Life in TechnoColor

Choosing a color palette for your room can be intimidating. You don’t want to be boring, but you don’t want to look like a box of Crayola crayons, either. So how do you assemble the perfect palette?


To help you take the leap from basic beige, the folks from Pantone, a design company considered the global authority on color, created nine no-fail color palettes for 2014. Each has an array of colors that work well together, whether you combine two, four or all of them. You just have to find the one that resonates with you.


We’ll highlight each palette separately, and first up is the palette called TechnoColor. This palette “acknowledges the advancement of technology – how it is impacting the world of design and expanding the color universe through a melding of both vibrant and deep hues, frequently executed in reflective surfaces.”


Techno Color

The collection includes Silver, Emerald (which was chosen as Pantone’s 2014 color of the year), Methyl Blue, Tillandsia Purple, Majolica Blue, Dark Citron, Exuberance and Jet Black.


We think these colors would make a striking family room. Take a look at these pieces from Art Van Furniture that will bring TechnoColor to life in your home:


technocolor sofaStart with the Trio Sofa and Loveseat in grey. Sleek and tailored, they bring a contemporary feel to the room. In 100% genuine leather, the pieces set a sophisticated and stylish foundation to a TechnoColor room.


technocolor accent chair

Now it’s time for the drama. The Lorenzo Accent Chair and its matching ottoman are made of 100% teal blended leather. The piece has a faux crocodile finish for another layer of interest. And the chrome nail-head trim, gives a touch of sparkle to what is becoming a vibrant room.


technocolor shag


Surprise your family and friends with a purple shag rug. From the Kempton Collection, it conveys the feeling of hip nostalgia in your home while providing an unexpected pop of color underfoot.


technocolor cocktail table

Ground the bright colors in this room with the Troy Collection Oval Cocktail Table. The dark black finish features a smoky glass top, which fits with the modern tech-savvy vibe of the room.


technocolor end table

Place the vintage-inspired Marlow Collection End Table next to the Lorenzo Accent Chair for a bit of bling. The bold piece commands attention and will complement the chrome nail-head trim of the chair.


technocolor accent

Top the Marlow Table with this Emerald Glossy Sculpture. The modern piece will look at home in our fashion-forward room and adds another color from this fun palette.


technocolor fireplace

Finally, add some warmth to this tech-inspired room with our Celebrity Wall-Mounted Fireplace. Featuring a stainless steel surround, the simple design makes a stunning statement in your space.

Introducing the HGTV Collection: Meadowbrook Manor

Earlier this year, HGTV chose Art Van Furniture to be the exclusive carrier of its Home Furniture Collection in Michigan. We’re thrilled to be able to offer their design expertise to our customers. In fact, HGTV has taken the intimidating task of designing a room and made it fun and easy with their inspired takes on timeless style.


Several collections are available – Modern Heritage, Woodlands, Park Avenue, Greenwich, Classic Chic, Meadowbrook Manor and Water’s Edge – each with a distinct style all its own.


Today, we want you to meet Meadowbrook Manor, which is available at Art Van Furniture by custom order. The HGTV Designers describe it this way: “Elegant yet practical, traditional yet very ‘today,’ the Meadowbrook Manor Collection is the new look of a Classic decorating style.”



While George Washington may not have dined here, the details of the Meadowbrook Manor Collection are authentic to the steeped tradition of the Colonial homes from which they’re inspired. A mixture of style and substance, the stately look is made relevant for today’s busy lifestyle with updated twists, such as oval-back armchairs covered in two fabrics and the sophisticated sparkle of nickel hardware. Available in an innovative new graphite gray finish or a traditional rich cherry, the result is polished and tailored and the appeal is timeless.


The Details

With the authentic style of older, traditional neighborhoods, the Meadowbrook Manor Collection offers timeless design. Signature details include graphite finish on cherry, signature harlequin patterns, elegant graceful curves, and fresh fabrics.


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Here Are Two Striking Pieces from this Collection


Meadowbrook Manor Headboard

The Newport Headboard has a signature floral fabric called Meadowbrook Mum. Its plum and gray hues are the perfect complement to the rich cherry finish of the collection’s furniture. In fact HGTV designer Vern Yip named this one of his favorite picks for best headboard.


Meadowbrook Manor bar


The Meadowbrook Manor Bar Cabinet makes entertaining a breeze: simply open its gorgeously detailed doors and let the fun begin. The piece includes two tray drawers with cork bottoms, mirrored back and shelf, wine glass holders, two removable wood shelves with optional wine bottle storage, and three wooden shelves with metal rods in each door.


And Now for the Big Reveal


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This dining room had great architectural details, but it was ready for an update. The oval back arm chairs, with the signature mum fabric on the outside of the back, together with the lattice back side chairs give the dining room a more eclectic look. The graphite finish on the dining table, china cabinet and chairs is tied together through the color palette of the walls and rug, creating a room that is polished yet practical.


Does the Meadowbrook Manor Collection appeal to you? Visit any of our convenient locations to place your order, and welcome the unique point-of-view of HGTV’s top designers into your own home.

Ottoman Empire

Put up your feet. Set down your drink. Take a seat and chat with a friend. Ottomans can be a homeowner’s best investment. Part footrest, part table and part bench, this piece of furniture can multi-task like no other.


Whether your home is casual, traditional, contemporary or rustic, we have an ottoman that will fit your personal style. Here are five of our favorites:

humphrey ottomanThe traditional look of the Humphrey Cocktail Ottoman is the perfect addition to a stately den. While the materials are masculine, the piece gets a feminine touch with a scalloped nail-head treatment that adorns its edges. Made of genuine leather, a hand-applied technique gives it a rich patina that makes this piece an instant heirloom.


