{choosing colors: going from beige to greige}

I love to decorate my home and it never ceases to amaze me how much color can transform a room – from paint to accessories. For years (seriously, I think for a whole decade), my house was draped in paint from Hirshfield’s with names like Tobacco Road, Accessible Beige and Golden Thread.

Benjamin Moore popular gray paint colors

The best of Benjamin Moore’s grays

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{how to decorate with pastels}

Friday Finds:  Playing with Pastels

Nothing says spring quite like pastels. The pretty, pale colors of Easter eggs and children’s bedrooms are now on trend for all of us. Pastels are all grown up, with new hues and eye-catching color combinations.

Trending combination of color according to @pantonecolor: Wan blue, pale peach and tender yellow

Images from the September issue of Goodhomes Magazine. Photography by Max Attenborough

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{what the color of your front door says about you}

Put Your Personality Right Upfront

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?

yellow front door Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore Yellow Hibiscus 357 | Source

Here are some thoughts as you consider color for this focal point of your home’s exterior. Read the rest of this entry »

{ceiling color inspiration: look up!}

Decorating the Fifth Wall

How many walls do you plan on painting in your room? Three? Four? Look up. That ceiling is truly your fifth wall and often an overlooked territory. And, while there are industrial size canisters of “ceiling white” paint available, we love using color on the ceiling to add nuance to a room.

Liz Dahlin from the Woodbury Hirshfield’s has some beautiful examples of how even subtle shifts from plain white can harmonize and elevate the wall colors you’ve selected and enhance the entire space

“Depending on the overall palette, I like to use Hirshfield’s 0006 Little Dove or 0012 Bunny Cake with warmer, deeper walls. For lighter or cooler colors, I like Hirshfield’s 0011 Sugar Dust. For a crisp contrast to grays and blues, I love Benjamin Moore White Dove.”

Veranda Magazine stained ceilling

Veranda magazine March/April 2014

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{friday finds: tracking 2015 color trends}

Color Marketing Group 2015 Color Forecast

The Color Marketing forecast for 2015 was decided back in November of 2013, combining the results of many ChromaZones (Color Forecasting Workshops) throughout the world.  Two months into the new year, have you noticed the 2015 colors popping up in fashion, makeup, and interiors here in the Midwest? I’ve been seeing these four colors out and about: Frozen Stream, Pleasant Stream, Dark River, and Remaining Embers. How about you? Which colors keep popping up on your radar?

Jack-O-Lantern, Remaining Embers, Pleasant Stream

Once again blue-green held a spot in the forecast in a brighter and deeper value that is the perfect companion for rusty reds and mid-tone oranges.

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{50 shades of gray – the paint edition}

 Shades of Gray to Fit Any Room

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.

Langdon Dove

Langdon Dove by Hirshfield’s |Highmark Builders | Photography by SpaceCrafting

Shades of Gray to Warm A Room

Shades of gray that work well in our cool climate are the warmer grays. These are the grays that have gold or brown undertones as compared to the blue undertones that tend to look too cool for our weather.

Hirshfield’s color expert, Mark Masica says grays work easily in most any room, “ I’m old school and about the only areas I would not use a gray would be in a nursery or young child’s room, where I still like the brighter, more playful colors.”

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{color of the month: heart to heart 1100}

Heart to Heart 1100 paint color

February Color of the Month

Heart to Heart 1100 is our choice for the color of the month of February.  The perfect color to yank you out of the winter doldrums . . . reminds you that spring is right around the corner.  Dreamy, bright and playful, Heart to Heart bridges the gap between red and orange. If you can’t commit to an entire room of Heart to Heart 1100, a feature wall or piece of furniture painted in this vibrant color makes for a cheerful focal point in any room. Read the rest of this entry »

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