{pick the best color with confidence}

Hirshfield’s Color Expert, Kate Smith, shares insight on how to pick a paint color with confidence!

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You’re sick of the same colors in your home and are ready for something new, fresh and different. You’re rarin’ to start but aren’t sure exactly how and where to begin. What’s the first step? How do you know what the best color is for you and your home? Color expert Kate Smith has insight on how to pick the best color with confidence.

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{williamsburg colors by benjamin moore}

Historic, Contemporary, Versatile Colors from Benjamin Moore

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When you’re painting your home, oftentimes you want to stick with classic colors that have staying power and won’t go out of style any time soon. Benjamin Moore recently announced its new “Williamsburg” color line, inspired by Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia—American classic meets today’s style.

These colors are based on original pigments from 250 years ago that curators pinpointed and Benjamin Moore recreated. The paints are “historic, contemporary, versatile and pleasing as ever.” Read the rest of this entry »

{hirshfield’s top 10 blogs of 2013}

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As the year wraps up, I’m looking forward to the year ahead and the adventures that are in store. But before I do, I’m also looking back at 2013, reflecting on what I’ve learned, my personal successes and challenges, to better position myself for growth in 2014.

This is also a great opportunity to look at the Hirshfield’s blogs that readers most enjoyed over the past year, what blogs spoke to you and helped you, on topics regarding interior paint tips or about window coverings. We covered many, many topics—here are your top favorites from 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

{window treatment wednesday: top window treatment trends of 2013}

Top Window Treatment Trends of 2013 monterey-sulu-zm

Once November starts, it’s Thanksgiving prep time, then the holidays are here and then the new year. Ready or not, the year is wrapping up. What were some of the top window treatment trends of 2013?

Natural organics. Window treatments that evoked feelings of the outdoors and nature were still a big trend this year. From natural, woven materials to bamboo, people gravitated toward organic materials that added a sophisticated yet soothing look to their homes.

Color added. Homeowners felt more daring and added splashes of color via window treatments. Dining rooms, which have harder surfaces, were a good place to showcase luxurious patterns and colors, adding a softer element. Bedrooms were a good place for bright, unexpected reds or other colors that added visual pop. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: color combinations for fall}

Decorating with fall colors.

The fall season evokes memories of burnt orange and warm browns that welcome us into the months of pumpkin pie, crisp days, and falling leaves. These fall favorites can be translated into color schemes that are fashionable year-round!

Fall Inspired Color Combinations

Color splash. Shades of orange and yellow make for wonderful room accents. Use muted fabrics to let the bold colors stand out.

Stone brown. Benjamin Moore describes their Stone Brown (2112-30) as comfortable as a favorite pair of stone-washed khakis, this warm brown adds an air of cozy warmth to any space. 

Dark yellow. This typically spring color takes on a fall flavor when it comes in a darkened hue. Match it with a rich gold and cream to add depth.

Forest green. A forest green is a bit more muted, boding well with chocolate brown. This look can come across as heavy, so partner with white to lighten it up.

Fall color schemes.

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{friday finds: how to photograph a before and after room}

It’s not as easy as it seems to photograph your home. More goes into it than a click and a flash. If you’re trying to show home improvements in before and after shots, it is especially important to photograph the room in it’s best light for the after shot. There are some tips to accentuate the positive changes you have made. These photographs are meant to emphasize what a wonderful job you’ve done transforming the drab to fab!

A side-by-side comparison shows the vast changes you can make to a room.

A side-by-side comparison shows the vast changes you can make to a room.

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{expert advice: matching undertones}

Choosing color based on undertones.

Paint color can transform and revitalize your home. Color expert Kate Smith from Sensational Color realizes this and uses color to engage and create welcoming home environments. The undertones in color are an important aspect in paint selection that should not be ignored. Kate advises on how to match undertones when painting a room. Read the rest of this entry »

{expert advice: rules when using color}

Painting with proper proportions of color.

Paint color can transform and revitalize your home. Color expert Kate Smith from Sensational Color realizes this and uses color to engage and create welcoming home environments. One way to do this is with proper proportions of different hues and shades of color. Kate advises on how much color to use when painting a room. Read the rest of this entry »

{what determines a color trend?}

It takes many factors to make a color trend, from fashion, politics, the economy, art exhibits, Hollywood stars, rock legends, environmental issues and dozens of other outside influences.

Fashion is always something you have to watch when tracking trends. The old world art of lace making and the use of loose woven materials with a peek of bright color behind them is a trend taken from fashion and being interpreted into home furnishings.

Color trends

Another detail taken from art to fashion is color blocking, this is the use of bright colors without pattern, combined into interesting color combinations. This popular trend is resurrected from the art of Piet Mondrian, a Dutch artist from the early 1900’s and popularized in the 60’s.

Minneapolis design

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{five color myths}

1. Does this match?

Have you had someone show you a color choice and ask, does this match? I have been put in that situation dozens of times and can’t help but reply in all honesty;  “no it does not match, but it does coordinate”. In order for a color to match it has to be the same exact color whereas if it looks good next to its companion then it is a good coordinate.

2. Red will raise your heart rate

Red will only raise your heart rate if it is entire room of red that is highly illuminated and you have to spend a great deal of time in it for the color to make your heart speed up.

3. The best room designs are those that have coordinated fabrics in the same patterns

These “matchy, matchy “ rooms are out of style, it is better to have a variety of colors and patterns that look good together rather than using  the same pattern over and over again.

4. Red cars attract traffic police

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