{friday finds: pretty pastel rooms}

 

 

 

I was surprised how drawn I was to the pale and airy colors shown in last week’s post Decorating with Pretty Pastels. The featured rooms had a fresh and cheerful feeling to them that had everything to do with the pastel colors. From rustic to refined, you’ll see pastels are keeping it fresh. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: decorating with pretty pastels}

Painting with pastels in the spring.

For me, springtime brings to mind grass turning green, yellow daffodils unfurling, tulips blooming. The return of warm weather, blooming trees’ light petals and lilac bushes leave me drawn to springtime pastels and light, dreamy colors.

That’s my inspiration for this week’s blog—decorating with pretty pastels, whether the colors are found in prints, paint or accessories. How do you like to use pastels?

An important thing to keep in mind when decorating with pastels is balance and the “sometimes less is more” concept—you don’t want your home to look like an overgrown Easter egg. The neutrals or bright accent colors you use along with your pastels are critical to keeping the look sophisticated and on trend. If you’re painting and want to incorporate pastel blue, for example, how about using an intense green hue as an accent color?

Contemporary Bedroom by Atlanta Photographers Erica George Dines Photography

Can pastels dazzle? This lovely lavender foyer is perfection. The dark gray console is a nice contrast against the pastel walls and also ties in with the lighter gray carpet runner.  Soft lavenders and purples always look their best when paired with trim painted white.
Benjamin Moore Organdy 1248

Paint color is Benjamin Moore 1248 -Mandarina Studio

 If you’re using yellow, you can be bold and use a bright plum as a contrasting hue.

Contemporary Living Room by East Hanover Lighting Capitol Lighting EH Division, INC

If you like pastels but aren’t sure how to use it in your home, feel free to stop by your local Hirshfield’s for paint advice in the Midwest. Their paint experts will have great ideas for you, and you can get wet paint samples to try at home before you paint an entire room or wall.

Accessories can also satisfy your pastel partiality in smaller doses. You can use a row of pillows in a similar family of colors like this summer porch to make a statement.

As you can see by these photos, pastel doesn’t mean wimpy or washed out. Using pastels the right way can add great color and interest to your home while retaining an atmosphere of sophistication and comfort.

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust. 

{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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{bachman’s 2014 spring ideas house}

 

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According to the calendar spring is here. Hard to tell with all the snow still on the ground, but the 2014 Bachman’s Spring Ideas House can give you a much-needed color fix. “Aegean Oasis” will provide the antidote to Minnesota’s long winter by allowing visitors to bask in the sophisticated blues, greens, and diverse patterns of an overseas retreat.

 

kitchen cupboard

Bachman’s design team makes the “open cabinet” concept look so appealing.

 

orange

Love this vignette-the stenciled walls, dresser with a pop of orange, and the rope lighting behind the mirror. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: basketball themed décor}

March Madness

College basketball fans love their teams, and March Madness can get intense. A friend of mine scheduled surgery at its onset so he could recover while watching the games. I read an article claiming that lost worker productivity costs companies $1.7 billion during March Madness—although that statistic’s validity has been debated. Either way, March Madness is coming and basketball fans are gearing up for some great action on the court. Bring some of that excitement home with you and try these basketball inspired rooms.

Bedrooms

Younger fans might take their love for basketball and, while they’re still young enough to carry it off, apply it to the décor in their bedrooms.

You can have subtle touches of your basketball theme, implementing accent pieces here and there—an autographed, framed jersey on the wall; a vintage leather basketball; maybe picture frames.

basketball theme rooms

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{bits & pieces: censational girl talks wood trim and paint colors}

wood trim

Kate from Censational Girl posted a long-awaited piece on rooms with wood trim and what to do with them when it comes to paint colors. White trim has been so popular as of late, it feels like wood trim is considered out of favor in the decorating world. Painted or stained trim? Surround yourself with what makes you happy.

These beautiful rooms are for our customers with wood trim… and I know there are a lot of you out there.

