{decorating with pink and red}

Valentine’s Day Inspired Rooms

Valentine’s Day is coming near, and ‘tis the season to see red, pink and white wherever you turn. Yes, it can be too much when your local gift store has overdone it. But it can be fun to decorate at home with red and pink, whether it’s a temporary use of the colors in honor of the holiday or a color scheme you enjoy year-round.

Red
Personally, I love pops of red. The main living space in my home has accent colors of claret—mostly in an area rug, comfy throw and accent pillows. Red can warm up a space and add visual interest. However, you want to be careful when incorporating intense hues, especially reds. You don’t want to go overboard and end up with a space that feels intense or angry; you want reds that add positively to the vibe of a space. Depending on the tone and hue of the red you like, that might translate into an atmosphere that is energetic and has pizzazz, feels luxurious and elegant or seems rustic and comfortable. Since Hirshfield’s has paint in thousands of colors—more than 5,000 possibilities—you can acquire a paint sample to take home and try out before you commit to a color.

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{friday finds: thinking about an exterior paint make-over this spring?}

Your home says a lot about you. Both inside and out, it is a reflection of your style, personality, and the family who lives there. Making sure your home is an accurate reflection of you is exactly what our Hirshfield’s color specialists are trained to do. Painting the exterior of your house is a very large project that you want to get right on the very first try. If you’ve already made a trip into the paint store to admire the thousands of paint options, you may be seeking an expert to give you specific color suggestions that match your home and personality.

An exterior color call typically starts in the interior of the home because the inside of your house is a great reflection of your style. A color specialist will also take time to interview you as the homeowner to ask you about your color preferences, and even take into account the existing colors in the neighborhood so that your house stands out from your neighbors’, but still complements the look of the neighborhood. Finally, your color specialist will evaluate the permanent or semi-permanent fixtures around your home, such as windows, fixtures, and landscaping like plants, trees, or front walks.

After the consultation is complete, the specialist presents 4-6 color options to choose from for the main color of the house which covers 70-75% of the exterior. Accent colors are then chosen for the trim and remainder of the home. Your new exterior color will change the look of your house– and hopefully make your neighbors just a little bit jealous!

To see one of our Hirshfield’s color specialists, Kathy Basil, explain the exterior color call process, check out the video below:

{kudos to kathy}

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Kathy helped J & L select paint for their home and in their words, “Every color is absolutely perfect!”  Kudos to Kathy on exceptional customer service, and thanks to J & L for sending such a nice note.

Dear Mr. Hirshfield,
We’re sure you’re already aware of what a treasure you have in Kathy Basil but we just wanted to let you know how happy we were with her work and what a great representative of your company she is!  While we’ve remodeled a lot of homes and bought a lot of paint, this is the first time we had a “color consultant” come with our painter (Edgar Gomez–New Century Construction–aside—a superior painter with an amazing crew).  We are used to buying about 50 versions of the same color to finally arrive at just the right hue.  Kathy is able to quickly narrow down the choices and make the whole process a lot more agreeable!  On top of that, she presents colors that one would never have thought of …and they turn out to be absolutely amazing!
I could go on and on about each of our color choices but in the end, she helped us with paint for at least thirteen different rooms + hallways, trims, stairways, etc….The idea of repainting this whole house (that had previously been filled with wallpaper from the ’80′s) was daunting but Kathy skillfully, creatively, patiently, and cheerfully steered us to just the right colors.  With her expertise and intrinsic sense of color, she facilitated this process to the ultimate degree.
Suffice it to say:   Every color is absolutely perfect!  Whether it’s the kitchen, the work-out room, the bathroom, our bedroom, my office, the living room, etc, etc….
On top of all this, we weren’t the type of clients who just threw ourselves into Kathy’s hands.  We had our own ideas, we had “experience,” and we were a little skeptical, knowing how hard it is to choose just the right color.  Kathy was wonderfully patient with us.  She expressed her ideas, respected our ideas, and explained what was good and bad of the two…
So this summer, we will be painting the exterior of our “new” house and you can be sure, we will be asking that Kathy come back and find us just the right shade of “beige” or…what ever color she recommends.
So many thanks for the professional guidance you provided us through Kathy.
J &L Hovland

{friday finds: hirshfield’s color call – the perfect gift}

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 I use to think I could pick out my paint colors, but I was that person purchasing gallon upon gallon trying to get it right; that was before we sampled our paint in pints and quarts. The gift of a Hirshfield’s color consultation takes away the angst that sometimes accompanies the selection of the perfect shade of purple. It’s a super thoughtful gift for new homeowners, male or female. Or maybe you know someone who has been talking about painting, but never gets around to it. Picking the paint colors may be holding them back from starting their project.

