Full-Spring Ahead!

During the colder months most of us make a pretty good dent in our sofas by spending lots of time getting all cozy and dreaming of warmer weather. We were ecstatic to hear that Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow (yippee!), because at Art Van, we dream of warmer weather… and redecorating. If you feel the same impulse to create, we’re here to remind you that a little rearranging goes a long way. You’d be surprised how different your favorite chair looks three feet to the left.

Now that we know spring is arriving sooner than we expected, we really have the urge to freshen up the furniture and maybe toss on a fresh coat of paint in one of the super hot colors for 2011. If the “it’ color Honeysuckle is too out there for you, there are plenty of other color options to put a spring in your step.

Gray is still the neutral that reigns supreme. It’s the go-to color for walls, floors, furniture, and fashion. We love how well it goes with what you already have, but also how it brings out the vivacity of brighter colors like orange, fuchsia, and green. Speaking of green, what other color paints a better picture for the promise of new beginnings? There are various shades you can use to give your home a fresh feel, and this color is especially good for accent walls and accessories.

Before you start with all of the heavy lifting, try redecorating with our Room Planner. This free tool allows you to input all your room dimensions and contents so you can see how different arrangements will look. Then shop online or come in to see all the exciting new designs blooming in our showrooms, the Clearance Center, and Scott Shuptrine Interiors design studio. And don’t forget, our fun Spring Design Classes will be happening soon, so make sure you check the Special Events page at artvan.com to find out when and where we’ll be bringing spring to your town!

The Elements of Design

With week one of our fabulous fall design classes finished, we decided to give those of you who couldn’t make it a little recap. After all, as Michigan’s go-to destination for furniture and accessories, we want to make sure everyone has a home decorated to suit their personal style.

Shaping Your Style

At Art Van Furniture, we have four style categories: Casual, Contemporary, Rustic, and Traditional. Some people gravitate towards one style, while other folks like to combine a couple. There is no wrong answer, so which style are you?

CASUAL

Casual furniture is definitely made for relaxed living, which is perfect for active households because it is so comfortable, and pieces are often made with multiple functions in mind.

Since the mood of this style is all about inviting and neutral, look for soft blues, greens, and yellows to create a warm and welcoming space.

CONTEMPORARY

Think clean, simple and modern. Contemporary furniture is designed with an emphasis on shape and color. In fact, sometimes these pieces look more like art then furniture.

For the walls, try cool gray colors and various shades of white.

 

RUSTIC

Furniture in this category is charming and often nostalgic. Detail is important, so look for tell-tale signs like hob nails and tarnished edges.

To model this look in your home, incorporate warm tans, and reds along with blue and green accents. We’re particularly fond of Latte from Sherwin-Williams. It looks and sounds delicious!

TRADITIONAL

Offering a more formal take on decorating, traditional furniture is typically constructed of dark stained woods, plush fabrics and showcases lots of fine detailing, which suggests a handcrafted quality.

In keeping with that image, deep, rich colors such as merlot, gray blue, and taupe work well in traditional settings. Sherwin-Williams Storm Cloud is one of our favorites and really adds some major drama to a space.

Gray is the new neutral

Say goodbye to beige – gray is the new “it” color. Any shade of gray works well as a base, allowing you to layer on soft tones of lavender, sand, blue and green.  Even the free treats given out at the showrooms include pearl gray M&Ms! Light woods are everywhere, and rustic finishes on modern shapes let you bring the warmth of rustic into even a contemporary home.  Overall, colors are softer and more soothing – perhaps to comfort us as we rebound from the cold winter months!