{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.
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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.

 

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

 

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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.

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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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{home trends in 2014: beyond the color of the year}

Home trends to try in 2014.

Sometimes we crave something new. We want to check out a new store, buy a new pair of shoes, try a new restaurant or travel to a new city. Change can be fun, exciting, and energizing. The same concept holds true for your home. It can be fun to add a zip of color here, a dash of style there. At the same time, we can’t redecorate our home constantly—no one has the time or energy for that. But there are ways to update your home to give it a fresh feel without breaking the bank.

Color expert Kate Smith knows a thing or two about how to refresh a home. She keeps up on the latest trends in design and offers knowledgeable, fresh interior paint tips for homes. She says that there are ways to update the look of your house without having to redo an entire space.

“What’s really interesting and on trend at the moment is to add in a really unexpected color,” says Smith. “Take your scheme, maybe a traditional scheme that’s even been around for a while, and all of a sudden bring in an acidy green, or a swampy brown, or even a red violet, but a color that you just generally would not ever think to use with the other colors that you have going on.”

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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.

{friday finds: what project are you working on?}

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We love seeing what projects our customers are working on and if we’re lucky they’ll remember to send us a photo or two. Enjoy these photos taken by “everyday people” sans stylists and expensive cameras.

A customer from our Edina store purchased 16 empty paint cans. Inquiring minds wanted to know what he was working on. Kudos to the customer for coming up with this brilliant custom-made coffee table. Doesn’t it look like it belongs in an expensive modern design catalog? Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: hirshfield’s best selling paint color: 3am latte}

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0175 3am Latte

“Still The One”
We’ve been together since way back when
Sometimes I never want to see you again
But I want you to know
After all these years
You’re still the one…

 I feel the lyrics from this 70′s song describes the relationship H’s employees have with 3am Latte. Or maybe I’m projecting?

I sent an email to our stores yesterday asking for their 10 best-selling Hirshfield’s paint colors. I realized it’s been 3½ years since Hirshfield’s Top 15 Paint Colors appeared on the blog. I think it’s time for an update, don’t you? So far, six stores have responded and I was surprised to see 3am Latte on all their lists…again. With gray being such a color powerhouse in the design world and the “IT” neutral for wall color, I wondered why is 3am Latte still so popular with our customers?

I made some inquiries and here’s what Hirshfield’s color experts shared:

 “This is a color that gives you the intensity of a darker color without being too dark. It’s “Minnesota brown” all the way. A little gold, a little brown, it’s a color that goes with a lot of fabrics. A great neutral background that works with patterns and solids.”  Jon – Hirshfield’s Eden Prairie & Edina

“We live in Minnesota where some people think salt, pepper, and catsup are spicy. These customers don’t want anything “too spicy” on their walls. When customers come in asking for a neutral (with a little color) I show them 3am Latte. Sometimes it’s toooo much color. If they’re receptive to trying a sample at home, seven out of ten customers end up liking the color, and return to buy it. An all-around good neutral.” Nate – Hirshfield’s Apple Valley

“3am Latte can work in every room in your home. A darker color without being too dark-it gives you intensity. It’s a cozy, organic looking color. Masculine enough for a man cave, works with an “up north” color palette, and with just about any accent color. Crisp and classy looking against white enamel woodwork. A nice contrast with lighter colors like Little Dove 0006. If you want to work gray walls into your home’s color scheme, look at these grays: 0519 Baby Seal, 0568 Cloudy Today, 0504 Indian Tears. 3am Latte is a good compliment to the undertones in these (Hirshfield’s) grays.” Becky – Hirshfield’s Roseville & Design Studio

“We’ve had so many success stories with this color; for a lot of us, it’s our go-to color when customers come in wanting a neutral. I recommend 3am Latte for rental properties because it goes with everything: woodwork, painted trim, accent colors, carpets, and tile.” Aaron – Hirshfield’s Maple Grove

 Another color mystery solved. I misjudged 3am Latte; now I know why “It’s Still the One.” This color deserves an A+ for playing well with others. If you’re having difficulty finding a good neutral take a look-see at Hirshfield’s 3am Latte. Or is it too spicy for you?

{friday finds: radiant orchid: pantone color of the year 2014}

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Duralee’s Maestro/color 618 is a great representation of Radiant Orchid

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Hirshfield’s Paint Pink Parade 1165

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Last week was a big week for all us color geeks. Pantone made their always-anticipated Color of the Year announcement with Radiant Orchid declared the color for 2014.

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.” 
“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Are you feeling the Radiant Orchid love? You soon will be as Pantone not only influences the interior design industry, but the world of fashion, product packaging, graphic arts, and industrial design. I hope Radiant Orchid can live up to the high expectations that come with being crowned Color of the Year.

Kathy Basil, Hirshfield’s Design Resource, shared with the Star Tribune how she sees Radiant Orchid playing out in the home:

She’s noticed pink ascending in popularity, especially among trend-savvy customers. “People in the know — they’re asking for pink in wallcoverings,” she said. Not just orchid shades, but pinks of all description, from brights to pales. “Whenever you start to see the range in a color, you can tell it’s coming.”

Basil also expects orchid to take a limited supporting role in home decor. “I don’t really see it as a wall color,” she said. “It can’t be matte or flat. It has to have depth, like a fabric or a leather. It won’t take center stage like emerald,” last year’s Pantone pick for Color of the Year, she predicted.

Now that Radiant Orchid is on your radar, seeing the color will register in your mind – aah, the color of the year, in all its royal tints, tones, and shades.

 

{bits & pieces: hirshfield’s lake street is closing}

lakestreet copyShe did eighty-three years on an ever-changing main drag in Minneapolis.

Cobblestones and street cars (and probably a horse here and carriage there) in the Thirties gave way to the fast cars and drive-in malts of the Fifties and the myriad ebb and flow in the last half of the past century brings us to the final days of this paint and wallpaper edifice on the cross street of two great cities.

Our Lake Street store served the company well, and its bricks and memories will live on even as new development breathes fresh and different life into the neighborhood.

Lake Street Hirshfield’s doors will close on Wednesday, November 27th.

Hirshfield’s Uptown location is ready to help you with new and current projects.
2741 Hennepin Ave. (take Lake to Hennepin, right 3 blocks)
Minneapolis, MN 55408 Phone: (612) 870-0200
Store Hours: Mon – Fri 7:00AM-6:00PM Saturday 9:00AM-4:00PM
We appreciate your support these many years.

 Happy Hanukkah. Happy Thanksgiving.

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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