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The Impact of Color In Design

We live in a world of color! There are many different shades, values, and hues, but why? Why is color so important, and why is color important in our homes? The way we use color can leave people with different impressions of our style, it shows our unique personalities, and there is also a psychological aspect to color. We will go through some basic colors and principles of design to show you why color is so important when it comes to our homes.


How Do We Perceive Color?

First let’s discuss how we see all of the colors that we see today. What we see through our eyes is the electromagnetic radiation at specific wavelengths. Not everyone sees color the same; women actually perceive color better than men do, and then some people are color-blind. Not only does gender factor into how we see color, but our state of health and age do too. Younger people tender to gravitate towards more bright and vivid colors, while older people feel better surrounded by muted shades. Color is a big factor when it comes to setting a mood. It can stimulate our imagination to express a variety of emotions and senses. Finding the right choice of colors to use is an art form in itself because everyone perceives colors differently. Once you have a fundamental grasp on the perception of color it will help you create color palettes that will evoke the emotions you’re looking for when designing a room.


How To Choose the Best Color

There is no one best color for your home. The trick is to finding a series of colors that work together cohesively. There is no color scheme that is universal, because everyone is different. That’s what makes your home so unique. When using color in your home it’s best to remember how they will affect you, and how they might affect other people. You shouldn’t choose a color because it’s popular and part of a fad, you should choose a color based upon your likes and dislikes, and how it makes you feel. You don’t want to paint the walls and then hate it a month later. Remember these three things:

  1. How it will affect you mentally
  2. The physical effects
  3. Ideal rooms for your color choices

Now you don’t have to follow these rules exactly, but they are things to keep in mind when designing your home. The biggest thing to remember is what are your likes, and dislikes, and will it be lasting in your home.


Let’s Talk About Color

Let’s take some time to discuss some basic colors that you might use in a color palette:


Red – It is one of the more dynamic colors, it’s a color of passion, exciting, and can be a stimulating color. It’s a color of power, and should be used in moderation. Red is commonly used in family rooms, dining rooms, and home gyms.


Blue – Is a color of safety, sincerity, peacefulness, and kindness. It is commonly used in bedrooms and in living rooms.


Orange – Orange is a friendly, warm, and welcoming color. Orange is also associated with high energy and should also be used in moderation. This color is often used in kitchens or children’s playrooms.


Green – Green is often associated with nature; it’s a fresh color that’s associated with practicality and security. It’s a grounding color, and it causes the least amount of strain on the eyes. Green is often used in home offices, study areas, and bedrooms.


Yellow – Yellow is associated with the emotion of intuition. It’s a cheerful color, and optimistic. The problems with yellow that it is a very irritating color to the eye, and should be used in moderation. A good place to use yellow is in bathrooms and breakfast nooks.


Purple – If you want a color that helps stimulate imagination, or that sense of magic, or bring out some richness in your home choose purple! It helps stimulate creativity and is perfect for use in your hobby or creative space. Lighter purples are also perfect for use in nurseries.


Neutrals – Neutrals can be founds across the entire color spectrum, but they usually lean towards the grey spectrum of colors. Neutrals are commonly associated with harmony and formality.


Color and home design is an exciting thing; don’t let it become a daunting task. Using color in your home gives you an opportunity to express yourself and your uniqueness. Designing your home to how you want it can be an incredibly exciting time. You can make your house so that it is perfect for you. Even doing something like getting a company to sort out a residential window replacement can really make a difference to the exterior of your home. You don’t even need to make really big changes like changing the windows though, instead, you can just change the color of each room and this could be enough to make all the difference for how things look. There are many tips and tricks out there, and you can find more on our Pinterest Board. Do you have some color design stories? Let us know in the comments!


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How To Design a Gallery Wall

Gallery walls have taken the home design world by storm! Gallery walls are sometimes hard or frustrating, and there are many pre-made formulas and layouts to create one, and sometimes those layouts don’t work. We’re here to provide some tips and tricks to help you create the perfect gallery wall that will stand out in your home.

Starting Your Gallery Wall 

Starting is the hardest part of the process. You can sit and plan it out on paper, but sometimes that may or may not work. A lot of the gallery wall process is trial, and error, but once you start and get your pieces together; everything starts to fall into place.

When you start a gallery wall around a large object like a sofa or a TV you need to start with your largest frame or object first. The key is to start with your large pieces and then fill in the gaps with the smaller pieces. An important thing to remember is to not put large pieces next to large pieces; that will make the wall feel very weighted and heavy. You want everything to be spaced out and balanced evenly. The goal of a gallery wall is to find that perfect flow and balance.

A good tip to remember is before you put nails in the wall is to measure! You can take all of your frames and measure them with shipping paper, then tape them up with painter’s tape on your wall to give you an idea of how everything will look measured and spaced out. It takes some extra effort but it will give you a rough idea on how the final product will look before you make holes in the wall. You can always take tape down, but removing holes and nails is a little harder when it comes to creating the perfect gallery wall.

Gathering Your Pieces

Do you have an old piece that you’re dying to have the star of your wall, are you going for a theme, or do you have a key piece, or pieces that you’re wanting to highlight? Gathering your pieces is a fun part of the process, and  may come along a lot faster than assembling the wall itself. Often times everyone has that one piece that they want to be the star of your wall. You need to make sure that you have at least one large piece to be your anchor or centerpiece. Having a proper balance, and variety of shapes and sizes can help bring everything together. Having too many large pieces will make the gallery wall seem heavy. Having some smaller and medium sized pieces will bring the balance and flow that you’re looking for when creating a gallery wall.

