Pantone’s 2014 Home Color Palettes: Physicality

Choosing and mixing colors can be intimidating – that’s why so many of us stick to basic beige. But you should know that colors bring your home to life. The people at Pantone, the global experts on color, make choosing colors easier with their home color palettes. You simply choose the palette that speaks to you. We’re highlighting their 2014 color combinations, and this month we’d like to introduce you to Physicality.


Here’s how Pantone describes this collection: “As the name implies, Physicality speaks to the colors of power and energy counter-balanced by the presence of the hues that express the necessity for introspection and calm. The stamina of Forged Iron, a Satellite gray, Antique Moss and Gothic Olive are interplayed against the healing shades of an herbal lavender, a grayed grape, a rosy brown and a quieting, ephemeral foggy gray, all presenting a challenging, yet invigorating, game change.”


Pantone Physicality


If the colors of Physicality – Forged Iron, Satellite, Very Grape, Lavender Herb, Gothic Olive, Antique Moss, Rose Brown and Fog – make you swoon, Art Van Furniture has the look. Take a look at this living room we’ve assembled using this sophisticated palette:


physicality sofaStart with the Giselle Sofa from our Style Collection. In deep charcoal fabric, the style is simple and crisp with track arms and welting. The throw pillows feature an accent fabric that introduces taupe, ivory and another shade of grey. The Style Collection offers custom order options, so if you’d prefer a more colorful accent pillow, it can be yours in just a few weeks at no extra cost.


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Next, add the Jazz Accent Chair. Its modern silhouette complements the Giselle Sofa and is the perfect shape for its aubergine geometric pattern. Use one or two to form your seating grouping. The deep purple color pops against the dark charcoal sofa and is the antidote to a boring room.


physicality cocktail tableNext, we give this modern grouping a surprising touch by adding the Pinebrook Rectangular Cocktail Table. Its rustic iron legs, metal casters and rivet-edged metal supports work well with its distressed natural pine tabletop and lower shelf. The result is a cool urban loft vibe.


physicality end table

To add another texture to the grouping, we chose the vintage-inspired Marlow Collection End Table. In brass, this fashion-forward piece fits well with our bold décor, and the rings that form the table add a feeling of energy and movement to the room.


physicality lamp

Next, we added some light with our Arc Floor Lamp. It features three oil-rubbed bronze arms, each in a varying shade. It’s mounted on a brown marble base, adding another layer of texture to the room.


physicality rug

Finally, complete the design with this HGTV Grandeur Collection Rug in a silvery grey. The subtle chevron design works well with the geometric pattern of the Jazz Accent Chair. But don’t be frightened by its light color; the rug is treated with a stain resistant for easy removal of liquid spots.

We’ve Got the Look: Sarah Jessica Parker’s Living Room

When Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have had enough of the City, they escape to their gorgeous weekend home in Bridgehampton, New York. Elle Décor recently visited the Victorian style home, built in 1865, and found that it marries Sarah Jessica Parker’s dedication to style with Matthew Broderick’s casual, relaxed vibe. The result is what we’d call the perfect place for Bueller’s day off.


Sarah Jessica Parker Living Room


If you like the Parker/Broderick home, Art Van Furniture has the look:


Parker Living Room SofaSetting the tone in the Parker/Broderick home is the white sofa. The rolled arms of our Cindy Crawford Lakeside sofa mirror the rolled arm pillows in the Bridgehampton home. The slip-covered style is relaxed, but the crisp, white color makes the piece feel classic and tailored.


Parker Chair


Giving the room its sophisticated feel is a pair of accent chairs with dramatic shaping. The Josephine Accent Chair from the HGTV Home Collection matches our inspiration room style with a button tufted back that gives the velvet fabric a luxurious look. While the piece comes in teal, it can be ordered in a variety of upholster options, so if you like Parker’s choice of black, it can be yours.


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Complementing the cottage feel of the sofa are a pair of vintage Avelino Chairside End Tables, which include glass inlays and painted wood knobs. The black color provides a nice contrast to the white sofa. The room also includes a modern silver tray table. We offer two options that provide a similar feel: the vintage-inspired Matchstick Pedestal Table from the Marlow Collection or the Contemporary Accent Table with a silver metal base and a black faux leather top. Either option provides a place for guests to set their drinks and gives the room another layer of style.


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The cocktail table in the Bridgehampton home is oversized and glows in white with its pedestal-base. We offer two options that fit with the room’s décor: The Mechanica Cocktail Table has an adjustable height feature and adds to the room’s eclectic feel. Or consider the sleek Granada Bunching Cocktail Table. With its curved base, it adds drama to the space.


parker credenzaOff to the side of our inspiration room is a sideboard, which offers storage as well as another flat surface for accessories. The Mirrored Credenza from the HGTV Home Collection would be a great addition. Its antiqued surfaces are complemented with gold leaf trim, for the perfect mix of glamour and functionality.


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Finally, the Parker/Broderick room is dressed up with an ample amount of accessories and finishing touches. From silver candlesticks to crystal barware and chrome baubles, everything about the room shines. Helping magnify the sparkle are table lamps found throughout. When choosing lighting for this room, think style and elegance. Our Laslo Table lamp has crystal balls inside its silver sculpted base. And the Serena Task Lamp has a scrolled base with a metallic shade. We have dozens of other lighting options, so you can personalize the room with your favorites to create an elegant yet comfortable setting for cosmos with the girls.

Five Ways to Carve Your Pumpkin

Decorating your home for fall holidays means bringing some of nature’s bounty indoors. Pumpkins, mums, and a garland of dried leaves will transform your home from a summer hangout into a warm, cozy retreat.

