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When it comes to home décor, color and pattern get a lot of attention. But there is a third element that adds just as much interest: texture. A room that has furnishings that are all of similar texture tends to look cold or cluttered. The key is to use contrast to create interest and depth. Here are a few guidelines:
Balance strong textures. If your room has a large feature with a bold texture, such as a stone fireplace, offset the impact by using something with an opposite effect, such as sleek leather or crisp linen seating. This will create a purposeful juxtaposition of textures.
Introduce a rug. If your furnishings, walls and floor are all hard or sleek surfaces, use a plush shag area rug to create warmth and texture. You can also layer rugs for a unique look, such as an animal rug over an oversized low pile.
Take advantage of pillows and blankets. Choose a contrasting fabric for your toss pillows to create a nice texture contrast. On a leather sofa, for example, use super soft Mongolian lamb fur pillows. Or on a tufted, deep cushion chair go with something shiny and sleek. Or drape a plush blanket on the arm of your sofa in a contrasting fabric to provide just enough contrast.
Mix material décor types. A modern room filled with crisp neutral materials can look a bit boring. Add a piece or two in a natural material, such as a tan leather accent chair or stone-top cocktail table, to create a sense of balance. Follow the 80/20 rule, filling your room 80 percent with items from one style family, and adding 20 percent of pieces from another.
Use a new texture to introduce light. Mix thick, rich textures like velvet with smooth and shiny ones, such as mirror or satin, to help light move around your room. A mirrored end table or chest, for example, is a great accompaniment to a plush master suite, as it will reflect a lamp or chandelier and give the room a pop of light.
Before you attempt to clean that spot on your upholstery, check the tags (typically found under the seat cushions) to make sure you’re not jeopardizing your investment. Using the wrong type of solvent could permanently stain or ruin your furniture. This short list will help you decipher the codes:
W = This piece of furniture can be cleaned with water.
S = This piece of furniture must be cleaned with a dry cleaning solvent.
S/W = This piece of furniture can be cleaned with a water-based or a water-free cleaner.
When in doubt, consult the professionals at the Art Van Clean Team. ?We know how to clean anything!
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West recently purchased a $20 million home on 3.5 acres of land in Hollywood’s Hidden Hills, with two swimming pools, two spas, fountains, a rose garden and a vineyard. However, it’s the couple’s bedroom that is the most surprising, it’s understated, with crisp white chairs and an upholstered bed. Classic and elegant, it’s also a room that pampers.
If you like “Kimye’s” style, we’ve got the look:
Start with the bed. The Kardashian/West room has a plush grey upholstered bed with tufted headboard and footboard. We have two options that would make a great choice. Our Bombay Bed is a little more dramatic, with rolled sleigh bed lines and plush upholstery. Or go with our Potpourri Wingback Bed, which has more tailored lines, for a traditional look.
Next to the bed, the Kardashian/West room features decorative chests instead of traditional nightstands. Our Metro Accent Chest would be a great addition to your room. The deep espresso finish offers a nice contrast to the grey upholstered bed, and the diamond design and decorative ring pulls add a bit of bling.
On the night chests our inspiration room features classic white lamps, which are the perfect way to illuminate late night Twitter conversations. Our Santa Clarita Table ups the game, with its gorgeous metal and leather design, adding a little bit of glamor to this elegant room.
A pair of accent chairs provide a place where Kim and Kanye can sit and connect after a long day escaping from the paparazzi. Our Copper Chairs, from the Style Collection, have the same lines. These chairs can be custom ordered in your choice of fabrics for no extra charge, so you can bring home a pair in crisp white like the West family.
Finally, the room is anchored with a striped rug in shades of grey. This not only warms the floor, but it ties the color palette together and brings in a pattern.
Do you like Kim and Kanye’s look? Tell us in the comments below!
You love the look of a crisp ivory sofa, but you also have toddlers. This might not be a match made in heaven. Instead of running interference with sippy cups and sticky fingers, consider choosing upholstery that can handle these things and more. You want a sofa to be a great addition to your family, not of a source of worry.