Sometimes you may not have all of the pieces that you want to use on your wall; if you don’t, that’s okay! Sometimes when creating your gallery wall you’ll have a few pieces, and then you notice that you need some more to help complete the scene. Once you see those open spaces you can start to find the things that you need to fill them in. Gathering your gallery wall pieces can be a fun and exciting part of the process. The key is to have fun, and choose pieces that work together, and that speak to you.

Using Patterns and Templates

If you’re not one to eyeball things yourself, use a pattern or template! One of the patterns that you can use is called: Contained Space. Measure a set space on your wall, and then frame your gallery in that contained space. Another pattern to use is called: Midline. Using a midline is where you create a horizontal or vertical line and use it as a divider to frame your gallery wall. There’s no set pattern or template that is correct to use when creating a gallery wall, sometimes it all comes down to how it looks to you!

Example of a Midline



Whether you find a template or pattern that you like, or if you decide to eyeball it; a gallery wall is a great way to bring some life, and style to the walls in your home. Gallery walls have become more, and more popular in home decorating, and help bring life to lifeless walls. For more examples, tips, and tricks for creating the perfect gallery wall please visit our Pinterest Board!

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Household Items You Should Never Buy Used; No Questions Asked

They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. In some cases, that man’s trash should stay trash. Finding a good deal on a previously used item is always exciting. Not only is it environmentally friendly to recycle an item from a previous owner, you also save money. However, there are some household items that just shouldn’t be reused because the long term cost may outweigh your initial savings.

1) Bedding – mattresses, bed frames, pillows and sheets

bed bugBedding can host several bacterias from the previous owner. Different types of allergens, dead skin cells, and hair could be unwanted add ons to the pre-owned bedding you’re purchasing. These bacterium can reside in the frame of the bed as well. Pillows and sheets can also host all of these elements. Knowing that what you’re purchasing is 100% sanitary is worth the money.

Although bed bugs are hard to see, they can definitely be hiding in used bedding. Most people do not realize they have a bed bug infestation until after they’ve been bitten. Bed bugs are the hardest insect to kill with store bought pesticides so if you do come across an infestation, contact a reputable Pest control expert. If you have to call a pest removal service, it could end up costing hundreds of dollars per room to exterminate your house if you don’t find the right company. However, if you do need a pest control service to deal with your problem, you may want to check out something like Termite Control Kansas City for an effective extermination of any bed bugs or other pests. Although, with all of the problems that can come from bed bugs alone, it’s safer to purchase a mattress that is guaranteed to be sanitary.

2) Upholstered or enclosed fabric furniture

upholstered furnitureAlthough you can get a great deal buying used furniture, you may also get the short end of the stick without knowing it. Upholstery and enclosed fabrics easily trap elements from the previous owner that can’t be removed. These types of furniture can pick up pet odor, hair, and stains. Dust mites also reside in these types of fabrics.

Getting a slip cover for your new previously owned couch may seem like a feasible option, it just masks the underlying problem. Although there is the option of getting the furniture reupholstered, it can cost almost as much as it would to buy new furniture.

3) Nobody Puts Baby in a Pre-Owned Crib

baby cribCribs can be dangerous to buy used for several reasons. Not only could the bedding contain bacteria like any other type of bedding, the frame can also be unsafe for your child. Cribs are often recalled due to malfunctions, making the crib unsafe for a baby to sleep in. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when deciding where your baby will sleep.

4) Appliances that aren’t easily disassembled

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Appliances that aren’t easy to take apart and see the interior can be a risk when purchasing them used. These appliances may look brand new on the outside but could be infested with mold or pests on the inside. Due to the difficulty of disassembling these types of appliances, a lot of people purchase them without knowing what is truly inside of them. These problems can manifest and cause it to break down once you bring the appliance into your own home, leaving you in need of someone like If it’s necessary to purchase these household items used, make sure to buy it from someone you can trust to tell you the truth about the condition of the appliance.

5) Vacuums

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Since vacuums are created to pick up all of the aforementioned bacteria and germs that are lurking in your house, it is no surprise that buying a used vacuum could track them into your own home. Not only will a used vacuum track germs into your house, vacuums are easily susceptible to everyday wear and tear. After several uses, vacuums begin to lose their power that they have when you first purchase them. When considering which household items to buy new or used, it’s a safe bet to go with a vacuum straight out of the box.

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12 Tips for a Cozy Guest Room

When overnight guests arrive at your home, expected or unexpected, it can send even the most seasoned host into a panic. Remembering to set out everything they might need can be a daunting process! That’s why we’ve gathered the best tried-and-true tips to make your visitors feel completely at home in your guest room.

12 Tips for a Cozy Guest Room

1) Add a bench at the foot of the bed or purchase a folding luggage stand

Your guests will appreciate a nice surface to put their suitcase on so they don’t have to rummage through it on the floor.

2) Have some entertainment available

As your guests are winding down for the night, they may want to read or watch their favorite show for a while. Having some books, magazines and/or a TV in their room is a great way to make them feel at home. Another nice gesture is to put the Wifi password somewhere visible – maybe in a frame on the dresser?

12 Tips for a Cozy Guest Room

3) Create a seating area

If space allows, add a little reading nook in the guest room. Many guests will like having place to sit that’s not the bed.

12 Tips for a Cozy Guest Room

4) Include a mirror

Give your guests a spot to freshen up with an eye-level mirror or sit-down vanity. This will keep them from feeling like they’re hogging the bathroom.

12 Tips for a Cozy Guest Room

5) Keep an assortment of extra pillows on hand

It doesn’t have to be a lot – maybe 2 traditional polyester fill and 2 down pillows to give your guests a choice of loft.

12 Tips for a Cozy Guest Room

6) …And extra blankets of varying thickness

If your guests wake up cold in the middle of the night, they’ll be infinitely grateful!

