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Move over brushed nickel. You’ve been the finish of choice for years, but there’s another metal in vogue and it’s used to being in first place. It’s gold, and it’s making a comeback as the opulent treatment for hardware, accessories and furniture.
Fashionistas probably won’t be surprised: Last year’s New York runways featured a lot of gold, and style often makes its way from clothing into home décor. We think gold would look great in your rooms. Here are five reasons to try this trend and bring home the gold:
1. Gold makes a statement. Nickel is beautifully understated, but gold adds a bit of flash to your room. Whether it’s with candlesticks, a gilt frame or a larger piece, like our Sunburst Sideboard, adding gold to your room will capture attention and shake things up.
2. Gold brings warmth. While nickel is a cool metal tone, gold provides more warmth. This metallic not only adds reflective qualities, but it brings a sense of depth to its shine. Our Star Mirror, for example, radiates warmth and timeless style.
3. Gold works well in any color palette. While it does like to steal the show, gold will work well with your existing color scheme, similar to adding a gold necklace or earrings to your outfit. Gold looks especially luxe when combined with gray, today’s hottest neutral.
4. Gold mixes with other metals. Don’t worry that you need to replace all of your nickel and brass items, when combined in equal proportions, gold mixes with other metals. The result is a layered, interesting energy that gives your room a collected look. A pair of gold buffet lamps, for example, would look elegant on a sideboard that also featured your grandmother’s silver tea set.
5. Gold is rich. A gold finish on any piece of furniture automatically turns up the level of sophistication and glamour. The color exudes elegance and refinement, and makes your environment feel very luxurious.
Are you ready to go for the gold? We’d love to hear what items you’ll be adding to your home this season!
The final area in your home that needs spring attention is the hallway(s). Often overlooked during routine cleaning, they can easily become worn down from all of the traffic they get. Here are five tasks to make them shine:
- Remove cobwebs from ceiling, corners and vents
- Dust and wash light fixtures and change any burnt-out light bulbs
- Wipe light switch plates and outlets
- Spot clean or touchup paint to remove marks and fingerprints from walls
- Clean baseboards
Home design should never be boring, however, there’s one room in your home that should put you to sleep – literally. Your bedroom should be a serene space that promotes relaxation and helps you unwind from your day. If your bedroom isn’t doing its job it could be affecting your health and wellbeing.
Sleep affects all aspects of our lives. Studies show that when we sleep better, we’re healthier, we have more energy, we’re happier, we can focus longer and we look better. In fact, health experts call sleep the third pillar of health, in addition to eating well and getting exercise.
For fully restorative sleep, you must set the stage with a proper bedroom environment. It’s one of the easiest and most basic ways to look after your overall quality of life, but often it’s the detail that gets overlooked. Make sure you’re getting the rest you need by asking yourself these five questions:
1. Is my bedroom quiet? Distracting sounds such as noisy furnaces, barking dogs, neighborhood traffic and roommates or family members can disturb your sleep. Your bedroom should be kept as quiet as possible. If you can’t get rid of the sound, try masking it by using a fan, humidifier or a white noise machine that will create a soothing noise, such as rain or a babbling brook.
2. Do my window treatments let in too much light? Too much light in the bedroom can contribute to sleeplessness. Use dark fabric or black-out curtains to block light from windows. Visit Art Van’s Window Treatment Center to find a solution that will help you sleep while expressing your sense of style.
3. Is my bedroom too hot or too cold? ?The ideal temperature for sleeping is 65 to 67 degrees, so it can help to turn down the thermostat before you go to bed. Since your body temperature drops when you go to sleep, be sure to have sufficient blankets to keep warm during the night. During the summer, bamboo sheets will wick moisture, and help cool you down.
4. Is my mattress more than eight years old? According to the American Chiropractic Association, mattresses should be replaced every 5 to 8 years to ensure proper support and comfort. Older mattresses start to break down and can cause you to wake during the night due to pain caused by improper alignment. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine said that sleeping on a new mattress can significantly reduce stiffness and back pain. If you need to replace your mattress, our PureSleep experts will fit you for the right one, helping you get a great night’s sleep.
5. Is my pillow more than a year old? If you’re not sure how old your pillow is, it’s probably ready to be replaced. You can also take this quick test: Fold your pillow in half, squeeze and release it. If it doesn’t spring back into form, it’s time to get a new one. The editors of Prevention magazine suggest that you change your pillow once a year. If you use a protective pillow cover, you can double its life.