Colby OttomanThe eye-catching pattern of the Colby Square Cocktail Ottoman adds instant warmth to a room, with a unique striped fabric design. In deep taupe, brown and charcoal, its neutral palette can be easily dressed up or down. You’ll find its oversized proportions a great fit for your busy lifestyle.


Carly Ottoman

The Carly Leather Cocktail Ottoman from the Thread & Feather Collection will bring a feeling of classic elegance into your home. Admire the deep quilted tufts, which accentuate the luster of its soft tan genuine leather. Nail head trim around the bottom add another layer of interest. And the wood turned legs give the piece its finishing touch. Practical and pretty, you won’t be able to keep your eyes off of it.

Yardley OttomanThe Yardley Cocktail Ottoman honors all of the things you treasure into your home. Its beautiful script pattern is adorned with words such as “Live,” “Love,” Believe,” “Peace” and “Joy.” Its proportions are a good fit for ay size sofa, and it will easily become one of your most admired furnishings.

Enterprise OttomanFinally, the Enterprise Ottoman in white leather brings a splash of modern style into your home. Its chrome legs add a bit of sparkle to a piece that already captivates. It’s the perfect addition to a contemporary living room or a sophisticated master suite.

We’ve Got the Look: Drew Barrymore’s Den

drew barrymore den


Actress Drew Barrymore recently put her Montecito, California estate on the market for $7.5 million. She and her husband Will Kopelman were married there last spring in the beautiful backyard garden. Inside, the look is traditional and a bit masculine, with lots of wood and nature-inspired accents. While you can purchase the home and make it your own, you can also visit Art Van Furniture and emulate her style.  Take a look at these pieces that will give you the look of Drew Barrymore’s Den – but on a budget!


drew barrymore rug

The most striking furnishings in Drew’s den are her zebra skin rugs, giving the room the feel of an exotic safari. You can bring the global influence into your room with our zebra stenciled cowhide rug. This natural cow skin is stenciled with a zebra hide pattern to get the look for a fraction of the cost. In black and white, the rug sets a bold tone underfoot.


drew barrymore sofa

The seating in Drew’s den is traditional and classic, with light neutrals contrasting the warm wood. You can mimic her style with the understated look of our Style Collection Opal sofa. With updated elements like a dressmaker skirt and a sloped, track arm, the piece is timeless and elegant. The patterned throw pillows add a touch of tangerine and lime green, or you can easily customize the look with one of our 100 fabric choices.


drew barrymore chair
The room also includes an oversized armchair. Our Evan Chair features a neutral body fabric with welting in a subtle contrast for added interest. The casual style works well with the more traditional sofa, creating a comfortable atmosphere.


drew barrymore ottoman
Instead of a cocktail table, Drew’s den features an oversized cocktail ottoman, which helps soften the room. An ottoman is a versatile piece of furniture, as it has the added benefit of providing additional seating when needed. Our Thread & Feather Tara Cocktail Ottoman is available in this understated striped fabric, but you can choose from more than 100 fabrics to create a look that is yours. The 40″ square piece features button tufting and wood turned legs.

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The accent tables in Drew’s den are unique and eye catching. We suggest that you start with a pair of rustic nesting tables that can sit on either side of the sofa. The bases are done in an oil-rubbed bronze metal and the tops are covered in a khaki fabric that features the postage stamp detailing. Next to the chair, place our textured copper pedestal. While Drew’s den has a ceramic piece, we think this unusual table provides a similar organic feel. It also adds another element to this texture-rich room.

drew barrymore bench

Finally, add more seating to your room with our beautiful bench. Upholstered with a sign fabric, the piece also has espresso legs and hidden storage beneath its seat cushion. The high sides add an element of drama to a striking room that is close-up worthy.

Hickory Dickory Dock

Digital displays may be the norm in our tech-driven world, but nothing will replace the charm of a well-designed analog clock. More than just a timepiece, a beautiful clock will add a timeless look of style to your home. At Art Van Furniture, we have several clocks that will make a statement in your home and serve a great function: keeping you on time.


Take a look at these five gorgeous options:

Clock 1


Add a rustic tone to your room with our metal wall clock, featuring a distressed rust tone finish. Its white distressed face and Roman numerals add to the antiqued look. It measures 34” x 21” and would be perfect in a foyer or country kitchen.


clock 2


If you want a stately accent piece, consider our traditional-style square wall clock with its rich brown wooden frame and beige face. Measuring 25” x 25”, the clock offers substance without overtaking the room. It would look great in a living room or above a dining room sideboard.


clock 3


Our elegant Parisian-inspired wall clock will easily become the focal point of any room. The 24.5″ black wooden frame serves as a nice contrast to the aged white face. And the Roman numerals and metal pendulum add character. This clock would be perfect for a family room or master bedroom.


clock 4
Want to update a simple round clock face? How about this clock with its shapely wooden frame? Measuring 24” x 24”, this clock’s curves add interest to your room. Use one in your family room, living room or foyer. You can’t go wrong with this casual but elegant choice.


clock 5
Finally, if you’re looking for an attention-grabbing piece of art, look no further than our rustic metal wall clock that stands 48 inches in diameter. With an aged metal finish and Roman numerals, it has an Art Deco feel. Imagine it in your living room or hallway. While it can’t stop time, it certainly is a show stopper.