How to Add Global Interest to Any Style

Cross the Serengeti. Set sail on the Arabian Sea. Or soak in the beauty of the Orient … and never leave the comfort of your living room. Travel only as far as the nearest Art Van Furniture store to find decorative accents with inspiration from around the world.

Out of Africa


African design is steeped in elements found in nature. Look for earth tones, animal prints and natural fibers, such as cotton or bamboo. Leather and wood are also important in African design. To add a touch of Africa to your décor, check out this fun zebra-print leather-framed mirror with nailhead trim accents. Zebra print is a classic pattern that can add punch to any room. Hang it behind a sofa or use it in a foyer.






Another way to add African flair is by using this Storage Trunk as a coffee table. It features leather trim and straps and is covered in linen-like fabric. You’ll look as though you just returned from a trip abroad.





A Touch of India

Indian décor stems from the country’s ancient roots and rituals, and incorporates rich jewel tones, dark woods, golden accents and intricate details.


This look is exotic and dramatic. To add a touch of India to your home, consider our walnut-finished Sheesham Stool.

With its beautiful leg design, this accent table adds interest to any room. Sheesham is a deciduous rosewood tree native to India. Its deep patina coordinates with a variety of upholstered pieces as well as leather.





Or add a table lamp with a base in a deep, saturated color such as jade green or paprika.







Asian Infusion


For an Asian-inspired home, less is more. Furnishings are simplistic and often feature colors found in nature as well as symbols of luck and prosperity. While rooms can be minimalistic, they often include a statement piece such as our Elephant Bar table. Featuring a double elephant base with a mirrored tabletop, it easily becomes the focal point of any room.







Red is an important color in Asian inspired home design. The Cohen Accent Chair will add a splash of red to your room as well as a tidal wave of interest.








Whether you add a small detail or outfit an entire room, adding global interest to your home is easy. And the best part: No passport is required.

Out On Your Own

Your first home away from home might be a dorm room. It might be an apartment. Or it might be a loft. What it doesn’t have to be is boring. Art Van Furniture carries fabulous furnishings for small spaces … pieces that say “wow” without the “ow” price tag! Here are some big ideas for small budgets:


First, Choose Double-Duty

When space is tight, items need to serve more than one purpose. For example, instead of a bed and a sofa, consider a daybed or futon. Our Sofa Futon is comfortable and chic; no one will guess this opens into a bed. The Sofa Futon also serves as a linen closet; pull the top section up and find room to store sheets, blankets and pillows. Or consider an ottoman that moonlights as a storage cube. For those who answer the “Call of Duty,” our Gaming Ottoman is the perfect place to stash all of your equipment, including CDs, controllers, remotes, nunchucks, and even guitars. When closed, it provides seating as well as table space. Or check out the Storage Ottoman with Trays. This contemporary piece serves triple duty as a table, bench seat and a convenient place to store necessities, such as books, blankets or school supplies. The trays can be removed and used around your dorm room or apartment.



Add a Pop of Color

In a small space, color is essential, but it’s best to keep it simple. Combining one, two or even three hues is eye catching; more and it can look like the circus came to town. Look for this year’s trend of saturated island shades such as orange, lime, fuchsia and turquoise. In a dorm room, the bedspread will take center stage. Our Bubbles Comforter packs a punch in lime and turquoise, and is suitable for girls or guys. Toss a Bed Rest Pillow on your bed and you’ve created the perfect place to study. And add a colorful place to prop your feet with the Bean Bag Ottoman Collection.



And, Finally, Have Fun!

There’s plenty of time for basic beige; it’s time to show off your style. Choose a dramatic chaise for impact. Or keep it casual with an upholstered denim chair and coordinating storage ottoman. Make it to class or work on time with an oversized, whimsical clock. Or choose a unique lamp for nighttime reading, like this silver style with drum shade.


Remember, the design of your first adult space should be memorable. It’s guaranteed to be the place where some of your fondest memories will be created.

The Look: Finer Recliners

Dad called. He loved the slippers you got him for Father’s Day last year. And the robe was nice, too. But this year, he’d like something that offers him total comfort. This year, Dad really wants a recliner.

Luckily, Art Van Furniture has recliners Dad and Mom will love … recliners that will fit into any décor. Here are a few of our favorite choices:
Classic LeatherDeclan Leather Rocker Recliner

Brand new, the Declan Leather Rocker Recliner by La-Z-Boy would look right at home in Casual or Rustic style homes. Its bucket seat makes the chair a perfect fit for all sized dads, and the detailing on the arms and leg rest provide an interesting visual element. Or check out the models from La-Z-Boy’s Calvin Collection – another timeless, rich look. The Wall-Saver Recliners and Rocker Recliners come in coffee or wheat color, and feature curved, padded arm rests and leg rest with locking positions.


Galaxy Recliner


Contemporary Style

Modern dads will love a contemporary recliner. Contemporary recliner? Absolutely! Take a spin in the Galaxy Collection. In classic black or power red, the stylish Galaxy Power Recliner lets Dad recline and stop in any position, all at the touch of button. And the sleek design will make this chair the focal point of any room.



