Take Your Indoor Vibes Outside

Comfort in your own backyard

Your living room and dining room can speak to what’s in your backyard. Translating your indoor style to your outdoor setup is easier than you think. With Art Van’s vast selection of choices and looks, you can completely fulfill your vision.

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How exactly do you get your preferred style for a sunshine hangout? Well, you’ve got to first decide what set pieces you’re working with. Are you looking to spruce up a deck, backyard or patio? What are the major attractions (bonfire pit, pool, stone path etc.)? Once you figure out the basics, you can start getting your outdoor space together.

Let your style shine

When you’re ready to start filling out your outdoor space, don’t overthink it. Start off simple with a few pieces in your preferred style. Then you can get more ambitious if you want by adding another that complements your first style. The important part is that you feel good about the look.

A great way to get started is to select a large piece of outdoor furniture like an outdoor sectional, such as the Dockland Three Piece Sectional, dining set, or large coffee table then build around it. Don’t be afraid to mirror the focal point of your living setup for outdoor if that makes things easier. The goal is to have a reference point for making your outdoor space just as cozy as your living room.

Dockland Sectional
Dockland 3 Piece Brown Sectional

Bring it all together

With so much sunshine, it would be a shame not to enjoy it. Taking your indoor setup outside lets you get the best of both worlds and maybe even a nap in the shade. After getting a grasp on what you’ve got to work with outdoors, focus on that central furniture piece that’s going to influence your space. When everything is said and done, you just might spend more time lounging outdoors than indoors.

Five Tips for Mixing His and Her Style

His style is dark and rugged while her style is light and airy. Is it possible to design a home that suits them both? Yes! The trick is to combine the best of both worlds of his and her style through balance, texture, color and lines. Here are five things to consider when you’re sharing a home with the opposite sex:

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1. Think about lines

The shape and scale of your furniture can be considered masculine or feminine. Feminine furniture focuses on curves, details and embellishment. It’s smaller in scale and lighter in style. Masculine pieces, however, focus on function. They tend to be larger and more angular in design. Marry both looks with clever combination. For example, choose a round ottoman to soften the feel of furnishings with masculine patterns.

2. Color and textures count

Another consideration when it comes to striking balance with his and her style is color and texture. Dark colors and heavy materials are masculine, while light colors and materials are feminine. Complement a light sofa, for example, by pairing it with dark draperies. Or make a masculine leather sofa feel more feminine by choosing one a light color, such as ivory.

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3. Strive for equality

Keep his and her style in harmony by balancing masculine pieces with feminine furnishings that complement. In the dining room, for example, an industrial-look steel table can be paired with upholstered chairs.

4. Choose rooms

Strike a balance by using masculine and feminine styles in the right rooms. The bedroom, for example, is an area that often leans toward feminine. While you might want to forego an overwhelming amount of floral and curves, you can compromise and create an elegant look in simple patterns or light solids. The family room or den, however, tends to lean toward masculine style, but wood paneling and too much plaid can overwhelm. Instead, choose darker colors in smaller scale furnishings or soften with accessories, such as a floral rug in dark tones.

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5. Accessorize

Accessories are often called the “woman’s touch,” and they can quickly offset too many masculine furnishings. Place a vase of flowers on a reclaimed wood end table, for example. Use damask toss pillows on a leather sofa. Or drape a soft blanket on the arm of a leather chair. While it’s easier to add feminine elements to a more masculine room, you can do the reverse, as well. A feminine room can find balance through masculine accessories, such as metal, wooden or natural items.

How to Choose an Accent Chair

Just as its name implies, an accent chair is a piece of furniture that adds an accent to your room. Combining fashion and function, it complements your décor while providing a focal point and a bit of contrast to your seating group. It doesn’t match the other furnishings and it gives the space personality. From Modern to Traditional and everything in between, you’ll find an accent chair that can become a star player in your room no matter what style. Here are some of our favorite choices to provide some interest as well as a nice place to sit:

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Casual

The Mist Accent Chair offers a bold stripe that will wake up your casual living room grouping. While the colors are subdued, the contrasting pattern steals the show. You’ll love how the upholstery matches the toss pillows on the sofa and loveseat.

