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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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15 Ways to Refresh Your Home For Summer

decor ideas for summerNow that summer is here, it’s time to swap out those heavy layers at home to make way for brighter, airier rooms. Many people actually switch up their home decor with every new season—from adding more colorful pillows to even switching up their furnishings. But if you’re looking for decor ideas for summer that won’t require a full home makeover we’ve got you covered.

Ready for some simple ways to turn your interiors from cozy and cuddly to breezy and oh-so relaxing? We’ve rounded up 15 of our favorite decor ideas for summer that are sure to do the trick!

5 Simple Ways to Freshen Up Your Spaces

1. Bring in plants and blooms

Nothing beats a healthy dose of leafy greenery and fresh flowers for giving your home an airy look and feel. Spread them across rooms on counters, windowsills, and side tables for a pop of color that also brings the outdoors in.

2. Pull back those curtains

One of the easiest (and cheapest)decor ideas for summer, open your windows and let in the sunlight! This is an easy way to lighten and brighten your rooms and make them appear more spacious and open.

3. Array scented candles

Just as you would during the winter, add candles that have a light, fresh scent throughout your home—think kitchen counter, bathroom, bedside table, and even your fireplace mantel.

4. Hang art with summer vibes

Be it an ocean landscape painting or beach photographs, adding art that’s evocative of the season will create a relaxed focal point that eases up a space and expands the view in a room.

5. Make mirror magic

Add a large mirror to any room to help reflect more light and create an illusion of more space. On a smaller scale, mirrored pieces (like side tables or decorative objects) can also help spread light and add a touch of glimmer to your space.

5 Great Textures To Bring In for Summer

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1. Go for Natural Fiber

There’s no arguing that a natural fiber option is the top choice for a summer rug that’s both durable and stylish. The tight texture gives it an overall relaxed look and feel. Find the right one for your space with our natural fiber rug guide.

2. Work in woven accents

Opt for furnishings and accents that embrace classic summer textures, such as rattan and wicker. Traditionally used in indoor-outdoor verandas, these materials have a way of conjuring up a home in the tropics. One of our favorite wicker and rattan-rocking spaces? Blanche’s bedroom from Golden Girls.

3. Lean into linen

There’s a reason this is the fabric of choice for summer. Linen is light and breathable and it gets softer with use, which makes it ideal for hot summer days. One of our favorite decor ideas for summer, swap in linen pillows, throws, bedding, and even slipcovers for seats as you shed those heavier winter layers.

4. Opt for light woods

Whitewashed or weathered woods have major beach-house appeal. Try a distressed wood side table or a white-painted bench or cabinet, which will balance out spaces with a laid-back vibe.

5. Look for clear pieces

Okay, it’s not exactly a texture but transparent materials like glass and acrylic are great especially if you want to make a small space feel more open. Try adding an acrylic coffee table or a glass dining table. Even in a large room, these pieces can minimize visual clutter while also adding a modern edge.

5 Color Ideas to Brighten Your Rooms

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1. Play up blue and white

This classic color combo is both timeless and relaxed and will instantly infuse your rooms with a nautical vibe. Go big with an area rug or keep to small updates like pillows for a nice, crisp pop.

2. Max out with pastels

Love color but aren’t sure about turning up the brightness? Try layering in easy pastel hues, from soothing blues to pale pinks and soft greens. Whether in your pillows, a rug, or small accents, these delicate hues may be subtle but when combined they can pack a visual punch that’s just right.

3. Keep to natural wood tones

Wood pieces that reveal natural graining capture that perfect rustic summer look. Make sure to keep an eye out for natural woods and nubby details for a touch of rich texture.

4. Pops of yellow

Bright colors like yellow can easily feel like a visual overload in a room, so use it strategically in small accents for a nice punch. A sunny-hued sofa, pillows, or even a simple vase can go along way to brighten up any neutral space.

5. Seek out multicolor stripes

It’s a pattern that never goes out of style—and is always one of the winning decor ideas for summer. Look for pieces with stripes in lots of different colors, such as the upholstery or cushion of an armchair, a rug, throw pillows, or a pouf, which will usher in the lively colors of summer.

 

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