Get a Boho Inspired Dining Room with Designer Eden Cohen

The dining room is often the main gathering place in a home and a great space to incorporate boho style. This popular, eclectic design style is based on the idea of merging many different design elements into one cohesive space.

Wood Components

The Interlude 5 Pc. Dining Room Set is the centerpiece of this room. Made of reclaimed pine, this collection delivers a strong wood component, often found in boho style. It also brings an outdoor element into the design.

Layered Textures

Layering diverse textures is fundamental when incorporating boho design. The barn door combined with the concrete floor gives the room a nice balance of rough and smooth textures. The Interlude Upholstered Parsons Chairs at the ends of the table add a layer of softness, complementing the hard surface of the table and providing visual interest to the room.

Neutral Palette

Light grays bring a soft feel to the room and invite sociability. This color provides the room with a clean slate where items on the table take center stage. Paired with crisp, white walls, the color scheme is lively, yet relaxing at the same time. The Magnolia Home Lotus Black Rug grounds the room, providing yet another level of texture and warmth.

Touches of Nature

The planter with yellow tulips also brings touches of nature to the space, a must-have accent typically found in bohemian décor.


SHOP THE LOOK: Interlude Dining Dining SetInterlude Upholstered Parsons Chair | Interlude ServerMagnolia Home Lotus Black RugIndustrial Table Lamp | Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree in Metal Planter | Blakely Wall ClockYellow Tulips with 4 Glass Jars in Square Wire Holder | White Wash Carved Tray Large | Pen Holder ‘Sugar Mold” 12 Hole – Chimney


Warm Lighting

Light also plays a huge role. The large wood bead and metal chandelier is an additional focal point, casting a welcoming incandescence. The Magnolia Home Pen Holder “Sugar Mold” 12 Hole candleholder with its warm glow adds an additional layer of light.

Eclectic Décor

The Blakely Wall Clock and the White Wash Carved Tray work as oversized eclectic décor, adding an additional layer of visual interest.

By following some boho style essentials and adding personal touches, your dining room will be the perfect spot to gather.

GET MORE BOHO TIPS: Boho Design Comes Home to Furniture Row with Eden Cohen | Boho Bedroom Design with Eden Cohen


THIS FRONT DOOR GUEST BLOG WAS WRITTEN BY EDEN COHEN


Eden Cohen is a Denver based interior designer/set stylist. Following a career in corporate communications, public relations and event planning, Eden decided to turn her attention to her true passion of interior design. She returned to school to obtain a degree in Interior Design. Today she can be found working on projects for interior design clients as well as styling the sets for print advertising, television commercials, and motion pictures. Outside of design, Eden enjoys: spending time with her family and friends, exploring cultural events, art, music and food scenes, spending time in the outdoors, as well as traveling for experiences and inspiration.

Dining Room Layout Guide

When arranging your dining space, you should not only think about what is visually pleasing but also the most functional use of the space. Whether your home layout is traditional, open, large or small this guide will help you create a dining space from which you and your family can get the utmost enjoyment.

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Open Concept

In the case of newer, modern homes, an open concept kitchen is not all that unusual. Open concepts are designed to provide a practical space for entertaining all the while supplying a cohesive flow between the kitchen, dining and living room. In an open concept home, your dining room layout should flow between the kitchen and the living room serving as an integrated space to gather.  In this dining room layout we have combined a round table joined with six dining chairs just at the edge of the kitchen. The simplicity of a round table between the kitchen and living room allow a practical connection of rooms without sacrificing functionality and space. In addition to your dining table, try adding barstools to your kitchen island to continue the flow of social space. This dining room layout is perfect for work, rest, and play.

Formal

If you desire a sit down meal with the family without interruptions, a formal dining room layout is the arrangement for you. There is just something about the romance of a room devoted to eating and entertaining that we are quite fond of. While in the process of choosing the right furniture for this dining room layout we suggest choosing a table large enough to fit your family and friends. To boost the formal atmosphere, choose a sophisticated table with intricate detailing such as the Laurel Canyon or the Sedona.

Breakfast Nook

If you don’t have the space for a formal dining room, or want something whimsical to sip your morning coffee, a breakfast nook is the perfect dining room layout. Don’t let this fool you, it’s not hard to achieve! Transform your kitchen from drab to fab by simply adding a couple benches to a corner, paired with a small dining table and two or three chairs. Voila you’ve created a cozy corner that will make mornings much easier.

Eat-In Kitchen

Don’t let dinner time be exhausting, allow it to be quality time spent with the family. This dining room layout is the ideal model if you desire to keep prep, dining and cleanup in one convenient area. If you have a large enough kitchen, place your dining table in the center of the room. This allows the table to double as an island during meal preparations. The eat-in kitchen dining room layout creates a central place for family to gather, thus allowing you to catch up in today’s busy lifestyle. This layout might take some creative shifting of your kitchen space, but you won’t regret the benefits it has to offer. Check out our Quintessential Kitchen Storage blog for ideas and inspiration for rearranging and organizing your kitchen space.

With these great dining room layouts, you can update your dining room with confidence. These layouts are a starting point, but we know that not all homes are made the same. Don’t hesitate to make adjustments and customize your dining space to fit your lifestyle. Happy arranging!

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Be sure to check out our Living Room Layouts for more inspiration!

Interior Designer Christopher Guy Visits The Showroom @Furniture Row

On October 10, 2017, high-end interior designer Christopher Guy made a guest appearance to talk about his inspiration for his new gallery installation at the brand new Showroom @Furniture Row in Denver, Colorado. Guy, who was on his way to High Point Market in High Point, North Carolina for an event on October 14-16, decided to make a special stop in the Mile High City, his newest gallery location after Las Vegas, New York, High Point, and Hollywood.

Only a select number of lucky guests were allowed to attend the exclusive event, where Guy himself talked about his “Mademoiselle” collection, a stunning line of luxurious products inspired by Coco Chanel.

“If she were here today, what would Coco Chanel’s home look like?” he asked the audience Tuesday evening.

Guy said that the “Mademoiselle” line is definitely inspired by the iconic, feminine French fashion designer, but that he also tries to incorporate some masculinity into his collection. According to his own definition of his work, Guy works to assert a clear objective across his products—“to make uniquely beautiful decorative furnishings that appeal to an international audience.

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And that’s not hard for Guy, world-traveler that he is.

Living between London, Singapore, New York, and Los Angeles has clearly become inspiring in many ways and has taught Guy to translate his cultural experiences to represent the latest trends from around the globe. Elegance—in Guy’s words—is “an effortless form that is beyond beauty,” and Guy believes that people and places are at the core of his work.

With a large influence from French modernist designers of the 1930s, Guy’s designs are inspired by history. Using his Ovale Dining Chair as an example, Guy emphasized his work by naming the corseted waistlines from Gone with the Wind as the vision for the crisscrossed legs.

“With a dining chair, you tend to look at it from behind, not from the front. So I thought well, ‘Let me design it from the front. And I wanted the tight waistline,” Guy said.

Guy’s work also features up-to-date styles. During the event, Amy Foster, the lead buyer and official spokesperson for The Showroom, asked him where design was going next.

“I think the whole world is moving towards contemporary,” Christopher Guy said.

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At his talk, Christopher Guy also signed his “Mademoiselle” catalogue for guests and personally autographed Le Bouquet Mosaic, a piece of art crafted using 17,000 pieces of glass for a customer. The local band Tin Brothers also performed a tasteful music selection while Three Tomatoes catered the event.

Overall, shoppers at The Showroom and fans got to witness a wonderful talk by one of the most renowned interior designers. You don’t get to see that every day!

Modern Luxe Dining Room by Bernhardt

Furniture Row is opening up their new store, The Showroom @Furniture Row in Denver, Colorado in early August 2017, and one of our favorite designers in the store is Bernhardt. They have a variety of beautiful collections, including the Jet Set, which is the focus of the modern luxe dining room showcased below.  Jetset1

Modern Luxe Dining Room Aesthetic

To create a modern luxe dining room, try to combine classic elegance with glamour. The Jet Set Dining Group is perfect for this style with a 1940s contemporary French influence. This room looks dramatic yet refined with an abundance of striking details, such as the solid brass ornamental ring pulls on the back of the chairs, the double pedestal table with a fancy face top with a caviar-brown finish, and the gorgeous crystal chandelier. We love the clean color palette which showcases black, white, and pops of metallic gold.

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Modern Luxe Finishes

This dining room features a multitude of luxurious finishes, giving it a rich feel. It features ribbon-striped sapele veneers with a vibrant, penetrating finish that is achieved through sixteen different steps designed to enhance the natural linear pattern as well as bring out the clarity and depth in the wood. All of the sleigh-back chairs are fully upholstered with soft, neutral upholstery, and the handsome buffet is wrapped in a quilted, ivory leather.

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Modern Luxe Storage and Home Accents

What makes the modern luxe dining room feel so pretty is the clean design and accents on display. To let the Jet Set Collection by Bernhardt take center stage, make sure that you have plenty of storage to keep dishware tucked away with the white and maple door cabinet with chain-link pulls reminiscent of fine jewelry and the leather-wrapped buffet. Showcase accents on the entertainment console framed in brass-plated steel with glass shelves. Fresh flowers give the room a romantic edge, while the four symmetrically arranged golden mirrors make the space contemporary and sophisticated.


The modern luxe dining room will make your space feel opulent yet refined. Bernhardt is known for creating the most luxurious furniture in the industry, and the Jet Set Dining Group is no exception. To purchase the Jet Set Collection or other pieces by Bernhardt, please visit or call The Showroom at:

The Showroom @Furniture Row
5445 N. Bannock St.
Denver, CO 80216
(303) 296-9514

The Showroom @Furniture Row Welcomes Adele Arakawa!

Furniture Row and the Front Door blog would like to proudly welcome Adele Arakawa, former lead anchor for NBC affiliate (KUSA-TV, 9 News) to the team! As The Showroom @Furniture Row’s grand opening quickly approaches, the seven-time Emmy Award winner joins The Showroom as its brand ambassador, sharing with Denver and the surrounding areas the designer brands and services available at one of the biggest furniture and design centers in the country.

Adele Arakawa, Brand Ambassador (PRNewsfoto/The Showroom @ Furniture Row)
Adele Arakawa, Brand Ambassador (PRNewsfoto/The Showroom @ Furniture Row)

The Showroom’s lead gallery buyer and spokesperson Amy Foster agrees, “We are thrilled to have Adele as part of our team. Her signature style, approachability, and commitment to excellence are perfectly aligned with our brand values and promise. It’s hard to imagine anyone better suited to generate interest in and excitement for Denver’s ultimate luxury home furniture shopping and design experience.”

The Showroom @Furniture Row will open in August of 2017, and it will feature industry-leading brands such as Hancock & Moore, Marge Carson, and Bernhardt, just to name just a few. In addition, The Showroom @Furniture Row will be the only venue to offer Christopher Guy in Denver, as well as the only Baker Gallery in Colorado. These exquisite collections will be complemented by an extensive design library, workplace, and coffee bar for area designers in combination with a one-of-a-kind shopping, dining, and entertainment experience for patrons. Throughout the year, various charities will be featured along with periodic learning experiences sure to add to the vast storehouse of design knowledge already present in and around Denver.

