Pick up a new fall coat

Nothing keeps those impending winter blues at bay better than a fresh coat of paint. And because color plays such an important role in our lives, we devoted Week Two of our design classes to showing how you can maximize its impact in your home.

Essentially, there are three main types of color schemes:  Monochromatic, Analogous, and Complementary. By understanding these basic combinations, you can be confident when selecting colors for your next interior design project. Let’s take a closer look.

Mono a Mono

Monochromatic colors are found hanging out right next to each other on the color wheel. All you need to do is use various shades of one color, for a space that gives off a relaxed and peaceful vibe. It’s simple enough that even the most designed challenged will look like a pro!

We Are Family

With Analogous, it’s all in the family. In this category, color schemes are “families of color” located right next to one another on the color wheel. For example, yellow, green, and blue. This is the approach you want to use when designing a harmonious space.  These color schemes tend to have more energy than its monochromatic counterpart because there is more interaction between colors.

 Opposites Attract

By definition, Complementary colors are found opposite each other on the color wheel. Choose a color and then use a straight line to find the color directly opposite on the color wheel.   A complementary color scheme contains one warm color, think fire colors, or the right side of the wheel, and one cold color, think ice, of the left side of the wheel. By pairing the two colors together, you can create high contrast and energy.

Take a spin around the Art Van Color Collection wheel, which features a medley of 64 shades created exclusively for us by Sherwin-Williams®. Expertly chosen by our most creative eyes, the Art Van Color Collection can be found on the walls throughout our showrooms.  You can also take color chip samples home, and receive a 15% discount on your next Sherwin-Williams purchase.

 What’s your color story?

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 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.


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.



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!


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.