{muted color palettes}

Color schemes don’t always have to be bright or bold to make a statement. Subtle, muted color palettes can provide a timeless beauty and create a clean slate to incorporate whatever new design trends come in the future. Here are 5 examples of style and sophistication with muted color palettes.

Parade of Homes #248

Interiors by Jay Nuhring House Styling and photography by Spacecrafting

Jay Nuhring, Home Stylist, worked his magic with grays, greens and creams, and accessorizing with color, creating a light and airy vibe in MyHomeSource’s beautiful model (#248) in the Spring Parade of Homes Tour.

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{color club’s top blog posts of 2015}

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As the year draws to a close, it’s always fun to review the highlights of the past year. We’ve gathered all of your favorite Color Club posts from 2015 – reread your personal favorites, and be sure to check out any that you may have missed:

  1. {50 shades of gray – the paint edition}
    There is quite the buzz in the air about the movie, 50 Shades of Grey, you can’t help but read about it, hear about it, and see it everywhere. People can’t seem to get enough of it. So welcome to 50 Shades of Gray – The Paint Edition.
  2. {bold and beautiful wallpaper trends for 2015}
    Wallpaper continues to gain popularity with homeowners and designers. Here is our look at wallpaper trends for 2015 – the hot colors, prints and textures – from some of the top manufacturers.
  3. {wallcovering wednesday – easy up and easy down with sure strip}
    If you’ve shied away from wallpaper in the past because you were worried about the paste and the mess, York has a paper for you. And if you avoid wallpaper because you hate trying to take it down later – you’ll like it even better.
  4. {backyard bungalows: designer sheds and outbuilding}
    Well, I have come upon a new trend – backyard sheds. Nope, not those ugly sheds designed to house your tools and your mower; but rather a separate building designed for relaxation, entertainment and a refuge from the real world.
  5. {fabulous front door paint ideas}
    A simple, inexpensive exterior makeover will add plenty of curb appeal (and home value) and welcome you home each day. And new paints make it even easier to brighten your front door.
  6. {choosing colors – going from beige to greige}
    I spent hours looking at paint samples, and I learned that gray can be a tricky color to choose as it can skew either blue or brown – and, depending on what accessories and furniture you have, it’s important to lean one way or another.
  7. {bits & pieces: dog washing stations}
    But we should add that if you’re painting the walls in your pampered pooch parlour, Hirshfield’s recommends our Heavy Duty Latex Enamel — doggone indestructible and highly resistant to the splishing and splashing and inevitable after-bath shaking.
  8. {what the color of your front door says about you}
    What’s so fascinating about the portal to a house? Perhaps it’s because an interesting front door communicates something about the personality you’ll find inside. What does your front door color say about your mood and your home?
  9. {how to pick the right paint color for your home}
    Painting the exterior of your home doesn’t happen often, so when you’re deciding on a color, you have to be 100% confident that this color will be timeless, elegant, and beautiful.
  10. {bachman’s spring revival ideas house 2015}
    The Bachman’s Spring Revival idea house is filled with attractive and affordable ways you can put your personal stamp on room design. This year, many inventive solutions utilizing found art and objects were featured.

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{2016 pantone colors of the year: rose quartz and serenity}

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Call it an early Christmas present, or call it confusing. Either way, Pantone gave us two Colors of the Year for the first time ever with the announcement that Rose Quartz and Serenity would share the spotlight as the 2016 Pantone Color of the Year.

Some critics compared the two hues to the traditional pastels for baby bedrooms — pale pink and baby blue — but Pantone’s Leatrice Eiseman disagrees. “Rose Quartz is not baby pink,” she says, “it doesn’t have that wimpy feel.”

The executive director of Pantone’s Color Institute told the Wall Street Journal that Pantone had been considering two colors for awhile, and this seemed like the perfect pair. “From a business perspective, it’s two colors, so it’s an opportunity to make extra combinations,” Eiseman said. “It makes for a perfect combination in the home.”

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Media Reaction

The Los Angeles Times called it a coded message about gender equality and fluidity. “In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design,” Eiseman explained. “This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity.”