Furniture Row is so happy to have one of Denver’s favorite anchors and style gurus working with them as they open the city’s (and region’s) biggest designer gallery, The Showroom @Furniture Row. “With Denver growing so fast, people want the leading brands as they design their homes,” Foster says. “People are going to come from far and wide to seek out the best of the best, and Adele is able to get the word out about what we represent – designer furniture, all in one place.”

The Showroom @Furniture Row offers easy access to distant customers from Denver International Airport and area private airports, as well as easy on/off interstate access to the residents of Denver and surrounding resort areas. Regular updates to the highly anticipated grand opening along with news and information concerning celebrity events, contests, and much more can be found by visiting Facebook, TwitterInstagram, Snapchat, and YouTube – handle @theshowroomfr.

Get the Look: Tuscan Countryside Style

You don’t have to live near the rolling green hills, olive groves, and vineyards of Italy to feel like you’re inside a terracotta home in the Tuscan countryside. The warmer months of summer are here, and if you don’t get a chance to travel, you can still experience a European retreat without the round-trip airfare. Designing your space to look like an Italian villa might seem like a difficult task, but no matter how big or small your room is, these quick decorating tips can easily transform your home into the charming sanctuary with Tuscan countryside style that you’ve always dreamed of.

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GET THE LOOK: Lemon Souk Platter $36, Bellaire Dining Table $1,199, Villa Umbria Framed Art $128, Pendleton Server $449, Hampton 4” Ball $7, Bodega Wine Cabinet $599, Vanilla Cottage Side Chair $79, Kalona Rug $249-$499, Round Shallow Bowl $48-$58, Callie Vase $14-$18


Garner Sun-Washed simplicity

Nothing beats the sun beaming over the picturesque landscape and baking the countryside, so if you want to bring in elements of Italy, don’t forget about the sun! Old Venetian plaster walls, textured wallpaper, aged patina, stucco-inspired, or antique finishes in cream or other light-colored hues, warm-toned wood that showcases the natural grain, and other distressed, sun-drenched-inspired pieces will add rustic antiquity perfect for country styled charm.

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Choose Rich Warm Colors

The vibrant shades that radiate from Tuscan countryside style are perfect for creating warmth in your space. Italian decor is abundant with olive greens, terracotta oranges, rustic reds, gold, and sunshine yellow, so bring in these warm hues by adding upholstery, accessories, and other home accents to illustrate the cheerful yet relaxed nature of Italian culture.

Let Nature Inside

Outdoor patios and terraces are popular in Tuscan countryside style, so make sure you keep the windows open and let the fresh air in. Bringing in a vase of flowers, a potted plant, or botanic-inspired accessories will make you feel like you’re living in the warmer Italian climate.

Mimic the Look of Tuscan Architecture

Imitate the look of Old World architecture with stone and wood accents. Tuscan cottages were made to weather the test of time, so add homespun beauty with a classic wooden trestle table, traditional X-back chairs, and other furniture that will always have distinguished appeal. Antique pieces with wrought iron, carved or painted designs will also look lovely.

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Get Elegant But Not Excessive

Mix sophisticated touches into your Tuscan countryside-inspired design so that you captivate European grandeur with pretty furnishings that feature decorative textures and patterns. Keep the elegant decor to a minimum, and an intricate pattern or upholstered chair can go a long way in making a graceful statement. A rug with a bright pattern, mirror, or hanging art will look exquisite in your space.

Say ciao to summer with beautiful Tuscan countryside style! You won’t be disappointed in the results.

Color Theory: Mushroom for the Home

It’s not cool enough to be gray, but it isn’t quite taupe either. Mushroom, 2017’s hottest new color trend, has been showing its neutral yet distinctive face all over the fashion world from runway shows to home fashion markets. Not only does it fit perfectly with the other earth tones that have been popular this year, but it is also so versatile that it fits in with a variety of other color palettes that you may want to incorporate into your home. Are you wild about mushroom? Check out the looks we’ve put together below to get inspired and learn how to create your own grayish-taupe laden space.

Cool and Elegant Mushroom Bedroom

Your bedroom should be the place where you feel the most relaxed. By mixing mushroom furnishings with cool purples, light blues, as well as other variations of 2017’s favorite hue such as charcoal gray and medium taupe, you can create an aesthetic that actualizes a magical mushroom dreamland.

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MUSHROOM FOR THE BEDROOM: Ashdale Poster Bedroom Group, Antiquity Rug, Carved Stone Beauty Canvas, Evanesce Comforter Set, Hudson Accent Chair


Country Chic Mushroom Dining Room

If you want to make a bold mushroom statement by choosing your main furnishings to be on-trend taupe-gray, then add a few pops of color for contrast. This farmhouse-inspired dining set serves as the perfect neutral backdrop for splashes of red, yellow, and green. We put a soft cream on the wall to allow the furniture and decor to take the spotlight in this comfortably casual yet stylish and spunky dining space.

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MUSHROOM FOR THE DINING ROOM: Shaker Dining Set, Shaker Server, Magnolia Home Lotus Link Rug, Berkshire Rooster Print


Warm and Neutral Mushroom Sitting Room or Entryway

Sometimes too much of a good thing can be, well, too much. If you would like to incorporate mushroom into your home without going overboard, try adding just a few true “sharkey gray” pieces to your current decor. Mushroom accents look great when paired with blues, browns, taupes, and grays.

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MUSHROOM FOR ANYWHERE: Salmela Accent Chair, Apothecary Small Cabinet, Adelle Table Lamp, Antiquity Indigo Rug


Rustic Industrial Mushroom Living Room

Mushroom complements most earth tones, which in turn, works well with the colors found in most woods and metals. We added a vibrant copper-colored accent pillow to play off the exposed brick and pull in the rust colors on the canvas.

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MUSHROOM FOR THE LIVING ROOM:  Fremont Sofa, Seneca Pillow in Copper, Aidan Accent Chair, Casa Viejo Drum Coffee Table, Roma CandleholdersRockport Table Lamp, Torino Ombre Rug


Style Focus: Earthy Ambiance Dining Room

Do you have a down-to-earth soul and a love for the outdoors? If so, you might want a room that’s as natural as the forest itself, so decorate your space to represent you! Create your own earthy ambiance dining room with rustic and reclaimed decor. Furniture Row has just the pieces to master the look and reflect your own unique personality, so explore the decor and furnishings below to see if this style focus will work in your space!

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SHOP THE LOOK: Bear Creek 5 Pc. Dining Group $1,115, Foraging Baskets $22-$32, Bellevue Strata Rug $199-$399, Hina Vase $18-$22, Slices Ball $8, Rainforest Tall Wine Cabinet $999, Flight of Color Canvas $248, Olive Verbena Vela Candle $7-$12, Oliver Vase $32-$44, Bear Creek Server $799, Anne Pitcher $22-$28, Paci Console Table $1,499, Leaf Bowl $18-$22


EARTHY AMBIANCE DINING ROOM BASICS:
Color Palette: Olive Green, Dark Brown, Sand, Umber, Burnt Sienna
Decor Themes: Rustic and Reclaimed Style, Natural Wooden Accents, Earth Tones, Items Inspired by Nature, Distressed Finishes, Organic Appearance

Earth Tones and Distressed Finishes

Nothing says nature like the same colors and textures found in the great outdoors, so easily add an organic aesthetic to your dining room by choosing accents such as a rug or home accents in greens, browns, and other natural hues for earthy ambiance. Furniture with distressed finishes that emphasize or mimic the beauty of wood will also remind you of the forest and naturally complement accents in earth tones beautifully.

Reclaimed and Organic Wood

If you’re an outdoorsy spirit, then allow your furniture to reflect that by choosing reclaimed and organic wooden pieces that are not only better for the environment, but also are also elegantly symbolic of the natural world. Unique rustic pieces that showcase not only the wood grain, but also the rough texture of the bark or the natural shape of the tree roots or rings will give your dining room beauty straight from the forest itself.

Items Inspired by Nature

Make sure your accessories also reflect the outdoors by choosing accents you might find outside. Pinecones, tree branches, wicker baskets, and other objects that remind you of plants and animals will add earthy ambiance and make your space one of a kind.

Rustic Appearance

Lastly, be sure that your dining room features on-trend rustic style for a look that everyone loves. Decor and furniture that is not-so-stressful on the eyes will bring peace and balance to your room, and give you and your guests the same relaxation you might experience from being outside—perfect for a dining room. Pieces that reflect rugged, natural beauty and embrace the organic warmth of the outdoors easily match and look quite at home most anywhere. You will love earthy ambiance in your dining room, so make sure your unique down-to-earth personality has a space that reflects you!

Step Inside the 2017 St. Jude Dream Home in Colorado Springs

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The 2017 Colorado Springs St. Jude Dream Home and its furnished interior design, compliments of Furniture Row and Denver Mattress, are finally complete! Located just northeast of downtown Colorado Springs in nearby Falcon, Colorado, this dream home is nestled in the Banning Lewis Ranch Homes subdivision off a road with a spectacular mountain backdrop of the Rockies including Pikes Peak. This beautiful St. Jude home built by Covington Homes is 3,500 square feet full of open-spaced bliss with four bedrooms and three baths.

With a spacious modern-inspired kitchen with a gray wash floor and tile backsplash, oversized windows, a large basement area, and an open floor plan concept that includes a large living and dining room area, this year’s St. Jude Dream Home has room for all your furniture, guests, and then some! This year marks the ten-year anniversary of Furniture Row giving back to St. Jude’s, so enter a chance to win this luxurious brand new home and support an important cause.

Barbara Chandler, a Buyer and Designer at Furniture Row, has made sure the St. Jude Dream Home reflects the most popular of design trends to get everyone excited about the opening, but she says the real joy of decorating the home is knowing she gets to help families in need.

“Furniture Row as a company has family values and does a lot of humanitarian projects, which is very near and dear to what Furniture Row is about. Our company feels like its good to give back. The cost of one home that we raffle off doesn’t even cover the cost of one day of hospital operation. The hospital is run solely on donations and homes are being built all over the country, but they still need all the support they can get,” she said.

So make sure you buy your tickets now, and have the chance to win the home or other awesome prices for the 2017 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway. Tours of the house will run from May 6th to June 11th on Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm, and Sundays from noon to 5 pm. The winner will be announced on June 16th, 2017.

UPDATE: The last chance to see the house, reserve your tickets, and enter to win the $10,000 Furniture Row shopping spree before the giveaway is during extended open house dates on June 13-15th from 9 am to 7 pm. 

To view the complete home with a 3D experience and interactive shopping, click here.

Office

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When you first enter the St. Jude Dream Home, the hallway opens instantly to reveal a spacious home office with an adjacent bathroom. Large oversized oval windows allow light to fill the room, while convenient storage pieces such as an oversized cabinet with shelves and sliding doors are perfect for all your books, supplies, and more. Charming Magnolia Home furniture and accessories add rustic farmhouse appeal, and the tree decals on the walls and potted plants in vases and wicker baskets provide the perfect workspace oasis so that you can bring nature indoors.

Living Room

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Nothing adds cheer and light to a room like a bright pop of sunny yellow, and that’s what Chandler had in mind when designing the living room of the 2017 St. Jude Dream Home. In fact, she liked it so much she added pale yellow to almost all the rooms.

