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.

I’m In the Mood for Loveseats

The coziest piece of furniture is definitely the loveseat. Its diminutive scale is more inviting than a long sofa and its unique size is more charming than a simple chair. So how much do you know about this home favorite? Made in the U.S. since the early 1800s, the loveseat wasn’t originally created as a courtship aid; instead, it provided a seat that would fit the large dresses worn by the ladies of the period. Luckily fashions have changed and the oversized accommodation became the perfect spot for two. In the 19th Century, the design was named “loveseat” (an early example of the power of marketing?) and the rest is history. If you’re looking to add seating to your room here’s what you need to know about buying a loveseat.

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Find the Perfect Spot

A loveseat is small enough to be used in a variety of settings. Place one with a sofa to create a more intimate-looking grouping. Use one in a master bedroom to fashion a comfortable sitting area. Put one in an oversized foyer to provide guest with a place to sit. And use one in a kitchen to turn dinner into a leisurely event.

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Find Your Style

Loveseats also add a sense of balance to the seating arrangement of larger rooms. Choose one that blends with your existing décor; styles range from traditional to contemporary to casual. Or add one that serves as an interesting accent piece – especially if you custom-order the upholstery. Buying a loveseat is fun!

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Find the Right Scale

As you would with any piece of furniture, measure your space to determine the correct size for your home before buying a loveseat. Loveseats can be overstuffed and large, or petite and streamlined, with sizes ranging from 50- to 76-inches in length.

Then get ready to fall in love. The perfect loveseat will transform your space into an intimate gathering – no matter if your room is large or small.

Dwell’s 2019 Modern Home Décor Trends

If you love Modern décor, you probably love perusing the pages of the design site Dwell. It’s filled with homes that can inspire you and provide ideas to implement in your own home. Its editors recently shared four modern home décor trends they believe will be big in 2019. Here are some tips for using them in your modern rooms.

 

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Color

Last year, the Dwell editors saw jewel tones replacing the “Scandinavian chic” neutrals. This year they predict more of the same. They’re pairing crisp white with strong colors for a sense of contrast. “We’re particularly loving the depth and warmth of colors like plum, mustard, and terra-cotta—bold tones that still play well with others,” they said.

 

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Pattern

Texture and pattern are important in modern home décor for 2019, and the Dwell editors said graphic, geometrics textiles and textured tiles that resemble fabrics like linen and corduroy will be big. They also expect to see layering of different textures and patterns.

 

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Furnishings

Look for the popularity of abstract design to impact the world of furniture with modern home décor trends. Bold, chunky statement pieces are focal points, while ’80s-inspired designs, such as a tulip table or whitewashed accents are important, too.

 

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Indoor/Outdoor Living

Finally, the Dwell editors said 2019 modern home décor trends include patio or deck design, as this will be the year where people celebrate a true indoor/outdoor way of living. Outdoor spaces will get more attention, and homeowners will use greenery indoors as much as possible.

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?

Define Your Style for the New Year

You know what you like and what you don’t like … but can you define your style? While most of us have a combination of décor preferences, we usually lean one way or another. Knowing your design type will make shopping for furnishings and accessories much easier.

Ring in 2019 by identifying your personal style; we’ve created this quiz to make it fun. Are you Casual? Modern? Traditional? Farmhouse? Urban? Or Mid-Century? Define your style and let us know in the comments below.

1. When it comes to accessorizing a room, I …

A.) Use three or five accents, as long as they’re child friendly

B.) Prefer one statement piece

C.) Think the more the merrier

D.) Choose pieces that also serve a purpose

E.) Like to add something I found during my last adventure

F.) Love items inspired by the ‘60s

2. On a typical day, you’ll find me wearing …

A.) Khakis, a comfy tee and flip flops

B.) Slim black slacks and a fitted turtleneck

C.) A classic shift dress and smart flats

D.) Jeans and boots

E.) A leather jacket and distressed jeans

F.) A vintage dress I picked up at a thrift store

3. My ultimate ride is a …

A.) Classic SUV, laid back and roomy

B.) A two-seater coupe, fast and stylish

C.) An elegant luxury sedan, sophisticated and safe

D.) Pick-up truck, rugged and woodsy

E.) A motorcycle

F.) A classic car that reminds me of my childhood

4. My ideal Saturday afternoon would include a marathon of …

A.) The Good Place

B.) Jane the Virgin

C.) The Crown

D.) Fixer Upper

E.) Better Call Saul

F.) Mad Men

5. The magazine I carry on the plane is …

A.) Martha Stewart Living

B.) Vanity Fair

C.) The Smithsonian

D.) Country Living

E.) AFAR

F.) Dwell

6. My favorite dining room centerpiece is …

A.) Brightly colored Gerbera daisies

B.) The drama of an orchid

C.) Red roses

D.) Wild flowers and leaves gathered from my yard

E.) A bucket of dried hydrangeas

F.) A striking vase left empty

7. If I’m choosing the restaurant, we’re going to a …

A.) Family-friendly pizzeria

B.) A trendy downtown sushi spot

C.) An elegant steak house

D.) A barbeque pit off the beaten path

E.) The new vegan café

F.) A retro diner

8. My favorite music artist is …

A.) Ed Sheeran

B.) Dave Koz

C.) Michael Buble

D.) Chris Stapleton

E.) The Weeknd

F.) Frank Sinatra

9. When my friends come over, we like to …

A.) Share a potluck dinner and play board games

B.) Enjoy cocktails and hor d’oeuvres and discuss current events

C.) Sit down to a formal multi-course dinner and swap stock tips

D.) Have a backyard barbecue and play horseshoes

E.) Try craft beers and talk about our travels

F.) Mix martinis and listen to the Rat Pack

10. When I have an afternoon to myself, I like to …

A.) Curl up on the sofa with a good book

B.) Visit a local art gallery

C.) Watch a documentary or the History channel

D.) Take a long hike in the woods

E.) Research my next trip

F.) Comb thrift shops and antique stores

Casual

If most of your answers were “A” your style is most likely Casual. This look is inspired by an active, easy lifestyle. Your home is simple and warm, and your accessories are lighthearted and family-friendly. See Art Van’s Casual furniture by clicking here.

Modern

If most of your answers were “B” your style is most likely Modern. This look has sleek designs and simple silhouettes. Your home has a feeling of Zen, creating the ultimate escape. Take a look at the great Modern furnishings available at Art Van by clicking here.

Traditional

If most of your answers were “C” your style is most likely Traditional. This look is inspired by history. Your home is formal and elegant, and your furniture has feminine shapes and rich detail. Browse Art Van’s Traditional pieces by clicking here.

Farmhouse

If most of your answers were “D” your style is most likely Farmhouse. This look is inspired by a laidback country lifestyle. Your home is filled with furnishings and fabrics inspire a sense of nostalgia, creating rooms where memories are made. Check out Art Van’s Farmhouse options by clicking here.

Urban

If most of your answers were “E” your style is most likely Urban. This look embodies your sense of adventure. Your home is filled with personal mementos collected throughout your travels. Find a great selection of Urban furnishings by clicking here.

Mid-Century

If most of your answers were “F” your style is most likely Mid-Century. This look features clean lines and crisp silhouettes. Your home is an ideal setting for everything from a swanky soirée to the Sunday crossword. Find a great selection of Mid-Century furnishings by clicking here.