6 Can’t-Miss West Elm Products to Shop Right Now, According to a Designer

published Mar 26, 2023
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When furnishing homes, interior designers don’t solely rely on secret-to-the-trade sources to round out their projects. In fact, they enjoy shopping at popular home stores (designers, they’re just like us!). Take West Elm, for instance, which nails the classic mid-century modern look and focuses on responsibly-sourced furniture and materials.

Which types of pieces are designers eyeing when they scroll or stroll through this retailer’s offerings? To find out, I spoke with Chicago-based designer Paige Garland. She shared six of her picks below, as well as how she suggests styling each of them. The next time you’re seeking out pieces at West Elm, you can shop with her suggestions in mind.

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"This first piece is one I'm working into a modern cabin design. A lot of West Elm's newer tables and furniture are really versatile and work well with a lot of different aesthetics. This light wood pedestal table felt rustic and modern — it's a perfect size and look to add a little depth and woodiness against a light sofa."

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"These metal-framed dining chairs are another winner for me. They're perfect for a dining room design featuring layered wood tones and earthy greens. These chairs offer a great balance of comfort and structure with sleek metal accents and soft cushioned upholstery. They're transitional and blend easily into a mid-century modern space. The green option looks stunning paired with walnut or white oak."

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"The Birch Rug is another cool find from West Elm. With sharp organic lines and muted colors, it totally ties together a neutral space and gives a rich layer of pattern beneath flat colors and basics. I paired it with bouclé swivel chairs, a black dining table, and soft blue drapery for the ultimate modern/coastal mix."

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"The staggered glass light is classic; it's a modern twist on a retro style with shining brass and milky glass. It gives off great, scattered light around a room when it's on, and when it's off, it still looks like a piece of art. This fixture works best in a mid-century or eclectic atmosphere."

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"The Andes 3-piece sectional is the perfect sectional. It's large without being bulky, it's super comfortable, and it looks really sleek and beautiful. The Andes gray velvet is a low-maintenance, cool couch that pairs well with any color you could imagine! For this project (as shown above at the top of the page), we wanted something really striking and paired it with eye-catching burnt copper curtains also from West Elm."

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"Last but not least, this burl wood coffee table caught my attention! Burl wood has been on the rise again, and I don't see it going anywhere anytime soon. This light wood table is a stunner paired with neutrals or color. Play it up with bold accessories, or let the wood shine on its own."