Pantone Color of the Year

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

According to Pantone, the global authority on color, Emerald is the 2013 Color of the Year. Replacing 2012’s  Tangerine Tango, Emerald is being described as “a vivid, verdant green that enhances our sense of well-being by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony.”


emerald pantone

Associated with brilliant gemstones, the hue is considered the color of new life in many cultures and religions. It also represents healing and prosperity.

“Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”

Here are three easy ways to make room for this gem of a color in your home:

1. Accessorize

A splash of Emerald quickly and effortlessly wakes up a sleepy décor. In fact, it’s a universal accessorizing color. Emerald looks great with tan or khaki. It makes black look regal. And it breathes life into often cold gray.

Choose an Emerald pillow or throw. Dress up your dining room with Emerald stemware. Or add Art Van Furniture’s Emerald Green Lamp or Decorative Accent to your living room or bedside table. The punch of color is just enough to catch the eye without being too bold.



2. Make a Statement

If dipping your toe into the Emerald pool just isn’t enough, you can always go bolder. Pantone offers a paint collection in their signature colors, and Emerald is the perfect choice for an accent wall in your home. Or a front door.

You could also create drapes out of the color to rev up a special space. Check out this interior from Veranda Magazine.


This dramatic look would be perfect in a living room paired with Art Van Furniture’s Kate Collection.

Kate Collection3. Go All In

Make the Wizard of Oz proud by creating an Emerald City in your home. Paint an entire room in this hue. It’s a great backdrop for furnishings that are black and white, or gray. Check out this Emerald room from CCSR Interiors.

Emerald Room

And this one, featured in Good Housekeeping magazine.

Emerald Room

The color would go great in a living room with Art Van Furniture’s Elle or Gibson Collections. Or let it jazz up a dining area that features our Summerton Collection.

Elle Collection

Summerton CollectionHowever you choose to incorporate Emerald, one thing is for sure. Your friend will be green with envy!

Get Your Game On

The big game is Sunday. That means your TV is about to become the star of your home. If you’ve been considering a new TV/Media Center, now’s the time to update your look. When choosing the right unit, there are three things to consider:


An old English proverb cautions you to measure twice and cut once. The same advice can apply to buying furniture; measure twice before you fall in love with a specific piece. Before you head to the store, measure the width and height of your wall as well as your television … twice. Nothing is more disheartening than getting something home only to find out it’s too big or too small. You’ll want to maximize your available space and select a piece that fills the area without overwhelming the room.


Next, determine how much shelf space you’ll need for your components – and these days it can be a lot. They can include a DVR, DVD player, Internet TV service box, video game consoles and stereo equipment. Also consider how much room you need to store DVDs, video games or CDs. Will you want to display decorative accents? Be sure you choose a unit that will function for all of your needs.


Finally, know that today’s TV/media centers are designed to do more than just hold your TV; they’re well-built pieces of furniture that coordinate with your home decor. And Art Van Furniture has a piece to fit every style. Take a look at these four options, but be forewarned: they may garner more cheers than the game.

TV CenterCasual

The Galloway Home Entertainment collection in its warm tobacco brown finish has a fresh yet casual look. Its pullout drawers offer loads of media storage, with DVD and CD organizers, and its lighted shelves create a dramatic area for display. Go large with our Galloway Wall Unit, which includes a 52” console, 72” right and left pier tower, lighted bridge and expandable shelf. Or keep it contained with the Galloway 52” TV media console.




TV Center ContemporaryOur Delmar Collection consoles are perfect modern solution for plasma, DLP or LCD televisions. Choose from 42”, 52” or 60”. Or you can purchase more than one and create a sleek display along a large wall. In rich cherry, each includes open storage areas for components and glass door-enclosed storage for media items and accents.





TV Center TraditionalTraditional

A traditional style home will be the perfect setting for our Heritage Hill Console, which features three top drawers for media components and double glass doors with decorative wooden fretwork. Inside, two adjustable shelves provide ample storage. An ample 72”, it will accommodate a large flat screen TV with ease.





TV Center RusticFinally, our Avelino Black Premier Wall Center is one of the most versatile options. It includes a console, two pier cabinets and bridge with country details. The console, which can be used alone, expands to fit any size between 43” and 60”. In vintage black, it’s also available in oak and dark brown finishes.



Goldilocks and the Three Daybeds

Whether your home is a cottage in the woods or a two-story in the ‘burbs, you’ll find that a daybed is one of the most versatile pieces of furniture you can own. Part bed and part sofa, a daybed transforms a home office into a guest bedroom, creates a reading nook in a playroom, turns a child’s room into sleepover central, and makes a teenager’s room feel like a lounge.

And many come with optional trundles, so you can always welcome drop-in guests … or not.

Art Van Furniture offers several styles of daybeds. Here are three of our favorites: One for Papa Bear, one for Mama Bear and one that Baby Bear can eventually take to his studio apartment.

Masculine and Stately

Our Springfield Collection Daybed, upholstered in brown bi-cast leather, is the perfect piece for the home office. In fact, researchers say a mid-afternoon nap boosts productivity, so Papa Bear can conveniently take a nap after reviewing those honey production spreadsheets. The hidden trundle pulls out and easily turns the home office into an accommodating guest room.


