{emerging design trend: english cottage}

Friday Finds: Enjoy Quaint Refined Style With An English Cottage Interior

Designers across the country say in 2015 we can expect less shabby chic and more refined sophistication in everything from wedding themes to interior decorating.

The trend we see emerging in the decorating world is the English Cottage interior. Here in Minnesota, that’s welcome news, as we have so many lovely 20th century Tudor-style homes – especially in the Twin Cities – that lend themselves so nicely to this elegant interior approach. You don’t need a house with a steeply pitched roof and cross-gables to enjoy the quaint refined style of an English Cottage interior. We’ve scoured our favorite resources to help illustrate this emerging design trend.

Bathrooms

An English Cottage style bathroom is light and breezy. Consider warm white paint for the trim work with touches of soft pastels for the walls, with window treatments of either plantation shutters or light white fabric.

Bedrooms

Soft floral designs whisper soothing thoughts as you drift away to sleep in an English Cottage bedroom. Note the dreamy pink and warm neutral tones in this cozy bbedroom. Fabric window treatments with matching bed linen are popular as are floral wallpaper.

Kitchens

Cottage style brings to mind finishes of warm wood, tile, stone, painted cabinets, and a soothing paint palette. It also conjures up a warm, casual atmosphere, and a charm that comes from filling your kitchen with bits and bobs that make you happy.

Living Rooms

An English Cottage living room offers guests a feeling of serenity and sense of peacefulness. Restrained use of colors and refined sense of décor throughout the room help achieve this sentiment.

For help choosing the colors to create an English Cottage style in your home, any of our Hirshfield’s paint specialists will be happy to assist.

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.

{bold and beautiful wallpaper trends for 2015}

Wallpaper Wednesday: Hot Wallpaper Prints, Colors and Textures 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.

Blue Mountain Wallcoverings

“2015 will bring the bold and the beautiful,” according to Blue Mountain Wallcoverings, with patterns on a larger scale and upbeat color pairings. “Blue Mountain’s 2015 collections boast a provocative and eclectic mix of large-scale patterns in sophisticated palettes of citron brights, classic neutrals and deep indigos, creating a home that is both playful and refined.”

York Wallcoverings

“Rich jewel tones have reached new pinnacles of popularity,” says Gina Shaw, vice president of new product development for York Wallcoverings. “Blue is stunning combined with analogous shades like teal and bottle green, as well as contrasting hues. It’s great for grounding an otherwise light and airy room.”

York Wallcoverings Jacobean Floral Teal

York Wallcoverings Jacobean Floral Teal

“We are increasingly finding new inspiration in opulent architecture and design rooted in the traditions of faraway places,” she says. “It’s become easier for people travel to exotic destinations and, by creating wallpapers with a global sensibility, we make it possible to bring a piece of those places home with them.”

York Wallcoverings Diamond Oasis

York Wallcoverings Diamond Oasis

Seabrook Wallcoverings

“Everything floral is in full bloom in fashion and interior design,” says Suzanne Ashley, director of product development for Seabrook Wallcoverings. “Look for an abundance of flowers in all varieties, styles, and scales to impact wallcovering, especially in watercolor techniques.” Additional influences include textures found in nature, from feathers and fossils to bamboo and cork.

Regarding color trends, she says, “the big story is BLUE – all shades. Most important is navy, with some calling it the new black. The newest blues are the deep shades – like marine blue, which is navy with a hint of green.”

Brewster Wallpaper

“Feature walls are a wonderful way for people to incorporate the colors and pattern that they love without overwhelming the room,” according to Brewster Wallpaper. “Feature walls are especially popular in the bedroom behind the bed, in dining rooms, nurseries, and used to create a special focal point in an entryway.” Brewster also says bright palettes, vivid florals, and modern geometrics will continue to be on trend, as well as global chic designs with exotic Moroccan influences.

Patton Wallpaper

Patton Wallpaper sees seafoam, aqua and light purple as trending colors for 2015, along with the classic neutral black. Gold and silver metallics add shiny accents to wallcovering patterns, or standing on their own, and ”vintage damasks are seeing a resurgence in popularity, along with florals.” Patton also sees surface prints, papers with a slight embossing or raised texture, as a trend in 2015., “and grasscloth is a classic that never goes out of style and always adds that extra layer of color and texture to a room.”

Washington Wallpaper

Lattices, damasks, and geometrics will be hot in 2015, according to Washington Wallpaper: “classic patterns that customers understand and look familiar to them, but are freshened up with a modern twist.” The updated textures show depth, which adds another layer of texture to a room without making a huge statement. “Grasscloth is huge, from tasteful naturals, to glammed up papers with a pearlized finish and metallic accents.”

Ontario Wallcoverings

Grasscloth is also one of the trends that Ontario Wallcoverings identified. “Grasscloth has always been a go-to wallpaper. We’re seeing a resurgence in its popularity with our current grasscloth book, and we’re working on the release of another grasscloth book this year.” In addition, Ontario sees another trend emerging: “We have also noticed that there has been a move from the traditional look to that of contemporary in many regions.”

