{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

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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{fabulous front door paint ideas}

New Paints To Brighten Your Front Door

What’s your home’s curb appeal? How does it feel when you pull up to your front door? Is the door just a functional part of the facade, or does it create a grand entrance? 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.

Grand Entrance BM Pin1

Benjamin Moore Black

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{friday finds: color makes the space}

Paint Colors for Small Bathrooms

When choosing a paint color for any room in your house, there are some important questions to ask first. How will this room be used? What is the feeling I want to evoke? What is the lighting? And, how big is the space?

A small bathroom certainly doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style or minimize your choices. In fact, you have a plethora of paint options at your fingertips. Sample different colors until you have exactly what you want! Feeling inspired? Let’s get started.

Colors evoke feelings and create moods. Research shows certain colors elicit specific responses. Match the mood you want to create with the right color palette. Don’t let the size of your bathroom keep you from experimenting. Lighter colors may open the space and darker colors may create a more intimate feel.

Touch Of Nature

Green, especially in a light hue, expresses nature while a darker shade of green creates a warm, relaxing atmosphere. This is a good option especially if you have a tub or shower and want to create a spa-like space.

 

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{window treatment wednesday: coastal inspiration}

Window Treatments Inspired by Coastal Vacation Destinations!

Have you had your dream vacation? How would you like to bring a little of your favorite place to your own home? The sun, the sand, the water, and the colors. How do you keep that feeling alive in the landlocked Midwest?

Paint colors, fabrics, and accessories all help recreate the coastal feel. Think of the colors of seaglass, soft, light and airy. Keep your space simple and free of clutter. That also goes for your window treatments. You can fashion your own vacation wonderland with window treatments that evoke your coastal getaway.

The options for window treatments are endless. Whether you are seeking draperies, curtains, panels, blinds, shutters, or shades, we’ve got you covered. Read the rest of this entry »

{benjamin moore 2015 color of the year}

Benjamin Moore Identifies 2015 Color Trends

In mid-October, Benjamin Moore revealed its 2015 Color of the Year: Guilford Green HC-116, described as a stunning silvery green that complements both modern and traditional styles in a seamless manner.

“We chose Guilford Green as our 2015 Color of the Year because it can be the hero or the highlight in any room, enhancing the architectural identity of a space,” said Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director at Benjamin Moore. “Guilford Green is the perfect thread to connect nature, spaces and interiors with color schemes that signify fresh energy and growth.”

At the same time, Benjamin Moore also unveiled Color Trends 2015, featuring monochromatic color designs and saturated hues for a balanced home. These trends include a curated palette of 23 colors featuring four gorgeous color families – green, blue, blush and berry.

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{friday finds: affinity® color collection by benjamin moore}

 

Tempest and Nightingale by Benjamin Moore Affinity

Tempest AF-590 and Nightingale AF-670

AF-260 Affinity Benjamin Moore Paint

Affinity Proposal AF-260

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Cloud Cover OC-25 and Anjour Pear AF-425

 

The color experts at Benjamin Moore know color and how to make it work in your home. The Affinity Color Collection (144 colors) will make your life easier when it comes to selecting paint colors. How, you ask? Affinity’s claim to fame is that all colors in the fandeck go with each other. This sounds like the perfect color collection for homes with open floor plans. Pick a color, any color, they all work together.

Here’s what Benjamin Moore has to say about the Affinity collection:

We have taken the guesswork out of selecting colors by carefully creating a palette where all of the colors share three basic traits which are attributed to color. Our Affinity Collection has taken 144 harmonious hues that were designed specifically to make it easy for you to create beautiful, perfectly balanced paint color combinations for every room—and create color flow throughout your home!

Begin your exploration of Affinity with this curated palette of 28 of the colors from the full collection.

It’s in everyone’s best interest to “test drive” your paint color with a sample pint or quart. Paint out an area and live with it for a few days to make certain this is “the color.”

Hirshfield’s carries the following Benjamin Moore fandecks:  Classic, Color Preview, Affinity, Williamsburg Color Collection, Color Stories, Candice Olson Designer Picks, and Perfect Pairings. Benjamin Moore’s historical colors appear in the Classics fandeck.

{low and no VOC paints are perfect for winter projects}

Odor-free indoor painting solutions

So you decided to put off that indoor painting project for the winter, eh? You figure it’s a good use of your time when the temperature is 10-degrees outside, right? Well, that “great idea” for many new painters is perfect up until the first coat goes up and the scent of fresh paint fills your home and overwhelms you and your family. This can be a health risk for some, and for others, the odor can simply be a nuisance. Next time, remember, low and no VOC paints are perfect for winter projects.

Benjamin Moore paints

Courtesy Benjamin Moore

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