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Ultimate Home Design Checklist: Here’s What Furniture You Need in Every Room

Whether you’re moving into a new home or just looking to give a room or two a facelift, it can feel overwhelming to know where to start when redesigning your space. Fortunately for you, we have a collection of buying guides that can help take the mystery out of the furniture-buying process!

Today, we’ve rounded up all of our room-specific guides to walk you through all the furniture and decor essentials our interior designers recommend for each room. Whether you’re looking for furniture for a home or an apartment, this guide will help you figure out what pieces you need for your home!

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Living Room Furniture Guide

Your living room is often the main space in your home. It’s where you hang out as a family and host guests—so invest some time and money in this room’s design and look for quality furniture. If you’re feeling stumped on where to start, check out our living room furniture checklist.

First things first: consider if you want a sectional or sofa. This is the most important piece of furniture in a living room—so it’s worth spending some time deciding if you want to skimp or splurge on a sofa. Once you’ve landed on a sofa, layer in accent seating, a coffee table, and some lighting.

From there, bring in some organizational pieces of furniture. We’re talking media cabinets, console tables, bookcases, and baskets to give you as much storage space as you need to keep things organized.

And you can’t forget about the finishing touches! Living room decor like area rugs, throw pillows, decorative accessories, artwork, and greenery aren’t necessary for function—but they bring a lot of life and personality to your living room. And for a space that sees so much action, it’s nice to have these decorative touches layered in to make your space feel more complete.

Looking for more living room design ideas? Find the best TV stand for your TV size, discover how to pick a coffee table shape to go with your sofa, and explore our guide to coffee table materials.

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Bedroom Furniture Guide

In our bedroom furniture checklist, we’ll walk you through the bedroom essentials, extras, and finishing touches. But we’ll also give you price ranges for each item so you can align your budget with your needs depending on if you’re looking for more affordable furniture or quality pieces that will last for years to come.

The bedroom essentials include:

  • A bed frame and mattress
  • A nightstand or two
  • Clothing storage
  • Window treatments

Some nice add-ons include:

  • Task and accent lighting
  • Seating
  • An area rug
  • A mirror

For finishing touches, we recommend:

  • Artwork
  • Throw pillows
  • Greenery
  • Small storage

If you want any other bedroom design ideas, we also have guides to help you explore different bed frame styles, discover the right nightstand for your space, and find the right window treatments.

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Dining Room Furniture Guide

If you’re wondering what to include when furnishing your dining room other than a table and chairs, look no further than our dining room furniture checklist. We’ll help you explore versatile pieces of storage furniture for your dining room—like a credenza, buffet, or bar cabinet—and walk you through other nice-to-haves for this room of this house. Some of those include stylish overhead lighting, an area rug (if you’re into the idea of dining room rugs), and window coverings. You can also add little touches to make your dining room’s design to the next level—like a thoughtful centerpiece, candles, and wall art.

For more dining room design ideas, check out our ultimate guide to dining table styles, plus our guide to finding the right dining chairs.

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Entryway Furniture Guide

Entryways are an often-overlooked space when it comes to home design. It’s easy to focus your design energies on the main living spaces—but as the area of the home that greets guests when they enter your home, it’s worth considering what should go into this transitional space. Enter: our entryway furniture checklist. This buying guide walks you through ideas of what pieces to include in this space, depending on the size.

Some furniture and decor you might want to prioritize in your entryway include:

  • A credenza, cabinet, or console table
  • A chair or bench
  • A table lamp
  • A mirror
  • A welcoming (and easy-to-clean) rug
  • Baskets to keep you organized
  • Pillows and throws (if you have a bench)
  • Hooks and shelves

You can also check out our entryway design tips to help you a framework for this space, along with a few more entryway design ideas.

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Kids Bedroom Furniture Guide

Kids bedrooms have slightly different needs and requirements than a grown-up bedroom. But a lot of the basics are still the same! In our kids bedroom checklist, you’ll find a complete guide for everything you need for a kid’s room.

The core pieces for a kids bedroom include a bed, nightstand, and dresser. And we also strongly recommend a plush area rug! (It gives your kids a cozy space to spread out and play, read, and rest!) From there, you can layer in accent pieces like additional storage (think: short bookcases so everything is accessible, and bins or baskets for quick cleanups!), a reading area, and a desk. You don’t have to squeeze all of these things in—but it gives you some ideas for what you could include increasing the functionality of your child’s bedroom! And don’t forget accent lighting, window coverings, and some cute, youthful wall art!

Want some kids’ bedroom design inspiration? Check out some of our favorite kids’ bedroom designs and some cute shared bedroom ideas!