Ontario Wallpaper contemporary

Contemporary pattern from Ontario Wallcovering

Mix it up with wallpaper this year. But before you begin, check out our wallpaper advice and tips or stop by to chat with one of our wallpaper and design experts. Hirshfield’s has locations throughout Minnesota, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and West Fargo, North Dakota.

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.

{wallpaper wednesday: large prints for powder rooms}

Prints to Make a Big Impact in Small Rooms

Are you looking to revitalize a small bathroom or powder room and need some inspiration? Stretch your imagination and embrace a bold move. Remember the adage, opposites attract? Take a literal leap with a small space – like your powder room – and go for a big impact with large format wallpaper prints.

It’s your opportunity to showcase your artistic expression with bold vision and dazzling wall coverings. Vibrant, exotic, playful, and enchanting – these print designs will charm you and inspire you. Embrace the dramatic feel.

Five of our Hirshfield’s designers contributed their favorite large wall covering prints for a big impact on a small powder room.  Read the rest of this entry »

{out with the old, in with the new wallpaper}

How to Remove Old Wallpaper

Ring out the old and bring in the new. What better time to freshen up your living space than the start of a new year. Giving a room a makeover during the winter is an excellent way to break a case of cabin fever. But changing wallpaper can be scary – or at least it used to be. So we have some tips to make changing old wallpaper as easy as ringing in the New Year.

Farrow & Ball Wallpaper

Farrow & Ball – Acanthus

New World of Wallcoverings

Hirshfield’s was founded on wallpaper back in 1894 – before ever introducing paints and window treatments to our stores. However, today’s innovative wallcoverings are not your grandmother’s wallpaper. You can forget steaming and scraping in the future. Contemporary wallpaper products are removable and breathable. Read the rest of this entry »

{we’ve just decked the walls}

Wallpaper Prints We’ve Used and Love in Minnesota Homes

“I thought I was over my wallpaper phase, but looking at what you have online has me right back into it.  Oh, some of the papers are so gorgeous!” – Hirshfield’s customer K.M.

A few months ago K.M. saw a white birch bark wallpaper in an Arizona model home and could not get the paper off her mind. She emailed Hirshfield’s and I happened to have a sample roll of the paper in my office. Karma. The birch bark paper is really a paper-thin sheet of cork, adhered to a paper backing, and dyed white. K.M. plans on hanging the paper in a powder room.

Inquiring minds want to know? What are people hanging in their homes? Jane Hedin, skilled paper hanger and long-time Hirshfield’s customer, shares intel on recent wallpaper jobs:

  • Dining Room – String, navy damask, and Sanderson green floral. All four walls were papered in these dining rooms – no feature walls.
  • Kitchen – Candice Olson geometric pattern
  • Entryway –  Birch Trees by York Wlcvg.
  • Hallway – Natural Reeds
  • Stairwell and Entry – Zoffany vinyl texture
  • Powder Room – Best of Show by Osborne and Little (black and white), Candice Olson Squiggle (glass beads), Thibaut chinoiserie, and Schumacher’s Imperial Trellis
  • Ladies Dressing Room – Nudes (black and white)
  • Mid-Century Modern Home – Black and white mural

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{hirshfield’s wallpaper love on pinterest}

Modern Nature Wallpaper

Modern Nature by Candice Olson

Osborne and Little wallpaper

Osborne and Little (it’s the pattern and not your eyes)

Here at Hirshfield’s we love our wallpaper and we want you to be just as excited and inspired by all the beautiful papers available. Colors, patterns, and textures have never looked better. Wallpaper, more so than a fresh coat of paint, changes the entire look of a room.

Visit Hirshfield’s on Pinterest and see why everyone’s excited about wallpaper. Going on Pinterest and figuring out your “wallpaper style” will make it easier to find the perfect paper. Once in our stores, Hirshfield’s sales staff will guide you to the right books and answer any of your wallpaper questions.

Hirshfield’s wallpaper boards on Pinterest:

Wild for Wallcovering

Eijffinger Wallpapers

Hirshfield’s Design Resource Showroom

Thibaut Wallpapers

Orla Kiely

Trending in Home Decor

Hope to see you over on Pinterest and leave a comment or two on your favorite wallpapers.

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.

{wallcovering wednesday: should I use wallpaper or should I paint?}

Design Decision: Paint vs. Wallpaper

Before there was Apple vs. PC, Coke vs. Pepsi, or red vs. blue, there was a primal conflict that drew sharp battle lines. When you wanted to make a change in your surroundings, which did you choose: paint or wallpaper?

If wallpaper sounds a bit old-fashioned, you may have missed a few rounds of that battle. While paint may be the wallcovering of choice in home improvement stores, specialists know that wallpaper is back, in a big way.

“I love wallpaper; I love what it does for a room,” says Beth Zentzis, a design consultant at Hirshfield’s Woodbury location. She’s seen an upsurge in interest, which she attributes to some powerful pulls.

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