Your Guide to Buying Custom Furniture

You’re an individual and your style is your own. Why not express your personality through your home furnishings? Custom furniture is the perfect way to show that you’re a one of a kind, and the process isn’t as complicated or expensive as you might think. At Art Van Furniture, we have several lines of furniture with custom options. Here’s how it goes:


Choose Your Style

Whether you have a distinct design preference or embrace a touch of many, start by choosing your style. Here are a few popular options:

Traditional. This style is inspired from formal elegance and historic times. Your furniture tends to be classically beautiful with detailed wood scrolling, intricate embroidery, feminine shapes, carvings, and filigree. Your color scheme is typically on the darker side with rich tones and finishes throughout, and you love antiques.

Urban. This style is inspired by the hustle and bustle of the cosmopolitan city life where furniture has an emphasis on shape and color, straight lines, tight backs, and geometric shapes. You prefer sleek and sophisticated design with clean lines. Your accessories are most likely minimal, simple, and striking. Your choices of color range from black and white to bold and vivid.

Casual. This style is inspired by living the comfortable life, with plush furniture that’s extra durable for your active lifestyle. You prefer your home to be simple and warm. Your upholstery is soft and round, and fabrics are usually in neutral colors. Your accessories are most likely lighthearted and whimsical.

Rustic/Farmhouse. This style is inspired by nature and a laid-back country lifestyle where the furniture is durable, relaxed, practical, and simple. Finishes and materials include wrought iron, distressed woods and leathers. Detail is important, so you may find hobnails and tarnished edges. Color schemes are usually earth toned and reflective of natural colors.

Modern. This look is inspired by sophisticated life in the city. Pieces are sleek and chic, with straight lines and geometric shapes. Finishes and materials include upholstery such as leather or microsuede, and metal like chrome or brass. Details are kept minimal, letting the silhouette stand out.


Choose Your Fabric or Finish

Making sure your home reflects your true individuality is easy to do with fashionable and versatile custom order furniture. Find your favorite leather or fabric. Choose something understated or go bold; it’s all up to you! For wood pieces, choose your finish, ranging from light to espresso.


When choosing fabric, it helps to consider who will use it. If you have young kids, you’ll want fabrics that are durable. If your dining table will double as a homework/craft station, consider tabletops that are easy to wipe clean. And if you have pets who will be enjoying the sofa or chair, too, think about scratch-resistant upholstery or a fabric that will repel fur.


Choose Your Accents

The final step is adding the details. Consider accents such as nailhead trim, fringe, welting or tassels. These choices will represent your style point of view, so choose wisely. Then select the upholstery for toss pillows, contrasting or matching the body of the piece. Details make the look your own.


Then it’s time to relax and count the days until your home becomes a one-of-a-kind display of your style. Your one-of-a-kind creation will be in your home sooner than you’d expect!


“Style is emotional and personal,” says HGTV’s Hilary Farr. “Go as far as your imagination will take you and never settle.”

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