When decorating a living room you can never go wrong with a neutral palette but the key to a successful design is how you put it together. In this room, since all the furniture was calm I wanted to splash some excitement on the walls with a sophisticated and rich green. Now, sometimes people get scared to paint their walls but I think what makes neutral rooms work is that tension. And also keep in mind when you’re painting, that curtains, artwork and furniture will break up that color.
Where to Start
I always think of the floors as my fifth wall so I went with the really bold Torrey rug that has an earthy color palette. It’s the star of the room and then everything is built around it. The Stratus sectional is the perfect complement to it because it’s big and inviting but doesn’t fight it’s pattern.
As you probably know by now I love mixing materials so I went with a metal and glass coffee table to be able to see the pattern of the rug and then chose a wood and stone credenza to round out the layers. That mixing of textures starts to tell the story of your room and makes boring neutral turn into classic and rich. The Cordova chair is a great pop of color to pull out of the rug. Yes, grey is a color!
How to Accessorize
Throw in some great accessories and you have a well-worn room that will be the backdrop for many family memories to come. And that’s the key to design – creating your family’s backdrop and story, so take the time to build the space that you want to envelope you for years!
For me, the key to any successful room is layering. To achieve a farmhouse feel you want to add the right amount of different textures to get that eclectic yet relaxed vibe. Mixing wood tones with metals and linens is a great recipe to get there.
Where to Start
For this room design, I started with…what else? The dining table! It’s the star of any dining room and should anchor the space so this large Cordova table feels substantial and interesting enough to hold the attention of the other pieces. Next, it’s all about accessorizing with the chairs. For a Farmhouse feel I like mixing host chairs with side chairs. I chose large linen host chairs mixed with the industrial Davie side chairs to give a nice balance. Sit it all on top of an always classic jute rug and you’ve got the center of your room ready to go.
How to Accessorize
I like to then accessorize the walls around the main event. A great sideboard like the Lakewood gives a beautiful surface for family treasures and hanging multiple mirrors above creates a dramatic feature wall. Mixing different wood tones starts to tell a story in a space without making it feel like it was all just bought off the showroom floor.
Lastly, and most importantly it’s time to add LIFE. Fresh mixed flowers reflect that farm to table feel and a large potted plant in the corner like a black Olive tree spread the freshness around the room. Pale oak creamy painted walls are a warm backdrop to the mix and match feel of the whole room without competing or adding a distraction.
In 2019, Windy City Live and The RoomPlace partnered up to launch the “Change of Space” contest that gave one lucky winner an entire room makeover! Winning the contest was a complete surprise to Traci Smith, since her son Jordan, was the one who entered his hard-working single-mom in the contest! Leading up to winning the “Change of Space” contest, Traci lived in her apartment for a whole year without any living room furniture – one of the many sacrifices she made to give her son the best she could. Traci was greeted with great enthusiasm by the Windy City Live host, Val Warner, where she was then taken on a shopping spree at our largest and newest RoomPlace store at Lincolnwood Town Center. After exploring the whole store, Traci found her picture perfect living room set to complete her room makeover! Check out the Windy City Live Show segment of Traci receiving her living room makeover here: https://abc7chicago.com/home/the-room-place-gives-single-mom-apartment-makeover/5585231/
Getting to Know Jordan
None of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for Traci’s son, Jordan! We were lucky enough to get the opportunity to reconnect with Jordan and hear what he has been up to since entering his mom in the “Change of Space” contest. Jordan is a 21 year old hard-working young man who enjoys being active! Whether it’s participating in basketball, baseball or soccer, Jordan is up for the challenge. Jordan will be entering his senior year of college at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) to complete his degree in Health Sciences, but it doesn’t end there! Jordan plans to expand his education by pursing a career in pharmacy. Throughout the summer and into his senior year, he plans to take advantage of his Pharmacy Technician license in training by gaining experience and learning the ins and outs of being a pharmacist.
When we asked Jordan what his goal in life was, he shared that being able to provide for his family and give back to his mom is his ultimate goal. Additionally, he informed us that the RoomPlace and Windy City Live were able to help him start accomplishing his goal when his mom was awarded the Florence collection living room set complete with all the accessories, wall art and rug to complete the transformation! The RoomPlace was, and is, honored to support Jordan in achieving his goals!
Last year, without hesitation, Jordan wanted to find a way to give back to his mom, so it is only appropriate to return the favor. This time, the RoomPlace is honored to give Jordan a leg up by helping him upgrade a bedroom for himself! Jordan chose our best-selling Denver Bedroom Group, that is available in both white and gray. Jordan thought white would go best with his room! Again, we want to congratulate Jordan on being accepted into the Health and Sciences Program at IUPUI and we hope your new RoomPlace bedroom set suites you well! We also want to thank Shay and her team at our Merrillville, Indiana location for assisting Jordan in finding the perfect bedroom set!
Sectionals have a way of transforming any space into an inviting haven. But you might think you don’t have enough room for it to work. Think again. You don’t necessarily need a massive area to make a sectional work. Sectionals can create a cozy ambiance in rooms of various sizes. These tips from The RoomPlace tell you how.
While sectionals can work in rooms of different sizes, you still need to make sure the sizing is right. This applies to the room in which you’ll be placing the sectional as well as the entryways leading into that room. Measure doorways to ensure what you purchase can actually get into your house.
Also measure the length and width of the chosen room. Determine the general area in which your new sectional will be placed, then measure specific areas to ensure you have adequate space to accommodate the sectional’s various pieces.