“I chose yellow because spring has sprung, and I feel like pops of yellow are coming out of winter. Yellow is fresh and fun and that’s why I chose it. I wanted to do yellows and grays and gray is such an on-trend color right now, and I could’ve done all grays but that would be a bit boring, so I felt like the yellow would pop it up a bit,” Chandler said.

To tone down the yellow in the accent pillows and ottoman, Chandler also added neutrals like black and gray that also help modernize the farmhouse look. The stylish black wingback accent chair with nailhead trim is a striking contrast to this light, airy, laidback living room setting and gives the space the dramatic, sleek touch its looking for.

Kitchen and Dining Room

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The farmhouse fresh look of Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Home collection is everywhere in the kitchen and dining room, but Chandler also says the space is also modern. A vintage metal linen cabinet holds dainty dishware and a cream farmhouse table gives the room provincial refinement, while the kitchen boasts sleek black cabinets, white marble countertops, and retro metal barstools.

Master Bedroom

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The master bedroom is Chandler’s favorite room in the house, and it’s no surprise!

“I do like the master bedroom because of the window treatments and the amazing bed that’s in there. It’s just really soft and it looks like that’s where you go to relax and unwind at the end of the day. It’s so elegant,” she said.

Soft touches of sunshine yellow in the fabric help add color to the sophisticated bedroom with a cream tufted and upholstered sleigh bed, making the room feel completely elegant.

Basement Living Room

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An oversized basement is always a bonus, and there’s just enough room in the St. Jude Dream Home for another living area! Complete with a rustic wooden entertainment wall and a plush brown Italian leather sofa group, the downstairs den is perfect for move nights and casually unwinding.

Basement Recreation Area

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Keep your kids’ clutter at bay and give them a space to let their imaginations soar away from the dining table upstairs with their very own workspace area that’s perfect for arts, crafts, and more with a downstairs recreation area! Furniture with lots of drawers such as the Magnolia Home Bin Chest has room for everything you need to stay organized and the industrial Aldo Metal Chairs provide studious comfort you need for playtime and socializing.

Boy’s Bedroom

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Two bedrooms occupy the basement, and this large room to the left is just right for a little boy. Rustic wooden bedroom furniture will gorgeously withstand the test of time as your little one grows older and he will love the storage features perfect for games and toys.

Girl’s Bedroom

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Feminine and sweet, this downstairs bedroom to the right is pretty enough for a princess. A frilly white bedspread on a sweet white poster bed with a matching vanity looks charming and sophisticated and your little girl will feel like a grown-up with her very own space. Accents in light pink shades are the perfect girly touch, and even mom will want to sink her toes in the pink plush rug!

Outdoor Patio

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Walk into an outdoor haven with a versatile and comfortable outdoor patio group that will allow you relax with family and friends when the weather’s nice. For an exotic touch, add Moroccan or tribal-inspired patterned pillows and a bright rug for some summer color. Colorado Springs gets a lot of sunshine, and the patio out back from the dining area is perfect for sipping cocktails, barbecuing, or just kicking up your feet.

Modern Farmhouse Dining Room: Shop the Look

The modern farmhouse trend is taking the home fashion industry by storm, and here at the Front Door, we can’t get enough of this sophisticated yet livable look! Furniture with weathered finishes, one-of-kind decor, and country fresh details unite in this fashionable style that works in any room in the home. Rustic chic is all about bringing family and friends together, and what better room to do this in than where you gather with your loved ones to share a meal? Below, find some of our favorite finds, and learn how to create your own modern farmhouse dining room.

Modern Farmhouse Dining Room


SHOP THE LOOK: Cabriolet Cabinet $599, Gathering Pans $49, Hickory Dickory Clock Cabinet $299, Newsie Bin $18-$28, Magnolia Home Farmhouse Side Chair $159, Wall Art Letter V $14, Luigi Chair $44, Lynwood Bookcase $599, Pipe Fittings Floor Lamp $139, Mint Mahogany Corner Accent Table $199, Beautiful Framed Print $49, Metal Milk Bucket $39, Karavia Stripe Rug $179, Finley Table Lamp $59, Magnolia Home Childers Round Dining Table $649, 1-Drawer Accent Table $129, Friends Framed Print $189


Distressed Finishes

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When you are choosing furniture for your modern farmhouse dining room, be sure to look for pieces with distressed finishes. Painted furnishings with eased edges and natural-colored wood with weathered surfaces both bring a rustic feel to this style of space.

Mix-and-Match Furnishings

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ABOVE: Magnolia Home Childers Dining Set (Click image to shop the look.)

To give your modern farmhouse dining room an eclectic touch, be sure to avoid being matchy-matchy. Try choosing chairs in a different finish than your table, and if you’re feeling extra bold, mix-and-match several types of chairs. In our look, we choose classic windsor chairs in a natural oak finish and contrasted them with seats made of sheet metal.

Industrial Accents

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Although this style is inspired by country living, you want to keep your modern farmhouse dining room looking refined with industrial accents. Black metal grated bins, Edison-style lamps with exposed bulbs, and decor inspired by moving machines all will make your space looking sophisticated and on-trend.

 Neutral Color Palette

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ABOVE: Magnolia Home Spool Leg Dining Set (Click image to shop the look.)

Finally, when you are decorating your modern farmhouse dining room, try to choose items that are a neutral color. This keeps the space versatile to change season after season. Black, white, and beige serve as the backdrop for pops of color. In our look, we added a few mint furnishings to give the space some visual interest.

Note: Prices and availability subject to change. 

Studio Apartment Layout Guide

In today’s busy cities, a lot of space is hard (and expensive) to come by. Many apartment complexes alleviate this problem by offering studios to their patrons. A one-room home is quite stylish in urban markets, but sometimes it can be difficult to set up your furniture in a way that maximizes space and defines separate activity areas. Below, find four functional and fashionable arrangements with this studio apartment layout guide.

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The first studio apartment layout is for the person who likes having guests over. This setup allows for separate living and sleeping spaces by placing a divider between the bedroom and the living-dining area. If you own the condo, this can be achieved by installing drywall. If you are renting, get creative by placing bookcases, screens, or even curtains between the two “rooms.” Sliding doors or tapestries allow you to close the space off when you have company, and open it up when you are alone and don’t need the barrier. In this studio, there is a dining area with a standard dining set near the living room. If your spot is smaller, achieve the look with a scaled counter height group or a drop leaf table that can be pushed against the wall.

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In this chic studio apartment layout, refined style is key. The “bedroom” is complete with a sophisticated dressing area and vanity. It effortlessly opens to the “living room,” where a TV could be placed atop the dresser.  In a studio apartment, there often isn’t enough space for a lot of furniture. In this arrangement, we substituted clothes storage for a television stand, and the vanity doubles as a desk. When considering your own studio apartment layout, think about your needs, and get creative with multipurpose furnishings!

The Living Room Lounger

If you couldn’t live without your big comfy couch, larger than life television, and extensive movie and video game collection, this studio apartment layout is for you! The “living room” is the main focus of this small space, and is the first thing you see when you come in. A large sofa, armchair, coffee table, and television stand comfortably fit, creating a relaxing oasis for you to kick back and relax. The bed is pushed far into the corner but still opens up to the living space, offering additional seating and allowing you to still view the television.

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If your life is dedicated to school or work, you will need a desk in your tiny space. This studio apartment layout allows you to get the job done right. With a designated workspace, your life will be much easier, and the open floor plan allows you to not feel cramped. If you need more surface space, an L-shaped desk or a U-shaped desk also would look fabulous in this furniture arrangement. If it has an open design, it can also provide a space to dine after a long day’s work. You also could consider getting a large coffee table with a lift top to give yourself an alternate space to get work done from the sofa.

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Color Wheel Basics: How to Pick Color Schemes for the Home

Decorating your home is no easy feat, and when it comes to choosing paint colors, it can already be hard enough to pick and choose which hues work for you. There are so many different shades, so how it possible to narrow down which ones go great with your furniture and unique design style? The Front Door is here to help! No matter what color you want to start with, there’s a color scheme that will help you figure out that wall color and matching accents to help pull the room together. Stick to this color coordination guide using hues from the color wheel and you can’t go wrong. These are scientifically proven to be eye-catching, so you won’t have to worry about mismatching. Say goodbye to neutrals, and open up your horizons to the world of color!

The Main Color Schemes

It might be a refresher, but before we get started, here’s a recap of the basic color wheel.

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The Primary Colors

When you think of the primary colors, memories of learning about red, blue, and yellow from kindergarten come to mind, and you’re not wrong. These are the main hues on the color wheel we need in order to create any other color, so these basic colors are a great foundation for any room. Whether you want to work in a bright red or introduce a calming blue, using a primary color can boost your room’s energy and guarantee that it will be attractive to all.

The Secondary Colors

When we mix two of the primary colors on the color wheel, we get secondary colors. Orange, green, and violet are the next basic colors on the list and they are great for complementing or contrasting the primary colors.

The Tertiary Colors

Last but not least, the tertiary colors are created when we mix secondary and primary colors. There are six tertiary colors that finish the color wheel and create a diverse range of rainbow hues to work with when decorating your home.

Now that you know the basics, take a look at the common color schemes below and design your room like a pro!

Analogous

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For the first color scheme on our list, simply use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. They usually match well and create an easy design that looks neat and comforting. Analogous color schemes are harmonious and organically aesthetic since you can find them most often in nature. Choosing three to five analogous colors creates a diverse range in hues that can work from a red-orange to deep violet or from sunny yellow to a calming teal blue. No matter what color you start with, decide which direction you want to go, and there are endless possibilities!

For our analogous room, we started with dark indigo and added hues to get to a vivacious lime green for an eclectic cool-colored scheme! The dark blue Aria 3 Pc. Sectional and Aria Ottoman included patterned accent pillows with various shades of green and blue that matched the Aria Accent Chair, creating an easy start to using this analogous scheme. For other matching accents, we added the Dawn Discovery I and II Canvases and a green Torino Ombre Rug to complete the cool-toned room and painted an accent wall pale blue to create some light balance.

Other items shown: Facet Table Lamp, Facet Accent Lamp, Pass Through Vases
For more analogous color scheme items, add the: Narrow Bottle Vase and Taj Candleholders.

Complementary

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Next on the list, the complementary color scheme simply utilizes pairs of colors which, when combined, cancel each other out to create a blackish or whitish gray since they are exact opposites on the color wheel. The basic complementary color pairings are red and green, blue and orange, and yellow and violet. Using a complementary color scheme from the color wheel is fun and easy to use in the home to create a natural balance between a cool color and a warm color for some eye-catching results.

For our complementary room, we chose a child’s bedroom to explore the beautiful combination of bright yellow and various shades of violet. The walls are a lovely shade of lilac that is naturally feminine and sweet while the yellow comforter brings out some sunny personality to give the room a little more brightness.

Items shown: Chloe Bedroom Furniture, Harlow Crystal Lamps
For more complementary color scheme items, add the: Beach Princess Kids Twin Comforter Set, Graphic Storage Basket, and Sense Shag Rug (Plum).

Monochromatic

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To keep your color scheme really simple, how about you just use one hue? Sound scary? It might be, but a monochromatic color scheme can look elegant if you have a lot of pieces in the same color and can’t quite seem to get enough of it. Monochromatic colors are all the colors (shades, tones, and tints) of a single hue that are created by simply adding white, gray, or black to make it lighter or darker.

