{exterior painting: how to pick an accent color}

So you’re painting the exterior of your house, and you’ve got the main color picked. That’s a good start, but the next choice is often more important. How will you choose the accent color — the color of your door, trim, or shutters? It’s all a matter of taste, but we have some time-tested guidelines to help you along the way.

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Chances are, your main color won’t be loud or highly saturated — unless you’re trying to paint your home Vikings Purple — but your accent color can be bolder. If your siding is toned-down, your accent should be pumped-up, and vice versa. For a white house, you can pick any color you want as an accent — except an off-white, which would just look like you forgot which paint to buy.

A bright red door is a classic choice for a white house. You could go a bit more contemporary or trendy with a coral or orange.

If you have a brightly colored house, though, pick an accent color that isn’t so saturated — either a neutral or a color with a bit more white, black, or gray in the mix. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: benjamin moore wins j.d. powers satisfaction award}

Benjamin Moore is the clear winner of the 2016 J.D. Powers Paint Satisfaction Study, receiving the highest ranking in customer satisfaction for interior paint and exterior stains in the J.D. Powers 2016 Paint Satisfaction Study. The study also shows that a customer service plays a significant role in customer satisfaction.

Best In Class

J.D. Powers measured satisfaction on a 1,000 point scale, and Benjamin Moore had the highest score for both interior paint (836 points) and exterior stain (814 points). Read the rest of this entry »

{ 2016 asid showcase home highlights}

ASID Showcase Home 2016

The “before” exterior of the Mpls. St.Paul Magazine’s MN ASID Showcase Home 2016

It’s that time of year again – the Mpls.St. Paul Magazine’s 2016 ASID Minnesota Showcase Home Tour is up and running. This year, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers have chosen a 5,600 square foot, 1950s Edina rambler to redesign with their 22 person team of professional designers.

“This is our kind of dream home. It’s simpler living, more modernist, and more long-term. I felt like we could stay here when our kids are gone, because it’s not too much upkeep. This was our idea of a dream home, more modest living.” -Jeanne Anselmo, Homeowner

The theme of the home is “50 Shades of Greige” – the mix of gray and beige that everyone currently wants in their home. Using textured fabrics, repurposed antiques, and glamorous finishes, it’s quite the home to see.  Paint used throughout the home is supplied by Benjamin Moore and available at Hirshfield’s. Read the rest of this entry »

{color spotlight: designing with navy blue}

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Navy blue is incredibly versatile. Whatever mood you’re looking to create, you can likely do it with navy blue. A navy accent wall can add depth to a small room, or you can use it when you’d like to go dark, but not quite black. If you need some navy blue inspiration, here are four different ways you can design with navy blue.

Navy and White Means Crisp and Preppy

Looking to create a bright and fresh mood in your room? Navy blue and bright white is a great way to do that.

You can also use navy blue and white to create a maritime feel: Read the rest of this entry »

{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.

Benjamin Moore Color Stories Shades of Gray

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!

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