12 Tips for a Cozy Guest Room

7) Provide a place to hang up clothes

If there’s a closet in the guest room, have some empty clothes hangers available. If not, a valet or clothing rack will work perfectly.

12 Tips for a Cozy Guest Room

8) Deck out the nightstand

Some good items to include are: a little dish to hold jewelry, a couple of glasses for water, a lamp, remote controls, and an alarm clock.

12 Tips for a Cozy Guest Room

9) Bring in some fresh flowers

There’s nothing like real greenery to make friends feel welcome! (But you may want to stick with a non-flowering plant or omit this step altogether if your guests have allergies.)

12 Tips for a Cozy Guest Room

10) Put together a basket of travel-sized toiletries

In case one of your guests forgets something like their toothbrush or shampoo, it’s good to have some available. (Don’t forget extra towels, Kleenex, and pain reliever.)

12 Tips for a Cozy Guest Room

11) Put an iron or steamer in the closet

Your guests’ clothes may get wrinkled in-transit, so take a cue from hotels and put out a small iron or steamer for them to use. If you have pets in your house, it’s nice to include a lint roller as well.

12 Tips for a Cozy Guest Room

12) Have some available plugs for charging

An easily accessible place to charge electronic devices will be much appreciated by weary travelers! If you want to go the extra mile, purchase a universal charger in case they forget their charging cords.

We hope you found these tips helpful! If you’re looking for more guest room design ideas, we’ve complied our favorites on Pinterest:

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The Anatomy of a Knockout Living Room

When you see it, you know.

The Anatomy of a Knockout Living Room

So, you’ve just bought a new property using a short term loan used to ‘bridge the gap’ and now you want to decorate it beautifully. Sometimes a well-designed living room will stop you in your tracks. It’s balanced, cohesive, not too loud, not too subdued… just right. But what makes it so great? A certain unattainable je ne sais quoi? Nope! Just some design know-how that we’re about to share with you.

The Anatomy of a Knockout Living Room

Here’s an example of a living room that has lots of functionality and personality. Now, let’s turn this image into a design roadmap you can reference whenever you need some layout inspiration!

The Anatomy of a Knockout Living RoomA) SIDE TABLES can be used to “bookend” your sofa/sectional (as shown above) or to simply provide more storage surface for your family. They’re especially great when guests come over if they’re seated someplace that’s out of reach from the coffee table.

B) Coordinating THROW PILLOWS in various sizes and shapes will make your sofa look cozy and put-together. If you’re having trouble figuring out what patterns and colors work as a group, we found an extremely helpful guide. (Thanks for demystifying the process, Shannon!)

C) If you already have a lot of patterns and visual interest in your room, go simpler with your RUG (and vice versa). Check out sites like for more inspiration. Another way to add texture is to layer two rugs like the example above. Need help with rug sizing and placement? Fixer Upper‘s Joanna Gaines created this handy guide.

D) A COFFEE TABLE or large ottoman will help anchor the space and be a perfect spot for decor, food and drink, or to put your feet up after a long day. Try a more unexpected piece like the leather-topped coffee table above, or a vintage trunk with hidden storage.

E) A great way to keep your living room as versatile as possible is to go for a neutral color on bigger purchases like your SOFA or SECTIONAL. Then you can switch out decor and accessories as the seasons change without worrying about the larger pieces clashing.

F) ACCENT CHAIRS provide additional seating and can tie in with colors you’ve used elsewhere in your room. We love the simple plaid pattern in the example above.

G) MIRRORS have a knack for making a room look larger. They also look beautiful and reflect light throughout the space. What’s not to love?

H) Flowy CURTAINS that provide privacy but still let in natural light will make your living room look magazine-worthy.

I) The sun can’t do all the work, so make sure to include some pretty LAMPS and overhead lighting to pick up the slack.

J) A good ACCENT WALL can tie a whole room together. We love the distressed, rustic look above, but there are lots of other directions to go: Shiplap, brick, stone, paint, patterned wallpaper, etc.

K) PLANTS, real or faux, add a sense of life to a space. In rooms with subdued color palettes, that pop of greenery makes a world of difference.

L) All those walls can seem bare without some ARTWORK to adorn them! Whether you opt for black and white like the above example or choose vibrant color, experiment with placement until you find an arrangement you love. You could also go to some acrylic prints experts to get some personalized photo prints to add some heart to the room.

M) Your WALL COLOR sets the tone for the rest of the room’s design. Lighter colors tend to make a room look bigger and more open, and darker colors make it feel more cozy. In our example, the dark main wall color and light accent wall give us the best of both worlds!

N) Matching METALLIC ELEMENTS throughout the room can make your design extra luxe. In the example, you can spot several gold accents.

O) OPEN SHELVING will provide additional storage and give you more space to display your treasures. Here’s a wonderful guide on how to style open shelves and vignettes throughout your home. (Thanks for all the helpful tips, Lauren!)

The Anatomy of a Knockout Living Room

Ready to tackle your own space? You’ve got this!

If you want even more inspiration, check out the Living Rooms board on our Pinterest page. We’re always on the hunt for great home decor ideas so we can share them with you.

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Color Series: Decorating with Sharkskin Gray

Did you know that the PANTONE® Color Institute released an entire color palette for Fall/Winter 2016? While many of the shades are punchy jewel tones, there are a few more neutral exceptions: Warm Taupe, Dusty Cedar, and the star of today’s blog, Sharkskin.


“The desire for tranquility, strength, and optimism has inspired the Fall 2016 color palette,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of PANTONE. “[Sharkskin] is pair-able with almost any fall color – bright or muted – and showcases practicality through a dependable but contemporary lens.”