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Nursery Furniture Guide

Expecting a little one and need help designing your nursery? First off—congrats! Secondly—look no further than our nursery essentials shopping guide. This furniture checklist will walk you through all of the essentials to help you pull this special space together!

Here’s what you’ll want to add to your shopping list:

  • A crib, cradle, or bassinet
  • Blankets
  • A glider or rocking chair
  • A baby-safe rug
  • A soft-glow lamp or night light
  • A dresser or wardrobe
  • A changing table or topper
  • Blackout curtains or blinds
  • Toy storage
  • Hanging mobiles

Obviously everything on this list isn’t required. If you’re putting together a small nursery design, you’ll want to scale back and just go with the basics. But even with less, your baby’s nursery can be cozy and adorable. Ready to get started? Check out these nursery color schemes to give you some style inspiration as you pull together this space.

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Home Office Furniture Guide

Our home office furniture guide takes you beyond the basics of a desk and office chair and helps you think through what else your home office might need to make it the most productive space in your home.

Of course, you will want to start with a home office desk and a comfortable desk chair. But with those as your foundation, you can also layer in  proper lighting (both task and ambient) and organizational solutions (like a filing cabinet, shelving, and maybe even baskets or decorative boxes to keep things looking good). And then there are those pieces that aren’t necessities but make a home office more comfortable—like an area rug, window treatments, an aesthetically pleasing backdrop for video calls, and comfortable seating other than your desk chair for when you need a break or change of scenery. Finally, there are a handful of home office decor ideas that can take the design of this room to the next level—making it more stylish and functional.

Want some extra home office design ideas? Check out these home office ideas for small apartments, tips for creating a home office in your bedroom, and our guide to designing a shared home office.

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Guest Room Furniture Guide

Whether you’re designing a guest room from scratch or just giving your existing guest quarters a facelift, our guest room furniture checklist will help you make sure you don’t miss a thing!

Like any other bedroom, a guest room needs a bed and clothing storage. But you’ll also want to think through the elements that will make your guests feel extra comfortable and at home—like good lighting and extra pillows and blankets. Other nice-to-haves in a guest room, if you have the space? A desk for if your guest wants to get in a few work hours while they’re visiting. An armchair or two for relaxing. A luggage rack for their suitcase. Perhaps even a beverage station or some fresh flowers for a special touch! (Because, really, it’s the little things that will make your guests feel extra cared for!)

Does your guest room double as your home office? Make this space feel intentional with these design ideas for a combined home office and guest room.

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Trend Spotlight: The Cozy Color Palettes We’re Loving for Fall

With fall, there often comes the desire to change out decor and bring cozier elements into our homes. A big way that you can change up the vibe of your space is through color. Bringing a different color palette into a room can completely transform how it feels. While you might have used a lot of whites, blues, and yellows for summer, fall is a great time to incorporate deeper and more saturated hues.

When refreshing the color scheme of a room for fall, you can always go with the classics, which mirror the colors of changing leaves—reds, oranges, golden yellows, browns. But you could also take a trendier approach for something a bit more bold. There are some great fall decor ideas and color trends out there right now that bring both warmth and personality to your space.

Our designers have been spotting bold colored rooms and deeply saturated hues throughout the design world that are making a big splash this fall—and we want to fill you in on what they are and how to incorporate them into your home. So, if you’re looking for simple and attainable ways to bring fall color decor trends into your space, keep reading!

 fall color schemesWays to Decorate With Trendy Fall Colors

When making fall decor updates, the colors you choose are just as important as the decor swaps you make. Opting for rich, saturated hues (like the ones we’ll show you in this post) will bring coziness and warmth into your space—perfect for when the weather gets cooler! And you can incorporate these colors in big or small ways.

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Textiles are a perfect way to incorporate trendy fall colors. Whether through accent pillows, throws, or even a rug, you can bring in pops of these fall colors throughout your space. Bonus points for layering in different textures through these textiles as well! A lot of what will make these trendy fall colors come alive is textures, since they’re more saturated colors; the texture of a textile will bring more depth to the color.

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Decorative Accents

Tabletop decor is another great way to subtly incorporate these colors—through vases, decorative bowls, candles, or even the florals and greenery you choose. In fact, fall is a great time to swap out greenery for dried florals, sculptural branches, or grasses. We also recommend adding in more candles for that warm, layered lighting (and some cozy scents).

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 fall color schemesBold Moments of Color

Of course, if you’re in the mood for a bigger change, you can certainly incorporate these color palettes in a larger way, too—say, through painting a wall or swapping out an accent chair for one in a trendy fall hue. This will make a big impact, but each of the trendy fall color palettes we’re unpacking today will have legs far beyond the fall. They’ll still be relevant in winter and far beyond—so you don’t have to paint your walls seasonally or constantly be purchasing new furniture.

