50 Shades

It’s the color of a storm rolling in. It’s the tone in a pebble found at the edge of the lake. And it’s the tint of a dove’s wing. Moody, conservative or barely there, grey is the most neutral of neturals. It blends effortlessly with any color – which is probably why Native Americans use the color gray to symbolize friendship – and it’s the perfect choice when shopping for new furnishings.

Contemporary, casual, traditional or rustic, there’s a shade of grey for every style home, and at Art Van Furniture, we’ve got the look. Here are four of our favorite collections:

The rich and sophisticated tones of the Mila Style Collection create an inviting and upscale setting for your living room. The sofa has sharp features and flared arms, with a sleek button-tufted back. The neutral body fabric is contrasted with the bold patterns of its four toss pillows. The lines of the Mila Accent Chair complement the sofa, as does its classic small-scaled houndstooth pattern.

The understated Fontaine Collection by Cindy Crawford has the casual elegance of a silver charm bracelet. The neutral grey sectional serves as a strong base for the metallic mixture of toss pillows in patterns and solids. The deeper grey cocktail ottoman has a tone-on-tone pattern for interest and texture. And the accent chair completes the casual look of the room.

Comfort and style are the hallmarks of the Cantina Collection. In supple Quarry-colored leather, this easy-to-live-with collection will create the perfect setting for a relaxing Friday night with family or a riveting Sunday afternoon of spectator football. The fabric accent pillows, in a pattern called Loophole, give a modern touch to the casually rustic furnishings.

Traditional homes will welcome the classic feel of the Pewter Style Collection, which gets its name from the nailhead trim that adorns the charcoal grey fabric. The accent chairs have a vine design and light background, which serve as an elegant contrast to the deep grey tone of the sofa and loveseat.


Everything Old is New Again

The colors in your home should reflect your personal style. Many designers will suggest that you take a look in your closet to get a feel for the shades that “speak” to you. We’re willing to bet if you do, you’ll find the colors of our next palette.

New Old School is the third in our series of Pantone’s nine home color palettes for 2013. We love Pantone’s palettes because they make the often-intimidating job of color selection simple and fun.

New Old School is similar to the last palette, Glamour. The colors, however, are more subdued and the neutrals are more saturated. Hues include Ribbon Red, Bright White, Nautical Blue, Breen, Ultramarine Green, Gargoyle and Microchip Gray. The effect is definitely military – think uniform bars – with the two shades of gray offering an updated, current twist.

This palette has been categorized as having preppy, collegiate, flag-waving colors. The look is easy to incorporate in any style home. Here’s how you can use the New Old School palette in your family room:

Start with our Spectrum Sofa in deep olive green. This saturated neutral sets the backdrop for the room with a casual, easy-to-live-with look. And the family-friendly color will be a welcome alternative to taupe.

Next, add a pop of color with the Allegra Club Chair and matching ottoman in deep red. While its shape is contemporary, its genuine leather exterior adds a touch of rugged Americana style to the room.

Ground the room and add texture to the floor with an area rug. We offer two options: The Graham Dusk Area Rug, in classic stripes, features neutral browns and grays that will work well with the olive and red furnishings. Or the Woolrich Blackwell rug, in deeper shades of olive, tan and brick red, will add more color to the room.

For a cocktail table, choose a piece with some weight to further the feel of heritage and history. Our Sutton’s Bay collection includes a Trunk Cocktail Table. Or the Garnet Bay collection has a rectangular cocktail table with five pull through drawers and a coordinating chair side table. Either piece will provide beauty and function.


And finally, finish the room with art. Tap into the “Old School” feel by adding a nostalgia-inspired piece of art. We have the perfect piece in this print of a WWII plane with map background.

The look of this New Old School family room will never grow old. It’s a classic style with a classic palette.

How To: Protect Your Table

Your dining room table is an investment. You want to protect it but you still want to enjoy it. It’s possible to use your dining room year-round – even daily! – with these simple care tips:

1. The best and easiest way to protect your table is to purchase a table pad. Art Van Furniture carries table protectors by the Ohio Table Pad Company. Made with a vinyl top and velour bottom, these ½” thick protectors maintain the beautiful table surface by protecting against nicks, scratches, spills and even up to 550 degrees of heat. We offer 11 sizes and you can also order a custom shape. The pads are available in 18 colors including vinyl, wood grain and leatherette. You’ll welcome the hot glue gun during arts and crafts night as well as the family for a rousing game of Euchre.