The weather has definitely turned to Spring and it’s time to dust out the remnants of winter’s nesting. We’re spring cleaning room by room and today we’re tackling the home office. Here is a checklist of five tasks that will polish up your workspace:
- Remove cobwebs from ceiling, corners, vents and under furniture
- Dust and wash light fixtures
- Wipe light switch plates, door, door frame, door knobs and power outlets
- Shred old papers and file important ones
- Sort through drawers and get rid of clutter
The foyer is the first room guests see when they visit. Get yours ready for spring by taking care of these five tasks:
- Dust cobwebs that may have formed in corners and at the ceiling.
- Remove everything from your coat closet. Wash and store out of season items.
- Wipe down baseboards and wash floor.
- Get rid of any clutter that has accumulated.
- Freshen up your front mat by washing or replacing it.
If you’re a fan of the AMC series Mad Men, you know that the show entered its final season this week. Set in the stylish ‘60s, the drama brought a renewed interest in Mid-Century Modern furnishings – as well as an after-work old-fashioned. You may have to bid farewell to Don, Peggy and Joan and the rest of the staff from Sterling Cooper, but you don’t have to say goodbye to their signature style. Here are five pieces you can easily incorporate into your décor.
The sunburst clock was popular during the ‘50s, and Sterling Cooper features one in their boardroom. We think the Starburst Mirror is more beautiful – and practical – and would look gorgeous in a foyer, dining room or living room. The timeless style has a modern flair, and will add a bit of drama to a wall.
The Mid-Century Modern era liked to combine design with function, and a great example of this was the floor lamp/tray table. The Vortex Floor Lamp combines two furnishings into one, creating a streamlined look with room to set your drink.
Club chairs were a mainstay in Mad Men living spaces. The comfortable seat was a great place to enjoy a cocktail after work. If you love the look, our Curtis Chair would be a great addition to your room. In textured charcoal fabric, its crisp lines and button tufting are very tailored and modern. Add one or a pair to create a conversation area.
Mid-Century Modern designers took advantage of interesting shapes and curved lines to create sensational pieces. Our Nassau Cocktail Table offers the same impact. Featuring a kidney-shaped design, the modern piece adds a unique element to a sitting area.
Don and Betty’s bedroom featured a dramatic tufted headboard, and you can add a similar sense of style to your room with our upholstered Arched Bed from Potpourri. The shape is elegant and eye-catching, and the nailhead trim adds a touch of sparkle. Choose beige, gray or white linen.
Want to see more Mad Men style? Check out our post on Mid-Century Modern decor.
Get your home ready to shine in the spring sun by deep cleaning room by room. Today we’re tackling the laundry room. While this spot is a hub for cleaning clothes, it can use some cleaning of its own. Here are five tasks that will polish it up:
- Wipe down your washer and dryer, and clean behind them.
- Wipe down cabinetry, inside and out.
- Check your dryer vent to make sure it isn’t clogged.
- Remove the dryer filter and hold it under water. Check to see if the water flows through easily or beads up. If it beads up, a film that has formed. Clean it with soap and water, and allow it to dry before using.
- Clean laundry room floor.
One of most useful accessories available in home décor is the tray. A tray holds the things that make memories: breakfast in bed, hot cocoa and story time on the sectional, and after-dinner cappuccino on the loveseat. A tray can serve a multitude of purposes. Here are five things you can do with a tray, and why you need at least one in your house:
1. Organize your belongings. Add a tray on a console table in the foyer or mudroom and you’ve got a great place to empty your pockets when you come home from work. Let it hold your wallet and your keys and you’ll never waste time searching for them again. It’s also a great place to drop the mail.
2. Display a collection. Show off the objects you love by displaying them together on a tray placed on an ottoman, bookshelf or end table. A tray will help you contain loose items, such as seashells, baseballs or paperweights. When collections are displayed together they create more meaning and impact.
3. Create an instant library. Magazines and books will have a handy home when they’re stacked on a tray on your coffee table. A tray will organize your reading material, making it ready when you have a moment to relax.
4. Assemble a bar. Create your own mini-bar by using a tray on a buffet or cocktail table. Open two bottles of wine and gather some glasses, or stock the “bar” with liquor, mixers and small dishes of lemons, limes or olives. Guests can easily help themselves.