In today’s blog, we’re sharing some inspiration photos to help you incorporate this beautiful gray into your decor. It does look great with nearly any color, and that’s one of the reasons why this shade works so well in the home. The options are endless! It would even look great on the outside of your home, just look at getting M&M Home Exteriors to install some siding and paint it grey .. sorted! There are so many items in your home you can choose to pair this color with too, from the sofa to any of the kitchen utensils. Anywhere in the home it would look great! Whatever you decide, its best to ensure that all of your household items get covered in the process too – so in case anything were to happen to the items in your home that you’ve worked so hard on to match this particular shade of grey, at least you know you’re covered and you can easily replace them. This way your home won’t lose its style! Knowing which things that are covered under different insurance policies can help you find the right cover you need. With that out of the way, here are some of the many ways you can take advantage of this Sharkskin Gray color in your home –


1) You can choose to keep Sharkskin the main focus by pairing it with white, cream, or beige. In the example above, this comfy neutral space comes alive with a textured herringbone-inspired accent wall and greenery for a pop of color. Sharkskin also appears in the accent pillows, tabletop and rug.


2) In this gorgeous room, the walls and sofa are decked out in gray. To maintain a light and airy quality, bright white was added in the artwork, pillows, rug, lamps and curtains. (The gold accents are another luxurious touch.)


3) To recreate the serene bedroom design above, try a Sharkskin-colored nightstand and lampshade. The patterned bedspread and muted purple accents make for a peaceful end-of-day haven.


4) Above is another example of a neutral space with textured walls. Shiplap (or panel) accent walls are a great way to add more visual interest.


5) For bright color lovers who don’t want a long-term commitment, start with neutral “bones” and use easily changeable accessories to introduce your vivid shade of the moment. In the example above, the rich red throw blanket and pillows are the first things you notice when looking at the room as a whole. They make a dramatic statement! However, if you aren’t feeling the red a couple months from now, you have the freedom to switch it out on the cheap.


6) Sharkskin doesn’t only look good with traditional “fall and winter” colors! Here, it’s been paired with a fun teal that makes this stately gray sectional look more easygoing.

Inspired yet? We definitely are! Check out our favorite Sharkskin pieces for a winter home makeover you’ll love:


  1. Corinthian 97B Fairly Stone Ottoman
  2. JGW Accent Chair
  3. Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines French Inspired Short Pie Crust Table
  4. Corinthian Loxley Charcoal Sectional
  5. Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Modern Upholstered Bed w/ Wingback Headboard
  6. Vaughan Bassett French Market Traditional Poster Bed
  7. La-Z-Boy Rowan Granite Recliner with Arc Handle
  8. Surya Shimmer Rug
  9. Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Tailored Tuxedo-Style Sofa w/ Velvet Fabric
  10. Rachael Ray Home Modern Metal Cocktail Ottoman

For even MORE inspiration, be sure to follow our coordinating Pinterest board. We’re always on the hunt for great home decor ideas so we can share them with you.

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Rachael Ray Home: The Upholstered Pieces

Hello again, Rachael Ray fans! This is the third post in our new four-part preview series. Are you a big interior designer fan? Are you always browsing Easy Home Concepts for the best sleeper ottoman that would add some flair to your room? Well, if you’re missing a centerpiece then get ready for the cozy comfort of upholstered sofas, sectionals, benches, chairs and more!


So many of us have loved watching Rachael Ray over the years on Food Network shows like 30 Minute Meals, $40 a Day, Tasty Travels, Inside Dish, and more. She has her own daytime talk show, cookware line, magazine, pet food company, cookbooks… the list goes on. But now, Rachael can add “furniture designer” to her lengthy resume.


There’s a feeling that happens when family and friends gather around a table to share a meal and conversation, and Rachael Ray Home brings this warmth and joy to every room.


Her line is divided into 3 collections: Upstate, Soho, and Highline – and since there were so many upholstered items in each, we separated and compiled them into this post.


Rachael Ray Home is now on the showroom floor at both our Memphis and Southaven locations! Most of the upholstered pieces aren’t available to purchase online just yet, BUT you can visit one of our Home Stores to purchase or order. (And that goes for anything in the entire catalog. If you want it, we can order it for you! This line is so large, we just weren’t able to carry everything in-stock.)


We’ve listed the pieces we know for sure will be in these lines, but more colors and styles may be introduced later. We’ll keep you posted!


Click below to get a FREE copy of our Rachael Ray Home e-catalog! It features 206 pages of gorgeous room shots and furniture photos – plus, the items are clickable for shopping info.













































Let us know in the comments which pieces you’re most interested in! Once each post is published, the rest of the series will be linked below:

Rachael Ray Home Preview Series:

Upstate Collection
Highline Collection
Soho Collection
Upholstered Pieces (you are here)

You can also check out our Rachael Ray Pinterest board to browse some of the room shots:


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18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing

Kids’ rooms can be tough to design! You want to create a space that reflects your child’s unique personality, but still looks pulled together and cohesive with the rest of your home. In this blog post, we’ll be sharing all our best tips for putting together a child’s room that will easily transition to their teen years. We’re covering everything from functionality to aesthetic. You might decide that after designing your kids room, that there are other parts of your house that you would like to update. Sometimes it’s just nice to have a bit of a change. You can do small changes to the rest of your house like just getting a new coat of paint, or you could go all out and get new windows from somewhere like Window World Hawaii – the decision is up to you though!

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

Each tip is accompanied by an inspiration photo, which you can enlarge by clicking on it (or save as a Pinterest pin by hovering over the image and clicking the red logo). If you see a piece you’re interested in, just contact us about Bassett custom ordering.

