White Hot

 

It’s the color that never goes out of style. It’s classic. Timeless. And it makes a statement. It’s white, and it’s a white hot trend in home décor.

White is simple yet complex. White whispers, but it commands attention. White is cool, although it radiates light. And white is new but, at the same time, mature.

 

Here are five reasons to use white – and lots of it – in your home.

It adds immeasurable square footage

Using white in your home creates the feeling of having more space. Small rooms instantly feel larger, and large rooms take on a loft-like feel. Use white on the walls, the furnishings and the floors, for a feeling of airy and openness.

It’s museum quality

White is the perfect backdrop for art. Whether your “collection” is wall of priceless paintings or an assortment of embroidered pillows, everything pops against a white background. Use the color to showcase your favorite possessions.

It’s glamorous

An all-white room is daring and dazzling. It provokes the enchanted feeling of Hollywood in its heyday. Sophisticated but never gauche, white captivates. Consider a white sofa adorned with a white faux fur throw; it’s the perfect setting for a sophisticated gathering or for an afternoon with a novel.

It transcends seasons

White looks at home during the icy days of winter. It lights the buds of spring. It provides cool relief to the heat of summer. And it reflects the warmth of fall. Forget the Labor Day rule and wear white on your walls, floors and furnishings 365 days a year.

It plays well with others

White clashes with nothing. It complements any shade of blue, looks at home with reds, greens and yellows, and provides the yang to the yin of black. It’s also comfortable alone; use different shades of white to create a layered and textured feel.

White is always right. How will you use it in your home?


Home for the Holidays

Nostalgia. It has a way of creeping into our lives this time of year. Reminiscing about traditions kept since you were a child is one reason to look forward to the holidays. This year set the stage for a trip down memory lane by incorporating vintage-inspired décor.

Take a look at two versions on this decorating trend, each of which pulls inspiration from the pages of yesteryear and updates it with a modern twist.

Twinkle Twinkle

Bring the sparkle of new fallen snow into your home with the glimmer of metallic décor. Gold is the hottest color of the season, and you can go all in by bringing home a metallic tree. Gold and silver trees came into fashion in the late 1950s and continued to be all the rage into the early 1960s.

A few decades later, this look has resurfaced. Whether you use it as your main Christmas tree, as an additional symbol of the season in an adjoining room or as a welcoming beacon on your front porch, a gold Christmas tree will add sparkle and shimmer to your holiday.

Beautiful as is, it looks glamorous when dressed up with white lights. Or adorn the tree with matching gold ornaments. Then gather an assortment of coordinating decorations; we have an assortment of glittery details at Art Van Furniture. Our Chloe Room Divider in warm brown is a great place to display some sparkle. Or choose a shiny accent piece that will bring twinkle into your home year round, such as our mirrored chest.

Currier and Ives

Nothing feels more like the holidays than the winter scenes of American life created by Currier and Ives in the 1800s. The New York City printmaking firm created hand-painted lithographs depicting horse-drawn sleighs and bonneted women on skates … Americana at its best.

Bring this feel into your home by starting with the right shade of red. This year, the color that’s most current – and most nostalgic – is a rustic deep barn or cranberry red. Use it when choosing those items that will embellish your home. For a mature feel, decorate with Old World angels and a fruit and floral-adorned topiaries. Families will love using old-fashioned children’s toys, such as sleds or skates, to dress the occasion.

It’s also a great time to add a piece such as our Sideboard that will enhance your holiday décor and keep the American spirit all year long with its hand-finished floral detailing. Or put a more modern spin on the folk art-inspired look with our Striped Accent Chest.

Unwrap either of these looks at Art Van Furniture. You’re sure to find some other gift-worthy items to put on your list, so be sure to say hello to Santa who pays us a visit each weekend.  Click here for details.


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!