’s one that should extend to the arrangement of your space. Try to create mirror image setups to get the most out of your traditional room. For example, arrange two armchairs on either side of the fireplace or have two sofas face one another from opposite walls. Traditional home décor is always arranged with intention.

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Use Lighting As a Tool
Once your home is decked out with a gorgeous selection of traditional furniture, so why not light it like a pro? You’ll find that low lighting or wall sconces complement this style more than overhead lighting. Try to stick with simple table lamps that show off your furniture in the best light possible.

Explore hundreds of affordable solutions to your traditional décor needs at one of our store locations or find the perfect fit from the comfort of home with the help of our online marketplace. Choose The RoomPlace to help you craft your slice of decorative heaven!