For our monochromatic room, we used a rich navy blue to decorate a dining room. Beautiful Sapa runners with intricate patterning in denim tones hang regally from the wall adjacent to bold framed blue prints while the same runner drapes the table beneath various blue-toned Oki Candleholders. For the finishing touch, the blue patterned rug exhibits both light and dark shades of navy in an exquisite floral print.

Other items shown: Urban Loft 5 Pc. Dining Group, Urban Loft Server
For more monochromatic color scheme items, add the: Magnolia Home Emmie Kay Navy Rug, Watery Stripe Vase, and Painted Puzzle Canvas.

Split-Complementary

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If you want to spice up a room and prove your color coordinating trendsetter skills, step your design guru skills up a notch with a split-complementary color scheme. The split-complementary color scheme uses a base color of your choice with the two colors adjacent to its complementary hue. This color scheme has the same striking contrast as the regular complementary color scheme, but has less tension.

For our split-complementary room, we used a refreshing teal blue for the base color with its split-complementary hues of mustard yellow and burnt orange. To illuminate the yellow, we also added metallic gold accent pieces for more flair. For the teal blue base, the Eden Settee and Hilton Accent Chair match the Oki Candleholders and Vases prominently on display while the Teal Woods Gold Foil Lacquer Print in the background combines the same teal with the mustard yellow also found on the Seneca Pillow.

The golden Linden Coffee Table and Sofa Table matches the mustard yellow and helps incorporate the metallic shade of the burnt orange found in the Adelle Table Lamp and Facet Ceramic Side Table. For the finishing touch, the rustic orange also beautifully mixes with the teal turquoise on the Rainbow Paper Vase.

Triadic

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Last but not least, you might want to use the triadic color scheme. A triadic color scheme uses colors that are spaced evenly around the color wheel. This color combination tends to be pretty vibrant even if you use unsaturated hues and is great for exploring diverse shades that work great together.

For our triadic room, we used the primary colors for our color scheme! Sophisticated shades of red, yellow, and blue are great for brightening up any space in the home, so we used them in the dining room. The Folk Tile Rug mixes these colors in unsaturated tones in a unique block pattern while blue placemats on the table and red flowers on the fireplace match well with the yellowish wood tone of the Oxford Dining Table.

Items shown: Cottage Side Chairs
For more triadic color scheme items, add the: Vin French Framed Print, Oldsmar Bench, Pierced Lantern Vase (Tomato Red), and Souk Vases.

Furniture Glossary: Types of Chair Backs

When choosing dining room furniture, you will want to consider what kind of chairs you want. There are many styles to choose from, and one main component of how wooden chairs look and feel is the design of the furnishing. While many chair bases are the same, there are many types of chair backs. Learn the basics in this furniture glossary, and decide which of the types of chair backs is your favorite!

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Types of Chair Backs: Slat Back

The slat back chair is one of the most traditional types of chair backs. Very indicative of mission styling, this classic design features a rectilinear form and vertical slats. The slatted look is timeless and is often found in casual dining rooms or kitchen nooks. The Mission II Side Chair has thin slats with arts and crafts inspired styling.

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Types of Chair Backs: X-Back

Graceful and contemporary, the X-back chair (also known as the criss-cross back chair) is simple and neutral. This versatile design allows it to work in a variety of room styles. Not only for the dining room, this is one of the types of chairs that looks nice in a home office or as an accent piece throughout the home. The Belle Manor Side Chair features the classic shape of the X-back chair.

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Types of Chair Backs: Windsor

Furniture makers use steam bending to create the iconic bow of the windsor chair. Vertical spindles support the back of the person sitting in this furnishing. Traditional and versatile, there are many variations of this type of chair including sack back (or double windsor), fan back, and comb back. Below, the Manchester Side Chair is an example of this classic chair type.

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Types of Chair Backs: Splat Back

Splat back chairs have a bit of a more formal feel to them than other more traditional chair types. The splat refers to the vertical central element of the chair back, and can be very simple or extremely decorative. Often incorporating the themes of different furniture periods, there are a variety of splat back chairs with English, French, Gothic, and Chinese details. The West End Side Chair has this design (below) and is elegant and sophisticated.

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Types of Chair Backs: Fiddle Back

A type of splat back chair, the fiddle back chair is usually a Queen Anne style of seat. The back splat is shaped like a violin, giving this chair back type its name. A fiddle back chair can be simple and quaint or ornate and formal.

Types of Chair Backs: Ladder Back

Traditional and classic, the ladder back chair is a very popular design. Featuring horizontal slats that resemble the rungs of a ladder, this furnishing was made in the Middle Ages. It was very fashionable in American colonial homes and remains in high demand today. The Bellaire Side Chair spotlights a ladder back and an upholstered seat.

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Printable Christmas Place Name Cards for the Table

As you are setting your holiday table in preparation for your dining guests, you may want to assign seats to achieve the most harmonious gathering possible. Furniture Row has designed these adorable printable Christmas place name cards that you simply can print out, cut, write the name of each family member or friend on the front, fold, and set out on your table.

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These printable Christmas place name cards feature a sweet holiday wreath on the front, and a touching quote from one of America’s most iconic Christmas movies, A Charlie Brown Christmas.

“It’s not what under the Christmas tree that matters. It’s who’s around it.”
– Charlie Brown

It’s easy to print these out and place them on each plate, or get creative and prop them on bedazzled pinecones. Another cute idea is to glue tiny red bows on each of the wreaths to give the printable Christmas name place cards some dimension. You can also use stencils or stickers to spell out each name for uniformity.

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For a personal touch, write a holiday message to each person sitting around your table in the middle of each of the name place holders to create mini Christmas cards. Tell your family and friends how special they are by sharing a favorite memory or why you are thankful to have them in your life.

These printable Christmas place name cards aren’t just for seating. You can use these on your buffet to label dishes for guests. This is especially helpful for family and friends that may have allergies or special diets.

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How to Set the Table for the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again, and for many of us, that means elaborate feasts while gathering with family and friends. If you are having guests over for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, New Year’s, or any other celebration, chances are, you are going to chow down. The beginning to any good meal is a nice table presentation. You’ll want to make sure each guest has exactly what they need to savor every last bite. If you are looking for a semi-formal setting, you will need to know how to set the table for the holidays. Below, find the best way to present dishware to your loved ones in a casual environment.

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How to Set the Table for the Holidays

  • Dinner Plate: Place the dinner plate at the center of each place setting. This plate will hold the majority of the festive food, so it should be big enough to hold several servings.
  • Salad Plate: Place the salad plate on top of the dinner plate. This plate should be smaller than the dinner plate, and can be used to hold salad, bread, or other side items.
  • Napkin: Many people like to put the napkin in the center of the plate stack. This creates a uniform symmetry, and looks great for holiday place settings. If you prefer, the napkin can also go to the left under the fork.
  • Fork: Place the fork to the far left of the plate stack. If your dinner is a little bit formal, you may choose to place two forks on the left side of the plate (smaller fork towards the outside), but most informal settings can get by with just one.
  • Knife and Spoon: The knife goes directly to the right of the plate stack, with the blade facing inwards. Place the spoon directly to the right of the knife.
  • Soup Bowl/Bread Plate: The soup bowl goes in the space above the fork. If you aren’t serving soup at your holiday gathering, you can substitute a small bread plate or a small party favor (Our favorite is a decorative candle with place setting tags).
  • Water/Wine Glasses: The water glass and wine glass go in the space above the knife and spoon, with the water glass on the left and the wine glass to the right of it.

Placement

As you begin setting your table, you’ll want to ensure the place settings are evenly spaced and flatware is balanced at each setting. Be sure to place dinner plates about two inches from the table’s edge and squarely in front of each chair. Make sure they’re far enough apart to provide sufficient elbowroom — about two feet from plate center to plate center.

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You’ll also want to decide if you want a tablecloth or not. A tablecloth can serve as the foundation to build your place settings, and may make your casual dining table look a little more festive and elegant. However, if you want to show off the natural grain of your table’s wood, you can substitute placemats or a runner.

Cute Place Setting Ideas

After you’ve learned how to set a table for the holiday basics, it’s time to get creative! Dress your table up with candleholders and candles, a special centerpiece, napkin rings, or place cards personalized to your guests or for the occasion or season. table-setting-1

Joyful Celebration: This table features festive green fruits, joyful flower arrangements, and metallic accents.

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Fall into Autumn: Perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any occasion in fall, this setting plays with pinecones, acorns, and glittery bells. Jingle all the way to learn how to set the table for the holidays!

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Luck of the Feather: Colorful jewel tones create an eclectic atmosphere for a bountiful feast, such as a large family or New Year’s dinner. Some say that the peacock feather represents luck. Happy New Year!

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Whimsical Elegance: Formal with a touch of romanticism, this table showcases adorable chalkboard nameplates, sweet white roses, and silver, snowflake-inspired candles.

Beautiful Dining Room Sets for Holiday Entertaining

It’s the most wonderful time of year again and that means it’s time for guests to come over and share a meal! No matter what your dining room size, you’ll want to make sure you have enough room for all of your family and friends to enjoy the festivities, so make sure you check out these dining room sets for holiday entertaining, and choose a group that suits your own personal style, but still fits the season!

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Whether it’s sharing Thanksgiving dinner, making Christmas cookies, or toasting champagne on New Year’s, your dining table is what the holidays are all about—spending time with the ones you hold dear. Check out these beautiful dining room sets from Furniture Row for inspiration on how to get ready for holiday entertaining in your home.

Spreading Holiday Cheer

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Add a hint of festivity to a classic dining set with the gorgeous and exotic Mendocino Dining Group. Inspired by the northern California coast, the Mendocino collection uses a rough sawn espresso finish over solid pine and veneers to mimic the mighty Redwoods. The gorgeous saw cut and hand distressing is highlighted by metal turnbuckles and accents, creating a unique industrial twist on this otherwise traditional collection. A self-storing leaf on the trestle table makes entertaining a breeze for all those special occasions, ensuring that there will be room for all of your family and friends. If you’re looking for one of the most unique dining room sets for holiday entertaining, the Mendocino is perfect! Who says holiday traditional can’t be trendy?

‘Tis the Season

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Feel toasty and warm by the fire with a country cabin-inspired casual dining set. Let woodsy and refined style into your home with the Bear Creek Dining Group! Crafted from beautiful hardwood solids and acacia veneers in a medium oak, distressed finish, this dining collection comfortably seats all of your guests with two 18″ table leaves. The chairs feature warm brown upholstered seat cushions and curved panel backs for reinforcement. Strong and durably made to withstand the years, the Bear Creek collection will help light cold winter nights aglow with comfort and warmth. ‘Tis the season for staying inside with one of our favorite dining room sets for holiday entertaining!

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

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Nothing says comfort like traditional American charm, so celebrate with family and friends the way you’ve always done it with the Bellaire Dining Group. Built from solid ash with wire brushed elm veneers, the lightly distressed driftwood finish on each Bellaire piece is rustic and naturally beautiful. With pedestal legs and a heavy planked top, the trestle table is sturdy and elegant and features a cable-driven self-storing leaf so you can comfortably accommodate all of your dinner guests. Ladder-back chairs are durable with stretchers, and the tan upholstery has the stylish look of linen, making the Bellaire versatile enough to suit any dining space. Share a home-cooked meal with the ones you love when you bring home this crafted collection.