Here’s a post from Christmas past describing a color call:

If you’re like most homeowners, you’ve more than likely found yourself standing in front of a wall in your home staring at samples of various paint colors applied side-by-side in small sections. You may leave the room for a bit and come back to look at the colors again at a different time of day. You may ask your friends and family for their advice. You may tilt your head thoughtfully, while looking at the colors for the hundredth time, and murmur, “Hmmmm….” But at the end of the day you still don’t know what color to go with.

You’re not alone. Paint may be the least expensive decorating product you can purchase to dramatically change the look of your home. But for many it comes with a high price: color anxiety. If you find yourself agonizing over countless paint chips and feeling overwhelmed at the amount of time spent on indecisiveness then consider enlisting the help of a Hirshfield’s color expert.

So how does a Hirshfield’s color call work? In a little over an hour, we’ll visit you in your home, get an overview of your spaces, your lifestyle and the personality you wish to convey. Based on this discussion, we’ll establish a paint strategy that will tie everything together to create an overall beautiful space. After the in-home visit with the color stylist you’ll receive a color plan which details all of the paint colors specially selected for your rooms, the product recommended and the paint quality and finish required. You’ll also receive a $20 gift card that you can use on your next visit to any Hirshfield’s Decorating Center.

Hirshfield color experts can help you choose the perfect color for the interior or the exterior of your home. The cost for a Hirshfield’s color call is $150. Schedule an appointment with a Hirshfield’s color stylist at any Hirshfield’s store today, schedule online, or call Marsha at 612-374-0203. For more information, click here.

Give the gift of color this Christmas!

{thinking about painting your home’s exterior?}

Hirshfield’s can help! Showing a little TLC to your home’s exterior can go a long way in upping its curb appeal and resale value. However, choosing the right paint color for your home’s exterior can be a daunting task. Lighting, landscaping and personal style are all factors that should go into your exterior color decision.

If you live in the Twin Cities and are looking for some advice or guidance when it comes to choosing an exterior paint color for your home, let the color experts at Hirshfield’s help! Twin Cities paint manufacturer and retailer, Hirshfield’s, will send out one of their color professionals to help you choose the right exterior color for your home. Kathy Basil, one of these experts, specializes in choosing the right combination of colors to suit your home’s needs.

To see what actually happens on a Hirshfield’s exterior color call, check out this video:

If you are interested in scheduling an exterior color call with Hirshfield’s, click here to make an appointment.

{kim receives stamp of approval}

Kim,

Thank you for the perfect colors you picked out for our townhome. Our home now has its own style which has come alive in each room by colors that enhance our furniture and decor. We would not have been able to accomplish this goal without your professional help. Your thought, ideas and color complements were given with much care and consideration towards the outcome we wished to achieve. We must admit we were on a completely different page when we first came in for our consultation.

Thank you for doing your job and being direct in showing us we needed to think differently. We love all the earth tone colors. Our townhome is now complete and we are truly at home.

M & T

Thanks, M & T, for sharing your appreciation of  Kim’s color expertise. Another satisfied customer brought to you by Kim, Hirshfield’s Coon Rapids location.

{friday finds: hirshfield’s color call – the movie}

We thought it would be helpful for people to see what takes place during a color call. We asked Kathy Basil, from Hirshfield’s Design Studio, to show us how she works with customers during an exterior color call.

In addition to selecting paint colors, Kathy suggested changing the color of the shutters, adding a shutter, beefing up the light fixtures alongside the garage door, and trimming branches that blocked the view of the home from the street. Ahh, a fresh pair of eyes is sometimes what it takes to see the obvious.

What you don’t see are Kathy and Mrs. H heading over to another neighborhood where Mrs. H showed Kathy her favorite house. The color of the house was gold, and Kathy explained to Mrs. H why that color would not work with her home. Trusting Kathy’s knowledge of color and experience, Mr. & Mrs. H took a leap of faith, and went with her suggestions for the paint colors.

The couple is in the process of implementing Kathy’s suggestions and are very pleased with the changes, including the new paint color.  It took them a while to warm up to the huge change in their home’s appearance, but it helps when people you don’t know, stop and tell you how much they like the new paint color.

Check out the post Amy did earlier in the week highlighting Hirshfield’s color calls.