This year when you carve your pumpkins, why not think outside of the jack-o-lanterns? We scoured the Internet and found five fun ways to carve or embellish the orange gourds. Enjoy!


Photo credit: Country Living Magazine
Photo credit: Country Living Magazine


Instead of a face, carve flames into your pumpkin and place them on your fireplace hearth. You can also etch the shape into the orange skin of your pumpkin, keeping it fresher longer. The result is a family-friendly way to keep the fires burning.


Photo credit: Southern Living
Photo credit: Southern Living


Simple polka dot holes turn pumpkins into festive lighting for Halloween or Thanksgiving. Use a sharp, stainless steel apple corer or cookie or biscuit cutter to make the holes perfectly round. Stacked into a topiary and embellished with twigs and leaves, the look is whimsical and enchanting.



Photo credit: Midwest Living
Photo credit: Midwest Living

Paint a message to your guests on your pumpkins. “Welcome Friends” would be appropriate all season, or consider writing “Trick or Treat,” “Happy Halloween” or “Give Thanks.” Print your message using a script font from your computer, trace the outline onto your pumpkin and fill in with paint or permanent ink for a polished look.


Photo credit: Southern Living
Photo credit: Southern Living


Line your walkway with these adorable luminaries that feature the shapes of fall cut into mini pumpkins. Use stainless steel cookie cutters for a quick and precise design. Then light them at night to help guests find their way to your door.


Photo credit: Martha Stewart Living
Photo credit: Martha Stewart Living

If you love snowmen during the winter, how about creating their fall counterpart: pumpkin people? Get creative and make one to represent each member of your household – even the dog and cat. When the season is over, you can harvest the seeds and pulp for snacks and desserts.

A Touch of Brass

One of this year’s hottest design trends is brass. According to Elle Décor magazine, “with its rich gleam and sculptural weight, this metal is experiencing a resurgence. With so many designers looking to the ’70s, it’s inevitable that brass and bronze will show up more—from accessories to cocktail tables to virtually entire rooms—brass is the metal of the moment.”


Brass is luxurious when paired with gray. It looks radiant when mixed with white or ivory. And brass is dramatic when used with black. At Art Van Furniture, we have our finger on the pulse of home fashion. From brushed to polished, here are five touches of brass that will bring your home on trend with this year’s hottest metal.


marlow brass table


In a matte-brass finish, the vintage-inspired pedestal table would make a rich addition to your living room. Use it beside an accent chair to provide a place to set your tea, or place a pair on either side of a sofa to form a traditional seating group. The piece is from the Marlow Collection, which offers a bold and stately display of modern furniture.


marlow drum stool brass


Also in a matte-brass finish, the Marlow Collection Drum Stool will jazz up your living or family room. With lattice style details around the side and a solid top, the piece would make a good side table, footstool or plant stand. Use a pair as a unique coffee table option. Or flip it upside down and use one to hold your knitting or magazine collection.


roman brass table lamp


A brass lamp is a classic option for lighting. Our Roman Table Lamp, however, takes the traditional look and gives it a modern twist. With a contemporary drum-shaped shade and black weighted bottom, the piece has a contrast of colors and styles. The result is an expensive looking lamp at an affordable Art Van price.


cashmere floor lamp brass


Floor lamps can be a bit boring, but the antique brass and crystal accents of our Cashmere Floor Lamp give the piece a sophisticated feel. With a traditional style shade and brass accents, this lamp shines the light on itself, but you get to bask in its glory.


jackson brass bed

The most iconic piece of brass furniture is the brass bed. In a polished finish, it evokes the feeling of a cozy bed and breakfast inn. Our Jackson Bed fits any décor with its transitional styling that combines a traditional arched outer frame with a contemporary combination of scrolls. The look is classic yet fresh.

Four Dining Rooms

Fall is the time of year when your dining room takes center stage. Oft overlooked during summertime , it reclaims its spot as entertainment-central when the air turns crisp and Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah are on the horizon. No longer a one-size-fits-all set with a traditional table and china cabinet, today the dining room is an eclectic expression of your family’s taste, lifestyle and values.


Take a look at these four dining rooms. Each has a different story to tell and each could be yours before the turkey’s ready for the oven:


keaton dining collection

Farmhouse Modern


Industrial yet rustic, the Keaton Dining Collection is one of our most unique looks. The table and server both have a charcoal finish with a zinc top for extra interest. A mix of traditional X-back chairs, upholstered Parsons chairs and bench seating add to its character. The result is a dining collection that effortlessly complements contemporary and casual living spaces.


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Sophisticated Contemporary


The beautifully designed glass-top table of the Mirage Dining Collection features a mirrored, accordion-style, square pedestal base that plays with the light of your dining room chandelier. Pair it with any style chair to make the look your own. We like the sophisticated look of the Flared Parsons Chair in grey with nailhead trim. [—Pewter_10051_10052_-1_250035019_25003_25000?N=0].


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Rustic Traditional


The large trestle style table and comfortable chairs of the Dakota Ridge Dining Collection give a look and feel to your dining room that says Americana at its finest. With aged distressing in a burnished caramel finish, the pieces look like they’ve been handed down throughout your family. The sideboard is as functional as it is stylish. Bring home this collection and get ready to host a Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving.


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Refined Elegance


If you’re looking to bring back the formal feel of dinner at eight, the Whitney Dining Collection will provide the perfect backdrop. With the chocolate cherry finish of its double pedestal base and the deep brown tufted-back leather-look seats, the look is stately and rich. Tie and jacket optional … or not.