{are silver and gray colors?}

grey color

Some time ago there was interesting banter on a Color Marketing Group site about whether silver was a color and opinions were flying around like bees on honey. I don’t think there was a clear winner as experts from all over chimed in with their views on the subject. There was the opinion that silver was a finish not a color and from left field was thrown the idea that silver was a neutral like gray and therefore not considered a color. So now we have two controversies, are silver and gray colors?

A neutral is defined as “being without color” and you would think that gray falls into the neutral category. However, most grays in the paint industry are made with lamp black, a very blue cast black. Since it is blue cast any amount of it will add blue to the formula or will make it a “cool” gray. Another source of black colorant is carbon black which is less blue than lamp black but used less frequently. I have found the most neutral grays are found at the junction of red violet and blue violet, being a neutral between a warm and cool color family. There can only be one gray family that is a true neutral as any addition of color changes that color into a definite hue even though it may be imperceptible to the human eye.

Silver, in my opinion, is a gray with a metallic finish. If there is such a thing as warm silver and cool silver, or even a green, blue or whatever silver then how can silver not be a color? Stainless steel can be anything from a cool hue to a warm hue depending on the manufacturer, but since they are all silver they are considered neutrals, which is why they fit so well into all environments.

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{window treatment wednesday}

Solar shades are a great type off window treatment for preserving views, reducing solar heat gain, blocking incoming  UV rays which can fade furniture, carpet, and artwork. Contrary to popular belief, solar shades do not provide privacy; as much as you can see out during the day, you can see in at night.
If you’d like to see an example, Hirshfield’s Roseville location has a solar shade in their front window to block the afternoon sun on those hot summer days.

{friday finds: as seen at hirshfield’s}

Benjamin Moore Inner Glow on the walls and that amazing ikat fabric on the sofa is Thom Filicia for Kravet…as seen in House Beautiful.

Eye spy, from the pages of the February and March issues of House Beautiful, lots of lovelies you’ll find at Hirshfield’s Design Studio and at our retail stores. Stop in and check us out.  Read the rest of this entry »

{all-american design}

Happy President’s Day! President’s Day, which is celebrated on the third Monday in February, is a day when Americans honor the legacies of the U.S. presidents. The holiday was established in 1800, when Congress declared February 22–George Washington’s birthday–a federal holiday.

So how does the team at Hirshfield’s pay tribute to all of our great Presidents? With some All-American inspired eye candy!

Since the paint and design experts at Hirshfield’s love color, let’s start with the basics of All-American design; red, white and blue!

All American design

Decor Pad

coastal living

Coastal Living

Patriotic design

House Beautiful

Minneapolis paint supplier

House Beautiful

Twin cities paint supplier

House Beautiful

Want to make your home look like it came out of a page of the President’s Day issue of an interior design magazine? Check out some of Hirshfield’s best selling red, white and blue paint colors.

best selling paint

best white paints

If you are considering re-painting or freshening up the look of your home with some paint, stop in to your local Hirshfield’s and let the paint experts there help you pick out the best paint for your home. Whether your home is located right here in the Twin Cities or at 1600 Penslyvania Avenue, the paint experts at Hirshfield’s are ready to help!

{friday finds: hirshfield’s color club}

Since 2007 Hirshfield’s has offered their customers the luxury of storing and tracking their paint information. All YOU have to do is join Hirshfield’s Color Club.

What’s the Color Club all about?

Personal Archived Color History. We’ll keep track of all your paint color selections, including custom color formulations and stain color formulas. The product you used. The color. The sheen. Even the room. You never need to save another old paint can. You’ll always have a record at Hirshfield’s Decorating Centers. Tomorrow or ten years from now. Just visit any Hirshfield’s location. The color you used is right at our fingertips.

Color Club members receive:

  • Monthly e-mail newsletters on decorating ideas, color trends, sales and more.
  • Advance e-mail notices of sales and new products. Color Club “for members only” special offers change on a bi-weekly basis.
  • Color Club members are first to receive invitations to in-store design events.
  • Color Club rates on tuition at the Minneapolis Institute of Fine Finishes.

Answers to frequently asked questions:

  • Color Club members do not have to carry a Color Club card, as we access information by a phone number or name.
  • Hirshfield’s sends out 2-3 Color Club e-mails a month…really.
  • Hirshfield’s does not share your personal information.
  • Check your spam folder if you have a Color Club account and have not been receiving our e-mails.
  • Contact Mrh@hirshfields.com or your local Hirshfields store if your e-mail address needs updating.
  • If you sign up for the Color Club newsletter on our website, you will receive the e-mails, but you’ll still have to sign up in the store to take advantage of the special offers.
Not a Color Club member? JOIN TODAY at your neighborhood Hirshfield’s store. It’s FREE.

{tips for painting small spaces}

Painting a large room may be overwhelming and intimidating (until you read our blog post on tips for painting large spaces, that is), but painting a small room also presents challenges. Corners, crevices, angles, and of course the constant threat of brushing up against wet paint on your backside when you bend over to dip your paint brush! Well, if you’re looking for advice on painting small spaces, you’ve come to the right place, my friend. The paint experts at Hirshfield’s are here to help!

Mike Adochio, from Hirshfield’s in West St. Paul, is sharing some of his best tips for painting small spaces:

Best paintbrush for painting small spaces

Best paint brush

Wooster Brush

When painting a small room you’ll want to make sure to invest in a good paint brush. Mike recommends the Wooster Brush Ultra/Pro Linbeck 2 inch angled paint brush. And be sure to clean it up with water – Mike recommends avoiding using soap as it can leave a film on the brush.

If you’re painting a bathroom and need to get behind fixed objects like a toilet, try using a “long john” roller. It has a long-handle with a slim roller to help you paint those hard-to-reach places.

Prepping your room for painting
Tape, tape, tape! Prep is key for painting in smaller areas. Do not cut corners with prep, clean all the walls, clear the space, lay down drop cloth and take all your edges. It takes more time up front, but will actually save you time in the long-run.

Best paint colors for small spaces
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{get your pink on}


 Happy Valentines Day!

What better day to showcase one of my favorite colors, “PINK.” Enjoy the eye candy and have a grand day. Read the rest of this entry »

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