1) Keep storage as low to the floor as possible for smaller kids

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Most kids don’t like having to keep their rooms clean, but if you make it as easy as possible for them to stay organized, there may be a fighting chance! Storage cubes, baskets, and shelves can be strategically placed within their reach for simple cleanup. In the example above, a storage station was placed at the foot of the bed to hold books that otherwise may have been scattered on the floor. If you find there is just too much stuff in the house to fit in, you could look into something like Singpaore storage space to keep larger items in storage until you need them or have more room for them.

2) Stick to two main colors

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

It’s easy to go crazy with lots of bright colors, but if you’re after a more cohesive look, try sticking to two main colors for all of the substantial elements in the room. Even if the two colors your child picks are loud, neutrals can be added in to soften the look. In the example above, the pink and green color palette is balanced with a creamy white.

3) Incorporate flowers and other plants (real or faux)

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

Plants infuse so much life into a space. You can add a potted plant that your child will take responsibility for watering, or just display cut flowers from the yard. We also love realistic-looking faux options. They’re especially great for kids with allergies!

4) Use chalkboard paint

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

Wall art can change on a daily basis when you use chalkboard paint. It comes in every color under the sun, and the possibilities are as limitless as your imagination. Children love to draw pictures on it, and teens can use it to write quotes, doodle, and display notes from friends who come over.

5) Coordinate arrays of pillows

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

A coordinated array of throw pillows not only looks great, but adds comfort and texture to a bed. They can even provide extra seating for friends.

Above, we’ve shown some examples of how to pair up different sizes and colors. A good rule of thumb is to use larger neutral pillows (like Euro shams) in the back, then place smaller, more colorful pillows in the front. A variety of shapes will add interest, so don’t be afraid to mix squares, rectangles, bolster pillows, etc.

6) Display artwork

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Giving your child a spot to display their art can encourage creativity, and there are so many ways to do so with style. In the example above, coordinating artwork is hung up on the wall with colorful washi tape.

Want other ideas? Try hanging string wire wall-to-wall and use small clothes pins to display the art. You could also go the more traditional route and make an art board out of galvanized metal with magnets for hanging, or cork board with pushpins for hanging.

7) Build off of a theme that can grow with them

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

One one hand, you want your child to express their individuality, but on the other hand, it’s not always feasible to do a full room makeover every time their fleeting tastes change. (Adolescence was a confusing, wish-washy time – we all remember!)

The key is to lay out a foundation of good design choices in a fun, whimsical way. There are a lot more home design styles than you may think so you will have plenty of choices! Let your child express his or her individuality through things like accessories, wall art, decor knickknacks, and other items that are easier to switch out. That way, moving into teen years and beyond doesn’t require a major overhaul.

We’re absolutely in LOVE with the room design above. The aviation theme is carried out in such a tasteful way, it’ll be a seamless transition from “child’s room” to “teen’s room.”

8) Don’t feel confined to “matchy-matchy”

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You don’t need to purchase all of your child’s bedroom furniture from one set or collection for it to look cohesive. Try mixing and matching within your color scheme for a fun yet polished feel. Above, the beds have a dark wood stained finish, but the large nightstand in the middle is painted red (which ties into the throw blankets and pillows).

9) Make a feature wall for the more bold decor choices

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

If your child has their heart set on a bold wall color or mural that you’re not so comfortable with, a good compromise is to incorporate it on a feature wall. That way when your child grows out of the design choice or you reclaim the room once they move out, it’ll take less time and effort to paint over.

10) Put up garlands and paper lanterns for added whimsy

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

This is such a fun, inexpensive way to brighten up your child’s space. We love the use of the flower garlands and paper lanterns above. They add visual interest and texture to the space while still coordinating beautifully with the color scheme.

11) Create a seating area

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If space allows, try adding a seating area to your child’s room. It can serve as a reading nook or place to watch TV and play games. We love how the “TV stand” above is doubling as additional storage for board games and puzzles.

12) Display jewelry and collections as decor

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If your child or teen collects something, try figuring out a creative, yet stylish way to display it. In the room above, jewelry is hung on the branches of a decorative white tree instead of being shut away in a box.

13) Create a homework zone

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Try creating a designated homework station where the kids can store laptops, books, and everything they need to succeed. In the example above, the desk also provides lots of additional storage space – definitely a win-win for function and small space utilization!

14) Use hidden storage

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For not-so-stylish items that you don’t want prominently displayed, try using clever hidden storage. We love a drawer nightstand or large ottoman at the foot of the bed – and definitely take advantage of under-bed and closet storage!

15) Use coordinating blankets and rugs for added warmth

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Even if your child’s room is carpeted, adding an area rug gives the room a more cozy feel. It’s also an opportunity to tie in your main colors with the bedding.

16) Add a reading lamp

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A bedside lamp is perfect for reading and general ambiance. They’re also wonderful if your child needs to get up in the middle of the night without tripping!

17) Use bunk beds for space-saving

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Bunk beds are fantastic if you have more than one child sharing a room, or if your kids like to host sleepovers often.

18) Go neutral, but add texture

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS BlogNeutral spaces can pack a punch too! All it takes is a variety of textures and patterns to add visual interest. Mix soft and fluffy blankets with a wooden nightstand and patterned ottoman – again, the sky’s the limit.

And there you have it! Eighteen ways to create a meaningful, harmonious space for your child that makes sense in your home. We hope you found these tips helpful. If you want even more inspiration, be sure to check out our Kids’ Rooms Pinterest board:

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Magnolia Home Preview: Primitive Collection

Welcome to the seventh post in our Magnolia Home Preview series! Today we’ll be focusing on the Primitive Collection in Joanna’s line.