Before you buy your next upholstered piece, here are six things to consider:
Durability. Families with children or pets will want to pay special attention to the durability of the fabric. Look for upholstery that has a higher thread counts and tighter weave, as denser fabrics are more durable and last longer. You might also consider microfiber or leather, both of which stand up to wear and tear. If your home is adults only, however, you have more leeway when it comes to choosing a more delicate fabric, such as cotton or linen.
You can tell the durability by asking for its double-rub count. This is a number a fabric receives after it’s tested with a pad that moves back and forth over the fabric until it is worn out. Commercial grade fabrics are usually rated 100,000 to 250,000, while residential grade fabrics usually fall between 10,000 to 25,000.
Color. The driving force behind your upholstery choice is most likely color. Since sofas and chairs are often the largest furnishings the room, they make a statement and can set the tone for the décor. Choose a color that suits your taste and that you can live with for a while. Also choose color based on the needs of your family. If you have small children, a light color might not be the right choice. If you love white or ivory, consider a slipcovered piece that is easily washed. Also think about the mood your color will bring; choose warm or cool colors to add the right effect.
Pattern. In addition to color, pattern has a big impact on your room. First, match the style of the fabric to the lines of your furnishing for a cohesive look. Or go with opposites; a modern fabric in a traditional style chair is unexpected. Also, pair the right type of fabric to the mood of the room. For example, a formal pattern looks better in a formal living room. Also, consider the scale of the pattern in relation to the size of the furnishing as well as to the size of the room. A bold pattern might work better in a larger room. If you have young children, patterned fabric is a great way to camouflage spills and stains. Look for something in dark colors with an intricate design.
Placement. Where you will put your upholstered pieces is also something to consider before you choose a fabric. Does your room get a lot of sun? You will want to pick a fabric that is fade resistant, such as a woven acrylic. Be sure to consult your Art Van Furniture salesperson for advice on the best choices.
Allergies. If anyone in your home has allergies, microfiber fiber upholstery is a good choice. It’s lint free and won’t attract and hold dust like some other fabrics.
Custom Order. Finally, get the perfect piece by choosing furniture that can be custom ordered. Choose from dozens of upholstery options, and the best part is that there is no extra charge, and items are delivered in weeks and not months.
Sofas and chairs often get a lot of use, and that can lead to spots and stains. Keeping your furniture looking good with a few quick and easy maintenance steps.
- Vacuum your furniture on a regular basis to remove dirt that can become embedded in your fibers, causing stains.
- Use a can of compressed air to loosen dirt around tufting and trim. Then remove it with your vacuum.
- Get out your attachments. Make sure to clean the cracks and crevices as well as the back and sides, using short strokes that overlap.
When it comes to colors, we all have our favorites. Maybe rich buttery yellow makes you smile. Refreshing aqua blue might help you relax. And classic black lets you feel chic and sophisticated. Why not take it a step further and choose a single favorite shade and make it your signature color?
Having a signature color simplifies decisions about your décor. For example, your special shade can become your go-to color for things like linens, dishes and flowers. Use a touch here and there with artwork or accent pieces. Anchor the room by choosing an area rug or larger piece of furniture, such as a sofa or sectional, in your color. Or make a grand statement by painting one all or the entire room in your shade.
If you need help identifying your signature color, pay attention to the things that catch your eye. Are you drawn to a certain color flower in the garden? Look in your closet. Is there an outfit that always attracts compliments when you wear it? Or think about favorite memories from your childhood. Do you remember a special piece of clothing that always made you happy to wear it? Or maybe a certain shade evokes memories of a wonderful vacation?
A signature color is like having a special friend — one that reminds you that there’s no place like home.
Once you’ve chosen the right color, it’s time to prep your room forpaint. A few quick steps will not only make it easier for you to paint, it also protects your home from inadvertent splatters or spills. Here is a checklist from the experts at Sherwin-Williams to help you get started:
- Remove draperies, pictures, mirrors, area rugs, hardware (if possible), and switch and receptacle cover plates.
- Move all furniture to the center of the room or the room, if possible. Cover all furniture with drop cloths.