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Farmhouse

In classic navy and cream, the Maya Accent Chair offers a farmhouse twist on classic buffalo plaid. This chair would provide a wonderful focal point to your room, mixing well with a cream or khaki sofa.

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Mid-Century

Every Mid-Century living room should have a pop of color, and the Taylor Accent Chair will do the trick in a rich persimmon red. This special seating will add personality and spice to your space.

 

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Modern

Modern style is fun, and the Baden Red Hanging Chair is the epitome of playful design. Imagine how this piece would enhance your modern décor. You’ll be floating with design excitement as well as a pop of red!

 

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Traditional

Curves and elegant details make a Traditional home stand out, and the Kodiak Accent Chair is regal enough to live up to the lifestyle. In rich brown with a timeless pattern, it will add refinement to your seating area.

 

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Urban

An Urban style home celebrates your sense of adventure, and the Romeo Leather Chair in tan will add to the storied look with its rich leather patina. The retro silhouette is sleek, not overpowering the space but adding to it.

Which chair is your favorite?

Four Affordable Recliners That Help Your Relax

One of the best gifts you can give a loved one—or that you can give yourself—is a recliner. Not only will it help you relax after a long day; it will be something you use every day. A recliner changes up game day, movie night and binge watching. And when you select an option from The Outlet at Art Van, you can stick to your budget, as well. Here are four of our most popular affordable recliners, each under $300.

Affordable recliner
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Mitchell Rocker Recliner

The Mitchell Rocker Recliner, in classic brown, brings a casual look that is perfect for your living room or family room. The pillow-top cushions and arms feature topstitch detail that looks rugged but refined. The reclining mechanism cradles you in comfort, so you can kick back and relax.

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Huxford Glider Recliner

Add a new “best seat in the house” to your living room with the Huxford Steel Glider Recliner. You’ll rest easy in its plush pillow-top arms and heavily cushioned back. Cradled in comfort, it’s the perfect place for an afternoon nap.

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Jordan Mocha Power Recliner

Enjoy the relaxed look and feel of the Jordan Mocha Power Recliner. Its transitional style makes it a good choice for casual, traditional and urban rooms. The chair features pillow-top arms, a pub-style back and a large seating area. Reclining is as easy as pressing a button.

 

The Alston Push Back Recliner is available in stores now.
Alston Push Back Recliner

Finally, the Alston Push Back Recliner proves that recliners can be sophisticated. This one has a streamlined design highlighted with nail head trim. The regal style would look great in traditional and contemporary room designs. Use it in your living room, family room, bedroom or office.

Which one of these four affordable recliners is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

Buying a Sectional: A Size for Every Room

When it comes to creating an inviting space, sectional sofas are the very definition. Cozy and welcoming, they also command a good amount of square footage. Fortunately, you can find a sectional for every size room—small to large. It’s important to start with the correct proportions when buying a sectional.

Start by measuring your room. It’s a good idea to mark off the area in which you’d like to use a sectional; you can use painter’s tape or pull together existing furniture into the desired formation. Then measure that, too, and consider any other objects you’d like to place in the room, such as end tables and lamps. Once you understand what will fit and what won’t, it’s time to shop for your new sectional sofa.

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Small Spaces

If your space is small, sectionals can still work. Choose an L-shaped sofa in a petite scale or a loveseat sectional with a chaise. Our Alfresco II Sofa Chaise is a stylish choice that offers a small footprint.

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Medium-sized Rooms

If you have more space to work with, look for a sectional with a longer L-shaped configuration. Our Harper 3-Piece Sectional provides plenty of room for hanging out with friends, and its understated design doesn’t overwhelm a space.

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Large Rooms

If you have an oversized space, buying a sectional is the perfect way to fill it in a cohesive fashion. Choose a U-shaped configuration, such as our Harlow Sectional. The size will help reign in the scale of the room by matching the proper proportions.

Sectionals are some of our most popular products because they’re comfortable and welcoming—just like your home sweet home.