Primitive Collection Pinterest Graphic

Primitive pieces have managed to stand the test of time. The Magnolia Home Primitive line’s effortless details – such as turned legs, simple carvings, and relaxed finishes – come together to form an ideal blend of “back-to-basics” elements. They have a weight and hardiness that other styles can’t match.

We’ve listed the pieces we know for sure will be in the line, but more colors and styles may be introduced later. We’ll keep you posted!

Click below to get a FREE copy of our exclusive Magnolia Home e-catalog! It features 101 pages of gorgeous room shots, and each item is clickable for shopping info. 

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UPDATE 7/26/16: Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines is now on the showroom floor at both our Memphis and Southaven locations! Everything we’re carrying at our stores is also available to be purchased ONLINE and can be delivered within a 200-mile radius of us. If the piece you’re interested in doesn’t have an “Add to Cart” button, that means it’s not currently available to be purchased online, BUT you can visit one of our Home Stores to order it. (And that goes for anything in the entire catalog. If you want it, we can order it for you! We just weren’t able to carry everything in stock because this line is so large.)

Primitive Bobbin Coffee Table

You’ll love centering your living area around this Primitive Bobbin Coffee Table. With its sturdy character and relaxed Jo’s White paint finish (or Bench finish with zinc metal top), it’s sure to be a show-stopping anchor for any den or sitting room.

Primitive Bobbin Console Table

Our Primitive Bobbin Console Table is a versatile piece that can fit in any room of your home. Choose from two finishes: Jo’s White paint or Bench stain with zinc top.

Primitive Bobbin Side Table

Every living space can benefit from a functional end table, and this Primitive Bobbin Side Table has a drawer for remotes, coasters, and other necessities. The open shelf below could house decorative items or a basket to stylishly hide away magazines, toys, or a cozy throw. In addition to the Jo’s White paint finish shown above, this table also comes in Bench stain finish with a zinc metal top.

Primitive Camelback Poster Bed

An arched camelback shape, shiplap panels, and shapely vase turnings are heritage details that have withstood the test of time – and we incorporated these elements into the Primitive Camelback Queen Bed so that you’ll love walking into your bedroom every day. (Also available in King size.)

Primitive Camelback Upholstered Headboard

A bit of pampering at the end of the day is a good thing, and our Camelback Upholstered Queen Headboard invites you to relax in cushioned comfort as you read or watch TV from bed. The linen-weave fabric’s Ivory color pairs easily with most all bedding choices. (Pictured here with our Poster Footboard, Rails & Slats. Also available in King size.)

Primitive Colonnade Metal Bed

With its rounded corners and aged Blackened Bronze finish, our Primitive Colonnade Metal Bed is easy to mix in with any bedroom style. (Available in Queen and King sizes.)Door Panel Headboard


Our Primitive Door Panel Headboard is tall, handsome, and inspired by antique doors. It features framed back panels, a mantle style top, and a choice of two finishes: the Bench stained wood finish or Jo’s White. (Available in Queen and King sizes.)

Primitive Hardware Shop Dresser

Our Primitive Hardware Shop Dresser is as versatile as it is lovely. It works great for storing clothes in your bedroom, but could also be used in other rooms to house your linens, dishes, or important documents.

Primitive Linen Press Chest

Styled after a charming antique piece, our Primitive Linen Press Chest in an Antique White finish will provide the extra shelves and drawer storage you need.

Primitive Metal Peacock Chair

Our dreamy Metal Peacock Chair has a vintage café chair shape, toffee-colored wooden seat, and curvy metal elements. Choose from two finishes: Antique White or Blackened Bronze.

Primitive Slat Back Side Chair

Slats and turned spindles remind us of farmhouse kitchen chairs from days gone by, and our Primitive Slat Back Side Chairs have brought them back – better than ever – for today’s home.

Primitive Table Desk

Our 56” Primitive Table Desk features plenty of workspace for your laptop and supplies, plus two wide drawers for additional storage. Jo’s White paint finish makes it an easy fit in any room’s decor, and we love the leg casters for easy moving.

Primitive Taper Turned Bench

Our Primitive Taper Turned Bench is a go-anywhere piece that’s not only great for family dining, but can be used in a foyer, closet, or anywhere you need a spot to sit.

Primitive Taper Turned Dining Table

This sturdy Taper Turned Dining Table from the Primitive collection offers lots of room for family and friends. The toffee-colored Bench stain finish invites you to sit down and stay a while. (Available in 7′ or 8′ length.)

Primitive Taper Turned Console & Cupboard Hutch

The Primitive Taper Turned Console can be used alone as a sideboard/sofa table, or paired with the Cupboard Hutch for great storage in dining or living areas. The Hutch has two panel doors with two adjustable shelves inside. Choose from an Antique White or Bench stained wood finish.

Primitive Taper Turned End Table or Nightstand

Some of Joanna’s favorite antique store finds are charming multipurpose tables from yesteryear. We styled our Taper Turned End Table/Nightstand after one of these vintage pieces, and it works beautifully in both living areas and bedroom spaces. Choose from Jo’s White, French Grey, or Bench wood stain finishes.

Primitive Taper Turned Gathering Table

Folks will indeed gather ’round this inviting Primitive Taper Turned Gathering Table. Use it as a kitchen work table or for casual counter-height dining. Its turned legs and “keeping drawer” apron make it a stylish focal point, and you can choose from Jo’s White or Bench wood stain finish.

Primitive Windsor Hoop Chair


This style of dining chair has more than withstood the test of time, and we know your family will enjoy this bowback Primitive Windsor Hoop Chair for many years to come. Choose from Blackened Bronze metal with wooden seat, Bench stained wood finish, or Jo’s Black.Framed Panel Daybed


A daybed is a great multi-purpose piece to have in your home. Our Primitive Framed Panel Daybed is perfect to add to a bedroom, sun porch, or office as additional seating AND an extra bed for company. It features a paneled back with slat ends, and the casters allow you to move it around with ease. Choose from Bench wood stain finish or Jo’s White.