- Tape off woodwork and tape down plastic drop cloths.
- Wrap plastic around light fixtures, and use masking tape to cover any hardware you can’t remove.
- Open a window or door to ensure good ventilation.
- Clean the surface as needed.
- Gaps between walls, ceilings, crown moldings and other interior trim can be filled with the appropriate caulk after priming the surface.
Joe Jonas, former Disney Channel heartthrob and member of the Jonas Brothers band, has a new band (DNCE) and a new home in the Hollywood Hills. A mix of funky and sleek furnishings in a variety of natural materials, like leather and wood, creates a vibe that is fitting for the 26-year-old bachelor.
If you like Jonas’s style, we’ve got the look …
The shape of the living room is round, and Jonas uses a circular sectional to mirror the room’s lines and anchor the space. Our Niles Sectional would look great in any shape room. Covered in 100% ivory leather, the sleek style features box-welted cushions and tufting for a tailored look. The exposed wood base provides a bit of contrast.
Jonas has a funky leather chair in a rich tan color with a style that feels retro but chic. Our Matera Swivel Chair from Roma provides similar look, and is available in a wide variety of custom-order fabrics, including leather. The chrome base adds a bit of light to the contemporary design.
Jonas’ room includes unique table choices, including a pedestal end table that spotlights art and accessories. Our Camilla Chairside Table has a similar feel. It’s finished in shades of brown, grey and blue, adding interest and color to the room.
Finally, Jonas uses a funky round cocktail table with a base made of natural wood. Our Rootball Table would be equally appealing, with its raw and organic base. Use one for simplicity or two for impact, and enjoy the energy it brings to the space.
So what do you think of Joe Jonas’ style?
It’s easy to bring a cohesive feeling to your room when you identify a color palette, but choosing shades that mix and mesh effortlessly can be intimidating. No worries! The design experts at Art Van Furniture have identified color trends that will help you define your style and pick the hues that speak to you.
Today we’re sharing In Bloom, a color story that features clean, cool neutrals with a slightly feminine feel. Pink is an important color, and florals are either prominently featured in upholstery or suggested through the use of abstract patterns.
Take a look at these four rooms that are In Bloom:
Neutral colors and natural textures create a living room that is soft and inviting. The floral upholstered slipper chairs are definitely feminine, and the skirted style furnishings provide a casual touch. The subtle use of color takes this room from basic to beautiful, with accessories that were chosen to further the feel of a spring garden.
This living room is proof that In Bloom can also be sophisticated. Subtle shades of purple and pink are nicely balanced by the masculine geometric patterns on the accent chairs and side table. Bringing it all together is a rug with a mottled pattern that suggests a springtime bouquet.
Urban-style furnishings are a popular look in home design, and the In Bloom palette offers a fresh twist to the organic feel. The materials and shapes in this dining room represent the energy of the outdoors. Tufted seating and an ivory shag rug provide a soft edge, and the oversized botanical prints make the room blossom.
While In Bloom is soft and sweet, it can also be quite striking. This bedroom has sweeping lines and plush upholstery for a dramatic play on neutrals. The choice of bedding and accessories will easily create the feeling of In Bloom, and you can do as little or as much as you like.
What do you think of In Bloom? Let us know in the comments below!
One of the quickest ways to change a room is to change the paint color, but choosing a color can be intimidating. Here are three tips from the experts at Benjamin Moore paints that will help make your decision a little easier:
- Find Inspiration. You can come up with ideas by creating a portfolio of what appeals to you: a favorite painting, the color of your baby’s eyes, an unforgettable vacation in Mexico or that great hike in the Grand Canyon.
- Define the Mood. Is there a mood or theme that you would like to achieve in a particular space? Do you want a restful feel in the bedroom, or an energizing feel to the family room? The mood will lay the groundwork on the desired visual impact of a chosen paint color palette.
- Use Key Elements in Your Home. Take stock of your home’s key elements. The color of your flooring anchors the room and can impact the color on the wall due to reflections. Furnishings also play an important role as they often “suggest” a coordinating color scheme that ties everything together.