Home for the Holidays

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Make the holidays more intimate with a dining set that fits any space! Contemporary casual meets the togetherness of the countryside with the Salento Dining Group. With a rich finish on beautiful dark wood, the natural wood grain complements the unique counter height table that features crisscross panel accents and shelving that’s perfect for storing smaller kitchen items. You can fold out the square table to make a larger, circular table to make more room for all your dining guests, and a granite Lazy Susan center for hot plates makes serving easy. Enjoy being home for the holidays this year with the ones you hold dear! The Salento is ready to serve you.

Be Merry and Bright

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If you’re a trendsetter, make the holidays a little jollier with a touch of glamour and glitz with the Santa Fe Dining Group. From its rich, distressed espresso finish to the oversized nailhead-inspired trim, the Santa Fe collection is nothing less than memorable. The dining table combines a classic trestle base with oversized rivets on its apron, and the matching chairs boast an ever-popular X-back design that won’t be left unnoticed. Upholstered in warm, weathered, brown faux suede, the dramatically styled seating comfortably seats guests as they toast to good times. Made of solid rubberwood with pecan veneers, the Santa Fe set was built to last and provide your home with high-end style year after year.

We hope that you are inspired to bring your guests this season! With any of these beautiful dining room sets for holiday entertaining, you are sure to create memories with your loved ones that will last a lifetime.

Stay Organized with Kitchen Storage

It’s the season for gathering around the table with family and friends, and with all that cooking, your kitchen can become quite a mess. Whether your cooking area is spacious or on the smaller side, you can never have enough counter space or kitchen storage for all your pots and pans, so why not add a piece that does both? Multi-functional furniture in your kitchen or dining room will ensure you’re prepared for dinner and dessert, so take a look at these convenient products from Furniture Row for some inspiration on how to turn your cooking area from cluttered to clean!

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You can never have enough shelves.

If your kitchen cabinets are becoming cluttered, invest in a china cabinet! Perfect for your dining area or kitchen, china cabinets or servers that feature shelves are great for storing antique china you wish to display or keep safely hidden, clunky pots and pans, or even boxed or canned food items that don’t seem to fit in your pantry. Extra shelving is the easy way to stay organized, so keep orderly with more kitchen storage options. The Mission II China Cabinet from Furniture Row offers interior shelves behind glass-paneled doors, so your guests can view your beautiful glasses and dishware, and also provides bottom cabinet and drawer storage for items you wish to keep out of sight.

It’s okay to have a junk drawer.

As much as we would like, sometimes we just don’t have time to put back every single stirring spoon, so assign yourself a designated junk drawer! Most experts agree that sometimes a little mess can go a long way in helping you stay sane in a sea of neatly labeled storage. Items that you use often and need to get to quickly are best inside your junk drawer, so pick a place that’s within easy reach! The drawer doesn’t have to be under your kitchen counter either! Island tables that double as counter space and feature bins, baskets, or drawers below like on the the Lake House Counter Height Island Table are ideal for easy access storage.

Mix countertops and tabletops.

Oftentimes more than one cutting board just simply isn’t enough, so make sure you have enough counter space! Tabletops that are made of countertop materials such as granite, marble, or stone slate slabs are a great substitution for cutting boards, hot plate holders, or coasters. Add more multi-purpose surface space with an island table, server, or cabinet that features a luxurious tabletop! For countertop-like tabletops, check out the Cabriolet Stone Top Cabinet that features a high-end blue limestone tabletop, and the Tuscany Cellar Kitchen Island Table that’s topped with a smooth stone slate center.

Enjoy meals on wheels!

Nothing says convenience like mobile furniture! Wheels or casters on the feet of kitchen carts and islands are perfect for transporting ready-made dishes to your guests or carrying wine and utensils so that you can keep people out of the kitchen when they go for a refill or need an extra knife. A compact kitchen cart like the Eaton Kitchen Cart can even be used as additional counter space while larger movable pieces like the Sonoma Slatted Island offers two bottom shelves that will hold anything you need to be easily accessible.

Pamper your guests with fine wine.

Last but not least, every dining occasion needs some festivity! Showcase your impressive vino collection with convenient wine bottle storage that will hold all your reds and whites as well as glasses and drinking accessories. The Tuscan Retreat Wine Storage Cabinet can hold an impressive 52 bottles, leaving room for other kitchen storage with a large glass-paned cabinet, two small drawers, and a bottom cabinet. If your wine collection is a little smaller, you could also add a beautiful server like the rustic barnyard-inspired Belle Manor Server which features two hanging racks for wine glasses as well as room for six bottles.

No matter what the dining occasion, don’t fret. Stay organized with convenient kitchen storage in your home, so you’ll never waste time looking for an oven mitt again!

Elements of a Formal Dining Room

One of the best ways to bring family and friends together is a great meal, and there is no better way to enjoy it than in a distraction-free setting. There are several elements of a formal dining room that every elegant eating space needs, and the Front Door is here to help! We’ve compiled some of the most sophisticated furniture that your formal dining room needs to create a space that your loved ones will enjoy dinner after dinner.

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Formal Dining Room Tables

The focal point of every formal dining room should be the table. When purchasing a table for your formal dining room, first consider how much space you will need. How many guests will you regularly accommodate? What sort of table will fit in your formal dining room? Would you prefer a table that has fixed surface space or one that expands?

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Woodhaven Dining Table: This classic double-pedestal trestle table will look dashing in any formal dining room. Made out of environmentally-friendly rubberwood with a warm nutmeg finish, this piece has a rustic, worn-in look, perfect for the farmhouse formal dining room. This table comfortably seats six.

West End Dining Table: If you like a clean-cut and refined design, this is the table for you. Super trendy with a gray oak finish, this gorgeous furnishing has solid square block legs and is great for small and big spaces alike. With self-storing leaves, this table can seat four without the leaves or expand to seat six.

Jasmine Dining Table: If you don’t need tons of seating space to entertain, the Jasmine Dining Table is the space-saving solution. With a espresso brown sculpted pedestal base and an airy, floating glass top, this piece is ideal for your formal dining room. This designer-inspired addition seats four.

Bridgeport Dining Table: This table expands for even the largest of families. Comfortably able to seat six while dropped down and eight with the self-storing leaf, this antique-inspired piece has timeless charm. Turned legs, dentil molding, a hand-rubbed patina finish on the base, and a contrasting coffee acacia veneer top will make this classic table the star of your formal dining room.

Formal Dining Room Chairs

The dining room chairs that you choose to gather around your dining room table can really dictate whether the space reads formal or casual, so if you are trying to update your current dining room to be more elegant, chairs are the perfect, budget-friendly way to do it! Try to find comfortable, padded seats with refined details when choosing furniture for your formal dining room.

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Belle Dining Room Chair: Perfectly versatile with beige woven upholstery, this streamlined yet sophisticated seat will fit in a variety of formal dining room settings. You’ll love the clean lines and the striking crisscross inset on the back of this gorgeous furnishing.

Shimmer Parsons Dining Room Chair: You can’t get more formal than velvet! This sleek armless seat boasts regal gray upholstery adorned with a stylish nail head trim and a crest-shaped top. With gently curving cabriole legs, this piece will allow you to entertain with class!

Stella Parsons Dining Room Chair: Go totally glam with this formal beauty! With romantic, button-tufted upholstery in a rich chocolate brown, this seat has a rolled sleigh top and hand-applied silver nailhead trim. This piece will dress up any dining space!

Rowland Dining Room Chair: Classic is always a great choice when trying to create a formal dining room, and the Rowland Side Chair makes no exception. With traditional turned legs, lavish upholstery, and ornate details, this piece epitomizes classy.

Formal Dining Room Storage

Another great way to make a dining room more formal is by adding a storage piece, such as a server, buffet, or china cabinet. You can proudly store and display your most prized dishware, silver, and glassware as well as have a place to set family-style platters after everyone gets their first helping.

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Wakefield Dining Room Buffet with Optional Hutch: Whether you only need the convenience of a server or want the whole kit and caboodle with a formal china cabinet, this versatile furnishing offers it all. Its slatted drawer fronts, cherry finish, and simple yet sophisticated details make this the perfect place to hold all of your beloved dishware and silver.

Cabriolet Dining Room Cabinet: Made of recycled fir, the Cabriolet Cabinet is the elegant choice to store china, linens, or other home goods. Featuring large cabinet shelving, natural paneled wood, cabriole legs, antiqued brass knobs, and a sophisticated blue limestone tabletop, the Cabriolet is a designer-inspired classic. With a reclaimed, rustic, old pine finish, this storage cabinet is absolutely stunning.

Urban Loft Dining Room Server: Add high-end design to your dining room with the Urban Loft Server! Made of solid wood and rift-cut oak veneers, the clean lines, elegant chocolate finish, and sleek metal bar hardware on this piece work with both modern and traditional decor to create a look that’s truly one-of-a-kind. With two cabinets, a spacious drawer, and a wine display storage that fits twelve bottles of your favorite red or white, this piece will be the perfect addition to your formal dining room.

Formal Dining Room Rugs

A classy rug perfectly centered under your dining room table and chairs instantly dresses up a formal dining room, making it feel more elegant and sophisticated. Choose carpets with rich colors, fashionable patterns, and a ply that isn’t too plush, so spills don’t become a major disaster in your eating space. If you need more help placing or choosing a size of your formal dining room rug, please check out Area Rug Dos and Don’ts.

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Marbella Citron Dining Room Rug: This deep and luxurious rug is made of 100% space-dyed polyester that is easy to clean and built to last. With a contemporary over-tufted pattern, the handmade Marbella has modern yet refined qualities that will complement any home’s decor. This beautiful rug is available in two sizes in your choice of gray with citron, paprika red, denim blue, and pewter with cream.

Genevieve Floral Dining Room Rug: The grand scale of the flowers brings this densely tufted rug to life. Entirely handmade, this carpet is given an herbal wash to enhance luster and softness in the final stage of production. Made of a New Zealand and Italian wool blend, this piece offers ultimate luxury for your formal dining room.

Delphine Coffee Dining Room Rug: A bold floral pattern combines rich hues in this sophisticated area rug. Dramatic yet understated, this rug is designed to wear beautifully, and is sure to be a timeless accent in any formal dining room.

For our Easy Guide to Setting a Table, click here, and check out these other formal dining rooms for even more inspiration!
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Step Inside the 2016 Denver St. Jude Home

The 2016 Denver St. Jude Dream Home and its furnished interior design, complements of Furniture Row and Denver Mattress is finally being debuted, and the Front Door has all of the photos for our viewers to preview! Nestled in the quaint Tollgate Crossing subdivision, this home is located in Aurora, named the All-American City from the National Civic League. Close to shopping, recreation, and in one of the best school districts of Colorado, this St. Jude dream house is centrally located near roads that allow residents to quickly commute to the Denver Tech Center, Downtown Denver, and Denver International Airport.

Oakwood Homes was the builder on this project (valued at $550,000), donating time and materials to help the St. Jude Charity Dream Home Giveaway. With four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and an estimated 3,400 square feet, this dream home has a garden-level basement, a three car garage, and countless other luxurious features, and with the purchase of an $100 raffle ticket, it all could be yours!

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Enjoy the following photos of the St. Jude Dream Home and get furniture and home decor ideas for your own living spaces.

