{breathing easy with no v.o.c paint}

Friday Finds: Zero Emissions and Zero Sacrifice with Natura Paint

Choosing a No VOC paint used to mean going green at the expense of something else. Maybe the quality wasn’t very good, or you just couldn’t find the perfect shade. Fear not – No VOC paints have vastly improved over the years. Nowadays, it’s a lot easier to enjoy the benefits of a No VOC paint – no odor, better air quality, non-toxic – without losing the great quality of a regular paint.

Unlike other low VOC paints, Natura Paint can be tinted with any of the Benjamin Moore colors, without adding VOCs. This gives you more than 3,000 shades to choose from. Also, Natura not only offers No VOC paint, but takes it one step further with “No Emissions” Paint – a guarantee that there are zero VOC emissions detected from the paint. In other words, you and your family won’t be inhaling emissions from compounds like formaldehyde and acetone – talk about breathing easy!

Check out their latest commercial. This may be the most challenging project we’ve ever seen:

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{new paints need new brushes}

Picking the Right Brushes and Roller Covers for No VOC and Low VOC Paints

So you want to use No VOC or Low VOC paints. Good for you – and the environment. But you’ll want to pay special attention to the brushes or rollers you use to make sure your project looks as good as you feel.

“As soon as you take the VOC’s, the glycols, out of paints, what happens is the speed in which they dry has increased,” says Steve Lincowski, who has been selling Wooster brushes for 35 years. That means picking the right brushes and roller covers for No VOC and Low VOC paints is crucial, because the brushes and rollers will streak or clump with the new paints. In fact, Lincowski says Wooster changed many of its brushes and rollers to work better with the new products.

Best paint brush

Wooster Brush

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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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{friday finds: problems with peeling paint}

What Can I Do To Avoid Peeling Paint?

As the robins return, you may find yourself making a list of outdoor projects to tackle this Spring and Summer – among them repainting the exterior of your home. It’s a big job, but a valuable investment in keeping your house in top condition. If you’re trying to fix a problem with peeling paint, Doug Kehoe, an experienced Hirshfield’s store manager, has some tips on how to get the job done right.

Exterior Paint Peeling

Deal with peeling paint now to prevent more in the future.

“Peeling is caused by a variety of factors,” explains Doug. “Many of them are tied to issues with surface preparation.” Peeling paint is not a reflection of the paint itself, but a loss of adhesion to the surface.
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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

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{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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{red river valley home & garden show}

Friday Finds:  At The Fargodome

With spring right around the corner (we hope), this is a great time to dream about design ideas –  for the inside or outside of your home. And if you live in North Dakota or Northern Minnesota, the Fargodome is a great place to jump-start your imagination this weekend. The Red River Valley Home & Garden Show is at the Fargodome, Feb. 27-March 1, and Hirshfield’s will be there in Booth #1160.

The Red River Valley Home & Garden Show features products and trends in the building industry, with exhibits that include:

  • Interior design
  • Remodeling
  • Landscaping
  • Heating and cooling
  • Garages
  • Financial institutions
  • Home products

Visit Our Booth

The Hirshfield’s booth will showcase our Hirshfield’s line of paint, Hunter Douglas window treatments, and our Premiere Collection of window treatments. Read the rest of this entry »

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