InStyle was more poetic, focusing on the soothing nature of the airy pastels: “Rose Quartz evokes a sunset, budding flower, or flushed cheek, while Serenity conjures an expanse of bleached blue sky. Worn separately, they don’t have the same power of calmness as they do when worn together.”

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StyleCaster and the kitchn showcased creative ways to decorate with the two hues and Apartment Therapy did a great piece on “Pale Pink Living Rooms” earlier this year

Variations of Rose Quartz have been on our radar for a year or so and we featured the Hirshfield’s Paint color, Souffle 0139, in a blog post last November. Here are a few photos from Hirshfield’s Pinterest Boards showing similar colors to Rose Quartz and Serenity. It will be an interesting year seeing how and where the 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year show up.

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Wall color is Raleigh Peach CW-205 from Benjamin Moore’s Williamsburg Collection

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From the Pantone site:

Whether in soft or hard surface material, the pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity brings calm and relaxation. Appealing in all finishes, matte, metallic and glossy, the engaging combo joins easily with other mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink. Add in silver or hot brights for more splash and sparkle.

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.

{bachman’s holiday ideas house 2015}

 

Bachman's Holiday Ideas House Kitchen

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Bachman’s historic homestead on Lyndale Avenue South. Festive floral and table arrangements, one-of-a-kind pieces, repurposed pieces, and new items all nestled alongside each other for a “making it merry” home. Props to the design team for sharing their awesome creativity!

Key trends to look for in this season’s Holiday Ideas House:

  • Words of Wisdom – Text written across pillows, glasses, and décor put you in the holiday spirit.
  • Luxury – Drape yourself in luxe details found in gold, plaid patterns, copper, and fur accents.
  • Mixed Metals – Juxtaposed bronze, copper, and gold are paired for added visual interest.
  • Make it Merry – Find inspired ideas for Christmas in every corner to make the season bright.

Enjoy our mini-tour of the Holiday Ideas House 2015.

Living room Bachman's Holiday Ideas House 2015

Chimney breast wrapped in wallpaper that looks like horizontal wood planks.

Christmas tree Bachman's Holiday Ideas House

Christmas tree? Candy cane? Use your imagination with these cute wooden boxes.

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{benjamin moore 2016 color of the year: simply white}

Sometimes, Benjamin Moore goes with a “lighter  touch” in its annual Color Trend Forecast. Like last year, when Guilford Green was the 2015 Color of the Year.  Or 2014, when they went with a light blue, Breath of Fresh Air. But this year, it’s simply white. Or “Simply White OC – 117” to be exact.

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Walls: Simply White OC – 117 Aura Matte | Trim: Simply White OC – 117 ADVANCE Semi-Gloss

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{6 reasons gray and greige are so popular}

Mention gray to many people, and they’ll think it’s drab and boring. But most designers consider it exciting. There are now so many shades of gray that its reputation of being cold or unwelcoming has changed as trending gray paints have taken on a warmer undertone that is desirable for any room of your home.

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Shades of Gray from Benjamin Moore’s Color Stories Collection

Want proof? Just check Pinterest, where gray and greige (a warm mixture of gray and beige) are showing up on everything from coffee cups to bath tubs. So, here are 6 reasons you should consider gray or greige for your next painting project:

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{bits & pieces: house of turquoise}

Library Ceiling - Baltic Sea CSP-680 with overlay pattern in Dove White

Library Ceiling – Baltic Sea CSP-680 with overlay pattern in Dove White

Laundry Cabinets - Hollingsworth Green HC-141 Main Floor Laundry

Laundry Cabinets – Hollingsworth Green HC-141

Benjamin Moore AC-22 Nantucket Fog Boy's bedroom

Wall color: Benjamin Moore AC-22 Nantucket Fog

Did you catch House of Turquoise last week? Erin gave us a week-long tour of an amazing 14,000 sq. ft. home featured in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes.  Once you see the home, and even with the expertise of their designer, think about all the decisions the homeowners had to make. Yikes!

The best part of the home tour for me was seeing the Benjamin Moore paint colors in action. What a great resource! Here’s the link to day one of the tour. Enjoy!

Psst. The countdown to The Twin Cities Fall Parade and Remodelers Showcase 2015 has begun!

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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