Entry Way

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The house has great curb appeal and is in a stunning neighborhood. Right when you walk in, you notice the beautiful gray-washed wood floors that spread throughout the entire first story. With a feel of relaxed elegance, the design aesthetic starts right at the front door. “During the construction phase it was clear to me that the décor needed to be somewhat minimal with a touch of elegance,” explains Barb Chandler of Furniture Row who furnished the entire house.

 

Kitchen/Dining Room

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The white kitchen is open and large, featuring granite countertops and an oversized island. “Oakwood is known for their fabulous kitchens,” Barb tells us. “That island can comfortably seat eight! It’s always so nice to have an kitchen where the whole family can gather while meals are being prepped.”

Since the St. Jude Dream Home has such an open layout, the dining “room” is strategically situated between the kitchen and the living room. A casual elegance exudes from this living space, and the large chalkboards are a nice touch. The mix of the reclaimed wood of the sideboard with the darker finish of the dining table gives this room a trendy vibe of relaxed sophistication.

 

Living Room

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The gray washed floors with the Sherwin Williams Repose Gray painted walls set the tone for an ethereal, soft ambiance, and the burlap curtains ad just a touch of rustic charm. The stone and tile fireplace makes a designer statement while the large windows let in tons of light. With studded leather sofas, refined occasional tables, and fashionable home accents scatted throughout, this room is classic and timeless.

Master Bedroom

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Complete with light and bright windows, a sitting area, a wet bar with a wine refrigerator, a huge walk-in shower, and an amazing closet, the master bedroom of the St. Jude Dream Home is truly its own little retreat. In fact, it’s so great that it is Barb’s favorite room in the house. “The sitting area is super cozy and the bathroom is very spacious,” she says. “However, it might be the giant closet that I’m drawn to!”

Laundry Room

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Main Floor Guest Bedroom

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This bedroom is very feminine and classy. With a four poster bed, a unique gilded cabinet, velvet accent chairs, and decorative lace lamps, this space reads sophisticated French country. Currently decorated as a bedroom, this room would also work well as a home office or den.

Patio

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Upstairs Guest Bedroom

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If shabby chic country is your favorite decor style, this room is for you. With a headboard inspired by wood shutters, multiple pattern bedding in soft neutral shades, and touches of wicker throughout, this room has its own on-suite bathroom and a large, walk-in closet.

Loft

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This open living space has a very Americana homespun feel to it. With tradition furnishings, rope and wooden accents, and a neutral color scheme, this is a great little bonus room in the St. Jude Dream Home.

Basement Bedroom

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Decorated as a child/teen room, this bedroom is on the garden level, bringing ample light into the space and making it feel like a main-level area. Boyish and fun accessories donne the walls and surfaces, nodding to all things boys love best: planes, cars, sports, and bicycles. A large closet walk-in closet offers plenty of storage space, and the nightstands have touch lighting, which makes it easy to see when your offspring wakes up in the middle of the night.

Basement Fun Room

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This living space is kid-friendly and fun. With a large dining table to be used as a workspace, organizational craft holders on the wall, a small workout corner, and plenty of spots to sit around and play games with the family, this room is eclectic and comfortable.

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For $100, you can buy a chance to win the St. Jude Dream Home, and you’ll also be entered to win a multitude of other prizes such as:

  • 2017 Lincoln MLK ($35,000 value)
  • LG Electronics front-load washer and dryer set
  • $1000 American Express Gift Card, courtesy of All My Sons Moving & Storage
  • Two-night stay in the “Mother Spring” luxury suite and a 60-minute couples massage, courtesy of the Springs Resort & Spa
  • Artesso SmartTouch Kitchen Faucet in Brilliance Stainless, courtesy of Brizo
  • $1000 Apple Gift Card, courtesy of Axium Inspections
  • Von Miller autographed football

You can also win a $10,000 shopping spree at Furniture Row when you tour the home from July 23 – August 28 on Saturdays from 9am- 5pm or Sundays from noon to 5pm.

Address:

Tollgate Crossing

4837 S. Buchanan Street

Aurora, CO 80016

The winner will be drawn on Thursday, September 1, 2016 on Fox31 Denver and Colorado’s own channel. All proceeds from the raffle/giveaway will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Best Lighting: A Room-by-Room Guide

Finding the best lighting for each room in your home can be difficult when there are so many options to choose from. Different types, bulbs, brightnesses, and colors of lighting all can affect a person’s mental health, sleep patterns, and overall well being, especially for those that are sensitive to light. It’s important to find the best lighting that caters to each room of your home, so we’ve made a guide to make navigating the ropes of lighting a little bit easier.

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Types of Lighting

Ambient or General Lighting: This typically is the main source of lighting for a room, and creates a comfortable level of brightness at a room’s “resting” level. Think of this uniform lighting as when you walk into a room and flip a switch. You should be able to easily see the entire space, walk around easily, and there shouldn’t be much glare or excessive brightness. Ambient lighting can be accomplished with wall and ceiling fixtures, chandeliers, lanterns, and recessed or track lighting.

Task Lighting: Task Lighting is usually brighter than ambient lighting, as it is allows you to do specific tasks such as food preparation, facial hygiene and makeup, reading or writing, and working on hobbies. This type of lighting is targeted to a particular space and includes recessed or track lighting, pendant lighting, floor or table lamps, and under-cabinet lighting.

Accent Lighting: This lighting highlights certain areas of your home and creates visual interest by drawing your eye to an accent of a room such as paintings, sculptures, wall textures, or window treatments. It usually should be at least three times brighter than the ambient light around it to be effective. Accent lighting is usually provided by spotlights, recessed or track lighting, and wall-mounted fixtures.

Living Room: Use ambient lighting to create your desired brightness, and then use accent lighting to create visual interest on a wall or in a corner. Task lighting such as a table lamp also could be present if you use the space to read.

Kitchen: In addition to ambient lighting, you’ll need a strong source of task lighting for preparing food. Consider adding dimmers so you can have brightness when cooking and are able to turn the lights down a notch to enjoy your meal or socialize with loved ones.

Bedroom: Create your own sleepy-time haven with ambient lighting, and add task lighting to areas such as a nightstand where you read or a dressing area.

Bathroom: Like laundry rooms, bathrooms usually have ambient lighting that is used as task lighting. Bring brightness to areas like your sink and mirror. You can also use candles as accent lighting to add depth to your bathroom.

Best LightingTypes of Bulbs

Incandescent: These are the bulbs that have been around the longest and are probably the most traditional of all bulbs. Incandescent bulbs use a filament that is heated to the point of glowing, which is used to produce a warm light. Incandescent bulbs last about one year and do not contain mercury.

LEDs: Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs use an electrical current passed through a semiconductor material to illuminate the tiny light sources called LEDs. These bulbs stay cool to the touch because the heat is produced in a heat sink inside the bulb. LEDs produce a variety of brightnesses and tones. These bulbs are much more energy efficient than incandescent light bulbs and can last up to twenty years.

CFLs: An electric current flows between electrodes at each end of a tube containing gases, producing ultraviolet (UV) heat and light. A phosphor coating on the inside of the bulb strikes against the UV light, transforming it into visible light. Like LEDs, these bulbs come in a variety of light brightnesses and tones. These bulbs can last about nine years, however they do contain mercury so more care is required for disposal.

Halogen: Halogen bulbs use the same method as incandescent bulbs to produce light, but they use less energy. They last one year and do not contain mercury.

Fluorescent: Fluorescent bulbs are tubes filled with mercury vapor that emits UV light when electricity is applied. The tubes have an inside coating that turns the UV light into visible light. Like the CFLs, fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, which needs to be carefully disposed.

Reading a Bulb’s Label

The FTC requires bulb packaging to include a label, similar to a nutrition label on a package of food, that includes information about how long the bulb will last, how much energy it uses, whether it meets Energy Star requirements, brightness levels, and light appearance (warm or cool). This label holds key information on how to find the best lighting for each room in your home.

Brightness: Lumens are the measure of brightness for light bulbs. The more lumens the bulb has, the brighter the light is. A typical home bulb produces about 800 lumens, which is the equivalent of 60 watts.

Living Room: 1,500 – 3,000 total lumens

Kitchen: 5,000 – 10,000 total lumens

Dining Room: 3,000 – 6,000 total lumens

Bedroom: 2,000 – 4,000 total lumens

Bathroom: 4,000 – 6,000 total lumens

Correlated Color Temperature: Kelvins are the units of measurement of a bulb’s color temperature or how warm or cool the light that it emits is. The higher the Kelvins, the cooler the light is. Studies have found that warmer light makes you feel more relaxed, while cooler light makes you feel more alert. Consider the color temperature measured by Kelvins when you are trying to find the best lighting for your home.

Warm (orange/red) bulbs are usually between 2,700K and 3,000K.

Medium white bulbs are usually between 3,000K and 4,100K.

Cool (blue) bulbs are usually 4,100K and higher.

Living Room: Choose a warm white bulb around 2,700K for an inviting feel, or if you prefer things a little brighter, go with a soft white bulb around 3,000K.

Kitchen: Kitchens should be light and bright, so look for bulbs around 3,500K – 4,100K.

Dining Room: Choose a bulb around 3,000K for a pleasing ambiance.

Bedroom: You don’t want a lot of bright, blue light before you go to sleep, so opt for a warm and cozy bulb around 2,700K.

Bathroom: Create a clean and neat feel with bulbs from 3,500K – 4,100K.

Types of Light Fixtures

Table Lamps: This is one of the most decorative types of lighting. Sit an accent lamp on an end table, desk, nightstand, or dresser to light up your room.

Floor Lamps: Floor lamps give off light around standing eye-level and don’t take up tabletop space.

Ceiling Mount Lighting: Often built-in to your home, these lights are controlled by a switch and send light downward.

Chandeliers/Pendant Lighting: This Lighting hangs from the ceiling and often makes a room have a put-together feel.

Sconce: Sconces are attached to the wall and cascade lighting outward.

Recessed/Track Lighting: This type of light sheds light across an entire room.

Living Room: table lamps, floor lamps, ceiling lighting, sconces

Kitchen: ceiling lighting, recessed/track lighting

Dining Room: chandeliers, pendant lighting

Bedroom: table lamps, floor lamps, ceiling lighting

Bathroom: ceiling lighting, recessed/track lighting, sconces

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SHOP THE LOOK: On table, left to right: Turned Finial LampChatham Table Lamp, Rockport Table Lamp, Quarterfoil Uplight in Silver, Caged Urn Black Table LampQuartrefoil Uplight GoldSegovia Table Lamp, Borreze Console Lamp, Antiqued Mercury Glass Table Lamp


Overall, finding the best lighting for your home is a long process, but it doesn’t have to be difficult with this guide. Once you are done, you will be happy that you took the time to find the best lighting for each room, as light truly affects your mental and physical health.

Get the Look: Industrial Chic

Drawing from function and utility, industrial style is all the rage in home furnishings and decor. You don’t have to live in a reclaimed factory space to appreciate this aesthetic either. With a nod to the proletarian past and a natural quality that fits in today’s modern world, you can create an industrial chic space of your own with a few tips.