Here’s the link to Better Homes & Gardens Style Spotters which is where you’ll find the rest of the story…

Centsational Girl continues to be one of the top rated Home and Garden blogs on the web with an average of 1.5 million pageviews per month. Kate is crazy with the DIY projects and I often wonder when that girl sleeps. Check out her blog for inspiration overload.

{friday finds: benjamin moore neutrals for 2014}

Benjamin Moore New Neutrals

The New Neutral 2014

Benjamin Moore is seeing a shift away from gray to pastels and in a response, introduced a palette of 23 colors called The “New” Neutral Palette. These colors can be described as “…colors that can make a room happy…to lift the spirit…a lighter touch”

“This palette is a reaction to all the color cues that we have noticed popping up in the home furnishing industry… textiles, carpets, wallpapers, tabletops and pottery, as well as color schemes that emerge in landscape design, the auto industry, fashion, and graphics.

“As color rarely exists in isolation, we have designed a palette of 23 colors that work well together. There is harmony among the colors. There is an art to sequencing color from one room to another—hallways are the arteries of the house, rooms radiate off the hallways and this palette helps the transition because the colors flow seamlessly. – Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director, Benjamin Moore & Co.

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{friday finds: thibaut graphic resource}

 

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Thank you, Thibaut Wallcovering for bringing us back. Back into the world of color with the new Graphic Resource Collection and out of our winter wonderland of white. Graphic Resource got it right with great patterns and equally appealing colors. A little something for everyone.

Introducing the shape of things to come. Graphic Resource is a collection of wallcoverings that range from bold patterns to fun novelties and graceful geometrics. Thibaut’s newest wallpaper collection offers a variety of perfectly scaled and upbeat designs in exciting and also subtle color combinations.

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A chunky Chevron is available in 11 colorways with four neutrals filling out the mix.

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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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{friday finds: top 15 hirshfield’s paint colors 2014}

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 I’d like to introduce Hirshfield’s best-selling paint colors 2014.

Hirshfield’s customers are still loving their neutrals. Not an Emerald Green in the bunch AND seven paint colors from 2010 are best-sellers in 2014. Still the mid-tone neutrals but going pastel. With the popularity of gray, our customers are gravitating towards warm and cozy grays that lean towards the browns.

These Hirshfield’s neutrals are great colors for bridging warm and cool tones in a room. They can go in different directions depending on the other colors in the room; chameleon colors that take on the properties of the colors around it…is it gray or green? Customers like these “safe” colors. They’re familiar, inviting, and play nicely with existing pieces. A neutral palette makes a great backdrop for layering textures and colors, and when it’s time to freshen up your space with different accent colors, having a neutral background makes it so much easier.

What does the future hold for neutrals? Trends forecaster Michelle Lamb shares her insights from the Maison & Objet trade fairs held in September 2013 and January 2014:

Cool, clean mid-tones have been the workhorse of the gray story. This time, they lost ground in a big way. All but banished from the high-end, their most-obvious presence was in less-expensive, mainstream products. Even then, cool gray looked dated.

Meanwhile, the gray version of taupe warmed yet again, moving a step closer to brown. This shift, along with the advance of browns, confirmed that the tables have turned on neutrals popularity. Expect browns, not grays, to be the fashion leaders into 2015. - Trend Curve October 2013

Browns also conveyed an earthy message as they established themselves as the go-to neutral. saturated beige and paper-bag browns were seen more often than chocolate. However, chocolate was building, too. In some upholstery stands, there was a sense of looking over a sea of browns. All those browns made declining grays look even more dated. - Trend Curve February 2014

Time to repaint? This list of best-sellers is a great place to begin your neutral journey. Remember these are computer generated colors. Don’t judge. Stop by one of our retail stores and see for yourself why Hirshfield’s customers are loving their neutrals.

Click on the link to see what’s on sale this week. Also, Painting 101 class dates will be announced next week. Due to popular demand, the  “how to paint” class is coming back to town.

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

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