2. Care for your table by keeping it out of direct sunlight, which can fade and dry wood. Draw the curtains or close the blinds during the time of day when the sun shines on your wood furniture. Also, don’t place a wood dining table over a vent or next to a heat register that can warp or split the wood. If you must place furniture over a vent, use a deflector to direct air away from your furniture.

3. Be careful about what you place on your table. If you use a centerpiece or candlesticks, use felt backing to protect the table. If you aren’t using a table protector, use place mats, hot pads and coasters when dining. Tablecloths are good, but they won’t protect the table from moisture and can even trap and hold it. If a spill occurs, remove the tablecloth immediately.

4. Finally, prolong the life of your furniture with proper cleaning. Wood tables that get daily use should be wiped each evening with a slightly damp lint-free cloth and dried with another cloth. Any spill should be wiped up immediately. For furniture that is used less often, dust with a lint-free cloth each week. Dust seems harmless, but it can build up and potentially scratch the wood finish. Use a product such as Art Van Furniture’s Orange Cleaner, which was developed to preserve and enrich the wood. Twice a year, just prior to and after using your furnace for the season, treat your furniture to a generous amount of our care polish/oil and let sit for up to 12 hours before wiping dry. You’ll nourish the wood to promote moisture retention. An added bonus for using Art Van Furniture’s Home Care products: you get a lifetime supply of free refills!

Try this Trend: Mix Up the Dining Room Seating

Everywhere we turned this season, we saw living room furniture invading the dining room. Gone are the days when everything needed to match. Instead, the trend is all about not choosing just one.

This holiday season, pull up a wingback or club chair and even a settee and create a relaxing atmosphere inside your dining room. Take a look at these design inspirations:



Of course, Art Van Furniture has the look. Try this trend in your dining room by adding our upholstered chairs. Whether you pick one, two or six, you’ll update your dining room in an instant. Here are some of our favorite options:

Our Wingback Accent Chair with padded, rolled arms and curved cherry legs will set a regal tone at your holiday dinner. Place one at each end of a rectangular table, or use more at a round table. We have this piece in stock in pewter and red. You can also make the look your own by choosing from over 50 custom order fabrics.

The tailored look of the Cohen Accent Chair will add a touch of sophistication to your dining room. Available in seven colors, it’s a simple way to add a splash of color to any space. Stick with one tone to create a serene atmosphere or mix colors for a more vibrant look. This piece would be a perfect complement to your Parsons chairs.

Planning a romantic dinner? Our armless Settee effortlessly fits into any design theme and easily seats two. Large families can use a pair to create an accommodating seating arrangement at the table. And the neutral pattern will be a welcome addition to any décor.

The lines of our Elnora Chair are a little retro, but the look is 100% current. Upholstered in a multi-color chevron pattern, this chair works with many color schemes and adds a casual feel to the room. Add one for a quirky touch, or a pair for panache.


Finally, our Babette Loveseat will turn dinner into a work of art. Its graceful curves, carved wood trim, and luxurious fabrics will make pot roast seem like chateaubriand. You might be tempted to make reservations in your own home.


We’ve Got You Covered

Creating a room that reflects your distinct personal style is easy when you start with upholstered furniture. With hundreds of fabric options, you can create a customized look that’s one-of-a-kind.

We’ve Got the Look sat down with Art Van Furniture Upholstery Buyer Sharon Gjertsen to get her expert tips and the latest scoop on the trends in upholstery. Here’s what she had to say:

What should someone look for when purchasing an upholstered piece?

Once a guest determines they like a style, they need to be sure it is comfortable. Seating comfort is a very personal thing, and no one can judge whether or not a piece is comfortable other than the customer.  I always ask customers these three questions: How the furniture will be used? How many years are you expecting to have it?  And are you looking to make an investment? The answers help determine which piece is right for them.

What are the latest looks in upholstered furniture?

Neutral body fabrics are still very important.  And grey is a very popular neutral today.

You can update the piece by using colors and accents as the “jewelry” of a sofa or chair. This includes toss pillows or throws.

Are there guidelines to mixing patterns in a room?

The good news is that mixing and matching – the eclectic look – is IN! When considering mixing patterns, you want to be sure that you have different sized patterns.  In other words, a medium scale mixed with a large scale is better than two large-scaled patterns, which would compete with each other instead of work together.

How many choices does Art Van Furniture offer?

Endless.  We have sofas starting at $299 in our clearance center as well as premium construction eight-way hand-tied coil sofas for up to $1799. Many of these pieces are available for immediate delivery in stock fabrics and many can be customized with our line of upholstery choices.

What is the average time it takes to receive a custom order?

Average is 4 to 6 weeks.