Sectionals can include anywhere from two to six or more pieces, with options that include sofas, ottomans, chairs and chaises. Once you have the measurements of the room and a good idea of space available for specific pieces, you’ll know the type of sectional and pieces that will work for you.
Your next step is to nail down exactly where each piece of your sectional will be placed. This can be challenging, especially in smaller rooms, but it can be done with advance planning and a number of helpful tips.
Remove other furniture: Too many furniture pieces can make a room appear crammed and cluttered. They can also eat up space that could otherwise be used for your new sectional. Eliminate extra floor lamps, end tables, chairs or other pieces that take up unnecessary space or wont’ be needed when your new seating arrangement arrives.
Approximate wall distance: When it comes to aesthetics, sectionals generally look better when placed away from the walls. Placing it in a corner against a wall, however, is an ideal way to maintain as much open floor space as possible. Figure out if you want the sectional against the wall or away from it. If you choose the latter, make sure it doesn’t impede traffic flow around the room or block any doorways. It should also leave enough room for people to walk around and behind it as needed.
Pinpoint your focus: Every room tends to have at least one focal point, which can be the entertainment center, fireplace or stunning artwork. You want your sectional to be placed in a way that emphasizes the focal point instead of detracting from it. You don’t want the sectional itself to be the focal point.
Choose color wisely: If you think the sectional may look too massive in your space, consider going for a lighter color. If you prefer a darker color, you can lighten it up with decorative throw pillows. Throw pillows are also handy for adding a pop of color, contributing to coziness and hiding any stains on the main fabric.
With your game plan in place, selecting a sectional that works for your space can be an exciting endeavor instead of a stressful one. Get started now by browsing the sectional selection at The RoomPlace.
Your living room is meant to be one of the most welcoming spaces in your home, and you can ensure it lives up to that status with any number of strategic changes. These tips from The RoomPlace can help you refresh your living room design, with options that are subtle or bold as you desire.
Swap Out the Old Sofa
As the room’s main seating area and major focal point, your living room sofa really needs to pop. Does it? Look at your sofa through a fresh set of eyes to determine if it needs a bit of refreshing. A new slipcover may be able to do the trick, or you could go all out and invest in a new sofa that breathes new life into the room, instantly.
Go for Brand New Living Room Set
If it’s more than the sofa that needs a lift, you can try a full-scale living room set. Sets come with ample seating in matching pieces that can be arranged and rearranged to suit your needs and mood. You’ll also find a generous selection of materials, colors and styles to create just the look you want.
Add New Accents
A few new accent pieces can create a whole new ambiance for the room. Try a large mirror or other wall décor to perk up a tired wall. A new lamp can literally shed new light on the room. An eye-catching area rug can pull the whole room together. Accent furniture can add a dash of class while combining style with function.
Include a Savvy Chair (or Two)
You know those sophisticated chairs that always catch your eye? Now is the time to buy one. Just like accent furniture, a stylish accent chair can add a sophisticated vibe to the entire space. The style choices are downright amazing, and material options range from velvet to leather with patterned fabric and studs in between.
Revamp Your Storage
Perhaps your existing credenza could use a boost. Or maybe you don’t have adequate storage in your living room at all. Either way, a new cabinet or buffet could again bring you a functional piece with incredible style. Enclosed storage pieces not only let you easily stash needless clutter, but they can serve as a sensational focal point.
Get the Perfect Table
Another way to pull the entire room together is with the perfect coffee table. The coffee table is another focal point of the room, so it needs to be worthy of all that attention. Look for a piece that fits the size, style and colors of the room while serving as a central hub for the seating area. If a coffee table is not your thing, occasional tables are another choice for adding more surface area with style. With so many ways to refresh your living room design, it may be tough to stop at just one. You certainly don’t have to. The RoomPlace is stocked with living room seating, tables, accents and décor to fit any style and budget. Start shopping now.
Pantone announced the color of 2018 and it has since made its way in designs all around the nation. If you are planning on using Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year in Ultra Violet for your next living room, consider adding small statement pieces to give your space a refreshing pop of color. This deep-hued purple embodies individuality and spirituality, carrying out a bold and refreshing look that reflects what we need in our world today.
Because Ultra Violet is such a lush, deeply-saturated hue, small doses can create a large impact in all areas of the home. Begin with the Surya Zahra Area Rug that showcases a harmonious color palette in a unique, Boho-inspired pattern that will create a bold statement in this Mid-Century Modern living room. The Rocky Black Sofa and Armchair provide a retro-glam flair that also come in a variety of colors. Lighten up your space with the Antwerp floor lamp and Beoir Ceiling Lamp, showcasing exposed golden spheres that radiate a warm, cozy atmosphere. Finish off this look with the burnished gold medal from the Modern Reflections Accent Table and Andrea Wall Mirror that will help set off this deep purple hue.
Break out the streamers – The RoomPlace is celebrating the red, white, and blue with our famous 4th of July Sale! Every year, we celebrate the history of our country with slashed prices and great deals. See what offers are waiting for you, both online and in one of our 20 Indianapolis and Chicago living room store locations:
Color trends come and go, but some colors always add a dash of personality to dull rooms. We’re happy to report that 2015 color trends show gold and blue to be at the head of the class. The RoomPlace team in Indianapolis and Chicago went scouring for our favorite examples of transforming gold and blue into gorgeous home decorating ideas that will make your eye happy.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Lawson creates a comfortable, classic aesthetic. The plush cushions, generous arm rests, and rich leather exudes country club chic
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!