{benjamin moore 2017 color of the year: shadow 2117-30}

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2017 Shadow 2117-30

Shadow 2117-30 | Benjamin Moore

The reaction to Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color of the Year has been a bit of surprise and delight. Shadow 2117-30 is a deep, dark, subtle mixture of charcoal and purple.

House Beautiful called it “anything but neutral,” and Architectural Digest discussed the versatility of the “moody, amethyst hue.”

“I love it. It’s sophisticated, warm, and fresh. I can see it in a library or a small office. It would make a room feel cozy,” says designer Ally Banks of Ally Banks Interiors in the District, who is using the color on chairs, accent pillows and stools in a current project. – Washington Post

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{color of the month: seeing green with mother nature 0746}

This has been the year of natural and organic shapes and textures — from organic shapes at High Point Market to organic textures in the latest Thibaut books. And now, our color of the month is truly inspired by nature. Mother Nature, to be exact. Mother Nature 0746 is Hirshfield’s Color of the Month for October.

Mother Nature Paint color

Mother Nature 0746

Mother Nature 0746 is a fashion-forward, organic color — a deeper green that sits somewhere between yellow-green and blue-green. We’re seeing this as an emerging trend color in fabrics, accessories, and wallpapers used as a deep neutral.

And we’re not the only ones with green on our minds. The Color Marketing Group picked Thrive as the North American Key Color 2017+.  And that’s the point. “Green is a color of growth, of newness, and of wellbeing,” says CMG , “and Thrive will be the hue to carry us forward.”

big croc wallpaper

This jumbo croc wallpaper pattern is fashioned after handbags and is stunning in real life. Hirshfield’s Design Studio carries the book. 

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{inside the bachman’s 2016 fall ideas house}


The 2016 Bachman’s Fall Ideas House has so much to see, we needed two blogs to do it justice. Last week, we toured the new Bar Shed. This week, we go inside.


The theme of this year’s Fall Ideas House is “Warm Days, Cool Nights,” featuring a mix of terracotta hues, shades of blue, cozy textures, and natural elements. You’ll see mixed metals with green plants and lush florals, with Hirshfield’s paints on all of the walls. Here are some of the highlights.

Living Room

The living room has enough ideas to fill the house, from the metallic leaves above the mantel to the autumn scene filling the fireplace down below. Read the rest of this entry »

{2016 bachman’s fall ideas house: bar shed tour}


The Drunken Hen


Welcome to The Drunken Hen, one of the highlights of this year’s Bachman’s Fall Ideas House. It’s an Outdoor Beer Pub, located in the space formerly reserved for the She Shed, Kid’s Clubhouse, and the chicken coop.


The Outdoor Beer Pub taps into (pardon the pun) another fun trend, pub sheds. There’s a popular website in Britain with a Shed of the Year competition, and there’s even a company in Boston that rents out inflatable backyard pub sheds for parties.


Bar Sheds For Rent in Boston | ThePaddyWagon.com

But why travel to Britain or Boston when we have this wonderful example in our own (well, technically, in the Ideas House’s) backyard?

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{5 ways to be adventurous with your trim color}

It’s amazing how much you can change the look of your walls, even the mood of the whole room, with the trim color you choose. Maybe, you want more of a design statement than trim painted white? We have some colorful inspiration: five ways designers used less conventional combinations to create different moods.

Cool Contemporary

Trim: Gettysburg Gray (HC-107) | Walls: French Canvas (1514)


Credit: Dresser Photography

In this remodel, Gary Dresser decided to paint the trim darker than the walls. He says, “I spend time just sitting on my sofa admiring the way it looks. It’s crisp and modern but somehow mellower than the other way around. And it works in any style room with any style trim.” Here’s a similar look in a bedroom, where mellow means marvelous.
Desire to Inspire painted hallway

A long and dark hallway off the main room in the above photo is painted red, from floor to ceiling. Ka-pow! | Desire To Inspire

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{friday finds: new looks from eijffinger}

The newest book from the wonderful Dutch wallpaper company Eijffinger has a Danish influence. This fun, funky, colorful new collection in collaboration with RICE, the Danish homewares and accessories company, known for colorful melamine, handmade baskets, storage, and hand glazed tablewares.


Metallic gold dots on a white background – best looking pattern in the book!


From the glittery, gold polka dots to its vibrant, playful, mural-like prints, this collection stays true to RICE’s motto —”make  your everyday more colorful.”


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{friday finds: tips for decorating with organic materials}

One of this year’s big trends is decorating with organic materials. Our design team highlighted the combination of gold and glam with organic materials when they came back from High Point Market Week this spring, but what if you want to bring organic materials into your own home?

Here are 8 tips to help you add warm textures and earthy beauty to your decor — organically.

1. Use wood in unexpected places, like the bathroom:

Master Suite Remodel

Credit: Lee & Co Contractors

If the full wood wall feels a bit like a Scandinavian sauna, we understand. You could just go with the wood shelves that complement it:
Master Suite Remodel

2. Become a dream-weaver:

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