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SHOP THE LOOK: 1 – Inverness Crank Accent Table, 2 – Galleon Coffee Table, 3 – Tractor Barstool,
4 – Watson Round Accent Lamp, 5 – Palma Marie 5 Pc. Dining Group, 6 – Bryce Metal Cabinet
7 – Gibson Accent Chair, 8 – St. Louis TV Stand, 9 – Rowen Iron Bench


History of Industrial Chic

Although industrial chic styling is currently all the rage for home decor, it didn’t used to be a style at all, but more of a way of life. Industrial style has long roots, stemming from the first industrial buildings, which were constructed in the late 1700s. Much of early industrial architecture was influenced by insurance companies, trying to keep safety and function as the top priority. Concern about fires led factories to avoid any materials that would fuel fires, resulting in an unfinished look characterized by exposed brick, pipes, and ductwork.

In the 1900s, new ways of creating energy were introduced, which required larger, more adaptable space and new construction, primarily with concrete and steel. Since these huge warehouses needed a lot of space, factories were pushed out of the cities and the old work structures of the past were abandoned and forgotten.

It wasn’t until the late 1960s that these uninhabited spaces started to be reclaimed in places like lower Manhattan and New England. With abundant, natural light, open air lofts started to be trendy, featuring exposed details and utilitarian accents.

Unfinished Surfaces and Open Spaces

When designing your industrial chic space, take into account the character of your own home. Consider exposing a brick wall, concrete floors, ductwork, or ceiling beams. Embrace natural lighting by using minimalist window treatments, or better yet, by leaving your windows completely uncovered, soaking in the factory design. If possible, consider tearing down a wall to create an open floor plan, using double-sided bookcases and folding screens as space dividers instead of floor-to-ceiling walls.

Working Parts and Simple Machines

Since industrial chic style is inspired by factory life, much of this design aesthetic is centered on no-nonsense functionality. When infusing industrial furnishings into your own space, try to find pieces that have working parts. Details such as wheel cranks, casters, pulleys, sliding rails, or levers are often found in today’s most fashionable industrial furniture. Think like a metal worker and embrace nuts, bolts, screws, and other mechanical elements.

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SHOP THE LOOK: Undaunted Spirit CanvasBealle Hammered Table Lamp, Customized Sarah Sectional, Petrified Wood V Tables (Visit/call Furniture Row to order), Bealle Floor Lamp


More Metal in Cool Tones

If there is one material that defines industrial chic, it’s metal. Iron, steel, aluminum, and tin all help create an urban factory vibe. Try to splash metal pieces around the room at different heights to keep the theme throughout. Metallic picture frames or mirrors, stools, and overhead lighting will do the trick quite well. You also should try to find pieces of furniture with metal accents such as upholstery tacks, nail head trim, or case pieces with open ironwork. One hint when choosing metals for your own industrial chic home is pick cool metals over warm ones. Try to avoid gold or brass while leaning toward items with matte, rusted, distressed, or patina finishes.

Neutral and Understated Cushioning

Not everything in your home needs to feel cold as a factory, and obviously, you’ll need padded furniture as well. Try to avoid overstuffed or tufted furniture, and seek out items that are simple, frill-free, in neutral colors, and in natural textiles. Typically, industrial chic spaces aren’t popping with bright colors, but you want to make sure your home doesn’t appear one-dimensional either, so mix in different shades of gray, tans, blacks, and whites, while adding tastes of rich jewel tones and soft pastels into the space as well.

Reclaimed Wood with Natural Finishes

With so many metals in your industrial chic space, you’ll want to break it up by utilizing natural components, such as wood or stone, creating a mixed media look. Since much of industrial style focuses on salvaging and repurposing items, choose reclaimed, rustic wooden furnishings with distressed finishes.

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SHOP THE LOOK: Sprocket Mirrors, Foundry Server with Hutch, Foundry Dining Group, Foundry Backless Barstool, Foundry BenchVera Barstools


Factory Lighting Inspired by Edison

Create an industrial chic mood with lighting that looks like it came straight from the late 1800s. One of the most prominent components of industrial chic lighting is the Edison style, exposed light bulb. You can also look for caged lighting or bulbs surrounded by glass to create a fashionable urban space. Hanging lights make a big statement in a factory-inspired room, so make sure you have a good mix of fixtures throughout your home.

Salvage and Repurpose

Industrial chic style is all about taking trash to treasure, so don’t be afraid to use reclaimed materials, salvaged antiques, or repurposed items in your redesigned space. We love the idea of using a factory cart as a cocktail table or a metal tractor seat as a stool.

Customize to Suit Individual Tastes

One of the best things about contemporary industrial chic is that it blends perfectly with any style, be it traditional, eclectic, or elegant. Many times people try to create a vintage industrial chic aesthetic, choosing antiqued furnishings with heavy patina finishes. You will also find that pieces with a rustic farmhouse feel fit in with industrial chic nicely. The worn country vibe complements industrial elements well. If you prefer a sleeker ambiance, you can choose sophisticated items with clean lines and polished finishes to fit in to your urban living area. Whatever direction you decide to take your industrial chic style, make sure that you have fun, experiment, and overall, make it your own.

Mad for Mid-Century Modern: A Room by Room Guide

Today, the world is mad for mid-century modern furniture design. Pieces that were contemporary in the 1950s have made a comeback, and everyone is scrambling to get their hands on their own retro furnishings. Finding original vintage décor for your home can be difficult, as well as costly, and styling a mid mod space can be even more challenging. Whether you’re kooky for Noguchi, loony for Eames, or gaga for Jacobsen, this room-by-room guide will help you create the perfect balance of then and now, without breaking the bank.

Mid Mod Living Room

The mid mod living room is minimalist in design, yet bold in color. One of the main focal points in this space is a tufted back, pumpkin orange sofa made from 100% Italian leather. A sophisticated sapphire blue seat, reminiscent to Saarinen’s popular womb chair, sits across from a TV stand made from hand painted, reclaimed wood. Splayed and tapered legs on all of these furnishings add to the authenticity of the retro design elements. Accessorize the group with a neutral lamp boasting a subtle geometric print, and pull it all together with a colorful accent chair, featuring clean lines and wooden trim.

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  1. Vero Beach Sofa, $899
  2. Silhouette Lamp, $58
  3. Orbit TV Stand, $599
  4. Oxford Accent Chair, $299
  5. Mansfield Accent Chair, $699

LIVING ROOM TOTAL: $2,554

Mid Mod Bedroom

Mix and match graphic prints in this mid-century bedroom. The flat rectangular shapes, splayed legs, upholstered headboard, and vintage nickel pulls make the vibe in this space feel utterly modern. Texture and pattern play off of each other, taking the zigzag fabric of the button tufted armchair, the congruous overlay on the bright tangerine lamp, and the complementary curves and lines grounded on the dolphin gray rug to the perfect level of Mad Men chic.

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  1. Sullivan Bedroom 4 Piece Group, $1,246
  2. Infinity Rug, $249
  3. Riley Orange Table Lamp, $69
  4. Sullivan Nightstand (included in bedroom group)
  5. Lauren D Accent Chair, $299

BEDROOM TOTAL: $1,863

Mid Mod Dining Room

Go 1960s Twiggy with this dining room group, highlighting the period’s fondness towards wooden furnishings. Nodding to the iconic design of the Eames chair, the molded plywood, curvy seating and matching table will take you back in time to post-war modernism. The simple, clean lines, and organic character of the dining room sideboard is the perfect place to store dishes and display your vintage knick-knacks. The geometric mirror accessorizes the space tastefully, and the chrome, arc lamp is both artistic and practical. The unique saffron colored, prism patterned rug is unique and speaks to the bright kitchen trend of the era. Consider adding an accent wall in a contrasting hue, or graphic wallpaper for a true Atomic Age dining room.

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  1. Tucuman 5 Piece Dining Group, $499
  2. Valencia Sideboard, $699
  3. Hayden Mirror, $349
  4. Riviera Links Rug, $179
  5. Nickel Arc Floor Lamp, $199

DINING ROOM TOTAL: $1,925

*Prices and products are subject to change. Check your local store for current pricing and availability.

50 Under 50 Sale at Furniture Row

Want to redesign your space without wrecking your budget? The 50 Under 50 sale is the perfect way to get designer furnishings at prices everyone will be comfortable with. Shop the select 50 rooms groups, and bring home pieces you need to style a living space to love. From January 15 – January 21:

50 room groups | under $50/month financing | for 50 Months

With sofa groups and accessories, bedroom and dining sets, this sale is one you won’t want to miss. We agree–the savings are exciting! And to help you plan for this one-of-a-kind sale, we’ve put together a complete list of the 50 room groups for you to browse before you visit your local Furniture Row store.

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Please note that for all Sofa Mart groups, lamps, table packs, and rug selection varies from what is pictured below. Selection can be made from the following items:

Lamps: Stratford | Antiqued Mercury | Raleigh | Caged Urn | Seville Row | Avery Taupe | Fluted Urn
Table Packs: Mesa | Maxim | Ryan | Saxony
Rugs: Selection of 5 variations of the Covington rug

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Sofa Groups exclusively available at Sofa Mart

1. Velocity Sofa Group $30/month – Includes sofa, 2 accent chairs. See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options
2. Miranda Sofa Group $32/month – Includes sofa, swivel glider chair. See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options
3. Hampton Sofa Group $42/month – Includes sofa, accent chair . See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options
4. Venice Sofa Group $50/month – Includes sofa, 2 accent chairs. See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options
5. Vero Beach Leather Sofa Group $48/month – Includes sofa, loveseat, See above for table pack, lamp and rug options
6. Solano Sofa Group $36/month – Includes sofa, loveseat. See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options
7. Bayside Leather Sofa Group $35/month – Includes sofa, chair pack. See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options
8. Heirloom II Sofa Group $48/month – Includes sofa, accent chair. See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options
9. Waveland II Sofa Group (not shown) $34/month – Includes sofa, loveseat. See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options 

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6 Piece Dining Room Groups available exclusively at Oak Express

1. Belle Manor Rectangular 6 Pc. Dining Group $34/month – Includes table, 4 chairs, server
2. Foundry Rectangular 6 Pc. Dining Group $39/month – Includes table, 4 chairs, server

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Storage Queen Bedroom Groups exclusively available at Bedroom Expressions

1. Hamilton Queen Panel Storage Bedroom Group $40/month – Includes Queen storage bed, nightstand, dresser, and mirror
2. Costello Queen Storage Bedroom Group $35/month – Includes Queen storage bed, nightstand, dresser, and mirror
3. Madagascar Queen Canopy Storage Bed $43/month – Includes Queen storage bed, nightstand, dresser, and mirror

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Get the entire BedWorks Queen Mattress Package exclusively at Denver Mattress for $49/ month including:

1. Madison Eurotop Mattress with Ergo 330 Adjustable Base
2. BedWorks Queen Mattress Protector
3. 300 TC 100% cotton oversized sheets
4. 4 jumbo down alternative pillows
5. Matelassé Duvet Cover

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Reclining Sofa Groups available exclusively at Sofa Mart

1. Shenandoah Room Group $36/month –  Includes reclining sofa, reclining loveseat. See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options
2. Nimbus Room Group $44/month – Includes reclining sofa, reclining loveseat. See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options
3. Alpha Room Group $46/month – Includes reclining sofa, loveseat. See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options
4. Eldorado Room Group (not shown) $48/month – Includes reclining sofa, reclining loveseat. See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options
5. Triple Play Room Group $38/month – Includes  reclining sofa, console loveseat. See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options
6. Homerun Room Group $44/month – Includes reclining sofa, recliner chair. See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options
7. Enterprise Room Group $46/month – Includes reclining sofa, loveseat. See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options 