Soft but Chic

The Rose Collection Daybed is like adding a piece of art to a room. In fact, its design was inspired by the petals of a rose. This precious piece looks even better when you add pillows – lots of pillows – so Mama Bear will be snug and cozy when she peruses the latest issue of Redbook. Use it to create a reading nook in that extra bedroom. It’s available in textured white or aged steel finish.

Rose Daybed

Just Right

Finally, the casual Augusta Collection Daybed is the right piece for any style home. Made in a classic bead-board design, its country cottage style comes in both black or white finishes. Use it in Baby Bear’s nursery to offer a bedtime story area. Change the bedding to create a Teen Bear lair. And then send it off with him, when Baby Bear leaves the nest.

Augusta Daybed

Try This Trend: Curves

One of the hottest home design trends we spotted at High Point Market is the use of curves. With gentle waves and feminine lines, several new furnishings are displaying the softer side of chic.

And it’s a trend you should try: Researchers from Oregon State University found that rooms with curved furniture evoked more positive emotions, such as relaxation, happiness and hopefulness, than did rooms with rectangular furniture.

If you’re looking to relax with some curved and affordable furnishings, Art Van Furniture’s got the look. In fact, we’ve got pieces for every room of your home.

Living Room

One of our newest arrivals is the Primo Collection ROMA genuine leather sectional. And has it got curves! The rounded back and curved sides are made even groovier by the bumper ottoman that can be moved and used wherever you wish. The collection also includes a two-toned ottoman and swivel chair, both featuring ivory leather complemented by circular-patterned fabric.

curves sofa

Add more curves to the room with our London Sofa Table. Featuring a glass top and wavy wooden bottom shelf for display, the Asian hardwood table also has curved legs that bow out from the top. Use this piece behind a sofa to hold a lamp and accessories, or as a sophisticated catch-all in the foyer.

Sofa Table

Dining Room

Distinctive and modern, the curved-back chairs of our Crosstown Dining Collection soften the look of its X-shaped trestle table. Together, it creates a striking setting. In oak and meranti wood veneers, the dark espresso finish sets the tone for a leisurely and luxe dinner with friends. You’ll linger over espresso all night.

Dining Room Table

Master Bedroom

You’ll feel like you’re floating when you rest your head with our Breakwater Collection Master Suite. The sleigh-style bed features a platform height footboard and curved sides. The curves can also be found on the drawer fronts of the coordinating six-drawer dresser and two-drawer nightstands.

Breakwater Master Bedroom

Home Office

You can even add curves to your home office with our e2 Curve L Desk. In a deep merlot finish with polished nickel hardware, the Espresso e2 Collection creates a contemporary work environment. Or go for a more traditional look with our e2 Curved Top Desk. Available in brown cherry oak and espresso finishes, the curved edges of the pedestal desk create an overhang on both sides for partner use.

Curved E2 Desk Aspen Desk

Rugged Individuals

Little House on the Prairie has come of age.

Pantone’s Rugged Individuals is the fourth in our series of home color collections for 2013, and if you’re a fan of anything outdoorsy or rustic, you’re going to love this palette.

pantone rugged individuals

Pantone makes the often-intimidating job of color selection simple and fun; you simply look for the palette that feels like you. Here’s how the company describes Rugged Individuals:


“From out-West to Outback, cowboy and cowgirl style rides again, imbued in Pantone’s Rugged Individuals Palette. The rugged individuals convey the legend that influences a look of the natural shadings of the vastness of the Prairie, and its interior trappings of polished leather, weather wood and animal hides.”


With colors named Stonewash Blue, Raw Sienna, Vintage Indigo Jeans, Baked Apple, Goat, Prairie Sand and Chipmunk, you might be tempted to start churning your own butter and making your own bread, but rest assured these colors look at home in a modern setting, too.


Of course, Art Van Furniture has the look. Take a peek at this Rugged Individuals family room:


Set the tone for the room by starting with our Bronze and Green Rug. Inspired by ethnic textiles, its rich hues are in colors of spices. While the colors are aged, its burst pattern gives the room a modern twist.

Bronze Green Rug

Next, add the Celia Sofa and Loveseat in Bronzy Taupe leather. While the covering is definitely rugged, the look of the collection is up to date and casual. The pillow-top design is not only inviting but is comfortable, as well. And the multicolored pattern toss pillows bring in more colors from the palette.

Celia Love SeatThe Santa Fe Rectangular Cocktail Table and End Table furthers the rustic flair of the room, with its natural slate tile inserts, rich dark chocolate finish, and durable design. On casters, the piece is mobile while its deep drawers offer convenient storage.

Santa Fe Storage Cocktail TableOr lean toward the contemporary with the Rock and Roll Collection. The simple lines and metal detail of its Cocktail Table and End Table are complemented by its mosaic top, giving the room a nature-inspired combination of color and texture.

Square Cocktail TableAdd more storage to the room with a piece from our Summer Breeze Collection. The Three-Drawer Entertainment Center in a red finish is a great place to house your media for smaller rooms. Or chose the Gentleman’s Chest with eight drawers and two shelves that provide ample room for family room necessities such as games, DVDs, CDs and blankets.

Three Drawer Entertainment CenterTake this look to the nines with our Rustic Antler Table Lamps. Put one atop the Gentleman’s Chest as an eye-catching accent piece, or use a pair on end tables for task lighting. Then sit back, light a fire and pop in an old John Wayne DVD. And reminisce about the good ol’ days of when the West was won.

Rustic Table Lamps