Hampton Push-Back Recliner

Traditional Style

Shhh. No one will guess these wingback chairs are actually recliners. Our Hampton Push-Back Recliner has traditional Queen Anne features that include sculpted back and warm cherry legs, adding elegance to any room of your home. Or choose a more masculine version, such as the Wellington Push-Back Recliner, in cordoba whiskey or burgundy leather. Whether he’s watching baseball, golf or the Food Network, Dad will look stately and feel comfortable.



Art Van Signature Recliner


Chairs that Pamper Dad

Give Dad the ultimate treat by getting him an end-of-the-day oasis: a chair from the Art Van Signature Recliner Collection. This recliner will indulge Dad with heat and massage features for total relaxation. It comes in a rainbow of colors, including chocolate, fern, red, blue, brown and beige microsuede, as well as chili, chocolate and mink leather.




For Grandpa, choose a reclining Lift Chair; a great option when getting in and out of traditional chairs becomes difficult. Practical, stylish and durable, the Lift Chair offers independence as much as a great spot to watch TV.






Finally, the Human Touch Robotic Massage Recliner is more than a chair; it’s a personal masseuse. With robot technology, Human Touch chairs include pre-programmed settings that replicate techniques used by medical professionals. As part of your overall wellness plan, Human Touch chairs help alleviate pain and stress … and what dad wouldn’t want that?

What’s New: Gathering-Height Tables

Sometimes the answer to a design issue is to kick it up a notch or two … or six.

Such is the case with the latest trend in dining: the Gathering Height Table. Sometimes referred to as pub tables, these counter-height options – ranging from 36 to 42 inches tall – provide an increasingly popular alternative to traditional tables. And they provide the perfect solution for common design dilemmas.

For example, Gathering Height Tables are perfect if you have a small eating nook or space-challenged dining room. The extra height allows the eye to see more floor area and gives the area an illusion of being more spacious.

Or if you want to incorporate a game area in your family room, Gathering Height Tables are a fashionable and functional choice. The taller table is the perfect place for projects, puzzles or a game of euchre. And many feature storage in the base where you can keep games, poker chips or art supplies.

Whether your home is casual, contemporary, traditional or rustic, Art Van Furniture has an option for you.

Sierra Collection

For the casual home, the Sierra Dining collection features a lazy Susan center; in a pecan finish, this table is a perfect match for busy families. Or check out the espresso-finish Lattice Collection, which has an expandable tabletop and storage cabinet in the center.

Roma Collection

For the contemporary home, meals become a work of art with these types of dining collections. Choose from natural oak or merlot finish, with stylized chairs that add the finishing touch. Or choose the Roma Dining Collection, which features a dark, espresso wood table paired with sleigh back Parsons stools in a variety of colors, such as ruby red, kiwi green, snow white and jet black.

Diamond Collection

For traditional homes, the Diamond Collection gathering table is an elegant choice. The diamond design on the chair backs provides a rich detail, and the glass table features a slate center ring. The combination of iron, glass and slate provides a textural feast for the eyes.

Timber Ridge Collection

Art Van Furniture has several more gathering-height table choices, one that is sure to match your décor and budget. Visit our website at to see them online or stop in at one of our 34 locations.

Then gather your family and friends and enjoy!

Art Van Million Dollar Charity Challenge

“If you’re fortunate enough to be as successful as our company has been, then it’s your responsibility to give back. I just believe that.” – Art Van Furniture Chairman & Founder, Art Van Elslander

It’s no secret that Michigan’s economy took a beating during the past few years, and some of the groups hardest hit were Michigan’s charitable organizations. Chairman and Founder Art Van Elslander saw what was happening and rose to meet the need.

To celebrate Art Van’s 50th anniversary in 2009, he launched the Million Dollar Charity Challenge, donating $1 million to be divided among 50 charities that focus on children, health and human services throughout the state. The grants, ranging from $5,000 to $50,000, are “challenge grants” in order to maximize giving potential. In the past, charities have spread the word and turned the $1 million into over $4 million through additional fundraising efforts.

In its fourth year, this year’s Million Dollar Charity Challenge includes an additional challenge; three additional grants will be awarded through an online voting contest. Charitable organizations have been challenged to spread the word, and the top three vote getters will win grants of $25,000, $15,000 or $10,000.

Last year was the first year the Million Dollar Charity Challenge included a voting competition. The winners were Senior Neighbors, $25,000, which promotes the health and well-being of older adults in Kent County; Seedlings Braille Books for Children of Livonia, $15,000, dedicated to increasing the opportunity for literacy by providing high quality, low cost Braille books for children; and North Star Reach of Ann Arbor, $10,000, a camp experience for children and families of children with serious or life-threatening health challenges.

To participate, visit where you can learn more about the deserving organizations and vote for your favorite. You’ll also learn how you can donate to causes throughout Michigan. But hurry! Voting ends May 31,