Become a Connoisseur of Color

Choosing colors for your home can be very intimidating. (That’s why beige is so popular; it’s safe.) Colors can be like people: Some play well with others. Some prefer to stand out. And some look even better when combined in the right group. So, how do you assemble the right palette?

To help people make the move from beige, the folks from Pantone, a design company considered the global authority on color, created nine no-fail color palettes for 2013. Each has an array of colors that work well together; colors that you can combine or use alone.

We’ll highlight each palette separately, and first up is the palette called Connoisseur. Celebrating the finer things in life while paying respects to a sense of history and elegance, the colors of this palette are sophisticated and refined, and have a touch of understated drama. The Connoisseur palette includes monochromatic violets and orchids, liquid pink, deep mahogany, alyssum white and beechnut green, all reflected against champagne beige and silver.

If the colors in Connoisseur speak to you, Art Van Furniture can help you bring this palette home. Take a look:

Yvette Steel Sofa at Art Van
Yvette Steel Sofa at Art Van

Start with the Yvette Steel Sofa, in light charcoal. This elegant upholstered piece has modern lines and its dark wood exposed legs ground it in sophistication.

Brand Collection at Art Van
Brand Collection at Art Van

Add one or two armless chairs from the Brand Collection. With a sleek, exposed wood frame and tufted upholstered seat, it evokes luxury and style.

Rectangular End Table at Art Van
Rectangular End Table at Art Van

Now add the Rectangle End Table with its dark walnut finish and sleek nickel accents, making it a beautiful addition to a Connoisseur-inspired living space. Tasteful and refined, it works well with this palette.

Two-Drawer Nightstand at Art Van
Two-Drawer Nightstand at Art Van

Another option is our Two-Drawer Nightstand, which can be used as an end table. Covered in pearl ivory alligator-embossed vinyl and embellished with beveled mirrored fronts and crystal knobs, the piece will add drama.

Bed Bench at Art Van
Bed Bench at Art Van

Bed Bench used as a coffee table or as a seating area, adds a splash of delicate color. Its light pink button-tufted design also adds a touch of glamour.

And finish the room with a rug. The dark wood of the furniture will look perfect against the simple elegance of the Orian Louvre Camel Rug.  Or choose the clean look of the Bliss Ivory Rug, a versatile addition to your living room.

Orian Louvre Camel Rug at Art Van
Orian Louvre Camel Rug at Art Van
Bliss Ivory Rug at Art Van
Bliss Ivory Rug at Art Van

If Connoisseur isn’t right for you, stay tuned. Next, we’ll show you the Glamour color palette, which is described as paying homage to the “polished sexiness of the Art Deco era.”

How to Choose a Mattress

Walk into any Art Van PureSleep Center and that’s the question you’ll be asked. We’re not being nosy. We really care how you slept last night. That’s because sleep is one of the most productive things you do all day. Your body renews and restores itself, repairing muscles, balancing blood pressure, temperature and hormones, and consolidating memory. Insufficient sleep doesn’t just lead to “where’s the coffee?” mornings; it’s linked to health problems, such as weight gain, diabetes, heart disease and depression.

Getting a good night’s sleep starts with your mattress, and choosing the right one is like finding a great pair of shoes, it’s all about the fit. Art Van Furniture’s PureSleep Center is the only store in Michigan that can properly fit you with a mattress.

Most people think buying a mattress means lying down on a few beds in a showroom and picking the most comfortable, but that’s not how we do it at PureSleep. The right mattress needs to provide two things: proper support and proper pressure relief. And comfort isn’t always an accurate indicator that the mattress you’re lying on is providing both.

When you visit a mattress store and lie down on a bed, your muscles compensate for your posture. When you are in REM sleep, however, your body becomes like jelly, taking the shape of the mattress. If you have lower back pain, this is where it starts.

We won’t ask you to take a nap in our store … although you could! Instead, our PureSleep diagnostic machine takes out the guesswork and finds you the exact mattress you need – one that is comfortable when you are lying on it awake and one that will support you while you sleep.