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5 Piece Dining Room Groups exclusively available at Oak Express

1. Mesa Rustica 5 Pc. Dining Group $30/month – Includes trestle table, 4 chairs
2. Mendocino 5 Pc. Dining Group $29/month – Includes trestle table, 4 chairs
3. Bellaire 5 Pc. Dining Group  $48/month – Includes table, 4 chairs
4. Mission 5 Pc. Dining Group $46/month – Includes table, 4 chairs

 

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Sleigh Bedroom Groups available exclusively at Bedroom Expressions

1. Waverly Queen Sleigh Storage Bedroom Group $50/month – Includes Queen sleigh storage bed, nightstand, dresser, mirror
2. Chatham Queen Sleigh Storage Bedroom Group $34/month – Includes Queen sleigh storage bed, nightstand, dresser, mirror
3. Oxford Queen Sleigh Storage Bedroom Group $50/month – Includes Queen sleigh storage bed, nightstand, dresser, mirror
4. Mendocino Queen Sleigh Storage Bedroom Group $49/month – Includes Queen sleigh storage bed, nightstand, dresser, mirror

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Sectional Groups exclusively available at Sofa Mart

1. Romeo Room Group $48/month – Includes sectional sofa, accent chair. See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options
2. Orion Room Group $40/month – Includes 3 pc. sectional, coffee table ottoman. See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options
3. Barracuda II $30/month – Includes sectional sofa, ottoman. See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options
4. Jupiter Room Group $32/month – Includes sectional sofa, coffee table ottoman. See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options
5. Bonanza Room Group $42/month – Includes 6 pc. reclining sectional. See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options
6. Grand Cayman Room Group $40/month – Includes 6 pc. reclining sectional. See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options

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8 Piece Dining Room Groups available exclusively at Oak Express

1. Montego 8 Pc. Counter Height Dining Group  $32/month – Includes counter height table, 6 counter height chairs, server
2. Urban Loft 8 Piece Counter Height Dining Group $37/month – Includes counter height table, 6 counter height chairs, server
3. Arcadia 8 Piece Dining Group $34/month –Includes table, 6 chairs, server
4. Oak Ridge 8 Piece Dining Group $35/month – Includes drop leaf table, 6 chairs, server

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Panel Bedroom Groups available exclusively at Bedroom Expressions

1. Hero Panel Queen Bedroom Group $29/month – Includes Queen panel bed, nightstand, dresser, mirror
2. Ashford Panel Queen Bedroom Group $47/month – Includes Queen panel bed, nightstand, dresser, mirror
3. River Ridge Queen Panel Bedroom Group $35/month – Includes Queen panel bed, nightstand, dresser, mirror
4. Torino Panel Queen Bedroom Group $38/month – Includes Queen panel bed, nightstand, dresser, mirror
5. Corinthian Queen Panel Bedroom Group $37/month – Includes Queen panel bed, nightstand, dresser, mirror
6. Eldora Queen Panel Bedroom Group (not shown) $37/month – Includes Queen panel bed, nightstand, dresser, mirror

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Sofa Chaise Groups exclusively available at Sofa Mart

1. Raquel Room Group $42/month – Includes sofa chaise, accent chair. See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options
2. Pacific Beach Room Group $42/month – Includes sofa chaise, accent chair. See above for table pack, lamp, and rug options 

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Platform Beds available exclusively at Bedroom Expressions

1. Grant Park Queen Platform Bedroom Group $32/month – Includes Queen platform bed, nightstand, dresser, and mirror
2. Rodea Queen Platform Bedroom Group $49/month – Includes Queen platform bed, nightstand, dresser, and mirror

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Get The Look: St. Jude Dream Home Dining Room

The 2013 St. Jude Dream Home dining room is full of dreamy design. If you love this room as much as we do,  you can get the look for your own home! All of the products are available from Furniture Row.

The design of the Dream Home combines rich neutrals, and eye-catching prints for a casual-chic feel. With an open-concept layout like this one, cohesion is key: The dining room elegantly combines complementary tones and textures to create a defined space that meshes well with the rest of the home.

Be sure to check out the gallery of products below so you can bring this dining room design to your dining room. See the full home design here.

Get The Look Dining Room of 2013 St Jude Dream Home

Belaire Parson Chair from Oak Express
Demi Accent Chair from Sofa Mart
Mendocino Dining Table from Oak Express
Barnsely Reclaimed Cabinet from Oak Express

Meet Furniture Row Residential Interior Designer Greg Utsinger

MeetGregSliderWe’re lucky to have some professionals around the Front Door, and our main man to go to when needing advice is Furniture Row Residential Interior Designer Greg Utsinger. We put together a short questionnaire that Greg was kind enough to answer in colorful ways. Greg, meet the Front Door readers. Readers, meet Greg.

Greg Utsinger
Greg Utsinger, Regional Visual Merchandise Manager for Furniture Row

WHAT DOES YOUR INTERIOR DESIGNER POSITION ENTAIL?

As a Regional Visual Merchandise Manager for Furniture Row, most of my responsibilities involve ensuring that the Visual Sets and Standards set forth from the Design Department are implemented in our stores. There is also a lot of “creating on the fly,” as each store has its own unique challenges. From time to time I get the opportunity to work on photo shoots and other projects.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

Anytime I’m creating or inspiring people to create.

WHAT GOT YOU INTO INTERIOR DESIGN?

I’ve always had an interest in furniture and design. When I was a kid, I would rearranged my room all the time. I remember in the fall, raking leaves into lines to create the “floor plan” of a house, and every time there was a refrigerator box to be found, I was cutting out windows and drawing curtains with a magic marker. When I went to college to study Graphic Design, I took a few interior design classes and quickly changed my course.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU NEED TO DO YOUR JOB?

I think anyone can be taught how to set up a display, but it takes a natural eye to look at something and see what it needs, or to see the overall picture before it actually exists. As a designer, obviously you need an eye for color, the ability to combine colors, textures, and styles, as well as a sense of scale and proportion. I think the ability to look at things from an artistic standpoint is important too. When working with a client, the ability to create something that is a reflection of that person or family is vitally important, after all, they are the ones who will be living in it.

WHAT’S A TYPICAL DAY LIKE?

Because I travel a lot, no two days are ever really the same. I spend some time assessing what’s done and what needs to be done; based on that, I make a plan for the day. There are weeks when you get to be a part of great projects, like the St. Jude Dream Home or Ronald McDonald House, and then the opposite end of the spectrum when you’re in a warehouse somewhere unpacking accessories. I enjoy when I’m in a store and get an opportunity to help out the sales staff to help put a room together for a customer who might be having trouble seeing the whole picture.
Madagascar

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PRODUCT THAT YOU’VE CHOSEN FOR A PHOTO SHOOT?

For most of the photo shoots I’ve worked on the product is chosen for me, but I love to work with dining rooms, probably because I love to cook and entertain so much. I love the Madagascar Dining Table from Oak Express, both the square and the rectangle versions. I think it’s the straight lines of it with the chunky legs; it’s the kind of table you could put a million different chairs with and make a huge statement.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE IN RELATION TO FURNITURE ROW’S?

My personal style definitely bends more to the contemporary side, but I have an appreciation for traditional, classic things. I love to incorporate unexpected pieces into a room and blend old, new, classic, modern, etc. I think Furniture Row has a great offering that allows customers the same kind of options. Something like the new Central Park Sofa from Sofa Mart with its straight lines and metropolitan feel, mixed in a room with an ornate console table, antique piece, or one of Furniture Row’s one of a kind Zafar Chests – the kinds of things that give a room character, that make them feel more personal and unique.

Greg

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SPACE IN YOUR OWN HOME?

I love the kitchen, because it’s another place filled with the opportunity to be creative as well as the place I spend the most time in. I like the simplicity and quietness of my bedroom, but from a designer’s perspective the most unique is my powder room. It was an opportunity to go a little “over the top.” Just like how I always love to throw an unpredictable element into every room, this powder room is the “unexpected” room in the house.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR PEOPLE NEW TO INTERIOR DECORATING?

Most people don’t know where to start – my advice is, start somewhere. Pick something that you love; a paint color, a pillow, a rug, etc., and work from that. A new color on the walls is one of the quickest, easiest ways to change the entire look and feel of a space. If you can’t decide what color to paint, a great place to start is your closet. Your wardrobe can be very telling of what colors you love. The other piece of advice is to take your time when finishing the room to let the finishing touches, like accessories and artwork, evolve. It helps keep the room personal and eliminates that staged, model home look.

Madagascar Dining Set // Oak Express
City Lights Sofa // Sofa Mart
Wright Panel Bed // Bedroom Expressions

 

Color Theory: Fall Tones

Here at Front Door, we can’t wait for the leaves to turn. Autumn means big sweaters, warm cider, and cozy nights in. The latter means you’ll have more time for painting, sewing, crafts, or any kind of home project you’ve been putting off all summer. The good thing about designing in the fall is that its key colors work all year round and are potent enough to change a room’s look with only a particularly hued accessory.

Fall 2011 isn’t your mother’s autumn. This year classic colors like navy, plum, and gray are being mixed with bright yellows, warm pinks, and vibrant oranges. Royal Blue is playing a huge part as well; a trend that we can really get behind. With accents like wood, gold metallic, lace, feathers, and fake fur, you can take your décor much farther this year in easy, simple additions.

Emotions are important to remember when decorating; if you tend to be stressed, according to color theory, you might not want to paint your bedroom a bright, vibrant color like fire engine red that may only keep your high energy going. The same idea goes for rooms of productivity – kitchens are usually painted in those brighter colors because that’s a room you would want to feel energized in. Each color goes farther than providing just a “fall feel,” and we’ve created a handy chart to show the psychological connotations that they evoke.

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plum

PLUM

Visionary, Royal, Introspective. Best used in places of rest or study.

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marigold

MARIGOLD

Nourishing, Comforting, Sun-baked. Cozy and rich, marigold works well in any room you feel needs a bit of sunshine.

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navy

NAVY

Authentic, Classic, Nostalgic. Ultra versatile for any room.

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teal

DEEP TEAL

Serene, Sophisticated, Confident. Vintage chic, use this in calmer spaces.

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orange

VIBRANT ORANGE

Fun, Whimsical, Gregarious. A vibrant, energizing color like this works best in small doses or kitchens.

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olive

OLIVE

Vintage, Sentimental, Peaceful. Use in spaces meant for relaxation or deep thought.

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grey

WARM GREY

Classic, Mature, Cozy. Be careful to use it in places that get light or warmth from other colors, or else it can feel prison-like.

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brown

EARTHY BROWNS

Earthy, Warm, Wholesome. A classic staple, it can work in many rooms = but be careful about lighting and accents, as it can make spaces feel darker and smaller.

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royal blue

ROYAL BLUE

Electric, Vibrant, Stirring. Another color that can pack a punch in even the smallest of doses.

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FALL ACCENTS:

Red, Burgundy, Bright Pink, Warm Cream, Taupe, Pale Lavendar, Tan, Coral, Metallic, Fake Fur, Lace

bedroom fall colors  dining room fall colors

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