Bin Youth Chest

A good drawer storage system helps kids learn to be organized, and this 12-drawer Bin Chest works beautifully in bedrooms, playrooms, or family living spaces. It’s available in a Bench stain finish.

Bin Youth Dresser

A good drawer storage system helps kids learn to be organized, and this 10-drawer Bin Dresser works beautifully in bedrooms, playrooms, or family living spaces. It’s available in a dusty vintage green Patina.

Camelback Youth Poster Bed

Joanna’s Camelback Youth Poster Bed has a charm and grace that girls of all ages will love. Its curved headboard shape, shiplap panels, and vase-turned tall posts are finished in Jo’s White for a timeless look that never goes out of style.

Classroom Cubby Bookcase

Kids’ classrooms often have cubby bookshelves to hold their belongings, and Joanna’s Classroom Cubby Bookcase is built with twenty individual storage compartments to help kids of all ages get organized. It’s available in Bench and Chimney finishes.

Colonnade Metal Youth Bed Metal beds are great stand-alone pieces and are so easy to mix in with other styles or finishes. The Primitive Colonnade Twin Metal Bed works perfectly for children’s rooms with its rounded corners and aged Blackened Bronze finish.
File Cabinet Armoire Hutch & Base

Styled after an early office piece, Joanna’s File Cabinet Armoire offers lots of different size storage options. It has small file card drawers, deep drawers, and adjustable shelves. It’s available in a dusty green Patina finish.

Hardware Shop Chest

Our Primitive Hardware Shop Chest is a great piece for additional drawer storage. Its mellowed Bench finish and hooded cupboard pulls give it a “yesteryear” feel that’s just right for today.

Harper Side Chair

Harper Side Chairs are so easy to mix and match. These antique-inspired pieces feature narrow curved back slats, bent seat braces, and flared legs. It is available in Patina and Chimney finishes.

Kempton Side Chair

There is comfort in the simplicity of the Primitive Kempton Side Chair. Jo designed them to fit the body perfectly with a broad curved back and shaped saddle seat. To mix in all settings, chairs come in Bench, Patina, Chimney, and Jo’s White finishes.

Lamp Table

Primitive tables were all about purpose and Joanna’s square Primitive Lamp Table is no exception. With its slender tapered legs and light scale, there are lots of places to use this efficient little table. It comes in a Bench stain finish.

Library Chest

Tall wooden cabinets from yesterday’s libraries inspired this 11-drawer Library Chest. For a true antique look, a distressed Chimney frame surrounds vintage Patina drawer fronts. (Also available in Bench stain finish with Chimney frame.)

Sawbuck Dining Table

Trestle tables have long been favored for their sturdiness, and Jo’s Primitive Sawbuck Table has that same strength with its x-shaped base and thick plank top. It has a distressed Chimney black finish for an age-worn look.

Schoolhouse Desk

School days are spent at a student desk, and Joanna’s compact lift-top Primitive Schoolhouse Desk works great at home for projects or crafts. Its sturdy Carbon metal base and rustic Salvage wood finish blends easily with other decor.

Primitive Living Space

Let us know in the comments what’s on your wishlist! This collection has so much charm.

If you missed any of the other posts in our preview series, you can find them all linked below:

Magnolia Home Preview Series:
Overall Sneak Peek
Upholstered Living Room
Elements & Accessories: Part One
Elements & Accessories: Part Two

Bedrooms Dining Rooms Living Rooms New Products

Magnolia Home Preview: Boho Collection

Welcome to the fifth post in our Magnolia Home Preview series! Today we’ll be focusing on the Boho Collection in Joanna’s line.

Boho Collection

Boho is a seamless blend of eclectic and vintage styles, along with some Victorian Bistro and Mid-Century Modern elements. Always fun and playful, the eclectic feel allows you to throw the design rules right out the window. It’s an unexpected play on texture, color, and shape.

We’ve listed the pieces we know for sure will be in the line, but more colors and styles may be introduced later. We’ll keep you posted!

Click below to get a FREE copy of our exclusive Magnolia Home e-catalog! It features 101 pages of gorgeous room shots, and each item is clickable for shopping info. 

Mockup of Magnolia Home E-Mag with open book_web 3


UPDATE 7/26/16: Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines is now on the showroom floor at both our Memphis and Southaven locations! Everything we’re carrying at our stores is also available to be purchased ONLINE and can be delivered within a 200-mile radius of us. If the piece you’re interested in doesn’t have an “Add to Cart” button, that means it’s not currently available to be purchased online, BUT you can visit one of our Home Stores to order it. (And that goes for anything in the entire catalog. If you want it, we can order it for you! We just weren’t able to carry everything in stock because this line is so large.)

Boho Bistro Chair

Curvy metal Bistro Chairs have long been favorites for casual dining, and our Boho collection offers them in three different shades: Blackened Bronze, White, and Poppy.

Boho Hairpin Dining Table

This 8′ MCM-inspired Hairpin Dining Table from the Boho collection brings together a playful blend of vintage elements. (Also comes in 6′ length.)


It’s so lean and trim, you can mix this retro Boho Hairpin Desk with any style you want to for a whimsical, eclectic look. It has those fun MCM-inspired metal hairpin legs, a planked wood top, and a distressed Barn Door finish.

Boho Metal Cafe Chair

Inspired by industrial-style metal chairs popular in French cafés, these sturdy and durable Boho Metal Café Chairs will work with any dining setting for a vintage eclectic look.