But, whether in big ways or small, these trendy color palettes are a fun way to breathe new life into your home this fall. Keep reading for four of our favorite fall color trends!

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 fall color schemesDeep Olives and Woods

Is anything quite so cozy as deep greens mixed with warm wood tones? We’re going to go with no. The combination of wood elements with deep olives is one of those very warm and cozy fall color schemes that we can’t get enough of. Woods mix really well in this color palette, since they pop against earthy, saturated greens, and can range from lighter to darker wood tones.

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Why We Love It

Not only do earthy greens go beautifully with wood pieces, but this duo can also be accented with other earth tones like terracotta, tan, sage, khaki, and cream. Leather accents also bring out the richness of both wood and green tones. All of this allows for a layered look and the opportunity to really personalize this trendy color palette.

Stylist Tip: Layer in some dried branches as another wooden element and a piece of quintessential fall decor!

Earth Purple and Brown

We’re seeing a lot of this deep, inky, earthy shade of purple this fall. This heavily saturated hue pairs perfectly with deep brown woods and other natural materials such as seagrass and jute, which really make this color pop.

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Why We Love It

This deep, earthy purple makes a great base for a jewel-tone color palette. It has a luxurious feel to it, and depending on the colors you pair it with it can bring out both purple or deep red undertones—which makes it easy to further personalize this look. Either way, it pops against neutrals and brings a resonant depth to your space.

Stylist Tip: Try pairing this color with dried florals that have deep purple or red tones to add to the fall vibe.

 fall color schemesCharcoal with Saturated Earth Tones

If you want a more nuanced and layered color palette that’s also on-trend for 2021 color schemes, try mixing charcoal with deep greens and pops of earth tones and crisp neutrals. This shade of pine green has cooler undertones, but placing it alongside natural materials really warms it up.

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Why We Love It

There’s something very sophisticated about this color combo. Charcoal is also a great way to bring low-key contrast into a color scheme. Charcoal pairs beautifully with earth tones, offering both contrast and depth. But it’s not as harsh as black, so it creates a softer look.

Stylist Tip: Fall is a great time to layer in more natural materials to your space, giving it added texture. Jute rugs, woven poufs, knit woolen throws, cane, seagrass, and other natural textures, all coming together in an earthy palette to create warmth and textural diversity in your space.

 fall color schemesHigh-Contrast Neutrals and Blues

Blue and beige might not be a color combo you naturally think of for a fall color palette—but high-contrast neutrals are actually a very trendy color combo this fall. When paired with other warm neutrals, a blue and beige palette takes on a rustic warmth that’s perfect for fall.

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Why We Love It

The coolness of a blue and beige palette is warmed up when paired with natural wood, warm tans, and leather accents—resulting in a space that feels quite cozy. Not big on decorating with bold colors? This is a perfect way to warm up your space while staying among neutrals.

Stylist Tip: Bring contrast into your space in a bold way by swapping out light and airy curtains for heavier navy drapes.

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Autumn Checklist: Easy Ways to Get Your Home Set for Fall

Can you smell it? Fall is in the air! That might mean mornings spent indoors by the fire with a book, evenings entertaining family and friends, or just a lot of pumpkin spice lattes. And as the seasons shift, that means it’s also time to update your home with some fall decor ideas!

With that in mind, there are simple ways you can change up your rooms to get set for all the cozier days ahead. From making simple decor swaps to preparing party-ready spaces, here’s our checklist of easy fall decor updates that will ensure your home is warm, inviting, and PSL ready.

fall decor updates1. Swap in Seasonal Hues

Embrace a fall color palette in large and small ways. Out are the cool hues and neon colors of summer, and in are warm reds, tans, ochers, and jewel tones that scream fall!

But you don’t have to repaint your space or make any big purchases to bring these colors into your rooms. Make some simple fall decor updates by swapping your pillow covers, layering in touches of gold and brass accents, or simply bringing in seasonal flowers in shades of reds and oranges.

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2. Settle Into Cozy Textures

Swap out your summer linens for cozier throws, pillows, and textures. Think velvet and leather cushions, chunky cable knit blankets, a warm duvet, and fluffy sheepskin rugs. It’s all about embracing snug fabrics, such as wool and cashmere, in lots of small ways.