5. Store your toiletries. A bathroom vanity will appear clean and tidy when you use a tray to hold makeup, perfume or hairbrushes. Storing like things together will make it easier to get ready in the morning, and a tray will give the items a polished look.
The bedroom is one of the most important rooms in your home; it’s where you start your day and where you rest your head at night. Is yours furnished in a fashion that reflects your unique personality? The Art Van Furniture buyers have found a bedroom collection that will help you honor your taste and style, and we’re excited to share it with you. Introducing the Fuse Collection!
With an assortment of 60 gorgeous fabrics, the Fuse Collection is made up of items you can customize and mix and match. To provide some inspiration, our stylists have put together six beautiful color stories, and we’re revealing them one at a time to get your creative juices flowing. (Check out Springtime Blues, Indigo Nights, Autumn Brook, Jazzy Chic, and Elements of Java.)
Today we’re excited to show you the final color story. Bohemian Breeze is a breath of fresh air for your bedroom. Step outside of your everyday life and step into this laidback palette of colors and patterns. Bohemian Breeze is a collection of warm and cool colors that make you feel relaxed and ready to kick back.
Start with basic furnishings from this great collection:
Then add your personal twist. Anchoring the room is a button-tufted Upholstered Bed. Customize this piece by choosing Sachi Dolphin or Novella Pumice fabric for a neutral that will lighten the room, or choose a pattern such as Katy Grey that will add interest at the headboard. With its glass top and contemporary lines, the Hexagon Wavy Chrome Night Table adds shine and style to the room. It also adds a striking place to hold a lamp and book. The Small Slope Accent Chair gives you some seating and provides another spot for pattern. We think Woolblock Leaf Rain is a great choice, but this piece can be custom ordered in any of the Fuse fabrics. A pair of Small Pouf Ottomans adds more seating. Introduce a pattern or use one of the rich solid colors, such as Jefferson Linen Java, which will complement the headboard or accent chair. Finally, the Upholstered Vanity/Desk with its glass top brings a working surface to the room. Order it in any of the fabrics; we think Slubbed Weave Rain adds a nice boost of color, and the chrome nail-head trim complements the metal of the night table.
Which one of the Fuse Collections is your favorite? Be sure to visit our showroom and see this great line in person.
The kitchen is probably the most popular room in your house. It gets a high amount of traffic and a high amount of use. You need a kitchen table that will stand up to the challenge. Before bringing home a dinette set, there are a few things you should consider:
1. How much space do you have? It seems like an obvious question, but measure your kitchen before you visit our showroom will help you determine the best size table for you. Do you have an eating area or a breakfast nook? A large farmhouse table might be gorgeous, but it won’t seem so pleasing to the eye if it overwhelms the space. On the other hand, a bistro table is chic but it will look out of place if it’s used in a large eating area. Know the scale of your room before you start shopping.
2. How many people do you need to seat? Are you single? An empty nester? Or do you have a growing family? The number of people you will regularly feed will have an impact on the type of table you need. A bistro table typically measures 24 inches in diameter and comfortably holds two place settings. A family of four should look for a table that is 36 to 44 inches in diameter, while a large family might look for a 72-inch table that can easily seat eight. You might also think about the future. If you plan on adding to your family or if you regularly host guests, consider a table that can grow with your needs. A drop leaf or an extendable table might be a good choice if you have an occasional need for more seating.
3. What shape is best for your space? Tables are available in a variety of shapes, including square, round, oval and rectangle; it’s a good idea to determine which is best for you before you shop. A round table, for example, is a good choice for tight spots because it eliminates the corners and allows traffic to flow around it. Round tables also allow extra diners to easily squeeze in. A square table provides more space for setting out food – a helpful feature for busy families. And a rectangular or oval table would be a good choice for a narrow space.
4. What tasks will your kitchen table need to accommodate? Eating is a given, but the kitchen table can also be the place where your kids complete their homework and tackle rainy day craft projects. Maybe the kitchen is where you’ll use a laptop to work or where you’ll casually entertain friends? You’ll want to choose materials that will hold up to all of the activities that will take place here.
5. What style is your home? Kitchen tables should fit the décor of the rest of your house, and not look like a departure – especially if you have an open floor plan. You’ll also want to choose a table that complements your cabinetry. Is your style traditional? Urban? Casual? Or Rustic? Keep this in mind before you start shopping.