Boho Stacked Slat Mirror

Use this Boho Stacked Slat Mirror anywhere you’d like – but of course it’s perfectly sized to complete our Boho Stacked Slat Dresser. It has a vintage Barn Door finish and wide-slat frame to match the dresser drawer fronts.

Boho Molded Shell Side Chair

Molded chairs were an innovation of the 1950s, and Joanna has recreated a classic Mid-Century profile with the Boho Molded Shell Chair. Its shell is covered in brown leather-like fabric and has black metal legs for an authentic retro look.

Boho Slat Coffee Table

Vintage Mid-Century details make this retro Boho Slat Coffee Table perfect for eclectic mixing. Its slat top and tapered McCobb-style legs have a clean, modern look that seems all new again. A coordinating End Table is also available.


This retro style 50” Boho Hairpin Bench can mix in with your dining group, entryway, or wherever you need a spot to sit. It features an open-slat top and those fun and quirky Mid-Century style metal hairpin legs. This bench also comes in 70″ length.

Boho Slat End Table

Vintage Mid-Century details make this retro Boho Slat End Table perfect for eclectic mixing. Its slat top and tapered McCobb-style legs have a clean modern look that seems all new again. A coordinating Coffee Table is also available.

Boho Stacked Slat Bed

This bold square Boho Stacked Slat Bed has an upcycled look with its horizontal crate-style slats and distressed Barn Door finish. It has a low profile slatted footboard and side rails, and is supported by retro-style metal legs.

Boho Stacked Slat Dresser

This bold six-drawer Stacked Slat Dresser combines favorite Mid-Century Modern hairpin metal legs with horizontal slat front drawers.

Boho Stacked Slat Floor Mirror

Mirrors are both functional and stylish, and our 6′ tall Boho Stacked Slat Floor Mirror is a solid choice with its wooden slat frame and distressed Barn Door finish. Try it in the foyer, bedroom, or even inside a closet.

Boho Stacked Slat Side Table with Drawer

Our Boho Bedroom collection includes this sleek Stacked Slat Side Table (say that 3 times fast!) that works great beside the bed. It features tall MCM hairpin metal legs and a drawer to tuck items away.

Boho Stacked Slat Valet

Our Boho Stacked Slat Valet has an industrial working mood. It includes a low profile drawer piece that works alone for storage or adds terrific function when paired with our Valet Top. We love the pivoting dressing mirror and metal pipe hanging bar! Its drawer fronts feature horizontal stacked slats, and the base is supported by Mid-Century Modern hairpin legs.

Boho Z Side Chair

With its look borrowed from a vintage Mid-Century piece, our wood-framed Boho Z Side Chair has tapered legs and “Z” style arms that give it a thoroughly modern profile.

Boho Canton Bench

The Canton Bench is both rustic and modern with its streamlined design. It would work anywhere in the home, but looks especially great as dining seating or an entryway bench.

Boho Canton Coffee Table

The Canton Coffee Table is a modern rustic design constructed of Reclaimed Pine. It has two drawers that could be easy storage for board games, extra DVDs, or favorite magazines.

Boho Canton Console Table

With its rustic modern design, the Canton Console Table exudes charm. It’s constructed of Reclaimed Pine and has one drawer with ample storage.

Boho Canton End Table

The Canton End Table is a modern rustic design constructed of Reclaimed Pine. Completely open storage allows you to display things like pretty plants and stacks of books – or just leave it empty for a modern look!

Boho Entwine Rattan Arm Chair

The Entwine Rattan Arm Chair warms up your space with a casual contemporary look around your dining table or as an accent chair throughout your home. Its sturdy Carbon finished metal frame with sleigh legs, paired with woven rattan and curved armrest, is inspired by 1950s design.

Boho Entwine Rattan Side Chair

The Entwine Rattan Side Chair warms up your space with a casual contemporary look. Its sturdy metal frame with sleigh metal legs, paired with woven rattan, is inspired by 1950s design.

Boho Four Drawer Stacked Slat Chest

A Stacked Slat Four Drawer Chest is a great storage piece that you can fit almost anywhere. This one from our Boho collection has an eclectic vintage look with its MCM-style hairpin metal legs and horizontal slat-front drawers.

Boho Playhouse Canopy Youth Bed

Joanna’s Twin Playhouse Youth Canopy Bed is an imaginative piece for kids with its roof pitch canopy and window pane headboard. It comes in either Jo’s White or Salvage finish.

Boho Sidekick Youth Chest

Our Sidekick Youth Chest has a Mid-Century retro look with its two-toned streamlined form, recessed base, and round tapering legs. The case has a Chimney black paint finish and the drawer fronts are finished in Bench stain. (There are actually four large drawers instead of 24 tiny ones, so it’s perfect for kids!)

Boho Sidekick Youth Dresser

Our Sidekick Youth Dresser has a Mid-Century retro look with its two-toned streamlined form, recessed base, and round tapering legs. Instead of 20 tiny drawers, it actually has two petite upper drawers for smaller items and four larger drawers below to accommodate grander articles. The case is finished in Chimney and the drawer fronts in Bench.

Boho Stacked Slat Bed (Youth)

This low profile twin Stacked Slat Footboard has an upcycled feel with its horizontal slats and distressed Barn Door finish. We love adding Mid-Century Modern elements to kids’ rooms for a whimsical look!


Let us know in the comments what’s on your wishlist. This is such a cool collection!

If you missed any of the other posts in our preview series, you can find them all linked below:

Magnolia Home Preview Series:
Overall Sneak Peek
Upholstered Living Room
Elements & Accessories: Part One
Elements & Accessories: Part Two