YOUR GUIDE TO USED WEST ELM FURNITURE & DÉCOR
Merge a downtown vibe with a dash of West Coast cool and you have the makings of West Elm. Housed under the Williams-Sonoma umbrella alongside Pottery Barn and Rejuvenation, West Elm caters to the urbanite with a taste for warm, modern style on a budget. Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Brooklyn, West Elm is focused on creating stylish, multi-functional pieces that can seamlessly graduate from first apartment to forever home.
As opposed to sister brand Pottery Barn, West Elm approaches design with a modern and minimalist aesthetic. Mid-Century Modern influences are a constant for the brand, as are luxe materials like brass and velvet. That’s not to say that the brand won’t pull wild card moments from time to time. Partnerships with artistry brands like Rabbit + Roar and Fishs Eddy have led to unique collections that speak beyond the typical West Elm aesthetic. Want to learn more about how to incorporate West Elm furniture into your space? We round up the must-have West Elm furniture pieces, room-by-room, below.
THE WEST ELM LIVING ROOM
Every West Elm living room begins with a West Elm couch. From minimal and function-forward to mod and funky, West Elm serves up a wide variety of sofas. All-time favorites include West Elm’s Axel sofa, which marries a simple, industrial form with luxurious leather and the West Elm Rochester sofa which takes a page from classic Chesterfield design. West Elm also has the Henry sofa line, which provides a chic sleeper sofa option. To complement a West Elm sofa there’s no better partner than a West Elm chair. Whether you pick a matching mate to your sofa (the Axel has one!), or a complementary one, plush comfort and masterful ergonomic design is a given. Among the brand’s runaway hits is the Rabbit + Roar swivel chair, which after being introduced in blush velvet in 2016, now comes in a whole range of customizable colors. To anchor your scene, choose a West Elm rug. Thanks to covetable graphics and approachable price tags, West Elm rugs have become a favorite of not only DIY-ers but interior designers, alike. West Elm ottomans, West Elm consoles, and West Elm side tables can add a final flourish to a living room, but if you’re looking for just one piece to finish the look, make it a West Elm coffee table. In addition to metal and wood versions, West Elm coffee tables integrate luxe finishes like marble and brass. For the function-minded, there’s also the West Elm Storage Pop-Up Coffee Table which comes in industrial, Mid-Century, and lacquer finishes.
THE WEST ELM DINING ROOM
Given that West Elm aims to be a go-to for both studio apartments and single-family homes, their dining room furniture leans more minimalist than grand and imposing. That’s not to say that you can’t pick up a West Elm dining set for eight, though. From tables for two to tables for extended family, West Elm carries options for either end of the spectrum. West Elm dining tables and West Elm dining chairs trend towards minimalist silhouettes, although styles run the gamut, ranging from Mid-Century Modern to industrial to whimsical and glam. Among the best-selling West Elm dining tables is the West Elm Emmerson table. Constructed of reclaimed wood, this substantial table showcases a modern rustic vibe and comes equipped with bench seating. Like most West Elm pieces it can lean in a variety of directions, including cabin-y, coastal, or even industrial. Finish off a West Elm dining room table with a West Elm console (or even a West Elm dresser!) topped with West Elm mirror. Like virtually everything else the retailer offers, West Elm mirrors come in a myriad of options, including brass, wood, and bone frames. Still room for one more piece? Roll in a West Elm bar cart!
THE WEST ELM BEDROOM
West Elm gets that whether your bedroom is a splurge-y master retreat or an extended part of your living room, it’s a room that should host relaxing vibes first and foremost. To ensure your bedroom is just that, West Elm beds come in an impressive range of styles. Whether you’re looking for an upholstered West Elm bed or a wood West Elm bed, the brand offers multiple options for each. Once you’ve made your pick, spruce things up with some West Elm bedding, West Elm lighting or West Elm art. For years, West Elm has been partnering with Minted to create compelling modern art with fit for a budget. The brand also has a wide variety of 3D wall art, perfect for introducing a textural element into a room. As for West Elm lighting, there’s no shortage of West Elm table lamps, chandeliers, or floor lamps to choose from. West Elm integrates marble, sphere light globes, and brass into a number of its lamps. Among its all-time favorite lamps is the Rachel Kozlowski Mallard Duck Table Lamp. A brass duck base outfitted with a linen drum shade is as quirky as it is timeless. Needless to say, it's the perfect way to top a West Elm nightstand.