Check out Hirshfield’s video library at: youtube.com/hirshfieldspaint

{hirshfield’s color calls}

If you’re like most homeowners, you’ve more than likely found yourself standing in front of a wall in your home staring at samples of various paint colors applied side-by-side in small sections. You may leave the room for a bit and come back to look at the colors again at a different time of day. You may ask your friends and family for their advice. You may tilt your head thoughtfully, while looking at the colors for the hundredth time, and murmur, “Hmmmm….” But at the end of the day you still don’t know what color to go with.

You’re not alone. Paint may be the least expensive decorating product you can purchase to dramatically change the look of your home. But for many it comes with a high price: color anxiety. If you find yourself agonizing over countless paint chips and feeling overwhelmed at the amount of time spent on indecisiveness then consider enlisting the help of a Hirshfield’s color expert.

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{decorating with florals}

Mother’s Day is coming up on May 8th. You could get mom the requisite bouquet of flowers that will look magnificent on the dining room table for a week or so, but will eventually start to wilt … or you could instead present her with a beautifully decorated room inspired by her favorite flowers.

But don’t go thinking a room decorated with florals has to look old-fashioned or antique-y. Large floral patters in bold colors tend to take on a more modern, artsy vibe. Consider playing with scale and placing a large, bold print on a small area rug or throw pillow.

Real Simple

Conversely, if you think mom is looking for a more vintage, feminine look, work with smaller floral patterns. Mix different pattern sizes and colors for a fun, eclectic look.

Better Homes & Gardens

For a simple, do-it-yourself project, frame some photos of flowers that you purchased or took yourself. You could even frame some scraps of floral wallpaper. Create a grouping on the wall and you’ll have a real work of art to present to mom.

House to Home

When using floral wallpaper, it is important to understand pattern repeats — the vertical distance, in inches, from one point on a design until it starts over again. Busy repeats (six inches or less) can be intense, so they’re often best for covering just a single wall. Larger repeats (12 inches or more) are less dramatic, so they can cover four walls and still feel subtle.

Osborne and Little-available at Hirshfield's Design Studio

Osborne and Little-available at Hirshfield's Design Resource and select Hirshfield's stores

Best Home Gallery

Another great Mother’s Day gift would be the gift of a Hirshfield’s Color Call - Let a Hirshfield’s color expert help you determine the perfect color for your space. Here is what one happy customer had to say about their Hirshfield’s Color Call:

Hi Kim,
David and I wanted to let you know we recently completed our painting project with the colors you selected. We just love it! The house feels so much warmer and up-to-date. You made it all so easy…We never would have been able to do this on our own. Thank you so much.

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

{best colors for your bathroom}

You can spend hours choosing the right sink shape, faucet or mirror when decorating your bathroom. And then it’s time to talk color. Before choosing the color for your bathroom there are a few things to consider.

First, what’s your style? Is the bathroom a place where you quickly get ready for work in the morning and for bed at night? Or is it a sanctuary in your home – where you enjoy a long soak in the tub, relaxing after a busy day?

This spring we talked about House Beautiful’s discussions with designers about their favorite paint colors. The publication looked at different rooms and the colors that can best bring them to life.

Benjamin Moore Fresh Dew

Designers describe the pale wash of green of Benjamin Moore’s Fresh Dew as the “color of the sea,” and the perfect backdrop to a relaxing bath in a spa-like space.

House Beautiful: The Bathroom

Maybe you want your bathroom to be spotless and sparkle. Benjamin Moore’s Brilliant White will really make your fixtures pop. This is a white that isn’t too bright and isn’t too creamy. It’s a great, classic backdrop for any artwork you might have.

Your bathroom can also be a place to really experiment with color, since it may be a smaller room with some wall space taken up by tile. If you want to really kick things up, try Benjamin Moore’s California Blue or maybe even Tangerine Dream.

Benjamin Moore California Blue

California Blue is a rich, dark blue that’s reminiscent of the blue used in blueprints.

Benjamin Moore Tangerine Dream

Tangerine Dream is definitely not for the faint of heart but can really give you some major wow factor in a small space.

Why not go even bolder? Hirshfield’s Facebook friend Kelly posted that she transformed her 1/2 bath thanks to Benjamin Moore’s rich purple color called Aura Kalamata. Kelly says it’s so rich she thinks it also makes the bathroom look bigger.

This is a look at Aura Kalamata using Benjamin Moore’s personal color viewer. It’s a great tool to use to see how a color will look in your space.

Benjamin Moore Aura Kalamata

No matter which color you choose for your bathroom, remember that it doesn’t have be a utilitarian space. Using color, accessories and artwork, you can really create a space that fits your design personality. What do you think? Log on to our Facebook page and let us know what you thought about this post. We’ll choose one winner at random who will get two gallons of Benjamin Moore paint!

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