Rugged Individuals

Little House on the Prairie has come of age.

Pantone’s Rugged Individuals is the fourth in our series of home color collections for 2013, and if you’re a fan of anything outdoorsy or rustic, you’re going to love this palette.

pantone rugged individuals

Pantone makes the often-intimidating job of color selection simple and fun; you simply look for the palette that feels like you. Here’s how the company describes Rugged Individuals:

 

“From out-West to Outback, cowboy and cowgirl style rides again, imbued in Pantone’s Rugged Individuals Palette. The rugged individuals convey the legend that influences a look of the natural shadings of the vastness of the Prairie, and its interior trappings of polished leather, weather wood and animal hides.”

 

With colors named Stonewash Blue, Raw Sienna, Vintage Indigo Jeans, Baked Apple, Goat, Prairie Sand and Chipmunk, you might be tempted to start churning your own butter and making your own bread, but rest assured these colors look at home in a modern setting, too.

 

Of course, Art Van Furniture has the look. Take a peek at this Rugged Individuals family room:

 

Set the tone for the room by starting with our Bronze and Green Rug. Inspired by ethnic textiles, its rich hues are in colors of spices. While the colors are aged, its burst pattern gives the room a modern twist.

Bronze Green Rug

Next, add the Celia Sofa and Loveseat in Bronzy Taupe leather. While the covering is definitely rugged, the look of the collection is up to date and casual. The pillow-top design is not only inviting but is comfortable, as well. And the multicolored pattern toss pillows bring in more colors from the palette.

Celia Love SeatThe Santa Fe Rectangular Cocktail Table and End Table furthers the rustic flair of the room, with its natural slate tile inserts, rich dark chocolate finish, and durable design. On casters, the piece is mobile while its deep drawers offer convenient storage.

Santa Fe Storage Cocktail TableOr lean toward the contemporary with the Rock and Roll Collection. The simple lines and metal detail of its Cocktail Table and End Table are complemented by its mosaic top, giving the room a nature-inspired combination of color and texture.

Square Cocktail TableAdd more storage to the room with a piece from our Summer Breeze Collection. The Three-Drawer Entertainment Center in a red finish is a great place to house your media for smaller rooms. Or chose the Gentleman’s Chest with eight drawers and two shelves that provide ample room for family room necessities such as games, DVDs, CDs and blankets.

Three Drawer Entertainment CenterTake this look to the nines with our Rustic Antler Table Lamps. Put one atop the Gentleman’s Chest as an eye-catching accent piece, or use a pair on end tables for task lighting. Then sit back, light a fire and pop in an old John Wayne DVD. And reminisce about the good ol’ days of when the West was won.

Rustic Table Lamps

Have Yourself an Eclectic Little Christmas

 

The holiday season is all about peace and harmony, so what better way to display those sentiments (literally) than by highlighting eclectic styles that can really work a room?

Eclectic was a big trend our buyers saw earlier this year at High Point Market. And from what we can tell, it’s a trend that’s going to be around for quite some time. So what exactly qualifies as “eclectic?” Well, pretty much everything! This style hinges on being able to bring styles together in a way that was once considered taboo. For example, take a rustic dining table and hang a crystal chandelier above it (it’ll be ok, Grandma).

The key to making it all work is picking elements that offer similar colors and finishes. Meaning you can take the casual dark brown, leather sofa from Cindy Crawford’s Chastain Collection and pair it with the vibrant lime green color of a contemporary accent chair. Since the chair has a dark brown finish on its arms and legs, it ties in with the color of the sofa. The green color also complements the shades found in the toss pillows.

For a slightly more polished look, grab the Gino sofa from our exclusive Roma Collection and have it sit for a spell next to an accent chair covered in a muted tan, leopard print.

Natural materials like exotic woods and metals paired with smoky grays and elegant neutrals are also a great way to play up the eclectic trend — and don’t forget about pieces that feature raw or distressed wood.

Stop by one of our “homes” to see how we’re decorating our atriums the eclectic way. With a few quirky touches here and there, your home will be simply irresistible — just in time for the holidays!

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.

K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Silly), Part 2

Then Comes…

So what if he likes early American bachelor pad style and your tastes are a little more refined? Relax.  During the Spring Market in High Point, North Carolina, Amelia Ellenstein, our Vice President of Visual Merchandising and Store Design, discovered the decorating buzz word for 2010 is “eclectic.”

“We saw a lot of rustic tables alongside contemporary sofas, elegant crystal chandeliers above a rustic dining group, and the marriage of materials that aren’t usually associated with each other—metals and woods with stone or glass, for example.”

To avoid surroundings that are too masculine or too feminine, aim for a gender-neutral look.

We like the Rockford Collection from Rowe because it’s covered in grey fabric, which is the “new beige” for 2010. The silver nailhead trim on the sofa gives it a little bit of an edge, while the raspberry accent color keeps the look slightly feminine.

Here are a few parting tips to keep in mind as you start the negotiation process, so you can keep the fights clean and the lovin’ hot:

  • Be honest, but also be open-minded. Agree that all ideas will be discussed (without rolling your eyes), and that you’ll both look at this an as opportunity to try something new
  • Make sure you each have space to display meaningful personal objects. You may not understand why he has a collection of stuffed microbes, but they make him happy
  • Major purchases like sofas, rugs, and bedspreads should be decided on together, since these have a big impact on how a room feels

Come into Art Van Furniture today for long-lasting solutions that will put you on the path to your own version of Happily Ever After.

Tomorrow, Part 3: Registry etiquette