{friday finds: how hirshfield’s creates the best paint in the twin cities}

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As grownups, looking at the paint colors at Hirshfield’s can make you feel like a kid in a candy store. All of the colors, the finishes, the possibilities!

How do they create all of these beautiful, amazing colors? I was curious about how the process works and thought others might want to find out too. How does Hirshfield’s create the best paint in the Twin Cities?

First of all, it’s a large, busy operation. Did you know that they make 4,000 gallons of paint every day? Much of the paint goes to customers in the Midwest, but some goes across the world, even as far away as Japan. Here’s what they emphasize during the process.

Quality
I learned that the Hirshfield’s process starts off with high-quality raw materials and have never contained lead, crystalline silica, mercury or other unsafe materials. They realize that consumers have a number of options, so they remain vigilant in their efforts to make sure that their products are of high quality and perform to high expectations.

“If you do not have the product and it’s not of high quality and a fair price, your product is not going to be selected,” says Hirshfield’s Jason Boedigheimer. “In addition to the servicing and the commitment to our customer, we feel that we have a very strong product in the market, the quality and performance that’s needed.” Read the rest of this entry »

{spring break paint inspirations}

Paint Colors Inspired by Spring Break

It’s spring break season, and if my Facebook friends are any indication, throngs of Midwesterners are heading south to warmer climates and sandy beaches. When you’re at the seashore, it’s wonderful to get away from the hustle and bustle of dreary, blah, cold life here in the Midwest. The warm sunshine, sand between your toes, fresh ocean air—it’s an entirely sensational experience and pretty much the opposite of what we’re dealing with here at home! Even the décor at the beach is different, with bright colors of aqua to coral, and plenty of beach-themed accessories. If you love that vibe, you incorporate it into your décor once you’re home.

When it comes to paint, you can add some pops of “beach” colors into your space. This entryway is full of color and vitality. Perhaps the homeowner, who happens to be from Minnesota, was attracted to these colors after going to the beach?

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{highly patriotic colors: president’s day}

Patriotic colors for President’s Day.

You don’t have to save your patriotic style for Independence Day. Whether you decide to use some red, white and blue for the 4th of July, President’s Day, Memorial Day or throughout the year, there’s something about the colors that make you feel festive and energetic—like summer is right around the corner—even when it’s snowy and blustery outside.

There are many ways you can incorporate a patriotic color palette into your home’s décor, whether it’s going all out with the theme or with nods here and there in smaller doses.

One way to use color is, of course, with paint. Hirshfield’s offers a plethora of colors as well as superior paint advice in the Midwest. If you’re looking to make a fun, energy-infusing change to your home’s atmosphere, you can get wet paint samples and try out the color first. Some fun ideas for themes include a red accent wall, like the one in this living room:

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{valentine’s day decorating with radiant orchid}

Radiant Orchid decorations for Valentine’s Day.

You take this year’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. Then you take this week’s holiday, Valentine’s Day. Put them together and you have the perfect excuse to add a pop of fresh color to your décor while trying out a new look in your home.

Depending on your desire for change and your home’s current style, you can add a little touch of Radiant Orchid or go for a more dramatic effect. The color is in the purple-pink family and goes well with neutrals, particularly creams, grays and taupe. Pantone also recommends combining Radiant Orchid with turquoise, teal, light yellow, and even darker greens such as olive and hunter green. Read the rest of this entry »

{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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{selecting paint: hirshfield’s color call}

Expert help on selecting paint colors.

Some people are born with a gift of knowing color and style. They sense instinctively what would look perfect in this space or that, what color would add a pop of visual interest, what neutrals work best in what lighting. Thankfully, for the rest of us who don’t have that innate knowledge, there’s help.

Hirshfield’s offers in-home color consulting, where a colorist comes to your home, sees your house’s layout and furniture and discusses your personal style, preferences and wishes for the space. The call lasts a little more than one hour. After the visit you’ll get a color plan mailed to you and a $20 gift card toward a Hirshfield’s paint purchase. The cost is $150, and color stylist Belinda Dietrich says that her clients tell her it is a valuable service and worth every penny.

Dietrich recommends that homeowners think about specific areas they want to focus on so that they can best use their time with the stylist effectively. They should spend some time beforehand visualizing the mood they want the space to imbue—cozy and intimate, bright and energetic, luxurious or elegant. Dietrich might ask her customer to find one thing they love in their space as an inspiration or focal point. Read the rest of this entry »

{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 »

{friday finds: how to paint for an open floor plan}

Choosing a color scheme for an open floor plan

My friend Melissa knocked out a wall in her home that used to separate the kitchen from the living and dining rooms. Her new open floor plan allows her and her husband to keep an eye on their young children while they’re in the kitchen, paying bills at the dining room table or working on a project. There are many advantages to an open floor plan—but figuring out how to paint such a large space can be a challenge.

When you’re choosing a color scheme for an open floor plan, start by thinking about the colors that you love—what speaks to you and makes you happy. Next think of the space and what atmosphere you’re trying to create—cozy and warm, cool and clean or fresh and light. Think about the furniture, floor coverings and other items in the room and your purpose for the space. Choose your color so that it will complement existing furnishings. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: does white make a room seem larger?}

Is White the Way to Go?

If you have a smaller room in your home and you want to make it appear more spacious, you might assume that white would do the trick. However, that’s not necessarily the case.

According to color expert Kate Smith, who gives wonderful paint advice in Minnesota, a small room that is painted white can end up looking dirty and dingy. Blame the lighting—in dim light, shadows can be created that make the room feel smaller and more closed in, the opposite of what you want. Color can actually help a room appear bigger.

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