We offer three basic types of mattresses: specialty, which includes foam, memory foam and gel memory foam beds; innerspring, which have the traditional coils, and hybrids, which are a combination of innerspring and foam. Within those three types, we have more than 100 mattress choices, and each does a specific job.

Other questions we’ll ask when finding you the right mattress: Are you a hot or cold sleeper? Do you have allergies or sensitivities to smell? Do you share a bed? For couples, we offer dual comfort mattresses that are customized for each person. And if your partner has a different sleep schedule, we can show you mattresses that allow for motion disturbance. Also, do you read, watch TV or work in bed? Do you have a physical condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes or sleep apnea? You may want to look at a mattress that can fit into a power base.

So … how did you sleep last night? It’s time to make the most of those eight hours.

Back to School Part 2: The Three S’s of Kids’ Rooms

In classrooms, kids get the three R’s: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. In their bedrooms, however, they need the three S’s: Sleep, Study and Storage.

Like their own mini offices, kids’ bedrooms are where they conduct the business of growing, learning and becoming. Set up your child for success by choosing the right furnishings – pieces that help them sleep, study and store the belongings that make them special. It’s an easy task at Art Van Furniture’s Kids & Teens Collection, where we have a variety of styles from which to choose.

If you haven’t shopped for kids’ furniture lately, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see that youth bedrooms have grown up. Less age specific and more sophisticated, pieces will allow your child to express him/herself while at the same time fitting in beautifully with your home’s overall design style. Take a look:

Petite Phillippe Youth Collection
For the Traditional style home, check out the Petite Phillippe Youth Collection. Begin building the room with one of its three bed options – bunk bed, day bed and sleigh bed – and choose a white, black or cherry finish. Twin- or full-sized bed fit any room, and an optional trundle unit is perfect for sleepover guests or growing families. The French inspired look is elegant and timeless. Create a study area in the room with the coordinating desk. Its optional hutch provides concealed storage for schoolwork and an exposed corkboard for displaying momentos. And the collection also includes a seven-drawer dresser, five-drawer chest and two-drawer nightstand, all of which provide ample storage options.

Summer Breeze Collection
If Rustic is your style, experience the Summer Breeze Collection, which offers ultimate versatility and lots of color. Finish choices include white, pine, red, blue and green, and you can select matching pieces or mix finishes for a one-of-a-kind look. Start with the twin or full poster bed, or select the daybed with bookcase. All of the beds work with the collection’s optional trundle. Then add a five-drawer chest, three-drawer entertainment center or two-drawer nightstand. The informal feel is perfect for a youth, tween or teen. And once you’re an empty-nester, the storage pieces can be used throughout the home as a buffet, entertainment center or supply chest.

Village Craft Collection
If your home is Contemporary, the Village Craft Collection offers a striking option. The cherry finish platform bed, in twin or full, is chic and stylish, and quickly takes center stage in the room. Storage needs are more than fulfilled with the matching nine-drawer dresser, five-drawer chest and three-drawer nightstand, all of which feature sleek nickel-finished hardware. A three-drawer computer desk gives the perfect homework station, and an optional desk hutch easily holds books, school supplies and more.

Greenville Collection
Finally, if your look is Casual, you’ll love the Greenville Collection, which offers simple style and loads of function. In either twin or full sizes, chose a classic panel bed or make a statement with a studio bed, which includes a bookcase headboard that offers plenty of room for electronic gadgets, trinkets and books. Both styles can be used with the optional trundle. Add more storage to the room with a six-drawer dresser, five-drawer chest and single-drawer nightstand. This collection easily transforms from youth to tween to teen and beyond, and can be dressed up or down depending upon the bedding you select.
Remember, when buying youth bedroom furniture, you want to choose a collection that will have lasting style as your child grows older. These four collections – all of which work well for a boy or girl – are just a sample of the options we have in store for you.

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.