And no need to stop there – woven textiles and warm, grainy wood accents are textures that can enrich rooms as well. Try pulling in a small bench with a woven seat or simply adding baskets and wooden bowls as accents in your living space or bedroom.

fall decor textures3. Go Heavy on the Layers

You can never have too many pillows or throw blankets, right? Pile these on in all rooms of your home, from the bedroom to the living space. This is an easy way to imbue your home with a cozy vibe.

And when it comes to readying your bed for fall, if you’re up for a big change, we have two words for you: upholstered bed.

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4. Get Set for Cocktail Hours

Fall always signals the beginning of party season. Make sure you’re ready to host happy hour gatherings and cocktail parties by checking to see you have enough extra seating in your living room, a bar cart for drinks, or even just trays to make serving simple.

Thinking about hosting movie marathons and game nights? Be sure you pile some extra pillows onto your sofa for added comfort; now’s the time to get a few small ottomans or poufs that you can easily move around for additional seating or use as impromptu side tables.

fall decor ideas5. Start Prepping for Holiday Gatherings

There are cocktail parties and then there are holiday parties and family gatherings. Year-end festivities have a way of always sneaking up on all of us so autumn is the best time to ready your space and start making fall decor updates.

Start by making sure you have lots of seating spread across your living and dining rooms. And if you need a new dining table or a buffet to host big dinners, now’s the time to get those pieces!

And if you’re expecting overnight guests at some point during the season, make sure your guest room has all the essentials.

The key is to start now, because the holidays will be here before you know it!

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6. Spread Some Ambient Light

Whether it’s moving a floor lamp over to a reading corner or hanging plug-in sconces next to a bookcase, good lighting will bring a romantic and moody glow to your fall evenings.

The right lighting will also add to the season’s overall festive mood! So consider adding a table lamp to your entry or some new pendants to brighten up your dining room.

And of course, don’t forget to fill your rooms with candlelight as finishing touches that add elegant glimmer.

 

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6 Ways To Prep Your Dining Room for Entertaining

Whether you’re entertaining for the holidays or just hosting a morning brunch with friends, your dining room is at the center of it all. With all the work that goes into planning a meal for multiple people, the last thing you want is to stress about your decor.

To help you avoid any pre-hosting stress, we rounded up our favorite tips to get your dining room ready to go before guests descend. Here are the dining room ideas we love and are sure to help you get fully prepped for a revolving door of dinner parties, brunches, and whatever else comes your way.

Read on for a few dining room ideas that will help you shine as the hostess with the mostest!

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining1. Always Have Extra (and Comfy) Seating

Comfortable chairs can make long dinners much more enjoyable. If you like a little extra cushion, consider matching sets that are fully upholstered or have nice plush seats.

If you have room to spare, extra chairs are always great to have on hand in case of unexpected, or last-minute guests.

Short on space? Dining chairs are versatile so try placing extras in your entryway or home office. They won’t use up square footage unnecessarily, and you can easily pull them into your dining space in a pinch.

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dining room ideas for entertaining2. Be Realistic About Headcount

Big dinners are a holiday given, so be cognizant of how many people your dining room can accommodate comfortably.

If you have the space to entertain a big crowd, make sure everyone has a spacious spot at the table. A table with extendable leaves is a great solve for hosting large groups in smaller spaces.

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining3. Take Time to Outfit Your Table

Whether you’re hosting a Thanksgiving feast for 12 or an intimate valentines day dinner for two, a thoughtfully set table is always memorable.

Channel the colors of the season and pick a combination of your favorite three to guide the palette for your table scape.

If you’ve been thinking about new dishes, silverware or glassware, now is the time to go for it as you gear up to entertain.

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining4. Prepare a Serving Station

Half the challenge of entertaining is being present with your guests.

Setting up a sideboard or a buffet where you can create a bar and a serving station for food, appetizers and dessert means you won’t have to dash back and forth from the kitchen.

In a smaller dining room, try a simple bar cart topped with drinks and light nibbles.

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dining room ideas for holiday entertaining5. Add Good Mood Lighting

Beyond candlelight, make sure your dining room is well-lit all around – overhead, along the walls, or a table lamp or two placed strategically on a buffet or a small table.

The idea is to have enough lighting around your dining room so that you can easily switch off a few to create a moody ambience.

If you have a single pendant above the dining table, consider hanging a chandelier for a show-stopping light source that adds more sparkle.

dining room ideas for holiday entertaining6. Warm Up Your Floors

A captivating rug is sure to set a cozy, festive note. Choose a low-pile option (one that’s not shaggy) in a color or pattern that draws focus to your dining table.

Or opt for a natural-fiber rug with a large-scale design that’s easy on the eyes and stands up to foot traffic. (These can also handle the occasional spill, because let’s face it – it happens).

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